Sept. 17 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am September 17, 2017


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle: “Bunessan”    Michael Higgins

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

Opening Prayer 

Hymn VU 875   “Psalm 150: Praise to God, Your Praises Show”      LLANFAIR

Prayer of Confession

       Christ Jesus,

       you ask us to forgive as you have forgiven us.

       Give us the courage to step beyond the shield of resentment,

       and unveil to you the pain we have been harbouring.

       Teach us how to forgive and let go of our hurt.

       Teach us how to receive forgiveness and let go of our guilt.

       Teach us how to forgive ourselves.


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

Dedication of Little Library


Hymn MV 14                         “Where Two or Three”                           Harding

(children are invited to go to Church School)


Epistle Reading: Romans 14:1-12

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

        Thanks be to God.


Gospel Reading: Matthew 18:21-35

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:            “Come Down, O Love Divine”                  arr. Sheldon Curry

Sermon:                                   “Forgive God”


We Respond

Hymn VU 364                       “Forgive Our Sins”                              HORSLEY



Offertory:        “When We Are Living”                                          John Carter

Dedication Hymn:  VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

Offertory Prayer


Guided Meditation:           “A Welcoming Prayer”                    Richard Rohr

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921

Hymn VU 589                “Lord, Speak to Me”                                 WINSCOTT


Choral Hallelujah                                                                               ST GEORGE

Postlude:           “Trumpet Voluntary on Llanfair”            Franklin Ashdown




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                             


Hosts: Anne and Keith Love

Ushers: Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader: Kathy Wilson


We extend our condolences to Dorothy Christie, Adam and Christopher B. and family on the passing of Craig B. in Victoria. A Celebration of Life will be held at Westworth on Oct. 7 at 2:00pm.

Our sympathy to Nancy Pinnell and Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd on the passing of Nancy’s aunt in New Brunswick.


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.  Please find a moment to welcome Maggie back to Westworth.  It’s wonderful to have her with us again!


This week at Westworth:

TodayWorthyKids 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.


Sept. 18

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

Sept. 19

Council will meet at 7:15pm in the upper classroom.

Unit 94 will meet at 7:30pm in the parlour for their first gathering of the fall season.  All are welcome to attend!


Sept. 20

Unit 77 will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Dorcas Windsor to discuss the book A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Bachman.  New members are always welcome.  Please contact Dorcas at

CE will meet at 7:00pm in the library.


Sept. 21

Unit 7 will meet at 9:30am in the parlour.

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


Sept. 24

WorthyKids will be learning about A Good Ruler.

Jeremiah 33: 14-17

Fall Fling Luncheon after service in the gym.

 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. 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?


The Outreach Team has installed a “Little Library” with the hope that you as well as the community surrounding our church will take advantage of the opportunity for a little “read”, complements of Westworth! Thanks to Dan Wiwchar for designing and building our library.

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.


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!


Rental Supervision is needed the for the following booked concerts: Oct. 18 evening, Feb. 25 afternoon, Apr. 30, May 2 evenings and May 5 and May 6 afternoons. Practices on Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Mar. 17 and Apr. 21 also require supervision. 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.


Westworth United Church is in need of a person to shovel snow – though hopefully, not for a while! This paid position is likely a temporary one, but could become permanent.

What does the job entail?  The good news is Westworth has a snowblower!  The incumbent will use it to keep the sidewalk on Grosvenor free of snow, from Lanark to the entrance into the west parking area, as well as to clear any drifts that accumulate along the base of the church at the back (south side), and in front of the 5 doors: the main entrance and sanctuary door on Grosvenor, a west door and two doors at the back.  Every door must be accessible at all times.  Westworth retains a company to clear the parking lot.

What qualifications are necessary to do this job? The incumbent must be flexible (time-wise, although physically is a definite asset!) and work well independently. An all-night snowfall would necessitate an early-morning shovel.  Evenings would work if the snow fell during the day.  A definite priority is shoveled walkways for Sunday morning service at 11 a.m.  In other words, you will need to be available within a couple of hours after snow has fallen.

