March 7, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Daylight Saving Time Begins
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 a.m.
Spring forward! Remember to set your clocks one hour AHEAD before you go to bed this Saturday night (March 9). We don't want you to be late for church on Sunday morning! :)
Chimes Deadline Reminder
Monday, March 11, 11:00 a.m.
The deadline for the APRIL 2019 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is Monday, March 11, 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).
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"Girl Talk" Women's Book Group
Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m.
in the Ruth Christie Room
Join us for a discussion of Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. You may have seen the movie of this award-winning book. It is a portrait of two families caught up in the blind hatred of a small Southern town where prejudice takes many forms - some subtle, some ruthless. This book has been chosen by the New Castle County Libraries Reads program for an evening with the author in April at the Chase Center. Join the women of our book group for a discussion of our own on Thursday, March 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room. Newcomers are always welcome!
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Coming Up
Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in March and April
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 Dates available are March 17 and 24; and April 14.
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sundays, March 17 (Staff Conference Room) and
March 31 (Classroom 5) at 10:10 a.m.
Have you been considering membership at Westminster? Please join us for a two-session series on March 17 and 31 at 10:10 a.m. Membership Exploration series are wonderful opportunities to learn more about Westminster Presbyterian Church, to discover ways to connect with others in the congregation, and to explore ways to serve within and beyond our community. For those who wish to join the Westminster congregation, there will also be an opportunity to do so at the end of the second session. Questions? Contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson (302-654-5214 ext. 103 or
Calling All Caregivers of Children - Parents and Grandparents!
Sunday, April 7, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Facilitated by Yvonne Nass
Join us for a lively discussion on how to approach the topic of race with our children and/or grandchildren. At some time in every child's life, they will have to deal with racism either personally or inadvertently. Will they be equipped as children of God to understand what is happening? Let's share our experiences as caregivers on how to best equip one another by talking about race and the implications on children's lives. All are welcome to join us on April 7 as we embark on a journey of exploring ways to empower each other as parents/grandparents, with openness and respect.
Women's Holistic Spiritual Retreat - Save the Dates!
October 4-6, 2019, Temenos Retreat House, West Chester, PA
Details to follow. Questions? See Patti Ridout and Judy Stoddard.
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The beautiful setup in our sanctuary on Ash Wednesday.

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News to Note
Grow Your Own Food
"How?" you ask. By signing up for a raised bed garden plot here at the church. Plots are available, and the cost is $25. The only restriction is that the garden is organic. Compost is available to refresh your bed. There is no need to water because there is an underground irrigation system. The gardening season is the beginning of April until the first of December. Once beds are assigned, feel free to plant. Come join your friends and neighbors and enjoy locally grown food. Applications are at the reception desk.
Tower Hill Students Help WPC Feed the Hungry
Last fall, about 12 students from Tower Hill School created and sold ceramic tree ornaments (with a food theme) and donated the sales to a local organization of their choice who provides meals. They chose the Wilmington Breakfast Club, a Westminster-funded ministry! The students made about $90. Many thanks to the students and teachers at Tower Hill for this wonderful gift.
Attention: Email Users
We are aware that some email users are not receiving emails from the Westminster staff (from This has been a known issue for several years. We have discovered that has strict spam control measures that sometimes inadvertently mark WPC as spam and block our emails from being received by you (the Comcast user). Although we strive to implement "best practices" in email communications, unfortunately we have no control over Comcast's spam definitions and algorithm. We encourage anyone not receiving emails from WPC to contact Comcast Customer Support at (800) 934-6489 or their Security Assurance department at (888) 565-4329. Please let them know that you are not receiving emails from the domain and would like to be added to their whitelist.
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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.
  • Cornelia Samuel Cates (obituary)
    Died February 16, 2019
  • Agnes McGeehan (obituary) - mother of Susan Alexander and grandmother of Shawn Alexander and Kristen Wolanski
    April 5, 1923 - February 17, 2019
  • Beatrice "Betty" Bright Kelley
    April 1, 1924 - February 19, 2019
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m., followed by a tea reception.
  • Dorothy "Dottie" Gkonos (obituary)
    December 30, 1927 - February 26, 2019
Congratulations on Your Little One!
We welcome this child into the Westminster family.
  • Jensen "Jay" Alexander Spilecki ~ Born February 13, 2019
    He is the son of Will and Kelly Spilecki and grandson of Sue and Jerry Spilecki.
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Good Company

Experience has prepared us to be with others in their moments of sorrow. Grief needs company, especially companions with experience. Good, beauty, truth - let us look for these. Let us turn toward the light and, if we can, if it is within our means, let us point others toward the light. But let us remember that we, too, need guidance. We need to let others point us toward the light, for we are human. Experience has prepared others to be with us in our moments of sorrow. If we can, if it is within our means, let us accept their company, especially those with experience.

Photo of Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, February, 2019, Delaware. Text based on the sermon by the Rev. David T. Andrews, Jr. given February 10, 2019 at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington, Delaware.

Photo and prayer © 2019 by Danny N. Schweers ( Prayer inspired by a the February 10 sermon by the Rev. David Andrews at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Wilmington, Delaware.
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