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!
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
How Will You Serve?
The last month has been truly amazing. In our services and newsletters, impassioned members of our congregation have testified to Westminster’s commitment to welcoming our immigrant neighbors, the considerable support our Benevolence Committee grants to local and international social justice work, the impact of our Christian Education program on our youth, and the multitude of ways our buildings and grounds serve not only our own congregation, but fill the needs of the greater community in which we live. On Reformation Sunday, we had a door in our sanctuary (a door!) which now stands in our gathering space studded with some of our best aspirations. Finally, last week, we celebrated the communion of All Saints and dedicated our pledges in a what is always a powerful moment of offering.
Your pledges are the financial commitments that make our creative, compassionate, and vibrant church home possible. One hundred percent of Session Members have submitted their pledges for 2018, but in this busy fall season there remain those of us who have not yet done so. If you are in that number, would you please take a moment to pledge now on our church website (HERE), or to drop your form in the mail? Your response will be very helpful to the members of Session who must seek to balance our 2018 budget.
Judy Dunscomb, on behalf of the Stewardship Committee
Dear Members and Friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church-
“You were called to freedom, brothers and sisters . . . but serve
each other through love. ” (Galatians 5:13 CEB)
This year’s stewardship theme challenges us to reflect on how we use our gifts to live out our faith in Jesus Christ. Reflecting on our time, talent, and treasure, we all have abilities and gifts to offer and yet, it is far easier to take a backseat and watch others serve on our behalf. What gift have you been reluctant to share? What’s holding you back from offering your God given gift?
How Will You Serve?
In John Calvin’s church in Geneva during the 16th century, following the charge and benediction, believers were invited to express their faithful response by dropping a coin or two in an alms box as they exited the sanctuary. This ethical and tangible act, no matter how small or large, was deeply connected to the spiritual life of the individual. At that time, serving others, supporting the poor, and loving one’s neighbor were as important as taking Communion. Thus, the question, How Will You Serve? connects us with Calvin’s vision for the church. It asked us to consider how our lives reflect God’s justice and compassion in the world. Indeed, while stewardship in the church is about tithing, budgets, and making a financial commitment, it is also about actively sharing the gifts God has so graciously given us. On October 15, 2017, I will preach a sermon entitled, “How Will You Serve?” And similar to Calvin’s alms box, following my benediction, we will have the opportunity to begin answering this very important and spiritual question.
The symbol of a heart resting the palm of a human hand is not new. It is the image Calvin used to seal his many letters to congregants in 1540. At that time, there were no words attached to this symbol. Rather, there was an unspoken understanding that, as people who follow the teachings of Christ, we continually offer our hearts to God and one another. As Calvin wrote so long ago: “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.” As we venture into this Stewardship season, let us meditate on this image and reflect on the size of own hearts.
How Will You Serve?
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our Stewardship Season will begin this Sunday October 15, with a special sermon from Ken asking each of us to consider; ‘How will I serve?’. Over the course of the next several weeks members of our congregation will share with you the ways the Westminster Church has engaged their faith and helped them to live out the great commission to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will hear about social justice work in our community, about the funding Westminster donates to local and international non-profits, about what our youth are learning and doing, and about what it takes to maintain our Sanctuary and Church buildings in shape to serve our congregation, and many needs of the greater community around us. All of this is leading to November 5th, when church members will ceremonially dedicate our pledges for the coming year. Among turning leaves, and spooky pumpkins, our congregation will contemplate together the blessings God has bestowed upon us, and discern how we will use the money and gifts that we have each been given to serve one another in love.
We look forward to spending this season with you.
–Judy Dunscomb on behalf of the Stewardship Committee