Regional Ash Wednesday Event. You are invited to a Regional Ash Wednesday event on February 17, 2021.

The Committee on Community of Faith Support is beginning to plan for a virtual Ash Wednesday event that will combine worship, ritual, and celebration of recently approved covenants of mutual commitment, accountability and support between Prairie to Pine Regional Council and another 15? 20? 25? Communities of Faith.  This online event might even include some time for fellowship – checking in and touching base.

We invite your participation in planning, preparing, and leading this Ash Wednesday event, as well as your virtual attendance. We need music leaders, liturgy writers and leaders, people who might present scripture in creative and enlivening ways, people with technical skills to help make possibilities a reality, people who create meaningful rituals, speakers (preachers) who inspire and challenges . . . Might you be one of those people? Do you know someone we should ask?



Sept. 1, 2020

Dear Tabs for Wheelchairs Supporters,
It is truly unbelievable that the summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin! It has definitely been the most unusual summer we have ever experienced and an extremely hot one to boot!
We truly hope all of you are keeping safe and for the sake of your family, your friends and co-workers, you have been practicing social distancing, washing your hands more often than usual and wearing masks whenever needed!
As mentioned in our Tabs for Wheelchairs June newsletter, there was a chance we might be able to have an assembly in the fall and present Isaac and Jasper with their specialized wheelchairs. Unfortunately, this will not be possible!
Fortunately, we have already been able to give Isaac his red sport wheelchair last month and he is enjoying it tremendously! Jasper will receive his special chair in about 4-6 weeks. When Covid-19 hit last March, his appointment with the Occupational Therapist was cancelled. The family was finally able to get an appointment last month and his chair is now on order with HT Mobility Medical. As soon as it comes in, Jasper will receive it. If we are able to have a 2021 assembly, Isaac, Jasper and their families will be present.

At this time, we are now needing all of your tabs to be dropped off by Monday, Sept. 21 to either Trailblazers Life Choices in Winnipeg (1069 Autumnwood Drive in Windsor Park) or in Steinbach, Manitoba (B-197 Main St.). Drop off times are Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at both locations. Please remember not to enter the building, but drop off your bags/boxes outside the front door. At the beginning of October, with the assistance of YRC Freight, all the bags of tabs will be delivered to Western Scrap Metals in Winnipeg.
Also, remember that Western Scrap Metals (18 Sutherland Ave.) and Wesman Salvage in Brandon (855 49th Street East) will accept any metal (large or small) and if you mention that you want the value of the metal you brought in to go to Tabs for Wheelchairs, they will credit our account.
We also hope that you haven’t forgotten that Access Storage is giving us free storage space for our bags of tabs. If you are ever needing to rent a storage space, please keep them in mind. It would be the least we could do to say thank you for their generosity. (Advertisement attached)
In June 2021, Ollie will be the only individual receiving a specialized wheelchair. We decided to stay with one recipient for next year. The reason for this is that the value of aluminum at the present time is only 28 cents per pound. Last year, it was 35 cents per pound, but in all the other years it was anywhere from 50 – 65 cents per pound. As you can see, it has gone down substantially and this year we won’t be receiving the amount that we usually do for our tabs. Hopefully in the future, the value per pound for aluminum will eventually go up!
In June, it was the 3rd Anniversary of my son, Anthony’s passing. The same anonymous family donor that has given so very generously in the past at Anthony’s 1st and 2nd Anniversary, is remembering and honoring him again! For 19 years, Anthony, who had Down syndrome, was the main person who filled up at least 80% of all the bags of tabs every year. This year, our anonymous donor’s gift will be going to purchase a vehicle wheelchair lift for Corny, a young man whose wheelchair was actually purchased by this same donor two years ago. Corny’s chair will also get a few improvements and updates. Our anonymous donor’s generosity will also go to purchasing another specialized wheelchair that will be chosen in the near future. We are truly grateful for their tremendous generosity!
If anyone would like to make a monetary donation to the program, please address your cheque to Holy Cross School and write at the bottom left, Tabs for Wheelchairs. Tax receipts will be given for donations over $20. Please mail it to the school’s address shown in the letterhead.
Since our beginning in 1998, we have been able to present 24 specialized wheelchairs from the tabs collection & monetary donations and 16 extra wheelchairs and a vehicle wheelchair lift from our generous anonymous donors, adding up to a grand total of 40 specialized wheelchairs!!!
Congratulations to everyone who made this possible and thank you for making Tabs for Wheelchairs so successful!
Please remember to drop off all of your tabs by Monday, Sept. 21.
Take care, keep safe and stay healthy! Our next newsletter will be in April 2021.

Gwen Buccini Alexander Cap
Tabs for Wheelchairs Coordinator Principal, Holy Cross School

Holy Cross School
300 Dubuc Street, Winnipeg, MB, R2H 1E4
Tel: (204) 237-4936, Fax: (204) 237-7433
Principal email:

“Walk for Worship” – Darcia Albrechtsen

I want to begin with this thought.

Being a Christian isn’t just about sitting in a church Sunday morning. Church is a strong foundation to build your faith, but what are you doing the rest of the days of the week? How do you present yourself to the world?

