Mar. 18 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday of Lent, March 18, 2018


                              We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Christ Candle Lighting and Prelude:   “Jordan”           The Sacred Harp

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 255               “The Living God Be Praised”                   LEONI

Building a Rainbow Covenant


Prayer of Confession

God, we are sorry for the things we’ve said and done

that have hurt others.

Thank you for cleaning up our hearts

and helping us to feel happy again. Amen.


Hymn MV 88        “Over My Head”                African-American Spiritual


                            We Hear the Word


Gospel Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34

This is testimony to the Word of God.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response: VU 830 “O Give Thanks to God”


Anthem                             “Distant Land”                              John Rutter

Sermonette:               “Covenant of the Heart”

                                        We Respond


Hymn MV 176            “Three Things I Promise”                         BLANN



Offertory:  “I Feel the Winds of God Today”             arr. Dale Wood

Dedication Hymn VU 538 “For the Gift of Creation”

Offertory Prayer and Blessing of Prayer Shawls


Proceed to Gym for Annual General Meeting

(bring More Voices with you)


Dedication of the Council and Team Leaders

Members of Council and Team Leaders, will you seek God’s wisdom and compassion as you carry out, with diligence and care, the duties entrusted to you?

We will, God being our helper.


Members and adherents of the congregation, will you encourage and prayerfully support those who have accepted leadership responsibilities on our behalf?

We will, God being our helper.


Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer


MV 214           “May God’s Sheltering Wings”                 Judith Snowdon

Postlude:  “Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise”           arr. Mark Hayes



Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd

204 489-6974 Ext. 22

Director of Music:  Debbie McLeod                            Organist:  Dorcas Windsor

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:  Shirley-Ann Simkulak and Florence Baker

Ushers:  Janet Sealey and Maureen Lelond

Scripture Reader:  Gord McLeod


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team B – Dan W’s team

Senior Choir meets Thursdays at 7:30pm.


Westworth Community EventsMarch 23rd Family Cooking Night: Make your own family pizza and as it cooks make a dessert!

The Westworth Kids This week we will be continuing the Rainbow Covenant.

Next week we will continue to learn about Our Rainbow Covenant.

Westworth Youth -meet Sat. at 3:30 pm in the upper classroom for Qigong.

Mums/Caregivers and Tots Tuesday Morning Drop-in from 9.30-11.00am


AGM will be held today immediately after the worship service, which will begin at 10:30 am. We will begin in the sanctuary and proceed to the gym for the AGM, the covenant with the new Leadership Team and the conclusion of worship. Please bring a bag lunch. Activities will be provided for the children.

Unit 94 will meet on Tuesday, Mar. 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the parlour. Loraine, Nancy and Alma will be showing and telling stories of Iceland. All welcome.

Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, March 21st, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Frances Woolison to discuss the book The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan.

Worship meets at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Mar. 21.

Circles for Reconciliation – Please Sign up if you would like to join a Circle of 5 Indigenous and 5 non-Indigenous People that will meet once a week for 10 weeks to discuss agreed upon topics.

Lenten Study:  Buddhist-Christian Lenten Study, Monday evenings starting Feb. 26-Apr. 2 at 7:00 p.m. Please note the cancelled session on Mar. 5 will be rescheduled on Apr. 2.

Mar 19:  Udaya Annakkage  Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and After Life     Respondent: Rev. Dr. Paul Peters Derry        

Please pick up handout in the narthex for more details and to spread the word! Please sign up on the sign up board.


Lenten Study Goodies:  The organizers of the Lenten Study Series are requesting the contribution of items for a light snack which will be served at the events. We are suggesting twenty-four servings of cookies, muffins, loaves, biscuits etc. If you wish to supply more than suggested, feel free.

If you are unable to attend but still wish to support the event, your contribution of goodies will be appreciated.

Contributions may be clearly marked “Lenten Study” and left in the kitchen or if you are attending, bring your contribution with you.

There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Questions; contact Allan of Marion McKay

Hearing Devices. The Worship Team is researching new hearing devices. We are considering a Listen FM system and invite those who would like to try this to attend a service at any of the following churches who already have this system: Harrow United Church, St. Mary Magdalene Church, St. Georges Anglican Church, River East Mennonite Church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Westwood Community Church, Faith Lutheran Church, Sturgeon Creek United Church. Please let the Worship Team know by the end of March so that we can proceed on this purchase.

Holy Week

This year’s Maundy Thursday Service will take place over a meal together on March 29 6-7:15 pm in the gym. Signup sheet is in the narthex.

