News - News, September

Last Chance: Help Others by Attending Our Stephen Ministry Training

Stephen Ministers bring distinctively Christian Care to those in need. They use words and deeds to express Christ’s compassion for others, by using tools of faith received during weekly training classes. If Stephen Ministry fits your personal gifts for ministry, please consider joining Westminster’s training class, beginning January 2023. Applications are due by Sunday, October 2nd. For more info, contact Pastor Ann Hatfield.

Sock It To Us Ends Next Week

Our Annual Sock It To Us drive runs through September 30th. Donations of NEW socks will be distributed to Tick Tock Early Learning Center, HIS Mission, St. Agnes Day Center, CYWA Gateway Shelter, Chester County Migrant Ministries, Broad Street Ministries and City Gate Men’s Shelter. Drop off socks in the collection bins in the Narthex *If you are unable to get to church to drop off your sock donation you can simply order online and ship it to the attention of Westminster to the attention of Ann Hatfield. Question? Contact Kim Benfer. 

CREDO Confirmation Registration Deadline on Sunday!

Each year anyone in grades 8-12 who has not been confirmed are invited to join our annual Confirmation class that meets bi-weekly from October 7 through April. If you have a teenager who is discerning whether or not they want to take that journey this year, Chris Clark is available to help them work through that decision and any other questions. Click here to view the CREDO calendar. Click here to register.

Help Us Celebrate Jackie Steinmetz's Retirement

We encourage anyone who ever attended the preschool, parents of students, VBS kids, or families to join us in worship on September 25 when we celebrate and recognize Former Westminster Preschool Director, Jackie Steinmetz. Jackie served as the Director since the Preschool’s inception over 25 years ago. Following the 9:30 am service, we will hold a church-wide reception in Spellman Hall. We invite you to write a note, card, or draw a picture to give to her. You can also contribute to a monetary “Love Gift” which Jackie will receive in worship. Participation is completely voluntary and anonymous. If you would like to donate toward this gift, there are several ways to do so, click here for details or contact Ed McFalls.  

Help Needed: Childcare @ Westminster

As we continue to open up more events and offer new experiences and ministries, we need to make sure our families can participate and be in leadership. That means we need to offer our support, as the church, to allow them to participate fully. We currently have childcare offered for children 6 months to 4 years on Sunday mornings for worship from 8:45am-12:15pm. However, we are seeking to move beyond just that offering. To help us do that, we’ll need additional volunteers AND to fill our vacant Childcare Coordinator. Contact Jill Reichert for more info. 

  • Volunteers are needed to be part of the team to offer childcare at times that are outside of Sunday mornings (e.g., weekday evenings, special Saturday events, Sunday afternoons, etc.)
  • Childcare Coordinator needed (part-time; Sunday morning times required; times for coordinating staff schedules & events = flexible)

Anniversary of 9/11

On the 21st anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Westminster’s chapel is available from 11:00 am until noon as a place of contemplation, remembrance, and hope. In the chapel on Sunday, you will find a booklet offering suggestions for reflection, prayer, and healing spiritual practices.  

What You Need to Know for Sunday's September Celebration

10 am Worship in the Sanctuary or via Live Stream
We invite you to dress comfortably for worship in your picnic attire. 
11 am Fellowship in the Westminster Parking Lot
Bring a yard chair and join us for fellowship, food (lunch, cookies, ice cream), and fun with your church family. Play games for all ages including a dunk tank and two bounce houses.
Help us plan food: Click here to register.
We still need volunteers! Click here to help volunteer. Questions? Contact Gail Lee.

Did You Miss the Landscape for LGBTQIA+ Training?

In case you missed the trainings held this summer on LGBTQIA+, we have a recorded version available for the next two weeks. You can watch the training through this video link – the password for the video is WPCtr@ining. The video link will expire on September 15. Click here for a PDF printout of definitions of terms and other helpful training tips. Questions? Contact Chris Clark. 

Join a Small Group this Fall!

Tuesday Fellowship Group
9:30 am Fellowship & 10am presentation, starting Sept 13 • Hybrid (Zoom & Spellman Jr.)
This is a weekly group for men and women on Tuesday mornings from September through June. Each week is a different speaker from within our outside the church covering a variety of topics such as history, science, medicine, sports, religion, hobbies, politics, etc. Weekly gatherings begin with fellowship and a prayer. New participants are always welcome! Click here to attend via Zoom. To join or have questions, contact Dave Goodale. 

Queer Virtue: What LGBTQIA+ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity 
10:45 am Sundays starting Sept 18 - October 16 • Hybrid (Spellman Jr & Zoom)
Join us as we study the book Queer Virtue: What LGBTQIA+ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity by Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman. You'll learn and explore how the insights and experiences of people in the LGBTQIA+ community might help the Church more faithfully live out its call to follow Jesus in the world. All are welcome to attend any or all sessions as able. We also suggest having a copy of the book Queer Virtue to read with the class. Click here to attend via Zoom. Questions? Contact Jennie Clark

Women's Weekly Wednesday Morning Bible Study
9:30 - 11:15 am Wednesdays starting Sept 21 - Dec. 14 • Hybrid (Spellman Jr & Zoom)
Join us in our new fall study: The Gospel on the Ground with Kristi McLelland - The Book of Acts. This study is for all women of any age, no experience is necessary. In this study, you will see how God's redemptive purposes are unstoppable in the book of Acts. gain deeper insight into the biblical world, including a fresh perspective on familiar Bible stories, ignite a passion to be on a mission by examining the work of the early church, find deep purpose and meaning at the table of God. Each session has a 50-60 minute video teaching session that you can watch on your own. Books should be purchased on your own. Click here to buy the book. To join or have questions, contact Kathy Smedley. 

Contemplative Intergenerational Small Group 
4:30-6:00pm Wednesdays starting Sept 21 • Zoom
This co-ed intergenerational group meets weekly. They weave different spiritual practices throughout their time together including times of silence, lectio divina, reflection, readings, study, and discussion. This group will pick its next book study on Sept. 21. New members are always welcome. To join or have questions, contact Diane DeSieno. 

Thursday Tech Time 
10-11am Thursdays • Zoom
Drop in and ask Lynn George any tech related question, practice Zooming or just say hi. Anything is fair game from turning on the computer to new technology. There are no stupid questions. Click here to attend.