Sept. 10 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am September 10, 2017


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“This is God’s Wondrous World”                             Dale Wood

Introit        “Let the Praise Go Round”             William Boyce, arr. Hopson

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 835                       “Praise to the Lord”             RICHARDSON-BURTON


Prayer of Confession

Teach us how to love.

Forgive our wary suspicions of “the other”.

Remind us to give others the benefit of the doubt.

Turn our judgement into curiosity and compassion.

Teach us how to love.


Meditative Silence

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

Children’s Time


Covenant with Church School

Coordinator: Maggie Barnett

Church School Teachers: Danielle Cadieux, Julia Shayna,

Cheryl Ennis, Erica Jeffers and Nancy Ballantine


We remember the promise we make at baptism

to provide Christian nurture and example for all.

We celebrate the response of these teachers to God’s call.

We will be partners with them

in the ministry of Jesus Christ.

We will pray for them,

and for the education ministry of our congregation.

We pledge to be learners with them,

studying the scriptures and the faith of our church.

United in the Spirit, we are the Body of Christ.


Hymn MV 14                         “Where Two or Three”                           Harding


Responsive Reading: VU 873 “Psalm 149” Refrain 1


Epistle Reading: Romans 13:8-14

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

        Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem     “The Gift of Love”                                      WALY WALY , arr. Hopson


Sermon: “Love Does No Wrong To a Neighbour”


We Respond

Hymn MV 89                        “Love Is the Touch”                               AMOR DEI 



Offertory:        “Praise to the Lord”                              Penny Rodriguez

Dedication Hymn:  VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

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 427        “To Show by Touch and Word”                        LODWICK


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude:                         “Tuba Tune”                                                   C.S. Lang



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd   

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                              Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                      

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                             


Greeters: Dorothy and Garry Reid

Ushers: Maureen Lelond and Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader: Shirley Watts


We extend our condolences to Cathy B. and family on the passing of her husband, Randy.

It was with regret that we accepted our custodian Ian Thomson’s resignation, effective Sunday, September 3. Ian was sorry to leave and didn’t resign without a lot of thought.  However, he was offered a job with a chance for advancement.  We understand and wish him well.  Westworth is grateful to Ian for all his work.  We will announce an opportunity in the near future to invite Ian back to say a proper goodbye to him.  If you would like to remember him with a gift, please put your donation in an envelope marked ‘Ian’s Gift’ and drop it off at the office or put it in the offering plate.  Please note that donations are not eligible for a tax receipt.

Westworth is very pleased to welcome Maggie Barnett as our new Coordinator of Children, Youth and Family Ministries. Maggie began her position on August 15 and actively led WorthyKids Day Camp.  She already knows many of our children and families and is looking forward to working with everyone again, as well as welcoming new people.  To this end, Maggie is holding a ‘Meet and Greet’ with parents and teachers today.  Please find a moment to welcome Maggie back to Westworth.  It’s wonderful to have her with us again!

Unit 94 will meet on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the parlour for our first gathering of the fall season.  All are welcome to attend!

This week at Westworth:

TodayChurch School Meet and Greet at 10:00am in the gym.

WorthyKids will be learning about David is Chosen.

I Samuel 16:1-13


Sept. 11

Study Group meeting start at 7:30pm in the parlour.

Sept. 13

Outreach meeting at 7:00pm in the lower classroom.

Finance meeting at 7:15pm in the parlour.

Worship meeting at 7:30pm in the upper classroom.


Sept. 14

Truth and Reconciliation meeting at 11:00am in the parlour.

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


Sept. 15

CE Community Potluck Supper at 6:30pm in the gym.

Sept. 16

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

Spirit Path Workshop at 9:30am in the lower classroom.

Randy Beynon’s Funeral at 10:30am.


Sept. 17

WorthyKids will be learning about David and Goliath.

I Samuel 17: 4-11, 32-50.

Fellowship Potluck Luncheon at 12:00pm in the parlour for all the past and future volunteers of our church fellowship events.

What does the United Church believe? How have these beliefs changed over the decades? Join us for our fall study on Mondays, 7:30-9:00 pm, beginning Sept. 11 through to Oct. 30 (except Thanksgiving Monday). You may attend as many Mondays as you wish—each session is complete in itself. These sessions are adapted for laity from a course Loraine teaches on United Church history and theology. Please sign up in narthex.

