An image that always
speaks to me with regard to ministry and our lives is that
of a weaving. I cherish the beauty of differing strands
of wool, the textures bumpy, smooth, soft, rough, weak and
strong. We can easily visualize the various threads in vibrant
colours, or soft gentle hues, woven into patterns that come
together to form something creative. This metaphor of a
weaving reminds me of all the experiences we have as a people
of faith experiences that go into the tapestry of
who we are as a Christian community that seeks to follow
the life and teachings of Jesus. We weave our individual
strands together with others to form a multi-textured pattern
creating a work of beauty and worth as we seek to live the
gospel in our day. At the centre of our tapestry, God is
ever-present, upholding, comforting, challenging and beckoning
us to new patterns of life and new adventures.
So it is that I begin my ministry with you, the people of
Westminster United Church. My life experience and my faith
in the grace of a loving God has shaped who I am, how I
am and what I am about as an individual, as a minister in
a leadership role, and as a member of a faith community.
I have appreciated the various church communities of which
I have been privileged to be a part for many years
a child growing up as a PK (preachers
kid); offering my leadership as a young teen in my home
church; later on,
as a staff associate at Fort Garry United; experiencing
a call to Diaconal Ministry and my theological training
with the Western Field-Based Diaconal Ministry Program;
serving in rural ministry for nine years in northern Alberta;
and most recently, at Central United Church in Brandon.
we begin our ministry together, I am reminded that we too
are a part of Gods tapestry. As we say goodbye to
what has been and look forward to what is to come we remember
that Gods love is constant. Though life involves an
ever-changing series of events and the creation of new patterns,
God is at the centre calling us to work together as we live
our faith in community with one another and the world around
us. We will continue to take the threads and pieces of our
lives and put them together to create new patterns
and respecting all that has gone into the creation before
acknowledging that the Spirit of God is at work,
leading us forward and energizing us to new actions.
is a pleasure to be able to offer a word of welcome to Joan
Jarvis as she takes her place on our ministerial team. Her
energy, enthusiasm, imagination, and capability have been
evident to all who have experienced her in the short time
she has been among us. I am looking forward to working with
a person who brings to us both considerable experience and
fresh insight. The other day Joan said to me with great conviction
that her pastoral relationship with Westminster was going
to be a great one. With Gods blessing and help, may
it be so.
Rev. Robert Campbell
On behalf of the congregation
of Westminster, it is my pleasure to welcome Joan Jarvis as
our Minister of Education, Service and Pastoral Care. We are
excited by the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism Joan
brings to her leadership. Since beginning work at Westminster
in August, Joan has come to know and to visit many of the
congregation and has quickly entered into the life of our
She likes to have fun, and I know she will challenge and support
all of us with new ideas and with her sensitivity and pastoral
Joan, we look forward to working with you as you engage us
in ministry. Welcome!
Keith Love, Chair
Westminster Church Board
FALL SUPPER TIME & TALENT AUCTION SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
your friends and come to enjoy great food, fun, fellowship,
and entertainment PLUS you can bid on a wide variety of offerings
donated by fellow members of Westminster Church. Childrens
For the auction to be a success we need YOU to donate your
TIME and TALENTS!
- Bake a cake for a special occasion?
- Bake muffins once a month?
- Host / cater a luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, BBQ?
- Draw up a will?
- Prepare an income tax paper?
- Donate the use of your cottage?
grass, rake leaves, shovel snow, baby-sit?
- Give lessons on
DO YOU: Paint, sew, knit, quilt, do crafts, entertain at
birthdays (all ages)?
To donate your TIME and TALENTS or for more information
contact: Marilyn Huband (284-5514) or Keith Love (233-6627).
FOR DONATIONS IS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16TH
PHONE NO. _______________________________________
Description of TIME / TALENT to be auctioned: ___________
OF THE MONTH
A new magazine is upcoming this fall. In the meantime
its in-your- face look at religion and our world is on
the net at http://
www.geezmagazine.org/articles/index.html. The editor
comes from a Mennonite background but his slant is ecumenical
with a small e.
A Westminster tradition has been the placing of floral arrangements
in the sanctuary for Christmas and Easter. These arrangements
have been financed through donations to the Flower Fund,
often in memory of loved ones. The Worship Committee plans
to allocate any excess funds for displays at other special
services throughout the year.
SALE 2006 Yes, its already time to
start thinking about the Bat Cave! Former and new volunteers
are welcomed, needed and appreciated. Want to volunteer? Have
Loretta Basiuk at 661-4331 as she will be coordinating the
efforts this year. First organizational meeting: Tuesday,
October 11th at 9:00 am. Details to follow. Previous committee
heads are urged to attend.
note that the following donated items cannot be accepted:
fridges, stoves, stereo cabinets, used mattresses, car seats
not meeting codes, non-functioning appliances, textbooks and
items are welcomed. Tax receipts will be issued for better
quality items provided that an independent appraisal has been
done as per church Board policy.
WESTMINSTER ORGAN SERIES, at Westminster United
Church presents three exciting concerts with the magnificent
four manual Casavant Pipe Organ - superb sight lines of
the console, great acoustics, and an intermission for friends
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2005 AT 8:00 PM
Bruce Neswick Atlanta, Georgia. Bruce Neswick is Organist
and Choirmaster of St. Philips Cathedral in Atlanta.
He was formerly Assistant Organist-Choirmaster at Washington
National Cathedral. Mr. Neswick graduated from Pacific Lutheran
University and from the Yale School of Music and Institute
of Sacred Music. He is a Fellow of the American Guild of
As a recitalist, he has performed extensively throughout
the United States and Europe.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2006 AT 8:00 PM
Malcolm Archer London, England. Malcolm Archer is Organist
and Master of the Choristers at St. Pauls Cathedral,
London, a post he assumed in 2004. He was previously Organist
and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral since 1996.
