News - News, June

Update from the Music Director Search Team

The Music Director Search Committee (MDSC) is pleased to announce we are in the final stages of our search and discernment process for a new Music Director to succeed the recently retired Bob Morris.  Finding a new organist will be a first order of business for the new Music Director.
Early on, our MDSC worked to update the job description adopted by an earlier committee in 2019. We adopted forms and candidate review tools, posted the position to several church musician websites, created a process for reviewing candidate submissions, and developed a model for conducting initial Zoom interviews.
Our MDSC reviewed over 30 candidate applications and interviewed via Zoom a number of very qualified individuals. We invited several of the most qualified to visit Westminster, meet with MDSC team members in various settings, engage with the contemporary worship team, meet with both pastoral and program staff and lead a choir rehearsal with a small ensemble.
Our 9 member team is now engaged in a period of prayerful discernment where we will objectively review how each candidate measures up with our posted job description, reflect on the needs of our various choirs and musical ensembles and listen for God’s leading as we seek to reach a determination for which candidate we should recommend to our Head of Staff and Personnel Committee.
We are very grateful to the congregation for its continued prayers and support.
Amy Flynn and Ed McFalls, Co-Chairs

Save the Dates: Help Us Celebrate Pastor Don's Retirement

9:30 am & 11 am July 17 & 10 am July 24
Come hear Pastor Don preach his final sermon during both morning worship services on Sunday, July 17. We will recognize and celebrate Pastor Don on his final Sunday in worship on July 24, when there will be one service at 10 am with guest preacher Tony Sundermeier, a former WPC Associate Pastor. Following the service, we will gather in Spellman Hall for a church-wide reception.
If you would like to share thoughts and memories about Don’s leadership, you're invited to drop off photos, cards or letters in baskets found in the Narthex during July. They will be given to Don in a Memory Basket that Don can read. Click here to submit digital photos or video messages for Don. Lynn George will assemble them into a digital presentation for Don to enjoy. You also can contribute to a monetary “Love Gift” which Pastor Don will receive in worship on July 24. Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. If you would like to donate toward this gift, there are several ways to do so, contact Ed McFalls for more info.

Summer Mission: Fill a Backpack!

Send a child back to school prepared to learn on day one with new school supplies. We are collecting backpacks that will be distributed to elementary and middle school students in the Coatesville area. Click here for instructions and a list of supplies. Please return filled backpacks to the church office by July 16. Questions? Contact Laura Davis.

Welcome Sandy Kurek, Our New Finance Director!

Sandy grew up in Lancaster, PA. A graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in Economics, she earned her MBA in Finance from the University of Delaware. Prior to joining Westminster, she worked in Private Banking and Corporate Finance for JP Morgan in Delaware and New York and held financial leadership roles in an educational Nonprofit and as a Small Business consultant. As the Finance Director, she is excited to support the faithful work of Westminster. Sandy and her husband, Greg, have two grown sons, Gregory and Brandon. A lifelong learner, she enjoys a healthy lifestyle that includes cooking, sports, and outdoor adventure, whenever possible, and spending time with family and friends. Stop by her office Sunday-Thursday to welcome her to Westminster or send her an email.

Help Others...Become a Stephen Minister!

Stephen Ministry is one of the ways Westminster cares for people who are hurting. Does this sound like you? …a child of God who walks and prays with another? …a caring Christian who really listens? …a quiet servant of God? If so, our next Stephen Ministry Training Class begins in January 2023, and our Stephen Leaders are looking for people who feel called to be Stephen Ministers. To learn more about the application process, please contact Pastor Ann Hatfield or speak with any Stephen Leader.

What You Need to Know about Leah Hrachovec, Candidate for Our new Head of Staff

2-4 pm Saturday, June 11 • Spellman Hall
You're invited to meet and greet Leah and her husband, Nat for a time of fellowship in Spellman Hall.
10 am Sunday, June 12 • Sanctuary or Zoom
On Sunday, June 12 we will hold a hybrid congregational meeting (Zoom & in the Sanctuary) for the purpose of calling Leah Hrachovec as our Head of Staff following the morning worship service. Hear Leah preach at morning worship. This single worship service will be at 10 am in the Sanctuary or on Zoom. The congregational meeting will immediately follow the service. In order to vote, you must either be in person or log into the Zoom meeting. Click here to read more about Leah. Click here to read Leah's Statement of Faith. Click here to register to attend online. Childcare will be provided from 9:30am-12:30pm. Registration for childcare is required due to the potential high need for care. Space will be limited to 12-15 children. Register by contacting Jill Reichert. There will be no KidsConnect Sunday School.

Westminster Children: Help Lead Pentecost Worship

Sun. June 5 • Narthex
If your child/youth (or YOU) would like to be a part of the “Tongues of Fire” Processional, as we joyfully move into worship with our ribbons and remain up front through the Children’s Message, meet Jill Reichert and the CSG team in the Narthex by 9:25am for the first service and by 10:55am for the second service. At the 9:30am service, we will then recess out of the sanctuary for KidsConect in the large group room of Heckert. Children can be picked up by families there after the first service. At the second service, children will recess back to their families in the pew and hold on to their “Tongues of Fire” to respond at certain times during Pastor Jon’s message.