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Hi everyone,
I am back to the office this week following a restful and restorative time of hibernation. I want to thank you for making my first Winfield Christmas a wonderful memory and I am so grateful  for the ways you made this a special time for me despite the COVID circumstances. It is good to be connecting with you all once again through phone calls and Zoom.  
Please scroll down to find the link to the much-talked about Canadian performance, Messiah/Complex. This video has been extended and if you have not seen it yet, you will want to set some time aside to do so. We would also like to grow our Sunday morning participation and Verena has created a button that enables you to share and forward the newsletter or Sunday email to others whom may be interested in joining us. 

2021 Winfield United Calendars, created by John Greenough, are going to be soon available. Let the office know if you would like one, and cost is $10. Thank you John for undertaking this project once again. Your included photos will remind us of precious moments when we could still gather in the building and help bridge the time until we can gather again.
We also continue to pray for those in our community and you can find the updated list. If you have a prayer submission or an update on a current concern, please get in touch with me.
With the present public health order extended until February 5th, we continue to experience  limited access to the building, Sunday services will continue on Zoom, and the Thrift Store decided to postpone reopening until February 9th. I have noticed a quiet come over the building this week. I hope that this can be a time of creative thinking and dreaming of what we will do when we are able to more fully return to our building. Will we eat together? Play together? Sing together? Share laughter and tears together? May this time of quiet find you healthy as this is what it is all about... so we can be together on the other side of COVID.  
Peace to you all,
Joan Kessler


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Thank you everyone for your continuing prayers for little Emily and her family.
Emily is again showing gradual improvements after several rough days when the medical team tried removing the intubation/respirator that assists her breathing and then had to replace it. 
Sandra and Roy have had an anxious time, yet are encouraged by the improvements and spend many hours each day at the hospital with Emily, being convinced that she is aware of their loving presence, voices and touch – even though Emily is sedated to help keep her from feeling the discomfort of the medical equipment and procedures. Positioning Emily on her tummy has been helping her breathe more easily, and a funny thing is that part of her response to voices and music is a slight movement of her ears😊 and last night Emily was beginning to open her eyes again.
We thought this picture, although perhaps alarming after seeing her earlier December one, might give you a focus for visualizing her during prayer.
In great gratitude for your love and care,
Sharon, Bruce, Sofie and Sandra & Roy

Thrift shop re-opening

The tentative reopening for shopping and donations is delayed until February 9, 2021.
Winfield United Church Calendars created by John Greenough will be available the coming week. If you would like one please let Verena know. Cost per calendar is $10.
Circle of Peace ONLINE
Sharon Hartwick has decided to step down from facilitating the Zoom Circle of Peace sessions in the current format. There has been a declining interest in attendance and it feels like a good time for her to take a break and allow a new vision to emerge for a revitalized prayer/ spiritual practices circle, that may appeal to and fill a need in the wider congregation.
Our heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and commitment to Circle of Peace during these COVID times.


The 80-minute film “Messiah/Complex” — the brainchild of the Toronto-based indie opera company Against the Grain, in collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra —  reinterprets Handel’s work from the perspective of a gay man in Vancouver and a Muslim woman in a head scarf in Montreal. The production is being streamed, free, on YouTube until the end of the month.
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).
Council Meeting
Due to the power outage on Wednesday the meeting has been postponed to January 20, 2021 at 4 pm on ZOOM.
Worship Ministry Team Meeting
January 19, 2021 at 10 am on ZOOM.
Thrift Stop Meeting
February 1, 2021 at 9 am.
January 2021


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

Church Office Administrator
Verena Velten

Pastoral Care
Sandy Bogardis
Fran Schulz
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Jan Zickler

Barbara Snowball

Harvey Walmsley

Muriel and Tom Cockrell

Sandy Semple

Peter Pryor

Lynne Roming

Sandra & Roy and baby Emily

Sharon Taylor and family

Don & Bev Sawatzky and family

Lynn & Don Lemp

staff and residents of care homes
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. 


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