July 30, 2020  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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A Message from Gregory
Knox Jones

Dated Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Thank you to all who participated in Sunday's congregational meeting via Zoom. While it was not as warm as being together in person, it was wonderful to see so many of you. Sue Linderman and Bob Ridout made excellent presentations about the use of the property and its financing, then responded to the numerous questions that were asked.

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TONIGHT: Where We Go From Here
Thursday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom ( https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84768977211)
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is excited to host a conversation with Senator Tizzy Lockman and Urban League Executive Director Eugene Young, facilitated by WPC member Sarah McBride. Delaware marches, protests and vigils demand reform and national polls suggest broad public acknowledgement of inequities and support for meaningful change. How is this moment in time different and how do we leverage the current energy and momentum to make real change happen in Delaware? They will discuss priorities and challenges for policy and cultural reform as well as roles for the public, followed by an audience Q&A. Join us at the Zoom link above, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 847 6897 7211 and click "Join." Look for more topics and information on the WPC Facebook page.
Social Distancing Hike
Saturday, August 1, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Another Deacon-sponsored, social-distancing hike is planned for Alapocas Run State Park on August 1! This event is limited to 10 people. Please be sure that everyone in your family who is required to wear a mask brings one to wear. If you'd like to participate, please email Debbie Wise at djwise99@gmail.com by 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31. The meeting point will be emailed to participants. Future hikes are planned for August 15 and 29; and September 12 and 26.
Syrian Collection Drop-Off Information
August 2, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
August 3, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
August 4, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
At last! The time is quickly approaching to drop off your donations at Westminster for our Interfaith Collection for Syrian Refugees. If you have waited to clean those closets, there is still time! Click here to see our flyer with an updated list of requested items. This week we added pencils, crayons, pencil sharpeners and rulers to the list. Donated items can be dropped off at Westminster Presbyterian Church (by the double blue doors off 13th Street, near Community Hall) during the dates and times shown above and on the flyer. Your donations will soon be loaded into a shipping container and on its way to Syria. Thank you for your continued support and generosity!
Cereal Sunday
Sunday, August 2, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
The first Sunday of the month is Cereal Sunday. Please drop off your cereal donations in the church parking lot. Since the food barrels in the church are not accessible, any non-perishable food items would be gladly accepted also for the Hanover Food Pantry.
Last Week of Compassion Camp Sunday School
Sunday, August 2, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. on Zoom
Join us on Zoom for the last week of Compassion Camp online Sunday school! Compassion Camp is designed for kids ages 4-11, and younger kids are welcome at parents' discretion. Check your email blast for details and a Zoom invitation, or contact Chesna ( chesnahinkley@wpc.org) for more information.
Creative Arts Day Camp Offered by the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
Four week-long sessions starting August 3
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon on Zoom
The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant in Wilmington, Delaware has received a grant from the New Castle Presbytery to offer a FREE virtual Creative Arts Camp during the month of August for rising first to sixth graders. This is an open invitation from PCC. Invite a friend! To register or for questions, contact camp@covenantde.org or (302) 281-4064. More information is available on this flyer.
Paradigm Lost
Wednesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Why have Israelis and Palestinians failed to achieve a two-state solution? Professor Ian Lustick (University of Pennsylvania) has analyzed this Middle East conflict for 50 years and argues that the two-state solution is dead. The only option available is a one-state solution. Join Dr. Lustick for his presentation (via Zoom) on Wednesday, August 5, at 7:00 p.m. To register, RSVP to delawarephr@gmail.com.
Thursday Bible Study is on Hiatus
Our Thursday Bible study group has decided to take a "sabbath" for the month of August. We'll be back at 12:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting September 3 for the second half of Exodus!
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Thursday, August 6, 7:00 p.m. - Film
Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m. - Discussion
(both via Zoom:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84768977211)
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is pleased to host a showing of the new documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble," highlighting the life and work of this Civil Rights icon. We will introduce and watch the one hour and 36 minute film on August 6, then follow up on August 13 with a discussion of the film and the history it describes. If you are unable to join us on the 6th, we hope you will watch the film on your own and join us on the 13th for discussion. Join us at the Zoom link above, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 847 6897 7211 and click "Join." Look for more topics and information on the WPC Facebook page.
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Coming Up
Join Us on the Church Lawn! First In-Person Worship Service Since March
Saturday, August 8, 5:30 p.m. (ending by 6:10 p.m.) on the church lawn
On Saturday, August 8, we will worship on our church lawn at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is limited and an online reservation is required. Please submit ONE reservation per family. When we reach the maximum number of family units we can host, the reservations will close. Everyone who attends the service must wear a mask, practice social distancing by keeping a distance of at least six feet from anyone who is not in your family, and sit where indicated by an usher. Children must remain with their parents at all times. There will be no congregational singing; however, Tony will play a digital piano and some of our choristers will sing. Remember that at that time of day it is still hot and most of the lawn will not be in the shade. Dress accordingly and feel free to bring a bottle of water. Important! Please bring your own lawn chairs or blanket to sit on. The liturgy will be emailed to you after you make your online reservation to print and bring to the service. If it rains, the service is cancelled. Worship on the lawn does not replace our virtual worship service, which will be available on the WPC website on Sunday, August 9. Click here to make your online reservation for August 8 worship on the lawn!
Want to Learn How to Make Movies?
Westminster is looking for volunteers (8th grade and older) to film and edit the church's weekly virtual service - no experience required. For high school students, this would be a great opportunity to get volunteer hours while having fun! For retirees, a way to give back to the church. You can become the next Steven Spielberg! Filming takes place midday Friday and the editing immediately afterwards. When we return to in-person services in the sanctuary, filming will take place during the Sunday morning service. For more information, please contact Baden Saathoff ( badensaathoff@gmail.com), Roger Reinicker ( adk46r2302@aol.com) or Chip Pfleegor ( cpfleegor@comcast.net).
"Backpacks Project 2020" Update
Please give generously!
Fall 2020 would mark our 14th year of providing backpacks filled with school supplies to Wilmington students in need, but the circumstances of starting the upcoming school year are still uncertain. The challenges posed to these children is greater than ever due to this situation, and we are working with each of our five partner elementary schools to determine how best to help them meet their students' needs. To help ensure that we have the capability and flexibility to assist these students in the most effective way, we ask for your generous financial support to this project. Please make your donation here or send your check with "Backpacks Project" noted on the memo line. Thank you so much for making a difference!
Sanctuary Flowers
Date available in 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. The next available date is August 30.
We Want to Hear from You! What Time Should We Have Zoom Adult Education?
Fall 2020
The Adult Education Subcommittee is excited about our fall line-up of guest speakers and series! When the education schedule resumes, we will have Sunday seminars later in the day, so everyone has as much opportunity as possible to go to a worship service. When should we do them? Click here to answer a ONE-question survey.
Still Thinking About Better Days?
Sundays, September 27 - November 15 (8 consecutive weeks)
10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Besides society pressuring us to "get over" the loss of a loved one, the loss of a sibling or friend is often met with even less recognition and support. Perhaps you've recently lost a close friend, sibling, or other loved one. Perhaps one step forward on the journey may be joining the Better Days Grief Support Group. We wholeheartedly invite you! Start time on Sundays has been modified in order to prioritize worship and allow travel time back home prior to our Zoom meetings. Please contact Jill Getty ( jgetty@wpc.org) to register by September 1, at the latest.
Confirmation Class Moved to 2021-2022
In conversation with parents and students, the confirmation teaching team has decided to put off confirmation class until next academic year. We are sure the experience will be more rewarding in person, and we look forward to walking with you through this milestone.
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Our new Organist/Director of Music F. Anthony Thurman (left), husband Ted (right) and their Cocker Spaniel, Danny Boy, visit Westminster's parking lot to hear Sue Spilecki play hymns on our tower chime during Sunday morning donations. We're excited to have Tony on the church staff, and his start date of August 1 is just around the corner! Did you read Tony's letter in the July/August Chimes newsletter? Be sure to check out!


Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
Time with Our Children for Sunday, July 26
Did your young ones miss this past Sunday's Time with Our Children? The Children's Sermon was accidentally left out of the worship video originally linked to our website. The link on our homepage now directs you to the updated worship video, which includes the Time with Our Children. Join Pastor Sudie in imagining the big things that are possible when you start with something as little as a mustard seed!
It's Food Kit Delivery Day in Guatemala - Watch the Video!
The Guatemala Partnership of New Castle Presbytery has an exciting update to share with you: Emergency food kits are being delivered in Guatemala as we speak! Since launching this initiative in May, we have received an unprecedented level of support that quickly surpassed our original goal of providing 300 food kits to families in need. We are truly grateful to those of you who contributed to this project. To read more and watch our Delivery Day Video, click here. We also invite you to sign up to have these updates delivered directly to your inbox (only once or twice a month, we promise.) Thanks so much!
Have You Seen Our July/August Newsletter?
The July/August 2020 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is available online! Be sure to read about all the exciting goings-on at Westminster and the great work our committees and staff are doing. Click here to check it out! You may also download a PDF version from the Communications page of the WPC website where we keep a one-year archive.
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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.
  • Sandra J. White (obituary)
    May 23, 1938 - June 12, 2020
     
  • Margaret Hodges
    January 22, 1934 - July 26, 2020
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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 www.photoprayer.com.
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