Worship will be shortened to allow time for the Congregation’s Annual Meeting; childcare will be available for infants through Pre-K. Items of business will include: hearing a report on the 2018 budget; election of three Trustees; approval of Pastors’ Terms of Call and receiving division reports for 2017. An additional congregational meeting will be scheduled in the spring to elect elders and deacons, etc. The Fellowship Committee will provide soup and beverage. Please bring bread, cheese, or fruit to share. Please join us for information, food and fellowship!
SAINTS AND SINNERS: 25 CHRISTIANS WHO TRANSFORMED MY FAITH, by Karen Wright Marsh
“In Vintage Saints and Sinners, Karen Wright Marsh examines the lives of twenty-five influential Christians not simply through historical lens, but through a transformative one…It raises the question: ‘How does one live a Christian life” and answers with twenty-five in-action examples…The result is not a checklist to be imitated but rather an holistic shift in attitude – an exhortation to reorient one’s entire life around Christ.”
ON TYRANNY: 20 LESSONS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, by Timothy Snyder (Revised and enlarged)
“The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totality of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our advantage is that we might learn from their experience.”
MAKING SENSE OF THE ALT-RIGHT, by George Hawley (a repeat suggestion)
“During the 2016 election, a new term entered the mainstream American lexicon: “alt-right”, short for “alternative right”. Despite the innocuous name, the alt-right is a white-nationalist movement. Yet it differs from earlier racist groups: it is youthful and tech savvy, obsessed with provocation and trolling, amorphous, predominantly online, and mostly anonymous. And it was energized that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. In this book, George Hawley an accessible introduction and gives vital perspective on the emergence of a group whose overt racism has confounded expectation for a more tolerant America.”
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 Tuesday Evening Study Group will meet on Tuesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm in the lower lounge. Our study this year is based on PW/Horizons Bible Study Cloud of Witnesses – the Community of Christ in Hebrews by Melissa Bane Sevier. If you would like more information or need a ride, please call Barbara Deaver at 973-3819.
Session will adopt our church budget at its January 14th meeting. To the many of you who have responded to our call, we offer our heartfelt thanks. To the small but mighty faction of those who have yet to respond, we ask that you please take a moment over the Christmas season to reflect on how you can financially support the many programs and missions that Westminster offers to this worship community and to the larger community around us. Your pledge will allow us to provide a full program of Christian witness and spiritual support to a world in need. Thank you for your kind consideration. Peace, love, hope and joy to you all.
If you have not already returned your 2018 pledge card, please either visit the Giving
Tab (HERE) on the Church Website where you can submit an electronic pledge or print a pledge card to mail in. Please remember to mark your envelope confidential.
Westminster Stewardship Committee