May 14 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg

May 14, 2017

Christian Family Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude

“Children of the Heavenly Father”                                  Dale Wood


Cherub Introit:             Sing Alleluia, Allelu!                           Andy Beck

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 556 “Would You Bless Our Homes and Families”      AITKIN


Prayer of Confession

Sometimes we lose the balance of give and take.

We yearn for spiritual maturity, for peace and contentment,

        but we do not make time for reflection.

We come to be inspired,

        but we leave without a commitment to pass it on.

God, give us a thirst for communion with you.

Give us a hunger to feed others, that we may be fed.


Silent Meditation

Words of Assurance


The Peace of Christ

One: May the peace of Christ be with you.

All: And also with you.

(Please extend to others a blessing of peace with words such as,

“Peace be with you,” or “Peace,” with the response, “And also with you.”)


We Hear the Word


Cherub Anthem:     Jesus Loves the Little Children     Herbert Woolston

The Sacrament of Baptism

Baptismal Blessing VU 454   “May God Who Creates You”


First Scripture Lesson: I Peter 2:2-3

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading: VU 758       “Psalm 31” Part One


Gospel Lesson: John 14:1-4

This is the Gospel of Christ.

        Thanks be to God.

        Sung Response:  VU 840, Refrain 5  “Your Word is a Lamp”


Senior Choir Anthem               “Cornerstone”                      Shawn Kirchner

Sermon:            “A Little Taste of Heaven”


We Respond

Hymn MV 161       “I Have Called you by Your Name”                     KELLY



Offertory:          Adagio from “Sonata No. 3 in F Major”          G.F. Handel

Bronwyn Chard, violin

Dedication Hymn   VU 542 “We Give You But Your Own”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit VU 400 “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 448                “We Know That Christ Is Raised”      ENGELBERG


Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”

Postlude            “When in Our Music God is Glorified”    Robert A. Hobby


Our thanks to Bronwyn Chard for her music today.



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd    

204 489-6974 Ext. 22                                     Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                               Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Cherub Choir Director: Jewel Casselman

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                      

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                      

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                              

Church Custodian: Ian Thomson                         


Greeters: Anne and Keith Love

Ushers: Diether Peschken and Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader: Karen Jensen


Flowers have been donated in memory of Margaret Y. lovingly remembered by her children and grand-children.


The Great Westworth Rummage Sale was a huge success. We made a profit of $4407.00. None of it would have been possible without the donations of rummage, and the time and effort of many.  The call for volunteers was answered by staff, congregation, choir, friends, and young people, who brought strength and enthusiasm to the tasks. Obviously, the Friday night sale was a big success.  Good fellowship was enjoyed by all.  Special Thanks to Heather. Don’t forget the next Rummage Sale in April 27-28, 2018. Many Thanks.


It’s like deja vu all over again” according to Yogi Berra. As it is for the Westworth group baseball event. The game will be on Friday, June 2nd, at 7:00 pm. Sign-up sheet is on the board. Cost is $14.00.


Newsletter – We are looking for a newsletter editor—if you are interested, please let the office know.

We will be having a transfer of membership on Sunday, June 11. If you would like to have your membership transferred, please let Loraine or Heather, our Office Administrator, know.


This week at Westworth:

TodayChristian Family Service with baptism.

Please pick up your newsletters today if you don’t have an email. Paper copies are available.

Counting Team is Team E – Walter’s team.


May 15

Governance meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.

May 16

Unit 94 will meet at 7:30pm in the parlour.

May 17

Staff meeting at 11:00am in the library.

Unit 77 will meet for lunch and a meeting to plan next year’s book list schedule on Wednesday, May 17th at 12:30 p.m. at The Wellington.  New members are welcome.  Please contact Dorcas at

River Heights Clergy Tea at 2:00pm in the parlour.

Christian Education will meet at 7:00pm in the library.


May 18

West Broadway Lunches start at 12;30pm.

Senior Choir will meet at 7:30pm in the choir room. New singers are welcome to attend!


May 20

Men’s Spirituality at 9:00am in the upper classroom.

Today with joy we baptize

Leah Elizabeth Margaret M., daughter of Ashleigh and Kyle.


Plan to attend the UCW Spring Dessert Party and Thankoffering on Monday, June 5 at 7PM. This evening will provide a chance for our Westworth women to worship, celebrate 55 years of UCW across Canada, and share time with one another. There will be a short worship service in the sanctuary, with an opportunity to donate our Thankoffering for Mission and Service. This will be followed by a short Fashion Show of wedding dresses over the past decades. If you have a dress you would like featured, please contact Nancy Doern-White by May 15. We have people willing to model the dresses, or you can wear your own! Bring a wedding photo or album to look at while we enjoy dessert in the Parlour. The photo can be from your parents’ wedding, your own wedding or a wedding you have attended. This event is for all women at Westworth, not just members of UCW. Tickets are $5.00, and are available from Nancy Doern-White or the Church Office.

