Westminster News 
8 September 2019

Prayers and Praise

  • Please remember the congregation and staff of Pinawa Christian Fellowship in Pinawa, Manitoba in your prayers this week.
  • This morning we welcome back Lynne Mavins as guest organist. Lynne will be filling in for Don until September 29.
  • September 15 after worship is our Welcome Back Lunch. Please see the sign up sheets that are in the Lecture Hall.

Welcome back Katelyn McIntyre!

Katelyn is returning in her second year as Children’s Table Coordinator. Through encouraging theological learning in a creative environment, she hopes to create a positive, accepting, and welcoming space for the youth and children of Westminster Church.

In touch!

We like to stay in touch with our Westminster family. If you’ve made some recent changes to your address, phone number or email address, drop us a line at info@westminsterchurch.org or leave us a message at 204-784-1330. We also send out notifications about important happenings via email. To be added to our group email list, contact us at info@westminsterchurch.org. If you would like to receive the Sunday bulletin by email every Friday, please email “bulletin” in the subject line to info@westminsterchurch.org. Your contact information will be kept confidential.


Nathan and Brandon are getting married!

The congregation is invited to a potluck lunch following the service on September 29th to celebrate Nathan Poole and Brandon Johnston’s upcoming nuptials! If you would like to sign up to bring something to share at the luncheon, please do so in the Lecture Hall following the service, or just bring it that morning (we will collect dishes in the library before the service). As a gift, we are collecting money to contribute towards Nathan and Brandon’s honeymoon! If you would like to give, please see Katherine Abra or Maggie Hodson on Sunday mornings, or Marilyn in the office during regular office hours during the week.


Praise & Worship at Trinity

You are invited to attend a Praise and Worship service at Trinity United Church 933 Summerside on Saturday October 26,2019 at 7:00 p.m. Featuring Second Chance Band and a joint choir from Trinity United Church and Good Shepherd Anglican. Donations will be gratefully accepted in support of Just a Warm Sleep. For more information please see the poster on the bulletin board.


Save the Date!

Sunday, 20 October 2019, 10:30 Service: Guest Speaker: Dr. Neil Craton, writer of the book Wisdom from the Homeless: Lessons a doctor learned at a homeless shelter. NEIL CRATON was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he has practiced medicine for 35 years. He has been involved in many aspects of the Winnipeg sport medicine community, including as physician for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Canadian National Women’s Volleyball team. Dr. Craton’s book, Wisdom from the Homeless: Lessons a doctor learned at a homeless shelter, was published in the fall of 2018. He writes, “The homeless men and women I have met at Siloam Mission have taught me profound lessons about perseverance through suffering, expressing joy in dire circumstances, and the rewards of service to those in need. I want to share those lessons with you.” We look forward to hearing more of Dr. Craton’s reflections!


This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, September 8
    • Morning Worship, Rev. Sherri McConnell: 10:30 am
  • Monday, September 9
    • Westminster Housing Society Committee, Library: 5:15 to 6:30 pm
    • Sparks, Lecture Hall: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Pathfinders, Library: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
    • Guides, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Property Committee, Library: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Ministry & Personnel Committee, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday, September 10
    • Knitting group, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Staff Meeting, Library: 12:00 to 1:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Beavers, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Cubs, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Venturers, Board Room: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, September 11
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 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, September 12
    • Quilting group, Library: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Tai Chi, Lecture Hall: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
    • Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, September 13
    • Congregational Care Committee, Library: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 14
    • Garry / Gardiner wedding, Sanctuary: 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, September 15
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
    • Welcome Back Lunch, Lecture Hall: 11:30 am

Excerpts from a letter …

Excerpts from a letter from UCC Canada regarding Westminster’s Mission and Service contributions in 2018.

“Thank you for all you do to live our Jesus’ teachings of loving one another. God’s compassionate presence is made real by the generosity of our lives. Today, we are especially thankful for your generosity for Mission & Service in 2018. We are grateful to the people of Westminster Pastoral Charge for giving a total of $22,859 for Mission and Service.”

A copy of the entire letter can be found on the Narthex or hall tables.


West Broadway Paint Night

West Broadway Community Ministry PAINT NIGHT FUNDRAISER with Kisa and The Power of Painting. Step by step painting instructions on how to create your own masterpiece you can take home. Tickets just $40, includes all materials, coffee/tea and snacks.
Friday, September 20, 2019: Doors open 6:30, painting from 7-9 PM. Wine will be available for purchase for $5 a glass. ALL WELCOME! 222 Furby St. (Crossways) Main floor. All funds raised support West Broadway Community Ministry. Silent Auction prizes will be at the event as well – if you have any donations, please contact us to donate by calling 204-774-2773 or email wbcm@mymts.net


Global climate strike

There will be a ‘global climate strike’ happening later this month to continue to advocate for businesses, governments, and society at large to take bold steps to save our planet from the devastating effects of climate change.


Westminster Concert Organ Series

The Westminster Concert Organ Series, in its 31st Season at Westminster United Church, presents three exciting concerts on the magnificent four manual Casavant Pipe Organ with Winnipeg’s only Trompette en Chamade – superb sight lines of the console, great acoustics, and an intermission for friends and refreshments …


Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign

Help us restore our historic Rose Window! Inspired by these powerful words – we love because we are loved (1 John 4: 19)
Our congregation has been blessed with a beautiful sanctuary that welcomes worshippers and community members from all parts of Winnipeg and beyond. We need your help: The historic Rose Window has been a part of our sanctuary since 1912, and is in need of extensive repair and restoration. The goal of the Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign is to finance this costly project. To accomplish our goal, we need your help! We invite all members and friends of Westminster United Church to please give generously
to this important fundraising campaign.

Ways to give:

  • Donate Online – simply go to www.westminsterchurch.org and click the Donate button. This will take you to our Canada Helps page. Be sure to select the Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign line from the Fund dropbox.
  • Mail in Donation – send to Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster Ave. , Winnipeg, MB R3G 1A5. Please make cheques payable to Westminster United Church and write in the subject line – Rose Window Restoration Capital Campaign.
  • Drop off Donation – come by the church office (745 Westminster Ave) during regular office hours to drop off your donation. Please call (204) 784-1330 for office hours and further information.

Thank you for your support!
Rebecca McIntosh, chair – Finance Committee