Sept. 30 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

19th Sunday after Pentecost, September 30, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude: “Surely God is in this Place”

Chuck Marohnic


Introit:  Introit:  VU 384        “The Lone Wild Bird”                PROSPECT

        Verse 1: AustinWinchell       Verses 2 & 5: Choir and Congregation


Opening Prayer

Buenos Dias mis amigos.  Dios sea contigo.

Good day my friends.  God be with you.


Hymn  VU 395 “Come in, Come In and Sit Down”     PART OF THE FAMILY


Children’s Story

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


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.”)


We Hear the Word

Anthem:    “A Place at the Table”                                    Mary McDonald




                                 DAY ONE-ANTIGUA

Reflection Theme:  What is God  Calling Us To?

      Luke 9:1-2  & 1 Samuel 16:13   Anointing with Oil


                         DAY TWO-PEZZAROSSI SCHOOL

Reflection Theme:  Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

                      Matthew 19:14


Reflection Theme:  Giving a Cup of Water in Jesus Name

Matthew 10:42



Reflection Theme:  All Things Work Together

Romans 8:28


                         DAY FIVE-LAS VICTORIAS SCHOOL

Reflection Theme:  God at Work

                          Philippians 1:6



 Reflection Theme: Renewing Our Strength

Isaiah 40:31



Reflection Theme:  You are God’s Child

Luke 3:22


We Respond

Hymn:  VU 509    “I, the Lord of Sea and Sky”                HERE I AM, LORD



Offertory:  “Jesus, You Have Come to the Lakeshore”     John Carter

Dedication Hymn MV 191 “What Can I Do”

Offertory Prayer


Prayers of the People

Prayer Introit: MV 175 “May We but Wait”

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn MV 209      “Go Make A Difference”              Angrisano/Tomaszek

Commissioning and Benediction

Choral Response:  MV 205 “Great Amen”

Postlude:                     “This Little Light of Mine”               Mark Hayes


Thank you to Rev. Karen Lumley and St. Andrews RHUC Youth for your reflections on your Guatemala Mission Trip


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:  Kathy and Alan Wilson

Usher:  Janet Sealey


Sunday School will be learning about St. Andrews Guatemala Trip this week.


You are invited:

Build your Community and Build your own Sandwich Lunch, today after the Worship Service. All fixings for sandwiches will be provided.  Veggies, Fruit, Coffee, Lemon-aid. $5.00 for Adults, Children free

This will be a time for visiting, connecting after the summer, building new relationships, giving thanks and sharing a meal.

Hosted by the Worship and Community Care Teams


Counting Team today is Team B – Dan’s team


Today is Spare Change Sunday please put your spare change in the baskets at the back of the sanctuary. This will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which provides services including meals, counselling, advocacy, laundry facilities, telephone, voice mail and a computer lab for those living in poverty.

The first Sunday in October as the weather gets colder, the Sunday morning coffee service will resume.  All are welcome to come early for a warm cup of coffee and visiting before the Worship service.  The Coffee pot is on at 10:30.

United Church Observer The yearly fee is $25.00, and the envelope for payment is on the coffee ledge for your convenience. Please contact Rochelle Baker at 489-6102 or email or Heather at the office with any changes or questions you may have. The deadline is Oct. 7 for your renewals. Thank you for your support.


Congregational Meeting on Oct. 14

As recommended in our JNAC report, our new governance model was adopted on a trial basis.  At congregational meetings in 2017 and 2018, the trial period was extended for a further year.  In order to adopt the new model, approval of Presbytery will be required.  Council expected to make this recommendation at our AGM in 2019, however, as a consequence of changes implemented by the United Church of Canada, Presbytery will cease to exist as of December 31, 2018.  After that date, there is currently no alternative approval process available for the adoption of a new governance model, and so, to avoid further delay and uncertainty, Council has elected to call a congregational meeting now in order to consider adoption of the new model in time for Presbytery to approve it in 2018.  To that end, a congregational meeting will be held immediately following the service on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at which time the following resolution will be presented for approval:

That the Westworth United Church Congregation adopts the New Governance Model as outlined in the Westworth United Church Council Manual 2018 understanding adjustments may be made on as “as needed basis” to better reflect the needs and work of the church, and that once accepted by the congregation will be submitted to Presbytery for approval.

Please note that at the meeting, we will also be updating the congregation on Loraine’s sabbatical plans for May-July, 2019.  Please try to attend!

Please check the website for the new governance model diagram, description summary and the revised Manual. There will also be hard copies of these available on the coffee ledge.

Maggie Barnett will provide childcare during the congregational meeting and she would like parents to bring a brown bag lunch for any children planning to stay.


Westworth Winds will begin practice after Thanksgiving on Oct. 14 at 9:15am.

What is the story of your faith? How has it been shaped over your life and where is it taking you into the future? What impact does our spiritual life have on the rest of our life? Our Monday evening fall study this year will focus on our Faith Journeys. We will use the Progoff Journalling method to help each of us identify key moments  that have helped to shape our faith journeys. We will have reflective time for each person to journal and begin to put together his/her faith story. We will also have opportunity to share some of our stories with one another. We will begin Oct. 15 from 7-9 pm in the parlour. Please sign up in the Narthex if you are interested in attending.

Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage: Loraine will offer a mini pilgrimage Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7-9 pm, based on her recent Hildegard of Bingen Pilgrimage in Germany. Various rooms at Westworth will be set up on different themes relating to HIldegard’s Gregorian music, cosmic visions, herbal medicine, and prophetic verve. Come promptly at 7:00 pm and Loraine will lead the group from room to room. There will be time for teaching and for personal reflection.

The next Faith Café will be on Thursday, Oct. 25. We will be discussing whether or not God intervenes in the world.


