May 6 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

6th Sunday of Easter, May 6, 2018


                                 We Gather

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-lighting & Prelude:

Introit:            “No Hands But Yours”                       Music: Dale Peterson

Opening Prayer

Hymn VU 469                  “We Gather Here”                         DIVERNNON


Prayer of Confession

God of love,

we strive for excellence in so many things;

yet we often take friends for granted.

Remind us how valuable they are.

Help us prioritize our commitment to friendship.

Teach us how to strive for excellence in all our relationships.

We are grateful that you, too, offer us your friendship.


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.”

The children are invited to go to church school following the passing of the peace)


                                    We Listen

Responsive Reading: VU 818 Refrain 2 “Psalm 98”


Epistle Reading: John 15:9-17

This is Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 826, Refrain 2 “Hallelujah”


Anthem:                “Song of Freedom”                               Oscar Peterson

John’s reminder for us to “love one another” finds its voice in Oscar Peterson’s hymn.  Its message is especially timely today . . .  in a world where freedom and solidarity seem increasingly to be eroded by ethnic and religious animosities, and where indifference to the suffering of others creates so many solitudes among us.


Sermon:                      “God’s Gift of Friendship”


                                      We Respond

Hymn VU 602            “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                  DENNIS



Dedication Hymn VU 544 “In Gratitude and Humble Trust”

Offertory Prayer


The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Setting: E: VU 942

(Once the communion servers are in place, please proceed up the centre aisle, take a piece of bread and dip in the cup, eat and return to your seat along the side aisles. The central station at the front has gluten-free rice crackers and juice.

If you have difficulty walking, please signal servers as they come down the centre aisle and they will serve you in your pew)


May God be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to God.

Let us give thanks to God most holy.

      It is right to give God thanks and praise.


Holy God, Eternal Creator…as we join the angels and all your faithful friends in song together:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heav’n and earth are full, full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest.


Eternal God, we praise you for…We delight to proclaim:

Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


At this, we also remember…With the words Jesus taught us, we now pray to God… (VU p. 921)

Send, O God, your life-giving Spirit…all glory is yours, God most holy, now and forever.

Amen, amen, amen, amen.


Sharing the Bread and the Cup

Prayer after Communion

Hymn VU 595                  “We Are Pilgrims”                     SERVANT SONG

Benediction & Commissioning

Choral Response: VU 974           “Amen!”




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:  Anne and Keith Love

Scripture Readers:  Larry McPhail and Taekyu Lee

Communion Servers:  Kathy and Larry McPhail, Taekyu Lee, Diether Peschken, Fraser Muldrew, Amanda Davis, Gerald Davis, Cheryl McNabb Davis, Nancy Doern-White



This week at Westworth:

Counting Team is Team A- Dave B’s team


The Westworth Kids This week we will be learning about Saul to Paul —Acts 9:1-20. Next week, An Angel Frees Peter—Acts 12:1-19.

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 Mon. May 14, 7:30 pm. Come for a time of quiet meditation and chanting as we celebrate the Spirit moving in our midst.


Rummage Sale – THANK YOU to all who donated, and helped.

The call for volunteers was answered by many people.

Good fellowship was enjoyed by all.

God Bless our customers, who come from far and wide.

We do not have a firm number yet, but will advise later.

The sale was co-ordinated by Andrea Firth, Dorothy Reid, and Lee-Ann Blase.


The office will be closed at 3:30pm on May 11.


The Women’s Spirituality Group will meet Saturday, May 12th, 9:00am in the Parlour.  Our topic will be “Happiness”. All women are welcome to join us for a light breakfast and discussion.  For more information, phone Kathy Wilson (489-6617) or email


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. Martin Robson is back with Haskins and will be singing our favourite Roy Orbison tunes.

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


Westworth Vacation Bible School

When : August27th-August31st    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.


Please be advised that there is no Men’s Spirituality Breakfast in May as it conflicts with the long weekend. Our next meeting will be bulletined in June.


