Westminster News 
7 October 2018

Today is Thanksgiving Sunday and World Wide Communion Sunday

Our October Communion Offering will be forwarded to Morberg House, a place for the Homeless in St. Boniface. Morberg House is a 10-bed facility offering transitional housing in a supportive, room and board environment. Staffed 24/7, residents of Morberg House benefit from a range of client centered, strength based case plans designed to improve personal circumstances. Most graduates of the Morberg House Program move on to permanent housing. Others will return to their communities and families of origin. Morberg House must rely on the generosity of people just like you to help fund our operations. Please help us end homelessness. Communion Offering Envelopes may be found in your envelope box or on the tables in the Narthex and hallways.

This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Fort Garry United Church.

Upcoming Worship Services

  • Sunday Oct. 14 2018 Special Presentation by Lynda Trono and Friends from West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) – food donations will be gathered for WBCM Food Pantry.
  • Rev. Sherri will be away in Saskatoon next week to attend the Tri-Regional Gathering of the Transition Commissions of Regions 2, 4 and 5 (Northern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario) to discuss how these three regions of the wider United Church might work together and share resources once the restructuring of the United Church takes place beginning Jan. 1, 2018. Rev. Sherri is chair of the Region 5 Transition Commission. Please call the church office in event of any pastoral emergencies.

Nathan’s Notes

Today’s middle hymn was written by the late Sylvia Dunstan, a minister from our own United Church. Sylvia had an obvious love for the traditional music of the church, setting new words to old tunes- not an easy task! Her writing was prolific; thirteen of her hymns are featured in Voices United, and are found in several other hymn books from various denominations. Her understanding of music, and its connection to scripture are obvious in all of her texts.

Westminster Fall Supper

Saturday, October 20th: Westminster Fall Supper at the church. Turkey and pie! Tickets are available after church or from the church office. Adults $20/Children (5-12) $10/ Children under 5 eat for free. Volunteers are needed! The sign-up sheet and tickets are available after church in the Lecture Hall. For more info contact Helen La Rue (832-3448).

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, October 7
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, October 8
    • Thanksgiving Day, building closed
  • Tuesday, October 9
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 to noon
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Westminster Housing Society, Library: 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Beavers, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 7:45 pm
    • Cubs, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Venturers, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, October 10
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 11
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Centering Prayer, Chapel: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, October 12
    • Membership, Fellowship, & Pastoral Care, Lib: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Cubs sleepover, Gym: 5:00 pm to noon Saturday
  • Saturday, October 13
    • Integrity Cremation and Funeral, Sanctuary: 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, October 14
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Westminster’s Taxi Fund

Westminster’s Taxi Fund provides transportation to our Sunday morning Worship services for those who are unable to get here on their own. Please remember this important ministry. Donations can be made in the offering plate or by calling the church office.

West Broadway / Top Ten Most Wanted Items

  1. Canned tuna or salmon in water
  2. Canned chicken or turkey
  3. Canned fruit and vegetables
  4. Canned stew, chili, brown beans
  5. Peanut butter and jam
  6. Pasta (family and individual sizes)
  7. Rice (brown, converted, parboiled)
  8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
  9. Canned soup (lentil, pea, vegetable)
  10. Kraft Dinner

Westminster Centering Prayer / All are welcome!

Have you ever wished you had a little more stillness in your life? Maybe you have been searching for a new spiritual practice? Well, the Westminster Centering Prayer group might be the place for you!
The Westminster Centering Prayer Group meets monthly from 6 to 7 pm in the Chapel. This is an open group and all are welcome! No previous experience is necessary. If you have ever been curious or interested in Centering Prayer, you are welcome. Upcoming Dates for Westminster Centering Prayer Group:

  • Thursday October 11, 2018 6 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018 6 to 7 pm
  • Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018 6 to 7 pm

Email or call the church office if you have any questions, to let us know if you plan to attend. Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee.

What will happen at the Centering Prayer group?

