Westminster Musical Week was a huge success and offered those in worship a rousing and wonderful experience of joy and praise. Thanks to all who made the week possible!
Don’t you wish you had an up-to-date church directory with photos so you learn a few names and contact other members without having to call the church office? Margo Hamilton and Ron Evans are devoting their time during the hour before and the hour after our Sunday worship services to take your photo for our new church member directory. We have scheduled Sunday, August 20th as the date to wrap up the photos sessions.
For the convenience of our members who live at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge, Margo Hamilton will be there on August 15th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to take your pictures.
Dress is “church casual”. We need your cooperation and your smiling face!
We had an amazing Westminster Musical Week preparing In the Image by Mark Burrows. Westminster folks of all ages, including several out-of-town grandchildren, came together for dinner each evening, sang, played games, prayed, painted and created. This list of participants includes those who prepared meals, lead rehearsals, created sets and props, coached speakers, and lead crafts. Those who had speaking parts and played in the band have been indicate behind their name. A project of this magnitude takes many hands, and we give thanks for all of those who took part.
Faith Andrews Bedford
Lydia Brawley-Magee, Artsy
Anne Clements, Literalist 1
Margaret Anne Doran, Poet
Annabelle Garth, Dancer
Aaron Heflin, MUCK 2
Leah Patek, violin
Jake Paulson, percussion
Joey Paulson, percussion
Jane Edmister Penner, Craftsy
Jonathan Schakel, piano
Paul Schakel, MUCK 1
Anna Smith, Drummer
Wyatt Spencer, Wow
George Stetkevych, Sleepy
Robert Stetkevych, Literalist 2
Andrew Stetkevych, You Know
Nancy Takahashi, bass
Emily Thomasclarke, Catalyst
Ellie Weikle, Environmentalist
Please join our Prayer Shawl Gathering on Monday, July 17 at Common Grounds. We meet from 6:30 – 8:00 PM…come for all or part of the evening.
On Sunday morning, July 9, Ken preached a sermon entitled, It’s the Small Things That Save Us. If you missed hearing it in person, I encourage you to listen to it from the website. In the sermon, he asked us to look for and listen to the small things in our lives that save us. I immediately reflected on an experience I had while in Colorado a few weeks ago with the J2A class on their pilgrimage.
On our last day in Colorado, we went white-water rafting. It was, by far, the most anticipated event of the week – for the kids.
I was less than enthusiastic. I am not an adventurer – not a thrill seeker – nothing close to a outdoorsy person. Yet here I was on this trip with a bunch of kids and other adults who were pumped up for this experience.
For at least the van ride to the river, and likely some of the day before, I had honestly shared my apprehension. I was scared. Scared of the unknown. Scared of the danger present in rafting on a river that was flowing very fast and very high. Scared of falling overboard. Scared of getting hurt.
Fear has a way of capturing us, doesn’t it? Fear isolates us and it paralyzes us.
Yet even as my stomach turned, I found myself putting on a life vest and a helmet on the side of the Arkansas River, listening to the guide tell us everything to do while on the raft to be safe. You might think that all my safety gear and the guide’s firm directions made me feel more at ease. Nope.
It was a small thing that saved me.
As we divided up into rafting groups, I suddenly found myself surrounded by four young men who literally formed a circle around me. They looked me in the eyes and said, “You are riding with us. Don’t you worry. We got you.”
“We got you.”
Over the rushing roar of the river, those words – that small phrase- poured over me and washed away the fear.
I have at times wanted God’s voice to boom over all the noise and clamor of the world, to carry over the chasm of my fear, to reverberate in the darkness and chase away the shadow of worry. But along that riverside, God’s voice sounded a lot like Joey and Garrett and Nathaniel and Gage. I will never forget that moment.
Yes. It’s the small things that save us. Thanks, guys.
“So faith, hope, and love abide, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.”
−1 Corinthians 13:13
Sustained by grace, we are called to serve Christ, share God’s love, and work for justice in a complex world.
Westminster follows the Presbyterian Book of Confession and is a confessional church. You can view/read the Book of Confession at the PC(USA) website by clicking on the following link: http://www.pcusa.org/book-confessions.