February 13, 2020  
Westminster Presbyterian Church. The Westminster Weekly Word
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Teen and Adult Education
This Sunday
Sunday, February 16, 10:10 a.m.
Check out one of our Sunday Seminars!
  • The Koran with Bob Cox and Kara Francis - Classroom 5
  • Membership Exploration (adults) with Pastoral Staff - Classroom 3 (more details below)
  • Wilmington Racial History: The Interstate System with Sue Linderman - Classroom 6 (more details below)
Are You Considering Membership at Westminster?
Sundays, February 16 and March 1
10:10 a.m.
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 February 16 (Classroom 3) and March 1 (Ruth Christie Room) 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 March 1. Questions? Please contact the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson at (302) 654-5214 x103 or sniesenthompson@wpc.org.
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The Interstate Highway System and Its Impact on the Communities of Color
Sunday, February 16, 10:10 a.m.
in Classroom 6
The U.S. interstate highway system, its development sparked by President Dwight Eisenhower in the mid-1950s, has provided innumerable benefits in transportation infrastructure. But it has come at a cost, particularly in its profound impact on American cities. Westminster member Sue Linderman will describe the effects on poor and minority communities in various cities across the country; former Wilmington mayor James Baker will share his perspective on what happened in Wilmington and the consequences that persist today.
Westminster Women's Luncheon - All Women Are Welcome!
Sunday, February 16, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. (snow date: February 23)
This luncheon, facilitated by Janet Steinwedel, is a time to gather and explore ideas on how we can strengthen relationships and support each other on our spiritual journeys. ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME! Lunch includes spinach and meat lasagnas, salad, bread and dessert. Please register with Chesna Hinkley, Director of Christian Education, at chesnahinkley@wpc.org. Include your name, email address, phone number, check payment ($15.00 per person), and any food allergies. Write checks out to Westminster Presbyterian Church with "Women's Luncheon" on the memo line and include with your registration. The deadline to register for the luncheon is TODAY (Thursday, February 13)! General questions? Contact Judy Stoddard at JLStod@aol.com or (302) 397-8867.
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Coming Up
Nature, Nurture and Neurons: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Their Impact
Sunday, February 23, 10:10 a.m. in Classroom 6
Join Teri Lawler, Delaware Department of Education, for Nature, Nurture and Neurons, a discussion of the impact of trauma and toxic stress on brain development. Participants will explore the conditions that support optimal development; the challenges that can derail it; and, more importantly, what communities have done to support resilience and create conditions where all can thrive.
Climate Conscious Lent with 180 Youth Ministry
Sunday, February 23, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
in Community Hall
180 Youth Ministry will welcome Melissa DiJulio, friend of the Earth Care Task Force, to speak to us about climate conscious life disciplines. We'll talk about the ancient practice of Lenten fasting and how to incorporate one of these ideas into a personal Lenten practice. Parents and siblings are encouraged to come for the whole night.
Ash Wednesday Service and Dinner
Wednesday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.
in the sanctuary
Lent - the 40 day season during which we prepare for Easter - begins Wednesday, February 26. Please join us as we mark the beginning of the Lenten journey with our Ash Wednesday service at 6:00 p.m. in the sanctuary (child care for infants and toddlers will be provided in the Nursery). This quiet, reflective, and meditative service includes a reminder of our mortality with the imposition of ashes on our foreheads. There will be a soup supper immediately following worship in Community Hall.
Soup Makers Needed
Following the Ash Wednesday service on February 26, the Worship and Music Committee will host a soup dinner in Community Hall. We need additional volunteers to bring soup. If you can donate a pot of soup, please contact Kelly McCulloch at (302) 384-6594 or kellymcculloch@yahoo.com.
YWCA Delaware Sponsors a Six-Week Dialogue Series
March 1 - April 11, 2020
Dialogue to Action: Conversations about Racism is a dynamic, six-week program that moves us from talk to meaningful action! You've had conversations about racism before, but this program dives into the real issues and root causes, and evolves into action that directly addresses systemic and institutional racism. The groups will end with a large Action Forum here at Westminster. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in March and April
Consider giving the flowers for Sunday worship to remember or honor loved ones or to celebrate an event, while expressing praise and thanksgiving to God. Please contact Linda Watson during business hours at (302) 571-6719 or lwatson@ycst.com. The next available dates are March 15 and April 5, 19 and 26.
Ready for an International Experience?
April 2020
The Peace Drums Band of Jewish, Christian and Muslim middle school students from Israel is returning in April. The children have become international sensations, having performed in Germany, Austria, England, and Switzerland. Their first concert tour (2010) in the U.S. was a wonderful success in part due to the hospitality of Westminster and Congregation Beth Shalom hosting the children and teachers. Could you provide bed and breakfast for two middle school musicians or one or two adults? They arrive on April 14 at the Welcome Dinner at Westminster where they will meet their host families. Westminster will also host the Farewell breakfast on April 23. Please contact Camilla Jones (302-354-8358, camillajones22@gmail.com) for details. You are guaranteed an amazing experience.
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Our pastors give the Ordination Prayer, when all ordained elders and ministers are invited to come forward for the laying on of hands, during the Commissioning, Ordination and Installation of Officers last Sunday. Click here to see more photos.

Email photos to photos@wpc.org.
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News to Note
NCP Trip to Guatemala Featured in Presbyterian Mission News
The recent presbytery-wide trip to Guatemala with six Westminster travelers was featured in Presbyterian Mission News with remarks from New Castle Presbytery and CEDEPCA leadership. Click here to read the article. If you are called to get involved in this partnership, we'd love to hear from you here.
Year-End Contributions Acknowledgement
2019 year-end contribution statements were mailed at the end of January. If you did not receive your statement or have a question, please contact Colleen Falasco, Director of Financial Operations, at cfalasco@wpc.org or (302) 654-5214 ext. 131. Thank you for your support of the church this past year and for taking the time to carefully examine your statement to ensure its accuracy and completeness.
You Did It Westminster!
Thanks to everyone who donated gloves and mittens to the Helping Hands project, your generosity helped us exceed our goal! We are pleased to tell you that 1,040 pairs of gloves for all ages (plus some scarves, socks, hats and blankets) were delivered to Friendship House on Tuesday, February 4. These items will be shared with those in need through Friendship House's Empowerment Centers. A million thank yous for your help! For questions or to "lend a hand" to next year's Helping Hands collection, call Sandy King at (302) 234-1055.
Online Church Calendar
Due to recent technology upgrades, our online church calendar is temporarily unavailable. We are transitioning to a new event management system and appreciate your patience as we move forward. We hope to have it back up and running soon. In the meantime, if you have questions about dates and times of currently scheduled meetings/events or room availability, please contact Cathy Lang at cathylang@wpc.org.
Saturday Breakfast Changes Its Start Time
In recognition of the fact that people like to sleep in on Saturday, the start time for Saturday Breakfast has been changed to 7:00 a.m. We hope this will make it easier for individuals, couples, families and groups to participate. If 7:00 a.m. is still too early, please come when you can. We are there every Saturday and would welcome your help. A Saturday or more would be much appreciated. We look forward to working with you.
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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.
  • Leslie "Les" W. Whitney (obituary)
    June 20, 1920 - January 11, 2020
  • James "Jim" R. Hodges (obituary)
    March 7, 1928 - January 14, 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 www.photoprayer.com.
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