Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation
Thanksgiving Sunday: October 13, 2019
We Gather to Worship
Welcome and Announcements
Candle Lighting and Prelude:
“We Gather Together” (Netherlands) arr. Beatrice Hatton Fisk
Cherub Introit: “I am Walking a Path of Peace” J. Bauman Tissandrier
Call to Worship
For the turn of the season and the harvest we have received,
We give thanks.
As creation prepares for winter,
May we prepare our hearts for autumn’s call.
As we ponder the wonders of creation
We lift our voices in praise of our Maker.
Hymn: VU 227 “For the Fruit of All Creation” AR HYD Y NOS
Hymn MV 182 “Grateful” (chorus only) Tom Tomaszek
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.”
Following the Passing of the Peace, the children may go to Sunday School
Prayer of Confession
Creator of all,
We give thanks for your intricate web of life
That sustains us and our universe.
We thank you for your impulses of love
That offering healing and wholeness.
Forgive us when we close ourselves off
From your love.
Forgive us when we deny ourselves and others
The healing power of your love.
Search us and show us what is blocking this love.
Strengthen us and use us as conduits of love.
Words of Assurance
We Hear the Word
Psalm: VU 820 “Psalm 100” Linnea Good
Gospel Lesson: Luke 17:11-19
This is the Gospel of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Sung Response: VU 956 “Your Word is a Lamp” Eleanor Daley
Anthem: “All Good Gifts” from “Godspell” Schwartz/arr. Leavitt
Allison Warrian, cello and Jewel Casselman, recorder
Sermon: “Impulses of Love”
Hymn VU 236 “Now Thank We All Our God” NUN DANKET
Offertory: “Now Thank We All Our God” arr. Claude Means
Dedication Hymn: MV 191 “What Can I Do?” Rumbolt-McCarthy
Prayers of the People
Prayer Introit: MV 175 “May We But Wait” Will Petricko
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
The Lord’s Prayer VU 959 (sung)
Hymn VU 518 “As Those of Old Their First-fruits Brought” FOREST GREEN
Choral Benediction: “Hallelujah” ST. GEORGE’S
Postlude: “Voluntary on Psalm 100” Henry Purcell
Our thanks to Jewel Casselman, Allison Warrian and Ruth Wiwchar for their musical leadership.
Minister: Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
firstname.lastname@example.org 204 489-6974 Ext. 22
Director of Music: Debbie McLeod Cherub Choir Director: Jewel Casselman
Organist: Dorcas Windsor Westworth Winds Director: Ray McClelland
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
Hosts: Barb and Kent M.
Usher: Janet S.
Scripture Reader: Paul E.
SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 12:1-9; 15:1-6).
WESTWORTH COMMUNITY CONNECTION EVENTS Oct. 18 All events will run from 6.30-8.00pm Games Night. Play your favourite games with friends. All welcome!
THANKSGIVING OFFERING Our special appeal for Thanksgiving this year will go towards the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Designated envelopes are on the coffee ledge.
THINKING OF MAKING A DONATION? We are most grateful for all donations to support the work of Westworth. By making a donation with an envelope and providing your name we are able to send you a receipt. Donations can be made with a credit card through our website, www.westworth.ca. Click on the Canada Helps tab for a secure transaction. Donations can also be made through E-transfer to the church email address, firstname.lastname@example.org , please send a separate email to obtain instructions. Donations for general purposes or for the Building, Memorial or Westworth Funds, for special projects or to celebrate special occasions can all be made as outlined above. Please include a note with your donation so we can honour your intentions. Thank you for thinking of Westworth.
USHERS – are those friendly folks who greet you in the sanctuary, provide you with a bulletin (and More Voices, if needed) and take up the offering each week. As we move into the busier seasons of the church year, we’d like to be able to have two ushers each Sunday. Complete written instructions are provided (and kept in a binder at the back of the sanctuary). Ushers are contacted by email and select the days they are able to usher. With two ushers each week, you can sign up with an experienced usher to help you “learn the ropes”. If you haven’t ushered before but would like to help out, please contact Andrea Firth (email@example.com or 204-489-2284)
SUNDAY WORSHIP TIME CHANGE As of Oct. 6, we will begin Sunday worship at 10:45 am. As you know, the Worship Team has been trying different start times (10:30 in the summer, 10:55 during regular time). We ask the congregation’s forbearance as we change it once more to 10:45 am. We are hoping to keep this start time permanently throughout the whole year, including summer and on Sundays when the Westworth Winds has begun earlier. This will help us become more consistent and end at noon, even on Communion Sundays and Sundays when we have extra music. If we end a bit before noon, it will give us a few extra minutes for a cup of coffee and visits in the narthex. The music leaders, including Ray, Jewel, Debbie & Dorcas have all been consulted and we think that this will work for everyone. It will also help those who have fixed meal times in retirement homes and afternoon concerts, plays and events to attend.
