February 16, 2017  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Two NEW Adult Education Classes
Sunday, February 19, 10:10 a.m.
  • Positive Parenting Strategies for Living with Young Children with certified Parent Educator Yvonne Nass - Classroom 5. This is the final session of a three-part series for parents of small children (birth through kindergarten) to develop positive parenting strategies regarding dealing with stress and frustrations, deciding on discipline, etc. Includes Q&A.
  • Spirit of Harmony and Love on the Move (Shalom) with Kent Quisel - Classroom 6. Shalom is both a greeting and more. In Middle East cultures, it also means living in "peace, wholeness, and balance." There are signs that nature, science, cultures and religions are converging toward this theme. Kent will share stories that demonstrate this growing movement.
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New Pipe Organ at Saints Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church
Sunday, February 19, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
Saints Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church invites you to celebrate the completion of their new pipe organ. The first event will be on Sunday, February 19 for a service of dedication at 4:30 p.m. followed by a reception. Our own Paul Fleckenstein will be one of the guest organists. The second event will be a concert on Saturday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. featuring Ken Cowan as the guest organist. A champagne and dessert reception will follow the concert. Both events at Saints Andrew and Matthew Episcopal Church.
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Coming Up
Ash Wednesday Service and Dinner
Wednesday, March 1
Lent - the 40 day season during which we prepare for Easter - begins Wednesday, March 1. 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).
Adult Ed/CIL Evening Event
Thursday, March 9, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
"We Were Made for This Moment" with Eileen Flanagan, Quaker teacher and climate justice activist. A graduate of Duke and Yale University, Eileen Flanagan is the award-winning author of three books, most recently Renewable: One Woman's Search for Simplicity, Faithfulness, and Hope, which won a 2015 Silver Nautilus Book Award. She speaks to international audiences on topics ranging from personal empowerment and spirituality to climate justice. Fee-based event. To register, visit www.cil-de.org .
Save the Date! 'Young at Heart' Luncheon
Saturday, April 29, 11:30 a.m.
in Community Hall
In the midst of winter, our thoughts often turn to anticipation of the warmth of Spring. For those 'Young at Heart', Westminster members and friends of 'retirement age', mark your calendars for our annual Spring luncheon on Saturday, April 29, at 11:30 a.m. in Community Hall. Our program will be 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). This is a great opportunity to gather in fellowship with one another and to celebrate Spring. More details will follow in early April, so for now - save the date!
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Our Deacons are hard at work planning for the year! Click here to see more photos from the Deacon Retreat earlier this month.
Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
Christmas Generosity - Thank You From Our Ministry Partners!
Our ministry partners are so grateful for your generous response to our Westminster's 2016 Christmas Offering. The UrbanPromise Academy for city high school students received $9,032.82; Friendship House Empowerment Centers that enable our neighbors to regain independent living and Emmanuel Dining Room that feeds the hungry in our community each received $6,021.88; our Church in the World Committee will use $7,438.06 to extend projects with our international ministry partners; and the Peace Drums Project received $1,487.61 to advance the cause of peaceful collaboration in Israel/Palestine. How blessed we are to share God's gifts with others - thank you!
Souper Bowl of Caring Results
Souper Bowl of Caring empowers youth and unites communities around the time of the 'Big Game' to help those in need. Thanks to your generosity, on February 5th Westminster youth collected $786.70, which was distributed in equal shares to the LCS Food Pantry at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church and Hanover Food Closet. Nationwide, more than $7,000,000(!) in cash and food items was collected by more than 4,300 organizations to help those who are hungry in our local communities. Your generous giving transforms lives!
Habitat for Humanity Needs Volunteers
Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County needs extra volunteers during February and March to keep building affordable housing in Wilmington and Middletown. Winter means fewer volunteers so HFH has issued an appeal for extra help. You can help by calling Ruby Dyer, HFH coordinator, at (302) 652-0365 ext. 111 and volunteering to work any Tuesday through Thursday. Westminster helped build two of the current houses (now being finished) on the church lawn last June.
From Westminster Member Fred Iobst
A Note of Thanks:
Jane and I are deeply grateful to the ministers and members of Westminster for the gifts, cards, letters and emails sending constant encouragement, healing prayers and kindness our way. We are overwhelmed. I am making progress and hope to return to activities and worship soon. Thank you again for boosting my spirits.
- Fred Iobst
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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.
  • Audrey B. Hatfield (obituary)
    June 1, 1935 - January 19, 2017
  • Judith Heckroth Hoopes (obituary)
    August 29, 1938 - January 26, 2017
  • Nancy Burnham Henderer (obituary)
    Died February 13, 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 www.photoprayer.com .

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