September 5, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. (302) 654-5214. Like us on Facebook
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Upcoming Sunday Service Times
  • September 8
    One service in the sanctuary at
    10:00 a.m., followed by the 13th Street Food Truck Festival
  • Beginning September 15
    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: 

Membership Directories Are Here!
Pick up on Sundays, September 8, 15,
and 22
Our WPC pictorial membership directories have arrived from the printer and will be ready for pick up during the Food Truck Festival this Sunday, September 8 and between worship services on Sundays, September 15 and September 22. One copy is FREE for each family or individual pictured in the directory. If you did not participate in photography but would like a directory, or if your family would like an additional copy, a limited number are available for purchase for $10 each (check or exact change preferred). Pick up a directory, connect those faces with names, and start greeting more fellow members by name!
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THIS MONTH'S THEME: Transforming Lives
13th Street Food Truck Festival
Sunday, September 8
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (rain or shine!)
Let's kick off the program year with good food and fellowship! Join us after worship this Sunday for Westminster's 3rd annual 13th Street Food Truck Festival. Enjoy a variety of tasty food, which will be available for purchase from three food trucks: Kapow, Uncle John's BBQ, and Cajun Sno. A portion of the proceeds of the food you purchase benefits Friendship House, a local non-profit and Westminster mission partner that serves individuals and families who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. Make sure to invite your friends and neighbors, and join us for the fun!
Parking Notice for September 8
Sunday, September 8
To accommodate the 13th Street Food Truck Festival, there will be no parking on 13th Street between N. Clayton and N. Rodney from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, September 8. 13th Street will also be closed to traffic for the duration of the festival. For handicapped access following worship, please use the ramp on N. Rodney Street. Our parking lot and Sunday overflow parking areas will be available for our church members and visitors as usual.
Chimes Deadline Reminder
Monday, September 9, 11:00 a.m.
The deadline for the OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2019 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is Monday, September 9, at 11:00 a.m. Please submit your articles online. Go to and click on "Submit an Article." If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Hughes ( or 302-654-5214 ext. 130).
"Girl Talk" Book Group
Thursday, September 12, 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
Please join us for a discussion of Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver on Thursday, September 12, at 10:00 a.m. We meet in the Ruth Christie Room, and we welcome newcomers.
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Coming Up
Muffins Needed for Holy Toast Café
Starting Sunday, September 15
The Holy Toast Café reopens on Sunday, September 15, and we need volunteers to bake three dozen muffins for Sunday mornings (NO NUTS!). Please share your gift of baking for the rest of us to enjoy in fellowship! Cora Sparling is coordinating the volunteers, so please email her at if you'd like to be a "Muffin Minister." Thank you!
Welcome Back to 180!
Sundays starting September 15
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Community Hall
180° fellowship kicks off on September 15 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.! Grades 6-12 are invited Sunday evenings for games, food, and small groups. Bring friends! This is a great time to relax, give some attention to your relationship with God, and connect with your friends and your church. On kickoff day, parents are invited too! For more information, contact Chesna Hinkley (
Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trafficking in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Sunday, September 15, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 6
2017 Nelson Mandela Washington Fellow alumnus and honorary park ranger/wildlife crime investigator Adams Cassinga discusses the relevance of the world's attention to wildlife conservation and anti-poaching in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He will discuss actions that ordinary citizens of the world can take to ensure that future generations benefit from the wealth of Congolese fauna and flora. He will also discuss the subject using concrete examples of the work he is doing with his organization, ConservCongo.
Scripture in the City: Transforming Scripture's Stories from the Past into Road Maps for Today
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. at Saints Andrew & Matthew Church (719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE)
One initiative of Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is to build a church partnership within Wilmington that would expand our mutual horizons in dealing with issues of peace and justice in our city. Saints Andrew & Matthew (SsAM) Episcopal Church has had extensive experience in building cross-racial relationships. On September 17, SsAM will host the first of a bi-monthly discussion series with theological reflections around a specific Scripture story to facilitate sharing of personal experiences based upon our individual traditions and culture. This is an open forum for all interested people from both churches. Come join us as we learn together! Questions? Contact Mike Gnade ( or 302-562-4464).
Any Bridge is a Bridge - Peacemakers in Iran
Tuesday, September 24, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
In March, Quaker peacemakers Stephanie Judson and Sandy Rea visited Iran with a U.S. peace delegation arranged by CODEPINK - spending four intense days of political meetings in Tehran and two days in historic Isfahan. They will report on the people they met and the effects of U.S. sanctions and policies. The event is part of Peace Week Delaware.
Distinguished Speaker Event: Christian Wiman
  • Saturday, September 28
    Open talk: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
    Registration required at
  • Sunday, September 29
    Sermon: during 9:00 a.m. worship service in the Sanctuary
    Talk: 10:10 a.m. in Community Hall

Christian Wiman is an American poet and editor and teaches Literature and Religion at Yale University. Wiman's presentation will be from his newest book, He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art, which is a love letter to poetry, filled with moving, surprising, and sometimes funny encounters with the poets Wiman has known. Click here for more information in our September newsletter.

Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in October and December
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 The next available dates are October 20 and December 1.
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We welcome our two newest members of the Westminster Church staff - Chesna Hinkley, Director of Christian Education, and Alexis Droke, Director of Music for Children and Youth.

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News to Note
Donate your Old Cell Phones to Benefit Congo Gorillas
What if an endangered Mountain Gorilla from the Democratic Republic of Congo texted you one day and asked for your help? Would you respond? By recycling your old cell phone, it can be recycled and reused, creating less demand for mining coltan in Africa thus helping gorillas in the Congo. So please bring your old cell phones for recycling and place in the colorful, appropriately labeled container near the other recycling boxes under the literature table. We will send our collected cell phones to EcoCell, and we'll donate our refund to ConservCongo, a current WPC partner. (Before you donate, please wipe your cell phone by following these instructions.)
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Recent Life Events
Please Check Back!
There is nothing to report this week, but please check this section regularly for information on important life events of our members.
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Separation and Unity

This week's insight, boys and girls, is that religion offers unity in the midst of separation. In the first chapter of the first book of the Bible, God is separating the waters, heaven from earth, stone from flesh, one creature from another. Soon Adam and Eve are separated from the garden, sent out of Eden into exile. Separated as we are from nature and one another, religion celebrates unity, that God is one, that we are with God and one another, that love binds us. Because we are separated, love is a struggle. We find it as a gift. We celebrate each person's independence and freedom but we look for unity and peace; out of many, one; the whole more than the parts; not me, me, me and me, but us; not many random words but a meaningful story - ours.

Photo of Rock Creek Park seen through the bars of the
Duke Ellington Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C.
Photo and text © 2019 Danny N. Schweers
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