July 8 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

5th Sunday after Pentecost, July 8, 2018


Joint Service with St. Andrews River Heights United Church


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude

Opening Prayer VU 645        “Living Water, Source of Life”

Hymn VU 409                  “Morning Has Broken”                   BUNESSAN


Prayer of Confession

We lament the decline

      of United Church members and churches.

But in our lament,

      we fail to appreciate what we do have.

Help us to realize the healing gifts of

      compassion and dedication,

      listening and understanding

      that our congregants continue to offer.

We ask you humbly to still work through us

      and bring your message of hope to the world.


Meditative Silence


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.”


Commissioning for The Rev. Dr. Leslie Fox

Musical Offering:       Christina Thanisch-Smith, Choral Scholar


We Hear the Word


Epistle Lesson: II Corinthians 12:6-10

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.

      Thanks be to God.


Gospel Lesson: Mark 6:1-13

This is the Gospel of Christ.

      Thanks be to God.

      Sung Response:  VU 840 “Your Word is a Lamp”


Sermon:                      “Called to the Margins”


We Respond

Hymn MV 120                        “My Soul Cries Out”              Rory Cooney




Dedication Hymn VU 540 “Grant Us, God”

Offertory Prayer


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 MV 212      “Sent Out in Jesus’ Name”        Traditional from Cuba


Choral Response:            “Hallelujah”                                  ST. GEORGE’S



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


Usher:  Arlene Hintsa

Scripture Reader: Hartley Stinson from St. Andrews RHUC


Our condolences to Janice & Wayne Gair and family on the death of Janice’s father, Ron Latter. His Celebration of Life will be held at Westworth on Tuesday, July 17 at 11:00 am


This week at Westworth

Welcome to our guests from St. Andrews RH United Church.

Other Announcements

July 15 is the last Sunday at Westworth before we close and go to St. Andrew’s River Heights, from July 22-Aug 12 at 10:30 am for our joint summer services. On July 15, Arlene Hintsa and Nancy Pinnell will be providing cookies and lemonade following the service to give us an opportunity to visit with our St. Andrew’s River Heights guests on their last Sunday with us.

Westworth Vacation Bible School

  • August 27th – August 31st  from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Cost: $75.00/child/Full Day week; ages 4-12
  • 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


Summer Schedule:

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 now until July 19, please call Rev. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd at home 204 775-8817. 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.


Great news! Westworth has just been awarded three grants, of $1,000 each, from the Winnipeg Foundation, Winnipeg Presbytery and the United Church Foundation, to hold a full day workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 10 on De-escalating Conflict for service providers, interfaith partners, community ministries volunteers, congregants and community. Karen Ridd will be co-facilitating this with a colleague. More info re: registration will come soon.

Also, Loraine has just received a Rowntree Scholarship from the United Church Foundation to assist with her sabbatical plans and travels for next year, May-July 2019, when she will be travelling across Canada visiting United Churches that are thriving. She will be asking how they attribute their success.


At the upcoming meeting of the 43rd General Council in Oshawa July 22-27, we will be discussing many hot topics in various proposals from across the United Church. They will include considering Israel an apartheid state and applying boycott, divestments & sanctions to Israel as a whole, changing the wording of the faith statement for candidates for ordination & commissioning to a broader understanding of God, changing the requirement for church membership from a profession to faith to an intent to belong to community, the Caretakers Report from an Indigenous council of Elders that calls for changes in the United Church, support for mental health, implications for becoming an intercultural church, and addressing the rural crisis (about half of our Conference’s rural pastoral charges are without ministry personnel). See the online workbook for details: https://generalcouncil43.ca

Loraine will be a commissioner at General Council and invites anyone who would like to discuss General Council topics to meet after church in the parlour at Westworth July 8 and 15. Please bring a bag lunch.


Loraine will be participating in the fundraising Alvin Dixon Memorial walk early Sunday morning, July 22, just before the beginning of General Council. This walk will raise money to support Indigenous education. For more info about Alvin Dixon, see following. To donate for Loraine’s fundraising, please use this link, or email Loraine to receive it. https://www.canadahelps.org/me/6TMUjrk


Who was Alvin Dixon?

Alvin William Dixon, a respected Heiltsuk First Nation Elder, was born on June 10, 1937. At age 10, Alvin was taken from his family to the Alberni Indian Residential School on Vancouver Island. After surviving years of abuse he graduated, and then enrolled at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver as one of six First Nations students at the school.

Alvin was a strong activist and held roles with the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia and, especially, with the United Church, beginning as a member of British Columbia Conference staff and supporting the BC Native Ministries Council.

At the time of his death, he was serving as the BC Conference lay representative to the Executive of the General Council (GCE). He served on the Moderator’s Advisory Committee and the Theology and Inter-Church Inter-Faith Committee. He was one of the founders of the Native Ministries Consortium and the Native Ministries program at the Vancouver School of Theology. Alvin was the first Indigenous chair (2005‒2014) of the Residential Schools Steering Committee (renamed in 2011 as the Committee of Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools).

Alvin died of cancer on July 20, 2014, in Vancouver. His two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren, two sisters, and brother survive him.

Throughout his life, Alvin quietly worked behind the scenes to improve the lives of First Nations people in many areas, including those involved in the

First Nations fishery and First Nations youth. Alvin worked to raise awareness with Canadians about the experiences of Indigenous children in residential schools in his role through the BC Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society.



Summer Office Hours starting June 1 until after Labour Day, except the month we are closed, are Monday-Friday, 9:00am-3:00pm, closed at 12:30-1:30pm for lunch. The office will be closed July 19-Aug. 17.


We received $40.32 from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for tickets purchased for Messiah in December. Thanks for your support.


Save the date. Aug. 30, 5:30pm Westworth’s First Open House & Barbecue

Barbecued food supplied by the Pork Marketing Board. Please join us.



  1. West Broadway Pantry  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!


Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • In honour of the 200th centenary of the St. Boniface Archdiocese, they are holding an ecumenical service that will include Indigenous ceremony. They have invited Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd, past chair of Winnipeg Presbytery, and Anglican Bishop Don Phillips to share in the preaching in the Boniface Cathedral on Friday, July 13, at 7:30 pm (see poster). On Sunday, they will be re-enacting the signing of treaties with cultural events throughout the day, concluding with a free evening concert at 7:30 pm inspired by the Indigenous Seven Teachings. Performers will include Tom Jackson, Connie Kaldor, Heather Bishop, Martha Wainwright and the World Village Music Choir.
  • Jonathan Wong is the co-music director for the contemporary worship at St. Mary’s Road UC. He and Chuck Kroeker produced the album “The Journey” for cello and accompanying instruments after he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular condition that threatens both your medical and musical careers. Please check out chvnradio.com /made-in-manitoba/local-musician-releases-album-to-give-back


Minute for Mission

Economic Empowerment for Indigenous Women

In Guatemala, our gifts for Mission & Service support the ministry of the Fraternidad de Presbiteriales Mayas (FPM), or Women’s Network of Maya Presbyterials, which provides Indigenous women in the area with microcredit loans so they can set up their own businesses and become economically independent.

One group FPM supports is called Nuevo Esperanza (New Hope). Located just outside Quetzaltenango, the women in this group make chocolate and operate a bakery and a small restaurant. Guatemala has one of the largest Indigenous populations by percentage in Latin America. Argelia Poz, Executive Director of FPM, says it is important to work with Indigenous women to improve their families’ economic well-being and to strengthen the voices of women in church and society.


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.