This year the theme for the Worship & Music conference at Montreat is “Then Sings My Soul.” Please consider attending this exciting conference in North Carolina exploring the riches of God’s love, expressed in worship and music. The conference is open to adults and youth (rising 4th grade and up), with child care and camp experiences for infants and children too young for the conference. Housing can be found in college dorms, Assembly Inn, or in rented houses. The conference is offered twice: week 1 June 18-23 and week 2 June 25-30. Megan, director of Fine Arts will be attending week 2 along with our organist, Jonathan and their son Paul. Please email Megan for more information, or visit this webpage: http://www.presbymusic.org/montreat.html. Registration is currently open.
In case of snow, sleet, or freezing rain, we will air any cancellation on local radio and TV stations. Bear in mind that there are Westminster Presbyterian Churches in many other cities—including Waynesboro, Lynchburg, and Richmond. Please be sure you hear the announcement for Westminster in Charlottesville.
In addition, our website will have up-to-date information: www.westminsterva.org. Any weather-related changes to the worship schedule or other activities will be posted on the main page of our website.
The church’s voicemail message will also announce any cancellations due to inclement weather. People who have specific responsibilities—like church school teachers, ushers, musicians, sound system engineers—should check one of the above resources if there is inclement weather.
We hope we won’t be having inclement weather on Sundays, but please keep this information in mind if bad weather comes our way on the weekend.
The following is a summary of the actions Session took at its Stated Meeting on November 13:
- Received 11 new congregation members
- Adopted the Youth Initiative Committee’s recommendation to apply the $100,000 set aside during the 75th Anniversary Capital Campaign toward three projects:
- Improve the physical spaces where youth meet;
- Create an outdoor multi-use recreation space;
- Set up a Youth Activities Fund for support of youth programming
- Approved $18,400 for three Mission Endowment Fund grants
- Elected Reuben Cowles and Sherry Lake as co-chairs of the Nominating Committee
- Approved changes to the Annual Congregational Meeting, dividing its business into two separate meetings in 2017
- Heard a report from the Administration Division on building maintenance and other needs for the Westminster Child Care Center
Winston Barham, Acting Recording Clerk
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road…
Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla
In a university town, people do lots of walking. Walking to class, walking to games, walking home and walking by. Every day, as I drive in to the office or look out my window or even go to get a cup of coffee, I see countless steps being taken. Each of those steps walked by a different person, on his or her own path, following a direction, on the way to a particular destination. I cannot know all their stories of where they have been or even where they are going; I do, however, know this: we are all walking.
Jesus’ own life and ministry was about walking – from place to place, into people’s homes, beside wells and lakes and gates, through crowds and alongside common folk, on dusty roads and city streets, toward outcasts and enemies alike, and he walked carrying a cross. Even after Jesus’ death and resurrection, we read that he walked with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. For Jesus, walking was synonymous with faith in action.
As Christians, then, we follow Jesus’ example and walk in his footsteps – serving and caring for others, meeting people where they are, enjoying the company of friends, stopping for prayer and reflection along the way. And as we walk, we make the road – one that opens to deeper faith, richer relationships with others and the world, and wider hearts to love.
I am glad to be walking this road with you, friends. You remind me that we are not alone on this journey, but have each other. Thanks be to God!
Blessings – Lynne
I call this photo “Past – Present – Future.”
In it, you can see on the left my old running shoes. See how they are slightly worn on the toes? If you could turn them over, you would see the worn tread on the inner edge where my feet turn slightly out when I run. These shoes carried me in the earliest days when I couldn’t even make a quarter mile. They held me up through my very first 5K and recently, on my first 4 Miler. For countless days – over more miles than I have tracked – through hot days and cold, these shoes were great.
Then suddenly, I saw they weren’t what they once were and I realized that I wasn’t either. I had grown as a runner – and as is the case with growing things – what once fit no longer did. I loved those shoes, but the time had come to move into something new.
New shoes don’t fit, though, like old ones. They require some breaking in, some stretching time. They don’t feel the same and it’s tempting to want to go back to the ones that felt comfortable. And yet….the old ones were going to hold me back from fully going forward.
I am excited about where my new shoes are going to take me – new paths, new challenges, new experiences. I realize that while those shoes don’t fit perfectly right now, over time, my feet and I will adjust. As I become comfortable with their newness and celebrate moving ahead, I expect that I will also remember with joy my other shoes – for what they were, for where we went together and what I was in them.
Go back and look at the picture and see that I left a space between the pairs of shoes. That is the place where I stood as I took off one pair and put on the other. Eager to get on with what was ahead of me, I didn’t stand there long, my feet ready to go – boldly – onward.
I wonder where you might say you are – standing in the comfortable shoes of the past, waiting barefoot in the present to see what’s next, or lacing up some new shoes, excited about where the future leads.
Wherever you are, friend, I invite you to take the next step.
Blessings – Lynne