On Sunday, November 6 we will observe All Saints Day with the ritual of reading names of those in our congregation who have died since last All Saints Day. If you would like to add the names of family and friends who have died in the last year to the list that will be read, please email or call the church office by Monday, October 31. There will also be a time to verbally add names during the service. We hope that this time of remembrance helps to honor the lives of loved ones who have died.
On Sunday, Session explored the new website and started learning about the way it will resource members and visitors as well as integrate our communication and programs. I thought I would highlight some things on the new website over the next few weeks and encourage people to continue getting to know the format. This week, head on over to Benevolence and Grants.
Many community members refer organizations and ministries to apply for benevolence funding or a grant from the Mission Fund Endowment. Now, an explanation of the committee’s process and instructions for applying are available to everyone. Additionally, the benevolence committee plans to highlight projects that our church is supporting from year to year on the blog. We hope this tells a fuller story of how Westminster supports things in our community and world.
Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more;
Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.
By walking one makes the road…
Antonio Machado, Campos de Castilla
In a university town, people do lots of walking. Walking to class, walking to games, walking home and walking by. Every day, as I drive in to the office or look out my window or even go to get a cup of coffee, I see countless steps being taken. Each of those steps walked by a different person, on his or her own path, following a direction, on the way to a particular destination. I cannot know all their stories of where they have been or even where they are going; I do, however, know this: we are all walking.
Jesus’ own life and ministry was about walking – from place to place, into people’s homes, beside wells and lakes and gates, through crowds and alongside common folk, on dusty roads and city streets, toward outcasts and enemies alike, and he walked carrying a cross. Even after Jesus’ death and resurrection, we read that he walked with his disciples on the road to Emmaus. For Jesus, walking was synonymous with faith in action.
As Christians, then, we follow Jesus’ example and walk in his footsteps – serving and caring for others, meeting people where they are, enjoying the company of friends, stopping for prayer and reflection along the way. And as we walk, we make the road – one that opens to deeper faith, richer relationships with others and the world, and wider hearts to love.
I am glad to be walking this road with you, friends. You remind me that we are not alone on this journey, but have each other. Thanks be to God!
Blessings – Lynne
Pew Rack Maintenance Volunteers Needed
Your help is needed to prepare for Sunday worship services by checking the completeness and orderliness of the Sanctuary pew rack contents. The pew contents include the red friendship pad, in which visitors and members record their attendance and contact information, as well as the hymnals, Bibles, and organ concert series and Ukirk flyers.
Volunteers perform this weekly task in no more than 30 minutes, right after the 11 AM worship service or during a weekday. Pew rack maintenance is rotated monthly among six or more volunteers who receive written instructions.
If you are interested in becoming a pew rack volunteer, please email Saunders M. or call him.
YOU ARE INVITED
TO A CLASS FOR INQUIRERS
AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
Pastor Ken Henry
Sundays at 9:45 in the Church Library
October 23 – November 13
We are delighted that you have been attending Westminster Presbyterian Church. Now, it is time to consider the next step. In this Adult Education series, we will explore together what it means to be Presbyterian and participate in this faith community. We will spend time listening, learning, and discerning. So whether you are ready to become a member or simply want to know more about what Presbyterians believe, bring your questions and plan to attend any or all the classes listed below:
New Member/Inquirer Class Schedule
October 23 Class I Sharing Faith Our Journeys, Membership Process and The Sacraments
October 30 Class II The History of the Presbyterian Church(USA)
Nov. 6 Class III WPC: Our History and Identity in the Community
Nov 13 Class IV When People Gather to do Ministry: Who are the people that make the church what it is? (i.e. Committees, Deacons, Session, Staff, special ministries)
I hope you can join me for some or all of these classes. If you have any questions, please contact me at .