Delivering Donated Food Items to Emmanuel Dining RoomSocially Distanced Handbell RehearsalCereal Collection for Hanover Food PantryChildren Enjoy Our Bible Box Program for At-Home LearningClothing and Blanket Collection for Syrian RefugeesDr. Jones Greets People During Our Donation Drive-Thru

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The Rev. Dr. Greg Jones

Latest:
The Heart of It

The Rev. Dr. Greg Jones
10/17/2021

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October 19, 2021: Latest Message
from Greg Jones and Ways
to Help Others During COVID

 

Message from Greg Jones
"November will be Westminster's month of Gratefulness and Thanksgiving to our Creator. On the first Sunday, we will express our gratitude for the saints of our lives. Please remember to bring copies of photos to church no later than October 31 so that your saints can be with us in the sanctuary on November 7." Click here to continue reading the latest letter from the Rev. Dr. Gregory Knox Jones dated Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Ways to Help Others During COVID
The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. For vulnerable populations – those who are homeless, hungry, out of work, living in communal settings – and for those living in vulnerable communities around the world, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. They need our help more than ever.

Support LocallyClick here for a list of needs in our local community.

Support Globally – 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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Livestreamed/Recorded Service for
Sunday, October 24, 2021
and Details on In-Person Services

 

Livestreamed/Recorded Worship Service
We livestream our 9 a.m. worship service on Sunday mornings! Access our YouTube channel as early as 8:50 a.m. When you get to our YouTube channel, you will see a large box in the center of the screen that says "Live." A recorded version will be provided on our YouTube channel after the livestream. Please also visit the Time with Our Children playlist to view the children's message (your little ones will love these!). To enhance your worship experience, we encourage you to download the accompanying Worship Bulletin for 10/24/2021. The resources for children attached at the end of the bulletin are provided by Illustrated Ministry. Please print them to participate in this service or for family devotions throughout the week.

In-Person Worship Service
Our sanctuary is open on Sunday mornings for one worship service at 9 a.m. Before arriving, please be sure to read our COVID-19 Safety Policy for Sunday Worship. To stay up-to-date on developments and changes to this policy, please subscribe to our weekly email newsletter, the Westminster Weekly Word.

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Virtual Education, Peace & Justice Discussions, and Small Groups (for kids/youth, too!)

 

Peace & Justice Thursday Evening Events
Combating Violence in Wilmington
Thursday, October 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom

Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group was formed in the Spring of 2018 with the twin goals of combating violence in Wilmington and promoting racial justice. Join us as Criminal Investigations Division Captain Malcolm Stoddard, who is also a member of Westminster, shares his perspectives on police legitimacy, crime strategies like COMPSTAT methodology, and group violence intervention. Hosted by Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group. To participate in our Peace & Justice discussions, use the Zoom link above, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 860 2752 1655 and click "Join."

One Book, One Church
October and November 2021
Wouldn't it be great if our family of faith was reading the same book at the same time? If you said, "yes!", please join us in reading The Sum of Us by Heather McGhee. Then watch the Weekly Word e-newsletter for information on discussion groups, which will gather in-person and via Zoom in late October and November! Learn more about our all-church read in the October/November Chimes. If you are not subscribed to our e-newsletter, you may subscribe here.

Confirmation Class for High School Youth
Sundays, 10–11 a.m.
Confirm not Conform is the curriculum for our 2021-2022 Confirmation Class for high school youth (grades 9-11). All participants will have opportunities to learn, grow and ask lots of questions. By the end of the class in March, personal faith statements will be written and participants will be offered an opportunity to join church after meeting with the WPC Session. Class leaders are excited to begin the sessions and hope to see many youth choose this opportunity. Please email Sue Spilecki to register for the class.

Time with Our Children
Prior to COVID-19, every Sunday our congregation received a dose of joy when our children gathered up at the front of our sanctuary to hear and respond to a carefully-crafted, child-friendly message from one of our pastors. We wanted to continue offering these special messages for children in a safe way, so Time with Our Children has gone virtual. Be sure to check out these creative videos for your little ones on YouTube!