BROADVIEW SUBSCRIPTION (formerly called the Observer) The yearly fee is $25.00, and the envelope for payment is on the coffee ledge for your convenience. Please contact Rochelle B. at 489-6102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather at the office with any changes or questions you may have. The deadline has passed so please contact us asap. If paying by cheque please make the cheque out to Westworth United Church. Thank you for your support.
HOLD THE TURKEYS!! What a generous congregation we have. All the turkeys we need to make our famous turkey burgers have been supplied. Thank you to everyone who contacted Dianne and committed to purchasing, storing or cooking a bird. It is much appreciated. See you at the bazaar!
NAME TAGS Note to All: Don’t forget to wear your name tag to church! New introductions are easier to remember if you see a visible name. If you don’t have a Westworth name tag, wear your bridge club, dance club, bowling league, etc. name badge. If you wish to order a Westworth name tag, talk to Dorothy Reid or contact Heather in the office.
Please DO NOT bring donations for the spring rummage sale until AFTER Christmas. The storage room is being used by the bazaar volunteers to keep “Treasure Table”, “General Store” and “China Cabinet” merchandise. Rummage sale things cannot get mixed into these selections. If you have quality donations for the bazaar sales, you may mark them clearly and set them in the unlocked room at the bottom of the steps at the west doors. Thanks for your co-operation! Dorothy Reid. Rummage Committee
CARD TABLES WANTED We are looking for good condition card tables to use for our Bazaar and other church events. If you have one you are willing to donate please bring them in and put in the rummage cupboard under the west side stairs. Thank you.
POSTER MAKING We need someone who can make posters for Westworth events. Please let office know if you have the skills and interest.
SPIRITUAL ATTRIBUTES: Monday evening study 7-9 pm. We will study the spiritual attributes that thriving United Churches share in common with the early church. We will also develop spiritual practices that will help us incorporate these into our own lives. Led by Loraine and Nancy.
Unit 94 meeting will meet on Tuesday, October 15 at 7:30pm in the parlour. Our guest speaker will be Laura Cayer, a professional organizer who will speak on “More than just organizing…I can help with that too!” Laura has experience with estate clean outs, home downsizing, senior moves, hoarded homes, offices, classrooms, filing paperwork, photos and everyday home needs. All are welcome. Please contact Nancy Doern-White if you plan to attend.
Unit 77 will meet on Wednesday, October 16th at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Barbara W. to discuss the book Papergirl by Melinda McCracken.
MEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP MEETING: October 19 Upper Classroom: Please join us for discussion of “Special Places”. Light nourishment @ 9am and discussion @ 9:30am. For further information contact Larry S. 204-489-9074 or email@example.com.
WESTWORTH’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON AND Our annual Luncheon and Bazaar will be held here at Westworth on Saturday, October 26th from 11 am to 2 pm. Bring your own shopping bag for some great shopping in the Home Baking, China Cabinet, General Store and Treasure Table areas. Then join us for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. As a gentle reminder…….below is list of items that we are looking for the respective areas.
General Store: Handcrafted items such as Christmas ornaments, tightly-knit mitts, seasonal decorations, garden décor, special gift items, selected used books, DVD’s and house plants in attractive containers. If you donate a plant please include care requirements and flower colour if relevant. Items can be dropped off at the church and should be marked “General Store”. Call Andrea at 204 489-2284 if you have any questions.
Home Baking: Home baked items such as cookies, muffins, pies, slices, squares and cakes, jams, jellies and pickles and “nuts and bolts”. Please ensure preserves have the proper canning lid and label your baked item e.g. banana bread. All baked items should also include a notation as to whether there are nuts or not. If you are donating baking please bring it to the church before 8 p.m. on Friday October 25th if possible. If you have any questions please call Barb at 204-488-0853.
