Oct. 8 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am October 8, 2017

Thanksgiving Sunday


We Gather to Worship

Pre-service music       “All Things Bright and Beautiful”

“For the Beauty of the Earth”              arr. C. T. Smith


Welcome and Announcements

Prelude and Lighting of Christ Candle:

“Now Thank We All Our God”                                           John Carter

Introit:       “A Thanksgiving Prayer”(Cherubs and Senior Choir)   Gail Pollock

Call to Worship

Hymn VU 516 “Come, You Thankful People Come” ST GEORGE’S, WINDSOR


Prayer of Confession

          God of our ancestors, of the living and of future beings,

          We underestimate the power of our words and actions.

          We fail to realize the impact of our effect on others.

          We walk in the footsteps of others and leave our own imprint on   

          this earth.

          Help us realize the import of all that we say and do.

          Forgive us for spreading negativity and harm.

          Live and love through us,

                   that we may be vessels of healing.

          Help us to live simply, that others may simply live.


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


First Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-18

This is testimony to the Word of God

Thanks be to God.


Responsive Reading: VU 782 “Psalm 65”


Second Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 9:6-15

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:    “Anthem of Thanksgiving”                                             CPE Bach

Sermon: “Making Memory”


We Respond

Hymn VU 303                       “For Beauty of Prairies”           ST DENIO (VU 223)



Offertory: “We Gather Together”       Westworth Winds        arr. E. Kremser

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 959 (sung)


Hymn VU 236        “Now Thank We All Our God”                     NUN DANKET

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Hallelujah                                                                                        ST GEORGE

Postlude:                  “Roanoke Island”                                     arr. John Kinyon


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd            westworthminister@gmail.com

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

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib                            Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Westworth Winds Director:  Ray McClelland

Cherub Choir Director:  Jewel Casselman

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: Janet Sealey and Kirk Windsor

Scripture Reader: Gordon McLeod


Daryl and Allan Brooks welcome their 4rd grandchild, Finley Brooks B.

We welcome donations to the Canada Foodgrains Bank as our special Thanksgiving offering today. Please place your cheque in the Foodgrains envelope, made out to Westworth United Church, with a note in the memo line for Canada Foodgrains Bank.

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.

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?


We will be having a transfer of membership and baptism on Sunday, Oct. 29. If you would like to transfer your membership or request baptism for your child, please contact Loraine.


This week at Westworth:

TodayHappy Thanksgiving

WorthyKids will be learning about Zechariah

Luke 1: 68—79

Counting Team is Team B – Dan’s team


Oct. 9

Office will be closed for Thanksgiving.

No Fall Study today, it continues Oct. 16.


Oct. 10

ACES Luncheon at 12:00pm in the lower classroom.

Oct. 11

Outreach will meet at 7:00pm in the lower classroom.

Finance will meet at 7:30pm in the parlour.


Oct. 12

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

Oct. 13

Office will be closed.

Oct. 14

Women’s Spirituality will meet at 9:00am in the parlour.

Oct. 15

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

We are grateful for our diverse music groups who are leading us in worship today:   Senior Choir, under the direction of Debbie McLeod

Westworth Winds, under the direction of Ray McClelland

Cherub Choir, under the direction of Jewel Casselman

and our organist and accompanist Dorcas Windsor


Westworth has hired a part-time cleaning service on a trial basis.  The company is called Certified Green Cleaning and is the same company Charleswood UC uses very successfully.  Please welcome Dexter De Jarisco from Certified Green Cleaning. You will see him around the church Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Dexter will be taking instructions from Heather our Office Administrator in regard to cleaning, set-up and some minor repairs.  Unfortunately he will not be able to take individual instructions from church members, so please contact Heather if you have any specific requests.  This is a new way of doing things for Westworth so please be patient and understanding with the changes.  If you have positive feedback or concerns please contact M & P, Paul Chard or Property Committee, Spencer Newton.

Church groups please be prepared to set up for your groups when needed.


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.

ACES: On Tuesday October 10, at 12:00 the ACES group “as we know it” will meet for the last time. Please bring your own lunch as dessert, tea, coffee will be provided. There will be no cost for this gathering. We will discuss the future of senior gatherings at the luncheon. Our entertainment will be fun as Loraine, Nancy and Alma will be presenting their trips to Iceland. Anyone in the congregation is certainly welcome to join us if you’d like to learn about Iceland. If you plan to come but don’t usually attend ACES please notify Elaine (204-487-6543) so seating can be arranged. Hope to see lots of you there!

The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, October 14th, 9:00am in the Parlour.  Our topic will be “Who is our Neighbour?”  All women are invited to join us for a light breakfast and discussion.  For more information call Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email wilsonka@mymts.net

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!  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 today.


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.


Items of interest to the congregation from the Sept 19, 2017 Council meeting.

The following motions were passed by the Council:

  • That Certified Green Cleaning be hired for cleaning and maintenance of Westworth United Church based on the quote provided until the end of December,2017 with an interim review by Property to include a review of the hourly cost.

That Westworth adopt a policy to attempt to accommodate low income congregants to attend events. Requests to be made to the Minister.

It was also suggested that in the future a note be added to posters/tickets stating that “accommodation can be made for those who cannot afford to attend and to speak to minister.”

  • Items for discussion at the Team Ministry Retreat to be held on Sept 30, 2017 were discussed.
  • Cheryl McNabb Davis distributed the Budget Request Form for review and hard copies to be distributed at retreat. It is available electronically and that is the preferred method of submission.
  • Korean church update – The Korean Church has decided to seek other facilities because our facility is so busy.



Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. Thanks to you, the pantry at West Broadway is able to provide much needed food supplies! Needed as well are feminine hygiene products. If you are travelling, please keep the extra soaps, lotions and shampoos that are found in your hotel room. West Broadway appreciates receiving those items.


2. 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. The book is available in the Church library. 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. 

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



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

  • $179,934 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)

  • 4th Annual Multicultural TeaFest Oct. 15 2-5pm Franco Manitobain Centre. Celebrating Diversity and Honouring Reconciliation
  • “All Handmade” Craft Sale Sat. Oct. 21 10-3pm Ft. Garry UC
  • Fall Turkey Supper sponsored by Crescent Fort UC and held at Churchill Park UC, 525 Beresford Ave.  Saturday, Oct. 21.   Advance Tickets only – 204-663-3372
  • WHAT’S IN THE BIBLE? Join the Rev. Bob Galston for The Gospels (profoundly simple/simply profound) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. October 14th to November 18th at Harrow UC. Please register through the office (204-284-0079 or secretary@harrowunited.ca


Minute for Mission

Dr. Reinerio Arce Celebrates Decades of Solidarity

Our gifts for Mission & Service offer long-term support and solidarity around the world. Let us hear a story about decades of solidarity with Cuba.

In May 2016 United Theological College in Montreal, Quebec, presented Dr. Reinerio Arce with an honorary doctorate. Dr. Arce took the opportunity to thank The United Church of Canada for its decades of solidarity. “We will not forget your friendship,” he said. “Even as it becomes easier to relate directly with the U.S. churches, we need you to be with us.”

He recalled shipments of food in the late 1990s through 2001 organized by the United Church through its membership in the Canadian Foodgrains Bank during a time of drought in eastern Cuba.

As Cuba renews its relationship with the United States, Cuban church leaders are saying thanks to Canadian churches that have accompanied them through nearly six decades of a U.S. embargo.

Reinerio Arce is a past-president of the Cuban Council of Churches and former rector of the Evangelical Seminary of Theology in Matanzas— both Mission & Service partners.

We sing thanksgiving for Mission & Service support of the church in Cuba!

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!