Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
3rd Sunday after Pentecost, June 10, 2018
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “Pastorale on Engleberg” Michael Burkhardt
Introit: Introit: “No Hands But Yours” Dale Peterson
Hymn VU 651 “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” CWM RHONDDA
Prayer of Confession
In our rushed, multi-tasking culture,
we have lost the joy of being.
Teach us to welcome the delays and the interruptions.
Help us savour these extra minutes of waiting
as holy pause and sacred breath.
Spirit of God, guide us to intentional pause every day,
that we may breathe your holy calm
and be mindful of your presence in all that we do.
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.”
Celebration of New Members: Congregational Commitment
Dear friends in Christ,
let us pledge to Martin Robson, Janet Sealey, Margaret Murray and Darryl vanHerksen our support and care.
As your brothers and sisters in Christ,
we rejoice in the gifts you bring to us.
We pledge to you our love and our support.
With God’s help, we will together live out
the mission and ministry of Christ’s church.
VU 918 “A New Creed”
VU 429 “May the Blessing of God” MACRAE
We Hear the Word
Responsive Reading VU 860 “Psalm 138”
Scripture Reading: Mark 3:20-35
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”
Anthem: “Rivers of Living Water” Karen Marrolli
FLUTE: Bettina Nyman VIOLIN: Bronwyn Chard HAND DRUM: Jewel Casselman
Biblical inspiration for this anthem comes from John 7:38 and Psalm 42:1. The violin plays the hymn tune melody LACQIPARLE, which originally was a melody of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. This aboriginal influence is further enhanced by the flute, hand drum, and references to the “Great Spirit” who quenches and sustains us.
Sermon: “The Third Way”
MV 145 “Draw the Circle Wide” Light/Bloss
Offertory: “For the Beauty of the Earth” arr. Allan Mahnke
Bettina Nyman, flute
Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”
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 VU 533 “When in Our Music God Is Glorified” ENGELBERG
Choral Response: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Cwm Rhondda” Paul Manz
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Office Administrator: Heather Lavery firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20 www.westworth.ca
Church Accountant: Jenny Jeffers email@example.com
Usher: Kathy Wilson
Scripture Reader: Paul Chard
This week at Westworth
Counting Team is Team F – Paul’s team
- Westworth Kids: Blue Jean Sunday School begins on June 4th and runs through the month of June. The children have an informal lesson exploring our faith beliefs and the world around us.
- Westworth Youth will meet Saturday at 3:30 pm in the upper classroom for Qigong and continues until June 23.
On this last Sunday with the choir before they break for the summer, we express our deep gratitude for the hard work and weekly commitments of the Senior Choir, Cherub Choir, Westworth Winds, Big Band, Haskins Street Band and Rockers United. Their music significantly strengthens the worship and lifts our spirits. We are particularly grateful to Debbie McLeod, Dorcas Windsor, Ray McClelland and Jewel Casselman and look forward to another year in the fall.
Summer Office Hours starting June 1 until after Labour Day, except the month we are closed, and are from 9:00am-3:00pm, closed at 12:30-1:30pm for lunch.
Westworth Vacation Bible School
- August 27th – August 31st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
- Cost: $75.00/child/Full Day week.
- Theme: A Road Trip with Mary and Joseph – The Christmas Story
- Registration forms: contact Maggie or Heather in the office or online at www.westworth.ca
Our last Faith Café before summer will discuss the changing church with its changing beliefs. What should we keep? What should we change? Would such changes attract more people? Gordon Toombs and Deither Peschken will each offer brief thoughts, followed by discussion. Laity and clergy welcome! We will meet on Thursday, June 28 from 10:00-noon.
2018 Pledges and Donations from January to May received from identifiable givers
Pledged Received Total Pledged
M&S $ 16,272 $ 15,341 $ 39,052
Westworth Operations $105,903 $103,176 $254,168
Total $122,175 $118,517 $293,220
Total of all donations for the past 3 years.
2016 $119,208 2017 $121,101 2018 $118,517
Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.
- Your Outreach Committee and WBCM Thanks You! Thank you Westworth for your gifts this month of food, money and time, thus supporting the wonderful June lunch served at West Broadway. Our guests love those meatball sandwiches and are grateful for the cookies and fruit.
- 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!
- Save the Date. Walk a Mile in My Shoes Fundraiser Sept. 29. Stay tuned for updates.
Our first casual Men’s Spirituality Breakfast will take place on June 23rd so as not to conflict with the Father’s Day weekend. Please bring your own coffee, eats and ideas for discussion. Hope to see you there!
Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth’s First Open House & Barbecue
Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board.
Our worship service will begin at 10:30 am from June 17 – September 2. It will resume at 11:00 am as of September 9.
We will be sharing summer worship with St. Andrew’s River Heights United Church this year. They will close for June 24-July 15 and encourage their congregants to attend Westworth United Church during this time.
