Sept. 24 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am September 24, 2017

 

We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Now That the Daylight Fills the Sky”                           Dale Wood

 

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

 

Opening Prayer

We offer praise with voices strong;

We sing to God in joyful song.

We come to hear the Spirit’s call:

Receive and give Christ’s love for all.

 

Hymn VU 224                “Sing a Happy Hallelujah”                        STANSFIELD

 

Prayer of Confession

          God of justice and mercy,

          teach us how to discern your justice for all.

          Forgive us for affirming only what benefits ourselves,

          without considering how this affects the least of us.

          Remind us that how we treat society’s marginalized

          is how we treat you.

 

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

Hymn MV 14                         “Where Two or Three”                           Harding

 

Responsive Reading: VU 825 “Psalm 103”

 

Gospel Reading: Matthew 20:1-16

This is the Gospel of Christ.

        Thanks be to God.

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

 

Anthem     “Church Without Walls”                                          Pepper Choplin

Sermon: “Justice, not Just Us!”

 

We Respond

Hymn VU 117            “Jesus Christ is Waiting”           NOËL NOUVELET

 

Offering

Offertory:    “Jesus Christ is Waiting”                            arr. John Carter

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 921

Hymn VU 567        “Will You Come and Follow Me”               KELVINGROVE

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Hallelujah                                                                                ST GEORGE

Postlude:         “You Shall Go Out With Joy”                     Douglas E. Wagner

 

Welcome to Rev. Karen Lumley, Chair of the Board of 1 Just City and Minister at St. Andrew’s United Church, for helping to lead worship today.

 

Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd         westworthminister@gmail.com

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                          Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries:  Maggie Barnett

204 489-6974 Ext. 23                                                 churchschool@westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers                            treasurer@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                            office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                     www.westworth.ca

 

Usher: Diether Peschken

Scripture Reader: Elaine Pigden

 

We extend our condolences to Dorothy Christie, Adam and Christopher B. and family on the sudden passing of Craig B. in Victoria and, one week later, the sudden passing of Dorothy’s son Adam’s father-in-law.

 

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. 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?

 

In the memorial cabinet in the narthex you will find Tasmanian water carriers, a gift to us from the largely Indigenous delegation from the Uniting Church of Australia when they visited us in July.

 

This week at Westworth:

TodayWorthyKids will be learning about A Good Ruler.

Jeremiah 33: 14-17

Westworth Winds start back at 9:30am in the band room.

Fall Fling Luncheon after service in the gym.

Monday

Sept. 25

Theatre Auditions start at 7:00pm in the choir room.

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

Tuesday

Sept. 26

Theatre Auditions start at 7:00pm in the choir room.

Ministry & Personnel meet at 7:00pm in the library.

Thursday

Sept. 28

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

Sept. 29

Celebration of Life service for Craig Batty at 2:00pm.
Saturday

Sept. 30

Leadership Team Retreat starts at 9:00am in the parlour and gym.
Sunday

Oct. 1

WorthyKids will be learning about Messy Kids Outreach and will be making magnets for the Bazaar in support of Westworth UC.

 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”. 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. Thank you to all of our volunteers have done a wonderful job in past years!

 

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!

 

Our custodian, Ian, has moved on to another position. He was sorry to leave and didn’t resign without a lot of thought. If you would like to remember him with a gift, please put your donation in an envelope marked ‘Ian’s Gift’ and put it in the offering plate or drop it off at the office before Wednesday, September 27. Donations are not eligible for a tax receipt. We will invite Ian back to say a proper goodbye to him. Details to come.

 

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.

 

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.

 

1JustCity

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 is accepting donations for relief efforts related to Hurricane Irma and Maria. 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.

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 aandrbaker@shaw.ca 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.

 

LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR 2017!  Fall activities are in full swing and the congregation and U.C.W. are gearing up for another wonderful Luncheon and Bazaar on Saturday, October 28th . Over the summer months many of you have been busy preparing wonderful homemade jams and jellies for the Bake Table. Craft projects have been completed and treasures for the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table have been set aside. Donations to the General Store of handcrafted items, special gift items, and selected used books have also been collected.  A new addition to the bazaar is a Framed Art and Photo Gallery.  Items for the new gallery are just beginning to arrive. And local authors will be signing their books in the General Store. Thanks so much for the donations/work already completed!

If you have not made a donation as yet, below are some of the items we are looking for: home baking of items such as cookies, muffins, pies for the luncheon and bake table, slices, squares and cakes. Jams, jellies and pickles are very popular or perhaps you have a great recipe such as “nuts and bolts”.   Please ensure preserves have the proper canning lid and label your baked item e.g. banana bread.  All baked items should also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not.  If you are donating baking please bring it to the church before 8 p.m. on Friday, the 27th if possible.  If you have any questions please call Barb at 204-488-0853

We are also in need of contributions to the China Cabinet and the Treasure Table; used books, current crafts or gift baskets for the General Store and framed art and photos for the new Framed Art and Photography Gallery. If you are donating framed art or photos please provide a suggested selling price along with your name and phone number as unsold items will be returned.  Any questions regarding the Framed Art and Photo Gallery should be directed to Rochelle Baker at 204-489-6102.  The General Store will also be selling house plants and so donations of plants in a nice container or plant pot would be appreciated with any special care instructions. Please advise Andrea Firth if you can lend a plant stand for this event.

The involvement of the total church helps to make it the great success it is!   Your volunteer time is needed!  Please join us! Sign-up sheets will be in the Narthex starting next Sunday, October 1.

 

Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

  • The UC in Meadowood is hosting their annual Fall Supper on Sunday Oct. 22, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.
  • Community Health Program At Temple Shalom, At 1:30 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Celebrating Life: Music Therapy for Health & Wellbeing” Presented by: Rachel MacEwan, MTA
  • Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitisim presents An Evening with Raheel Raza  Monday, September 25, @ 7:30 pm Berney Theatre, Asper Campus
  • LOVING-KINDNESS MEDITATION RETREAT (FREE) Manitoba Buddhist Vihara and Cultural Association. We kindly invite you to participate in Loving-Kindness Meditation Retreat (Done in the form of Chanting Metta Sutta) ,which is scheduled to be on 30th of September (Saturday) 2017. Time: 8:30 PM until 5:00 AM. Venue :  Whyte Ridge Community Centre 170 Fleetwood Rd, Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1R3   For more information, please visit:  http://mbvca.org

 

 

Minute for Mission

Engaging Difference

 

Our gifts for Mission & Service support intercultural programs. Let us hear the story of the Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry program (DUIM).

God is calling us to find new ways of being church together. It is not simply a matter of continuing with traditions we have become comfortable with and allowing others to join us. Rather, our intercultural vision calls us to be aware of who is at the centre and who is at the margins and to empower those at the margins to lead us into change.

The church’s intercultural vision is about more than inclusion—it’s about radical welcoming. When we affirm and welcome a variety of expressions of faith, it deepens our understanding of God and of one another.

DUIM is an interactive program for church leaders. It is offered by our partner the Canadian Churches’ Forum and shaped, in part, by the United Church. Bursaries are available for United Church participants to help offset program costs.

DUIM is offered in different locations across Canada several times throughout the year and is tailored to the intercultural realities of each local context. Participants discover how to nurture faithful relationships across difference, gather insights on cultural relevance, and deepen understanding and awareness in their faith communities.

We sing thanksgiving that our gifts for Mission & Service support this exciting time of Spirit-led questioning, experimenting, and mutual learning.

 

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!