Friday, October 2
My Friends,

Technical difficulties!

I’m old enough to remember when that meant the wind blew the TV antenna off the roof or with dial-up internet you couldn’t be on the telephone and computer at the same time. Yes, we’ve had our technical difficulties as we’ve begun our in person worship and livestreaming.

There’s a ‘hum and a buzz’ in the audio; our closed captioning doesn’t seem to work; and even last week, the computer went out and we lost the picture for a few minutes. Technical difficulties are frustrating, but I count it all joy that we have the technology with which to have some very minor and correctable difficulties.

Many churches don’t have any technology. Many families in our country don’t have the internet access that you and I have. And let’s be honest, that makes life difficult in these days where online connections are so crucial.

But are there technical difficulties that keep you and me from being connected to God and with God’s creatures and creation? Our spiritual antenna gets tossed around by the winds of self-righteousness; we pay more attention to the hum and buzz of hate and fear and deceit than to the gospel message; or our own lifestyle that keeps on asking the technical question, “Who is my neighbor?” as we hear in the story of the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25-37)

I would say these difficulties are correctable when we realize that our choices have consequences. As I will say this World Communion Sunday, “Our choices should have communion consequences” that reveal our commitment to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves.

Grace and peace,

Sunday, October 4
World Communion Sunday

Join us for in person or livestream worship services from our sanctuary.

Lord's Supper
As part of our service, you will be invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper. If you are worshiping from home, please have bread and drink on hand.
9:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship
Dining at a Banquet of Consequences
Bruce Lancaster
In Person Worship

Reserve your seats for this Sunday's in person worship services by clicking the Worship Reservations button. For assistance, please call Peg Kinsey at the church office at 412-835-6630.
Livestream Worship

We will continue to livestream our services so that we all may worship, that no matter where we are, we are united as the one body of Christ. Click the Watch Live Services button to access our livestream services.
Prayers of Concern and Thanksgiving

Please send your prayer concerns and joys to Louise Rogers at [email protected]. Personal visits are somewhat available so please call to make arrangements.  
Giving of Tithes and Offerings
Giving of tithes and offerings is an important act of worship. Whether you are worshiping with us in person or through our livestream option, we thank you for your gifts which help us to continue the work of the church. Read about the different ways to give to Westminster.
Last Week's Worship Services

Both the contemporary and traditional services from last Sunday are available to watch on our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Peace & Global Witness Special Offering

Throughout the month of October, as we participate in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, our church is extending Christ’s peace throughout our community, our region, and around the world. Read more.
Westminster Seminars Online

Sundays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

All One in Christ Jesus? Christian Unity in Complicated Times
Rev. Liddy Barlow, Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania

We’ll explore what Christian unity means, why it matters, and how we can make it more visible in our own communities. Read more and get the Zoom link to join.
Blessing of the Pets

Sunday, October 4
2:00 p.m.
North Parking Lot

All people-friendly pets and their owners are invited to a designated celebration that both acknowledges and pays tribute to the loyal animal companions that love us unconditionally. Read more.
Faith Witness Against Racism

Sunday, October 4
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Westminster’s front portico and roadside area

Many of us are pained by the racial injustice we see underlying the current focus on racism. Our faith has much to say about this. Join in a Faith Witness to end racism. Read more.
Jesus Christ and the “Dividing Wall”: Race and God’s Mission

Wednesdays, October 7 - 28
7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, through the McClure Lecture Series and World Mission Initiative promises to give us tools to engage in truthful conversation on how our understanding of race influences our mission in the world. Westminster will host a follow-up conversation for members “attending” the lecture series. Read more and register.
Upcoming Events

Treasures for Troops Donation Drive, October 11 - Read more.

Bible Sunday, October 18 - Read more.

Fall Family Fun, October 18 - Read more.
Volunteer Opportunity
Grow Living Stones

Work together with other Westminster volunteers at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Beechview on Sunday, October 25, helping to set up and serve food. Read more or contact Jan Baumann.
Contact Us

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Interim Senior Pastor, Head of Staff

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care
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