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Latest Update: August 4, 2020
Message from Gregory Knox Jones
and Ways to Help Others


"Sunday morning was an unequivocal declaration that Westminster is a Matthew 25 congregation. It was in this chapter, near the end of Matthew’s gospel, that we read the compelling words of Jesus: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me." Click here to continue reading the latest letter from Greg Jones dated Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

What Can We Do to Help Others?
There are ways that we can help others, even during self-quarantine and social distancing. In these challenging times, it can be difficult to see how we might directly help those in need in our community and abroad. Vulnerable populations – those who are homeless, hungry, out of work, living in communal settings – need our help now more than ever.

Support Locally
Click here for a list (updated 6/10/2020) of urgent needs that could be met within the guidelines of Delaware's travel and community contact limitations. And please check back here each week, as the list of organizations and their critical needs is subject to change. PLEASE NOTE: These organizations are considered essential social services in Delaware and are exempt from the restrictions for Delawareans who are traveling to make donations or deliveries.

Support Globally
The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. For those already living in vulnerable communities around the world, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. In response, Westminster’s Church in the World Committee is offering a special ECHO Giving campaign during May and June. Gifts can be designated to directly support emergency relief projects of partners in Congo, Guatemala, Palestine, and Syria. For details and to contribute, please use this form.

With deep gratitude for your generosity and compassion. Thank you for being part of God’s light shining through the darkness.

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Virtual Service for Sunday, August 9
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Information and Links


Click here to watch our virtual service on YouTube for Sunday, August 9. To enhance your worship experience, we also encourage you to download the accompanying Worship Bulletin.

At the end of the Worship Bulletin, we have included this week's resources from Illustrated Ministry for worshipping with children. We hope you will use them for participation in this service or for family devotions at home throughout the week.

Although we will not be gathering as a church family for worship while Westminster is temporarily closed, we can still nurture our spiritual lives. An abbreviated form of worship will be provided here each Sunday morning as a video. Our pastors will read scripture, pray, and deliver a sermon so that you may still experience worship, but in the safety of your home.

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Virtual Christian Education and Small Group Opportunities (for kids/youth, too!)


Parents Are Invited to Read and Debrief
All parents are invited to read Jennifer Harvey's Raising White Kids, a practical guide to antiracist parenting geared toward parents of white children. We will have an informal discussion opportunity on Sunday, August 23, at 5:00 p.m. on Zoom. Email Chesna Hinkley with questions.

Virtual Trivia Night
On Wednesday, August 26, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom, team up with your family members to play against other Westminster households to answer questions about church history, the Bible, and other surprising topics. We will be using an online game called Kahoot! You will need access to Zoom and a separate device with internet to access Kahoot! Please email Deacon Jenn Blackford to RSVP.

Online Bible Study
Continuing throughout the summer, our Bible study, led by Director of Christian Education Chesna Hinkley, meets online in our Zoom classroom! Join this LIVE meeting from 6:00 – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays for fellowship, Bible study, and prayer. New faces are always welcome! (Please note that our Thursday Bible study group has decided to take a "sabbath" for the month of August. We'll be back at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting September 3 for the second half of Exodus.) Check the Weekly Word e-newsletter for updates, or email Chesna with questions. Not receiving our e-newsletter? Sign up here.

Women's Online Community Group
The women of Westminster connect for heartfelt and enriching discussions on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. The Rev. Jill Getty is facilitating this group on Zoom. If interested, please email Jill and she will add you to the weekly participant email list to receive the Zoom link and password.

Youth Ministry (Grades 6 – 12)
180 Youth Ministry will resume in September. See the Weekly Word e-newsletter or our Instagram account (@180youth_wpc) for updates, or contact Chesna Hinkley with questions.

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WPC's Peace &
Justice Work Group
Events, Discussions
and Education


Thursday Evening Education Events
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is excited to continue a program of education events on Thursday evenings. While the effects of the pandemic continue, these classes/discussions will take place online.

On Thursday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom, we will host a discussion of the new documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble," highlighting the life and work of this Civil Rights icon.

Join us at the Zoom link above, or go to, enter Meeting ID 847 6897 7211 and click "Join." Attendees will be admitted to the waiting room and then the host will admit them. Look for more topics and information on the WPC Facebook page.

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