February 8, 2018  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Positive Parenting Strategies for Living with Young Children
Sundays, February 11, 18, and 25
10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Yvonne Nass, Certified Parent Educator, will present and facilitate discussions.
Session 1: Understanding Your Child - Will explore how a child finds his place in the family covering birth order, family values and family environment.
Session 2: Building Your Child's Self-Esteem - Will learn the stages of self-esteem development and how we can encourage our child towards feeling "Lovable and Capable."
Session 3: Building a Strong Relationship with Effective Communication Skills - Will cover how to listen and invite cooperation.
Session 4: Deciding on Discipline - Will explore a method of discipline that will encourage a child to become responsible for their actions. It will also look at prevention strategies.
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Parables of Jesus in Luke: The Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin
Sunday, February 11, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 3

Facilitated by Randy Williamson
In the Jewish tradition, a sinner, in order to repent and achieve the status of acceptance, had to first confess his sins then make compensation for his sins then demonstrate that he is capable of living under the law. Only then would the sinner be accepted back into the community. In these two parables, Jesus rejects this process for repentance and introduces his radical theology, that one does not earn God's love; it is a costly gift. These parables would turn the teachings of the Pharisees upside down.
Where Are We in History? Learning to Cope with an
Age of Conflict
Sundays, February 11, 18, and 25, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 6
Dave McBride will present and facilitate the discussions.
The rise and fall of civilizations is the heartbeat of history. All civilizations experience an age of conflict triggered by social, economic and political problems. Most civilizations have succumbed to such crises, but Western Civilization uniquely has prevailed over such crises in the past. Judeo-Christian theology and philosophy have contributed to that success, building on the belief that "the truth unfolds in time through a communal process." These four classes will examine our current age of conflict and assess the hope that we too will prevail over the present challenges. This class is nonpartisan.
atTAcK addiction presents the Reality TourĀ®
February 12 or March 19 (offered monthly), 6:15 - 8:30 p.m.
Delaware State Police Troop 2 (100 Lagrange Ave, Newark, DE - across from Glasgow Park on Rt. 40)
Must register (free) online. This tour is a drug awareness and prevention program that takes you into the life experiences of a teen addicted to drugs and includes: dramatic scenes that depict an arrest and imprisonment, an ER overdose, and a funeral; informative and interactive discussions about types of drugs and their addiction; local information pertaining to drug and alcohol use in New Castle County; youth learn about various peer pressure refusal skills; and Q&As with people in recovery and law enforcement officials. It's intended for youth ages 10-18 and each child must be accompanied by a parent. It will have a lasting impact!
Ash Wednesday Service and Dinner
Wednesday, February 14, 6:00 p.m.
Lent - the 40 day season during which we prepare for Easter - begins Wednesday, February 14. Please join us as we mark the beginning of the Lenten journey with our Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. This quiet, reflective, and meditative service includes a reminder of our mortality with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads. There will be a soup dinner at 6:45 p.m. in Community Hall (immediately following worship).
The Heart of Christianity: A Lenten Study Group
Thursday evenings, February 15 - March 22, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
in the Ruth Christie Room
Join Church Educator Susan Moseley on a six-week journey into "The Heart of Christianity." This small group experience is for those who struggle with many traditional beliefs about God, Jesus, and the Bible, but still long for a relevant, nourishing faith. Each participant will receive a free copy of Marcus Borg's book, The Heart of Christianity. Over the six weeks leading up to Holy Week and Easter, we will explore how we can live our faith authentically and passionately in the twenty-first century. RSVP to Susan at smoseley@wpc.org.
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Coming Up
WPC Networking Meeting
Sunday, February 18, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 2
Want to make some new connections to help with your career or to help others? Please join us February 18 in Classroom 2 during the 10:TEN hour for the second meeting of the WPC Networking Group. We'll spend some time learning a little about LinkedIn and brainstorming some goals for our group. Questions? Contact Craig Stabler at rcraigstabler@gmail.com.
