Oct. 14 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

21st Sunday after Pentecost, October 14, 2018


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle-Lighting & Prelude:        “Ubi Caritas”                   Denis Bédard

Introit:                                    “Laudate”                                        Knut Nystedt

Opening Prayer

Hymn MV 7                      “Gather Us In”                              Hann/Fines

Children’s Story

Hymn VU 272 “Open Your Ears, O Faithful People”     YISRAEL V’ORAITA


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.”)


Prayer of Confession

      Our beloved Creator,

      You have given us the abilities to work and to rest.

      Most of us have learned to work well;

      Fewer of us have learned how to rest.

      Help us find the balance of rest and work.

      Help us discover ways of rejuvenation.

      Help us look after ourselves,

      That we may better attend to others.

      Teach us the practice of Sabbath-keeping.


Meditative Silence & Words of Assurance


We Hear the Word

 First Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:8-11

Hear what the Spirit is saying to us.

Thanks be to God.


Second Scripture Readings: Isaiah 58:13-14

This is testimony to the Word.

      Thanks be to God.

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


Anthem:                            “Gather Us In”                              Mark Hayes

Sermon:                      “Thou Shalt Chill Out!”


We Respond

Hymn VU 374      “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”       BEACH SPRING



Offertory:   “Come and Find the Quiet Centre”       Chuck Marohnic

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 VU 626      “I Heard the Voice of Jesus”                      KINGSFOLD


Choral Response:  MV 205         “Great Amen”

Postlude:              “The Kingsfold Trumpet”                   Alfred V. Fedak



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


Hosts:  Jennifer and Norm Snyder

Usher:  Janet Sealey

Scripture Reader:  Shirley Watts


We extend our sympathy to Bonnie Gairns and family on the passing of her father.

Our condolences to Doreen, Pat and Tim Stephenson and family on the passing of Doreen’s husband, Fred Stephenson. Fred’s Celebration of Life will be held on Oct. 20 at 10:30am at Westworth.

Our sympathy to the family of Erma Hotchkiss who passed away Oct. 8.


Maggie Barnett will be visiting her family from November 7-21, inclusive, so will be away 2 Sundays:  Nov. 11th and 18th.  Maggie has arranged all the lessons ahead of time and Sunday School will be led those two weeks by Julia and Danielle whom the children know well.


Sunday School will be learning about The Burning bush (Exodus 3:1-15) this week.

Westworth Community Events Oct. 19 6:30-8:00pm will include a Halloween movie, Witches Brew and Monster Mash Snack.


The Sunday morning coffee service is on at 10:30.  We encourage you to bring your own mug each Sunday.

Counting Team today is Team D –Walter’s team


Unit 77 will meet in the Upper Classroom on Wednesday, October 17th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the book The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Unit 7 UCW will meet in the parlour at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday Oct 18. We will be making cards.


Congregational Meeting today after worship.

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 today, 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.


We have purchased a new Hearing assist system and would appreciate your feedback. Please let us know if the sound is clear enough for you to hear or if you are experiencing any difficulty with it. Thank you.

Feeling stuck in life? Interested in looking again at the meaning of a significant event you’ve had? Wondering where God might be leading you in the future? Come to our Monday evening Faith Journeys, Oct. 15-Nov. 12, 7-9 pm. 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. Please sign up in the Narthex if you are interested.

We would like to include personal veteran photos for a slide show during our Nov. 11 Remembrance Day service. If you have a photo, please send to the office with the name of the person (and even a brief story, if you wish). We will scan the photo and give it back to you. Please have all photos to Heather by Nov. 2.

We have received a membership request for someone to join the United Church and we will be having a United Church orientation session to facilitate this request. If anyone else is interested in joining us for a brief session on United Church history and beliefs, please let Loraine know. Also, if anyone would like to transfer their membership, please let Loraine know.

Unit 94 will be meeting at 7:30 on October 16th.  This month’s meeting will be held in the upper classroom. We are looking forward to hearing a presentation from Frances Woolison.  She will be sharing information about a co-op housing project that she and her husband are involved with.  We expect it to be very interesting and we look forward to learning more about this worthwhile venture.  All are welcome to attend.

