Westminster News February 28, 2010
Welcome to worship at Westminster Church. If you are worshipping with us for the
first time, we hope you will sign the guest book in the lobby and stop by the “Welcome
Table”. Please help yourself to any of the materials and information provided. You may
also wish to fill in a “Welcome to Westminster” card to be found in the pews and place
it on the offering plate or give it to an usher. As we are able to be of help, we look
forward to doing so.
New to Westminster? Never joined us for coffee before? Don’t hesitate to come! To
find the lecture hall, go through the door to the left of the choir loft. For a guaranteed
conversation, look for today’s host who will be wearing a name tag featuring a coffee
Greeters: As you came into the church this morning, Isabelle Tiwari and Lydia Carrick
We extend our congratulations to Agatha Tapper who will be celebrating her 90th
birthday this Thursday, March 4.
Congratulations to Jan Nato. Jan won the senior vocal class at the Manitoba Registered
(Flora) Jean Peake (Misericordia) and Betty Buggey (Riverview) are in the hospital this
week. Please keep them in your prayers.
This week in the Winnipeg Presbytery prayer cycle, please remember the people and
work at Young United Church.
THIS WEEK AT WESTMINSTER
Westminster Kids’ Choir - Sunday, 9:30 am, upstairs
District Brownies, Guides & Sparks – Monday, 6:30 pm, Concert Hall
Ministry and Personnel, Tuesday, 3:00 pm, Library
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts – Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Concert Hall
Budget & Management, Tuesday, 7:15 pm, Library
Outreach Committee, Tuesday, 7:30 pm, Chapel
Worship Committee, Wednesday, 7:00 pm, Chapel
Quilters – Thursday afternoon, Library
Pathfinders – Thursday, 6:30 pm, Gym
Choir Practice – Thursday 7:00 pm, Lecture Hall/Sanctuary
Alanon – Thursday 8 pm, Concert Hall
The Annual Meeting of the congregation of Westminster Church will be held next
Sunday, March 7 following worship. All members and adherents of the congregation
are encouraged to make an effort to attend. Child care will be available if needed.
Lenten Coin Jars – During the season of Lent, folk are encouraged to keep a Lenten
Coin Jar to collect money for the relief of Haiti. It’s not too late to pick up the jar
wrapper and accompanying Lenten calendar and to catch up with the collection. The
materials you need are on the narthex and hallway tables. The Lenten calendar
encourages us to take time to reflect, be thankful, and to make a daily personal gift. On
Easter Sunday, we will joyfully offer our gifts to the Haiti Relief Fund.
A Message from Robert Campbell: “I want to thank the folk of Westminster for the
delightful day afforded me on February 14th to mark twenty years as minister of the
congregation. I appreciated the kind words addressed to me both during the service and
the program afterwards. I will always treasure the large card containing Loretta’s poem
and your best wishes, as well as the individual cards and letters that some of you sent. I
could not have asked for a more meaningful gift than the kilt and its accessories. As a
person of Scottish descent, I have always wanted to own a kilt. Yet, as a person of
Scottish descent, I have never been able to bring myself to the point of parting with the
money to acquire one. Now my dilemma has been resolved. Thank you so much.
My Scottish roots are most recent on my mother’s side. My grandfather, Donald
Douglas, was raised on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides and emigrated to
Canada after Word War I. He always spoke with a lilt and brogue and I well remember
him singing Gaelic lullabies to his grandchildren when we were young. The clergy
tartan is the same basic colour as and very similar to the Douglas tartan, so this kilt will
be special to me in more ways than one.”
Dates to note: The Outreach Committee is planning two upcoming events. There will
be a fund-raiser on the evening of Tuesday, April 13. Leslie Roberts will give a
presentation entitled, “Out of Africa.” There will be an after-church presentation on
Sunday, April 25. Charles Huband will give an update on the work of the Westminster
Housing Society. Mark the dates in your calendar now. More information to come.
Do you go by your middle name or a nickname? If you do, and we don’t know your
first name, it may not be possible for the minister or a congregational visitor to come
and visit you should you go to into hospital or an assisted living centre or a care home.
These institutions will normally list you by your first and last names and, because of
privacy procedures, if we cannot identify you with those names, the information desk
will likely not acknowledge your presence and tell us what room you are in. So, if we
know you here at Westminster by your middle name or a nickname, it would be really
helpful if you would be in touch with the office so that we can place your first name in
THE WIDER CHURCH
The collection item for West Broadway Community Ministry for the month of March
is laundry soap (non-liquid). Bins will be available in the Narthex during the month to
receive this item. Your donations to this neighbourhood ministry are greatly appreciated.
The Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Mardi Tindal, has sent an open letter
to all Canadians on the topic of climate change entitled, “Where Is the Hope after
Copenhagen?” At the same time, the United Church’s national office has issued a press
release entitled, “Climate Change a Crisis of Conscience for All Canadians.” Copies of
these documents have been placed on tables in the Narthex and Hallway.