Carrie Newcomer Concert
and Workshop
Concert: Friday, February 23
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Workshop: Saturday, February 24
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Westminster and the Community for Integrative Learning, Our Lives as Sacred Story: A Creative Exploration of Our Personal and Shared Spiritual Stories will feature Carrie Newcomer, musician, poet, author and Quaker activist. Publishers Weekly wrote, "What musical taste do authors Barbara Kingsolver, Parker J. Palmer, Jill Bolte Taylor, Philip Gulley, Jim Wallis, and Brian McLaren, have in common? They're all fans of singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. Like these authors, Newcomer's work is infused with her faith, and it speaks above the clamor of the religious right to ask what it should mean to be a person of faith in today's world." The event will take place in Community Hall. Registration required. For more information and to register, visit www.cil-de.org or call (302) 540-0661.
LED Lighting for Westminster
Learn more on Sunday, April 15
In order to reduce Westminster's carbon footprint, Phix-It has been replacing older T12 tube fluorescent lighting with energy efficient LED bulbs in classrooms and offices. Since the new 4-foot LED bulbs are brighter than the fluorescents they replace, we have put two 13-watt LEDs in place of three 34-watt fluorescents! That's an energy savings of 74%. These changes reduce both our carbon footprint and on-going power costs and are a worthy investment. Learn more about LED lighting for the church and your home on Sunday, April 15 during 10:TEN adult education.
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The Annual Meeting and Chili Lunch on January 28 was a great start to the New Year for Westminster. Pictured (left to right): Eleanor Charles, Dr. Greg Jones, and Add Shadduck. Click here to see more photos.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org .
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News to Note
A Note of Thanks from Paul
Twenty-five years at the same organ bench; where has the time gone? Thank you, Westminster, for the anniversary celebration, all of your individual well-wishes, and especially for being the loving church family that you are. While I still call myself a "Cradle Catholic and Professional Presbyterian," please know that I truly consider Westminster my church home.
Paul Fleckenstein
Organist/Director of Music
Our Story - Peter Gildner and Alyssa Atanacio
At times when I struggle with concerns about the future and my own faith one particularly meaningful experience through Westminster has been the Brewing Questions gathering held monthly at a nearby coffeehouse. Over a casual dinner Sudie holds an open conversational gathering where we talk about a range of relevant topics. As relatively young members this has been fun for us to connect with others our age in a setting where we feel free to ask anything and wrestle with problems. We're really enjoying the second year of this group and the ways we connect with our new friends there. - Peter Gildner and Alyssa Atanacio
2017 Christmas Offering - Thank You For Your Generosity!
Winter is in full swing, with cold temperatures and frequent snowy days. Yet we feel deep gratitude being surrounded by God's grace, inspiring us to share God's gifts with those in need. Your generous giving resulted in $29,436 for our Christmas Offering! We will distribute these much-needed funds to help alleviate hunger in our community through Hanover Food Closet and St. Stephen's Food Pantry, bring education and hope to Wilmington children at UrbanPromise, support those experiencing homelessness through Friendship House, fund global projects with our international partners and support the Peace Drums project. You are a blessing to so many people - thank you!
Dr. Jones Speaks at Symposium
On Sunday, January 21, Dr. Jones spoke at "An International Symposium on the Future of Jerusalem." The following link will take you to the article that appeared in The News Journal.
2017 Annual Report and Financial Supplement
The 2017 Annual Report and Financial Supplement are available to download from the Westminster website (go to www.wpc.org/communications and see the "Annual Reports" section). You may also pick up a copy of each from the literature table at church.
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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.
  • Frieda M. Ackley Tice (former member) ( obituary)
    April 12, 1927 - January 15, 2018
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The Westminster Weekly Word features a new Photo Prayer once a month. You may browse all Photo Prayers by Danny Schweers at any time by visiting www.photoprayer.com.
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