Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
Earth Day, April 22, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Acknowledgement of Territory
Candle-lighting & Prelude: “Now the Green Blade Rises”
Introit: “Christ Being Raised From the Dead” Walter Pelz
Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 96:11-13)
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
Let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before God!
Let us sing for joy before God!
Hymn VU 186 “Now the Green Blade Rises” NOËL NOUVELET
Prayer of Confession
Creator of our wondrous universe,
we underestimate our impact on this earth.
From pollutants we dispose improperly
to water and food we waste,
to recyclables we put in the garbage,
to our over-consumption,
we wound this earth.
Forgive us for our ignorance and our neglect.
Strengthen our resolve to be caregivers of this earth,
respecting all of our relations in Creation.
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.”
Time with Children
Minute for the Environment: “Food and Water”
Hymn MV 166 “Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ”
(twice: Son of God; Child of Earth)
We Hear the Word
Anthem: “The 23rd Psalm” Bobby McFerrin
Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-27
This is testimony to the Word of God.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”
Reflection: “My Passion for the Environment”
Hymn MV 135 “Called by Earth and Sky” Mayberry, Fines
Offertory: “For the Beauty of the Earth” David Johnson
Dedication Hymn VU 544 “In Gratitude and Humble Trust”
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: MV 16 “Come & Fill Our Hearts””
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 921
Hymn VU 187 “The Spring Has Come” VERVACITY
Choral Response: VU 974 “Amen!”
Postlude: “Prelude and Fugue in D Minor” J.S. Bach
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery email@example.com
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosts: Anne & Keith Love
Scripture Reader: Thomas Dunn
Usher: Kathy Wilson
Minute for the Environment & Reflection: Amanda Davis
This week at Westworth:
Counting Team is Team C- Dave S’s team
The Westworth Kids This week we will be learning about the Holy Spirit
Acts 2: 1-21. Next week we will learn about Philip and the Ethiopian
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
Office will be closed Apr. 25 at 3:30pm.
THE GREAT WESTWORTH RUMMAGE SALE Fri. Apr.27 7pm-9pm and Sat. Apr. 9am-noon Sign-up sheets are on bulletin board for volunteers who can offer a hand, aid the church in fund raising and enjoy fellowship. Any amount of time is appreciated – bring your family, bring your friends. This is a once-a-year event.
Taizé Pentecost Service May 14, 7:30 pm. Come for a time of quiet meditation and chanting as we celebrate the Spirit moving in our midst.
Earth Day Service: April 22 Just a Minute! Your Outreach Team is excited to offer monthly “Minutes for the Environment” developed and presented by Amanda Davis. January and February and March messages dealt with Our Homes, Clothing, and Money. Today, Amanda will deliver thought provoking information on Food and Water! Circle your calendar now for Sunday May 13. You will not want to miss this exciting service with the environment in mind! Stay tuned.
Christian Family Sunday: May 13 We will begin this service with a blessing of bikes and wheels. Please bring your bikes, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, walkers, and wheelchairs for a blessing. Weather permitting, we will begin the service on the east lawn beside the sign for the blessing and will then proceed into the sanctuary for the rest of the service. There will be a security person looking after the bikes and wheels during the service.
WESTworth HOEDOWN If you enjoyed Corny Rempel as Elvis last year, come on out to see him as Johnny Cash. It will be a western themed night promising to be lots of fun. Invite your friends and neighbours and make a party of it.
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: doors open at 5:30pm
Cost: $25 adults, $10 for 12yrs and under
(pay as you are able tickets available only in the office)
Cash bar for beer, wine and soft drinks
The evening includes dinner, performance and dancing to the Haskins Street band.
We are looking for folks who might like to help with set up and clean up, provide ice cream buckets or contribute to making cookies for dessert. See sign up sheets in the narthex.
Photo Directory: We have attempted to put things in place to do an “in house” photo directory but have found there to be too many complications surrounding privacy issues. Therefore, we have decided to return to the previous format with the same professional company handling the project. This will take place in the fall but we will start making appointments for those pictures before summer starts. Stay tuned for more information soon.
There are only two seasons – winter and baseball.” And, now that winter is behind us, it is time to put the Goldeyes game, that we Westworth keeners will be attending, into your calendars. Reserve June 8th, 7:00 pm, for a game against the Chicago Dogs. Watch for the sign-up sheet to appear in the narthex. Contact Nancy Williamson (email@example.com) if you want more information.
Conference Worship -Westworth will not be holding a Sunday Service on May 27 in order to encourage people to attend the final worship service of Conference. The 10:00am service will be at University Centre, University of Manitoba. Please sign up will you will attend plus if you can provide a ride or need a ride.
