November 9, 2017  
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Tomorrow! WPC Annual Bazaar
Friday, November 10, 
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Our annual bazaar is a colossal one-day-only extravaganza of bargains! Hundreds of donated items will find new purpose for unbelievably low prices. Featuring collectibles (high quality jewelry, art, vintage treasures, silver, tools, glassware, dishes, and much more), gifts, White Elephants (household, shop, yard, sports, music, holiday d├ęcor, linens, costume jewelry, games, bikes, etc.), books, children's clothing, toys, equipment, baked/gourmet specialties, and crafts. Hot dogs and chili will be available for purchase from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is also on the same day from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thank you to EVERYONE for donating treasures, time, and energy! Total bazaar proceeds support local and global outreach efforts.
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Beyond Backpacks - Mentoring is the Real Deal!
Sunday, November 12, 10:10 a.m. 
in Classroom 6
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us for special refreshments in Classroom 6 as we hear from educators, mentors and students about the transforming power of these adult/student relationships. Even if you are not able to get personally involved at this time, please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the needs and opportunities that exist. Maybe you know someone who is looking for a way to get involved, to make a real difference in a child's life. We look forward to seeing you!
Making Space for the Holy at Christmas
Sundays, November 12 and 19, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 3
How do you help your little ones prepare to welcome the Christ child? How do you help children learn the story at the heart of Christmas? With Advent and Christmas just around the corner, join the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson to discuss ways families with young or elementary-aged children can observe these special seasons at home.
The Path of Transformation: Richard Rohr's Reordering of Atonement Theology
Sunday, November 12, 10:10 a.m. 
in Classroom 5 (please note room change)
The "atonement" doctrine is arguably the most widely accepted religious doctrine in the history of the world. For Christian "progressives" it is also "the most unfortunately successful piece of theology" in the history of the world - and the doctrine that most separates progressives from the vast majority of Christians. John Johnston will explore the atonement doctrine and the attempts by progressives, including Greg and Sudie, to explain the "meaning" of Jesus's crucifixion. John will also share his personal struggle with the role of Christ's death and how he finally settled on the approach of Richard Rohr.
Share the Joy of Christmas! WPC's Christmas Box Program is Here
Wish Star Trees are up this Sunday, November 12
Christmas is coming! Visit our Wish Star Christmas trees, heralding the start of our Christmas Box program on November 12, and feel the joy of sharing Christ's love with 125 families in need. Simply select your stars from the trees (log them in carefully, please!). Next, shop for each wish ($10-$20 each to make them equal), and deposit your wrapped, star-tagged gift before December 10 at church. Thanks to you, that very special Christmas wish will come true! Peak behind the scenes with this fun VIDEO . See the Chimes for more details about the December 15th Packing Party and the many activities in between!
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Coming Up
Celebrate World Toilet Day
Sunday, November 19, 10:10 a.m.
Did you know...
  • 2.4 billion people live without improved sanitation?
  • Diarrhea caused by poor sanitation and unsafe water kills 315,000 children every year?
  • Westminster is actively working to provide improved sanitation for our sisters and brothers in Guatemala through the VIP Latrine Project?
To learn more, please visit our information table in Community Hall on Sunday, November 19, at 10:10 a.m. or contact Carrie Saathoff ( ) or Cathy Higgins ( ).
Flying Solo Brunch and Outing
Sunday, November 19
On November 19, join Flying Solo for brunch at 11:15 a.m. at Catherine Rooney's, followed by a visit to the Festival of the Trees at Cokesbury Village at 1:00 p.m. Various non-profit organizations decorate trees for the holidays, gift shop, and bring holiday cheer!
Annual Thanksgiving Yoga
Thursday, November 23, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. in Rodney Chapel
Join us for our annual Thanksgiving Yoga class, led by Philadelphian Kelly Love. All levels are encouraged to attend with accommodations provided by Kelly. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat. $10/person, a portion of which will be given to WPC. This is an amazing way to practice gratitude and get your body prepared for feasting! Any questions? Contact Robin Rosser at . Hope to see you there.
