November 7, 2019  
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Tomorrow! WPC Annual Bazaar
Friday, November 8, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Our annual bazaar is a colossal one-day-only extravaganza of bargains! Hundreds of donated items will find new purpose for unbelievably low prices. Featuring Antiques, Collectibles (jewelry, art, vintage treasures, silver, tools, glassware, dishes, and much more), Gifts, Books, Baked/Gourmet Specialties, Pecans, Children's Clothing & Toys, White Elephants (household, shop, yard, sports, music, holiday décor, linens, costume jewelry, games, bikes, etc.), and Crafts. Hot dogs and chili will be available for purchase from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The spaghetti dinner is also on the same day from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. ($10/person). Thank you to EVERYONE for donating treasures, time, and energy! Total bazaar proceeds support local and global mission outreach efforts. Click here for the flyer.
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Adult Education This Sunday
Sunday, November 10, 10:10 a.m.
Join us this Sunday for one of these adult education classes during the 10:TEN hour.
  • What's Not in the Bible? - The fourth session of this series on extrabiblical writings from the NT period - Facilitated by Bob Cox (Classroom 3)
  • Human Miracle/Human Need - The second session of this series on science, theology, and the human need for religion - Presented by Dave McBride (Classroom 6)
  • Membership Exploration Class - The first of two sessions for those interested in joining Westminster - Facilitated by Pastoral Staff (Classroom 5)
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sundays, November 10 and 24, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 5
Have you been considering membership at Westminster? Are you interested in learning more about this community of faith? Please join us for a two-session Membership Exploration Series on November 10 and November 24 to discuss the Presbyterian tradition, Westminster's ministry and mission, and ways to connect with our church family. There will also be an opportunity to join the Westminster congregation at the end of the second session on November 24. Questions? Please contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at (302) 654-5214 ext. 103 or
The Opioid Crisis in Delaware
Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church
TRIAD is hosting an education seminar on The Opioid Crisis in Delaware on Wednesday, November 13. Mr. Dave Humes, Policy Director at atTAcK addiction, will speak. The event will be held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (1108 N. Adams Street, Wilmington, DE).
Scripture in the City: Transforming Scripture's Stories from the Past into Road Maps for Today
Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. in Classroom 6
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is building a church partnership within Wilmington to expand our mutual horizons in dealing with issues of peace and justice in our city. Saints Andrew & Matthew Episcopal Church has had extensive experience in building cross-racial relationships. Our first discussion took place in September and included the opportunity to reconnect with former WPC staff member Retha Fisher. Join us for this next discussion featuring theological reflections around a specific Scripture story to facilitate sharing of personal experiences based upon our individual traditions and culture. This is an open forum for all interested people from both churches. Come join us as we learn together! For questions, contact Mike Gnade ( or 302-562-4464).
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Coming Up
Sunday, November 17, 10:10 a.m.
Harriet Tubman was a true American hero(ine) with strong ties to Delaware. Her life story has now become a feature film that is playing in local theaters. Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group encourages everyone to see this powerful movie in the next few weeks. On Sunday, November 17, at 10:10 a.m., our "Let's Talk About It" discussion will focus on her life and on that period of America's turbulent history. If you'd be interested in joining a small group for a late afternoon matinee at Penn Cinema Riverfront this weekend, please contact Sue Linderman (302-239-7650 or
CEDEPCA: Transforming Lives and Realities in Guatemala
Sunday, November 17, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 6
We are honored to welcome Judith Castañeda, executive director of the Protestant Center for Pastoral Studies in Central America (CEDEPCA), to Westminster for the first time. Judith will update us on the current political and socio-economic crises that continue to unfold in Guatemala and highlight how CEDEPCA is working on the front lines to address issues of poverty, immigration, violence against women, and climate change. Judith will be joined by two other CEDEPCA colleagues: Delia Leal, Regional Coordinator of the Women's Ministry, and Nancy Carrera, Program Coordinator of the Intercultural Encounters Program. Please join us for this informative presentation. Please note that this presentation with be recorded and broadcasted live to Westminster's Facebook page.
Ulster Project Delaware 2020
Information session: Sunday, November 17, 1:30 p.m.
at the Brandywine Hundred Library
Ulster Project Delaware seeks adventuresome applicants, aged 14 - 16, for its annual month-long peace, service and leadership project in July 2020. American teens host Protestant and Catholic teens from Northern Ireland to learn tolerance, build understanding and gain lifelong friendships. Day trips to NYC, DC, Philadelphia, and beach; service projects; leadership and team building events. Teens of all faiths and nationalities are encouraged to apply. The cost is minimal and the experience is priceless! Applications now accepted. Visit Email questions to or call Ruth Langrehr (302) 893-1878. Information session at the Brandywine Hundred Library on November 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Paul's "Quasi-Farewell" Concert
Sunday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.
As part of his count-down to retirement, Organist/Music Director Paul Fleckenstein presents a final festive organ concert here at Westminster on November 17. The program includes not only solo organ works of Bach, Parker, Lemare, Jongen, and Rawsthorne, but also the Organ Concerto in F-major by Josef Rheinberger, with 17-piece orchestra conducted by Dr. Paul Head. Admission is free (offering received), and a reception follows the concert.
Stephen Ministry News
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m. in Grace Hall
Dr. Josh Thomas will speak about the "holiday blues" and provide us with insight on how to combat them. All of us at one time or another have felt the holiday blues. Everyone is invited to join the Stephen Ministers as we learn about this topic. Also, a reminder that it is not too late to sign up for the Stephen Minister training class which begins in January and will meet on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Grace Hall. Training will run until April. If you are interested, please contact Jill Getty, Ellie Furry, Jerry Spilecki or Sue Weissinger.
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The annual WPC Bazaar is tomorrow, November 8! Thank you to EVERYONE for donating treasures, time, and energy!

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News to Note
Sermon Series: Prophetic Spirituality
Have you missed any of Dr. Jones' sermons in his fall sermon series? You can always find and read sermons from the past few years on the Westminster website. In addition, you can watch a YouTube video of many of the most recent sermons. Also, you can pick up a hard copy of the past nine sermons at church in the sermon rack on the literature table.
Why I Give Back
Why does Westminster member Rich Diver give back? Click here to find out!
What It Means To Me
Be sure to check our church web page or click here to hear what member Debbie Wise has to say about our church.
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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.
  • Vincent J. Wemlinger, II (obituary)
    October 16, 1943 - October 11, 2019
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Old and New

The old is always new and the new is always getting older. As soon as it appears, the new takes its place in time, which blesses it with character. The new is no longer what it was, but neither is the old. Both get older and, in that sense, become something other than they were. Getting older, they become something new. This is an old idea. I am not saying anything new. Or am I?

Photo of decaying graffiti on Gooseberry Island, Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport, Massachusetts.
Photo and text © 2019 Danny N. Schweers
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