Nov. 24 Bulletin

Westworth United Church

1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

on Treaty One Territory in the heart of the Métis Nation

Reign of Christ Sunday: November 24, 2019


We Gather to Worship

Welcome and Announcements

Candle Lighting and Prelude:           “Air”                                  Denis Bédard


Opening Prayer                                                                         Catherine Tovell

Come to this sacred place where neighbours and friends gather.

We come to worship God in community.

       Come to this sacred place where strangers are embraced.

We come to worship God in community.

       Come to this sacred place where those who are stigmatized, bullied, minimized, ignored, or simply forgotten are now called friends.

We come to worship God in community.


Hymn VU 210, vs 1-2 “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”


Children’s Story

Hymn VU 356           “Seek Ye First the Kingdom”                 LAFFERTY


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


We Hear the Word

Hebrew Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-9


Gospel Lesson: Luke 9:57-62

This is the Gospel of Christ.

Thanks be to God.

Sung Response:  VU 956  “Your Word is a Lamp”                    Eleanor Daley


Anthem           “The Gift of Love”                English Folksong, arr. Hal Hopson

Sermon:                      “New wine in old skins?

Gender transition as spiritual practice”

We Respond

Hymn MV 145            “Draw the Circle Wide”                                 Light/Bloss


Conversation with Neighbour: What does it mean to be affirming of LGBT people? How do we respond to negative statements and actions directed against people of various gender expressions and sexual orientations?



Offertory:       “Morning Has Broken”                                     Chuck Mahronic

Dedication Hymn:  MV 191 “What Can I Do?”                  Rumbolt-McCarthy

Offertory Prayer


Milestone Celebration

       Joyfully, we share our blessings with our congregation.

Thankfully, we raise our voices with each celebration.




Prayers of the People

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

The Lord’s Prayer VU 921


Hymn VU 210, vs 3-4 “You, Lord, Are Both Lamb and Shepherd”



Choral Benediction:              “Hallelujah”                              ST. GEORGE’S

Postlude:                    “Rejoice, the Lord is King”             Healey Willan


Thank you to our guest preacher Lara Rae.


Minister:  Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd                                         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                                    

Office Administrator:  Heather Lavery                     

Church Phone # 204 489-6974 Ext. 20                       

Church Accountant:  Jenny Jeffers    


Hosts:  Shirley Ann S. and Florence B.

Ushers:  Kirk W. and Dan W.

Scripture Reader:  Paul G.



SUNDAY SCHOOL This week the children will be learning about The Blessing (Genesis 27:1-46).

ATTENTION ONE ON ONE VISITORS Please pick up Christmas gift bags of shortbread in the Narthex on Dec. 1 after the service. These can be delivered to the people you visit during the month of December.


POINSETTIA SALES:  The Christian Education Team will be selling poinsettias as a fundraiser in support of the VBS program. Orders will be accepted in the office and after worship in the narthex for the next several weeks. Pick up date is Sat., Dec. 14 at 1:00-2:00pm. This year, if you do not wish to purchase a plant but would still like to support the VBS program, please feel free to make a tax receiptable donation with “VBS” specified with your donation. Thank you for your support.

CHEER BOARD Our knitters have completed 123 mitts, 89 toques and 6 headbands for the Cheer Board. New wool is available. Thank you to our knitters.


2019 PLEDGES AND DONATIONS from January to Oct. 31 received from identifiable givers

2019 Pledged                      Received

M&S                                                        $   42,743                             $    37,153

Westworth Operations                       $ 266,727                            $  205,808

Total                                                      $ 309,470                             $  242,961


Total of all donations from Jan.-Apr. 30, including open plate, for the past 3 years.

2017  $ 233,753                 2018  $  231,404                2019  $ 242,961

Please refer to the bulletin board in the Narthex for monthly updates.


upcoming events

WELCOME WELCOME   The Westworth Community Care Team happily extends an invitation to a WELCOME LUNCHEON for all who are Newcomers to our congregation.  You are invited to join us in The Parlour after the service today for good food and a relaxing chance to meet and get to know each other better!

