October 4, 2018  
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Only TWO Photography Days Left for the New Pictorial Member Directory!
Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6
Our new pictorial directory of Westminster members will not be complete without you! For participating, you will receive a complimentary portrait and a complimentary directory with the opportunity to purchase additional portraits without any obligation. Photography sessions are taking place in a studio on Westminster's lower level (enter through the 1502 door with the blue awning). To schedule your portrait appointment online, click here for the direct link. If you are unable to sign up online, please contact one of us listed below. Thank you for your participation! Photographer's tip: The background color is gray. For questions, contact Nicole Hughes ( nhughes@wpc.org, 302-654-5214 x130), or Sudie Niesen Thompson ( sniesenthompson@wpc.org, 302-654-5214 x103).
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THIS MONTH'S THEME: Transforming Lives
Combating Violence in Wilmington - A Framework for Discussion
Saturday, October 6, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
in Classroom 5
(same class will be offered on Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m.)
Presenter: Lynne Kielhorn
Lynne and a colleague from her work in Wilmington will present on the topic of street violence in Wilmington. This program is based on Lynne's 10:TEN presentation in Community Hall on March 4, 2018, and will include a brief history, recent trends, learnings from other cities, and the status of current Wilmington initiatives. Come and learn about the work being done to make our city safer.
Sunday Seminars for October 7
10:10 - 10:50 a.m.
  • The Gospel of Mark (Greg Jones | Classroom 6)
    Explore the spiritual wisdom of Jesus as we study the first half of the Gospel of Mark this fall.
  • Beyond Backpacks: Mentoring is Life-Changing (Lynne Kielhorn | Classroom 5)
    Hear from educators, mentors, and students about the transforming power of mentoring relationships.
  • The Challenge of Paul (Bob Cox | Classroom 3)
    A video series on the Apostle Paul featuring historical Jesus scholar, John Dominic Crossan.
  • Preparing for the Public Reading of Scripture (Sudie Niesen Thompson and Chip Pfleegor | Sanctuary)
    Hone your skills as a Lay Reader or try your hand at reading Scripture in public.

For full descriptions of these and other offerings, see the Fall 2018 Spiritual Formation for Adults booklet.

Mental Health Conference
Tuesday, October 9, at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
The annual "Inspiring Hope Conference" will feature presentations on the criminalization of mental illness, adult and children's crisis services, addiction, trauma, multi-cultural issues, mental health and faith communities and much more. Visit www.namidelaware.org for more information and to register! Or contact Josh Thomas at jthomas@namide.org.
"Girl Talk" Book Group
Thursday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
For our October meeting, we will talk about To Everything a Season by Sherri Schaeffer, a local author. She has set this novel in the Amish country of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia. A collision between a buggy and a convertible bring about the intersection of Amish and "English" ways. Those involved are faced with difficult decisions and several lives are changed forever. Join us for discussion on Thursday, October 11, at 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room.
Racism in America: Exploring Our History
Thursday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Classroom 5
(same class offered on Tuesday, October 23, at 6:30 p.m. and
Saturday, November 3, at 9:00 a.m.)
Presenter: Sue Linderman
We know that racism in America traces its roots back to slavery, but how did we get from there to here? Join us as we explore the path of American history that shapes our society and our perspectives today. This program is an updated consolidation of the two-part 10:TEN presentation by Sue Linderman on January 14 and 21, 2018. This is an eye-opening exploration of history we were never taught that sheds new light on issues of race in our country.
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Coming Up
Merideth and Paul in Concert
Friday, October 12, 8:00 p.m.
Westminster's 2018-2019 concert season kicks off with the long-awaited performance by our own staff musicians. Merideth Hite Estevez will be heard on oboe and English horn, and Paul Fleckenstein will be at the organ and piano. On the program are musical treasures by Bach, Widor, Poulenc, Jongen, and more. You'll be swept away by Merideth's haunting tone and dazzling technique, and amazed with Paul's keyboard work, including a cadenza played entirely by the feet! As always, the concert is free, with an offering received, and the music will be followed by our signature Westminster-style reception.
Syrian Refugee Benefit Dinner
Saturday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. at Silverside Church, Kine Hall
(2800 Silverside Rd, Wilmington, DE)
Come join us in support of Syrian Refugees with a night of Middle Eastern food and entertainment! The benefit is in support of the Narenj Tree Foundation which provides Humanitarian Relief to refugee camps in Idlib Province, Syria. The Narenj Tree Foundation has currently sent 66 shipments of clothing, school and medical supplies along with other essentials. All funds collected will be used in support of future shipments. Flyers are available on the information table at church. For reservations or more information, please contact Mary Vane at (302) 654-2508 or vanemk1@yahoo.com.
Pacem in Terris Annual Dinner
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. in Westminster's Community Hall
You are cordially invited to celebrate 51 years of peace and justice work of Pacem in Terris. The speaker will be Joyce Ajlouny, General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee, formerly the director of Ramallah Friends School in Palestine. Also, a traditional part of Pacem's Annual Dinner is the recognition of "Peacemakers Among Us." Pacem honors several unsung but highly deserving people who have dedicated themselves to making the world, and our community, a better place. One of this year's recipients is our very own Greg Jones! Dinner reservations are $30 per person and are due by October 14. For more information, download the flyer or reserve online.
Pilgrimage to Peace
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m. in Community Hall
A Jewish Israeli, a Palestinian Christian and an American Christian faith leader discuss prospects for peace. Sponsored by Delaware Churches for Middle East Peace and Westminster Presbyerian Church.
WPC Annual Bazaar
Friday, November 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Support Westminster's mission outreach programs!
  • Bazaar set-up: Sunday, November 4 - Thursday, November 8
  • Donation drop-off: Sunday, November 4 - Wednesday, November 7
    (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Bazaar clean-up: Saturday, November 10 (begins at 7:00 a.m.)

