November 29, 2018  
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An Evening of Christmas Storytelling
Friday, November 30, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Highlands Art Garage (2003 W. 17th St.)
ByHeart (Shelley Gnade and Mary-beth Howard) invite you to a storytelling open house for families and children of all ages. The first set of stories at 6:00 p.m. is for children under age 5. The second set of stories at 7:00 p.m. is for the young at heart, ages 5 to 90+. Free on street parking.
December Ushers Needed!
Every Sunday in December and
Christmas Eve
The December Usher Team is understaffed - and that is the polite version! If you would like a fast and fun opportunity to serve your church on a Sunday morning, drop by the back of the sanctuary and we will find a place for you. Ages 8 and up, please. Long-term commitments accepted but not required. See Jim Carter or e-mail at
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"Draw Near" Advent Devotionals Available
Advent means "coming," and is the name given to the four weeks leading to Christmas. During Advent, the church awaits the birth of the Christ child and prepares for Christ's coming. We hope you will mark this season of preparation through worship, as well as through personal prayer and reflection at home. There are Advent Devotionals, published by the creative minds at A Sanctified Art, available to guide you in this practice. You can pick one up at the Advent Workshop on December 2 or from the literature table in the main upstairs hallway.
ECHO Giving in the World
Information table: Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10:10 a.m. in Community Hall
Echo Giving provides an alternative to traditional gift-giving, benefiting Westminster-supported missions across our city and around the globe. An Echo Giving table will be set up in Community Hall during the 10:TEN education hour on Advent Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 and 23. Stop by to pick up your shopping list, discuss giving options, and decide how you'd like to make a difference during the Christmas season. Make your contribution, and you'll receive an Echo Giving in the World card for the loved ones on your list. Shopping lists are also available on the literature tables.
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sunday, December 2, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Please join us in Classroom 5, on the lower level across from Community Hall, for the second session of our Membership Exploration series! These series are wonderful opportunities to learn more about Westminster, 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 this session. If you are interested in membership but were unable to participate in the first session, please contact Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at
Guatemala Youth Partnership
Trip 2019
Information Session: Sunday, December 2
12:00 p.m. in Classroom 6
Westminster is planning our next Youth Partnership Trip to Guatemala from June 18-26, 2019! This trip will be open to all CURRENT 10th, 11th and 12th graders who have attended confirmation class. Curious? Attend our information session on December 2! We will meet at 12:00 p.m. for a pizza lunch in Classroom 6. The presentation will be for all interested youth and their parents to learn more about the trip, including costs, itinerary, and what to expect. Bring your questions! Spaces on this trip are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is important that you attend this session if you are considering traveling with us. See highlights of our most recent youth trip! Please RSVP for lunch to
Brewing Questions
Monday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at Brew Haha! in Greenville (3838 Kennett Pike)
Do you want to meet other young adults in our community and discuss questions of faith? Join us for Brewing Questions - a monthly gathering for adults in their 20s and 30s. On Monday, we'll continue our discussion of the Apostles' Creed by focusing on this confession's statements regarding the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You do not need to have participated in earlier conversations or be familiar with the Apostles' Creed to participate! Bring your questions, doubts, and concerns, but - most of all - bring yourself!
Recovery on a College Campus
Tuesday, December 4, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church
TRIAD Addiction Recovery Services is hosting an education seminar on Tuesday, December 4. The title is "Recovery on a College Campus" and our speaker is Jessica Estok, Substance Abuse Counselor at the University of Delaware. The event will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church (1108 N. Adams Street, Wilmington, DE 19801) from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. The event has been approved for 1 CEU by the Delaware Certification Board.
Wednesday Evening Taizé: A Service of Prayer and Reflection
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, and 19
6:30 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
O, Come All Ye Frazzled! Take a break from the hectic pace of the Christmas season and join us on Wednesday evenings during Advent for a brief service inspired by the worship of the Taizé Community in France. Click here for our Taizé flyer. Or for more information, contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at
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Coming Up
Christmas Box Canned Food and Wrapped Gift Donations Due by December 9!
Donation deadline: Sunday, December 9
Please help Westminster fill Christmas boxes for 120 families in need. Whether donating a can or more of needed food items (cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, fruit) or a wrapped $10-$20 gift for your Wish Star recipient(s) (choose your "star" from the trees), you can help make this Christmas brighter for these local families. Also, please note these activities on your calendar: 12/2 kids and teens card-making, 12/8 cookie baking, 12/9 all donated items due, 12/14 packing party and potluck dinner, and 12/17 distribution day. For more details, see the Chimes, our fun video, or contact PR Elf
Christmas Musical Celebration 2018
Sunday, December 9, 4:00 p.m.
