Westminster News 
9 December 2018

Random notes …

  • Congregational meeting today: the Ministry Profile Team is calling a congregational meeting on TODAY, immediately following the worship service to present the recommendations made and approved by the church board concerning our pastoral relations after June 30, 2019. Material from the Ministry Profile Team will be available on Sunday Mornings as well as at the meeting. Ministry Profile Team members are: Rebecca McIntosh, Grace Aoki, Cheryl Drachuk, and Brandon Johnston.
  • Next Sunday, December 16th: Service of Carols and White Gift Sunday, with special guests Red Moon Road
  • Next week is White Gift Sunday. Your donations of new unwrapped gifts for children and adults, and non-perishable foods will be collected for the Christmas Cheer Board.
  • This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle we remember the congregation and staff of Kildonan United Church.


Westminster’s famous mincemeat will be on sale TODAY following the service. Don’t miss the opportunity to get your supply. Price remains unchanged at $6.00 a tub … and pick up your United Church calendar at the same time for just $5!

Nathan’s Notes

Our closing hymn this morning is a famous text and tune for the season of Advent. The tune was written by British born composer Henry Hugh Bancroft. Bancroft lived in Winnipeg for a time, and worked for both St. Matthews and All Saints Anglican churches in our own city — he even taught Herbert Sadler, organist and choir director of Westminster church from 1919 to 1955. While the tune isn’t as well known in this congregation, it’s a favourite among most Protestant and Anglican denominations. In fact, I sang this same tune and text growing up in my Episcopalian parish in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Upcoming Worship Services

  • December 16th: Carol Sing and White Gift Sunday with special guests Red Moon Road
  • December 19th: Blue Christmas Service, 7 pm
  • December 23rd: After Church Congregational Christmas Lunch
  • December 24th: Christmas Eve Services @ 7 & 11 pm
  • December 30th: Rev. Don McIntyre
  • January 6th: Rev. Don McIntyre

Westminster Evening Centering Prayer

All are welcome! The Westminster Evening 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. The next Westminster Evening Centering Prayer Group is on Wednesday, 12 December 2018, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee.

Memory Tree

The Memory Tree will be in the sanctuary from early November to January 31, 2019. Order forms, to purchase Memory Stars, are in the narthex and the back hallway.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, December 9
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary: 10:30 to 11:30 am
  • Monday, December 10
    • Westminster Housing Society, Library: 5:00 to 6:30 pm
    • Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, whole bldg: 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, December 11
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 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
  • Wednesday, December 12
    • Families Anonymous, Library: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
    • Scouts, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
    • Inner & Outer Connections Cmte, Chapel: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
    • Balmoral Hall, Sanctuary: 7:30 pm
  • Thursday, December 13
    • 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, December 14
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, December 16
    • Carol Sing / Morning Worship with Red Moon Road: 10:30 to 11:30 am

Friday Morning Centering Prayer Group

You are invited to embark on a new adventure being offered at Westminster! Starting Friday, January 11, 2019, an intentional Centering Prayer Group is planning to meet in the Library at 10 a.m. on a weekly basis. We will meet on January 11, 18 and 25. At that point, if we have enough interest we will continue on at a time and frequency that suites the participants. To facilitate people moving on with other commitments in their day, we plan to begin Centering Prayer time promptly at 10 a.m. followed by Lectio Divina. It is expected that by 11:00 a.m. this will be completed; giving people an opportunity to slip out. At that point, there will be an opportunity for discussion, fellowship and prayer for those who would like to stay – wrapping up by 12 noon. (There is no cost, sponsored by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee)

The Wider Church

Closing Worship for Winnipeg Presbytery: everyone welcome! Winnipeg Presbytery will hold its final meeting on Tuesday, December 11, followed by a final worship service together. All are invited to attend this special service of worship which will begin at 7:30 p.m. (or shortly after) at the United Church in Meadowood (1111 Dakota St). This will be a time to celebrate and say goodbye as Winnipeg Presbytery, and embrace the future as we move forward into the new church structure. We hope you can join us!

Ecumenical Advent Taizé Service

Come for a quiet, meditative service with Taizé chants on Monday, December 10th, at 7:30 pm at Westworth United Church. Our Taizé services are expanding as more people hear about them. We now have an amazing cantor, along with our excellent flutist. If anyone would like to practice singing parts or playing an instrument, please let Loraine know. Our practice will be Monday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 pm at Westworth. If you would like to read scripture in another language, please let Loraine know at 204-489-6974 Ext 22. 1750 Grosvenor Ave.

Yoga classes at Harrow

Monday morning Yoga with Jane Carroll at Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue. The winter session will run from January 7th to March 18th (no class on February 18th, Louis Riel Day). The full fee for this 10 week course is
$60 and the drop-in fee is $7. Hope to see you there.

Lessons & Carols Service

Westworth’s Lessons & Carols Service Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 pm. Includes our Senior and Cherub Choirs plus Westworth Winds. Please join us at 1750 Grosvenor Avenue.

Open house!

Annual December Open House at the Centre for Christian Studies. You’re Invited to Cookies and Carols, on Friday, December 14th, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Need a break from the cold? A warm cup of chai? A cool refreshing cranberry juice? Join the CCS community for a carol sing! With special musical guests. Everyone welcome!

  • Centre for Christian Studies Woodsworth House
    60 Maryland St. Winnipeg
    No RSVP required! Just come!

The Longest Night Service

Friday, December 21, 7:00 pm, Fort Garry United Church, 800 Point Road. A service of Remembering! Feeling sad or lonely at this time of the year? You are not alone. In this service of remembrance, we will turn to God, the source of hope and healing while naming our losses.

Westminster United Church 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 at 204-784-1330.