If you have been thinking of giving flowers in honor or memory of a family member or friend, now is the time to do it. There are currently dates available in October and November. Pick a date, sign-up on the poster on the bulletin board in the Gathering Place and fill out and return the yellow form, with a check, to the office. Donated flower arrangements not only beautify the Sanctuary, the deacons also deliver them to members who are unable to come to worship. Any questions, call Liza Millett (923-0358).
Are you a new member looking for a way to get involved? Maybe you are a long-time Westminster member looking for a new challenge, or a youth interested in music production or theater tech? Please consider volunteering as a sound system “engineer.” You can sign up for whatever dates you want (at either 8:30 or 11:00) with no long-term commitment. Training and mentoring will be provided by our experienced volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to give of your time and talents to our worship experience. Currently we have a particular need for volunteers, so please consider helping out. Email Patty Vandever or Michael Costanzo to learn more or express interest.
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.
Volunteers are needed to help with communion preparation. This is a simple but necessary element of our worship service for which we need people once a month. It is a good way to participate in the life of the church AND to make it even easier, I will be preparing communion for all 8:30 services. I will also be there to help with preparations for the 11:00 service. Please consider giving back to Westminster in this special and important way. You can email me, Liza M, to express your interest in this opportunity.
In honor of All Saints’ day, that occurs every November 1st, the adult choir is singing a traditional song from South Africa, Ipharadisi. The translation of the text is: Paradise, where all the dead are living, may we one day join them all there. The choir will also sing the well-known African-American spiritual Every Time I Feel the Spirit, arranged by William Dawson. This anthem was chosen to culminate our stewardship season, with a celebration of the Spirit on our pledge dedication Sunday.
The organ music during communion this morning is a setting of “Nun rühen alle Wälder” by the Dutch organist Jacques van Oortmerssen. This chorale — “Now all the forests are quiet” — is an evening hymn by the 17th-century theologian Paul Gerhardt. The same melody was also used for the chorale “O Welt, ich muß dich lassen” (“O world, I now must leave thee”). Van Oortmerssen was organist at the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam and professor of organ at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He died unexpectedly last November. His chorale setting was a contribution to the Orgelbüchlein Project, an ongoing project to provide organ settings by contemporary composers of all of the chorales which Bach had planned to include in his Orgelbüchlein but never finished.