Westminster News 
5 August 2018

Random notes …

  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember Chaplaincy Canadian Forces, Chaplaincy Corrections Manitoba and Canada, and Healthcare Facilities Chaplaincy.
  • Congratulations to Abby Phair and Zane Puhach who were married here yesterday afternoon.

Thinking about your summer reading list?

The Inner and Outer Connections committee will be offering 3 ‘book study’ evenings this coming fall/winter (dates/times tba). Books that will be discussed:

  • The Pagan Christ: Recovering the Lost Light (2004), by Tom Harpur
  • Grounded: Finding God in the World — a spiritual revolution (2015) by Diana Butler Bass
  • Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks (2018), by Diana Butler Bass

Why not get a jump start on your reading, and do some spiritual exploring at the same time? Happy summer reading!

Sherri’s Summer plans

Holidays: July 2 – Aug.6 inclusive (back on Tues., Aug. 7). Thanks to Rev. Don McIntyre for providing the services of worship and emergency pastoral care while Sherri is away.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, August 5
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, August 6
    • Terry Fox Day, building closed
  • Wednesday, August 8
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Friday, August 10
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, August 12
    • Communion, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

The Rev. Richard Bott elected 43rd Moderator of the United Church

The United Church of Canada has elected the Rev. Richard Bott, 49, from Vancouver as its 43rd Moderator from a field of 10 nominees. Meeting in Oshawa, ON, over 300 commissioners (delegates) from across the country have gathered this week to decide on a wide range of church business that includes the election of the Moderator, who will be the church’s spiritual leader for the next three years.

The Rev. Bott recently served as the minister for Pacific Spirit United Church in Vancouver and was in the process of moving to a new congregation. But that changes now that he has been elected Moderator, which is a full-time position in the church.

Born in Marathon, ON, the Rev. Bott has served churches in Ontario and British Columbia. He is well known for his skills as a leader, writer, and educator. An early adopter of social media, he manages a Facebook group of over 700 United Church ministers.

Looking ahead to the next three years, the Rev. Bott says, “I am excited about the possibilities that are in front of the church and hopeful that we are going to live into them together.”

Unlike leaders in other denominations, the Moderator does not set policy or doctrine. Those decisions are arrived at by committees of clergy and lay people in the church who bring them to one of the triennial General Council meetings, where they are voted on by people chosen from all regions of Canada and from Bermuda. The Moderator-elect will be installed as the new Moderator on Friday, July 27, at the closing worship service of the meeting.