If you have the qualifications and are interested in this position, there’s ‘snow’ reason why you shouldn’t leave your name and phone number with Heather at the office (204-489-6974, extension 20); someone will call you back. It’s an ideal job for the person who wants to get some physical activity, earn money at the same time and perform a valuable service for Westworth.  For the most part, you would still be free to pursue other activities (part-time work, studies, personal interests) when you weren’t clearing snow.


ALF- Help Needed!! Please spread the word to anyone who has contact with youth in grades 7 through 9 that the annual young people’s gathering called ALF happens October 20 through 22 in Selkirk.

This will be a great event of building a community of friends with whom young people can explore their faith and, through the theme “Live with Respect in Creation”, imagine ways to build relationships with their own groups of friends, the surrounding neighbourhood, the broader community and our world.

Interested people can click on the following link and scroll down until the image of the earth being held up by hands appears, followed by the information to learn about and sign up for ALF!

Please encourage interested people to register for the ALF youth retreat before early-bird deadline of September 30th and that they can start registering right now!


Ray McClelland has started reorganizing The Westworth Winds band library and would like the help of a small crew of volunteers.  This spring the Church (along with help from the Dixie Beats) purchased over one thousand band scores from the now disbanded Gig One Big Band.  That music was filed as it was collected (chronologically).  A preferred way is to file all titles alphabetically and to place them in similarly sized envelopes with uniform labelling then filed.  Also, some band parts are missing and these parts need to be identified, recorded and if possible replaced.  Some of the work can be done in the homes of volunteers.  As an example, creating the labelled envelopes but the work done in the band room should be done as a team.  Volunteers should have basic typing skills and the ability to work with Excel (again pretty basic.)  Lots of attention to detail as well.  If you are interested in helping in this way please come to the band room after church on September 24th and let Ray know when you are available.  Day time is preferred.  Hopefully, all this would be completed by the end of the year.  Thanks.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Support for Bill C-262

In line with our National Church and our congregation’s commitment for social justice and our commitment to Truth and Reconciliation process, you have an opportunity to ask the federal government to pass Bill C-262 to align our federal laws with the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Please consider filling out the postcard found in your bulletin with the message “Please support Bill C 262, which asks the federal government to align federal laws with UNDRIP (the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples).” For your information Wpg. MPs are:

Winnipeg South Centre, Jim Carr Winnipeg South, Terry Duguid Winnipeg Centre, Robert-Falcon Ouellette Kildonan-St. Paul, MaryAnn Mihychuk Winnipeg North, Kevin Lameroux Charleswood-St. James Assiniboia-Headingly- Doug Eyolfson Elmwood-Transcona, Daniel Blaikie Should you require assistance, members of the Outreach Committee will be at a table in Narthex.


Donations from “identifiable givers” for the year including the month of August for the past 3 years.

2015      $203,623             2016      $179,555             2017      $177,419

Based upon pledges, we anticipated $190,979 in donations. Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

* Please check the Outreach Board for more information about exciting events!

“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!


Save the Date

  1. 1. Let’s Walk the Talk gathering in support for Bill C-262. Please see Outreach Board for information. 2. Sunday, September 24: Karen Lumley, Chair of the Board of 1JustCity will be with us during worship, sharing the vision of 1JustCity. Join us for worship, and plan to stay for lunch following the service, where Karen will be available to answer questions you may have.
  2. The Outreach Team are encourages you to participate in celebrating September 24 as Car Free Sunday. World Car Free Day (Friday, September 22) is an international event celebrated every year when people ride trains, subways, buses, bicycles, carpool, vanpool or walk, rather than drive alone in cars. The Green Churches Network invites you to extend the spirit of this global event on September 22 into our Sunday worship.
  3. Join the Outreach Team as they welcome Shaun Loney to Westworth on Sunday evening October 15 for our first Sabbath Supper Pot Luck of the year. 