Sept 11: Changing United Church Beliefs Over the Decades

Sept. 18: The Social Gospel and Evangelism; Pacifism & the War Effort, Women’s Roles

Sept. 25: United Church Overseas Missions: From Colonization to Partnership

Oct. 2: Lessons Learned from our Outreach & Mission Work: United Church Home Missions and Indigenous Relations

Oct. 16: “But the Bible says…” Gender, Sexual Orientation and Biblical Interpretation

Oct. 23: Is Jesus the only way? Interchurch and Interfaith Relations

Oct. 30: What are United Church values? What is our future direction?


What’s In A Name?   The Membership Committee has made a slight change to a wonderful Sunday morning routine!   It’s a name change!   What we used to call “Sunday Morning Greeters” will now be addressed as “Sunday Morning Hosts”. (Please note that “Hostess” is easily substituted!) In our own homes, we greet our family, visitors, and friends, but continue to extend the “little extras” in “hosting” to make their visit a pleasure.   And so we hope it will be in our church home.   The morning will start with a smile and a welcoming “Hello”, but our host folks will ensure everyone knows where the cloakroom is found, the guest book is available to sign, and a cup of coffee is offered, and perhaps an introduction to someone in our congregation.   We will “host” all who enter our door to make each feel welcome and wanted.   Please consider a Sunday morning to volunteer. A team of two people is suggested for each morning.   See the sign-up sheet on the board in the narthex. Our volunteers have done a wonderful job in past years, and a “Thank You” is given to all who help.

And On The Idea Of “Names”   Don’t forget to wear your Name Tag!!!   It is especially important during September and October to have your name tag, as new people join us as we enter the Fall season and it is easier to remember names if you “see it”, as well as “hear it”.   If you would like to order a Westworth tag, call Heather in the office.   But….any name tag….your bridge club, your bowling league, or dance group name tag will suffice!   

The Outreach Team has installed a “Little Library” beside the bench outside Westworth’s main entrance on Grosvenor. It is hoped that you as well as the community surrounding our church will take advantage of the opportunity for a little “read”, complements of Westworth!

The September lunch for our friends at West Broadway Community Ministry will be held Thursday, September 21. You are invited to share in this vital ministry by contributing to the monthly offering of meatball subs, home baked cookies and fruit. The sign-up sheet is available in the Narthex. Please speak to Dan or Ruth Wiwchar or call 204-889-2892 if you have any questions.

Rental Supervision is needed the for the following booked concerts: Oct. 18 evening, Feb. 25 afternoon, Apr. 30, May 2 and May 5 evenings and May 6 afternoon. Other dates may be added. Duties would include unlocking the church, all set ups and removal, checking bathroom supplies, be available and visible to answer questions, clean up and lock up. Remuneration provided. Please contact the office if interested.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

* Please see the Outreach Board for information about these exciting events!

  1. a) “Walk a Mile in My Shoes“, the annual major fundraising event for West Broadway Community Ministry, will take place Saturday, September 30, 2017 and is an educational event as well as a fundraiser. It has been said that to understand someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. This event is designed to give participants a snapshot of what it’s like to live in poverty, particularly with some of the issues individuals and families face to make ends meet. Your Outreach Team is encouraging you to gather your colleagues, fellow students, fellow faith-community members, and family to form a team to participate. Forming a team will allow you to celebrate the day with friends and family and create a community of people committed to ending poverty and to learning about poverty in your own back yard!
  2. b) The pantry at West Broadway Community Ministry offers emergency food to the folks in the WB area. You can help keep the Pantry stocked by contributing to our yellow bin located in the Narthex. Most needed items for the Pantry are tinned meats and soups, tinned vegetables and tinned fruits, pork and beans, along with Kraft dinner and breakfast cereals. Thank you for your help.
  3. c) Karen Lumley will be with us Sunday morning, September 24, to share with us the vision of 1JustCity, and how that Vision is being made a reality in our city. Karen will also be available to answer your questions about 1JustCity at the congregational lunch that will follow the service. See you there!


