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News - News, March

Calling All Kids: Submit Your Art for our First Kids Art Show

We're asking all children to submit a piece of art for our first kids art show. Place name, phone number and brief description or story on 3x5 card with artwork. Click here for a submission form. Submit artwork to Sue Spotts by April 5.

Grow Our Library's Collection

The library wants your help to expand our collection and has compiled a list of specific books they would like to add to their collection. Members can select titles from the book gifting tree in the library. Each gift bag contains the name of a book, along with ordering information. A book plate is included if you’d like to honor a loved one. Books can be delivered to the basket in the library. Questions? Contact Ginny Keib.

Lenten Yoga Returns April 10

The Lenten Yoga Class will resume Wednesday, April 10, from 4:30-5:30 in the Preschool Multipurpose Area. Instructor, Nancy Murphy, has offered to continue to provide yoga classes at Westminster beyond the season of Lent if there is interest.

Now Is the Perfect Time to Join the Live Stream Team

9-11:30am April 13 in the Sanctuary
Interested in working the camera angles for our Sunday morning live stream once a month? We are conducting a training to learn how to be a camera person. Questions? Contact Lynn George.

Diaper Drive Starts Next Week

1 in 3 US moms suffer from Diaper Need. In 2018, we generously donated over 22,000 diapers and 19,000 wipes to 7 local agencies that support local families suffering from diaper need. Help us again by bringing in diapers and wipes in April. No mother should have to worry about Diapers! Questions? Contact Angela Emrich.

One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing is the largest way Presbyterians join to share God’s love with neighbors-in-need around the world. Each gift improves the lives of people in challenging situations through three programs: Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Self-Development of People. OGHS supports projects in over 100 countries. Look for a letter and envelope in the mail, and make a donation in Lent. 

Registration Now Open for VBS

Join us June 17-21 at Westminster's VBS for an epic African adventure that engages the whole herd! At ROAR, kids explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life! Click here to signup, volunteer or donate. Questions? Contact Sue Spotts.

Holy Week @ Westminster

Palm Sunday

8:30 • 9:45am • 11:10am April 14

 

Maundy Thursday

7:30pm April 18

Hear the Passion story in a worship service with scriptures and the Stations of the Cross. Celebrate the sacrament of the Lord's supper and reflect on Jesus' last supper. Worship will also include hymns and then watch as the chancel is stripped of all the familiar Christian symbols before you leave the Sanctuary in silence. If you wish, you can walk the labyrinth in Spellman Hall.

 

Good Friday

12pm April 19

Good Friday is the day we remember Jesus’ crucifixion. The hours of noon to 3 p.m. are particularly significant as these commemorate the time Jesus hung on the cross. This worship service will include prayers, moments of silent reflection, and music. Following the service, if you wish, you can walk the labyrinth in Spellman Hall.

 

Easter Vigil

5pm April 20

Join us for the first service of Easter. This worship is a Taize service with communion, baptism, hymns, and scripture readings from the old and new testament.

 

Easter Sunday

6am • 8:30am • 10am • 11:30am April 21

Join us in the celebration of Christ's resurrection! 

Register for the Youth Beach Retreat

May 31-June 2 • Ocean City, NJ
Any youth in grades 6-12 are invited for the best weekend of the year which includes worshipping together, hanging out by the beach/boardwalk, and engaging our weekend theme: Embodied. Register by May 16. Questions? Contact Chris Clark.

Help the WCU Resource Pantry

Food insecurity is a real and growing problem on college campuses across the country – and in our backyard at WCU. Westminster has partnered with the WCU Resource Pantry to provide fresh "take out" meals (fresh or frozen). The next delivery to the Resource Pantry is April 1. Please place your grab and go "take out meals" in the church fridge labelled "Resource Pantry" before then. Questions or to help, contact Dana Loundas.

Loss & Grief Support Group

7-8:30pm Mondays, April 29-June 10
We all experience loss in our lives: loss of jobs, loss of health, loss of dreams, and loss of loved ones. This six-week program examines the pain we encounter from the losses we endure. Together, we will explore the courageous process of grieving, which allows us to move through the pain and enter into healing and wholeness. Questions or for more info, contact Ann Hatfield.

Early Bird Registration for Men's Retreat Extended to March 29

April 26-28 at Sandy Cove Retreat Center
This year's theme is based on the book Play the Man by Mark Batterson, and will be led by members of the Retreat Planning Team. Price is $275 for the weekend and $140 for Saturday. Download the brochure for more info or register now. Questions? Contact Joe Norton or Bill Davis.

Join Our Welcome Team

As you enter Westminster, you now see nametag kiosks, which make a large Church small. Every week more people are using the kiosks. Having someone at the kiosks to assist those who may need help is important. We are seeking volunteers to be members of the newly formed “Welcome Team”. As part of this team, you'll help assist people prior to one of the Sunday services once a month. Don’t worry about being tech savvy. We will train you. Click here to signup. Questions or for more info on training, contact Lynn George.

Faith and Politics Survey

Two PhD students in the Harvard Department of Government are asking faith communities for help with research on the intersection of faith and politics. Please click here to take the survey and respond to the questions. The survey takes about 10 minutes, and could serve as a good springboard for a future conversation about faith and politics at Westminster.

More Ways to Live Stream with Us

As more people continue to live stream the 9:45am service and more retirement facilities worship over the stream, we have upgraded our system to make your experience easier and avoid any buffering issues. We also added more ways to watch! Questions? Contact Lynn George.

Childcare for Wed. Chapel in Lent

8:45-10:15am Wednesdays (March 13-April 17)
Parents, need a mid-week refresh? Looking for something different to help your spirit during Lent? Join us on Wednesdays for Chapel Prayer and Communion. After the service, take some time to meditate, walk the Stations of the Cross, or have a cup of coffee with others in the café. RSVP to Nancy.

New Nametag Kiosk Feature

 

You can now print your nametag out faster at our nametag kiosks by scanning a barcode (from a rewards card, library card, driver's license, etc.). Our IT Intern, Jake shows you how easy it is and how to set up a barcode. You can have up to five barcodes associated with your family unit. Questions? Contact Lynn George.

 

Rescheduled: LGBTQ Discussion

Due to the weather last Sunday, the LGBTQ Discussion Group was cancelled and rescheduled for this Sunday, March 10. Rev. Marie Roberts, a PCUSA pastor, has offered to facilitate this group for loved ones with LGBTQ relatives or friends. We will address biblical concerns, and discuss the joys and heartaches of loving someone whose lifestyle may be unfamiliar. Interested? RSVP to Barb Drain.

Join the Lenten Water Bottle Challenge!

Lent began yesterday on Ash Wednesday and ends April 20. During Lent, we invite you to “give up” plastic water bottles. Trade those plastic water bottles for a reusable water bottle. It is easy, and makes a difference! Thank you!

Save the Date: April Diaper Drive

1 in 3 US moms suffer from Diaper Need. In 2018, we generously donated over 22,000 diapers and 19,000 wipes to 7 local agencies that support local families suffering from diaper need. Help us again by bringing in diapers and wipes in April. No mother should have to worry about Diapers! Questions? Contact Angela Emrich.

Disaster Recovery Work Trips

Last year, major hurricanes struck multiple US states, causing catastrophic flooding and damage. As part of the disaster relief efforts, we are sending work teams to Wilmington, North Carolina to assist with the rebuilding. There are three spring work trips:March 24-30, April 7-13, and May 5-11 and there is still time to participate! Click on dates to register. Questions? Contact Ann Hatfield, or Bill Stewart.