SPARE CHANGE SUNDAY On today’s Spare Change Sunday, you are invited to place your spare change in the offering plates on your way out. This offers us an alternative response to those on the streets asking for spare change. The money will go towards West Broadway Community Ministry, which offers meals, services and support for those living in poverty.

CELEBRATE SUNDAY  Today is Celebration Sunday, when we will be celebrating the milestone events (birthdays, anniversaries, accomplishments) placed in our Celebration Box. Please add your milestone event to the box!

AFFIRMING MINISTRY  At the Leadership Team Retreat on Nov. 3, it was decided to focus on the theme of Affirming Ministry during the worship services on Nov. 17 and 24. Last Sunday, Loraine preached about non-binary identity from a biblical perspective. Today we welcome Lara Rae who will talk about how coming out as trans was both a spiritual and physical necessity. During this service we will have time for small group discussion.
It was decided to include these teachings and discussions within the worship service as so many have difficulty with schedule conflicts to attend lunches or additional presentations and the Leadership Team felt strongly that all congregants should have the opportunity to hear, understand and be able to discuss this process which impacts all the congregation – in a very positive way. For further questions please contact Rhea Y., Chair of the Affirming Committee, at .

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY Have you ever wondered how our Christmas Pagents and carols came about?  What did the Gospel writers want us to know and understand?  This is a 5-week Bible study starting Monday Nov. 18 through to Monday Dec. 16 each Monday at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m in the Parlour. This is your opportunity to reflect and wrestle with what scripture says bout the birth of Jesus. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex. Heather Robbins, retired Diaconal minister, will be facilitating this study.

FAITH CAFÉ  Come join us for an in-depth discussion on the Christian faith. This month’s topic is “Finding the True Self”. Lay people and clergy welcome. Thursday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 am in the parlour.

CE ADVENT SEASON  We have lots of very exciting things planned for our Sunday school this Advent. We will be helping with the mitten tree in the narthex. We will also be collecting coffee mugs with a pair of socks in them for our friends at West Broadway.

Dec. 1st – We will be helping to decorate the sanctuary tree with hand-made roses during “The Greening of the Sanctuary”.

Dec. 6th – Join us for the “Advent Café” at 6:30pm in the gym. Enjoy coffee, hot chocolate and Christmas cookies while the “Make and Take” craft night, ornament making and trimming the CE tree happens.


WELCOMER ORIENTATION. We have great hosts and ushers for Sunday morning. We now need one or two additional people who can be available to talk to newcomers before and after the service and help connect them with the congregation. We are hoping to have a number of people willing to do this so that we can prepare a roster for the year. We are a having an orientation for anyone who would like to be a welcomer on Sunday, December 1 immediately after church. Please let Barb M. or Shirley W. know if you would like to attend.


TAIZÉ ADVENT PRAYER: a reflective time of chants in 4 parts with cantor and accompaniment, silent meditation and opportunity for anointing and lighting of prayer candles. Sunday, December 1, 7:30-8:30 pm. If you would like to play an instrument or learn vocal parts, come to the rehearsal at 6:00 pm.


Highlights from Fall Leadership Team Retreat Nov. 3, 2019

The Team Leaders identified the positives of our church and congregation and concerns.  Positives included music, commitment, new faces, volunteerism, teamwork, families and young children, leadership, new younger people, fellowship, caring for others, good sermons and worship, collaboration on problem solving, relationship with other churches, outreach.  Concerns identified were volunteer burnout, staff burnout, age/ageing volunteer base, engaging youth beyond confirmation, building issues, prioritizing of initiatives.

Many items were discussed arising out of the Thriving Churches Report and are being implemented by the various Teams, Committees or Council.

