a welcoming, affirming, justice-seeking congregation

Warm Welcome to our friend Connie Budd, Minister of Northend Stella Community Ministry. Many of you will remember Connie from a service she led for us this past summer. Connie will be with us in worship this morning before joining with Norah McMurtry, Ruth Campbell and others in the Living Our Faith in the World Cluster to introduce us to The Blanket Exercise following worship.

Our Storyteller Today is Muriel Kenyon.

Next Sunday is Nancy’s Sunday off for the month of January. Many thanks to the Stewardship Team for your willingness to lead us in worship! (Please note that the Mark Project story for January 24th will be told the following Sunday, along with the story scheduled for January 31st.)

Please Remember that the congregational meeting to consider the proposal to work with Discovery Homes in developing village-concept condominium housing on the Immanuel Back Forty will be held this coming Saturday, January 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in participating, but need a ride to the church in order to do so, please call the church office before noon on Thursday, and we’ll do our best to ensure that you are picked up prior to the meeting. By the same token, please call the church if you are able to offer a ride to meeting participants. Please note that The Manual of the United Church of Canada disallowsproxy voting on such matters, offering the following explanation:“[Voters] vote under the guidance of the Spirit moving in the discussion during the meeting. This allows the Spirit to move in the way that happens when ‘two or more are gathered.’ It often draws us in directions we did not expect. For this reason, proxy voting and voting by mail-in ballots are not permitted.” (B5.6) However,your wisdom on the matter is welcome, whether or not you are able to attend the meeting. If you would like to offer your wisdom after a careful and prayerful read of the proposal, please talk to a member of the Back Forty Team and/or to a Council Elder, send us an email or leave a voicemail message with your concerns or affirmations. One member wisely suggested that the vote be by ballot. This also is required by The Manual, unless for some compelling reason a decision is made at the meeting to vote by a show of hands. In all likelihood, then, the vote will be by ballot. Copies of the Proposal are available in the Amen Corner, or can be sent to you by email. Whether or not you are able to attend the meeting, your prayer and discernment in preparation for the meeting is requested.

Blanket Exercise We invite the congregation to participate in the blanket exercise to be led by Connie Budd and Norah McMurtry on Sunday, January 17th after Worship at 1pm. A light lunch will be provided.

SNOW Night, February 18th to 19th Once a year the city’s female and transgendered sex workers are invited to a pampering sleepover organized by organizations providing them service. Would you like to help by donating to the event? Donations could include:

– New pyjamas, slippers, socks, lingerie

– Manicure or makeup supplies

– Snacks, cookies, chips, juice boxes

– DVD movies

– Door Prizes

All donations can be placed in the white laundry basket in the kitchen. Money is also accepted through the church. Thank you.

Any questions please call Joy Weizel or Muriel Kenyon.

White Gift again revealed your generous devotion to our mission. Much food, many gifts, and $2040 dollars have been distributed, and heartfelt thanks have been received. Please see the AMEN bulletin board for details.

Syrian Refugees Several people have asked how they can help as a volunteer or with donations to the many efforts being planned in Manitoba towards the resettlement of an expected 1,500 to 2,000 (and ongoing) refugees from the Syrian crisis.

There is now a provincial web portal which will be populated over the next few days with information and resources related to the resettlement.

It also has a phone number to the Red Cross Call Centre, which is coordinating offers of volunteer time and donations for groups here in Manitoba. They have an inventory of the organizations seeking help and will be able to direct callers to the appropriate one. The organizations are still developing their sense of what will be needed, so this list of opportunities will grow over the coming weeks. Please pass this number on to anyone who is interested.

Donations/Volunteer Offers (coordinated by Canadian Red Cross): 1-888-662-3211


Monday, Jan 18th 8am-Noon Winnipeg Harvest Sanctuary/Auditorium
Tuesday, Jan 19th 9:30 am Study Group Upstairs Lounge
5-9 pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
Wednesday, Jan 20th 7:00 pm Women’s Study Group Upstairs Lounge
Thursday, Jan 21st 7:00 pm Choir Practice Sanctuary/Auditorium
8:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room
Friday, Jan 22nd 7:00 pm Alanon/Alateen Group
Saturday, Jan 23rd 9am-1pm Yoga Sanctuary/Auditorium
1:00 pm Congregational Meeting Sanctuary/Auditorium
2:00 pm Bettors Anonymous Upstairs Meeting Room