September 26, 2019  
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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.

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THIS MONTH'S THEME: Transforming Lives
God's Vision Starts With You
How blessed we are by this community of faith that is Westminster! Our love of God and one another inspires us to give generously to our church's life-changing ministries and programs. This year, we are sharing special videos to explore how God's vision inspires our members to pledge. Check out this week's video on YouTube or Facebook, and stay tuned for more videos to come. Please give prayerful consideration to your response to God's love and know that your gifts are used wisely in ways that demonstrate God's vision for our church and for our world. Please send in your pledge card or pledge online today. Thank you for your support. Stewardship 2020: God's vision starts with you!
YWCA Delaware Sponsors Dialogue to Action
September 29 - November 2
Dialogue to Action: Conversations about Racism is a dynamic, eight-week program that moves us from talk to meaningful action! This program dives into the real issues and root causes, and evolves into action that directly addresses systemic and institutional racism. Now, more than ever, we need to listen to each other, break down the walls between us, and channel our emotions into meaningful action for sustainable change! The groups will end with a large Action Forum in January 2020. For more information and to sign up, click here.
YWCA Delaware Sponsors Evening Discussion Group
Wednesdays, October 2 - November 20, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
Westminster is hosting a YWCA Delaware-sponsored discussion of the book White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Peace Week Delaware
September 21-29, 2019
Peace Week Delaware is a statewide series of events designed to bring neighbors together to promote peace, non-violence, and justice in our world and create peace in ourselves and our communities. Events, planned by many different organizations, include a wide range of programs that focus on fostering peace. They are being held in libraries, places of worship, community buildings, museums, universities, and parks. Plan to attend an event and become part of building a culture of peace in Delaware. Click here for a complete list of events.
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Coming Up
Hanover Food Closet Monthly Food Collection
First Sunday of each month
Do you have three hours a month (less than two days total per year) to support Hanover Food Closet by collecting food the first Sunday of each month before our worship service(s)? If you don't have a lot of time but want to support a vital mission, please consider this opportunity. It can be an especially great activity for families which requires little time but helps children understand the importance of service and helping our neighbors in need. Please contact Polly Pyle-Carter at (302) 388-1711 or
Family Promise Breakfast
Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 a.m. (registration) - 9:00 a.m. at White Clay Creek Country Club
Please join Polly and Jim Carter for breakfast and a short but powerful program on Family Promise and its work to provide permanent housing for homeless families in our community. We have free seats available at our table and would love to have you join us for this fundraising event. Please contact Polly at (302) 388-1711 or by October 1.
Dinner and Discussion with Dr. Serge Makolo
Tuesday, October 8, 6:00 p.m.
in Classroom 6
Come join our Church in the World Mission Committee and Dr. Serge Makolo, medical director of Institut Medical Chrétien du Kasai (Christian Medical Institute of the Kasai, or IMCK) in Democratic Republic of Congo, for a light dinner and informative discussion. Learn about the hospital's extraordinary healing efforts and support of the surrounding community in less-than-desirable circumstances. Dr. Serge Makolo comes to us as part of a speaking tour of the US, facilitated by the PC(USA) Congo Mission Network. See the upcoming October/November issue of the Chimes newsletter for an article with more information about Dr. Serge. Please RSVP Mark Mosher your intentions to attend: or (856) 769-1988.
It's Bazaar Time!
WPC Annual Bazaar: Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Help is needed in all areas!
  • Bazaar set-up: Sunday, November 3 - Thursday, November 7
  • Donation drop-off: Sunday, November 3 - Wednesday, November 6
  • Collectibles (jewelry, art, vintage treasures, silver, tools, glassware, dishes, and much more), Gifts, White Elephants (household, shop, yard, sports, music, holiday décor, linens, costume jewelry, games, bikes, etc.), Children's Clothing, Toys, Equipment, Baked/Gourmet specialties, Crafts
  • Please donate new or used items in good condition.
  • On bazaar day, November 8: Hot dogs and chili (10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.), spaghetti dinner (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)

All proceeds benefit WPC local and global mission outreach programs. Contact

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Adams Cassinga of ConservCongo presents this painting to Westminster. Mark Mosher, Convener of the Church in the World Committee, accepts it on behalf of the church.

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News to Note
Nominations for Church Officers
Do you feel called to use your gifts to advance the work of Westminster? If so, the Nominating Committee invites you to consider joining one of the three governing boards of the church: the Board of Deacons, the Board of Trustees, and Session (Elders). Candidates are elected to a three-year term and can be renominated for a second term. The Nominating Committee will present candidates for each board to the congregation for a vote at the Annual Meeting in January. If you would like to be considered or wish to nominate another member, please contact Convener Karen Dietz ( or Co-Convener Carrie Saathoff (
Bahamas Relief
Few can imagine the terror of spending days dodging debris powered by 185 mph Category 5 winds and pounding rain. Only the most fortunate in the northern Bahamas emerged after three days of stalled hurricane ferocity to face communities in ruin. Generously support the Bahamians efforts to rebuild with a check to Westminster Presbyterian Church with "PDA" on the memo line, or online directly to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.
Muffins Needed for Holy Toast Café
Sunday mornings
The Holy Toast Café has reopened, 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!
Program Year Has Begun - Volunteers Needed!
Sunday mornings
The Christian formation program year has begun. See the church website for specific offerings for children, tweens, teens, and adults. If your infant - 5th grade child will participate (even infrequently), please fill out the form online at (registration link is at the top of the page). We have an urgent need for volunteers for youth classes. We need teachers (curriculum provided) and helpers. Two adults must be present in every class. If you can give one or two Sundays or would like to volunteer for a regular position, please contact Chesna (
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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.
  • Margaret "Peggy" Prideaux Cartmell (obituary)
    December 11, 1923 - September 9, 2019
  • Catherine "Cappy" Fly Hanke (obituary)
    January 2, 1917 - September 14, 2019
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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
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