Saturday, March 20th is the date for Winnipeg Women Re-Connect. It will be held
at Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will again
feature a 100-Mile Lunch. We are very pleased to announce that Rev. Adel Compton
(Northend Stella Community Ministry) and Rev. Nancy Wilson (Winnipeg Presbytery
Minister) will be our Worship Team. The Rev. Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd and Rev.
Teresa Moysey will be our Music Leaders, and we will have a Workshop led by Sandra-
Hayes-Gardiner, a listener at the Aboriginal Justice & Residential School Hearings.
Winnipeg Women Re-Connect is for ALL women of the United Church, a chance to
worship, sing, learn, and enjoy the fellowship of our sisters-in-faith. Registration forms
are available on the Hallway and Narthex tables.
Fred Douglas Society News: Winnipeg Presbytery has approved the Fred Douglas
Society's request to launch $3 million financial appeal. These funds are needed to
renovate and upgrade facilities. FDS's Strategic Planning Committee has prepared
detailed plans of the areas to be upgraded to bring them up to today's health care
standards. The financial campaign will kick start the rejuvenation of the personal care
lodge and look to the future beyond current operations. The financial appeal is to be
made directly to the people of Winnipeg and Manitoba as well as seeking support from
Manitoba Interfaith Council and the Faculty of Theology, University of Winnipeg,
are presenting, Learn About Religious Faiths. For further information, there is a
poster on each bulletin board.
Dr. Tony Campolo, media commentator on religious, social, and political matters will
speak on The Church and Global Justice at the Church of the Rock, 1397 Buffalo
Place, Monday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.. Admission free. Doors open 6:30 p.m.. This event
is sponsored by World Vision.
The Taxi Fund is always in need of donations. This fund is used to help pay for
transportation for some of our members who have no other way of making it to Church.
Please remember this important ministry. Cheques may be made payable to
Westminster Church and marked for the Taxi Fund.
You are invited to a Come and Go 'Open House' for Lynda Trono - March 19th,
2-4 p.m. at the Conference Office, 1470 Willson Place. Lynda will be leaving her
position at the Conference Office on March 31st.
Parking – When attending Sunday and evening events at Westminster Church, parking
is permitted behind the South Sherbrook Pharmacy, 88 Sherbrook St. ( formerly Sooters
IN THE COMMUNITY
Lenten Organ Communion Services will be held at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church
(Woodhaven), 2700 Portage Avenue, on Wednesdays during Lent from 12:15 – 12:45
pm. Join us for a quiet oasis of organ music, scripture readings, prayer and communion.
Refreshments will be served following the service.
"Replenishing through Meditation" - Westworth United Church invites you to
attend a free introduction to Meditation led by United Church member Sita Dookeran.
The event takes place in the parlour (1750 Grosvenor Avenue) on Saturday morning,
March 6. Come for coffee and muffins at 9:00. At 9:30 Sita will make a presentation
about meditation. Following a break she'll lead us in a guided meditation, aiming to
wrap up at about 11:15 am. Call 489-6974 to reserve your spot.
The 2010 Cornflower Gala in support of ALS Society of Manitoba will be held at the
Western Canadian Aviation Museum on March 20, 2010. Please see the bulletin boards
for more information.
Hear the People Sing - Concert at St. Andrew's River Heights United Church,
March 5 and 6 - Come Hear the People Sing - the music of Les Miz and Oliver! at St.
Andrew's River Heights United Church, 255 Oak St. by the Senior Church Choir.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, March 5 & 6 at 7:30pm with refreshments at
café style table seating in the church lower auditorium. Tickets are $15 per person.
Beverages will be available for sale. Purchase tickets at the door or reserve by calling
Mark this date: Saturday, April 17, 9am -12 noon. Booth College is sponsoring a
community forum, Food Banks in the City: The Imperatives of Justice and Mercy.
The latest statistics are concerning. In 2009, food bank use was up 18%, 37% of users
were children, 28% of food banks ran short on funds, 31% of food banks ran out of
food. This forum will explore practical ways of responding to the situation and features
a number of speakers including David Northcott of Winnipeg Harvest. See the bulletin
board for more information.
A MOMENT FOR MEDITATION
The following poem on the theme of “doing good” appeared in the obituary of well–
known Winnipeg funeral home director, Neil Bardal:
If you would do good, then do it today,
Do it gratis nor linger around for your pay;
Let the deed be a gem that you cast overboard,
Not a hook that is baited to fish for reward.
- Steingrimur Thorsteinsson, translated by Vilhjalmur Stefansson
Upon the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the following changes to
Westminster Church’s Terms of Reference (Constitution) have been approved by
the Church Board, and will be presented to the congregation for their approval at
the Annual General Meeting.
