Hi everyone,

I want to take this space to thank you all for your participation in our small group discussions last Sunday. What stood out for me in the responses was the desire from all the groups that we continue with some form of video streaming. When we began physical distancing and church closure several weeks ago and moved to ZOOM Sunday services, I honestly expected it to be the last thing people would miss. Could it be the pandemic has opened us to new and different practices and ways of being community? We also heard an interest in fostering community by retaining a level of casualness when we return to the building... such as bringing our coffee mugs to church, more opportunities to move about, a return to Eat Play Love Saturdays and programming for our Children and Youth. When we consider our outreach to the community, we heard ideas around offering simple refreshments and conversation to thrift store shoppers in the Matthews Room or outside on nice days. With these ideas as an impetus, it is my hope that this discussion will be the beginning of planning for our future. We all have a voice in the "what's next" and I am very excited to be undertaking this work with you.

Also, please consider this your invitation to get creative this weekend and paint a rock or two. If there is a memory I will take with me of this time of pandemic, it's the colorful pained stones I have seen along the trails this spring. Simple rocks come to life. If you paint one over the coming days, take a picture and email it to the church office to be included in future newsletters, or bring to share on Sunday. Take care and have a great weekend.

Hello to all our Children & Youth!

How are you doing?  How are online classes going for you?  I just wanted you to know that we are missing seeing you and if ever you feel like popping in during the Zoom service please do so.  I'm also curious if you have done any rock-painting.  I am just getting started in this.  If you have painted a rock and feel like showing us on Sunday, that would be great!  At the beginning of the service, there will also be a story to share, Desmond and the Very Mean Word.  I hope you are all doing well and we can't wait until we are together again.  Take care and hope to see you Sunday :)

Peace, Joan


Watch last week's service

Generosity is a spiritual practice that enables us to be part of something bigger than ourselves. By sharing our gifts with Winfield United and the United Church of Canada's Mission and Service fund, we help meet the needs of our community and beyond. During this time of closure, offerings can be mailed or e-transferred to the church office:

3751 Woodsdale Rd.
Lake Country, BC
V4V 1X2

Your continued stewardship will help ensure the mission and ministry of our faith community continues.

Are you in need of a face mask?

Karen Stead is offering to sew face masks for those who don't have any but would like one. If you are interested give her a call at 250-548-3209. 



Milk 'n Cookies Story Time

Grab your favorite stuffy, blanket and a snack and join Joan for a story, an evening prayer, and time to catch up with your Winfield United friends on ZOOM every Thursday at 7:30pm. Parents are welcome to join. 
Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday evening :)

Meeting ID: 861 1734 3898
Password: goodnight

Climate Change
and Us - Creating a Better Future

Working toward change. The world’s greatest problems were not solved by hopelessly looking the other way, but in taking action. Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) encourages people to make a difference just through simple actions as citizens; empowered to exercise personal and political power.

Six sessions every Saturday starting May 16, 2020 to June 27, 2020, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. from your home using ZOOM.


  1. Climate Change and its Dire Forecast
  2. Envisioning a better future
  3. the Clean Energy Revolution
  4. Interconnections- Food, Water and Land
  5. Policy and Economics
  6. Working toward Change


During the pandemic we have moved discussion ONLINE using ZOOM meeting technology so there is no need to leave your home or travel or be exposed to health risk.

Participants are sent topic intro materials prior to each session. The climate for discussion is respectful, non-judgmental and focused on positive change and exploring possibilities. Facilitators aim to encourage everyone to have a voice with nobody dominating the discussion.

Registration is free but limited to 12. 
To register reply to

Join friends for a catch up on news and happenings every Thursday at 10 am

Note: This group is self-led with no agenda other than the conversation of the day :)

Meeting ID: 968 8416 4898
Password: coffe3
(same meeting ID and password for all meetings)
Dial by phone: +1 778 907 2071 
Meeting ID: 968 8416 4898
Password: 314038
Find your local number:

Circle of Peace ONLINE

Everyone is welcome every Tuesday at 4 pm to connect hearts and voices with:
+ A live video check-in
+ Shared inspirational messages
+ Centering meditation and silence
+ Individual and group prayer for one another, our community & world.

Join every week with this same ZOOM link 

Meeting ID: 488 875 450
Password: peace
Dial in by phone: +1 778 907 2071 
(Find your local number:


Every Wednesday at 2:30 pm 
If you are interested in participating send an email to Verena and ask for the ZOOM link to join the virtual conversation.
Healing Pathways

For more information or to book your appointment contact Sandy Bogardis (250-766-2542) or Sharon Hartwick (250-548-0074).


Website & MEMBER Area

1. Created a "member account" on the Winfield United Church website.
2. log into the member area
(top right of the page) with your email address and chosen password and go the the "MEMBERS" tab.
3. join or view the "God Moments Group."
4. Share your God Moments or Celebrations.

If you have questions please contact Verena.
May 2020


Rev. Joan Kessler
+1 (780) 512-3916

Church Office Administrator
Verena Velten

Pastoral Care
Sandy Bogardis
Fran Schulz


If you want to nominate a person to receive Kudos, please send an email to Verena.


Joan Phipps and family
Sandy Hebert
Jim Taylor
Susanna B.
Lyn Krastal
If you have a prayer request you would like shared publicly in our email newsletter and website, please contact 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. 


What do you call a rock that never goes to school?
A skipping stone!


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