The Men’s Spirituality Breakfast will be on October 20th at 9:00 A.M. (rear entrance to the church). After catching up from our summer activities, we will decide on our subjects for the current year. Hope to see you there.

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 learning 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.


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 shirleywatts@mts.net 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.


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!

Our annual Luncheon and Bazaar will be held here at Westworth on Saturday, October 27th from 11 am to 2 pm.  Visit with your friends over lunch.  Stop and shop in the Home Baking or Treasure Table areas.  Find that perfect gift for someone special in the China Cabinet or the General Store.  Volunteers are still required for all areas including cooking a turkey, so if you can help in any way, please see Janet or Wendy in the narthex after church to sign up.  All help is greatly appreciated!


Cheer Board Knitting will be needed by Nov. 4, would you please bring in your knitting.


Save the Date

  1.  Please join the Outreach Committee on Sunday Oct. 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.


2.  Westworth will provide a hot lunch for approximately 160 people at West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, Oct 18. If you are able to provide a box of pre-cooked frozen meatballs, or pasta sauce or buns, or fruit, or cookies, a sign-up sheet is available in the narthex. In addition, volunteers for preparation and serving are needed. You may leave the box of meatballs, buns, fruit or cookies in the fridge in the Westworth kitchen on Wednesday, Oct. 17 OR if you wish to have your contribution picked up, or to make other arrangements, please contact Carol & Clarke Wilkie who will act as hosts for Westworth 204 896-3618.

3. 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)

  • 7th Annual “All Handmade” Craft & Bake Sale Sat. Oct. 20 10-3pm Ft. Garry UC 800 Point Rd.
  • Andrew’s RHUC is holding their Annual Harvest Supper on Sunday, Oct. 21. There are two sittings @ 4:30 & 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $8.00 for youth 5-12 years old, with those 4 & under free. Wine will be available for $5.00 per glass.
  • The Crescent Fort Rouge UC Annual Fall Supper on Sat., October 27th will be held at Churchill Park UC, 525 Beresford Avenue. Tickets are available from the Crescent Fort Rouge UC office 204-475-6011.
  • Young United Church Fall Refugee Fundraiser -Interesting Theatre presents, Invasion! An Evening of Classic Science Fiction.  On the playbill, two live radio plays:  Colony, by Philip K. Dick and War of the Wars, in a new radio adaptation by Tim Higgins. Stone Angel Brewing Co., 1875 Pembina Hwy., Monday, Oct. 29th.  Tickets are only $15, $10 for students, available at the Young church office (204-783-0128) or on eventbrite.  Doors open at 7 and the broadcast begins at 7:30.
  • CPUC Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast! Saturday October 27th, 8am-10am Tickets are available. $15 for adults, $6 for kids. Come down and enjoy a short stack for a tall cause! Get you tickets by contacting the Churchill Park UC office at 204-452-8561 or office@churchillparkunited.ca


Minute for Mission

Rebuilding Community in the Philippines

Our gifts for Mission & Service, together with our emergency response for Typhoon Haiyan, support the agricultural program of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan destroyed large parts of Philippine infrastructure, affecting the economic base of many communities.

The Visayas region in Central Philippines, a predominantly agricultural area, was hard hit by Haiyan. Ninety-five percent of fruit trees were uprooted, livestock were killed, and crops were destroyed. Also destroyed were many families’ hopes for feeding their families and making a living. As part of the recovery process, Mission & Service partner the UCCP is working with agricultural communities to restore livelihoods.

Working with community-based organizations, the UCCP developed a plan that identified the most appropriate livestock to distribute to local families. Basic veterinary skills and training help farmers ensure the health and welfare of the animals they receive. Home solar lighting kits are being distributed to communities. For some, this was the first electrical light their home had ever had.

A third component of the plan is helping farmers plant and harvest aerobic rice, which uses less water and requires less labour than traditionally grown rice. Given the right conditions, seed is easily saved from year to year, and a growing season can have two harvests.

Our emergency response provided a robust short-term response to start the rehabilitation. Through Mission & Service, our ongoing support ensures that these programs grow and develop to create resilient and sustainable farming communities in the Philippines.

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.