Nov. 19 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

11:00 am November 19, 2017

24th Sunday after Pentecost


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude

“Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place”       Chuck Marohnic


Introit       “Laudate”                                                                         Knut Nystedt

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 156       “Dance with the Spirit”  (3X with “move” & “sing”)

Jim Strathdee

Prayer of Confession

       Christ Jesus, you have taught us to take courage

               and be open-hearted.

       You have taught us to risk love.

       Forgive us for allowing fears

               to rob us of vitality and generosity.

       Forgive us for allowing doubt

               to prevent us from offering our talents.

       Spirit of life, fan into flame the divine spark within us,

       That we may be a light to the world.


Silent Meditation

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

Cherub Anthem

Children’s Time

Children’s Hymn VU 361        “Small Things Count”              SMALL THINGS

Responsive Reading: VU 847   “Psalm 123”


Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:14-30

This is Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:            “My Lighthouse”             by Rend Collective, arr. David Angerman

Sermon: “Becoming Fire”


We Respond

Hymn VU 575        “I’m Gonna Live So God Can Use Me”   I’M GONNA LIVE



Offertory:                           Instrumental by the Haskins Street Band

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 MV 209       “Go Make a Difference”                 ANGRISANO/TOMASZEK


Choral Hallelujah                                                                                      ST GEORGE

Postlude:                                                                                 Wade in the Water


Thanks to the Haskins St. Band for playing this morning.


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd  

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                       Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

Cherub Choir Director:  Jewel Casselman

Minister Emerita:  Eleanor Geib

Coordinator of Children, Youth & Family Ministries:   Maggie Barnett

204 489-6974 Ext. 23                                        

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                  

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                           

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers   


Hosts: Florence van Dijk, Zoe and Alex Attazada

Ushers: Janet Sealey and Maureen Lelond

Scripture Reader: Gord McLeod

Candle-lighters: Riley, Caitlin and McKenna Fleischaker


Any outstanding pledges for 2018 are still being requested and welcomed. Budgeting for our plans and needs in the following year is greatly enhanced by as much knowledge of our financial situation as possible. If you have not already done so, even if you are on PAR, please submit your pledge for 2018 to the church office as soon as possible. Blank pledge forms are located on the Pledge Box in the narthex.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW for the radio play Future Present: An Elleston Liddell Mystery being performed at Westworth on November 24th 7:30pm, 25th 7:30pm and 26th 2:30pm. Cast includes some familiar faces/voices from Westworth.  Ticket price includes tea/coffee and cookies at intermission.  Pricing for children, adults and low income.  Tickets available in the narthex after the service or in the office during the week.

There will be a Congregational Meeting on Dec 3, 2017 following the regular church service. The meeting will be a bring your own lunch, but coffee, tea and water will be available.  The purpose of this meeting is to update the Congregation on the discussions and actions that have been taking place in council meetings and with other organizations regarding the future considerations for Westworth.


This week at Westworth:

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

Westworth Kids will be learning about the Angels Visit, Luke1:26-38

Interesting Theatre practice at 2:30pm in the sanctuary.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 7:30pm in choir room.

Counting Team is Team D– Walter’s team


Nov. 20

Interesting Theatre practice at 7:00pm.

Unit 94 will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parlour.  Guest speaker is Jennifer Licardo from the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba.  The title of her presentation is: “The Realities of Dementia: Care Essentials.”  This may be of particular interest to those who care for relatives or visit people with some form of memory impairment, but anyone is invited to attend.


Nov. 21

Interesting Theatre practice at 7:00pm.

Nov. 22

Interesting Theatre practice at 7:00pm.

Office will be closed at 4:30pm today.


Nov. 23

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

Nov. 24

Interesting Theatre radio play Future Present:   An Elleston Liddell Mystery at 7:30pm.

Nov. 25

Interesting Theatre radio play Future Present:   An Elleston Liddell Mystery at 7:30pm.

Nov. 26

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

Westworth Kids will be learning about Mary visits Elizabeth, Luke1:39-58

Interesting Theatre radio play Future Present:   An Elleston Liddell Mystery at 2:30pm.

Ceremony of Carols practice at 7:30pm in choir room

 Lessons and Carols Evening Service takes place on Sunday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m at Westworth United Church. It will include the Senior Choir’s presentation of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols,” with special guests WSO Principal Harpist Richard Turner and Vocal Ascent Community Choir. This family-friendly service is one hour in length, and will include traditional readings, congregational singing of beloved seasonal carols, and selections by the Cherub Choir.   A freewill offering will be taken, with proceeds divided between the Westworth Choral Scholar program and Westworth general funds.

One on One Visitors may pick up the shortbread for their visitees in the kitchen Sunday, Dec. 3. If you are unable to deliver your shortbread please call Nancy Doern-White 204-885-2765 to make other arrangements.

Please bring in your Cheer Board knitting. Thank you.



Opportunities to support 1JustCity:

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

  1. Heartfelt thanks to hosts Barbara and Brian Gwyer, and to those of you who contributed time and food for another stellar lunch at West Broadway Community Ministry on November 16.The meatball sandwiches, fruit and homemade goodies (including delicious banana bread from Westworth Kids) were a hit with our friends! Our next lunch is January 18, 2018.
  2. Many of you have been asking if Westworth will, once again be asked to give socks to West Broadway, and some of you have already purchased wonderful heavy, warm winter socks! The guests at West Broadway are in constant need of those socks, and we are asked to continue gifting warm socks throughout the winter season by placing them at any time, in the yellow basket in the Narthex. This year, WBCM has asked Westworth to donate all sizes of Mens’ mittens. A specially marked tub will be placed in the Narthex for your gifts!


