November 1, 2018  
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A Message from Greg Jones
Last week was another horrible one for our nation. Pipe bombs were mailed to political leaders, citizens, and a news outlet targeting them for their political beliefs; a white man in Kentucky shot and killed two African Americans in a grocery (after failing to enter an African American Church that had locked its doors); and then another angry white male opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue killing 11 people and injuring six others, including four police officers.

As followers of Jesus we must name anti-Semitism for what it is - evil. We must name racism for what it is - evil. We must name violence for what it is - evil.

Jesus commissioned us to continue his ministry. As the Body of Christ, we are called individually and as a community of faith to be agents of healing. I pray we will resist evil, speak the truth in love, and promote the common good.

It will take many people of good will to heal our nation. I trust you will be one of them.
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Daylight Savings Time Ends
Sunday, November 4
Fall back! Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 4, at 2:00 a.m. Don't forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, November 4.
Clocks Back - New LED Light Bulb!
Sundays, November 4 and 11
As announced in the October/November issue of The Westminster Chimes, we will have a bulb exchange in Community Hall on Sundays, November 4 and 11, at 10:10 a.m. Bring in an old incandescent (tungsten) bulb and the Earth Care Task Force will give you a new LED warm white bulb. LEDs are energy-saving, so much so that it is better to throw out your old incandescent bulbs now rather than wait for them to burn out. We have 120 of the non-dimmable LED bulbs, 60-watt and 100-watt equivalent, and we want to give all of them away. See you then!
Sunday Seminars for November 4
10:10 - 10:50 a.m.
  • The Gospel of Mark (Greg Jones | Classroom 6)
    Explore the spiritual wisdom of Jesus as we study the first half of the Gospel of Mark this fall.
  • Race in America: Legacy and Future (Dave McBride and Sue Linderman | Classroom 5) The Undead Past: How Nations Confront the Evils of History
  • The Challenge of Paul (Bob Cox | Classroom 3)
    A video series on the Apostle Paul featuring historical Jesus scholar, John Dominic Crossan.

For full descriptions of these and other offerings, see the Fall 2018 Spiritual Formation for Adults booklet.

