November 21, 2019  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Advent Workshop
Sunday, November 24, 10:10 a.m.
in Community Hall
Come celebrate this season of waiting for the birth of our Lord! Stations are available for creating an advent wreath, making cards for our Christmas box recipients, decorating cookies, coloring prayer, and devotional materials. SERRV will have a gift table as well. This is an all-ages event, but please supervise little ones. A freewill basket offering supports the 2020 youth mission trip to Guatemala.
Devine Chocolate
Sunday, November 24, 10:10 a.m.
in Community Hall
Devine fair trade chocolate will be for sale at the Advent Workshop. The chocolate is grown in Ghana and manufactured in Germany. Both milk and dark chocolate will be available. Advent calendars which were pre-ordered can be picked up then. In addition, a few small fair trade gift items will be for sale. Both the chocolate and gift items are excellent for Wish Tree recipients and Christmas stockings. Please help support the farmers who grow the chocolate.
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Adult Education This Sunday
Sunday, November 24, 10:10 a.m.
Check out our classes for adults this week!
  • Gratitude with Dr. Carmelita Whitfield (Classroom 6) - More than just a feeling... Join us for an engaging and interactive workshop on gratitude. This research-based intervention will walk you through how and why gratitude works, the challenges gratitude can present, and what daily gratitude practices look like.
  • Membership Exploration with the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson (Classroom 5) - The second of two classes for those interested in joining Westminster. There will be another Membership Exploration series in February.
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sunday, November 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 the second session of a two-session Membership Exploration Series on 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 this second session. Questions? Please contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at (302) 654-5214 ext. 103 or
No Weekly Word on Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 28
The Westminster Weekly Word will not be distributed on Thursday, November 28. It will resume the following Thursday, December 5. Please schedule your announcements accordingly and submit online at The deadline is always Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
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Coming Up
Give the Gift of a Guatemalan Stove!
Sundays, December 1, 8 and 15
10:10 a.m. in Community Hall
Many of us will prepare holiday feasts standing at a fancy stove-top, with double ovens and microwaves at the ready. But for many people around the world, their cooking reality is an open fire on a dirt floor. This Christmas, please consider giving the gift of a stove to an indigenous family in Guatemala. These stoves are engineered to be fuel-efficient and cost-effective. They reduce respiratory and eye diseases caused by smoke, and save time, money, and trees. Click here to learn more! Stoves will be for "sale" at the Echo Gifts table in Community Hall during the 10:TEN hour this Advent.
Wednesday Evening Taizé: A Service of Prayer and Reflection
Wednesdays, December 4, 11, and 18
6:30 p.m. in Rodney Chapel
I'm dreaming of a white CALM Christmas! 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
Feel the Joy! Donate These Needed Foods and Gifts
Deadline: Sunday, December 8
Join Westminster's annual tradition to fill Christmas boxes for 120 families in need by December 8. Whether donating requested food items (canned cranberry sauce, fruit; boxed stuffing, healthy cereal) or your wrapped $10-$20 gift for a Wish Star recipient(s) whom you choose from our trees, you can help make this Christmas brighter for these families. Also, plan to join in on 12/8 when kids and adults wrap gifts and on 12/13 for our Friday Wrapping Party & Potluck Supper (contact Party Elf for what to bring). For more details, see the Chimes, this fun video, or contact to connect you to an elf who can help.
Christmas Poinsettias
Deadline: Monday, December 9
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 9. For any form received after that date, the names will be listed in the December 29th bulletin.
Chimes Deadline Reminder
Monday, December 9, 11:00 a.m.
The deadline for the JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2020 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes, is Monday, December 9, 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).
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As part of his count-down to retirement, Organist/Music Director Paul Fleckenstein presented a final festive organ concert at Westminster last Sunday, November 17 that yielded a full house in our sanctuary. Of course, he received a much-deserved standing ovation.

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News to Note
Psalm 100
Check out this week's video on YouTube or Facebook to learn what Barry Cobb has to say about Psalm 100. God's vision starts with you! Please send in your pledge card or pledge online today. Thank you for your support.
Our Message and Purpose
Learn what Mary-beth Howard has to say about our church's message and purpose at All of the videos that we've shared so far can be accessed at any time from the home page of our church website under "What's Going On?" Look for the logo and tagline: "God's Vision Starts With You!"
We Need More Coffee Cans (Metal or Plastic)!
We are STILL short on coffee cans for the Christmas Box cookies! Please bring your ~11 ounce metal or plastic cans with lids to the reception desk. Yes, we will take plastic at this point. Thank you!
Have You Picked Up Your Membership Directory?
If you had your picture taken for our latest membership directory, we have a free copy waiting for you! Find your directory, labeled with your family name, on the literature table at church. Then, enjoy easy access to members' contact information and getting to know your church family better by connecting names with faces.
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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.
  • Helen Holloway Kelley
    August 27, 1923 - November 19, 2019
    A memorial service will be held at Westminster on Tuesday, December 3, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in Rodney Chapel.
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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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