Our Good Friday Service on March 30 will be a joint service with St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church. We will begin at St. Andrew’s River Heights at 10:00 am with a brief devotional before processing with the cross from there to Westworth. The Good Friday service will begin at Westworth at 11:00 am.

Easter Sunday Service on April 1 will begin at 11:00 am and include the Sacrament of Holy Communion.


West Broadway March Lunch  Carol and Clark Wilkie will host this month’s hot lunch on Mar 15th for over 160 people at West Broadway. Meatball sandwiches, fruit and home baked cookies are on the menu, and you may find the signup sheet in the Narthex. Your Outreach Team is grateful for your continued support of this monthly program to provide a nourishing meal that is appreciated so very much by our guests.

West Broadway Pantry Just a quick note to our faithful supporters who so generously supply the emergency food program with canned and dry food. There are specific needs specific needs right now that include small jars of Peanut Butter (500 ml or less); tinned meat, especially tuna, but also chicken, ham and salmon;  pasta sauce; pork and beans; granola bars. Supplies of these crucial items are extremely low.

Thank you Westworth for your continued and generous support of the guests at West Broadway! 


2018 Pledges and Donations January to February.

                                             Pledged                   Received               Total Pledged

M+S                                       $    6,509                    $    7,544                    $     39,052

Westworth operations        $  42,361                    $  49,516                    $ 2454,168

Total                                     $  48,870                    $  57,060                    $  293,220

Total of all Jan. to Feb. donations for the past 3 years.

2016   $47,977                   2017   $55,036                   2018   $ 57,060

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


Please let the office know if you go by the 700 block on Renfrew St. and would be willing to drop off a Sunday bulletin. Thank you.


Conference Snacks and Volunteers Needed:

The annual general meeting of the Conference of MB and NW Ontario will be held at the University Centre at the U of M, Thursday, May 24 – Sunday, May 27. We are asking churches in Wpg. to contribute 4 doz. muffins and 8 doz. cookies for the nutritional breaks during the meetings on Friday and Saturday. It would be helpful if they did not contain nuts or icing, some sugar-free and gluten free (please label). Please consider delivering baked goods on Friday morning or Saturday morning by 9:30 a.m.

We would also request volunteers to assisting with the book table (Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday or billet conference delegates.


Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)

  • Dispelling the Myths of Hydro in Manitoba March 22nd, World Water Day Rally with the Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC) starting at 5:30pm @ 360 Portage Avenue and then proceeding to the Circle of Life Thunderbird House at 715 Main Street. Five influential Indigenous leaders will speak about the –impact of hydro in communities across the province.
  • George’s Anglican Church hosts Readings and Music for the Easter Season Sunday, Apr. 8 at 4pm. Free Will Offering.
  • The Inner and Outer Connections Team of Westminster United Church presents: An Evening with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair (Associate Professor of Native Studies at the U of M) on the topic:  “The Winter of Loss: A Discussion of What Reconciliation Looks Like Now.” May 2, at 7:30 PM at Westminster United Church, in the Sanctuary. Free Will Offering,proceeds will be donated to the Department of Native Studies at the U of M, in support of a student scholarship.


Minute for Mission

All You Need Is Love!

Our gifts for Mission & Service are making a difference in communities across Canada. Let us hear the impact one community ministry is having.

The Jane Finch neighbourhood has been painted as one of the toughest areas of Toronto. While there are many instances of violence, especially rampant gun violence, there is also a lot of love. The community bands together to make a better place for their children, and at the centre is the Jane Finch Community Ministry. The ministry works with partners to encourage youth to discover that there is a brighter future for them beyond joining a gang.

Community Minister Barry Rieder has been at the Jane Finch ministry for over 22 years. He marvels at the privilege of being able to walk with the community, and he shares how he loves being able to see children grow from babies into youth and young adults.

The community ministry invests in youth through literacy programs, scholarships, and advocacy with the Toronto Police Service. One program is the Unity Barbecue. Founded by community member Andrea Tabner, it brings together members of rival gangs and the Toronto police as a way to demonstrate unity in the community.

With 110 nationalities and over 70 mother tongues spoken in the neighbourhood, coming together as a community is often challenging. Through educational programming, gatherings, and advocacy, the Jane Finch Community Ministry offers hope to youth and community members for a better way of life.

We are called to love our neighbours! Your gifts for Mission & Service show that love every day at Jane Finch Community Ministry. Thank you for your ongoing gifts, and if you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith.