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  • WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH Do Justice • Love Kindness • Walk Humbly

    September 7, 2016

    Westminster Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

    In this Issue Concerns & Celebrations 2

    Tutor HVE Students 2 Thinking About Ushering? 2

    Haiti Collections 2 Westminster on Wednesdays 3

    What Is Aperture? 3 Sign Up for Wednesday Dinner! 3

    WOW: First Wednesdays 3 Rally Day 4

    Godly Play Returns 4 Join a Church School Team 4

    In the Library 5 Child & Youth Protection Training 5

    Adult Church School Classes 5 Fall Women's Retreat 6

    Anti-Racism Workshops 6 Men's Breakfast Book Study 6

    James in the Suburbs 6 Thank you, Pledgers! 7

    Upcoming Inquirers' Class 7 Session Notes: August 21 7 Community Clothing Sale 7

    Join Us, Singers! 7 Youth Ministry News 8

    Westminster School for Children 9 Church Finance Overview 9

    Afternoon Tea 9 A Thank You 9

    Community Opportunities 9 Preaching Schedule 10 Worship Volunteers 10

    Friends and fellow disciples,

    School has begun. Calendars and classes and opportunities are finding their right relationship on the second Monday, or Wednesdays at 5pm, or every other Thursday. There is a lot to do, and most of it feels pretty important.

    It’s the same here at Westminster. Please take the time to read everything in this newsletter that is busy and full, in a church that is much of the same. Find your place. Ask a question. Serve. We’ve got places for you to find something good to read, gather around a meal with friends, and tend to those in need in Durham and around the world.

    I also hope you’ll try something new. (And no, I am not talking to those of you who do 45 things already, though we love seeing you.) If you haven’t found a place yet, or would like to meet some friends interested in seeking Christ together, check out what’s inside this newsletter. Investigate a table at Rally Day this Sunday morning. If you’re not sure, find one of us on staff. I’d love to tell you more.

    God is surely at work among us. I am grateful for the privilege of sharing the journey with you.



    All Church Retreat Openings There are still rooms available for

    the All Church Retreat in Montreat, NC, September 30-October 2. Email Carrie Tuttle to sign up ([email protected]).

    Two Worship Services Resume on September 11

    The 8:30 and 11am worship services will resume this

    Sunday, September 11. Church School and Chancel Choir will start

    back that day as well.

  • Linda Barnett Carl Boxberger's brother

    Carol & Bruce Cunningham’s granddaughter Pat Gunter

    Judy Lamon's friend

    David McQuay's friend Lee Murphy

    Carol Walker's friend Sara Wylie's father

    September 7, 2016

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    Volunteer Opportunities

    Concerns & Celebrations Please remember the following in your prayers this week.

    Haiti Collections Over-the-Counter Medicines

    Next month, the WPC Haiti Medical Mission Team will leave for its second trip. One of the reasons that last year's trip was successful was due to your generosity in purchasing many of the medical supplies we took with us.

    Beginning this Sunday, September 11, you can sign up to donate over-the-counter medicines and supplies that we need to take for the people of Haiti. One of the most critical things we need is vitamins for all ages. The people we will be working with do not have access to the food that we take for granted, and suffer from malnutrition. This was especially evident to us in the children we saw last year.

    We will need to take thousands of vitamins with us, along with things like TUMS, saline nose spray, eye drops, Desitin, A&D ointment, antifungal cream, liquid soap, cough drops, and Ziploc bags.

    The Haiti Mission Team will be in the Courtyard after worship each Sunday with sign-up sheets, and we ask you to return the items as quickly as possible to the green collection bin in the Mission Center. Thank you in advance for your care and love for the people of Haiti.

    Contact: Kay Wellemeyer ([email protected]; 919-383- 6503)

    Underwear and Shoes

    Please bring donations of new boys’ underwear and shorts or lightly used boys' and girls' Crocs and flip-flop type shoes to the green collection bin in the Mission Center.

    Contact: Jules Taylor ([email protected]net)

    Pillowcase Dresses

    Dress kits are available to be checked out in the green bin or you can make them on your own. Visit www.bit.ly/HaitiDressInst for dress-making instructions.

