Westminster News 
7 April 2019

Random notes …

  • This week in the prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of St. Matthew’s-Maryland Community Ministry.
  • Last week for Coffee and Conversation with the Minister. Rev. Sherri invites you to stop by for a time of informal conversation along with some coffee, tea and goodies … no agenda, no expectations, just a time to visit … Wednesday morning, 10 am to 11 am.
  • Next Sunday, April 14: Palm Sunday Potluck Lunch after church. Everyone welcome. Just bring something to share! See Helen La Rue for more info.

Easter Flower Fund

If you’d like to remember a loved one this Easter by contributing to the Easter flower fund, please send the office the following information. Your name, phone/email address, the name(s) of the person(s) you would like to honour and the amount and method of your donation. Flower fund forms can be found on the narthex or hall tables.

Nathan’s Notes April 7th

The author of our middle hymn this morning is Ruth Duck. Ruth is a pastor of the United Church of Christ, a similar church to our own United Church of Canada. We share full communion- meaning that all of our sacraments, and all of our ordained ministers and diaconal ministers are fully recognized between the two churches. Ten of her hymns appear in Voices United, and a further ten are included in More Voices. Ruth is not only a prolific hymnodist, but also a minister. The more you know!

These Days

These Days, Daily Devotions for Living by Faith are now available on the Narthex or Hallway tables. Large print also available.

April 14th, Palm Sunday

Our traditional palm processional kicks off our service. Join in with the choir, children, and the young at heart as they process through the sanctuary waving palm branches, singing your Palm Sunday favourites.

April 18th – Maundy Thursday – The Living Last Supper & Communion
We all know the famous Da Vinci painting of the Last Supper. The choir will bring this to life with a new cantata featuring music, and spoken word. Also featured is the work of Robert Burton, one of our resident artists. Robert will paint a new version of the Last Supper, as the story is told.

April 19th, Good Friday

Our Good Friday service will feature movements from “The Confession Stone”, a song cycle by Canadian composer Robert Flemming. Each song is sung from the point of view of a Good Friday character, and is beautifully haunting. Fred Simpson will also present “The Sorrow of Saint John”, and you the congregation will have the opportunity to sing all of the classic Good Friday hymns.

April 21st, Easter Sunday

There is nothing quite like the experience of the roaring organ, and the exclamations of “Hallelujah” throughout our Easter Sunday service. The choir is presenting two new anthems, one of which includes you, the
congregation. Thank you for your participation in our music program. Whether you sing in the choir, or congregation, or even just listen as our great music inspires your faith life, thank you!

Country Blend’s Tribute to the Legends of Country Music

Windsor Park United Church is hosting Country Blend’s Tribute to the Legends of Country Music on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg, MB R2J 1C7. Tickets are
$20.00 and are available through the church office (204-256-8792 or office@windsorparkunitedchurch.com). Cash or cheques only.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, April 7
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, April 8
    • Westminster Housing Society, Library: 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • Sparks, Lecture Hall: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Guides, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Westminster Organ Series Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, April 9
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to noon
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, TBA: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 10
    • Coffee with the Minister, Library: 10:00 to 11:00 am
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Karate, Concert Hall: 5:00 to 7:00 pm
    • Centering Prayer, Chapel: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Inner & Outer Connections Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 11
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, April 12
    • Congregational Care Committee, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Karate, Gym: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 14
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Congregational Lunch, Lecture Hall after church

Grief Support group

“Grief can be overwhelming when you experience profound loss.” A Grief Support group is being offered at Prairie Spirit United Church, 207 Thompson Drive, on Mondays from 7 to 9 pm, beginning April 1 to May 14, 2019 for 7 sessions. Leading the group will be Fran Ferguson and Janet Banks, please call Janet at 204-888-4248 to register. The group is open to all, and there is no charge (donations welcome).

Free Public Lecture

Tuesday, May 7 @ 7 pm – Free Public Lecture by Dr. Diana Butler Bass Award-winning author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks: Eckhardt Gramatte Hall, University of Winnipeg (515 Portage Ave.).

‘Spring Fling’ concert

‘Spring Fling’ concert: Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pm, Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road. Come out and enjoy the musical talents of our FGUC Choir, the two New Horizons Bands (Jazz & Intermediate), Winnipeg Male Chorus, & the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre Company who will do a short skit. It’s a great community of music/theatre; all rehearse here at FGUC. Great listening, free refreshments, prize draws. Get your tickets in advance or at the door $15, children under 12 free. Call the office 204-475-1586 or email fguc@shaw.ca to reserve your tickets!

Rock Lake Quilt, Arts & Craft Auction

Rock Lake United Church Camp’s Quilt, Arts & Craft Auction is taking place on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Miami, MB. Viewing starts at 4pm, and supper will be at 5pm with entertainment starting at 5:30. Neita Avery, long-time camp board member and secretary/treasurer, will be receiving the Canadian Camping Association Award of Excellence just before the auction starts at 6. Join us for a time of fellowship and supporting the camp! Visit www.rocklake.com/auction
<http://www.rocklake.com/auction> for more details.

Harrow’s Annual Spring Garage Sale

Friday May 10 & Saturday May 11 is Harrow’s Annual Spring Garage Sale. Friday hours are 4:30 to 7:30 pm, Saturday hours are 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will be treasures of all sorts to choose from, a bake sale table, plant sale table & a coffee kiosk. Come out and enjoy browsing for a special item. If you have any items to donate please contact Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue at 204-284-0079. Thank you.”