Questions? Contact Susan Williamson at susanwilliamson@comcast.net or
(302) 478-1922.
  

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On Sunday, September 30, we celebrated Suzie Hurlock's 25th anniversary as our Senior Pastor's Administrative Assistant. We are grateful to Suzie for her long and faithful service to our church family.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org .
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News to Note
Church Educator Search Committee
We thought you might like to know that we have a wonderful team that has begun the work of finding a new Church Educator for Westminster. The committee members include Chris Hickey, Rick Holmes, Dan McAllister, Margo Reign, Robin Rosser, Barb Stratton, and Susan Williamson, moderated by Janet Steinwedel. Session met in the summer to approve the updated job description and the process of posting got underway. Interested parties will email their resumes and cover letters to apply@wpc.org. We'll keep you updated right here as we make progress in our mission to find a terrific new leader for our education programs. In the meantime, we have a lot of highly effective and enthusiastic individuals ensuring our education efforts run smoothly. Many thanks to all of them!
UrbanPromise (UP): Urgent Need for Tutors
UP Academy High School Principal, Joel Orr, and UP Elementary School Principal, Rhonda Raines, have identified the critical academic deficits for many of their students this year. In both schools, there are students who can barely read. In the high school, the lack of basic math skills is pervasive. As a result, kids in both schools are not keeping up with lessons that are being taught, and an immediate one-on-one intervention by tutors is being sought. Would you consider tutoring a student and/or passing this request along to someone who may be interested? The Academy needs 20 tutors (Mondays). The UP Elementary School needs 15 tutors (Monday-Friday). If you can help, please email ellen@urbanpromise.org AND betht@urbanpromise.org.
Westminster Awarded Grant to Support Refugee Resettlement
Our congregation has been a major player in the Refugee Integration Support Effort (RISE) based in Jewish Family Services. We also worked closely with Literacy Delaware as their volunteers teach English to newly arrived refugees. The Presbytery Ignite Commission awarded Westminster $20,000 to be passed on to Jewish Family Services ($10,000) and Literacy Delaware ($10,000) so they can continue their essential services. The collaboration of Westminster, other faith-based groups and community groups to welcome and aid refugee families has been a beautiful example of a caring village.
Nominations for Church Officers
If you feel called to use your gifts to advance the work of Westminster, the Nominating Committee invites you to prayerfully consider joining the leadership of our church. There are 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 re-nominated for a second three-year term. The Nominating Committee is working on a slate of candidates for each of these boards, which will be presented to the congregation for a vote at the Annual Meeting in January. If you would like to be considered for one of the boards or wish to nominate another member, please contact Convener Karen Dietz ( kfdietz@verizon.net or 302-656-0343) or Co-Convener Carrie Saathoff ( carriesaathoff@hotmail.com or 302-230-1799).
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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.
  • Kathryn G. "Kitsey" Kiley (obituary)
    April 16, 1947 - October 2, 2018
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Grindstones, Stanage Edge

This birthplace of grindstones gives birth no more. A few millstones remain here at Stanage Edge, evidence of the stonecutters' craft. They are evidence as well of the impermanence of technology. They make me look at my computer and smart phone not as modern and clever devices but as clunky things on the threshold of history, soon obsolete junk. Why was I so eager to possess them? What made them so enticing? So cutting edge? What does impress me is that words written thousands of years ago still make sense today. The parable of the Good Samaritan still rings true. Amazing! Twenty centuries have not made it obsolete.

Photo of 18th-century grindstones abandoned where they were
carved on Stanage Edge, Peak District National Park, England.

Photo and text © 2018 Danny N. Schweers
www.photoprayer.com
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