Oct. 15 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am October 15, 2017

Stewardship Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Elegiac Prelude”                                            Gerald Bales


Introit:                              “I Was Glad”                                                 Craig Curry

Opening Prayer


Hymn VU 820        “Psalm 110: Make a Joyful Noise”                 PSALM 100


Prayer of Confession

        Generous God, forgive us, for we are a people who want to own, possess, and have dominion over. We create scarcity where there should be abundance. We hoard when we should share; we take when we should give; hold back the best and give the rest. Out of your gracious nature, forgive us once more. Provide us with all we need, and help us to know when enough is enough.  (from We Sing Thanksgiving, UC Stewardship Resource)


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 MV188    “I Thank You, Thank You, Jesus”      Traditional Swahili


Scripture Reading: Genesis 28:10-22

This is testimony to the Word of God

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:    “Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven”                  Pepper Choplin

Sermon: “Blessing All Families on Earth”


We Respond

Hymn VU 619                       “Healer of Our Every Ill”              HEALER



Offertory: “Let Us With a Gladsome Mind”                        Flor Peeters

Dedication Hymn:  MV 182 “Grateful” (refrain)

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 234        “Let Us with a Gladsome Mind”                     MONKLAND

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Hallelujah                                                                               ST GEORGE

Postlude:          “Praise God’s Greatness”                                     Mark Hayes


 Thanks to Rev. Dr. Ray Whitehead for telling us about his service as United Church Overseas Personnel in China.



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


Hosts: Anne and Keith Love

Ushers: Kathy and Alan Wilson

Scripture Reader: Paul Chard

Candle-lighters: Ava Dyce and Rose McLeod


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. 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.

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?


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 today so please send in your renewal. Thank you for your support.

Unit 94 will meet on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlour.  Our guest speaker will be Winnipeg author Michael Kaan, whose debut novel, The Water Beetles, is one of the finalists in the fiction category of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.  This event is open to anyone at Westworth and beyond who would like to attend.


This week at Westworth:

TodayWestworth Winds meet at 9:30am in the band room.

WorthyKids will be learning about Zechariah and Elizabeth. Luke 1:5-7

Sabbath Supper at 5:00pm in the gym.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 6:30pm in choir room

Counting Team is Team C – Dave S’s team


Oct. 16

Fall Study continues today at 7:30pm in the parlour.

Oct. 17

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

Haskins St. practice at 7:00pm in the choir room.

Unit 94 meets at 7:30pm in the parlour.


Oct. 18

UC Pensioners meet for 9:00am in the gym.

Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, October 18 at 1:30 p.m. in the church parlour.  They will discuss the book The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  All are welcome to attend.

Christian Education meets at 7:00 in the upper classroom or library.


Oct. 19

Unit 7 meets at 9:30am in the parlour.

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


Oct. 20

Messy Church meets at 6:30pm in the gym and parlour.

Oct. 21

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

Oct. 22

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

WorthyKids will be learning about John the Baptist Luke 3:1-18

Ceremony of Carols practice at 6:30pm in choir room

Turkey Buyers needed!!!   Our bazaar is famous for its Turkey Burgers, but, to make them, we need a lot of birds.  They are on sale right now for Thanksgiving.  If you might be able to buy a LARGE bird on sale, please let Dianne Sjoberg know you can do that.  Call her at 885-0700. Can buy but can’t store???  Dianne can make arrangements.  Then, closer to bazaar time, we will need turkey cookers as well.  If you are able to cook a bird, again, please let Dianne know.  Any questions?  Call Dianne. Thank you!!

LUNCHEON AND BAZAAR 2017! Our annual Luncheon and Bazaar will be held here at Westworth on Saturday, October 28th from 11 am to 2 pm. Visit with your friends over lunch.  Stop and shop in the Home Baking or Treasure Table areas.  Find that perfect gift for someone special in the China Cabinet or the General Store or the new Framed Art and Photo Gallery.  Volunteers are still required for all areas including cooking a turkey, so if you can help in any way, please see Janet or Wendy in the narthex after church to sign up.  All help is greatly appreciated!

Messy Church is Back!! Everyone of all ages welcome to join us for an evening of Music, Movement and a Meal. The Adult Cafe will be open for tea, coffee and cake. Save the date:  Friday, October 20th 6:30-8:30pm. Please Sign-up in the narthex if you plan to attend.

Westworth Men’s Spirituality Saturday October 21. Men of Westworth of ALL ages, please join us for a light breakfast, talking and planning for the coming year. Our world is a challenging place and there is much to talk about. We meet in the upper classroom at 9:00am.  Comments, questions or concern may be directed to Allan McKay at admckay@shaw.ca or 204-269-5292.