While Loraine is attending General Council as a Commissioner July 20-29 and is on holidays in August, Westworth will be closed July 19-Aug.12 and our congregants are encouraged to attend St. Andrew’s River Heights. Their service time is at 10:30 am. Westworth office will open again on Monday, August 20 and services will resume at Westworth. Rev. Don Ross will lead us in worship Aug. 19 and Rev. Heather Robbins will lead in worship Aug. 26.
For emergency pastoral care from July 20-August 25, please call Rev. Karen Lumley, minister at St. Andrew’s River Heights, on her cell at (204) 250-5073. From August 25-28, please call Rev. Heather Robbins at (204) 889-7609 (home) or (204) 295-1542 (cell). Loraine will return Aug. 29.
Council Meeting Information from May 29, 2018
- We have received notice from the City of Winnipeg that they will be doing major construction on Lanark between Grosvenor and Corydon. This will involve repaving of the street, curb repairs, and sidewalk repairs as required. During the construction time the street will be open to local traffic only and parking will be prohibited. Pedestrian access will be maintained throughout the construction period. At this time, they have not given a specific date, only that it will take place sometime between the beginning of July and mid-October. The church will get approximately one (1) week notice prior to the commencement of construction and we will inform you when we get this notification.
- Stewardship campaign scheduled for first and third Sundays of November (second Sunday is Remembrance Day). Dedication of pledges will be on the third Sunday (November 18)
- Criteria regarding conditions for rent free use of church approved. Criteria may be viewed in minutes posted online and available in office.
- Lay Worship training session being offered starting June 6, 7-9pm.
- There was discussion about long range planning and items to be discussed at the Fall retreat for all Leadership team members.
- Council discussed a number of joint initiatives with St Andrews including shared summer services, shared activities for families, children and youth, joint confirmation classes, and shared outreach opportunities. Council feels that these initiatives will become a solid basis for the possibility of a more formal partnerships in the future. Shared arrangements with other faith groups are also being explored.
Community News (please see bulletin boards for more info.)
- URBAN RETREATS GARDEN TOUR: Saturday June 23rd, 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Self‐guided tour of beautiful Riverview gardens in support of Matthews Maryland Community Ministry. Tickets $15.
- A Manitoba Tea & Craft Sale 11am-2pm at Riverview CC, 190 Ashland Ave. Tickets are an additional $5/person, available at the door.
- Transcona Memorial UC is looking for a person to run a Messy Encore program for adults. Please check board for details.
- McClure UCW Fashion Show & Strawberry Social. Saturday, June 23 2 – 4 pm 533 Greenwood Place Tickets: $8 per person – must be reserved in advance by contacting Anne @ (204) 269-7724
- Rock Lake United Church Camp is slowly coming to life as we prepare for another fantastic summer of fun. If you haven’t gotten your registration in, be sure and go on-line at rocklake.com and sign up right away! You can also call (204)825-2553 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register by snail mail by writing to Box 395, Crystal City, MB R0K 0N0. We are almost ready. All we need is you!
Our New Members:
Margaret is a high school English teacher, who also has taught early and middle years and has a passion for fitness, nature and travel.
Martin Robson is returning to Westworth after a 6 year absence due to a decision to move to Victoria B.C. He has resumed his singing in the choir and Rockers United/Haskins Street Band. His favourite flavour is Orange and his favourite colour is Blue.
Growing up in Fort Garry, I attended Sunday school and was confirmed in Donnelly United Church. I started attending Westworth United Church in 1981 when my daughter Sara was baptized. While Sara later attended Sunday school and sang in the cherub and junior choirs I did not really become involved in the activities of the Westworth until I retired from the University of Manitoba after 41 1/2 years of administrative service. I am very grateful to the Westworth congregation for their prayers and support throughout my partner’s recent medical matters and I look forward to continuing my service and working with so many great people.
Darryl makes a living as a digital designer and illustrator who enjoys photography and the outdoors.
Minute for Mission
Moving Forward in Our Intercultural Work
Our gifts for Mission & Service support the intercultural journey of learning and practice. Carmen Ramirez shares her story today.
“It has been great to be a part of the United Church’s intercultural work. One highly effective branch of this work is the Deepening Understanding for Intercultural Ministry (DUIM) program, which has helped church leaders and community members develop tools and foster attitudes to engage their own contexts. The program has been a life-changing experience for both the participants and the facilitators.
“As a facilitator for DUIM I have been able to learn more about dominant culture individuals and their experience. This has made me a more patient and understanding person. I have realized that we are all not in the same place in our intercultural or faith journey.”
Similarly, one participant had this to say about the program: “I am looking forward to using many of the tools in a variety of my ministry contexts. This includes home in Kahnawake as we engage in relationship building outside the reserve; Montreal City Mission, where we work ecumenically; interfaith encounters with a wide variety of marginalized communities; through my work on right relations with our presbytery; working with my home congregation on relationship building with a variety of cultural groups; and my ongoing work with the Muslim Association of Canada. My heart and head are full of ideas, possibilities, and opportunities to engage the various ministries where I work.”
The DUIM program allows people to move forward in their intercultural work. Our gifts for Mission & Service make this journey possible.
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.