Are you new to Westminster? Looking for a way to get involved? The Worship Committee is looking for a flower coordinator. Responsibilities would include developing and maintaining a website sign-up for flower donations; coordinating donations with Mickie (our office administrator) and the florist; and deciding on artificial arrangements for Sundays that don’t have live flower donations. Many members enjoy giving flowers in memory of loved ones, but there are many “empty” Sundays. We would like to increase participation and seek creative, economical, and environmentally-friendly ways to brighten our sanctuary and remember loved ones. We want to thank Liza Millett for her many years of dedication and care for this “behind the scenes” ministry. Her efforts are greatly appreciated. Please call or email Patty Vandever (434-996-4190) if you have questions or if you are interested in helping out.
This year’s Good Friday service will follow the traditional liturgy of Tenebrae for Holy Week, with readings from the Psalms and Thomas Tallis’s setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah. In the contemplative service of Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”), music serves as a reflection on the texts being read, and a candle is extinguished after each reading, until only one is left. Five singers, four drawn from the choir — Megan Sharp, Steve Patek, Jonathan Schakel, and Winston Barham — along with guest Emily Stubbs, will sing music from the Renaissance by Tallis, William Byrd, Giovanni Croce, and Lodovico Viadana.
We are offering members the opportunity to donate funds to purchase Easter lilies for display during worship at the 8:30 and 11:00 services on Easter Sunday, April 1. Lilies may be designated as memorials or in honor of loved ones. The cost is $20 per plant. If you wish to participate, call Mickie Elzinga at the church office (293-3133), or email her at email@example.com, or you may put your check in the offering plate with your dedication. Deadline for participation is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 23.
On Friday, March 16, at 7:30 pm, the Westminster Organ Concert Series presents an organ recital by Jonathan Schakel. The program will include music from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book by William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, as well as works by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Dieterich Buxtehude, Jacques van Oortmerssen and Naji Hakim. The concert is free and open to the public.
Our Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet Monday, February 19, in the lower lounge from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. I hope you all can make it, for all or part of the evening. If you have any questions, please let Beth Hochstetler know.