August 24, 2017  
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Month of Musical Masterworks
Sunday, August 27, 
10:00 a.m. worship service
This Sunday marks the fourth week in our Month of Musical Masterworks - major instrumental works presented during the 10 o'clock worship service as Prelude, Offertory, and Postlude. This week we hear the Sinfonia Concertante for flute, clarinet, and orchestra, by German composer Franz Danzi. Flutist Eileen Grycky and clarinetist Christopher Nichols, both outstanding performers and members of the music faculty at the University of Delaware, will be joining "orchestral organist" Paul Fleckenstein for this unique collaboration. Note: The first movement of the work (Prelude to the service) begins before 10:00 a.m., so come early!
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Help Tom Ford Celebrate His 100th Birthday!
Tuesday, August 29, 1:00 p.m. in Community Hall
Westminster member Tom Ford invites his church friends to attend his century birthday party. Join him in Westminster's Community Hall on Tuesday, August 29, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Westminster Choir: First Rehearsal Is This Week
Wednesday, August 30
Potential new singers, we know you're out there! The Westminster Choir is eagerly waiting to welcome you into our very special music-making family. Our 2017-2018 season begins with the first rehearsal this Wednesday, August 30. The work is fun, the rewards are great, and the view from the choir loft is said to be unsurpassed. Catch Paul Fleckenstein, director, at church this Sunday or call him at 302-654-5214 ext. 121 for your own personal pep-talk.
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Coming Up
Upcoming Sunday Worship Times
  • September 3
    One worship service in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.
  • September 10
    One worship service in the sanctuary at 10:00 a.m.
  • Beginning September 17
    9:00 a.m. - Worship service in the sanctuary
    11:15 a.m. - Living Mosaics worship service in Rodney Chapel
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Brewing Questions Returns September 7
Thursday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. 
at the Brew Haha! in Greenville
Do you want to meet other young adults in our community and discuss questions of faith? Join us for Brewing Questions - a monthly gathering for adults in their 20s and 30s. We will resume Brewing Questions on Thursday, September 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Brew Haha! in Greenville (3838 Kennett Pike, 19807). For more information, or to get on the Brewing Questions email list, please contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at .
Special Event: Taking on Violence in Wilmington
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Opening remarks from Mayor Mike Purzycki and Wilmington City Council Hanifa Shabazz will be followed by an inspiring keynote presentation by Gregory Boyle, author, award-winning humanitarian, and founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. The vendor expo will include local organizations sharing their proven methods for positive change in Wilmington. Learn how you can help make a difference. Admission is free, but space is limited. Please register online , or call (302) 654-5214, ext. 100. Light refreshments will be available. Sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church and the City of Wilmington. See our July/August newsletter for more detailed information, or download and share the event flyer .
Celebration & Festival
Sunday, September 10, 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the new program year by feeding your mind, body and soul! After worship on September 10 (one service at 10:00 a.m.), there will be a brief gathering in Community Hall to celebrate the 40th year of Greg's ministry. Then stick around to purchase lunch at one of our guest food trucks on 13th Street, catch up with friends, play a game of 9-square, or take a guided tour of the church. The hardest thing you'll do all day is decide what to do first. We are seeking volunteers to help with children's activities. If interested, please contact or sign up at the front desk after worship.
Know Your Church
Sunday, September 10, 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.
Who plays the bells you hear from the tower, and where do they go to do it? Why does that window look out on a stone wall? How old is this place anyway? Learn more about your church building by taking a guided architectural building tour on September 10 during the 13th Street Food Truck Festival. Stick around after morning worship or come back in the mid-afternoon. Tours will be offered at noon and 1:00 p.m. You are sure to learn something new!
Mission Dinner Double Feature
Thursday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. 
in Community Hall
Would you like the chance to break bread and have fellowship with two mission co-workers who serve on opposite sides of the world, and are key to Westminster's partnership relationships in Syria and Guatemala? Now you have a wonderful opportunity to do so. Please join us for a "free will offering" dinner and presentations by the Reverend Elmarie Parker and Emerson Morales, Mission Partners in The Middle East and Guatemala, respectively. Please RSVP to Cathy Higgins (302-635-7006 or ) by September 10.
Explore Guatemala with WPC Youth
Sunday, September 17, 10:10 a.m. in Community Hall
Have you ever been or wanted to go to Guatemala? Please join us for a visit to the Land of Eternal Spring. Our amazing group of youth travelers are excited to share their Guatemala experiences with Westminster members and friends. They will have amazing pictures and fun stories. They are the pioneers for a youth partnership with brothers and sisters from this beautiful land. Their lives are forever impacted and want you to hear all about their adventures. In addition, Emerson Morales, a mission partner in Guatemala from the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA), will be in attendance. All are welcome! RSVP at:
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This summer, Westminster members Dede Johnston and Debbie Wise participated in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community, which benefits Friendship House, a Westminster-supported local non-profit that serves individuals and families that are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless.
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News to Note
With Thanks for Your Generosity!
On behalf of the students at EastSide Charter, Highlands, UrbanPromise and Shortlidge elementary schools, thank you for your support of Westminster's tenth annual 'Backpacks Project'! When we began in 2007, we provided 169 backpacks to local students; this year, our outreach has grown to serve 500 neighborhood school children, including those we host through Family Promise. Your generosity will have a significant impact on the spirit of these students as they begin the new school year with the supplies they need and could not otherwise afford. Thank you so much!
New Sanctuary Exit Routes Diagram
Many of you were present when we experienced a boiler emergency in 2014. Fortunately, people exited without incident. For precautionary reasons, WPC's Security Committee would like you to examine the new exit diagrams found on the inside cover of the red friendship pads, think about your mobility, and become familiar with the quickest and safest routes available (considering where you are seated). We have marked exit routes which do NOT include stairs as FLAT routes; FLAT routes are GREEN. We hope that you will become familiar with the exit routes and revisit them each Sunday as you sign the friendship pads.
WPC Seeks Part-Time Custodian
Do you know someone who might be interested in this position? Westminster is seeking a part-time Custodian to work every other weekend and a couple evenings during the week. Must be able to pass background check and drug testing. No phone calls, please. Send resume to . Attn: Facilities.
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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.
  • Lucille M. Greth (obituary)
    February 8, 1931 - July 25, 2017
  • John Watson Christie, Jr. (obituary)
    Died August 3, 2017
  • Tone Truitt
    September 20, 1959 - August 21, 2017
    Services are to be determined.
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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
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