Weekly email Sept 18 2015

By Terri Bowser
September 19, 2015

Greetings in the Name of the Risen One,

There is an electricity in the air right now. I can feel it. Something is happening. It’s more than the opening of the Jets training camp; more than school starting; more than church resuming its activities; more than election season. I’m sure that’s all part of it. Yet there’s that electricity in (and in the space in-between) One: The Mayor’s National Summit on Racial Inclusion and the grassroots alternative, Our Summit. It’s an electricity that can only be felt in community with its various fabrics of life rubbing together.

“It takes a village…”

You may find yourself finishing that proverb. You may find yourself rolling your eyes because it was used so often in the late 90s that it became a punch line. Yet, peel back the cliché and there is both a simple invitation and challenge.

“It takes a village…”

From members of the Refuge Steering Committee:

“We have received further information about the Syrian families. We expect them to arrive in early October […]

The Coordinating Groups have been working hard over the past few months to prepare for their arrivals. Linens, clothing, furniture and household goods have been collected for three households. Housing has been found for two of the families and we are looking for a nearby home for the third family. In the next two weeks, we will be setting up the suites for the families.  […]

Our immediate need is donations. As you know, our target was a minimum of $120,000. To date, we have received just over $90,000 […]. We are grateful for the generosity of our partners and other caring Canadians! If you know of anyone who wishes to donate, please let them know that cheques should be made out to Westworth United Church, noting “Refugee support” in the memo line. We are hoping to receive the final amount by the time the families arrive.
Blessings!
Loraine & Barbara

Westworth United Church
1750 Grosvenor Ave.
Winnipeg, MB
R3N 0H9  ”

“It takes a village…”

There is a workshop at St. Mary’s Road United Church tomorrow, Saturday, September 19thfrom 9-11 am offering information and training for those helping with Godly Play, the Kindergarten to Grade Five curriculum. Everyone is welcome, even if you just want to learn a little more about how the program is run. Please speak to Marissa Smirl, Aimee Patterson, or Erin Hertz with questions. And read your September Link for more information about all our children and youth programs.

“It takes a village to raise a child”

This week Rainbow Worship at St. Mary’s Road United Church has Nursery, Tots, Rainbow Kids, Jr. Cafe, and Sr. Youth Group. That’s right, we have something for everyone from 0 to 18!  Registration forms, along with adult volunteer sign up forms, are available at the church.

We’re encouraging children in our Rainbow worship to bring a non-perishable food item as their “offering.” Food items will be donated to SMRUC’s emergency food box and our collection for West Broadway Community Ministry.

“It takes children…”

In Journey we continue our Season of Creation series. Our theme over the whole year is “Joy.” This week and up until Oct. 4th (St. Francis of Assisi Sunday), we explore different ways that Joy is found in creation. Our focus scripture for Humanity Sunday is the Parable of the Good Samaritan. The Journey Band will be joined by guest songwriter and vocalist Nancy Finlay.

“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Is Jesus really saying to us that we are not to make judgement? Tree of Life will read Matthew 7:1-6 and discuss what is the place of discernment in the life of a Christian.

Worship in our village starts at 10:15 and all are welcome!  Or come a bit earlier for Fair Trade Coffee.

We look forward to seeing you!

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Béke, Peace,

Alice & Philip

REMINDERS:

Family Movie Night!  Back to the Future
NEXT Saturday 26th
Doors open at 6:30 pm – Time machine photo booth, and free admission
Snack $1.00 each (that’s like 1950s prices folks)
Invite your friends!

Fly and Camel Cafe Sunday, Oct 4 @ 2:30 pm Journey Band–Live by Request!

North End Stella wish list:
Our Women’s Circle is starting again this Wednesday evening and we need all kinds of stuff, especially coffee, whitener, sugar, flour, baking powder, oil, cake mix, jam or any non-perishable item for a meal. We use some “dollar store” household items like picture frames, cups, water bottles, etc. for a door prize for all who attend.