Shaun, son-in-law of Fraser and Marion Muldrew, founded BUILD in 2013 and later co-founded Aki Energy. This non-profit social enterprise employs First Nations communities in green energy and health food initiatives, and reaches more communities every year. The job now is to engage the new Canadian government so that we can remove the barriers preventing the re-emergence of the local economy.

His recent book, An Army of Problem Solvers: Reconciliation and the Solutions Economy talks about problem solvers and what they can do to improve Canadian society. Why are there no gardens in Garden Hill First Nation? What does reconciliation really mean for Canada? In all of this there is a new role for government: it must shift from focusing on problems to focusing on problem solvers.

You are invited to gather in the gym at 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 5:30 and Shaun will speak at 6:30.


Hurricane and Flood Relief

  • The United Church of Canada works with several churches and agencies throughout the Caribbean region. Our membership in the global ACT Alliance will provide multiple ways that the church can assist people affected by Hurricane Irma. ACT members are organized in various regional and national forums (including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba) that are working quickly to assist with evacuations and emergency shelter where necessary, and to plan for post-storm responses. In addition, the United Church will assist bilateral partners such as the region-wide Methodist Church of the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA), the Cuban Council of Churches, and the Karl Lévêque Cultural Institute in Haiti as they organize their responses.
  • In the United States, our full communion partner, the United Church of Christ, is initiating responses to the ongoing wind and flood disaster on the Gulf Coast.
  • The United Church of Canada is accepting donations for relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma. Please make your cheques out to Westworth United Church, marked “Hurricane Relief for… (either the Caribbean or for the U.S).” and we will forward all donations.
  • Floods in parts of southeast Asia are causing significant hardship and loss of life as well as property. The United Church of Canada has responded to emergency relief efforts in India through Mission & Service partner ACT Alliance. We have also contributed to an ecumenical emergency response in India through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. We continue to monitor the situation and discern how best we can offer support and prayer. And we ask people to pray for all those affected.


United Church Observer The yearly fee is $25.00, and the envelope for payment is on the coffee ledge for your convenience. Please contact Rochelle Baker at 489-6102 or email or Heather at the office with any changes or questions you may have. The deadline is Oct. 15 for your renewals. Thank you for your support.


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)

  • Harvest Supper St. Andrews RHUC Oct. 1 4:30 & 6:30pm 488-1130
    • Grands “N” more Giant Art Sale, Sunday, Sept. 24. 10:30 am-4:00 pm
  • Norwood Community Centre. 87 Walmer Street. Proceeds to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. New and used items.
  • Life & Art Sharing Circle Join us for 8 Mondays Sept. 25-Nov. 27
  • 6-8:15pm (registration deadline Sept. 19) Hosted by Claire Stephensen & Min-Goo Kang. Expanding inner and outer horizons, through telling stories and making art. Ft. Garry UC.



Minute for Mission

Preparing for Ministry

Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological schools. Let us hear a reflection from Principal Richard Topping, who shared some reflections in the fall newsletter of the Vancouver School of Theology.

“In theological education we are trying to make preparing for ministry in the name of Jesus as difficult as it ought to be. I have thought a great deal about why ministry is so hard—secularity, post-Christendom, multiculturalism, shrinking church, opportunities to golf.

“My friend Will Willimon has persuaded me, however, that it is Jesus’ fault. He is really hard to follow—I mean ‘pray for your enemies, bless those who curse you.’ It is hard to get formed for that for life. But as Tom Hanks, who played a baseball coach in the movie A League of Their Own, said, ‘If baseball was easy, then everyone would do it.’ It’s the same with theological education.

“We want our graduates to be engaged people, folks willing to get involved in the world, not just wait for the next…. Our theological ethos is designed to nurture practitioners who are making a difference in the world for God and the gospel. It is the DNA of VST to get involved in the big challenges the world faces.”

We sing thanksgiving for the gifts of Mission & Service that support students who are discerning their path to ministry through the inspiring guidance of theological schools such as the Vancouver School of Theology.


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!