News from Winfield United Church
Dear Winfield United family.

We are taking some precautions at Winfield United to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Please take a minute to read the list below.
  1. We will refrain from bodily contacts (hugs/ hand shakes)
  2. We will refrain from passing the mic to share God Moments or for Prayers of the People. Joan will explain the new plan on Sunday.
  3. Wash or sanitize your hands before entering the Sanctuary. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 sec. with warm water and soap.  
  4. It's ok to keep a physical distance to one another. It's ok to spread out when choosing your seat.
  5. If you are unwell, please stay home and rest. 
  6. If you have any medical issues consider staying home. Use your own discretion.
We will keep everyone updated as the weeks/days progress but we will be meeting as usual this Sunday.

Blessings to everyone!  Stay safe and healthy!
Join us this Sunday morning, March 15 at 9:50 am for worship service.
Theme: Thirst
Reading: John 4: 5-30
Reader: Don Sawatzky
Music:  Elaine Towgood on piano, Mike Schwartzentruber on guitar, and Jim Taylor on djembe drum. Mixed Blessings Choir under direction of Mae Husk.
Coffee Service: Eleanor and David Geen

See you on Sunday! 

Prayers for the Community

If you have a prayer request you would like shared publicly on Sundays during Prayers of the People or printed on a list included in the bulletin, please see Joan or a member of the Pastoral Care Committee (Fran Schultz or Sandy Bogardis).  We will endeavor to respect the privacy of those named.
Requests can be submitted here. 
Thank you.

Due to the current Covid-19 situation and the recommendation given by health officials we decided to postpone the FAZIGHT event until further notice.
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

Meet the Aramaic Jesus 
Monthly, every third Thursday, 12:20-2pm. 
Experience the Disciple’s Prayer as spoken by Jesus through movement and Aramaic chant - a language rich in heart-wisdom. No experience needed!
Next gathering: Thursday, March 20th at Winfield United in the sanctuary. Everyone is welcome. Questions? Call Fran Jasiura 250.681.2248 or Sharon Hartwick.  

Embodying our Creative Spirit
– a contemplative retreat exploring art and Authentic Movement
Friday, June 5 – Monday, June 8, 2020
with Lois Huey-Heck and Tannis Hugill
Naramata Centre, Naramata, BC
for more info visit the Pacific Jubilee website.
Scripture Readings
John 3:1-17

Reflection snippet:
Change is afoot…. the wind blows where it chooses…from different directions…elements collide and cause a disturbance.

Read Joan's refection "Spirit, Blow Through Us"

Impressions from the Covenanting Service

Attendance Figures for March 1, 2020 (AGM)
Attendance: 58 adults; 4 children
Weekly contributions including Par: $2016.65 
Thrift Shop sales for month of February, 2020: $5,108.00

PAR: To have your donations automatically withdrawn from your bank account or make a change to PAR please contact Treasurer,
Mae Husk: or 250-766-3245

  • 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: Every 3rd Saturday in a month at 8am at A&W. 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.
  • 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 March 16.
  • Council meeting: Tuesday, April 14, March 10, 7 pm

PLEAE NOTE: Due to Spring Break I will be in the office on March 17 - 19 from 11 am to 3 pm. On Friday, March 20 the office will be closed.

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

Contact Joan at 780-512-3916 or

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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