  • Worship – alternative formats, different styles of music, time change of services, Lenten Challenge
  • Building Assessment – no update yet. On agenda for trustees.
  • Conversations with SARH – Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd has met with Rev. Karen Lumley regarding upcoming joint services and possible joint Cuba trip, may be joining in training sessions and Lenten Challenge. SARH Board is meeting Nov. 19 and will be discussing continuing partnership with Westworth. SARH is going through Visioning process and we are going through Affirming process to better align our congregations.
  • changes to the Sanctuary to accommodate young families – CE will talk to young families, possibly move in a rocking chair at back north corner on trial basis
  • Community Care – Training session for Welcomers, changes to “Christmas in a Bag” for those who receive a One-on-One visitor (include with the shortbread a battery-operated tea light, tea bag and Christmas Eve reflection), congregational lunches
  • Christian Education – new curriculum that accommodates those who may miss some Sundays, hosting Regional Zeebu youth retreat over the Louis Riel weekend, continuing summer and Spring Break VBS, Confirmation classes.
  • Coordinator – Youth and Family Ministries – working on signage within church, expanding youth programs to include youth from nearby United Churches, concentrating on transitioning youth from Sunday School to junior adult.
  • Finance – new ways of giving (Donations added to website)
  • Affirming church – Rhea Yates gave an update on upcoming presentations – Nov 10 bag lunch and speakers, Team Leaders did an Assessment tool to lead to self reflection and give Affirming Committee information on the feeling and knowledge of the congregation. Leaders will share this tool with their groups.
  • Ministry and Personnel – Covenant of Respect discussed and a few revisions suggested. Council will revise and present at the Annual Meeting
  • Minister – would like a name tag tree, fundraisers should build community, explained the Lenten Challenge to focus on spiritual nurture, smaller reflection groups using a workbook that aligns with the gospel lectionary readings. Loraine has several potential leaders but still looking for people to facilitate small groups, including a group for young adults
  • Council – role to set priorities, ensure communication, respond to issues in a timely and caring manner.
  • Responsible Risk Guidelines – guidelines/protocol will be drafted by Council – Loraine has several potential leaders but still looking for people to facilitate leading small groups, group for young adults being proposed
  • JNAC review – the JNAC Assessment was reviewed recently and the findings were presented to the Teams.


The priorities decided by the group were

  1. Affirming process; dedicate the last two Sunday worship services of Nov. to this theme
  2. Partnership/Amalgamation process – investigation only – what does it involve; includes a current building assessment.
  3. Family Space in sanctuary
  4. Lenten study challenge
  5. Enhancing technology (put further down at present)
  • Annual General Meeting Dates – Date set for Feb. 23, with reports due Jan. 19
  • Next Leadership Team Retreat – to be set when new Chair takes over



  1. West Broadway Community Ministry Lunch November 21 Grateful thanks to Barbara and Brian Gwyer and to all who donated food and volunteer time to host this month’s hot lunch at West Broadway. Westworth’s monthly “meatball sub” lunch, consisting of a tasty sub, fresh fruit and homemade cookies was, once again, well received by hungry guests. If you would love to be a part of this ministry, but cannot get food to the church, or are unable to volunteer, please consider donating funds to assist in funding the program. Please see Ruth W. for more information.
  2. Walk a Mile – a fundraiser for 1JustCity, was a great success as several folks from Westworth walked the Augustine UC neighbourhood yesterday to learn more about the challenges of living. Westworth generously supported the walkers, headed by Marion M., by donating over $1500.00! Thank you for your commitment to this vital ministry!
  3. DON’T PUT YOUR TURKEY ROASTER AWAY- As the famous Westworth Bazaar turkey burgers are fresh in your memories, your Outreach Team would like to remind you of “Turkeys for Rossbrook”, a community drop-in centre which provides hot turkey with gravy sandwiches at their drop-in centre over the Christmas school break. Stay tuned for further details coming in the near future. Questions or concerns may be directed to Allan M. at admckay@shaw.caor Ruth W., 204-889-2892.
  4. Gifts with Vision -Your 2019 edition of the United Church’s “Gifts with Vision” catalogue has been delayed, but will hopefully be available very soon. Those of you who subscribe to Broadway will have received your copy of “Gifts with Vision”. There are many opportunities for you to gift United Church projects across Canada and around the world.
  5. Westworth’s Annual 10,000 Villages Sale December 8: Immediately following the service, stock up on your Fair Trade coffee and tea – and shop for the perfect gift as you help others out of poverty around the globe. You may pre-order coffee, tea, and chocolate. Just pick up the order form in the Narthex, and drop it off on or before December 1. Your order will be ready on the 8th to “Grab and Go”.
  6. Margaret’s Choir Concert – December 8, 2:30 pm at Jubilee Place, 173 Talbot. 1JustCity is this season’s beneficiary of the proceeds from the concert. The theme is all Canadian – songs, songwriters, and singer! Tickets are available from “Len” at 204-228-2161 or
  7. West Broadway Community Ministry (WBCM) Pantry– Your Outreach Team is grateful to so many of you who, each Sunday, fill the buckets to overflowing with nutritious foods destined for West Broadway. Most needed is protein: tins of meat, chili, stews, fish, beans, and small jars of peanut butter. Also needed are feminine hygiene products and bath towels. Travelling soon? Please remember WBCM by collecting those small containers of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. They are used when guests take a shower at the facility.


