Greeters are needed in March and April to help visitors feel welcome at Westminster. Please sign up in the Gathering Space or call Carolyn Kelly for more information.
For over a decade, Westminster has been one of the leading participants in the Presbyterian Coffee Project, one of several faith-based partnerships with the Equal Exchange worker-owned cooperative. Coffee, tea, and cocoa served at Westminster, both for fellowship events and to our PACEM guests, is purchased through the program which supports smallholders and women-owned businesses throughout the developing world. Organic and sustainable farming as well as fair trading practices are part of Equal Exchange’s commitment.
We also maintain a monthly ordering club for interested individuals. Participants need not be members of Westminster; friends of the congregation are welcome to participate. For more information, or simply to place an order, please contact Winston Barham at barhawk at gmail dot com. Please spread the word! All items purchased through the project contribute to the PCUSA’s Small Farmer Fund.
The Congregation is urged to attend the Annual Meeting and Lunch
Sunday, January 22, 2017
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 2017 budget;
- Election of two Trustees;
- Division Reports for 2016;
For your information:
- Covenant pastor’s contracts have been renewed for 2017;
- Pastor’s initial terms of call are set for 2017 as negotiated in 2016;
- There will be another congregational meeting scheduled in the spring to elect elders, deacons, and nominating committee;
- The Fellowship Committee will provide soup and beverage. Please bring bread, cheese, or fruit to share.
Please join us for information, food and fellowship!
As I begin writing this e-News article, it is with a heavy heart. I suppose, with the dawning of a new year, I should be more optimistic and full of vigor in light of the challenges of 2017. But yesterday, after getting word that Peter Ham had passed away, I felt like a balloon rapidly deflating, losing its air, the hiss of escaping breath. So, as I enter into 2017, my feelings are a mixture of gladness and sorrow. After all, in my two pastoral visits to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital to visit with Peter and Karen, I discovered a kindred spirit. Peter and I talked about the places we both visited in Alaska, the movies we loved, and music we listened to in our growing up years. On my second visit, I brought my guitar and sang a few songs. Peter told me the music helped him forget where he was. I sang some Kenny Loggins tune while doctors, nurses, family, and technicians filled the small room. We said a prayer together and I left hoping to see Peter again . . . and some day, I will. As I reflect on my all too brief relationship with Peter Ham, the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-9 come to mind:
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to throw away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
As we embark on this new year, crafting our resolutions and plans, let’s not overlook or forget the contributions of people who have touched our lives. Remember, we are who we are because someone listened, nurtured, and encouraged us to follow our dreams. We can never underestimate how another person’s actions and words shaped and molded us. Peter Ham was one of those guiding lights. But there are others who have also “fought the good fight and finished their race” (see 2 Tim. 4:7). Certainly, Martin Luther King Jr. left a legacy for us to follow. Who gave you the strength to carry on? Who inspired you to love and care for those around you? Who helped you find God? As we enter into this new year, give thanks to God for that special person and be glad. For like the wise words of Ecc. 3 ff. state clearly: “there is a time to weep and time to laugh; a time to mourn and time to dance.” Thank you, Peter. Thank you for giving us your time. Ken
On Sunday, December 18 seventeen eager carolers came together in the gathering place ready to go out and spread Christmas cheer. We divided into two groups with assigned stops, carol sheets and jingle bells. Long-time members of Westminster enjoyed visits with the carolers, and expressed their gratefulness for a time to celebrate Christmas together in song and conversation. We were able to make ten different stops at houses. Both caroling groups came together for the last stop at Jackie Brownfield’s house for more caroling and a fantastic spread of sweet and savory food. A big thank you to Jackie and all those who came out to carol.