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19 January 2020

Prayers & Praise

  • Please keep the congregation and staff of Trinity Elkhorn United Church, in your thoughts and prayers this week.
  • We welcome and thank Lynne Mavins for accompanying us on the piano this week.
  • Mark your calendars for a hot lunch after church on January 26 sponsored by the Congregational Care Committee! The sign-up sheet will be out next week. Everyone is welcome!

Mulvey Update

Dear Westminster Church Congregation,

I wanted to wish you and your families and loved ones a very healthy, happy and prosperous new year filled with peace and joy.

I also wanted to send you a quick update of the funds that were so generously raised and donated to Mulvey a few years ago for the Buddy Benches. The Buddy Benches help to promote positive peer relationships, community and individual health and wellness. These two benches, which are identical will be placed outdoors in the Mulvey Outdoor Classroom/recreational area in summer of 2020 when the project is scheduled to be completed. I have attached a picture, we will for sure be inviting a representative or two/three or however many you would like to send to officially open our outdoor classroom area.

Peter Correia
Mulvey School

Nominating 2020

If you are interested in volunteering at Westminster, please call or email the office and let us know (204-784-1330 or info@westminsterchurch.org). Opportunities such as helping with after church coffee or other one-time fellowship times, ushering and greeting, occasional extra help in the office, and Committee and Board work are possible.

This Week at Westminster

  • Sunday, January 19
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary, Chapel: 10:30   11:30 am
  • Monday, January 20
    • Sparks, tbd: 6:30   7:30 pm
      Brownies, Concert Hall: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
      Guides, Gym: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
      Pathfinders, Library: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, January 21
    • Knitters, Chapel: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
      Tai Chi, Gym: 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, January 22
    • Families Anonymous, Library 1:00 to 3:00 pm
      Scouts, Gym 6:30 to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 23
    • Quilters, Library: 10:30 am to 2:30 pm
      Tai Chi, Gym: 5:30 to 6:30 pm
      Choir, Sanctuary: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
  • Friday, January 24
    • Bell Tower Community Café & Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank: 6:30 to 8:00 pm
      Rovers, Gym: 7:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, January 26
    • Morning Worship, Sanctuary, Chapel: 10:30 to 11:30 am
      Nathan Poole studio recital, Sanctuary: 2:30 pm

MAiD Presentation

Please Join us! MAiD Presentation — the 5 W’s of Medical Assistance in Dying (who, what, why, when and where). Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020 at 7pm in the Lecture Hall. Presenters include members of the Manitoba Provincial Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Clinical team and Rev. Marc Whitehead, minister of Crescent-Fort Rouge United Church. This is an opportunity to learn more about medical assistance in dying. Hosted by the Inner and Outer Connections Committee.

Dale Brown and Frances Lenarcik have purchased stars for the Memory Tree.

Sanctuary Ceiling Repair

The ceiling plaster work in the sanctuary will continue until January 31, 2020. Worship services will continue in the sanctuary during this time of repairs. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to a member of the Property Committee.

Broadview Magazine

It’s Broadview magazine (formerly The Observer) subscription renewal time. Only $25 for one year (10 issues) with new ideas and information to live a spiritual and purpose-filled life. It’s award winning journalism now celebrating 190 years of publishing. Special Discount for current subscribers – give subscriptions as gifts for just $20! Deadline for gift subscriptions is January 31. Renewal deadline is February. Call Marilyn @ 204-784-1330.

Rose Window Capital Campaign

We are getting closer every day to our goal! And the great news is that the generous offer given by a member of the Westminster congregation to match donations – up to $8,000 – on ANY donations towards the Rose Window received at this time still stands. What a gift this donor has given us, and what a great way to make any donation go even further! 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 still the perfect time!

Lent 2020

Join us for the Lent 2020 Study at Westminster United Church. 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. All are welcome! Please call the church office to register! Sessions are from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (in the Lecture Hall).

  • Wednesday March 4, Session I: A New Hope: Jesus of Nazareth, what we know of him and how.
  • Wednesday March 11, Session II: The Empire Strikes Back: The Passion Narratives and their Implications.
  • Wednesday March 25, Session III: The Return of . . . : The Resurrection, in context, today and beyond.

Wolseley to Downtown Walk Bike Project

Join us to review and talk about the recommended design and solutions.

  • Open House
  • Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Westminster United Church (Lecture Hall), 745 Westminster Ave
  • Format: Come and go format
  • Take a survey online at winnipeg.ca/walkbikeprojects

Reaching out to our community …

A big THANK YOU from the Inner & Outer Connections Committee (formerly Outreach) to the congregation for its support of our initiatives to help our neighbours. Last June’s Kids’ Walkathon in support of Mulvey School’s library project and educational toys for Westminster Daycare Centre raised approximately $1,500. Mulvey principal Peter Correia’s letter of thanks was printed in a previous Bulletin and Greg Blanco, director of Westminster Children’s Centre wrote:

Words cannot express the kind gift the Inner and Outer Connections Committee have given the Daycare Centre. We have noticed a huge increase in the needs of the families at the centre this year. The centre has not had an increase in operating grant revenue in almost four years. Thank-you everyone who participated in the event, and thank you for your generous donation.

THANK YOU, too, to all the knitters and donors to the Mitten Tree. It was warmly decorated with 45 scarves, 16 toques, 2 neckwarmers, 20 gloves and mitts. These were donated to three local centres: West Broadway Community Ministry, Agape Table and Mulvey School.