Apr. 29 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday of Easter, April 29, 2018


                                    We Gather

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude:    “Tune My Heart to Sing thy Praise”

arr. Chuck Marohnic

 Introit:      “Christ Being Raised From the Dead”              Walter Pelz


Call to Worship                                            adapted from A New Creed

We are called to be the church:

To celebrate God’s presence,

To live with respect in Creation,

To Love and serve others,

To seek justice and resist evil,

To proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen.

God is with us; we are not alone.

Thanks be to God!


Hymn VU 222 “Come Let Us Sing”


                              We Listen

Children’s Time


Hymn MV 166 “Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ”

(twice: Son of God; Word made Flesh)

(the children may now go to Sunday School)


Epistle Reading: Galatians 3:27-28

This is Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”


Proem to “A Song of Faith”

Meditation on “A Song of Faith”

Anthem: “How Can I Keep From Singing”                       arr. Andy Beck


                               We Respond


Offertory:       “The Church’s One Foundation”       arr. Mark Hayes

Dedication Hymn VU 544 “In Gratitude and Humble Trust”

Offertory Prayer


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 884      “You Shall Go Out with Joy”            TREES OF THE FIELD

Benediction & Commissioning

Choral Response: VU 974           “Amen!”

Postlude:        “They’ll Know We Are Christians”       Father Peter Scholtes



We are grateful to Hazel Blennerhassett and Ryon Johnston for leading us in this service of reflection on the United Church’s “A Song of Faith”.


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd         westworthminister@gmail.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                                              churchschool@westworth.ca

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                               office@westworth.ca

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                                 www.westworth.ca

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers              churchaccountant@westworth.ca


Host:  Alma Acheson

Usher: Elaine Pigden

Scripture Reader:  Heather Robbins


This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team D – Walter’s team


The Westworth Kids This week we will be learning about Philip and the Ethiopian Acts 8:26-40.

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


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.


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.


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.


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 (sarahtrois@shaw.ca) if you want more information.


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 (pchard@mymts.net), Arlene Hintsa(hints3@mymts.net), Jennifer Snyder(thesnyders@shaw.ca) and Laura Rousseau(on maternity leave).


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 if you plan to attend and indicate if you can provide a ride or need a ride.


Westworth Vacation Bible School

When : August27th-August31st  2018

Where: Westworth United Church

Theme: A Road Trip with Mary and Joseph

‘The Christmas Story’

Time 9.00am-4pm

Cost:$75.00/child/Full Day week.

Registrations forms available from Maggie or Heather in the office.



  1. 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 and in particular Cheese Whiz. 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! 


  1. West Broadway thanks Volunteers: West Broadway offers a myriad of services to the folks in the area. From a warm shower, to counselling services, WBCM is a haven, staffed mostly by volunteers. Many of the volunteers are, in fact, people in the area that have needed or still need the services offered! Once a year, we are privileged to assist in offering gratitude for all volunteers by offering a special meal. This year the dinner is set for Wednesday, May 7 and Westworth is asked to provide stew and coleslaw, as well as 1 person to help in the kitchen from 5:00-7:00 pm. Will you help in the celebration? Signup sheet is on the board in the Narthex. Please deliver food items to the main floor at Crossways in Common, 222 Furby St. between 4:00-5:00pm. If you are unable to deliver to West Broadway, items could be left at the Westworth kitchen by 3:00pm. If you have any questions, please connect with Kathy McPhail at 287-8179.


Minute for Mission

Supporting People Entering Ministry

 Our gifts for Mission & Service support theological education and support systems for the vocation of ministry. Let’s hear this interview with Alana Martin, a candidate for diaconal ministry.

When did you know you were called to ministry?

I started to feel a sense of a call when I was a teenager, but didn’t start discerning what that really meant for me until I was a young adult. Growing up, my mom was studying to be a diaconal minister and through that exposure I felt a strong connection to that type of ministry.

What is it about diaconal ministry that spoke to your call?

Education, service, and pastoral care—I feel so called to the ministries diaconal ministers are commissioned to. I also know my ministry will benefit greatly from the diaconal training program.

What are you most excited about in your training for ministry?

The hands-on practicality of the program, the intense learning circles, and being in the program with other students across The United Church of Canada sharing in community together.

What would you like to say to the people who give to Mission & Service?

Because of your generous donations, students at the Centre for Christian Studies are able to deepen their theological study and ministry gifts. I am truly grateful for your support and your endorsement of us to become and continue to be leaders within the church.

Our gifts to Mission & Service support theological schools across the country and people studying to enter ministry in the United Church.

If Mission & Service giving is already a regular part of your life, thank you so much! If you have not given, please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith. Loving our neighbour is at the heart of our Mission & Service.