On Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 pm, at CitySpace, Charlottesville Downtown Mall: All are invited to attend a film, “Making a Killing,” about people across the USA who have been affected by gun violence. This film is sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and will be followed by a panel discussion. Please contact Susan Shome, 540-250-5946, if you want more information about this event.
This year, University Sunday, a week given to our university students to plan and lead us in worship, falls at the very end of the semester when we also say farewell to our students for the summer, and send our graduating students with prayers and blessing. This year we have 5 graduating fourth year students:
Renée Colligan, Spanish (co-enrolled in Curry School M.Ed.)
Martha Fulp-Eickstaedt, psychology and creative writing
Claire Hart, Art (co-enrolled in Curry School M.Ed.)
Betsy Petit, Biology
Renée Ritchie, Architecture
The community has grown very close over this past year and so its our sadness at saying goodbye to friends that often hits first. But these young people have also grown so much and the world desperately needs the hope, faith and gifts that they carry. So we also send them rejoicing for the work God is doing in them.
The students chose community and communion as the themes for this Sunday’s service. In addition to celebrating communion together as a community, we will also be blessed by their creative offerings and reflections including original creative writing, poetry, music and choral arrangements! They are quite the talented group. They are also a joy and so I hope that you look forward to worshiping together this Sunday and celebrating our university students and this cornerstone ministry of Westminster.
Finals Hospitality May 3-12, 2017
Come be a warm and welcoming presence for college students at Common Grounds during finals! We open Common Grounds for extended hours, 8am-10pm, providing a safe and inclusive space to study and work. We need volunteers to take 2-4 hour shifts (sign up for two in a row for a 4 hour shift!) each day and night to be available if something comes up, to welcome students, and to keep the fresh coffee and hot water flowing! Most of the time volunteers will be able to read or work themselves. Its a wonderful ministry of presence and a fun way to peak into college life at U.Va.! Signup here:
Ivy Creek United Methodist Church is hosting a workshop Saturday, April 29 from 9-12pm: New Immigration Policies: How Do Congregations Respond? Ivy Creek is one of several congregations and faith communities, including WPC, who are working with the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy in establishing circles of protection for the vulnerable in Central Virginia.
· Explanation of the Executive Orders
· What Immigrants Need to Know and Do
· What Congregations Need to Know
· What Congregations Can Do to Help
Saturday, April 29th 9:00 – noon
Location: Ivy Creek United Methodist Church
674 Woodlands Road, Charlottesville VA 22901
RSVPs are helpful, please call or email: 434-973-4793 or
Congratulations to Westminster! We got news last week that we been recertified as an EarthCare Congregation for 2017! We have been an EarthCare Congregation continually since 2014. Each year we take an audit of everything that has been done in the past year to care for God’s creation. Examples from 2016 include:
- At least one outdoor worship service
- Purchase of Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday
- Several Church School classes for both children and adults on earth care
- The use of fair trade coffee for Fellowship time
- A rain barrel to catch water for later use
- Installation of LED light bulbs
- Partnering with other organizations to hold earth care events
Now, in 2017, we have one more very exciting event to celebrate. The solar panels have been installed on the flat roof over the kitchen. You can see them a little from the parking lot, but even better from Common Grounds. They will provide just a small part of the electricity used, but will stand as a strong visible witness to the community that WPC cares for God’ earth. As part of the Earth Day worship on April 23, we will hold a dedication of the solar panels. Please come celebrate this exciting milestone!