Special Service – Governance Structure Review

On February 5, 2017 we had a special service at Westminster United Church to discuss the proposal for a new governance structure.  Tracy Murton was there to help facilitate the discussion and did a wonderful job of sparking some important conversation.  There will be a vote on the new governance structure in March so please take the time to get a copy of the proposal (from the office) and have a look to get familiar with the changes.  Questions can be directed to anyone on the visioning committee (Greig, Elan, Dee, Linda or Brenda).

 

 

 

2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service

Service Outline/Prayers from the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service held on Sunday Jan 15th at Westminster United Church in Humboldt

Resource materials provided by the Council of Churches in Germany (ACK)

 

Following the opening hymns and greetings, the prayer of confession was shared…..

 

God, we come to you in Jesus’ name. We experience renewal through your Holy Spirit and yet we still construct walls that divide us, walls which hinder community and unity. We bring before you now the stones with which we erect our walls and pray for your forgiveness and healing.

 

As each of the stones is brought forward, we will make a plea for forgiveness followed by the response:

Leader: We humbly pray…

All: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

 

Stone # 1: Lack of love

Stone # 2: Hate and contempt

Stone # 3: False accusation

Stone # 4: Discrimination

Stone # 5: Persecution

Stone # 6: Broken communion

Stone # 7: Intolerance

Stone # 8: Religious wars

Stone # 9: Division

Stone # 10: Abuse of power

Stone # 11: Isolation

Stone # 12: Pride

 

Lord, Our God, look upon this wall that we have built, which separates us from You and from one another. Forgive us our sins. Heal us. Help us to overcome all walls of division and make us one in You, we pray.

All: Amen

 

As the youth/children brought forward each of the bricks/stones they placed them to form a wall in the sanctuary.

 

 

Scripture readings:

Ezekiel 36: 25-27

Psalm 18: 25-32

2 Corinthians 5: 14-20

Luke 15: 11-24)

After which the youth/children dismantled the wall as a symbol of our reconciliation in Christ and created a cross with the same bricks/stones.

 

At the end of the service these intercessory prayers were shared….

 

Almighty God, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to reconcile the world to yourself. We praise you for those whom you sent in the power of the Spirit to preach the Gospel to all nations. We thank you that in all parts of the earth a community of love has been gathered together by their prayers and labours and that in every place your servants call upon your name. May your Spirit awaken in every community a hunger and thirst for unity in you…..

 

Gracious God, we pray for our churches. Fill them with all truth and peace. Where faith is corrupted, purify it; where people go astray, redirect them; where they fail to proclaim your Gospel, reform them; where they witness to what is right, strengthen them; where they are in need, provide for them; and where they are divided, reunite them….

 

Creator God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus Christ, your Son. Look with compassion on the whole human family’ take away the arrogance and hatred that infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love. And even in our weaknesses, work to accomplish your purposes on earth, so that every people and nation may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne….

 

Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, we are created to become whole in you and to share this life on earth with our brothers and sisters. Awaken in each of us your compassion and love. Give us strength and courage to work for justice in our neighbourhoods, to create peace within our families, to comfort the sick and dying, and to share all we have with those who are in need. For the transformation of every human heart…we pray to the Lord…..

 

Following this the youth/children shared the Light of Christ with the gathered congregation, to the following commission….

 

A lighted candle is a deeply human symbol: it enlightens the darkness, creates warmth, security and community. It symbolizes Christ, the light of the world. As ambassadors for Christ we will carry this light into the world, into the dark places where fighting, discord and division impede our united witness. May Christ’s light effect reconciliation in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Receive the Light of Christ and carry it into the dark places of our world! Be ministers of reconciliation. Be ambassadors for Christ!

 

Thank you to Carrie Frostad and the Youth and Children who ushered, read scriptures and assisted with the liturgy; Kevin and Michele Ackerman for providing music and accompaniment for the service; and to all who helped with refreshments afterwards.

Fundraiser – Fowl Supper

“What a wonderful evening we had at the Annual Church Fowl supper.  The event was so well-planned and coordinated.  Although it is obviously a lot of hard work for a lot of people, it draws the larger community into our church.  And, for those of us no longer able to contribute a great deal, it is even more appreciated.  We are fortunate indeed to have so many people able and willing to make our church such a warm, welcoming place.  I am inordinately proud of us all.

Sincere thanks to you all.”  – Dee Robertson

WUC Dessert Tea, Craft and Bake Sale

The Westminster United Church Tea, Craft and Bake Sale is set for November 26, 2016.  It will be running from 2pm to 4pm.  Admission is $5

There will be a variety of gift/jam baskets, great little Christmas gifts for teachers, hand-crafted table runners and place-mat sets, and much, MUCH more… plus delicious Christmas Cakes (including a selection of gluten free fruit cakes!)

Gift baskets and crafts pictured below

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Fundraiser – Fowl Supper

It’s time again for the Annual Westminster Fowl Supper!  Bring a friend for Turkey and all the Trimmings!

Sunday November 6, 2016 at Westminster United Church, Humboldt, SK

Sittings at 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:00pm

Limited number of home deliveries at 4:00pm only (call Paul at Misty Gardens 682-5737 to arrange home deliveries)

Price: Adults – $15.00, Children 6-12yrs old – $7.00

 

Tickets are available from:

Larry Bell (682-4825)

Maxine Mesenchuk (682-2303)

Allison Sarauer (598-2018)

Debbie Reekie (682-2273)

Shoppers Drug Mart (Bill) (682-2541)

South 20 Dodge (Willie) (682-3900)

Misty Gardens (Paul)(682-5737)

WUC FOWL SUPPER POSTER

Fundraiser – WUC Garage Sale

On October 15th, 2016, Westminster held our now annual garage sale event to raise money for the Sound and Sidewalk fund.  The garage sale was a huge success and was all made possible by the generous donations of our congregation, baking sales provided by the WUC Youth Group, and of course the exceptional donation of the facility at Misty Gardens!  Thank you everyone for your generosity!

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Confirmation Sunday

Through celebration of confirmation:  Julie Francis Frostad & Brody Daniel Hinz

“God calls each of us and claims us, inviting us into a deep relationship, which can change the way we view the world.  So, we come in this time, to this place, in response to God’s call, to seek the gift of new life given through the baptism of water and the Spirit, and through confirmation in faith.  It is with joy and thanksgiving we celebrate the faith we all share, and rededicate ourselves to the life and work of the body of Christ.”

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Bless Your Pets Service

October 2, 2016 was a busy and exciting day at Westminster United Church and not the least of the excitement was a chance for the congregation to bring their beloved pets to be a part of the annual “Bless Your Pets Service”.  The service was filled with fun, laughter, blessings, and some unexpected chain reactions… (you’ll have to get the scoop on that from one of the attendees!).  At the end of it all, everyone had a wonderful time sharing their other family members with their friends at the church.

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