News from Winfield United Church

Come join us this Sunday, February 16 at 9:50 am.

The theme will be "Climb" Scripture readings will be 2 Peter: 16-19 and Matthew 17: 1-9 with Gord Rutherford as reader. The music will be provided by Elaine Towgood on piano, Mike Schwartzentruber on guitar, and Jim Taylor on djembe drum. The Mixed Blessing Choir will be singing the anthem "Hymn to Freedom" by Peter Oscar. Thank you! 

Please stay and have coffee or tea with us following the service. David and Eleanor Geen will be doing coffee service this morning. Thank you!

See you on Sunday!
You are invited to join the Annual General Congregational Meeting on March 1, 2020 after the service.
Last Sunday we heard the scripture of 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 and Matthew 5:13-16.
In her reflection Joan asked "…what does it mean to be spiritual? We are salt and light…we have these wonderful qualities that make us shiny and flavorful and ultimately the world a better place..."

Read Joan's reflection "Life Together"
Eat Play Love is partnered with Citizen's Climate Lobby Canada - Okanagan Chapter and organized a Snowman Protest. It is a public art piece of many snow people or animals to give a voice to our concerns and let it eventually melt away in our record breaking temperatures.

It is time to renew or subscribe to the United Church Magazine, Broadview, formerly called the Observer.It is a monthly magazine that is full of interesting articles on various topics. The cost is $25.00, tax included. Please give your payment to Jane Vatkin, there is some paper-work to fill out for each subscription.Please make cheques payable to Winfield United Church and clearly mark that the cheque is for the Broadview Magazine, otherwise your cheque will go into General Funds. Jane will be at the Church the next two Sundays to take orders. 

Upcoming Events
Eat Play Love Sunday
On Sunday February 23, 10 am, through an inter-active story, guided discussion, and fun activities, we will explore the theme of "Love" and the question "Who is my neighbour?" Curious?

Invite the people you want to spend time with, and with morning wake up beverage in hand, engage with all your senses in this inter-generational community.

We share a light continental brunch together afterward. So please bring muffins, baked goodies, yogurt, cheese, veggies, or fruit. Coffee, tea and juice will be provided. We also appreciate any financial contributions which keep these events going.

We encourage you (parents, kids, grandparents, and everyone in-between) to also show & share what you love. What are you passionate about? Share in small groups for about 5-10 minutes what you hold dear. It might be a hobby, a book, an experience... you name it. If you have an idea and you would like to share something, please message us.

Hope to see you!

Love Michelle and the EPL team
Circle of Peace
You are invited to Circle of Peace - contemplative gatherings for silence, reflection, prayer and song. Every Tuesday at 4 pm.
Everyone is welcome! For more info please contact Sharon Hartwick 778-212-5774
“Climate Change and us: Creating a Better Future” 
A guided discussion series on Climate Change
Saturday mornings, February 22 – March 28
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
at Winfield United Church

The series is sponsored by the Okanagan Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. The facilitated circle is meant to be collaborative. There is no expert, and everyone shares their ideas and insights while respecting one another’s views. It is also meant to be a safe, nonjudgmental place to express diverse opinions and perspectives. This is not the place for individual rants and specific agendas. We are not seeking to build consensus, but instead are exploring possibilities, with a focus on positive change. The three core elements are: “collaborative discovery, personal reflection, and opportunity for action.”
The circle process allows everyone to have a voice. No one should dominate the discussion.
For further information, or to register for the course and receive the series outline
please send an email to or talk to Donna, Bob, or Len.
A sign-up sheet will be provided on Sunday on the bulletin board.
How can we build bridges between Palestinians and Canadians?

Robert Massoud is a Palestinian Canadian who founded Zatoun which distributes olive oil and za'atar to build bridges across our cultures. Sponsored by our Men's Club, he is our guest speaker on Saturday, February 29th at Winfield United Church at 9am. We start with Coffee and muffins followed by guest speaker and ending no later that 10:30 AM. We want to participate in a conversation on colonization and reconciliation through the lens of a Palestinian Canadian. Plenty of time will be carved out for dialogue with our guest. 
Opportunities and Meetings
  • Holy Conversation: A place to discuss sermon topics and practice some deep listening that usually takes place every Wednesday, from 2:30 – 4 pm.
  • Choir Practice: Thursdays from 7 - 9 pm. If you are interested in joining the choir please talk to Mae Husk or Elaine Towgood. Next practice is on February 6 at 7pm.
  • Women Walkers & Talkers Group meets EVERY Friday at 9:30 am on the North side of Winfield United parking lot for an easy-going walk followed by easy-going conversation at a local cafe or restaurant. Find out about plans and location in the office from Verena.  If you don’t want to walk or are unable to walk but would like to join for coffee, please call the office at 250-766-4458 to find out time and place.
  • Men’s Breakfast: Contact Tom Cockrell at to get on the mail list for future notices if you are interested.
  • Recorder Practice: Every Monday at 3 pm. Contact Karen Gibbons at or 250-766-3650. No recorder practice on Monday, February 17, 2020.
  • *NEW* Knitting & Crochet Group: Every other Monday at 9:30 Everyone is welcome to join our group to knit, crochet & and socialize. Please join even if you are a beginner. Joan Taylor and Mary-Jo McQuaid will be there to guide you. Next get-together is on February 17.
  • Council meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 4 pm
  • Worship Team meeting: Wednesday, February 19, 10 am.
Prayer List
  • Susanna
  • Carrie
  • Lyn Krastal
  • Cindy Houghton (Ellie and Reg’s daughter): fighting breast cancer
  • Danielle Bartlett
Please keep the church office updated with any changes. Thank you!

Happy Valentine's Day,


Verena Velten

Office Administrator Winfield United Church
3751 Woodsdale Road, Lake Country, BC

Rev. Joan Kessler's drop-in hours:
Tues 10am - noon and Thu 1pm - 2pm

Office: 250-766-4458
Office hours: Tues - Fri: 9am - noon

Thrift Shop: 250-766-3387
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