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News - News, January

Family Promise is Coming....

February 24 to March 3
Family Promise of Southern Chester County is helping a few homeless families at a time to get back on their feet. We need you!! Please Sign up now to do your part during the upcoming host week. Prepare and clean up a meal. Sit and eat dinner, play board games with kids, or keep guests company. Sleep overnight (9pm – 6am duty with a separate sleeping room). Questions? Contact Ruth Simonson, Jean Pitts, or Karen Bates

Souper Bowl Sunday

This Sunday our youth will be collecting donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring after each worship service. Funds will go to Hijos de Dios which provides scholarships for Honduran students seeking to continue their secondary education. We look forward to sharing more info about Hijos de Dios this Sunday. Questions? Contact Chris Clark.

Winter Gear Drive

During February, we're collecting winter items for local homeless shelters (including hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, and socks for women, men, and teen boys/girls.) These items will be distributed by the LGBT Equality Alliance, which works to create a safe, supportive environment for the Chester County LGBT+ community through social, educational, and health programs. Please place items in the marked bins located near the entrances. 

Taizé Before the Super Bowl

5pm February 3 in The Chapel
Join us for a time of meditation, communion, and prayer before the Super Bowl at our monthly Taizé worship service. (You will have time to get home before kickoff.) Questions? Contact Jon Frost.

Join Us on a 2019 Mission Trip!

Applications are open for our summer mission trips. For more info and cost read this brochure.
  • Honduras Youth-to-Youth Partnership
    June 20-27
    Youth travel to spend a week with youth of the presbytery of Honduras to build relationship and work on service projects. Register by February 24. Questions? Contact Chris Clark.

  • Intergenerational Washington, DC Mission Trip
    July 14-18
    Participants learn about urban poverty and serve vulnerable residents of Washington, DC, and visit our senators to talk about hunger and poverty. Register by March 31. Questions? Contact Ann Hatfield.

  • Estado 29 Orphanage Mexico Partnership
    July 19-26
    Participants will enjoy taking part in the daily life of the community, fellowship and shared projects. Click here for more info or register by February 10.Questions? Contact Jon Frost.

  • Shaped Middle School Conference
    July 29-August 3
    Participants will explore and express who we are through worship, art, mission, and of course fun, laughter and games at Eastern University. Register by April 14. Questions? Contact Chris Clark.

  • Disaster Relief Mission Trip
    March 24-30, April 7-13, May 5-11, Oct. 13-19, Oct. 20-26
    Teams of 16-22 people will participate in various construction projects for homes damaged in recent hurricanes in Wilmington, North Carolina. Questions, or to signup, contact Ann Hatfield.

  • Living Waters for the World, Honduras
    Late Summer or Fall 2019
    During this week-long trip you will build a water purification system and teach the community about water. Questions or to signup, contact Jon Frost.

 

First-time Trip Participant Funding
Through a generous donation, funding is available to fully cover the cost for first-time mission trip participants.  Please contact the trip leader to see if you qualify for this funding.  These requests will be granted as long as money is available, so please sign up soon!

Presbyterian Historical Society Looking for Front Desk Volunteers

The Presbyterian Historical Society is looking for Front Desk Greeters. This volunteer position includes greeting and assisting researchers, visitors, and vendors; help with light phone and mail duties; and assist with basic computer work. For more info click here. Interested in becoming a part of their team? Contact Lorraine Brown.

MLK Day is Cancelled, But You Can Celebrate at Home

Tomorrow's MLK Day Event is cancelled due to extreme cold and black icy conditions expected in the early morning when we would be traveling to church. Safe Harbor lunches will be packed 9am on Tuesday morning at Westminster.  If you would like to join us please Sue Spotts.

You can still honor MLK Day by doing some at home activities that begin our 40 Days of Kindness Initiative.  See the attached letter, Kindness Journal; and quotes of encouragement for your family.  An Act of Kindness Chain and Journal/Kindness Cards were given to the families at church today, but you can also make your own. Over the next 40 days write your 'act of kindness' on a piece of construction paper link (one per person in your family each day) and create a 'Chain of Kindness'.  After 40 Days & 40 Kindness links bring your completed 40 Links Chain of Kindness to WPC.  We will join our Chains of Kindness together!

