September 13, 2018  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Sunday Worship Times
Beginning September 16
  • Service in the sanctuary at 9:00 a.m.
  • Living Mosaics service in Rodney Chapel at 11:15 a.m.
  • Holy Toast Café reopens!
For a full schedule of all events and programs for children, youth, and adults on Sunday mornings and throughout the week, please check our up-to-date calendar at
Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality
Sunday, September 16, 10:10 a.m. in Community Hall
Join us as we kick off our fall adult education programs with a presentation by LGBTQ advocate and Westminster member Sarah McBride. Sarah is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign and author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality. This Sunday, she will discuss her journey as a transgender woman, the role of Westminster in her family's experience, and the current landscape and challenges facing LGBTQ people in America.
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THIS MONTH'S THEME: Transforming Lives
Important Usher Training in September
Sundays, September 16, 23, and 30, 10:10 a.m. in Grace Hall
All ushers are asked to attend a September training session to review new church emergency and security measures for worship services in the sanctuary. Also, a "brush up" on current ushering procedures will be given to assure we are a welcoming congregation. The training will be given during the 10:TEN hour on three Sundays - 9/16, 9/23 and 9/30 - in Grace Hall. All sanctuary ushers need to attend only one of the sessions on a Sunday convenient for them. The lead ushers are coordinating the attendance for their teams.
Why Should Peacemakers be Concerned about Palestine/Israel?
Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
This is a presentation/discussion, led by Dr. Rob Abel and Ms. Mike Abel, on how the 70-year occupation of Palestine not only tramples human rights but denies the essence of Judaism, and why we as Americans - Jews, Muslims, Christians - should be concerned. Dr. Rob Abel is a Jewish-American ophthalmologist who has worked in Israel and the Arab world. Mike Abel is a Palestinian-American who has traveled extensively to the Middle East, West Bank and Gaza on peace and medical missions.
Adult Ed: Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. Alan Fox
Thursday, September 20, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
in Rodney Chapel
Dead Sea Scrolls (also Qumran Caves Scrolls) are ancient Jewish religious, mostly Hebrew, manuscripts found in the Qumran Caves near the Dead Sea. The texts have great historical, religious, and linguistic significance because they include the second-oldest known surviving manuscripts of works later included in the Hebrew Bible canon, along with deuterocanonical and extra-biblical manuscripts which preserve evidence of the diversity of religious thought in late Second Temple Judaism. Presented by Alan Fox, Ph.D., Professor of Asian and Comparative Philosophy and Religion at the University of Delaware.
Please Don't Delay! Schedule Your Appointment for the New Pictorial Member Directory
Photography sessions have begun (Tuesdays to Saturdays through October 6)
Our new pictorial directory of Westminster members will not be complete without you! For participating, you will receive a complimentary portrait and a complimentary directory with the opportunity to purchase additional portraits without any obligation. Photography sessions have begun in a studio on Westminster's lower level (enter through the 1502 door with the blue awning). To schedule your portrait appointment online, click here for the direct link. If you are unable to sign up online, please contact one of us listed below. Thank you for your participation. See you on picture day! Photographer's tip: The background color is gray. For questions, contact Nicole Hughes (, 302-654-5214 x130), or Sudie Niesen Thompson (, 302-654-5214 x103).
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Coming Up
Dining for Guatemala
Thursday, September 27, 5:30 p.m. at the Michener home
Remember Dining for Donations? This is it, but with a little different twist. The hope is to raise money for micro-loans for our Guatemala women friends. Come for dinner at the home of Bunny Michener (615 Kilburn Road, Tavistock) on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30 p.m. We won't begin dinner until after 6:00. Bring an hors d'oeuvre, a main dish salad, a side salad or a dessert and a donation (suggested $20). A variety of drinks will be provided. Call (302) 478-4224 and say you will be coming. Please leave a message. Cathy Higgins and Carrie Saathoff will be available to answer questions.
Book Discussion - "Waking Up White"
Thursday, September 27, 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
Discussion facilitators Liz Bacon and Jane Palmer invite you to join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion of Waking Up White, written by Winchester, Massachusetts native Debby Irving. Debby describes her journey from what she terms "white oblivion" to an enlightening and energizing awareness of race, transforming confusion into curiosity and anxiety into action. There are four copies of this book available in our Westminster library for you to borrow. You need not have read the (whole) book in order to participate in the discussion. We look forward to seeing you!
Strategies for Reducing Violence: Community and Law Enforcement Engagement
Saturday, September 29, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
in Westminster's Sanctuary
Mark your calendars! David Kennedy, author of "DON'T SHOOT: One Man, a Street Fellowship and the End of Violence in Inner-City America" and co-founder of the National Network for Safe Communities, will discuss proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communities, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves. Wilmington Police Chief Robert Tracy will also speak on emerging plans to implement elements of these strategies in Wilmington. This is the second in a community-wide speaker series that begin in September 2017 with Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries.
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Thank you for attending our 2nd Annual 13th Street Food Truck Festival on September 9! Despite the crummy weather, members, friends, and neighbors came out to support the event. Each food truck donated a percentage of their proceeds to benefit Friendship House. Click here to see a few more photos.

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News to Note
Spiritual Formation for Adults
Have you ever missed out on a Sunday morning class at Westminster because you did not know about it far enough in advance? Are you the type of person who likes to plan ahead? Fear not! The "Fall 2018 Spiritual Formation for Adults" booklet is now available on the literature table and online. From a pastor-led discussion of Mark's Gospel to a presentation about Kairos Prison Ministry, there are offerings for everyone! Mark your calendars for the classes you hope to attend, and join us for Westminster's enriching 10:TEN sessions.
Calling All "Muffin Ministers"
The Holy Toast Café needs your help! If you have a knack for baking and would be willing to bake three dozen muffins (NO NUTS) for Sunday mornings, please sign up on the sheet by the money box on the table at Holy Toast Café. For questions, please contact Cora at Thank you!
Help Us Keep Our Database Up-to-Date!
Have you moved recently? Have you let go of your landline? Or have you experienced a life event, such as the birth of a child? With a new membership directory on the horizon, we want to make sure our church records are up-to-date. If you've had a change to your contact information or family situation, please contact Mary Clark, Office Assistant for Data and Archives, at or (302) 654-5214 ext. 123.
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Recent Life Events
Member Deaths - Those Who Have Joined the Church Triumphant
Please remember in prayer those who are grieving the loss of their loved one.
  • Walter D. Ford (former member) (obituary)
    July 7, 1924 - August 20, 2018
  • Harriette Tebell "Sissy" Long (obituary)
    February 14, 1932 - September 4, 2018
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The Westminster Weekly Word features a new Photo Prayer once a month. You may browse all Photo Prayers by Danny Schweers at any time by visiting
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