IT’S TURKEY TIME!  Your luncheon and bazaar committee is committed to providing our famous Turkey Burgers at our upcoming big event.  If you are able to purchase a large bird on sale, or cook a bird, or both, or if you require further information please contact Dianne Sjoberg at 204-885-0700. Thank you!

Saturday October 27th.  Mark your calendar!  You don’t want to miss the Westworth Luncheon and Bazaar this year.  Join us from 11 am to 2 pm for lunch and some great shopping.  Make it a special day and please invite your friends and neighbours!  They will be glad you did.  Invitations for you to share are available in the Narthex today as well as the sign-up sheets for volunteers to help make the day a success.


Photo Directory

Upon making some early attempts at planning for a new photo directory for Westworth, it was found that for security reasons (for our e-mail list) primarily, it was not feasible at this time to do an “in house” directory. The Community Ministry Team has decided to return to the same company who did our last directory. Plans are underway to do this in October of this year.

We are way overdue for a new version but to be of the BEST use – we need everyone to be in it! It is our hope that you all will make your best effort to set your appointment times and join your church family in making this version of the Directory a big success.

Below, see the schedule of photography sessions:

Tues, Oct 9                          2:30 – 8:30pm

Wed, Oct 10                        2:30 – 8:30 pm

Tues, Oct 16                        2:30 – 8:30 pm

Wed, Oct 17                        2:30 – 8:30 pm

Thurs, Oct 18                      2:30 – 8:30 pm

Fri, Oct 19                            2:30 – 8:30 pm

Sat, Oct 20                           9:00 – 3:00 pm

Only those folks who have their picture taken will get a free photo directory. There is no cost for sitting for the professional photo, and no obligation to purchase photos but you will have the choice to purchase added pictures if you wish. There will be people sitting in the narthex before and after the Sunday services, starting in September to make your appointments. If you plan to still be away on summer break in September, PLEASE, consider calling Shirley Watts (204-489-7695) or e-mail at to make your appointments. Doing this early will insure that you get the time slot best for you.

One last item: our committee will need some people’s help to do this and if you can give us even a little time – it would be so appreciated. Call Shirley for this as well.


Westworth Office Hours are 9:00am-5:00pm and we are closed during the lunch hour between 12:30-1:30pm. Staff can be out of the church during this time.



1  In order to address the growing incidents of violence in our community, Westworth United Church is hosting a free Workshop for De-Escalating Conflict. facilitated by Karen Ridd and Angela Lavallee Wed. Oct. 10, 9:15 am – 4 pm

hosted by Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Ave.

designed for

    • student leaders
    • community volunteers
    • interfaith organizations
    • sports teams
    • social service providers
    • area residents

Registration deadline: Oct. 4—space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. See poster & pamphlet on bulletin board for more details.


  1.  Please join the Outreach Committee on Sunday October 14th for a potluck Sabbath Supper. We will share a meal and then listen to a talk by Peter Denton calledLiving Close to Home: Local Choices toward a Sustainable Future. We will gather in the gym for dinner at 5:00pm. Please sign up on the bulletin board outside of the library. We look forward to sharing an evening together.


  1. West Broadway Community Ministry board requires the services of a volunteer treasurer. This individual would become a member of the board. Estimated time commitment is 8 hours a week. Responsibilities would begin in December 2018 to give the individual an opportunity to work with the current Treasurer, and appointment to the position would occurred at the spring AGM. Please contact Marion or Allan McKay at 204-269-5292.


Community News (please check bulletin board by the elevator)

  • 5th Annual Multicultuaral Teafest Sunday, October 14, 2:00PM – 5:00PM Centre Culturel Franco Manitobain 340 Provencher Blvd.
  • Quiz Night at Transcona Memorial United Church, 209 Yale Ave. W., Saturday, Oct 13 at 7 pm.  Tickets $15 per person; 6-8 people on a team; bring your own snacks! Contact Adrian at 204-298-7487
  • You are invited to an Indigenous cultural event to be held in the sanctuary of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, 525 Wardlaw on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Free Mature Driver Tuesday Oct. 16 10:00 am to 1:00 pm  Crescent Fort Rouge UC, 525 Wardlaw Ave. Please register via email or 204 475 6011.
  • In Memoriam RCCO Choral and Organ Evensong Celebrating the lives of Winnipeg organists Sunday, November 4, 4pm at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue


Minute for Mission

A Place to Find Tangible Help

Our gifts for Mission & Service support community ministries like Back Door Mission in Oshawa, Ontario.

Adrian, Sherri, and their young daughter are just three of the people whose lives have been changed by the ministry of the Back Door Mission. When Adrian lost his job due to a work injury in 2015, his disability payments were inadequate to the challenge of providing for his family. After Adrian and Sherri’s mortgage foreclosed and they lost their home, they turned to a homeless shelter and then emergency housing before being forced to live in their car.

At risk of losing their child for violating the regulations of the Children’s Aid Society, the couple agreed that the mother and daughter would move into a local women’s shelter. While this family has faced crisis after crisis, with the support of Back Door Mission it is finally finding ways to navigate the social assistance network.

For more than 20 years, Back Door Mission has helped to relieve the burdens of poverty and social dislocation experienced by those living in economically depressed circumstances in Oshawa. Over 100 people come to the doors of its downtown facility every day.

Its drop-in centre offers a welcoming space three afternoons a week where people can find shelter, companionship, and a snack or light meal. Says Don MacLeod, chair of the board, “The drop-in program provides an opportunity for community within a socially disconnected and often stigmatized population, and a place to find tangible help. This is a place where the poor, generally physically or mentally disabled in some form, can find friends and the experience of belonging.”


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.