Section II. The General Board - D. Quorum: It is recommended that
“The quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board shall be 14 members”, be
“The quorum at any regular or special meeting of the Board shall be 50% of the
current membership of the Board.”
Ministry and Personnel Committee – B. Membership: It is recommended that
“1.The Committee shall consist of a representative appointed by the Worship Committee
and four members of the congregation as elected by the congregation, one of whom
shall be a member of the Board” be replaced with
“1. The Committee shall consist of not less than three and not more than seven
members of the congregation, as elected by the congregation, the Chair of whom shall
be a member of the Board.”
“ 3. A quorum of the Committee shall be three members.” be replaced with
“ 3. A quorum of the Committee shall be 50% of the Committee membership.”
Worship Committee - C. Responsibilities: It is recommended that
“3. To appoint a representative to the Ministry and Personnel Committee” be deleted
and that the remaining numbers 4 and 5 be renumbered to 2 and 3 respectively.
NOMINATING COMMITTEE REPORT
The Nominating Committee puts forward the following slate of nominations for the
Church Board, the Standing Committees, the Board of Trustees, and Westminster
Foundation, for approval at the Annual Meeting, March 7, 2010. Any additional
nominations for positions open for election this year are to be in the hands of the
Nominating Committee Chair, Teresa Young, by TODAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2010.
Italicized names denote positions open for nominations
* Indicates a member of the Board
Executive: *Pamela McLeod Arnould (Chair), *Vacancy (Vice Chair), *Loretta Basiuk
(Secretary), *Eric Stewart (Budget and Management Chair), *Robert Campbell
(Minister), Peter Macdonald (Member-at-large), Jim Young (Member-at-large)
Budget and Management: *Eric Stewart (Chair), *Elizabeth Russell, Gwen Hewitt,
Cheryl Drachuk, * John Mort (Ex officio)
Christian Education: *Helen LaRue (Chair), *Mary Yanke, Sheri Dyck, Karen
Romanoff, Catherine Parnetta-Olsen, Judy Hill, Chelsea Weselowski, Susan Tierney,
Jennifer Li (Superintendent)
Communications: *Roy Halstead (Chair), *Lynn Soens, Loretta Basiuk, Carol Harvey.
Resources to Committee: Keith Strachan (Website), James Campbell (Website),
Margaret Carter (Archives)
Fellowship: *Margaret Hodson (Chair), *Vacancy, Janice Anderson, Jan Biglow.
Resource to Committee: Liz Wijtkamp (Funeral Receptions)
Membership and Pastoral Care: *Margaret Cuddy/Grace Aoki (Chair), *Bob Dines,
Susan Fenwick, Elaine Finnbogason, Marilyn Huband, Peter Macdonald, Carol
Macoomb, Isabelle Tiwari, Angenora Murphy, Nancy Harrison. Resources to
Committee: Pamela McLeod Arnould (Condolence Cards); Mavis Gray (Roll Clerk)
Carol Macoomb (Visitor Cards)
Ministry and Personnel: *Bill Parrish (Chair), Tom Ford, Ernest Janzen, Mary Scott,
Outreach: *Pat Miles (Chair), *Susie Conrad, Yvonne Chase, Carol Harvey, Lisa
Hildebrand, Boyd Rausch, Wayne Ryzniczuk. Resource to Committee: Laurina
Perfumo (Christmas Sale)
Property: *Larry Elder (Chair), *Grant Buchanan, Giuseppe Licandro, Val McIntyre,
Ron Miller, David Barclay. Resources to Committee: Bruce Linney (Events), Len
LaRue (P.A. System)
Worship: *Ted Barnett (Chair), *Katherine Abra, Philistina Howard, Carol Latter, Ron
Miller, Don Stewart, Gay Hordienko, Catherine Setka, Nathan Poole (Ex officio) Don
Menzies (Ex officio). Resources to Committee: Beth Derraugh (Lay Reader
Coordinator), Maureen Macdonald (Head Usher), Sylvia Elder (Flowers)
Past chair: *Teresa Young
Presbytery Representatives: *Ted Barnett, *Boyd Rausch, *Carol Latter (until May
31, 2010), *Joan Turnbull (effective June 1, 2010), *Vacancy
Stewardship: John Moore (Chair), Marsden Fenwick, Marilyn Huband, Peter
Macdonald, Sigrid Schibler, Bob Dines, Donald McInnes.
Fundraising: Peter Macdonald (Chair), Catherine Parnetta Olson, Alice MacKenzie,
Jim Young, Leona MacDonald
BOARD OF TRUSTEES: Marsden Fenwick (Chair), Murray Auld, John Carter,
Lorraine Sweatman, Scott Wright, Bill Parrish, Wayne Arnould
WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION: Charles Huband (Chair), Scott Wright, Peter
Macdonald, Jack Lammens, Leona MacDonald, Teresa Young, Pamela McLeod
Arnould, John Mort, Loretta Basiuk, Doug Abra, Robert Campbell