News from Winfield United Church
It is with sadness that we announce that Joan Kessler's Dad passed away this week. Joan is now in Regina with her family and will return late next week. Please hold her close in your thoughts and prayers.

Rev. Bob Thompson will lead our service on Sunday.

“Call Me”

Please join us for the upcoming Sunday service on January 12 at 9:50 am. "Call Me - It's a Matter of Time" is the theme.  The choir under the direction from Mae  Husk will be singing an anthem with Karen Gibbons on oboe and Elaine Towgood on piano. Ken Armstrong. Mike Schwartzentruber guitar, and Jim Taylor djembe drum. Thank you to everyone! 

Please stay and have coffee or tea with us following the service. Eleanor and David Geen will be doing coffee service this morning. Thank you!

See you on Sunday!

Last Sunday we celebrated our first Sunday worship led by our new minister Joan Kessler. In her reflection "Here to There" she described her path from "there to here: as well as wondered about our (the congregation's) path from "there to here" and how quite often these kind of paths lead through wilderness and comes with many uncertainties and questions.

"...You are wondering what to expect from me…will she turn the tables on everything we’ve worked so hard for…will she pick hymns I don’t like…will she wear sensible shoes and say sensible things…will she be there when I really need a minister.  You folks may have lots of questions and adjustments to make with my arrival.  We are both in a time of Wilderness…but we are here together.  We are going to keep putting one foot in front of the other with patience and perseverance and a coming together….and we will get to where we are going…from Here to There...."

you can read the reflection at

~ by William Livingstone Wallace

In the doing is the undoing

If there is no time for silence,

for reflection,

for nurturing the spirit,

for walking by the still waters of inner paradise.

But equally in the non doing

There can also be the undoing

If there is no dynamic interaction

between action and reflection,

no grieving for the world,

but instead only escape

into personal bliss;

For we are incomplete if our meditation

Does not lead us into a baptism

Of sacramental, sacrificial, sensuous

Immersion into the life

Of the world.

If this does not happen

We might just as well

Not be here at all

But instead

Chant ourselves

Into some other worldly


Help take care of our wildlife this winter. Join us for our annual Animal Christmas family activity night on Saturday, January 18 from 5 pm to 7 pm. There will be several bird feeder styles for you and your family to build. Take them home or leave them for our children's garden. We plan to visit them regularly and journal about what we see.
This is an attendee supported event. We suggest $5 per person to cover supplies and food. We'll be providing pizza but you can help by bringing a fruit, veggie tray, or dessert. Thanks so much for your support!
Let us know if you're coming.

Hope to see you.
Michelle and the EPL Team
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: Join us for breakfast at the A&W on Saturday, January 18 at 8 am.
    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: 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. The first get-together will be on Monday January 20 at 9:30 am in the Matthew’s Room.
  • Council meeting: Tuesday, January 21, 4 pm
  • Worship Team meeting: Tuesday, February 19, 10 am.
Prayer List
  • Susanna
  • Carrie
  • Ed Hake: in hospital with Alzheimers
  • Lyn Krastal
  • Cindy Houghton (Ellie and Reg’s daughter): fighting breast cancer
  • Danielle Bartlett
Wisdom and Humor

Wishing you joy and sunshine,


Verena Velten

Office Administrator Winfield United Church
3751 Woodsdale Road, Lake Country, BC

Office: 250-766-4458   (OPEN Tues - Fri: 9am - noon) 

Thrift Shop:250-766-3387 (OPEN Tues - Thurs & Sat: 10am to 2pm)

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