Although I began this fall with a heavy heart because of the increasing anger and polarization in our country, this week has brought me cautious hope because of what is happening at Westworth. We are a flurry of activity as we prepare to be a polling station, offer an in-person and live-streamed funeral for Mike Dobbin this Saturday and plan to resume in-person worship in stages. We have arranged for two baptisms, as mentioned below in upcoming worship services, with a third in progress. Small groups will be able to meet in person. Opera will be returning to rehearse this fall in the gym and Guides and Sparks will be retuning. All will be done cautiously within provincial regulations.
We are slowly leaving the cocoons of our homes and returning to community. This brings me hope. We also need to keep our guard up, wear masks in public, indoor places and encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated. This makes me cautious. While I would normally be bursting with excitement at seeing people again, a cautious hope will help me stay within the boundaries of safety.
I am reminded of Paul’s introduction in his letter to the Philippians. He writes from prison and feels the distance from the church in Philippi. But he lives in hope of seeing them again, longing for that sweet communion: “…all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best…”
We continue to discern what is best as regulations continue to change according to the virus outbreaks. May we all proceed with cautious hope in our reunions with family, friends and community. Let us keep educators in our prayers as schools begin again. Let us also keep health care workers in our hearts and let them know that the vast majority of our population deeply honours them as they continue to serve long hours on the frontline.
With cautious hope,
UPCOMING WORSHIP SERVICES
Live-stream service at Westworth at 10:45 am with our new Music Director Bill Quinn on guitar singing a duet with his wife Heather. We will also be celebrating the baptism of Stacey and Adam B’s son Beau.
Outdoor service at Assiniboine Park. This service will NOT be recorded and only available in-person. We have site 20, across from the Pavilion, booked from 9:00 am-1:00 pm. (see park map link below) Worship will begin at 10:30 am. Parking is nearby. Please bring your own chair. We will have a few extra chairs for those who don’t have one. Worship will include the baptism of Debra and Andrew McKay’s son Deckard. One of our new choral scholars, Keely McPeek, will be singing. Seating capacity is 100, but we still need to keep 2 meters between households and ask that people still wear masks, as we will have opportunity for masked congregational singing. We hope that families with children will be able to come, as the outdoor setting is safer for children and they can run around! Please note that the service will be cancelled if it is raining (if unsure, call Loraine at home before 9:00 am on Sunday: 204-775-8817). https://www.assiniboinepark.ca/uploads/public/documents/map-picnic-sites-2020.pdf
Live-streamed worship at 10:45 am. This will be a soft reopening service for Leadership Team and families present. Max Fingerote, another of our new choral scholars, will be singing. We need to maintain 2 meters distance between households. Regulations state that everyone, including worship leaders, need to be masked. If the leaders are behind a non-permeable barrier, they may be able to remove their masks. We are considering various options to meet these latest regulations. The good news is that we will now be able to have congregational singing if everyone is masked. We request that everyone attending the service be doubly vaccinated unless ineligible due to age (under 12) or medical condition.
In-person and live-streamed worship at 10:45 am. This will be our first service open to the public. We ask everyone to maintain 2 meters between households and wear a mask while inside the building. This service will include communion and packages of communion elements will be available to take your seat. You may remove your mask briefly to partake of the elements while remaining seated, and then put the mask back on again. We request that everyone attending the service be doubly vaccinated, unless ineligible due to age (under 12) or medical condition.
WESTWORTH POLLING STATION
Westworth United Church is a polling station for:
Advance Voting: Friday, September 10th to Monday, September 13th
Election Day: Monday September 20th
AFTER CHURCH ZOOM CAFÉ
Conversation Topic: Upholding Health Restrictions while Offering Compassion
Time: Sep 12, 2021
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 868 0395 5747
If you can’t join by computer, you can join by phone: 204 272 7920.
FUNERAL SERVICE FOR MIKE D
Will be held in-person and live-streamed through Zoom at Westworth on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 2 pm.
If you are attending the funeral in person, please register online by clicking on this link:
In-person registration will be closed as of Friday at 10 a.m. Since Westworth is an advance polling station at this time, please do NOT enter through the main door, but come in through the NE emergency exit door into the front of the sanctuary. Signs will be posted. Masks and physical distancing are required. We request that only those who are fully vaccinated attend in person unless you are ineligible due to a medical condition or age (under 12).
If you are attending via Zoom, please use the link below:
September 11, 2021
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 812 0647 7826
204 272 7920
This year, Sunday School will be in person (held in the gym) and on Zoom starting on October 2nd.
Use the registration link below to access the online registration form. Registration is open until September 26th.
Please fill out all the fields in the registration form.The form can only register one child at a time. If you have more than one child to register, just re-click on the registration link below and a new, blank form will open. Repeat for as many children as you need to register.
Click here to register your child for Westworth United Sunday School:
This week’s Bible story is The First Sin.
The bible story is read by Julia, and The Lord’s Prayer is read by Danielle. Your Sunday school teachers are on the Westworth Face Book page for you to view.
Assiniboine Park Service:
Sunday School Families are invited to our outdoor service on September 19, 2021 at Assiniboine Park.
Service is at 10:30 a.m. at:
Site 20, across from the Pavilion,
Please bring your own chairs.
Our prayers are with Shirley W on the loss of “dear Donna”, her sister, on August 31.