The group begins at 6pm, and the facilitator will share some kind of gentle, initial reading, followed by a practice that will calm our minds and bodies and bring us into the present moment. This helps us to make space and creates the ambiance for us to welcome the presence and action of God within us.

When we are settled, we will ring a bell to begin the twenty minute Silent Centering Prayer period. To end the Centering Prayer period we will ring the bell once, pause, then again, pause, then one last time.
Lectio Divina: Next we will read a passage from the Bible or a Love Poem From God (Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and the West). We will ask you to pay attention to a word or phrase that grabs your attention or touches you in some way.

After everyone has spoken their word (or not as the case may be), we will ask another reader to read the same passage from the Bible or Love Poem from God. You will then be asked, if you so desire, to very briefly (one minute or less) tell us what the word or phrase meant to you or how it affected you. Silence is respected as well.

After the third reading of the same passage or poem, a silent prayer or spoken prayer is welcomed. We then close with the Lord’s Prayer (various versions) at 7 pm.

Mission, Vision and Values Conversation

Mission, Vision and Values Conversation” – Come join us for an open, friendly conversation about who Westminster is as we work towards a promising future…..October 21st and November 4th, from 11:45 – 12:45; hosted by the board of Westminster; watch for more details.


Quiz Night at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Ave. W., Saturday, Oct 13 at 7 pm. Tickets $15 per person; 6-8 people on a team; bring your own snacks! Contact Adrian at 204-298-7487 or measner@shaw.ca.

Partners in Mission Gathering – October 20

Atlantic Garden City United Church – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. You’re invited to continue or begin being a partner in mission with 1JustCity on Saturday, October 20 from 9:00 am to 12 noon at Atlantic Garden City United Church (725 Atlantic Avenue). It will be a time of learning, sharing and planning for future opportunities to learn about social justice issues affecting all our communities. Please see the poster for more information >> Partners in Mission Please RSVP to tessa@1justcity.ca by October 14.

Harrow United Church study sessions

Are you looking to deepen your relationship as a disciple of Jesus? Harrow United Church (955 Mulvey Avenue) is offering a 6 session study/discussion/practice using the resource.


Aiming to Follow Jesus. Meetings will be at 7 p.m. Mondays: October 15, 29, November 5, 12, 19, and 26. Participant books are available in print and digital format. Please register by calling 204-284-0079 or email: secretary@harrowunited.ca


  • Friday, October 26th a presentation by Joy Smith: Human Trafficking: Canada’s Secret Shame. There will be refreshments following the presentation, and a time to speak with Joy. There is no cost for this event, but there will be an opportunity to donate to Joy’s foundation. In addition, there will be a table display with books and video for sale. Men as well as women are encouraged to attend. Starts at 7 pm, in the sanctuary at Broadway-First Baptist church.
  • You are invited to an Indigenous cultural event to be held in the sanctuary of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m. The event will feature performances by an Inuit throat singer, a women’s drum group and championship Metis dancers. Following the performance, there will be a time to find out more about Indigenous culture during a discussion with the performers. We hope you can join us and be part of our journey to reconciliation as we move through the second year of our partnership in the Mayor’s Indigenous Accord.
  • Saturday October 27th Ladies Conference hosted by Broadway-First Baptist church and Shalom on forgiveness, facilitated by Faith Holwyn. The conference is free and includes meals and child care. However, we do require ladies to register BY OCTOBER 15 so we can plan appropriately. Ladies from different churches will be attending.
  • The Crescent Fort Rouge United Church Annual Fall Supper on Saturday, October 27th will be held at Churchill Park United Church, 525 Beresford Avenue, in their fully accessible upstairs hall. See the posters for more information.
  • In Memoriam – RCCO Choral and Organ Evensong Celebrating the lives of Winnipeg organists on Sunday, November 4, 4 pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. Presiding: Rev. Tanis Kolisnyk; Choir Director: Dietrich Bartel – Organists: members of the RCCO Featuring: Canticles by Charles Stanford – Anthems by Eleanor Daley and Gabriel Faure – ALL ARE WELCOME

Happy Thanksgiving!