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Worship on February 28 – Second Sunday of Lent
Journeying Through Lent, the Season of Renewal

Originating in the fourth century of the church, the Season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating in Holy Week and Easter Sunday. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation, study, and prayer for those who were to be baptized at the Easter Vigil. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of faith, the entire community was called to preparation. In like manner, Westminster members and friends are invited to take part in a season of preparation and renewal by engaging in a variety of rituals, prayer practices, and gatherings online to ground us and unite us as the Body of Christ in these times.  
Rituals and Practices

The Light Remains  Just as light was central to our season of Advent, we invite you to designate one candle to be your in-home Christ Candle. Light your own as we worship through the Sundays of Lent.

The Sign of the Cross This embodied ritual reflects the nature of our Trinitarian God. We will learn and practice this sign throughout the season. 
Pray The Lord’s Prayer  Jesus taught his followers to pray the Lord’s Prayer. This Lent, allow this prayer to help you focus on Jesus. You might choose to pray The Lord’s Prayer every day throughout Lent or you might learn The Lord’s Prayer in another language. Sign up to receive daily reflections throughout the season.  

We want to know that we’re in this together! Send us a video of you and your partner, your child or children, or your whole family saying The Lord’s Prayer together. If you learn it in another language, we want to see that, too! Email your videos to westminster@wpcdurham.org. We’ll share them on Westminster’s social media and at the end of Lent, stitch them together into one lively video that celebrates the blessing that prayer has in our communal life of faith. 
Faith Formation Online and @Home

Lord Teach Us: A Book Discussion with Chris Tuttle & Friends This classic by Will Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas, works through each phrase of The Lord's Prayer, using it as a framework for the Christian life. Beginning tonight at 7:00pm - It's not too late to join! Contact Chris for the Zoom link.

Faith Formation@Home  Each week, Marietta is posting new ways to explore and learn more about The Lord’s Prayer to our website (www.wpcdurham.org/faithformationhome-lent-2021). Set an intention in your family to stay focused on Jesus, and enjoy these fun and meaningful activities together.

Film Discussion: The Mill & the Cross, Palm/Passion Sunday, March 28, NEW TIME 7:00pm    This powerful movie focuses on a dozen of the five hundred characters depicted in Bruegel's painting, “The Way to Calvary.” The theme of Christ's suffering is set against religious persecution in Flanders in 1564. Watch the movie ahead of time (if you have a Roku device, it’s available for free on Tubi), then join the online conversation to explore the symbolism and connections to Christ’s call to follow as we do justice and walk in alignment with the vision of the “Kin-dom” of God. Sign up now
SUNDAY: Congregational Meeting, February 28 at Noon

There will be a Congregational Meeting via Zoom on Sunday, February 28 at 12:00 noon for the purposes of approving the at-large slate members for the Nominating Committee, and the Terms of Call for Cherrie Barton Henry, Alex Stayer-Brewington, and Chris Tuttle.

The at-large members of the Nominating Committee up for vote are Rachel Chang, Rayner England, Bo Ferguson, and Don Rufty. Nominating Committee officers are Kim Garcia, elder and chair; Geoff Vaughn, elder; and Jami Howell, deacon.
From the Congregational Care Team: Calling All Young Adults (or Their Relatives)

Are you a young adult age 18-22 or the parent, grandparent, or friend of one of our young adults aged 18-22? Westminster’s Congregational Care Team would love to reach out in support with a care package to these members. Because this is a time in life when many young adults' contact information changes often, we need your help. Please send your – or your loved one’s – current mailing and email addresses and mobile number to westminster@wpcdurham.org.  Thanks for your help!
Help Our Finance Team Solve a Mystery!

In late January, Westminster received shares of a mutual fund as a donation, but the name of the donor did not accompany the paperwork from the institution, so the identity of the donor is a mystery. Was it you? If so, please contact Sharon Morgan so we can properly recognize your gift.