  • Charleswood UC Senior LunchSeniors’ Lunch (60+) Join us for a light soup & a bun lunch on Wednesday, Nov. 27th at 12:00 p.m. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Admission by silver collection. After lunch, Laura Rousseau, Student Minister at Charleswood UC, will offer a presentation, “Christmas Presence: Reclaiming the Joy of the Season”. A musical guest, whose name remains a secret at this point, will offer entertainment. Please contact the church office before November 24th to register for lunch.204 832-3667
  • LITE Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Friday Nov. 29 7-10am 181 Austin St. N. Tickets $20 at the door
  • Windsor Park United Church UCW (1062 Autumnwood Drive) invites you to our Cookie Walk on Saturday, November 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Fill a cookie container for $10.00! The lid must close! Please note this is NOT a nut-free environment.
  • All women and girls are invited to a Women’s Advent Service on Monday, Dec. 2nd, 7pm at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. The Together Growing in Faith group presents this reflective service to celebrate Advent, the season of hope, light and anticipation. A time of fellowship & refreshments will follow in the Van Roon Hall.
  • PANTRY: Organized by Lara Rae, Pantry is a community-based project to support and uplift her neighbours by providing food and supplies to those dealing with food and shelter insecurity. Privately funded by Lara with assistance from private donations which go 100 percent towards food and kitchen supplies.  Donations of cash, cheques, kitchen supplies, bags, ziplocks, foil sheets, and rolls as well as canned tuna (white only) peanut butter, jam, coolers, gloves, hats, sweaters and jackets and female hygiene products always needed. Donations welcome through with interac or paypal.
  • “Seasonal Celebrations”: Learn about Chanukah, Winter Solstice, the Legend of St. Nicholas, Omisoka. Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Ave. at 1:30, Wednesday, Dec. 4. All are welcome, especially those over 55. Entrance is free. Refreshments provided.
  • THE WRENCH The Cycle Of Giving 24 hour kids bike building marathonis bringing volunteer mechanics together to build over 350 bicycles for kids in need. From 12 pm December 7th to 12 pm December 8th, the Orioles Community Centre will be transformed into a magic workshop where salvaged and donated used bicycles are turned into holiday dreams come true. Help us give to more kids than ever before! 448 Burnell St.
  • ROCHESTER RINGERS Saturday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. present a reading interspersed with handbell and chime music of Charles Dickens’ directed by Stuart Sladden Unitarian Universalist Church 603 Wellington Cr. Tickets $10, Children 10 & under free (204) 269-0208
  • The Esprit de Choeur women’s choir, under the direction of Valdine Anderson, presents its annual Christmas concert The Darkest Midnight in December on Sunday, December 8th at 7 pm at Crescent Ft. Rouge UC, 525 Wardlaw Ave, featuring Canadian composer Kelly Marie Murphy’s title work and Hodie Christus Natus Est. Tickets are $25/$15.


Minute for Mission

We Are Family

Our gifts for Mission & Service support ministries like Our Place Society in Victoria, British Columbia, which offers programs for those on the margins that make everyone feel like family.

One of the proudest moments of the Victoria Pride Parade was when a young pre-op transgender woman said that she never felt brave enough to walk in the parade until the day she marched with the staff and family of Our Place.

It says a lot about the unique downtown centre for Victoria’s most vulnerable that this woman felt included in Our Place’s definition of family. It is one thing to preach hope and belonging, but quite another to live it.

Loving our neighbours is at the core of Our Place, as all who come through its doors become family.

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.