April 11, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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CRC Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 13, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
From Westminster's Earth Care Task Force: Cleanups are a worthwhile family activity for a warm spring day. This cleanup is sponsored by the Chester, Ridley, and Crum Creek Watershed Association in nearby PA. Contact lynn@crcwatersheds.org for details.
Holy Week at Westminster
  • Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14
    Worship at 9:00 a.m. (Sanctuary) and 11:15 a.m. (Rodney Chapel)
  • Maundy Thursday, April 18
    Worship at 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)
    Nursery care provided from 6:45 - 8:30 p.m. for infants and toddlers.
  • Good Friday, April 19
    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (silent prayer and meditation in the Sanctuary)
  • Easter Vigil, April 20
    Worship at 6:30 p.m. (begins on Westminster's front lawn)
    See more details in the Easter Vigil announcement below.
  • Easter Sunday, April 21
    8:00 - 11:00 a.m: Easter Breakfast in Community Hall
    9:00 and 11:00 a.m. (not 11:15): Festive worship services in the Sanctuary, with an inspirational sermon by Dr. Jones, and joyous music led by the Westminster Choir, trumpets, timpani, and organ
    10:15 a.m: Easter Egg Hunt (parents and children through 2nd grade meet in Grace Hall)

For full service descriptions, please see the April Chimes newsletter.

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"One Great Hour of Sharing" Special Offering
Accepting donations this Palm Sunday,
April 14 through Sunday, May 19
On Sunday, Westminster will join other churches throughout our denomination in collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. This offering helps care for communities affected by disaster, provide food to the hungry, and change the structures which perpetuate poverty and injustice. We will receive this year's OGHS offering in worship on Palm Sunday, April 14, and will gratefully accept your gift to OGHS through May 19. Please make your check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write "OGHS" in the memo line or give online at www.wpc.org (click on "Donate Now"). Let us share God's generous love.
Criminal Justice Reform - The Human Side
Sunday, April 14, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Much of what we hear about criminal justice reform involves policies, legislation and governmental agencies. Come and hear the personal side as Dubard McGriff, a community organizer for Delaware's Campaign for Smart Justice, and Haneef Salaam, the In-Reach Coordinator for the Wilmington Hope Commission, speak about the creation of the Game Changers, a group of community leaders that have been affected by the criminal justice system. They will share their stories, journeys and perceptions of a broken system and discuss criminal justice reform from another perspective.
"Gratitude" Presentation Postponed
The 10:TEN workshop titled "Gratitude: The Research Behind Living Grateful" presented by Carmelita Whitfield, originally scheduled for April 14, has been postponed until the fall.
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Coming Up
The Easter Vigil
Saturday, April 20, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. (worship begins on Westminster's front lawn and travels to Rodney Chapel)
Since the early days of the church, Christians have gathered on the eve of Easter to remember God's work throughout time, beginning with creation and culminating in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a family-friendly worship service as we tell the story of God's love for us, receive our Confirmation Class into membership, and celebrate Communion. Please note: The Easter Vigil is a traveling service and includes opportunities for congregational participation, so comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended! For more information about our Holy Week schedule, please see the April Chimes.
Easter Breakfast
Sunday, April 21, 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Nurture your body as well as your spirit and soul on Christianity's most glorious day of the year...Easter Sunday! The deacons are busy planning the annual Easter Breakfast. Join us starting at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served continuously until 11:00 a.m. in Community Hall. Remember that the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. worship services are identical on Easter Sunday. Due to the generosity of a Westminster family, the costs of the Easter Breakfast have been covered and there will be no charge this year. Questions? Contact Deacon Amy Bickhart ( abickhart1713@gmail.com or 302-547-5631).
Memory Care Speaker
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m. in Grace Hall
On Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in Grace Hall, the Stephen Ministers will host a speaker from the Swank Center for Memory Care and Geriatric Consultation. Cyndy Fanning, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and program manager, will present a continuing education program on dementia including community resources that are available. All are welcome.
No Weekly Word on April 25
Thursday, April 25
The Westminster Weekly Word will not be distributed on Thursday, April 25. It will resume the following Thursday, May 2. Please schedule your announcements accordingly and submit online at www.wpc.org/communications. The deadline is always Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
Westminster Hosts Dynamic Speaker on Criminal Justice Reform
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.
in the Sanctuary
Adam J. Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, MA, who was recognized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation as its 2017 Changemaker of the Year. He is a fierce advocate for criminal justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending mass incarceration. Delaware's incarceration and recidivism rates continue to be far higher than the national average. As momentum builds for criminal justice reform, we sponsor this community-wide event to enhance our awareness and move ourselves to action. Register online for this free event! For more information, click here.
Saturday, April 27
The Peace and Justice Work Group anticipates an enthusiastic community response for the April 27 event at Westminster featuring Adam Foss (see above). Volunteers are needed from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. to greet and register people coming into the church. Could you give one hour of your time to be a greeter before the start of this not-to-be-missed event? To say "YES," please email Marlys Kerr ( marlyskerr@aol.com).
Family Promise Training Offered
at Westminster
Sunday, May 5, 10:10 a.m.
in Rowell Conference Room
Three or four times a year, Westminster needs 14 individuals willing to serve as overnight hosts for up to 14 homeless family members. On Sunday, May 5, during the 10:TEN hour, there will be an information session about Family Promise in the Rowell Conference Room. This vital community mission has been supported by a faithful group of dedicated members, but there is an urgent need to grow the list of potential volunteers. Please contact Marlys Kerr ( marlyskerr@aol.com) for more information. If you have a schedule conflict on May 5, Marlys will gladly arrange another meeting time.
Open Invitation: Sarah McBride to Speak at Kutz Senior Living Donor Luncheon
Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. at Harry's Savoy Grill
The Auxiliary of the Kutz Senior Living Campus wishes to invite you to its Donor Luncheon. Sarah McBride, a Wilmington native and member of Westminster, will be the guest speaker. She is the first trans woman to intern at the White House and also spoke at the 2016 Democratic Convention. McBride is presently the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. The topic of her talk is "Tomorrow Will Be Different: The Journey Toward Gender Equality." For more information, contact Bobbi Levitt (302-652-1193).
Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in May
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 May 19 and 26.
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Organist/Director of Music Paul Fleckenstein leads the Westminster Choir at rehearsal last night.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
New Website for the Guatemala Partnership of New Castle Presbytery
Our Guatemala Partnership is growing by leaps and bounds - and so is the website! Please visit the brand new site at www.ncpguatemala.com to learn about our partnerships, projects, programs, and ways to participate. There are plenty of photos and videos - you will certainly see some familiar faces. To learn more about this partnership and how you can get involved, please contact Carrie Saathoff or Cathy Higgins ( ncpguatemala@gmail.com).
PC(USA) Grief Resource
Most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. In 2005, PC(USA) National Health Ministries offered a Grief Resource that remains current. Click here to access this excellent information.
Did You Know, or Know of, Miss Madge B. Tyre?
Miss Madge Tyre was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, and lived in the Forty Acres neighborhood until about 1960. Miss Tyre was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She contributed to its Christian Endeavor Society, and was Superintendent of the beginners department of the Westminster Sunday School. Miss Tyre organized the Forty Acres Hiking Club in 1930, which was active until about 1950. At one time the club included 300 members from various neighborhoods. Miss Tyre was known to gift the book Delaware Trees to club members. If you would like to participate in a research project about Miss Tyre, please contact Kara Briggs at (302) 655-6843.
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Recent Life Events
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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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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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