Be sure not to miss this year's annual Christmas concert here at Westminster. Our Westminster Choir and soloists, along with 14-piece orchestra and organ, usher in the holiday season with an uplifting program including selections from Handel's beloved oratorio Messiah, festive arrangements of traditional carols, and a colorful work by American composer Randol Bass, A Savior Is Born. As always, admission is free, and an offering will be received. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite your friends to share in our glorious music here at Westminster. Click here to download the flyer.
Christmas Poinsettias
Order deadline: Monday, December 10
You are invited to contribute toward the decoration of the church for the Christmas season in memory of, or in honor of, loved ones. Click here to download and print the form. The form is also available on the main literature table next to the reception desk at church. The deadline is Monday, December 10. For any form received after that date, the names will be listed in the December 30th bulletin.
Chimes Deadline Reminder
Monday, December 10, 11:00 a.m.
The deadline for the JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is Monday, December 10, 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).
December "Girl Talk" Women's Book Club
Thursday, December 13, 10:00 a.m. in the Ruth Christie Room
December's "Girl Talk" book club will discuss John Grisham's Skipping Christmas. This relatively short, light comedy, made into a movie of the same name, points to several relatable aspects of the season. You do not need to have read the book to join in the discussion.
Urgent Need for Kitchen Elf!
Friday, December 14
The Christmas Box Packing Party on December 14 is fast approaching. The potluck dinner that is part of the evening's event urgently needs a coordinator. This Elf job requires about 4-5 hours between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 14. There is a detailed "How To" list compiled from many years of Mary Young's reports. Any Elf willing to do this job should contact Marlys Kerr at Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Fa La La! Christmas Caroling in Retirement Communities and Healthcare Centers
Sunday, December 16, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in Community Hall (immediately after the first worship service)
Have a desire to share the Christmas spirit? Come directly to Community Hall on Sunday, December 16 after the first worship service concludes. Have a muffin or cookie provided by the deacons and quickly pick a Christmas Caroling team going to a retirement community/healthcare center. We will leave Community Hall by 10:15 for five destinations: Ingleside, Stonegates, Country House, Cokesbury, and Maris Grove. Living Mosaics attenders may join the Ingleside Team as they return by 11:15. All other teams finish at noon. Comfortable shoes encouraged; lots of walking. All voices and ages are welcome! See the December Chimes for more details.
Helping Hands Glove Collection - Year 4!
As you do your Christmas shopping, please remember to pick up some extra pairs of gloves and mittens for our Helping Hands Project. These new gloves and mittens, for men, women and children, will be distributed to those in need through Friendship House's Empowerment Centers. These gloves/mittens need to be new, but they do not need to be expensive. Big box stores, grocery stores, Harbor Freight, drug stores and dollar stores all have inexpensive, practical gloves and mittens. Collection will take place on Sundays in January. Watch for the colorful mitten reminders around WPC after the first of the year!
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Westminster members and friends volunteer at Emmanuel Dining Room earlier this month. Pictured: Sue Scofield, Joanne (volunteer/leader at EDR), Gary Bloomer (husband of Sue Front), Sue Frost, and Cathy Lang. Sue Frost shares "...we all had such a nice time and were so impressed with the work done by those at the Emmanuel Dining Room. We were grateful to Camilla [Jones] for organizing this experience. It was a morning well spent learning about all the wonderful ways our community comes together to serve the hungry. We hear they are always looking for help and highly recommend the experience to anyone looking for worthwhile service."

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News to Note
Two Recent Films on Race
Westminster Peace and Justice Work Group
These films are compelling and enlightening, providing meaningful grounds for reflection and conversation.
    Starr Carter lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she resides and the mostly white prep school she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman.
    A comedy-drama film about a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by African-American jazz pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) and Tony Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), a white Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley's driver and security.
Garden Openings
It is time to put the Clayton Street Community Garden to bed for the year. This year end brings us several openings for gardeners. We wanted to give you the opportunity to sign up now so that you are ready to join us is the spring. We begin organizing in March and planting in April. There can't be more locally grown produce than that grown in your own garden plot. So if you are interested or think you might be interested, please contact Sue Weissinger at or (302) 652-5910.
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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
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