Treasure Table: Good ‘garage’ sale items as jewelry, ornaments, games, books for young boys and girls, scarfs, glassware, purses, make-up bags, small house wares, ornaments, candles, jig saw puzzles, toys, women’s dress scarves, and Christmas decorations etc. Items can be dropped off at church during the summer, in the lower storage area under the west stairs, and should be marked “Treasure Table 2019”. Call Nancy at 204 885-2765 if you have any questions.
China Cabinet: Better pieces of china e.g. dishes, cups and saucers, glassware, silver, stoneware items, pottery, antiques, framed pictures, lamps, and linens (table cloths, napkins) of all shapes and sizes etc. Call Rochelle at 204 489-6102 if you have any questions.
We are also in need of a number of homemade pies for the luncheon. Pies for the luncheon should be dropped off at the church by 9 a.m. on Saturday October 26th.
Volunteers are still required for all areas, 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!
PHOTODIRECTORY If you have not picked up your photodirectory please see Shirley Watts in the narthex or at the office during the week.
- West Broadway Community Ministry Luncheon – On behalf of Westworth, Carol and Clarke W. will host our lunchat West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) on Thursday, October 17. 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 before 3:00 on Wednesday the 16th.
- Third Annual October Sabbath Supper, Sunday October 20– Barbara Macdonald, from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will share with us – “The Impact of Climate Change and Conflict on Global Hunger and Canadian Foodgrains Bank’s Response”. Learn more about one of the United Church’s partners and about the crucial work the Bank does on our behalf! Plan to arrive at 5:15. Dinner will be at 5:30 followed by our speaker at 6:00. This is an exciting opportunity for us to educate ourselves about how our United Church is working for others around the world, and to share in a “Westworth Family” meal! You will find the Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex. We look forward to seeing you there!
- The premiere showing of Common Strength,a 23 minute documentary produced this year by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank will be held at the Park Theatre on Tuesday October 15 at 6:30 pm, with free admission! Earlier this year, Colleen Dyck, a farmer and entrepreneur from Niverville, Manitoba, travelled to western Kenya to live and work alongside small-scale farmer Lucy Anyango. The film explores the important role women play to end hunger in their communities. Join Colleen at the Park where evening will begin with live music, then a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion on Colleen’s experience and the experiences of women farmers around the world.
- West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Pantry – Your Outreach Team is grateful to so many of you who have filled the buckets to overflowing with nutritious protein foods destined for West Broadway. Most needed today is protein: tins of meat, chili, stews, fish, beans, and small jars of peanut butter. Also needed are feminine hygiene products.
- CENTERING PRAYER:A form of Christian meditation based on an ancient practice of prayer. Newcomers welcome – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7pm at St. Andrew’s-River Heights in the St. Andrew’s lounge (255 Oak). RSVP to Clark Brownlee @firstname.lastname@example.org.
- ANNUAL HARVEST SUPPER AT Andrew’s River Heights, 255 Oak St, on Sunday, Oct. 27 with two sittings at 4:30pm & 6:30pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, $6 for children 5-12 years and 4 & under are free. Wine will be served at $5 per glass. Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-annual-harvest-supper-tickets-72950718563 or the church office from Monday – Friday 9-3pm.
- Renewing our Peace Treaty with the Earth: Stories in Defense of the Earth” – led by Bob Haverluck and Stan McKay. The event will begin with a readers’ theatre production, utilizing talented actors and musicians, on Friday night, Oct. 25th at Crescent Fort Rouge. On Sat., Oct. 26th, Augustine will host morning and afternoon sessions that continue to explore the theme of caring for the earth and all its inhabitants utilizing stories from Bob Haverluck’s book, WHEN GOD WAS FLESH AND WILD: Stories in Defense of the Earth.
Minute for Mission
From January 28 to February 10, 2018, a group of youth leaders travelled to Nepal to see Mission & Service ecumenical partner Canadian Foodgrains Bank at work. The Rev. Janet Jones was one of the United Church leaders on the trip. Here, she shares her reflection on the impact of support from Canadian Foodgrains Bank:
“We gathered with moms and their children and learned about the nutrition and child growth monitoring programs [and] other purposeful things they do together. We heard meaningful stories of children recovering from malnourishment, sometimes in three months, because of the programs offered. What’s best is that community members are trained and lead the programs.
“How do we put an end to hunger? Share collective knowledge and skills with each other, support and give care when needed, and share the global stories so we can realize we really are all the same. These projects focus on providing seeds, tools, and training to communities working toward self-sustainability. They’re able to feed their families through their own farming and sell the extra produce in creating income and savings.”
Mission & Service support is helping these communities thrive.
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.