March 21, 2019
Vol. 3, Issue 12
Welcome to Disorientation

On Sunday, UKirk, Westminster’s student ministry, will be leading a Lenten service of disorientation and disruption. Lent is a time in the desert, a time of disorientation, a time that disrupts our typical routines, and a time when the Spirit of God moves in disruptive ways. This disruption makes us question and consider our typical orientations and our typical ways of moving and being and acting.

The questions are: Will we allow ourselves to stay in the tension of disorientation? Will we allow the spirit of God to challenge our preconceived orientations? Will we wade through disorientation, so that transforming reorientation can take place? Are we willing to believe that the God of scripture continues to move and speak and act in new and challenging ways?

Join us on Sunday as we attempt to move from orientation to disorientation, and then to reorientation. We will look at biblical scenes and compare them to current scenes of disruption. We will wade through the discomfort together, as we are on the Lenten path to transformation and new life.

May we be rooted in Jesus’ radical reorientation of love and justice!
May it be so!
Brittany Caine-Conley
On Sunday, we will also celebrate the Rite 13, a liturgy that marks the passage to adulthood for Helen Moak, Eleanor Saunier, Alden Scott, and Max Timmins. The liturgy lifts up the gift of becoming an adult and rejoices in what lies ahead as we come together to honor this milestone in the faith lives of our young people. A reception with cake will follow the 11 a.m. service.
University Sunday
Third Sunday of Lent
March 24
at 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Adult Education Classes
at 9:30 a.m.
Creating a Culture of Generosity: Leaving a Legacy - Dr. Deborah Rexrode, Stewardship, Presbytery of the James, Library
Contemporary Theology ,
Room 207
Faith and Family , Lounge
Opening Doors , Room 208


Sunday, March 24
University Sunday
8:30 & 11 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Classes for Children,
   Youth and Adults
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:15 p.m. Singers Rehearsal,
   choir room

Thursday, March 21  
10:30 a.m. Transitions, Lounge
4 p.m. Choristers Rehearsal,
   choir room
7 p.m. Adult Choir Rehearsal,
   choir room

Sunday, March 31
Fourth Sunday of Lent
Hunger Offering
8:30 & 11 a.m. Worship
9:30 a.m. Classes for Children,
   Youth and Adults
12:15 p.m. Fellowship Hour
12:15 p.m. Singers Rehearsal,
   choir room
The Bible in Political Discourse
“The Use of the Bible in American Political Discourse” is the subject of Samuel L. Adams’ class at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Dr. Adams is a Professor of Biblical Studies, Union Presbyterian Seminary. This session will consider the use of scripture in American political discourse. We’ll examine the ways in which the Bible is most commonly utilized in contemporary politics — not just the verses that are selected, but how they are invoked.
Share a Guatemalan Meal with Maria
On March 27, at 6 pm. the first 25 Westminster members who sign up will have a place at the table where Maria is in sanctuary at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. The cost $25/person, which will cover the meal and support for Maria’s sanctuary fund. Make out checks to "Sanctuary Fund, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church." Maria will cook and serve native Guatemalan food for us and, through an interpreter, share her powerful story with us. Contact Irene Townsend, To learn more, click here .
Church School Survey
What do you think about Church School for our preK-6th grade children at Westminster? What are we doing right? What could we be doing better? Please share your thoughts and ideas; complete the survey here.
Enslaved Laborers Memorial
On a recent rainy afternoon, many gathered in the Rotunda to celebrate the emancipation of 14,000 enslaved people of a total population of 27,000 in Charlottesville and Albemarle County after the Civil War Rio Hill skirmish and surrender. We were celebrating Liberation and Freedom Day (March 3) with those who are descendants from the enslaved laborers who build the university, ministers, choir group, University architect, read more...
Westminster's Benevolence Grant
Westminster members care about our local and justice work and expand it beyond our own borders by partnering with many local, national and international organizations and mission projects through benevolence grants. Priority is given to non-profits with involvement of WPC church members. Applications for consideration to the Benevolence Committee are due Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Details on benevolence giving and grant making.
Prayers of Joy and Concern
Prayers of Concern
  • for David Heflin, Lydia Brawley-Magee and Linda
  • for Lynne Clements and her family, the Vaughan family and the family of Monica Daniels as they mourn the deaths of their loved ones.
  • for the citizens of Christchurch, New Zealand and the members of the Al-Noor mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre as they cope with the aftermath of the horrible mass shooting and the loss of 50 loved ones
  • for the people of Venezuela, as they watch their country crumble and for our own fears about the future of our own country,
Prayers of Thanksgiving
  • for the joy of family reunions, especially after long years of separation.
  • for the young students who courageously participated in the world-wide "Youth Climate Strike" last Friday,
Upcoming Sermons

March 24 - University Sunday

March 31 - Ken preaching

April 7 - Lynne preaching

April 14 - Ken preaching

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