Friday, April 24
Dear friends,

We are living into a new reality. Nothing will ever be as it was. There will be no switch to flip that returns us to life before COVID-19. This is true for our families, our work, and for Westminster Presbyterian Church.

How we are the church, how we do church has changed: recorded worship services, Zoom meetings, Facebook and website communications, and receiving contributions are just a few of the practices that have taken on a new life. We can no longer say “We don’t do that here,” or “We’ve never done it this way.”

We don’t know exactly when, but we know the day is coming when we will reopen. A task force for reopening is being launched to address the pertinent issues as we reopen and thrive as a caring church community in the wake of the coronavirus. The task force will develop policies and guidelines for the programs and usage of the church including worship. Members of the task force will include staff, elders from particular commissions, and representatives from the mental health and public health fields.

We need to be flexible in how we support one another as we live through the coming weeks, as we make plans to reopen, and as we work together after we reopen. I see this as an opportunity for us to grow in new areas, to expand our ministries, and to serve Christ in creative ways!

Grace and Peace,

Bruce Lancaster
Interim Senior Pastor
Email Alert
Please be aware that someone is using a fake email address that looks similar to Bruce's Westminster email address. Please do not respond to anything from Bruce that is not from his church email account of [email protected] .

Deacon Meeting
The April Deacon meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, April 29, at 7:00 p.m. Please watch your email for the link, meeting ID, and password. Contact Louise Rogers with questions. 

Thank you for your amazing generosity and love. 
Westminster Reaches Out to Neighbors in Need
A few weeks ago, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Westminster's members were asked to give a suggested donation of $25 per family to SHIM. Today we report with great joy that $6,235 has been donated! It is not too late to make this total even larger. If you would like to donate, please send a check made payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church with SHIM in the subject line. Or, you can donate online .

Prayers Please
Would you or someone you know like prayers during this time? You can email Pastor Louise confidentially or call her at 412-835-6630x216 to leave a message. Joys and concerns will only be shared with your permission but your prayers will be lifted up to God!

Online Book Studies
Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado  
Continuing through May 7, two study groups are being offered to discuss Max Lucado’s book, Anxious for Nothing . Select a time that suits you and join the group. Read more .

Church Schedule
Church is closed through Sunday, May 10, which includes all worship services, activities, and meetings. You can call 412-835-6630 to contact a pastor or leave a message for a staff member .

Please keep your giving current so that our church remains financially healthy. 

Stay Connected Online
Visit us on Facebook and YouTube to stay connected.
Care Packages for Foster Children

The Bair Foundation has requested assistance from Westminster Church to provide quarantine care packages to local foster children who live in group homes and residential treatment facilities. Case workers cannot visit and would like to reach out to these children to let them know they are not forgotten in these uncertain times. Each child will receive an individual care package containing an activity book, fun socks, and snacks along with a note of encouragement from Bair and Westminster. If you would like to help with this effort, we encourage you to shop our Amazon wish list which contains items the case workers have selected. These items will be shipped to Bair (choose the Bair address at checkout) and they will assemble the packages which Westminster will ship.
Socially Distant but Spiritually Connected
Bridge Friday Jam

Friday, April 24
6:00 p.m. 

Tune in for a live worship jam! Jason will be singing songs typically found at the Bridge, and folks can participate in the live chat as well! Visit our YouTube page for more information. 
Bridge Worship Service

Sunday, April 26
9:45 a.m.

The Bridge is meeting again this week for worship via Zoom! Join us for a time of worship, prayer, and teaching. Use the link below to join in!

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 884 6017 4411
Password: 137579
Traditional Worship

Sunday, April 26
11:00 a.m.

Questions on the Mind of God: Where Are You?
Bruce Lancaster

Today's Hymn
How Great Thou Art

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds thy hands have made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Refrain : Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art! Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee: How great thou art! How great thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees, when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze: (refrain)

And when I think that God, his Son not sparing, sent him to die, I scarce can take it in, that on the cross, my burden gladly bearing, he bled and died to take away my sin: (refrain)

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! Then I shall bow in humble adoration, and there proclaim, “My God, how great thou art! (refrain)

Be Not Afraid
Dufford/arr. Hytrek
Chris Hestwood, soloist
Last Week's Video Worship
Contact Us

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15241

Interim Senior Pastor, Head of Staff

Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

Associate Pastor for the Bridge, Youth & Media