Save the Date… An Evening with John Pentland Sunday, Oct. 29 @ 7pm The Rev. Dr. John Pentland, author of “Fishing Tips: How Curiosity Transformed a Community of Faith” is coming to Westminster UC.


Save the Date…WorthyKids Creation Vacation will be Aug. 21-25, 2017. 9:00-1:00 pm Vacation Fun Program; 1:00-4:00 pm childcare upon request. Registration forms are available in the narthex or the office.


Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, May 18. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, Feb. 15 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Ruth Wiwchar at 204 889-2892. You will also notice that there is a sign-up sheet available for the June lunch for our friends at West Broadway. We would love to fill up all the lines before the Long Weekend. Thank you so much for your help throughout the year!

Westworth Men’s Spirituality

The Men’s Spirituality group will continue to gather on an informal basis over the summer on the third Saturday of each month. No formal program is planned but please do come for a time of open conversation and discussion. If you wish, bring a coffee/tea/beverage and a snacking goodie. We will meet at 9:00am in the upper class room.

This month we gather May 20, the Saturday of the long weekend. Let’s see what happens. Questions or comments may be directed to Allan McKay at


Extreme Hunger Relief – The United Church is welcoming donations for People in Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen have been severely impacted by prolonged or recurring drought, as well as conflict in some of the affected countries, that have caused extreme hunger and starvation. The UN has declared a famine in South Sudan, calling it the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. United Church partner the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) is responding to the hunger crises in Somalia and South Sudan in collaboration with local partners. These recent CFGB response efforts were supported by $50,000 from the United Church. Please make your cheque out to Westworth United Church and we will forward to the UC of Canada. Thank you for your support.


Winnipeg Pride Parade – The Winnipeg Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 4th, at 11:00 a.m – PLEASE NOTE TIME.  The United Church of Canada (Conference of MNWO) and Winnipeg Presbytery have registered as one walking group.  You are invited to bring your church banners and join the parade.  Let’s walk together in solidarity. Look for Joan Jarvis and The United Church of Canada banner in the marshalling area on the Legislature grounds.

Assiniboia Residential School Reunion: The Assiniboia School, formerly located on Academy Road, housed senior students for decades, and the former students are gathering for a reunion and commemoration weekend June 23and 24. Westworth is privileged to host Friday night events that will include a gathering and “feast”. Your Outreach Team is asking for your assistance in making this day a memorable one for all of the attendees. Please check the Signup sheet in the Narthex for opportunities to serve.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:  * Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!

a) Summertime with 1JustCity:  The Joyful Project is proud to present an exciting concert featuring Port Cities, Kenaston, Nadia and Jason Burstick, and Friend of Foes, on June 3, 2017. This concert will raise support for local Winnipeg emergency shelters. Doors 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 plus fees in advance at The Park Theatre, online, or in-person. For more info send an email to

b) High Tea Fundraiser at West Broadway:  Saturday June 3 in the afternoon. Get your white gloves out and join us from 2-4 pm at West Broadway we celebrate the gifts of Sr. Rolande Bissonette, Doug and Phyllis Flint, and Marlene Ramsay. If you cannot attend, but would love to make a donation, you may see Heather in the office.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

    • On Saturday May 27 there will be a Hand Made Market at Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Come out and explore the talents of local artists, designers, makers, bakers & more. Free admission.  If you’re interested in showcasing your own creations you can rent a table for $20. If you are interested, please contact Carmen at 204-232-9932 or by email at”
    • Music in May A Spring Fundraiser with Adult & Junior choirs plus soloists. Young UC Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm. Refreshments included.
    • Grey St. UC needs a music director 4 hours per week. Details on board.
    • Renaissance Voices, under the direction of Janet Brenneman, presents A Garden of Song-Of Love and Beauty at 3 pm on Sunday, May 28th at Young UC, Furby at Broadway.  Special guest is Andrew Erickson, guitar


Minute for Mission

Reaching Out to Migrants

Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs for migrant workers. Let us hear a story from Korea.

Canadians think of our country as a multicultural society. Migrant populations arriving in Korea are a relatively new phenomenon. In 1997 there were only about 380,000 foreigners living in Korea. By 2011 that number had increased to 1.4 million.

Some migrants are coming to Korea to work, especially in small- or medium-scale factories. Others are arriving as marriage migrants. Whatever their reason for coming to Korea, Mission & Service partner the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK) is welcoming newcomers and helping them adjust to the realities of life in a new land.

The PROK is responding to the many social service needs facing new immigrants by

  • providing cultural orientation and language training
  • helping immigrant workers understand their rights and advocating for workers when those rights are not upheld
  • helping workers who become ill or unemployed
  • staffing hotlines for marriage migrants who find themselves in situations of domestic violence and abuse The PROK’s Migrant Workers Centre addresses needs that are as many and varied as the people they serve.  
  • We sing thanksgiving for the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea, our Mission & Service partner that reaches out to people in need! If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank youso much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me inmaking Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all ourMission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving

    to God!