The Prayground
Sundays, 9 a.m., Community Hall
Come to The Prayground and worship while you wiggle! The newest innovation by our education team, The Prayground is a specially designed worship space for families with children who listen best when they have room to move and create freely. In Community Hall, kids can color, play quiet games, tumble, and ribbon-dance to the service hymns as the live-streamed service plays on the projector screen. Parents of course can join in on the fun, or sit comfortably and follow along. Masking will be required. Space is limited to 10 families, so please sign-up ahead of time.

Bible Box is Back!
October 3 – November 19
Bible Box is back again for another semester of stories, crafting, and fun. Each child enrolled in this virtual and interactive Sunday School experience will receive a special Bible Box containing all crafting and supplies needed for each lesson. Whenever your family would like to do a lesson, simply go to our YouTube channel and follow along with Ms. Alexis. This program will run from October 3 through November 19. Please remember to return your previously used box (if applicable), and submit a new registration form online to sign back up for the current semester.

Psalms Alive
Sundays, 10:15 a.m., Grace Hall
Come worship, jump, and jive with Psalms Alive! This innovative and custom-made program combines worship and music education elements into a God-focused music program, specially designed for collaborative family engagement. Using the psalm from the lectionary, families explore rhythm, melody, and music notation in a fun and highly interactive way. The program will take place on Sundays at 10:15 a.m. in Grace Hall in a socially distanced fashion. Due to space constraints, participation is limited to eight families. Program starts on October 3. Save your spot – register now!

Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study
Wednesdays, 12–1 p.m., Zoom
The Wednesday afternoon Midweek Manna Bible Study, facilitated by the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson, will explore the genre of the Hebrew Short Story by reading three Old Testament novellas: Ruth, Jonah, and Esther. In addition to being sacred texts with important theological themes, these works are also great stories! Join us weekly on Zoom and spend some time with Ruth, Jonah, Esther and other compelling figures from the Old Testament. Please email the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson for more information.

Thursday Evening Bible Study
Thursdays, 6–7 p.m., on Zoom
This Bible study, facilitated by Randy Williamson and Mary Anne Peters, continues and new faces are always welcome. Please email the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson for more information.

Women's Online Community Group
2nd and 4th Thursday, 5–6 p.m., Zoom
The women of Westminster connect for heartfelt and enriching discussions on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. The Rev. Jill Getty facilitates 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.

Men's Fellowship Group
Saturdays, 9:00–10:30 a.m.
The Men's Fellowship group has resumed. Coffee and refreshments provided. For more information, please email Bill Francis.

Presbyterian 101 Podcast
Episode 1 – By Faith Alone: The Reformation & Beyond
Episode 2 – By Grace Alone: What Presbyterians Believe
Whether you are a lifelong Presbyterian or are new to this Christian tradition, the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson is here to answer (some) of your questions. Tune in to our Presbyterian 101 podcast and learn a bit about our denomination’s history, theology, and governance ... in other words, what it means to be Presbyterian.

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~ Guest Speaker ~
Dr. Nate Stucky: Faith in an
Exhausted World
November 7, 10 a.m.

 

We live in a world grappling with multiple fatigues: environmental, pandemic, screen, activism, politics. Does our faith have anything to say in the face of such exhaustion? Does Christian faith connect meaningfully with an exhausted creation (humans included)? The very first stories in Scripture suggest that the vitality of creation is intimately linked with rest and with humans’ willingness to understand themselves as limited, responsible, deeply interconnected with creation, and ultimately dependent on God’s grace. Come hear Dr. Nate Stucky, Director of the Farminary Project at Princeton Theological Seminary, return to these ancient stories for guidance, inspiration, correction, and maybe even hope of rest. See our October/November newsletter for more information.

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