Unfortunately our snowblower was stolen out of our garden shed last weekend. If anyone has a snowblower they would like to donate please let the office know. We will have the locks changed and a dead bolt installed on the garden shed door.
Committees or teams who would like bulletin announcements of their groups meetings or events, please provide an announcement to the office by noon Wednesday. Also let the office know of any meetings you have scheduled so they can be added to the church calendar. Thank you.
The Ministry and Personnel (M&P) Committee acts under the guidelines of the Manual of the United Church of Canada. The Committee functions around three roles, which are the consultative and supportive role, the healthy relationships role, and the supervisory role. We provide resources and support for the staff and the congregation with respect to any issue affecting staff of our church, including ministry personnel and lay employees. The committee works to build positive and trusting relationships between staff and members and adherents of the congregation, we all work as a team to make a healthy, happy church.
If members of the congregation have praise or concerns about staff, both ministry personnel and lay employees, these can be shared in signed correspondence with the committee. The issues will be considered confidentially by the M & P Committee, who will recommend action.
Westworth United Church is blessed with staff who are committed to their work and we are thankful for this work in our congregation.
Presently serving on the M & P committee are Paul Chard (firstname.lastname@example.org), Arlene Hintsa(email@example.com), Jennifer Snyder(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura Rousseau(on maternity leave).
- The Outreach team thanks Nancy Doern White, and Marion and Denis Simpson, who hosted the April lunch at West Broadway Community Ministry. Thanks to all who once again provided our guests with a hot meatball sub, fruit and home baked treats. Your generosity is appreciated so much! Our next lunch at West Broadway is Thursday, May 17 with hosts, Dan and Ruth Wiwchar.
- 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 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. Always gratefully received are travel size toothpaste, shampoo, and soap, as well as personal hygiene products. Thank you Westworth for your continued and generous support of the guests at West Broadway!
2018 Pledges and Donations from January to March received from identifiable givers.
Pledged Received Total Pledged
M+S $ 9,763 $ 10,153 $ 39,052
Westworth operations $ 63,542 $ 65,740 $ 254,168
Total $ 73,305 $ 75,893 $ 293,220
Total of all donations for the past 3 years.
2016 $72,031 2017 $78,161 2018 $ 75,893
Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.
Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)
- Margaret’s Choir will perform a benefit concert for the Bear Clan Patrol on Friday, May 11. Jubilee Concert Hall at Talbot & Disraeli will be the location. Tickets-Adult $20/Student $10-204 452-6590
- Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. Iridesce: A Living Apology project seeking to inspire, and reconcile people of diverse sexual, romantic, and gender expressions and identities within The United Church, Presented by Affirming Ministry and with Aaron Miechkota, at Churchill Park UC (525 Beresford Ave). Worship at 10a.m. lunch is 11:30a.m. – 1p.m. Workshop at 1p.m.-4p.m. Please register for lunch at https://www.churchillparkunited.ca/iridesce
- “Dementia: We all have a reason to care” Tuesday May 15 7:00 pm Fort Garry UC 800 Point Road Presenter: Norma Kirkby, PHEc. Program Director, Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba $5
- Make a Difference on Earth Day! You can help the environment by USING A RAIN BARREL. John W. Gunn Middle School Fundraiser May 23 & 24, 8:00- 4:30 pm. info@RainBarrelFundraising.com for product specific questions. 351 Harold Avenue West.
Minute for Mission
Bringing Kids to Nature!
Our gifts for Mission & Service support inner-city programs for children, like Camp Cosmos run by Montreal City Mission.
An 11-year-old girl has new respect for her 9-year-old brother with special needs thanks to the environmental summer day camp.
Eden Haber, Assistant Director of Camp Cosmos, learned about the experience from their mother. Before the camp, the girl felt ashamed of her brother, says Eden. At the camp she was able to see how he interacted with other campers and how they enjoyed being with him, and her attitude changed. “She came out of the camp saying she was proud to have him as her brother.”
This is just one example of how Camp Cosmos brings together children: those with special needs and those without; kids who have lived in Canada their whole lives and refugees who arrived a month ago; children from different economic backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. “It’s a good opportunity for kids to integrate with other kids,” says Eden.
An environmental focus is fundamental. It’s reflected practically, as the camp tries to achieve zero waste through recycling and composting. “These kids are growing up downtown and don’t have a tangible connection with the environment,” says Eden. The camp provides that. Campers learn through ecological games, organic gardening, outings in nature, and visits to local farms.
Montreal City Mission, through Camp Cosmos, offers children and youth an appreciation of nature and a place to learn leadership skills that will help them become caring adults working for a better world.
Mission & Service is the heart and soul of The United Church of Canada.
If you already give, thank you so much. If you do not give, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your life of faith! Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.