We have just learned that the Charlottesville Men’s 4 Miler road race is scheduled to occur this Sunday, Nov. 6th starting at 7:30 a.m.. This will result in vehicle access to Westminster to be difficult for attendance at the 8:30 a.m. worship service, as Rugby Road will be closed from University Avenue to Rosser Avenue while the race is in progress.
Access to the church is available from the downtown direction by taking Grady Avenue or Gordon Avenue to 17th Street The restricted access should be cleared in time for 9:30 arrival for church school classes.
This fall a dozen adults have made the effort to try something new. On Thursday mornings we have met together to sing, move and play instruments during Life-Long Song. We began meeting weekly on September 8 from 11:00 am-noon. We will conclude with our last meeting of the semester on November 10. The participants have enjoyed the singing, the fellowship, and the joy of making music. When the group reflected this morning on the benefits of this gathering they expressed how this is not an intimidating group, the fellowship and fun are primary, and that really, one does not need any particular skills to enjoy this time together. You are encouraged to consider joining us when we reconvene on Thursday, March 9 at 11:00 am in room 208.
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.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry of St. Paul’s Memorial Church has invited WPC prayer shawl group along with other community churches to join them for conversation, idea swapping, knitting and praying on Saturday, November 5 from 10-12 in their parish hall lounge. This will be a time to share examples of shawls, procedures, stories, prayers and patterns.
St. Paul’s is located at 1700 University Avenue, across from the Rotunda. As you face the church, enter on Chancellor Street which is on the right side of the church and park in the lot in one of the spaces marked church parking. Enter the church on the Chancellor Street side and turn right as you come in the door. We will be in the room that is straight ahead, the parish hall lounge.
If you are interested in attending, please give Beth Hochstetler a call at 978-1674. This will be a wonderful experience for individuals that have been thinking about joining this special ministry.