March 19, 2020  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
1502 W. 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806. (302) 654-5214. Like us on Facebook
Greetings from Greg Jones
These are unprecedented times for all of us. Never have we experienced such a global shutdown as we grapple with how best to navigate life under the pall of COVID-19. Each morning I pray that you are well and taking all necessary precautions to avoid catching the virus. In addition to praying for health care workers, medical teams, first responders, scientists working on cures and vaccines, and the many service providers including those keeping grocery shelves stocked to those picking up our trash, my silent petitions include that YOU are...

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Previously Publicized Events That Are Now CANCELLED
  • Gender and Race in Politics: A Conversation
    Originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. at the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, PA
  • Thursday Evening Adult Education: "Jung and Beyond" with Alan Fox
    Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
  • Paradigm Lost - A Conversation with Professor Ian S. Lustick
    Originally scheduled for Thursday, April 2, 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Church Family Center, Wilmington, DE (new date to be determined)
  • Palm Sunday Cookie Sale
    Originally schedule for Sunday, April 5, at Westminster
  • Easter Lilies
    We have cancelled the order for Easter lilies.
  • Women's Sound Healing Program
    Originally scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 10:00 a.m. in Rodney Chapel (new date to be determined)
Donate Toilet Paper, Hand Soap and Hand Sanitizer
If you have extra toilet paper, hand soap or hand sanitizer, please donate it to the Lutheran Community Services food pantry at St. Stephen's (1301 N. Broom Street, Wilmington, DE). Many of their clients are unable to buy them and have been asking if they have any. Soaps from hotels are welcome. The Food Pantry is open 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. Please email if you can help.
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Coming Up (Tentative)
Please be aware that these events may be cancelled.
Guatemala Trip: Highlights and Insights (Tentative)
Sunday, March 29, 10:10 a.m.
in Grace Hall
Westminster travelers to Guatemala (Karen Asenavage, Denison Hatch, Jamie Hickey, Arun Loptes, Rachel Psaros, and Carrie Saathoff) will share highlights of their recent weeklong trip to Guatemala. This annual, Presbytery-wide trip strengthened relationships with our in-country partners and broadened our understanding of how they are working to address the critical issues they are facing today. As one traveler put it, "Experience bursts us open at our core and touches us in a way that cognition simply can't." We hope you will come experience our travels and learn about the progress and possibilities of this partnership. Be sure to read our blog!
Bestselling Author and Historian Ibram X. Kendi to Speak at Westminster
Monday, April 20, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Westminster's Peace and Justice Work Group, in collaboration with YWCA Delaware, is excited to host Ibram X. Kendi, author of the new bestseller "How To Be An Antiracist" and National Book Award winner for "Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America." The founding Director of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University in Washington, DC, and a professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributor at The Atlantic and CBS News. Mark your calendar for April 20 and get a head start in reading "How To Be An Antiracist." Copies are available in the Westminster library!
"One Great Hour of Sharing" Special Offering
Accepting donations through Sunday, May 10
During the season of Lent, Westminster joins other churches throughout our denomination in collecting the One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) offering. This offering helps care for communities affected by disaster, provide food to the hungry, and change the structures which perpetuate poverty and injustice. We will gratefully accept your gift to OGHS through May 10. Please make your check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write "OGHS" in the memo line or give online at (click on "Donate Now"). Click here to read our full letter. Let us share God's generous love! *Please note that Westminster will still be receiving and processing mail while the church is temporarily closed.
Walk for Friendship House in the Highmark Walk
Saturday, June 13, at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington
The Highmark Walk benefits many non-profits in our area. I hope you will consider joining our "Westminster Walkers" team, for Friendship House, on Saturday, June 13 at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park. To register as a walker, or to sponsor our team, please go to On that page you will click on Highmark Walk and then search for our Westminster Walkers team. Thank you for your support! If you have questions, call Sandy King at (302) 235-1457.
Would You Like to Help with VBS?
July 27 - 31, 2020
Westminster's Vacation Bible School (VBS) will take place July 27-31. We need teen and adult volunteers to make it a success! Please contact Robin Rosser ( if you can help.
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We just recently got these wonderful photos from last fall's UNRWA Relay Run when runners shared their personal stories at Westminster on September 23, 2019. We ran a brief announcement about it the September 2019 issue of the Chimes. It's never too late to share great photos, right? Click here to see more!

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News to Note
Take Two Minutes to Advocate for Criminal Justice Reform
More than 20,000 people lose their drivers' license each year, and more than 40,000 have outstanding warrants for their arrest, due solely to their inability to pay small amounts of court fines and fees arising from misdemeanor cases. Click here to learn more about this particular issue and then automatically send a letter to your own legislators and the Senate Judicial Committee to show your support for SB39.
Westminster Supported Butoke Nutrition Program Reaps Results
The child pictured is one of 54 undernourished children since December who are in treatment in the Butoke Nutrition Program. Thirty-two of these children have been successfully treated and released. The Congolese culture values large families while food costs have risen sharply. Butoke's nutrition program addresses family planning, household size, and birth spacing while teaching the families to prepare a nutritious soy porridge made of corn, palm oil and a little sugar. This program seeks to minimize the often deadly effects of malnutrition. We prayfully support this critical program.
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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.
  • Howard F. Horne, Jr. (obituary)
    October 21, 1922 - February 25, 2020
  • Grace Barrington
    October 28, 1935 - February 26, 2020
  • G. Leigh Cook
    February 6, 1944 - March 19, 2020
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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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