April 6, 2017  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Local Earth Care Volunteer Opportunity
Saturday, April 8, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Brought to you by Westminster's Earth Care Committee. The 26th Annual Christina River Watershed Clean-up is on Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Over 75% of water supply for residents and businesses in New Castle County is provided by the Christina River Watershed (river and feeder streams). Clean-up volunteers receive a free custom reusable tote. Find a location near you and register today at www.christinarivercleanup.org .
Calendar Correction!
Please note that this year's Maundy Thursday service is at 7:00 p.m., not 7:30 p.m. as previously reported in the Chimes and Weekly Word.
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Holy Week at Westminster - All Are Welcome!
  • Palm/Passion Sunday, April 9
    Worship at 9:00 a.m. (Sanctuary) and 11:15 a.m. (Rodney Chapel)
     
  • Maundy Thursday, April 13
    Worship including the Lord's Supper at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Optional footwashing or anointing of the hands with oil. Nursery care provided from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. See the April Chimes for more details about this service.
     
  • Good Friday, April 14
    Silent prayer and meditation in the Sanctuary or walk the Labyrinth in the Meeting Room (adjacent to Rodney Chapel) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     
  • Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15
    Family-friendly worship service from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. as we tell the story of God's love for us and celebrate communion. Service begins on the front lawn.
     
  • Easter Sunday, April 16
    8:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Easter breakfast in Community Hall
    9:00 and 11:15 a.m. - Festive worship services with a sermon by Dr. Jones and music by the Westminster Choir, brass, percussion, and organ
    10:15 a.m. - Easter Egg Hunt (parents and children through 2nd grade meet in Grace Hall)
One Great Hour of Sharing
Accepting donations through May 7
On Sunday, Westminster will join others throughout our denomination in collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. This offering helps restore hope to those affected by disasters, empower the poor and oppressed, and provide food to the hungry. We will receive this year's OGHS offering in worship on Palm Sunday, April 9, and will gratefully accept your gift to OGHS through May 7. Please make your check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write "OGHS" in the memo line or give online at www.wpc.org (click on "Donate Now"). During this holy season, let us prayerfully consider our commitment to share God's abundant love with neighbors near and far. 
What to Put in the Easter Basket?
Sunday, April 9, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
in Community Hall
Afraid you are going to be overdosed with chocolate on Easter? Why not consider an ECHO gift? You can make a donation to help refugees, support our mission in Guatemala or assist UrbanPromise in our neighborhood. Then you'll received a card you can put in your basket to acknowledge that gift. It will last much longer than jelly beans and may be purchased in Community Hall between services on April 9.
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Coming Up
Chimes Deadline Reminder
Monday, April 10, 11:00 a.m.
The deadline for the MAY/JUNE 2017 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is Monday, April 10, at 11:00 a.m. This is a double month issue! Please submit your articles online. Go to www.wpc.org/communications and click on "Submit an Article." If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Hughes ( nhughes@wpc.org or 302-654-5214 ext. 130).
"Girl Talk" Women's Book Group
Thursday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. 
in the Ruth Christie Room
Girl Talk will meet on Thursday, April 13, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room to talk about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. This is the book chosen by New Castle County Libraries for its county-wide "read" this year. The author will be speaking at the Chase Center at the Riverfront on Wednesday, April 29. Join us for discussion on the 13th and/or at the Riverfront on the 26th. We welcome newcomers.
The Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 15, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. 
(worship begins on Westminster's front lawn and travels to Rodney Chapel)
This Holy Week we're trying something new ... Westminster is reclaiming an ancient tradition called the Easter Vigil. Since the early days of the church, Christians have gathered on the eve of Easter to remember God's work throughout time, beginning with creation and culminating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a family-friendly worship service as we tell the story of God's love for us, receive our Confirmation Class into membership, and celebrate Communion. This is a traveling service, so please wear comfortable footwear. To learn more about our Holy Week schedule, see the  April Chimes .
No Weekly Word on April 20
Thursday, April 20
The Westminster Weekly Word will not be distributed on Thursday, April 20. It will resume the following Thursday, April 27. Please schedule your announcements accordingly and submit online at www.wpc.org/communications . The deadline is always Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
The Birds: An Intergenerational Event
Sunday, April 23, 10:10 a.m.
in Community Hall
Experience and appreciate God's amazing winged creatures! Plan now to join us for a visit from Phung Luu and his birds. Phung Luu is owner/operator of Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections. Our goal is to help Westminster members and children realize their intimate and spiritual connection to the natural world by experiencing the wonder of these birds. Author and environmental activist Thomas Berry said: We need the sun, the moon, the stars, the rivers, and the mountains and birds, the fish in the sea, to evoke a world of mystery, to evoke the sacred.
Sign Up Now! Our Next "Young at Heart" Luncheon
Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m. 
in Community Hall
Young at Heart, Westminster members and friends of "retirement age," is hosting a very special event on Saturday, April 29, starting at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Our "annual" gathering always includes a fun introductory activity, festive decorations, a delicious lunch and warm fellowship. This year, we have an exciting program presented by "Crazy Rhythm, Fancy Feet," a dynamic duo who will entertain us with a variety of dance steps we've all enjoyed - and maybe a few we haven't tried (yet). Contact the church office (302-654-5214) or use the sign-up sheet at the reception desk to make your reservation. The cost is only $10.00. See you there!
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Our middle schoolers at Stratosphere Trampoline Park last month.
 
Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
Break-In
Someone broke into the car of one of our members while he was at choir rehearsal. His car was parked in our parking lot and the perpetrator broke his car window and stole his laptop computer. Whenever you leave your car, please remember not to leave any valuables in sight. People will break into your car if they spot a purse, computer, cell phone, change, or anything they consider valuable.
A Call from The Clothing Bank of Delaware
Are you cleaning out your closet for spring? The Clothing Bank of Delaware is in need of spring and summer clothing (babies, children, women, men)! You can help by dropping clothes off directly at the Clothing Bank (1603 Jessup Street, Wilmington, DE 19802) anytime Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or by bringing them to the church receptionist's desk. Thank you for your loyal and continuing support of this vital Friendship House ministry that serves those in need in our community.
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Recent Life Events
Member Deaths - Those Who Have Joined the Church Triumphant
Please remember in prayer those who are grieving the loss of their loved one.
  • Robert H. Morrow (former member) (obituary)
    August 18, 1931 - March 10, 2017
     
  • Anne S. Rundquist (obituary)
    March 22, 1929 - March 25, 2017
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Friday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m.

     
  • Vernon J. Albright (obituary)
    October 5, 1933 - March 26, 2017
     
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Our fears talk big. They say,
"Death will take everything from us,
all at once or bit by bit,
and nobody knows when."
My neighbor, days before he died,
softly said, "Nothing is left undone."
He was not saying his life
was wrapped up pretty and tidy, or
that the world no longer mattered.
Facing death, he was saying
he was at peace and confident,
that he trusted what was to come.
May we do as well.
 
 
Photo of bare trees in winter at 1/3 of a second.
Photograph and prayer © 2017 Danny N. Schweers
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