July 11, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Let's Talk About It - A Periodic Series
Sunday, July 14, 9:05 - 9:55 a.m.
in the Ruth Christie Room
Facilitated by Sue Linderman
In recent weeks the subject of 'reparations' has been in the news, especially with the introduction of H.R. 40 - Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, currently being discussed in the House of Representatives. Our conversation this Sunday will focus on this topic, as we continue the journey of exploring our beliefs about race, with openness to differing opinions and respect for one another. All are welcome to join in this dialogue.
Church Office Hours
During July and August, the church office is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays (except July 26 for Vacation Bible School). On these long weekends when the office is closed, if you have an emergency and need a pastor, please call the church office at (302) 654-5214 and press 6 to leave a message on our emergency voice mailbox.
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Coming Up
Vacation Bible School 2019
July 22 - 26, 8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Westminster's Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme this year is "To Mars and Beyond." Discover the wonders of God's universe, and register for the best week of the summer! Click here for the two-page registration form. BOTH pages must be completed in order for your child/grandchild to participate in VBS. Please return both forms to the church at the same time. Thank you!
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sundays, July 28 and August 4
following the 10:00 a.m. service
Ruth Christie Room (access through Rodney Chapel or the Ruth Christie Hallway)
Have you been considering membership at Westminster? Are you interested in learning more about this community of faith? Please join us for a two-session Membership Exploration Series on July 28 and August 4 to discuss the Presbyterian tradition, Westminster's ministry and mission, and ways to connect with our church family. There will also be an opportunity to join the Westminster congregation at the end of the second session on August 4.
Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in July and August
Consider giving the flowers for Sunday worship to remember or honor loved ones or to celebrate an event, while expressing praise and thanksgiving to God. Please contact Linda Watson during business hours at (302) 571-6719 or lwatson@ycst.com. Dates available are July 28 and August 25.
Save the Date! 5th Annual Summer Celebration at Franks Wine
Thursday, August 22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a two-hour wine and beer tasting at Franks Wine (1206 N. Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806). The tastings are BYOG (bring your own glass!), and we'll have light snacks to enjoy. As an added bonus, there is a 10% discount on beer, wine, and spirits purchased during the event. Plus, Franks Wine will donate back 10% of total sales that evening to WPC! Everyone who has attended this event in the past has said they had a really great time mingling with WPC friends in a casual atmosphere. Keep an eye out for more details regarding cost and registration. Must be age 21 or over to participate.
Women's Retreat
October 4-6, 2019
Watch for it! The long-awaited registration form and more details for the October Women's Retreat will be available in the August 1 edition of the Weekly Word and on the literature table in the main hallway at church. Registration will be on a "first come" basis. Questions? Contact Registrar Patti Ridout at pgridout@gmail.com.
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Rev. Sudie and her daughter visit with Westminster friends at the Summer Brunch on June 23.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
The Delaware Legislature and Criminal Justice Reform
During the legislative session just concluded, 11 of the 19 bills focused on criminal justice reform supported by the Attorney General's Office and the Delaware Coalition for Smart Justice were passed! Many thanks to everyone who contacted their senators and representatives to urge support. Our efforts will continue in the next session when issues such as sentencing reform, cash bail, and fines and fees will be addressed. If you have questions/comments or would like to be more involved, please contact Lynne Kielhorn ( lynne@kielhorn.us), Mike Gnade ( mgnade@hotmail.com) or Sue Linderman ( srlinder@dca.net) of the WPC Peace and Justice Work Group.
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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.
  • Robert "Bob" L. Checkel (obituary)
    February 12, 1924 - May 29, 2019
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Saturday, August 17, at 11:00 a.m., followed by tea reception. Memorial gifts to Westminster.
  • Natalie Pickering Freeman (obituary)
    October 16, 1954 - June 21, 2019
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Saturday, July 13, at 11:00 a.m.
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Cool Building

How is it that geophysicists have such faith? That they believe in a sustainable future? They have invested $41.7 million to renovate their 25-year-old 62,000-square-foot headquarters to make it a net-zero site, a building that generates as much energy as it uses and which creatively conserves water and oxygen as well. The building is cool in summer and looks cool, too! I want to see Christians have such faith, to do such works, to be such stewards of all that God has given us. We built cathedrals. Now what shall we build?

Photo of the American Geophysical Union headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Photo and text © 2019 Danny N. Schweers
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