Newcomers’ Welcome Breakfast Invitation: The Membership Team of Westworth would like to extend an invitation to ALL NEWCOMERS, and those who may be returning after an extended time away from Westworth, to join us in The Parlour for a Welcome Breakfast on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 9:30 AM.   Mark your calendar and plan to attend.   Further details will soon be available.

Westworth is looking for a handyperson to do repairs around the church,  if you are recently retired or have time on your hands and are able to fix and repair things,  please give the church office a call 204 489-6974 Ext. 20.  The job would be occasional and on an as needed basis.  Remuneration paid.



Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. Thank you to all who supported, in September, our first lunch of the year for our friends at West Broadway. We serve 250 meatball sandwiches, cookies and fruit for a very grateful community! Our October date is being used by another organization, and so our next luncheon will be served November 16 hosted by Barbara and Brian Gwyer.
  2. 1Just City Gift Catalogues and Gifts with Vision catalogues are available now. There are a few copies of each catalogue available in the Narthex today. More have been ordered and should be available next Sunday.


  1. Last Call! The Outreach Team welcomes Shaun Loney to Westworth tonight for our first Sabbath Supper Pot Luck of the year! 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.

We’ll  gather in the gym with our contributions to the meal at 5:00 pm. Buffet Pot-Luck Dinner will be served at 5:30 and Shaun will speak at 6:30. 

  1. “Feast for Friends”, Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Sandy Saulteaux Centre is open to all. Please see detailed information on the Outreach Board.


Minute for Mission

Food Insecurity

Our gifts for Mission & Service offer self-sufficiency and hope. Let us hear a story from the West Bank.

Life is a constant struggle for Palestinian Muslims and Christians living in the West Bank. Separated from family living in Israel, Gaza, or further abroad, many also face land confiscation or are unable to reach their land to work it because of Israeli restrictions on travel. Those who want to build new agriculture-related structures rarely receive permits from the Israeli authority; if they build anyway, they are subject to demolitions.

In the West Bank, the Near East Council of Churches has developed a food security program focused on families who have lost land and property due to the Israeli occupation and illegal settlements. Through this intervention, a family receives three main components. First is material for a shed for livestock. As part of the project, the family must contribute by building the shed, often with the help of the community. Second, they receive five fruit trees that are about four years old, and third, they receive 12 chickens, two pregnant sheep, and enough feed for 100 days. Training and support are also provided.

These supplies give those struggling to feed their families the ability to become self-sufficient, providing milk, eggs, fruit, dairy products, and meat for their own needs while also having enough left over to trade or sell at markets.

We sing thanksgiving for global partners who are bringing hope and vitality to Palestinian families in the region.

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!



                        Thank you

        Year to end of September, Westworth congregants have generously given:

  • $179,034 to support Westworth’s general operations budget
  • (2016 – $183,783)
  • $24,356 to support the Mission & Service Fund
  • (2016- $$21,680)
  • $1,225 to Special Appeals (2016-$1898)
  • $554.05 to help run our Lenten Studies program
  • (2016-$1,898)
  • $313.75 to West Broadway Lunches (2016-$1270)
  • $483.10 to West Broadway Community Ministry
  • (2016-$566)
  • $254.80 Spare Change Sunday donations to West Broadway
  • (2016-$264)
  • $380 for Samedi Gras & Band music donations
  • (2016-$200)
  • $50 for Cuba Funds (2016-$220)
  • $55 to Memorial Fund in memory of loved ones
  • (2016-$1380)
  • Global Outreach Extreme Hunger Relief for Africa $3,100;(2016 Syrian Emergency Relief $1,300;Hurricane Matthew $590)
  • Fort McMurray Fires $610; Ecuador Relief $100
  • Hurricane Irma $550
  • $225 given to the Prayer Shawl Ministry (2016-$0)
  • $300 to the Children’s Fund in honour of D. Sjoberg’s retirement
  • Bequest from the family of Bernice Passalis $10,000 for General funds.
  • Canadian Foodgrains Bank (2016-$975)


Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)

    • WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE? Join the Rev. Bob Galston for The Gospels (profoundly simple/simply profound) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. Oct. 14th to Nov. 18th at Harrow UC. Please register through the office (204-284-0079 or secretary@harrowunited.ca)
    • Harrow UCW is hosting a ThankOffering service at Harrow UC. 955 Mulvey Ave. this coming Monday, Oct. 16th at 7 p.m. This will be a “Celebrating Spirit” UCW 55th Anniversary ThankOffering worship (with Offering going to M & S), a brief PowerPoint “Morogoro Women’s Training Centre” report, followed by light refreshments and fellowship.  RSVP viessa@mymts.net
    • The Royal Canadian College of Organists invites you to attend: VESPERS FOR REFORMATION A Festival service of Evening Prayer to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Friday, Oct. 27, 7:30 pm Messiah Lutheran Church   400 Rouge Rd.