Movie and Discussion - Join Us!
Sunday, November 4, 3:00 p.m.
at Penn Cinema River Front
The Hate U Give is about a teenager, Starr, who lives a dual life appeasing both her local black friends and the privileged white kids at her private school. But when one friend becomes a victim of police brutality, she has a political awakening, angers a local kingpin and begins to question who she really is. ★★★★★ This is a powerful movie with many meaningful themes that impact youth and adults alike. Join us as we view the film, then meet at a nearby location for refreshments and conversation.
Brewing Questions
Monday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. at Brew Haha! in Greenville
(3838 Kennett Pike)
Do you want to meet other young adults in our community and discuss questions of faith? Join us for Brewing Questions - a monthly gathering for adults in their 20s and 30s. On November 5, we'll continue our journey through the Apostles' Creed and unpack some of the claims of this ancient confession of faith. Whether you've never heard of the Apostles' Creed or grew up reciting it every Sunday, we hope you'll join the conversation. Bring your questions, doubts, and concerns, but - most of all - bring yourself! For more information or to RSVP, contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at
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Coming Up
WPC Annual Bazaar 2018
Friday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Westminster once again "welcomes all" to our Annual Bazaar on Friday, November 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please spread the word about this amazing shopping opportunity featuring all of our traditional venues listed on the Bazaar flyer. Also, pecans are $10.00 a pound and the spaghetti dinner from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will be $10.00. All proceeds support local and global outreach programs. Interested in volunteering? Check out our Bazaar volunteer schedule.
You're Invited to a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!
Friday, November 9, 11:00 a.m. at 1146 East 15th Street, Wilmington DE
Westminster has a long history of engaging with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County to provide affordable housing in our community. Come join us as we celebrate Lenora's Home Dedication, complete with presentation of keys and Bible, blessing of the home, ribbon cutting and tour. Please RSVP online. Hope to see you there!
New Castle Presbytery Congo Partnership: Where New Mission Vision Builds Hope
Sunday, November 11, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 6
Did you know that New Castle Presbytery has restructured to be more focused on mission? And that Westminster is one of several churches of the NCP Congo Partnership, working together to build hope, strengthen relationships and empower the people in Congo? Congolese experience widespread poverty, but their land is rich in natural resources, they flee warfare and suffer oppressive government, but are bound in deep-rooted faith and share unbound hospitality. Come join us in Classroom 6 and hear how our partnership churches are sharing experiences, hopes and dreams while supporting one another in Christ across distance, time zones and cultures.
"Girl Talk" Book Group
Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
For our November meeting we will talk about Sarah McBride's book, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality. Many of you have met Sarah, some of you have heard her speak at Westminster, and now we are reading her book for our monthly meeting. What a timely book for us to share! Join us, please. Note the change of date from the 2nd Thursday to the 3rd Thursday due to the Bazaar.
Book Discussion - "So You Want to Talk About Race"
Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m.
in the Ruth Christie Room
Discussion facilitator Sue Frost invites you to join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion of "So You Want To Talk About Race," written by Ijeoma Oluo, a Seattle-based writer and speaker. Oluo is an exceptional writer with a rare ability to be straightforward, funny, and effective in her coverage of sensitive, hyper-charged issues in America. This book is a timely addition to our ongoing series of "Let's Talk About It" conversations on Sunday mornings. You need not have read the (whole) book in order to participate in the discussion. We look forward to seeing you!
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sundays, November 18 and December 2, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Have you been considering membership at Westminster? Please join us for a two-session series on November 18 and December 2 at 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5 - on the lower level across from Community Hall. Membership Exploration series are wonderful opportunities to learn more about Westminster Presbyterian Church, to discover ways to connect with others in the congregation, and to explore ways to serve within and beyond our community. For those who wish to join the Westminster congregation, there will also be an opportunity to do so at the end of the second session. Questions? Contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at
Holiday Hope
Sunday, November 18, 1:00 p.m.
at Deerfield Golf Club
As a service to the community, Doherty Funeral Homes will sponsor a free program designed to help grieving families and individuals cope with the Holidays. You and your guests are invited to attend on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Deerfield Golf Club in Newark, DE. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register, please call (302) 999-8277 by Thursday, November 15.
Thanksgiving Dinner Guest
Do you have an extra seat at your Thanksgiving table? The DACA (Dreamers) at Delaware State need open homes and housing for the Thanksgiving weekend, as the dorms close for the holiday. There are 113 students that have DACA status living in Dover and cannot afford to travel to their homes. If you could welcome a student into your home, please contact Alice Davis, Hanover Presbyterian Church, at (302) 429-0607 or for additional information.
2019 Youth Triennium
July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
The PCUSA Youth Triennium ( is an amazing event for youth which takes place every three years. Applications (due November 1) are available for youth from ninth grade through graduated seniors. New Castle Presbytery will sponsor travel by bus for youth from several churches who have already registered. Please contact Susan Williamson ( or Merideth Hite Estevez ( for more details.
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Westminster's Children/Youth Musical took place this past Sunday, October 28. This worship service was led completely by our children and youth. With singing, drama, strings, coloring, and pipe cleaner art, it was highly interactive and tons of fun! Click here to see more photos.

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2019 Pledge Reminder
'Tis the Season...for stewardship and giving back! The 2019 church budget depends heavily on the generosity of our wonderful Westminster family and your financial pledges have a direct impact on our church programs and benevolences for the coming year. Please do your best to send in your pledge cards or pledge online by Monday, November 5, and thank you in advance for your support!
Save Your Coffee Cans!
Please bring your clean ~11 ounce coffee cans with lids to church and place them in the Christmas box near the reception desk. Westminster elves will fill them with freshly baked cookies, and the decorated cans, packed into their Christmas Boxes, will help make Christmas merry for 120 families!
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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.
  • Kathryn G. "Kitsey" Kiley (obituary)
    April 16, 1947 - October 2, 2018
  • Frederick J. Carspecken (obituary)
    September 29, 1946 - October 14, 2018
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Friday, November 2, at 2:00 p.m., followed by a reception in Community Hall.
  • Jane Arthur E. Hamlin (obituary)
    Died October 16, 2018
    A memorial service will be held in the Rodney Chapel of Westminster on Wednesday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be private.
Congratulations on Your Little One!
We welcome this child into the Westminster family.
  • Benjamin Grey Weeden Howard ~ Born September 20, 2018
    He is the son of Rob and Jessica Howard and grandson of Rick and Mary-beth Howard.
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Love Lock Bridge

Our love is locked into place and we have thrown away the key. Let the bonds between us be as strong as the steel in this padlock and this chain-link fence. May affection flow between us as endlessly as the traffic below us. Like that traffic, our love will ebb at times, even become a trickle at times, but God willing we will have faith to wait for its returning flood. Protect our love, Lord, from the jaws of bolt cutters and the teeth of hacksaws. Be with us in sunshine, rain, and snow. Let us grow old together, the ties that bind us rusted solid.

Photo of love locks on the pedestrian overpass south of
Trenton, New Jersey, at the Interstate 295 Scenic Overlook.

Photo and text © 2018 Danny N. Schweers
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