March 9, 2017  
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Winter Musical Gala
Friday, March 10, 8:00 p.m.
Get ready for another spectacular performance by our talented soloists, choir, and musical leaders in this annual winter-time concert here at Westminster. Soprano Diana Milburn, mezzo Sharon Babcock, tenor David Price, baritone Travis Lucas, the Westminster Choir, oboist Merideth Hite Estevez, and organist/pianist Paul Fleckenstein join for a diverse program including sacred music, opera, operetta, musical theatre, art song, sea chanty, and old-time gospel songs - truly something for everybody! Admission is free (offering received), and good eats afterward. Who can resist?! Click here for the concert flyer.
Upcoming "Flying Solo" Gatherings
March 10 and 17
Join us for the winter concert at Westminster tomorrow, March 10, at 8:00 p.m. (see details above). Prior to the concert we are going to dinner; please RSVP to Cathy at so we can make a reservation. Also, the game night has been rescheduled to St. Patrick's Day, Friday, March 17; contact Margo Reign at if interested.
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Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday, March 12, 2:00 a.m.
Spring forward! Don't forget to set your clocks one hour AHEAD before you go to bed this Saturday night (March 11). We don't want you to be late for church on Sunday morning! :)
Spring Musical Preview
Sunday, March 12, 10:10 a.m. in Community Hall
This Sunday, March 12, the 10:TEN education hour will be different than usual. Please join us in Community Hall, immediately following worship, for a preview of some of the songs from the upcoming children's musical (May 14). The children's choirs will sing several songs and then everyone is invited to engage one or more of three craft stations placed around the room. Holy Toast Café will also be open for coffee and snacks during the hour.
The Story of Salvation: A Lenten Bible Study
Sundays, March 12 and 19, April 2 and 9, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
This year our community will begin the celebration of Christ's resurrection on Saturday, April 15 with an Easter Vigil service. Since the early days of the church, Christians have gathered on the eve of Easter to recount the story of salvation, beginning with creation and culminating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Throughout Lent we invite you to study some of the Old Testament passages that help us tell this story. Please join the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson during the 10:TEN education hour as we delve into the texts of our "holy history."
Parents of Little Ones (POLO) Brunch
Sunday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.
Columbus Inn Restaurant on
Pennsylvania Avenue
Calling all parents of young children! Please join us for our second POLO brunch. Our topic of discussion this month is maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner while raising young children. Childcare provided at Westminster by regular nursery attendants Ms. Bea and Ms. Sue ($5 first child, $3 each additional child). Please RSVP (or direct questions) to Julie Rassias at 302-593-8836 or . Hope to see you there!
Forum Focusing on the Failing Drug War
Sunday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. at First Unitarian Church in Wilmington
You are invited to attend a public forum, "The Failing Drug War in 'Murdertown' - a radical rethinking of police and community relations." Major Neill Franklin of the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a former Baltimore and Maryland State police officer, will speak about the drug war he fought for over 25 years. A panel, including prominent state and city officials and a formerly incarcerated gang member, will offer brief remarks and answer questions. The event is sponsored by several area social justice organizations. First Unitarian Church is located at 730 Halstead Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 (off Concord Pike/202).
Join Us on Social Media This Lent!
How do you picture faith? What about community? Or hope?
During Lent we invite you to do just that - to picture the journey. Throughout the season we will post words - three each week - inspired by the coming Sunday's Scripture lesson. We encourage you to take some time to contemplate the given word and post a picture that shows how you perceive it. No explanation needed. Just snap a photo and share it on social media with the day's word in the caption and the hashtag #WPCPictureLent. Please share your photos on Westminster's Facebook page by attaching them in the Comments section beneath the word, or tag @WPCDelaware on Instagram . We hope you will join us in picturing Lent! Click here to read more about Picture Lent.
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Coming Up
The Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference
Friday, March 24,  all day 
at the National Press Club in Washington, DC
Remember in 2016 when DelNATO presented two 10:TEN sessions on the Palestine/Israel conflict? More than 60 of us attended those informative sessions! You can now join a group of DelNATO members and guests who are attending the above conference in DC. Three expert speakers and groups of panelists will discuss key aspects of this complex issue in today's political environment. Click here for more information and speaker details. You must register for the conference in advance and purchase a ticket. DelNATO has chartered a bus to DC for the conference, and the cost is $100 per person round trip. Reserve a bus seat by e-mailing Join us for a great day!
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Westminster members Carol Neff (striped shirt) and Diane Chandler (on Carol's left) have dinner with the women of Epiphany House last month.
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News to Note
Welcome New WPC Sexton,
John Young
Paul Crothamel, Westminster's Director of Facilities and Security, recently hired John Young to replace Sexton Terrence Clark, who has taken a full-time job elsewhere. As we THANK Terrence for his dedicated work with us, we WELCOME John to Westminster. Prior to accepting this job, John Young worked for Paul Crothamel for three years when Paul managed the facilities at Gilpin Hill from 2012-2015. As an introduction to his new responsibilities at Westminster, John will work with Terrence and Roger Atkins for a month. Please introduce yourself if you see him. We are delighted he is here at Westminster!
Clayton Street Community Garden
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 season of the Clayton Street Community Garden. Prior gardeners have priority. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis. The garden works to maintain a balance between church and community gardeners. Interested parties can pick up an application at the church. Cost per plot is $25.
Year-End Acknowledgement of Contributions
2016 year-end contribution statements were mailed at the end of January. If you did not receive your statement or have a question, please contact Colleen Falasco, Director of Financial Operations at 302-654-5214 ext. 131 or Thank you for your support of the church this past year and for taking the time to carefully examine your statement to ensure its accuracy and completeness.
Muffins Needed for Holy Toast Café
We need volunteers to bake TWO dozen muffins for Sunday mornings. Please share your gift of baking for the rest of us to enjoy in fellowship! Roger Atkins is coordinating the volunteers, so please email him at
if you'd like to be a "Muffin Minister." Thank you!
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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.
  • Nancy Burnham Henderer (obituary)
    Died February 13, 2017
  • Helen E. Mahaffy (obituary)
    January 20, 1914 - February 20, 2017
  • Marilyn D. Lockfeld (obituary)
    April 17, 1942 - February 26, 2017
  • Jennifer Lee (Fox) Devonshire (daughter of Amy Fox) (obituary)
    July 15, 1991 - February 28, 2017
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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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