A message from Joan…

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…as a child growing up as a “PK” (preacher’s kid); offering my leadership as a young teen in my home church; later on,

working 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.

As we begin our ministry together, I am reminded that we too are a part of God’s tapestry. As we say goodbye to what has been and look forward to what is to come we remember that God’s 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…honouring and respecting all that has gone into the creation before us…acknowledging that the Spirit of God is at work, leading us forward and energizing us to new actions.

It 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 God’s 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 church.
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 approach.
Joan, we look forward to working with you as you engage us in ministry. Welcome!

Keith Love, Chair
Westminster Church Board


Invite 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. Children’s activities provided.

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?

- Cut 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).



NAME ____________________________________________
PHONE NO. _______________________________________
Description of TIME / TALENT to be auctioned: ___________


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.

GARAGE SALE 2006 – Yes, it’s already time to start thinking about the Bat Cave! Former and new volunteers are welcomed, needed and appreciated. Want to volunteer? Have a question? Phone 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. Please 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 magazines. All other 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.
THE 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 and coffee.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2005 AT 8:00 PM
Bruce Neswick Atlanta, Georgia. Bruce Neswick is Organist and Choirmaster of St. Philip’s 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 Organists.
As a recitalist, he has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe.

Malcolm Archer London, England. Malcolm Archer is Organist and Master of the Choristers at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, a post he assumed in 2004. He was previously Organist and Master of the Choristers at Wells Cathedral since 1996. Mr. Archer’s 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 works.

SUNDAY, 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 Children’s Choir conducted by Helen Litz and accompanied by Colin Redeko.

Westminster Concert Organ Series, 759 Wall Street, Winnipeg, MB R3G 2T6, phone # 204-786-4882
Name: _____________________________________________ Phone #: ________________________
Address: ___________________________________________ Postal Code: _____________________
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: ________________________________

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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 events.

At this time the following projects are in the works for the coming year:

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.

– Mincemeat Project

December – ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’ (Gian-Carlo Menotti) – Choir Project

April, 2006 – Afternoon of Bridge (with door prizes and dessert

May – 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.

Rita Menzies
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 sisters?"
Without missing a beat a little boy answered, "Thou shall not kill."


Congratulations to Jasper McKee on the publication of his latest book, 60 Years a-Growing, which is a history of the Canadian Association of Physicists in honour of the group’s 60th anniversary this year. The book will be launched at McNally -Robinson’s Grant Park store on September 21 at 8:00 pm


Tillie 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 Norway’s 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.

Please submit items for our next issue to the Communications Committee by: Friday, October 7, 2005.

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