News from Winfield United Church
Join us this Sunday morning, March 1 at 9:50 am for worship service.
Theme: Wisdom 
Readings: Proverbs 8: 1-4; 22-31; Messenger by Mary Oliver
Reader: Louise Miles 
Music:  Elaine Towgood on piano, Mike Schwartzentruber on guitar, and Jim Taylor on djembe drum.  
Coffee Service: Eleanor and David Geen

The Annual General Congregational Meeting will be held following the service. A light lunch with coffee and tea will be provided.

See you on Sunday! 
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
Covenanting Service
A celebration of a new relationship between Winfield United Church and Rev. Joan Kessler on Sunday March 8, 2020 at 2:30 pm. Refreshments to follow.

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.  

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. 
Come together with others from local United Churches to be training in Mental Health First Aid.

Fri/Sat March 13/14 here at Winfield United Church

You will be trained in the recognized Mental Health First Aid course of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, by Dr Julie Clayton and Michael Collins of Tipping Point Counselling Services — and with the added bonus of taking the program with other people of faith.

The opportunity to connect mental health first aid learning to our experience in Christian community is profound. While medical first aid has long been understood as a necessary response to an injured person, mental health first aid is a critical life skill that everyone should acquire. Over the course of anyone’s life, it is highly likely that they will develop a mental health problem themselves, or have close contact with someone who does.

Please check the LeaderShift website for full details and to register


Dear Council,
As I began this email to Council, I chose the subject line “leaving with love” and I hope you know that’s my deepest feeling in this decision that has been made over many months.

I appreciated being part of the discussion on February 19th to review Eat, Play, Love Sundays. It’s good that there’s an open dialogue between the spiritual nurture team, worship team, M&P team, council and Joan. I have every hope that a plan will evolve that will meet the spiritual needs of most of the congregation. I also know it’s a big commitment being made by everyone to stay with this good work - and I’m not able to make that commitment anymore.  

Over the last several years, my time and energy has gone in new directions that are life-giving and important to me. The time has come to be clear with my family at Winfield United Church that I’ve moved on in a new direction.

Thank you for nurturing my Spirit for the past 25 years. I have loved being part of Winfield United Church and I will continue to hold you all in my prayers.

With gratitude and wishing you every blessing,

Julie Elliot



Attendance Figures for February 23, 2020
Attendance: 37 adults; 9 children
Weekly contributions including Par: $1,499.00 
Thrift Shop sales for month of January, 2020: $5,520.85

PAR: To have your donations automatically withdrawn from your bank account (PAR) 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. In lieu of the regular meeting in February there will be the Speaker Event with Robert Massoud on February 29.
  • 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 2.
  • Council meeting: Tuesday, March 10, 4 pm
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!

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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