News from Winfield United Church

Eat Play Love Family Sunday 

This Sunday, January 26 10 am, through inter-active story, discussion, and fun activities, we will explore the theme of "Mentoring". Curious? What hidden talents are out there waiting to be explored?

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

To have a light continental brunch available afterward please bring muffins, baked goodies, yogurt, cheese, veggies, or fruit. Coffee and tea will be provided.

Hope to see you!

Love Michelle and the EPL team
Last Sunday Bob Thompson was leading the service while Joan Kessler was with her family in Regina for the celebration of life of her dad.
Bob was reading Joan's reflection "A Matter of Time" which she wrote before she left. It was about her call to ministry and how and when it was happening.
..."I love my call story and I thank you for induling me in its telling. Whenever I have the opportunity to share it, I'm reminded that it really did happen that way...The details, big and small, are part of my journey. I look forward in the coming weeks and months of hearing your individual and collective stories of call over your history with Winfield United. And I also look forward to the Spirit's tug in new directions and possibilities."...

you can read the reflection at
For the Word for All Ages "What is Communication" Michelle asked the children to write or draw a message on a card that would make someone feel good. Every child interpreted this little project quite different but non-the-less the outcome was very heart-warming.
At a very simple level, communication is the sending of messages. Messages with an intent. The tricky thing can be perception. Realizing that communication is a complex art form that is affected by each person’s unique perspective requires patience and practice. 
Children’s perception is inherently ‘off’ for a reason.  For protection.  Their perception expands as they develop therefore, you can’t and shouldn’t argue with a child.  You offer choices, other perceptions, your perception, and you let them grow in this nurturing environment.

Ken Armstrong playing before the service and meditation music.
The children made glue out of milk! Curds separated from the whey.
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.
  • 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.
  • *NEW* Knitting & Crochet Group: Mondays 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. 
  • Council meeting: Tuesday, February 11, 4 pm
  • Worship Team meeting: Tuesday, February 19, 10 am.
Prayer List
  • Suzanne Warren and family (passing of her sister Nancy Lazar)
  • Joan Kessler and family (passing of her dad)
  • 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!
Wisdom and Humour
Challenges come before us
so that we can discover

the magnitude of our Inner Strength,
without such Challenges
we will never
really grow stronger.
If you haven't already seen this, check it out! It's really not that bad here.
30-second timelapse of 24 hours of snowfall in Newfoundland, Canada.

Wishing you joy and sunshine,


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
OPEN Tues - Thurs & Sat: 10am to 2pm

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