January 10, 2019
Vol. 3, Issue 2
A Gift of Remembrance

On September 29, 2018, a group from Westminster Church found themselves in the Rotunda at UVA listening to a presentation on the forgotten people whose contributions to this community have been overlooked for far too long. They heard about the proposed Memorial to Enslaved Laborers that the UVA Board of Visitors approved and on which construction will begin sometime later this year. To learn more, click here .
           In her letter to the Westminster Benevolence Committee, Sally Telford wrote: “Those are the enslaved people who worked for Mr. Jefferson and who built with their raw calloused hands the bricks and boards that comprise the architectural beauty that is Monticello and The University of Virginia.” Over the phone, Sally also reminded me of Westminster’s long and committed connection “to and with students and faculty in all facets of university life.” 
All this said, I am proud, even moved, to announce that UVA has received a $2,000 contribution from the WPC benevolence fund to help fund this memorial. The intent of the memorial is to remember and to ask for forgiveness. In an email to Louis P. Nelson, Provost for Academic Outreach, David Garth wrote: “This [gift] represents our church's continued commitment both to the causes of justice within our community and to our ministry to the University of Virginia.”
           As we move into 2019, let us give thanks to God for our continued relationship to UVA and our willingness as a congregation to never forget the people who lived and died here and deserve to be remembered.

Ken Henry
January 13
at 11 a.m.

Please check www.westminsterva.org for inclement weather information.

Worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. resumes on Jan. 27.

Plenary Adult Ed. Class
at 9:30 a.m., featuring Jill Duffield, editor of The Presbyterian Outlook

Sun., January 13
11 a.m., Worship
Noon, Fellowship Hour
12:15 p.m., Session Meeting , library
12:15 p.m., Singers Rehearsal, choir room

Tuesday, January 15   
4 p.m., Rugby Entrance Comm .,
7:30 p.m., Organ Concert Series Comm. , lounge

Wednesday, January 16   
1:30 p.m., Green Team, lounge
Thursday, January 10   
4 p.m., Choristers Rehearsal ,
   choir room
7 p.m., Adult Choir Rehearsal ,
   choir room

Sunday, January 20
11 a.m., Worship with Reception of New Members
12:15 p.m., Annual Meeting, followed by Congregational Lunch and welcoming new members
Prayer Shawl Gathering
Join us on Monday, January 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the lower lounge for a time of sharing, praying and knitting/crocheting. Perhaps this is one of your New Year’s resolutions…we hope you will be part of this special ministry. Call Beth Hochstetler, 978-1674, if you have any questions.
Make Your Voices Heard on MLK Day
Celebrate MLK,Jr day on January 21 by going to the Va. General Assembly to ask for gun violence prevention. A free bus leaves from Meadows Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 21, at noon and returns at 6 p.m. Call David, Garth 465-5641, for details.
Souper Bowl of Caring
Souper Bowl of Caring begins next week! Bring your cans and non-perishable items to the Fellowship Hall until February 3. 100% of our collection helps families in our community. Together, let’s tackle hunger!
Louise Penny Book Study begins Jan. 20
While a new calendar of adult education options will be coming out soon, those of you who are interested in being part of a book study of Louise Penny mystery novels may want to pick up her latest novel, Kingdom of the Blind and check your local library or go on Amazon for her first novel, Still Life. Our first gathering will be January 20 in Room 209. Happy reading!
Help Us Host Men's Homeless Shelter in March
This year Westminster will host the PACEM (People and Congregations Engaging in Ministry) men’s homeless shelter from March 9-23, and, based on previous years, we will likely host 40-50 guests a night in Fellowship Hall. Cold winter nights are a life-threatening challenge to our homeless population, and this ministry is one of the best ways that we can fulfill our Christian commitment to  love all our neighbors . If you haven’t joined us as a volunteer in the past, please consider how you can help.  It’s a pleasure to get to know our guests and share time with them. Click here to learn more.
Encouragement and Support
Hanah Clark, a friend of Westminster, is spend four weeks in her hometown of Marietta, Ohio, away from her two-month-old son and her mother, who is caring for the baby in Hanah’s absence. Hanah is very lonely and has little support. She would greatly appreciate a cheerful, loving card or short letter. Her address is Mrs. Hanah Elizabeth Clark, c/o 101 West View Drive, Marietta, OH 45750. Questions may be referred to David Strider, 434-996-0497.
Upcoming Sermons

January 20 - Ken preaching

January 27 - Ken preaching

February 3 - Ken preaching

February 10 - Lynne preaching

with information about what's happening at Westminster throughout the year
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