  1.  West Broadway April Lunch Dan and Ruth Wiwchar will host this month’s hot lunch on Thursday,

May 17  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.

  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); Cheese Whiz, 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! 

  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 Monday, May 7 and Westworth is asked to provide Chili 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 479-1170.


2018 Special Appeals Fund disbursement

With gratitude to the UCW, which gave $1800, and to the congregation, which gave $1539 for the Easter special appeals, we are able to disburse the following:


Theological educationConf of MB and NW Ont Bursary Fund200.
St. Andrews College200.
Sandy Saulteaux Spiritual Centre250.
Centre for Christian Studies200.
Local social justiceWillow Place200.
West Broadway Community Ministry700.
1 Just City200.
L.I.T.E. (local investment towards employment)200.
Rossbrook House200.
Youth supportDays for Girls, Winnipeg Chapter200.
CGIT Camp Brereton (campership)200.
Rock Lake United Church Camp500.


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

  • Behold, I do a New Thing Wednesday, May 9, 9 am – 2:30 pm Charleswood UC $40 registration, includes lunch What happens when Mennonites, Anglicans, Ukranian and Roman Catholics, Lutherans, United Church folk and others get together to learn from one another about what God is doing in and through their work? And we’re inviting you to come, listen, learn, and be inspired. 204 832-3667 or
  • 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
  • World Fair Trade Day at Ten Thousand Villages, May 12 10-5:30pm 134 Plaza Dr.
  • Harrow’s 2 day Garage Sale, May 11 4:30-7:00pm and May 12  9:00-12:00pm
  • 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


Save the date! The UCW Thankoffering Service and Dessert Party will be on Monday, June 4 at 7pm.  Tickets are $5.00, available from Nancy Doern-White and the church office. More details to follow.


The following information of interest to the congregation is from the Council meetings of April 8 and 24, 2018.

  • Approval was granted for several grant submissions that would help in Outreach, community and church activities.
  • An “Open House” and Barbecue for the church and its neighbours is tentatively planned for Thursday, August 30.  Further information to follow.
  • The revised Westworth United Church Manual has been presented to the Council for review and comment.
  • The names of several members were approved for removal from the Westworth Rolls due to loss of contact for more than three years.
  • A policy stating that honoraria $500 or more or cumulatively $500 or more within a calendar year will require the full name, address, and SIN of the honoree in order to process payment was approved.  This is for tax purposes.
  • The Leadership Team retreat date has been set for Oct 13, 2018.  Location to be determined.
  • Congregants are encouraged to sign up if they are planning to attend the Conference Sunday Worship at the University of Manitoba on May 27, 2018.  This will assist in planning rides.
  • There will be a full congregational meeting on Sunday Oct 14, 2018 immediately following the worship service regarding the Governance Structure Model for Westworth United Church.


Minute for Mission

A New Approach to Farming

Our gifts for Mission & Service change lives around the world. Our global partner the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) is addressing the problem of severe drought by creating a conservation agriculture program. The conservation agriculture model uses mulching, crop rotation, and minimal tilling, combined with water harvesting and management, to move toward the ultimate goal: local food security.

The NCCK works with Kenya’s National Drought Management Agency and advises the agency of needs in drought-stricken areas. The agency then reports to the national government on areas where help is needed. The Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) is doing trials and experiments on technologies in partnership with the NCCK to determine the varieties of drought-tolerant maize and legumes that are the most suitable for growing in parts of Kenya. The NCCK/ KALRO partnership started as a result of Mission & Service support of conservation agriculture. Now they share best practices and enjoy a collaborative work relationship.

Farmers appreciate the support this project has received from Mission & Service. In Tharaka Nithi County, a place characterized by perpetual food insecurity, more than 800 households have participated in the conservation agriculture project. These households “will forever be grateful to the partnership between NCCK and The United Church of Canada,” says the NCCK’s General Secretary Peter Karanja.


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.