Join us Sunday, March 24 from 4-5:30pm for a Parent Connect Family Workshop to meet author Lisa Barrickman, author of A Case for Kindness: 40 Ways to Love & Inspire Others.

Nametag Kiosks Officially Launch!

This week we installed six nametag kiosks around the building (three in the Narthex, one in Café 10 West, one in Preschool and one in the Choir Room.) The nametags help us get to know each other, help with safety and security for children, and help office productivity and efficiency. Rhoda McNitt shows how to print out a nametag in this videoThis Sunday volunteers will help you print out a nametag. Want to greet folks and help them print nametags? Signup here. Questions Contact Lynn George.

Estado 29 Mexico Mission Trip

July 19-26, 2019
Applications are open for our International Covenant Partnership with the Estado 29 Home for Children near Ensenada, Mexico. The trip focuses on relationship building. Participants will enjoy taking part in the daily life of the community, fellowship and shared projects. Click here for more info or click here to register. Questions? Contact Jon Frost.

It's the Perfect Time to Try Out KidsJAM or Youth Choir

As our kids and youth choirs start again post Christmas, this is a great time to try out one of our youth choirs. KidsJAM, for children (K-5th grade) meets 4:30-6pm Wednesday afternoons, and Youth Choir (6th-12th grade) meets 6:30pm on the first Wednesday of the month and 10:30am on the second & fourth Sundays. All are welcome. Questions or to signup, contact Bob Morris.

Our Childcare Team is Hiring!

If you have any interest in playing with kids, sharing God’s Love and experiencing God Sightings each week! Consider joining our childcare team. Childcare staff and volunteers provide dependable, safe, secure, and nurturing care. Each child experiences Christian love and parents can feel confident their child will receive the highest quality of care and ministry. Click here for a job description. Questions or for more info, contact Nancy Brink or Sue Spotts

Haven't Received Your Giving Envelopes?

If you still haven't received your giving envelopes and would like a replacement set, contact Donna Harrison or 610-399-3377 ext. 112.

Needed: Welcoming Volunteers to Help Others!

As part of the Vision Team's initiatives, we are adding six more nametag kiosks around the building to help foster community on January 20. We need volunteers to stand by the kiosks for 30 minutes before Sunday worship, welcome folks, and help them print a nametag. No tech experience needed. We can train you on how to use the kiosks. Signup here. Questions? Contact Lynn George.

Women, Join a Winter Book Series

9:30-11am Wednesdays starting January 23
The Wednesday morning women's Bible study is starting a new series, Elijah, Spiritual Stamina in Every Season by Melissa Spolestra. This weekly Bible Study uses video and a participant’s workbook to explore the life of the prophet Elijah, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things for God in the midst of the highs and lows of life. Questions? Contact Ellen Musser.

Welcome Nancy Brink, Our New Childcare Coordinator!

Nancy assumes the role as Childcare Coordinator. She has been a part of WPC faith community since 2007 and has been volunteering in the life and ministry of Westminster for several years. The Brink family is involved in many aspects of church, school, and community. We are excited for the many talents and connections that Nancy brings to our childcare area.

Stephen Ministry Training Starts Sunday

This Sunday afternoon marks the beginning of 50 hours of training for six individuals who have committed themselves to learning the skills of Caring Ministry. In this first class, The Person of the Caregiver, trainees will consider five foundational characteristics of a caregiver. Keep each of them in your prayers as they go through this training process.

Last Week to Register with Early Bird Rate for the Women's Retreat

March 29-31 at Chubb Hotel & Conference Center
Westminster women, it's time to register for the women's retreat! Join us for a weekend of fellowship and spiritual growth. This year's theme, Ripple Effect: Living Our Legacy. Download the brochure for more info or click here to sign up (Early bird rate ends Jan. 6) Questions? Contact Ann Hatfield or Jennie Clark.

Saturday Morning Men's Group Starts Winter Study

7:30-9am 2nd and 4th Saturdays starting January 12
The Saturday Morning Men's Group is starting a new study using Lee Stobel’s A Case for Faith, a DVD-based series that explores emotional obstacles to follow Christ. They’ll wrestle with faith and doubt, the presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the exclusivity of the Gospel. Can we doubt and still be a Christian? They start with a light breakfast and fellowship. All men welcome. Questions? Contact Burt Rothenberger.