Information from the Aug. 29, 2017 Council meeting.

a)  Ian Thomson has tendered his resignation. His last day was Sunday Sept 3, 2017. He will be invited back at a later date for a farewell.  If you wish to contribute to a gift for him donations may be put in an envelope marked as such and placed in the collection plate or may be given to the office. These donations are NOT tax deductible, as they go towards a private gift.

b)  Interfaith Lenten study: The 2018 Lenten Study will focus on Buddhism.

c)  Special service: Oct 29 at 7pm at Westminster United Church – John Pentland – author of “Fishing Tips” who revitalized a Calgary church using an innovative approach. Additional information on Westminster website and further information coming out soon.

d)  Fellowship will be holding a potluck lunch & meeting after church on Sept 17th in the parlour for all who took part in helping with Fellowship events last year, & anyone interested in taking part this year.

e)  Sept 24th there will be a luncheon organized by Fellowship to coincide with the Outreach & Worship events relating to One Just City when Rev. Karen Lumley, chair of the board of 1 Just City will share with the congregation during the service, and at our first luncheon of the year, the goals and projects of 1JustCity.

f)  Johnson Garrioch UC at Cross Lake received with thanks the 6 guitars, extra strings, cases, and chairs sent to them in May.

g)  Outreach Team will continue to coordinate monthly lunches for the West Broadway Community. The third Thursday of the months September, October and November 2017, and then January to June 2018. The menu will remain the popular meatball subs, homemade cookies and fruit. Ruth and Dan Wiwchar will act as organizing hosts again this year.


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board). 

    • The New Testament from a Jewish Perspective Sept. 12, 19 & 26 at 7pm. Presenter Dr. Ruth Ashrafi.
    • Sept. 12-Jesus in the Context of the First Century Responder: The Rev. Father Sam Argenziano, pastor, Holy Rosary Catholic Church
    • Sept. 19-an Orthodox Rabbi Reads the New Testament: R. Soloveitchik’s Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew Responder: The Rev. Dr. Gordon Taylor, Minister, The UC in Meadowood
    • Sept. 26-Between Jerusalem and Athens: Jewish Theological Concepts in the New Testament Responder: The Rev. Stepan Bilynskyy Director, Mission & Spriitual Health Care Services at Misericordia Health Centre.  Mary Mother of the Church Parish, 85 Kirkbridge Drive.
    • Spirit Path invites you to join us for our Myers Briggs event “Explore your Personality through Myers Briggs”. Exploring Myers Briggs Personality Type helps us recognize our strengths and our preferred working styles. Understanding others Myers Briggs types helps us appreciate our team members and colleagues – enabling us to work better together. The event will take place Saturday Sept. 16th 9:30 am to 4:30 pm here at Westworth. The cost is $40 per person (including MBTI Assessment Indicator and Coffee Breaks) (please bring a lunch)   (please register before Tuesday September 12th for time to complete the online MBTI Assessment Indicator and have it prepared for Saturday). Please contact Garth Fallis at 204-487-1466 or by email at
    • FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS   Saturday, Sept. 16th   10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Crescent Fort Rouge UC 525 Wardlaw Ave featuring Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging); a display by the Winnipeg African Violet Society and information on growing them.   Sale of African Violet plants & leaves.  Free admission.
    • Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre Annual General Meeting Sept. 23 at 2pm. 29 Dugard Rd., Beausejour, MB RSVP 204-268-3913 or
    • The Swedish Cultural Assoc. of MB presents the Swedish Folk’Appella Group, Kongero, Oct. 18 at 7:30pm. Tickets $20 available at McNally Robinson or Westworth United Church
    • Grief Support Group: Our next group, runs from Monday, Sept. 18 to Oct. 30th, from 7 to 9 pm (with Tuesday, October 10 instead of Thanksgiving). Please call Janet at 204-888-4248. Sturgeon Creek UC


 Minute for Mission

A Vibrant Youth Program

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support programs for children and youth. Let us hear a story of The GO Project.

“The GO Project has taught me so much about faith and social justice, but I didn’t even notice I was learning because I never thought you could have that much fun while learning!”

Those are the words of a youth who took part in The GO Project youth mission program. For nine years, The GO Project has been offering a vibrant experience of church to youth and children.

The first program happened at Islington United Church in Toronto, and it’s been an adventure ever since. First offered for youth, GO now also offers summer camp programs for children as well as a young adult intentional community.

The GO Project has youth programs in Halifax, Vancouver, Saskatoon, and St. John’s, in addition to the Toronto site. The youth live in community and work alongside volunteers at community ministries in the host city. Youth who have participated in The GO Project leave with a strong sense of community and a passion for leadership.

We sing thanksgiving that, through our gifts for Mission & Service,

children and youth continue to grow in faith and community, able to

offer leadership that can mend the world!


If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you so much! If you have not given for Mission & Service, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith. In all our Mission & Service giving, with a willing heart, we sing thanksgiving to God!