May 9, 2019
Vol. 3, Issue 18
"We are just walking each other home."
-- Ram Dass

Someone recently sent me an email with this quotation in it, and I was so moved by the image of us all walking together toward home, that I haven’t forgotten it.

Whether we are walking with each other through a time of sorrow or loss, or sharing the gift of working together on a particular project, we offer each other companionship and support along the way. That support can look like sending a card in the mail or providing transportation. It can sound like singing. It can feel like a prayer shawl or a hug. It can taste like a homemade batch of soup.

It can also look like teaching confirmation. Over the last two years, I have been privileged to walk with a group of incredible young men and women who are thoughtfully making their way from a childhood faith toward a faith of their own. As we have walked together, we have shared stories and questions, raised doubts and challenged the what-has-always-been. I have been carried, and I have offered to hold up others. I have been amazed and moved at the loving way the teachers have week by week built relationships with the youth and each other by being authentic and open about their own faith lives and practices and by never shying away from the hard questions that are always a part of growing faith.

This Sunday, some of those young men and women are saying yes to the next step of their faith journey. At 8:30, one will be baptized, and at 11:00 we will celebrate with them as they make their profession of faith before the congregation.

I do hope you will come and take part in this important moment in their lives and the life of the Westminster community. After all, it’s a great gift that we are all walking each other home.
Blessings,
Lynne Clements
Sunday, May 12
Worship
 at 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Adult Education Classes
at 9:30 a.m.
Serving Children in Need - Benevolence Cmte. , Library
Contemporary Theology ,
Room 207
Opening Doors , Room 208

Calendar
Sunday, May 12
8:30 & 11 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Christian Ed. Classes
Noon Assoc. Pastor Nominating Cmte., Common Grounds
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
Tuesday, May 14
10:30 a.m. Worship Cmte., lounge
12:15 p.m. Assoc. Pastor Nominating Cmte., Common Grounds
7 p.m. Tuesday Evening Study Group, lower lounge
Thursday, May 16    
4 p.m. Choristers Rehearsal, choir room
4:30 p.m. Musical Rehearsal, choir room
5:30 p.m. E.A.T. Dinner, Common Grounds
6:30 p.m. Musical Rehearsal, choir room
Sunday, May 19
8:30 a.m. (only) Worship
Summer Schedule

On May 19, there is one service at 8:30 a.m. (UVA graduation weekend) and no childcare available. On May 26, we switch to our summer schedule with one service at 10 a.m.

Class on Benevolence Supporting Children

On May 12, join the Benevolence Committee to learn how your benevolence dollars ($93,272) are spent. We we'll hear from organizations serving children with our support. You'll hear about Foothills Child Advocacy Center, which provides medical services for abused children; Childrens' Health Improvement Program (CHIP), which serves low-income babies and children under six years; LaLeche League, which supports breast-feeding; and Westminster Child Care Center. Come to the library at 9:30 a.m. Contact Kobby Hoffman for more information, KobbyHoffman@aol.com.

Tuesday Evening Study Group

The Tuesday Evening Study Group will hold its final meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. in the lower lounge. We’ll all bring refreshments and discuss Chapter 9 in our study book. If possible, please bring some ketchup for the Emergency Food Network. For more information or a ride, please call Barbara Deaver, 434-973-3819.

Sheets for Musical

Staging has begun for the musical, A Table for Five…Thousand! on Sunday, June 2. We need two king-size flat white cotton sheets to paint. If you have one or two you could donate please contact Carolyn Brown, 434-242-0981, about where to leave it/them. Thank you in advance and see you at The Table!

Awakening the Sage Within

On Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lynn Moore, PhD, will facilitate a day-long workshop on this fascinating practice. Sage-ing is a spiritual practice that involves harvesting the wisdom of our lives and finding ways to transmit that wisdom as a legacy to future generations.The workshop is limited to 12 participants, so register soon. There's a $25 fee for materials. Contact Lynn, 828.280.6075 lwmoore368@gmail.org.
Prayers of Joy & Concern

Joy and Thanksgiving for 
  • Carolyn Kelly's daughter, Caroline, upon her installation at the Presbyterian Church of Danville (Kentucky)
  • the life and ministry of progressive Christian author Rachel Held Evans who passed away this week at the age of 37
  • the wonderful year of music and service from all our choir members and the amazing leadership of Megan and Jonathan

Concerns for
  • members of our trans community here and elsewhere; we pray for love and acceptance of all God's people
  • all those dealing with health issues, including cancer, joint replacement, and uncertain diagnoses; we pray for support for those who are ill and those who love and care for them
  • support for courageous asylum seekers coming to the US despite all the dangers along the way and at the border; may we collectively demonstrate daring and fire (like Ananias) as we welcome them
Upcoming Services

May 12 - Lynne preaching

May 19 - Ken preaching

May 26 - Ken preaching

June 2 - Musical in Worship

with information about what's happening at Westminster throughout the year
400 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903-2474
434-293-3133 |  Email
Kate Brinkley | Westminster Presbyterian Church | 434-2967208 | 434-293-3133 |info@westminsterva.org | www.westminsterva.org