Mr. Archers wide experience as a concert performer
has taken him to nine European countries, the United States,
and Canada, and in most of the principal venues in Great
Britain. He is a prolific composer with well over 100 published
APRIL 23, 2006 AT 8:00 PM
Don Menzies and The Mennonite Children's Choir. on Menzies
was appointed Organist of Westminster Church in 1966. He
studied with Cyril Mossop in Calgary, and Filmer Hubble
and Barry Anderson in Winnipeg. He holds several organ degrees,
has been recitalist on the CBC-FM program Organists
in Recital and has performed on a number of occasions
with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. He is Co-founder of
the Westminster Concert Organ Series. This program will
also feature the 45 voice Mennonite Childrens Choir
conducted by Helen Litz and accompanied by Colin Redeko.
CONCERT ORGAN SERIES, 2005 - 2006 SEASON, TICKET ORDER
Westminster Concert Organ Series, 759 Wall Street, Winnipeg,
MB R3G 2T6, phone # 204-786-4882
Name: _____________________________________________ Phone
Address: ___________________________________________ Postal
Three Concert SEASON Tickets after July 1 $45 x ___ =
Student SEASON Ticket (Students to Grade 12) $25 x ___
Single Advance Ticket _____________________ $17 x ___
Single Tickets at the door are $22 / Student Single tickets
to Grade 12 $12
CHEQUE ( ) CASH ( ) TOTAL _______________
CHARGE CARD: Mastercard ( ) Visa ( ) Card # ______________________________
Expiry Date: ___________ SIGNATURE: ________________________________
here for a printable order form
During the course of each year, regular fundraising events
are organized to support the operations of Westminster
United Church. These events also provide fellowship opportunities
for the congregation and surrounding community.
A committee has been established at Westminster to look
at new opportunities that may exist for fundraising. This
committee also coordinates the scheduling of new and existing
this time the following projects are in the works for the
September to December 2005 Sale of Peak
of the Market Recipe CDs. These CDs will be available
for $12 each at all events.
October 22 Fall Supper and Talent Auction.
November Mincemeat Project
December Amahl and the Night Visitors
(Gian-Carlo Menotti) Choir Project
April, 2006 Afternoon of Bridge (with door
prizes and dessert
Giant Garage Sale (volunteers needed all year)
June Golf Tournament (with dinner)
September to August Be our Guest. Details
to be announced
Other events will be announced as they are confirmed.
Volunteers are needed for all events. If you are interested
in assisting in any of these projects, please call the
office at 784-1330 and your name will be forwarded to
the appropriate liaison person.
Chair, Fundraising Committee
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments
with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment
to "Honor thy father and thy mother," she asked
"Is there a
commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and
Without missing a beat a little boy answered, "Thou
shall not kill."
to Jasper McKee on the publication of his latest
book, 60 Years a-Growing, which is a history
the Canadian Association of Physicists in honour of the
groups 60th anniversary this year.
book will be launched at McNally -Robinsons Grant
Park store on September 21 at 8:00 pm
Reader: Mother of Ron Reader. Tillie died at the age of
93 on July 1, 2005. She was born in 1911 in Kozewka, Ukraine
and came to Canada in 1923 at the age of 12. She and husband
Oswald, married for 67 years, raised their two children,
Ron and Dianne, and partnered in their business, Reader
Realty. Tillie is fondly remembered by son Ron and Phyllis,
daughter Dianne and several grandchildren.
Peggy Anne McNair: Mother, of Bev Kalinowski and Cathrine
Henry, Peggy died July 25, 2005. Peggy was born in Winnipeg
and attended St. Mary's Academy in Winnipeg and later Ontario
Ladies College in Whitby, ON. She was a very talented artist
and spent many years painting at the Forum Art Institute
in Winnipeg. She has been a member of Westminster United
Church since 1972.
Dorothy Prior: Dorothy died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at
the age of 91 years. Born in Harding, MB August 10, 1913,
Dorothy made her home in Winnipeg for the past 50 years.
She was employed in Human Resources with the Province of
Manitoba. Dorothy was a member of Westminster Church from
1954 to the present.
Sheila Bloomer: Sheila died on July 27, 2005. Her life began
October 1, 1920 in Winnipeg. She graduated from Kelvin High
School and later the University of Manitoba. She worked
as a dietician in Bermuda, Canada and in England where she
married Guy Bloomer. Sheila returned home to write for the
Winnipeg Tribune and pursued her career as a teacher. Sheila
was a member of Westminster Church from 1990 to the present.
Richard William Thomas: Richard died July 7, 2005 at the
age of 69. Richard retired from the Emergency Services Department,
Works and Operations, City of Winnipeg in 1995 after 24
years of service. He will be fondly remembered by his brother-in-law,
Ron Clement of Westminster Church.
Neils Hovmand: Neils died August 12, 2005 at the age of
81. Born in Denmark in 1924, Neils served in the Danish
underground resistance during WW II. After the war he joined
Norways merchant marine and sailed the world for several
years. In 1950 he came to Canada settling in Winnipeg where
he worked for the CNR. He is remembered by his daughter,
Jane, and her husband, Brian Gordon of Westminster Church.
Anne Law: Anne died August 13, 2005 two months short of
her 93rd birthday. Born in Graysville, Anne grew up in the
Carmen area and graduated from the Portage la Prairie school
of nursing in the 1930s. She worked in Cunora, SK where
she met and married David in 1940. Due to Dave's work, they
lived in several cities during their married lives. Anne
and Dave were founding members of Silver Heights United
Church in 1955 and Anne became a member of Westminster United
Church in 1968.