    Contact: Helen Harrison ([email protected])

    Please bring all donations for Haiti to the green collection bin by Monday, October 10.

    Tutor Hope Valley Elementary Students

    Our neighbors at Epworth United Methodist Church are looking for tutors to assist with its After-school Tutoring Program. The program, in its fifth year, takes place in the Epworth Fellowship Hall from 3:30-4:45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays during the school year. Tutors work with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders from Hope Valley Elementary on reading, writing, spelling, math, and general homework help.

    Tutoring resumes on Monday, September 19. Contact Kenneth Roberts to learn more or sign up ([email protected]).

    Thinking About Ushering? If you've been on the fence about volunteering to usher, here's what current usher Shelley Bainter enjoys about it:

    "The reasons that I like ushering are simple. It's an easy and fun way to fill an important role during worship.

    It's always fun to see people filing in, especially the enthusiastic children. I especially like to give guidance to folks who clearly are first-time visitors who are a little unsure as they cross the threshold of the Sanctuary.

    Being on an ushering team is another good way to meet other members. You have some time to talk and get to know each other during the year.

    I've especially loved that my kid-friends have volunteered to help me, too. No doubt part of their motivation is choosing activity over sitting quietly in the Sanctuary, but they also have learned about the importance of each part of the worship service, engaging with everyone who attends, and being a good steward of the facility."

    Sign up for an 11am usher team at www.bit.ly/myWPCserve.

    www.bit.ly/HaitiDressInst www.bit.ly/myWPCserve

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    Westminster Presbyterian Church

    WESTMINSTER ON WEDNESDAYS Wednesdays at Westminster are a time for fellowship, service, learning, collaboration, and fun!

    1st Wednesday

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    WOW: First

    Wednesdays Aperture:

    Third Wednesdays














    2nd Wednesday 3rd Wednesday 4th Wednesday

    Committee Meetings: Ways & Means

    Assimilation Youth Council

    Committee Meetings:

    Committees that need to reschedule

    Committee Meetings:

    Stewardship Christian Ed Fellowship

    Local Missions Global Missions

    Committee Meetings:

    Personnel Worship

    Adult Christian Education

    Dinner Dinner DinnerDinner

    What is Aperture: Third Wednesdays? Aperture: Third Wednesdays is a gathering of folks seeking light on God’s truth through the stories, struggles, and experiences of God’s people. Aperture will bring speakers and seekers, authors and professors, formers and reformers to help us focus more on God’s truth all around us. It will meet on third Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm at Westminster. Dinner will be available beforehand, beginning at 5:45pm. Our first speaker, William Willimon, will join us on October 19 to discuss his latest book, "Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love."

    Sign Up for Wednesday Dinner! Don't miss the delicious dinners we have planned for upcoming Wednesdays. Please sign up for dinner by the Monday night before at www.bit.ly/myWPCevent so we can assist our preparers and be good stewards of the food.

    September 14: Ham, mac-and-cheese, green beans September 21: Baked Potato Bar, salad

    September 28: To be determined October 5: WOW: First Wednesdays Food Trucks

    October 12: Taco Night

    Dinner is $5 per person; $20 max per family. Volunteers are needed to serve on food set-up crews. Email Jennifer Feiler to sign up ([email protected]).

    WOW: First Wednesdays Stop Hunger Now Meal Packing on Wednesday, October 5

    5:30pm-8pm | Fellowship Hall

    WOW: First Wednesdays continues this fall with a Stop Hunger Now meal packing on Wednesday, October 5. Food trucks will be here for dinner starting at 5:30pm.

    Sign up to pack meals at www.bit.ly/wpc10-5WOW. Shifts last one hour and begin at 6pm and 7pm. If you can’t attend the event, please consider donating toward the cost of the meals using the link above. Each Stop Hunger Now meal only costs $0.29!

    Stay tuned for additional details and, in the meantime, put October 5 on your calendar!


  • Christian Education news

    March 16, 2016September 7, 2016

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    Sunday, September 11 9:45am, Fellowship Hall & Parlor

    Children and youth are invited to come meet their Church School teachers while parents confirm their