Clothing Drive for Midnight Run
Sunday, November 26, in Grace Hall
The Midnight Run Clothing Drive will be held on Sunday, November 26. Please save your gently used, warm clothing for men and women and bring them to Grace Hall on the 26th. We need pants, hoodies, shoes, jackets with hoods, thermal tops and bottoms, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts. Men's sizes 34-36 are greatly needed! Also needed: Gently used large backpacks and baseball caps. No dress clothes or children's clothes please. Contact Susan Moseley ( ) for more information.
"Love Gives" Event
Sunday, November 26, 10:10 a.m.
Mark your calendars and join everyone in Community Hall as we celebrate the spirit of love and generosity that resounds throughout our congregation! We will share fun and fellowship, filled with gratitude for our amazing community of faith. Celebrating with music, images, special refreshments and more, we will rejoice that our faithful generosity - in spirit and in action - transforms so many lives. See you there!
Substance Abuse
Tuesday, November 28, 6:30 p.m. in Grace Hall
Substance abuse has become a way of life that is claiming the lives of many people in our society. NAMI Delaware will lead our Stephen Ministry group in an educational program on substance abuse at our next meeting. If you are interested in learning more about this subject and resources that may help someone in a substance abuse situation, please join us. All are welcome to attend.
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The Phix-It Corps team completes the new crosswalk on 13th Street. Pictured: Steve Johnson and Jim Carter.

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News to Note
Our Story - Susan and Jon McPheeters 
We have watched our three children move to different parts of the country, each pursuing very unique paths. We knew it then, and it is especially noticeable now, how important WPC has been in shaping the young adults they have become. At WPC they experienced community, service, faith education, leadership, and the creative arts. They were surrounded by people who guided and taught them, had expectations, and yes, sometimes even disciplined them! They were an important part of another family who shared meaningful experiences and loved them unconditionally. Today, all three are committed to service, and are kind, faithful, and hard-working people. They still treasure their time and experiences at WPC. Pictured: Jon McPheeters and daughter Molly.
Africa Game
Last Sunday, the Westminster youth played the "Africa Game" with visiting Central Africa PC(USA) mission worker Jeff Boyd. Rolling giant dice, the players found that luck plays a big part in getting to school. Your gender also challenges your access to school. "Girls might have to stay home and care for a sick mother," Ella Morton explained, "while a son may be made to work the fields." Ella further reflected, "The game showed us how lucky we are not have to work in the fields, to have running water, and to be able to have school - even if a teacher is out."
Help a Child in Our City Succeed... In School and In Life
A devastating statistic - nearly HALF of all third graders in the state of Delaware are unable to read at grade level. In 17 low-income zip codes, that rate increases to 63%! ( Source ). What a difficult future these students face if they are not able to improve their reading ability, and soon. Yet they need help to do so - a student in Wilmington needs you! Your Urban Mission Committee has created a colorful brochure highlighting a variety of nearby mentoring/tutoring opportunities. There is no time to lose in helping children overcome what will otherwise be a lifelong disadvantage. Will you help transform a life?
Loads of Thanks for Lots of Undies!
A huge thank you for all the packages of new men's and women's underwear! What a wonderful and generous offering toward the Midnight Run youth mission experience in February, 2018. Midnight Run has become an every-other-year highlight for the senior highs, and it would not be possible without the generous help of our congregation. So...the next Midnight Run drive is Sunday, November 26: The Clothing Drive! Please no dress clothes or children's sizes.
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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.
  • Brendan Cobb (son of Barry and Rosemary Cobb) ( obituary)
    May 18, 1984 - October 20, 2017
Congratulations on Your Little One!
We welcome this child into the Westminster family.
  • Samuel James Blackford ~ Born October 15, 2017
    He is the son of Jennifer and Adam Blackford and brother of Amelia.
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