COVID-19 has affected the entire world and it’ll be a pause in history that we will reflect back on. The question is “will it be a time to reflect only on the negatives; or will we be able to draw on the strengths we developed as a result?”

This has been a unique time for all places of worship. Like other businesses, churches had to become creative in their way of continuing with their business. As a Christian, I feel this time in history is a time that people need worship more than ever! Thank goodness for online worship services. More importantly, I would like to think that this has been a practice run to be more than just a “Sunday morning Christian”.

COVID world gave me more time to devote to my daily devotionals and very long meditative walks. I always liked walking, so when my yoga studio suddenly shut down, I naturally extended my walks. This COVID pause in our life also provided a great learning opportunity to be a good influence to my daughters by staying fit both physically and mentally. These long walks have been a source of comfort and peace for me, and a time to reflect on life. During my walks, I listen to Christian motivational speakers, so with my walks being anywhere from 6 – 10 miles a day, this truly became a very spiritual experience. And what’s more, it was an opportunity for me, as a parent, to lead by example and encourage my daughters to ‘get out, get some fresh air and exercise, and clear your head’. I also encouraged my daughters to stay connected with friends, by getting out and cycling, walking or long boarding with them. Staying in the house for months on end is not healthy, both mentally and physically. Additionally, it was a teaching moment as a parent to show our thanks for our health by staying fit and to show our thanks for all we have by finding ways to give back to the community. This all was very important to me during this COVID time where remote learning meant my kids were at home all day, 7 days a week. Equally important, was looking for the positives in every day, while we continue to navigate through these times, where it’s too easy to get caught up with all the negative effects of COVID. I strongly believe that parents are the template for a child’s life.

My “Walk for Worship” is about all of this. It’s about giving back to the foundation of my faith, where it all began. My church home, Grey Street United Church.

So, I will be walking from my home in Charleswood to Grey Street United Church, which is around 10 miles there, and 10 miles back. For those who want to pledge me, please make a donation to Grey Street United Church. Weather permitting, I plan to do this walk on Saturday, September 26th.

Note: Watch for more information during the coming week on how you can support Darcia’s “Walk for Worship”.

Pie Fundraiser – Luane Campbell – Fresh Homemade Apple Pies for Sale

October 3, 2020 (just in time for Thanksgiving)

Delivery available: Check the bulletin next week for more details!

Zoom Gatherings: Staying safe and connecting face to face virtually. Consider joining in.

New!! Sunday mornings between 10:45 and 11:20 am (sign in whenever it works for you) – invitations will be sent out to all online members each Saturday. Come and say Hi, just like you would when walking into the church Sunday morning. Then stay and worship together online. (We are praying for a successful launch this Sunday).

Monday, Wednesday, Friday (days can change) 4 to 5 pm. Invitations are sent out each Monday. Please email to be included on the invite list. One hour of your day to laugh, discuss, share.

Can you think of other groups or activities that could be held on zoom? Let your creative minds work.

From the Worship Team: With the decision for the church to remain closed for in person worship our focus will be on continuing to stay connected. With the fall Worship season just under way it is time to consider adding new ideas for Keeping in Touch and being church. Today’s announcements are filled with “hope”, offering ways to participate and support our church home in this time of change.

We know that being “online” makes it easy to connect but please be assured that those “not online” are not forgotten. Weekly worship services will continue to be delivered/mailed. Plans are being made to connect by phone on a regular basis and possibly a pen pal project.

If you have ideas let us know. The more folks can stay connected in some small way the better.

Survey results have been tabulated and will be shared on this site in a day or two.

Our covenant with the region is accepted and we will be part of a covenanting service on Zoom worship on either Sept 30 6;30 to 9:00 or October 7.

Paste this link into your web browser to read an important message from Nora Sanders, General Secretary of The United Church of Canada.

Moderator Richard Bott has posted a prayer for the opening of schools. Read it here.


I am very please to announce that I will be serving at Grey St. for one more year at half time. The reason I am now able to make this commitment, is because I will also be offering half time at St. Paul’s United in Beausejour. My time will be 20 hrs per week at Grey St. and 20 hrs per week at St. Paul’s. I will be in the GSUC office on Wednesdays and Fridays (hours will vary depending on what is happening). Sunday worship will start at 11:30 AM each Sunday. 

Blessings! Susan

National church newsletters

The national United Church has a number of short, focused thematic monthly newsletters that are very helpful for keeping track of all the resources and opportunities in the wider church. Sign up for them here  (you can unsubscribe at any time). One example from this month: E-ssentials, which highlights national work in which communities of faith and individuals can be involved, from prayers and liturgies to nominations.

New Prairie to Pine Website

A new website for Prairie to Pine Regional Council is in process of being designed and populated. Thank you for your patience as we await word on a launch date.

Prairie to Pine Newsletter

There is Prairie to Pine Region newsletter that you may wish to read. If you wish to subscribe to it,  contact Cherry at The newsletter comes out weekly and includes information from all around our new Region.

Tabs For Wheelchairs

Grey Street is honoured to continue to aid in this endevour. Donna Cameron (she collects the tabs) requests that we bring collect the tabs at home and bring them to the church when we re-open in the fall (fingers are crossed). Also, please limit the size to zip lock bag size.