January 3, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Growing Up Under Occupation
in Gaza
Sunday, January 6, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 6
Can you imagine what it would be like to live in the Gaza strip? This Sunday during our 10:TEN education hour, Mohammed Eid, a 29-year-old Palestine refugee, will share his story of growing up in Gaza under Israeli occupation. Schools are safe havens for young people during conflicts, and Mohammed will talk about the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees and how it provides education, food assistance, and health and job programs for over one million people struggling to survive.
"Girl Talk" Women's Book Group
Thursday, January 10, 10:00 a.m.
in the Ruth Christie Room
Please join us for a discussion of Tara Westover's bestseller, Educated, A Memoir. Called powerful, moving, brave and inspirational, the author tells of her family, isolated from mainstream society and how she decides to try a new kind of life. She taught herself enough to get admitted to college and her quest for knowledge transformed her. Newcomers are always welcome!
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Coming Up
Pick Up Your Complimentary Portrait
During office hours or Sunday mornings
Thank you to everyone who had their photo taken for our new pictorial member directory. You may pick up your complimentary portrait at church during normal office hours (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or on Sunday mornings. Please note that if you purchased portraits, your free portrait would have already arrived to your home with your order. If you have questions, please contact Nicole Hughes at nhughes@wpc.org.
Sharing Our Blessings with Syrian Refugees
January 20 and January 22-24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Classroom 5
Search your closets and drawers for extra sweaters, shirts, pants and shoes! Please bring them to Classroom 5 on Sunday morning, January 20 or January 22-24 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Westminster, along with Narenj Tree Foundation, will be collecting gently used shoes/boots, men's and children's clothing, new personal care items and school supplies for Syrian refugees. Narenj Tree sends humanitarian relief to refugees in Idlib Province, Syria. Know you are helping keep those who have fled in fear and live with an uncertain future. For more details, please check the flyer on the information table, see the January/February Chimes, or contact Mary Vane (302-654-2508, vanemk1@yahoo.com) or Camilla Jones (302-421-9249, camillajones22@gmail.com).
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Westminster is one of 15 churches that participates with Friendship House serving Sunday morning breakfast, which is prepared the day before. Pictured: Bill Perkins (center) with two WPC young children, whose family helped clean up after serving breakfast on December 30. Click here to learn more about this ministry for displaced men, women, and families in the community.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org .
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2019 Offering Envelopes Ready for Pick Up
2019 offering envelopes are available for pick up in the pavilion. They are labeled with your envelope number, name, and address, so please be sure to pick your box! If you do not see a box with your name and would like one, contact Colleen Falasco at cfalasco@wpc.org or (302) 654-5214 ext. 131. If you see a box with your name but no longer want envelopes, please notify Colleen.
Do You Make Regular Online Donations?
Are you one of our faithful who gives regular donations online? Remember to update your periodic payment amount to reflect your 2019 pledge by January 10, 2019. Go to www.wpc.org and click "Donate Now" to log in. Under "My Scheduled Transactions," click Edit and update the dollar amount only if necessary. Please do not add a transaction (unless you have deleted the existing transaction). Contact Colleen Falasco at cfalasco@wpc.org or (302) 654-5214 ext. 131 if you have any questions.
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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.
  • Andrew G. T. Moore, II (obituary)
    November 25, 1935 - December 10, 2018
     
  • Emmett S. Jacobs
    March 17, 1926 - December 21, 2018
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Saturday, January 12, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a tea reception in Rodney Chapel.
     
  • Edward R. Hagopian
    October 29, 1930 - December 24, 2018
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Sunday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m.
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For All I Know 
 
Courage is my fickle unfaithful friend.
In his company I am eager, even daring.
Often I find myself by him abandoned
in a strange landscape full of fear,
on the edge without a handrail.
I am not one for tears and tissues.
I do as my dad did - soldier on!
And I do what he may not have done -
my father never mentioned it -
I pray.
I confess to God how little I know.
I confess that, for all I know,
everything may turn out fine,
all according to plan.
For all I know, fear too
might be a friend,
one that shocks me awake,
makes me pay attention,
a friend I should not be
so willing to lose.
 
 
Photo of facial tissue half-pulled from the box.
Photograph © 2004; prayer © 2017 Danny N. Schweers
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