    1.  Turkeys for Rossbrook House – Advance notice

On behalf of Westworth, the Outreach Team has once again agreed to coordinate the donation of cooked, frozen, sliced turkeys with gravy to support the drop-in at Rossbrook House over the Christmas period. Get your turkey soon and prepare to cook-up a storm. Watch the bulletin and the notice board for details. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allan McKay at

  1. LITE’s 21st Annual Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 AM – 10 AM Indian and Metis Friendship Centre 45 Robinson at Dufferin Winnipeg, MB R2W 5H5 You’re invited to LITEs largest fundraiser to celebrate 21 years of creating jobs! You will enjoy a delicious locally-sourced menu, live entertainment, good people and good times. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of LITEs grant recipients whose lives have been changed thanks to the opportunities LITE’s donors provide. Regular priced  tickets are $20. Limited income tickets are $5 Not a morning person but still want to support the event? Purchase a Sleep-in ticket! For each sleep-in ticket purchased,  LITE will donate 3 tickets to a community organization in Winnipeg’s inner-city. Sleep-in tickets are $20.
  2. Did you know that Tuesday, November 28 is “Giving Tuesday”, a response to the commercial Black Friday campaigns?  This day could be the perfect day for you to order your gifts from the Gifts with Vision and the JustGifts catalogues. Copies of both catalogues can be found in the Narthex.
  3. Westworth’s Annual Fair Trade Market will happen after the service on Sunday, Dec. 10.Community News (please see more info on bulletin board)
    • The new date chosen for the UCW 55th Anniversary “Celebrating Spirit” service will be MONDAY, NOV. 20TH at 7 p.m. at Harrow UC, 955 Mulvey Ave. The Offering will go to the M & S Fund, and there will be a brief PowerPoint ‘Morogoro Women’s Training Centre’ report, followed by refreshments and fellowship.
    • Westminster UC PILGRIMAGE – Westminster’s Pat Miles and Carol Harvey are among those who have travelled this ancient pilgrim ‘Camino de Santiago’ or ‘The Way of St. James’, commemorates the apostle James, the first disciple to preach the Word of Christ in Europe. On Wednesday Nov. 22nd at 7 p.m. (in the lecture hall) they will share their experiences. Tickets are $10 , call 784-1330 to reserve yours.
    • One Month ‘Til Christmas –  Saturday Nov. 25, from 11:00 am to 2 pm, the Harrow UCW will host a market that includes; Christmas items, crafts & books.  There will also be warm cinnamon buns and hot soups to purchase for lunch.  You’re invited to come out and browse for the perfect gift.
    • Caregiver’s Workshop will give you a toolbox full of information, tips and local resources. When: Saturday, Nov. 25, 1:00 – 4:30 pm at Sturgeon Creek I Retirement Residence 10  Hallonquist Drive (across from Grace Hospital)  Fee: $25 to be paid at the door. Register in advance:  Please email or call 204.477.1387.
    • The Government of Canada is matching donations to the Rohingya crisis until Nov. 28. Over half a million Rohingya people have escaped extreme violence and persecution in Myanmar and are seeking refuge across the border in Bangladesh. Bangladesh is struggling to cope with the influx of refugees, many of whom fled with few possessions and are deeply traumatized. Families are exhausted, and struggling to get by. Until Nov. 28, Canadian Foodgrain Bank donations to their Rohingya Refugee Appeal are eligible for 4:1 matching through our regular ongoing grant agreement with the Government of Canada. Help us respond!   944-1993
    • Westworth United Church& Interesting Theatre present

      FUTURE PRESENT:  An Elleston Liddell Mystery

      a radio play by Tim Higgins

      Live Cast-Live On-stage Sound Effects – Live Music

      Friday, November 24  7:30pm Broadcast begins

      Saturday, November 25  7:30pm Broadcast begins

      Sunday, November 26  2:30pm Broadcast begins

      Coffee/Tea/Dessert included

      Tickets $20 (Children & Students $10)

      Available at the door (1750 Grosvenor Ave.)


Minute for Mission

UCW Works to End Child Poverty

Our gifts for Mission & Service support the United Church Women Child Well-Being Initiative. Let us hear a story of the ways the Prince Edward Island UCW are working to end child poverty.

What important message could a colourful cloth doll give? A powerful one! Just ask the members of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly, who each recently received a handmade doll from the PEI UCW Presbyterial Child Poverty Committee with a message reminding them that all PEI children deserve to have their basic needs met.

The members were genuinely interested in the dolls and commented on the uniqueness of each one, some with personal comments such as “I have a sweater just like my doll!” But better yet, the UCW committee was assured that politicians understood the intent of the dolls—to be a concrete reminder that over 22 percent of children in that province live with poverty every day and that the responsibility of government is to do all it can to eradicate poverty.

This is only a beginning, as the UCW works continually to monitor progress in this area and hold government to account until child poverty has been eradicated in Prince Edward Island. This initiative is part of a nation-wide UCW strategy to address child poverty. Across Canada, United Church Women continue to be huge supporters of the Mission & Service of The United Church of Canada.

We sing thanksgiving for UCW’s work to end child poverty.

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!