Westminster News 
8 December 2019

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregation and staff of Snow Lake Anglican-United Church, in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • Our very special Baptism child today is Ophelia Ingrid Burton Kristjanson, daughter of Johann Kristjanson and Jen Burton and granddaughter to Rev. Sherri and her partner Beth. Godparents are Richard and Mykaila Finck. And not to be forgotten, Ruby the family dog.

White Gift Sunday, December 15

This White Gift Sunday, we invite you to give a special offering to the Christmas Cheer Board (see white offering envelopes inside bulletin as well as on the tables in the Narthex or hallway). We will also be collecting donations of non-perishable food for the Bell Tower Community Café. Thanks for giving so generously


Christmas Bake Sale

Susan and Maggie would like to invite you to a Christmas Bake Sale after church on Sunday, Dec. 8th in the Lecture Hall. See you there!

Rose Window Capital Campaign – exciting news!

Exciting news friends! The Rose Window Capital Campaign is in full swing, and we are over half-way towards meeting our goal.
And here is some more exciting news! A member of the Westminster congregation has generously offered to match donations – up to $10,000 – on ANY donations towards the Rose Window received after Nov. 10/19. What a great way to make any donation go even further! What a gift this donor has given us!

The Capital Campaign Committee would like to thank all who have contributed to the campaign so far. Thank you so much. We feel grateful and blessed to be part of such a generous-hearted and giving community. And if you have not had the chance to send in a donation yet – now is the perfect time!!

Coming up in Worship

  • December 15th: Advent 3 – White Gift and congregational lunch after church
  • December 18th: Blue Christmas
  • December 22nd: Advent 4 – Jazz Christmas Carol Service
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Services at 7 pm and 11 pm

Lessons & Carols

Traditional Lessons & Carols December 15th 2:30 p.m. with the Senior & Cherub Choirs and Westworth Winds. All are welcome! Westworth United Church 1750 Grosvenor Avenue.


Don’t miss the opportunity to buy Westminster Mincemeat during coffee time after the service. Not only can you use it to make tarts or pies, you can stuff cored apples with mincemeat and bake them for dessert or you can pour warmed mincemeat over ice-cream. Get your mincemeat tubs today – $7.00 each. (A Westminster fundraiser organized by the choir)

Gifts with Vision

Gifts with Vision – a giving catalogue from the United Church of Canada is available. The catalogues should be arriving in your mailbox soon or pick one up in the narthex.

Jazz Christmas Carols

December 22nd: Jazz Christmas Carols Our annual Christmas Carol sing is taking place on Sunday December 22nd, during morning worship. Last year we welcomed Red Moon Road to our service, to great success- this year we are inviting the very same Jazz group that has provided the music for Jazz Vespers back to lead us in your favourite carols. Be sure to let Nathan (nathanpoole@westminsterchurch.org) know if you have a favourite- and we will do our best to make it happen!

Handel’s Messiah

Our very own Nathan Poole, Rebecca McIntosh, Susie Conrad, Dawn Beirnes, Helen LaRue, Roy Halstead and Len LaRue are singing in Handel’s MESSIAH in two concerts, December 20th, and 21st at 7PM at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 653 Knowles Avenue. 125 voices, a full orchestra, and a rousing version of the Hallelujah Chorus all included. Tickets for this event can be purchased online, at covenantcrc.ca. All proceeds from the concerts will go to FORWARD HOUSE MINISTRIES, a Christian home in Elmwood that cares for men who want to start a new life free from addictions, mental health struggles or criminal activity.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, December 8
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Bake sale, Lecture Hall: after church
  • Monday, December 9
    • Westminster Housing Society, Board Room: 5:15 to 6:30 pm
    • Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 10
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10 am to 12 pm
    • Staff, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 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
    • SVN meeting, Lecture Hall: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 11
    • Agassiz Festival committee, Library: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Balmoral Hall, Sanctuary: 6:30 pm
    • Scouts, TBA: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 12
    • 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, December 13
    • Congregation Care Committee, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Foodbank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 14
    • Pembina Trails Voices, Sanctuary: 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 15
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Congregational Lunch, Lecture Hall: after church

Mitten trees!

The mitten trees will be up soon! Your donations of new mittens, scarves, toques, gloves, socks and other clothing to keep folks warm, will be distributed to Westminster Child Care Centre, Mulvey School, West Broadway Community Ministry and others in the New Year.

Looking ahead to Lent!

Looking ahead to Lent 2020 at Westminster United Church, with Questions of Faith (with a nod to Star Wars), led by Rev. Dr. Jim Christie. Three Evening Sessions exploring what we know in terms of current scholarship and research about Jesus’ life, death and beyond, and what it all means for our lives and faith today. Dates and times to be announced in January. All are welcome!

  • Session I: A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Session II: The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Session III: The Return of … : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.

Gift idea: Broadview magazine!

Give Broadview magazine for Christmas! Special Gift Subscription Discount – only $21 (includes GST). Makes an inspiring year-round gift for family and friends. Contact Marilyn (204-784-1330) in the office for your Order Form and Gift Card.

Memory Tree

The Memory Tree is up and at the front of the sanctuary until January 31, 2020. We hope you will consider purchasing a star to remember or pay tribute to a loved one. Order forms are in the narthex and the back hallway.

Help wanted

Westminster United Church is looking for a volunteer or volunteers to replenish the envelopes and pamphlets in the sanctuary. The time commitment would be one hour or less per week. This could be a great family project or something a couple of friends could do before or after coffee. Please contact Marilyn in the office.

Christmas Flower Fund

Every year we have a wonderful display of Christmas flowers to adorn our sanctuary. If you would like to honour a special person by contributing to the flower fund, please contact the Church Office with your donation.