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Worship at Westminster on May 16, 8:30 & 11:00am
SATURDAY: Adjustments to the Location & Time of the All Church Mini-Retreat
It's not too late to join the fun!

Due to the mini-gas crisis, we've changed the location of our Mini-Retreat. In order to preserve and prioritize gas for teachers, first responders, and must-do trips, we decided it would be wise to shift the location to the beautiful grounds of… [drum roll, please]……WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH! We’ve also tightened the time a bit, beginning at 10:30am and concluding with lunch at noon. The day will still have all the things you were looking forward to, including One Anothering theme time, group time, crafts, and lawn games. And it’s not too late to tell a friend about this change and invite them to join you!

What to Bring: 
  • Lawn chair
  • water bottle
  • $ for lunch from Jersey Mike’s (a few extras will be ordered)
  • Lawn game, if you have one
  • Sunscreen - it’ll be a beautiful morning!

Special thanks to our awesome planning team, Tom and Faye Shaffer, Mary DuBard, and Grace and Michelle Ferguson! If you have any questions, please contact Marietta (919-679-2592) or a member of the planning team. 
Aperture, May 19, at 7:00pm
Dessert First: Sharing Stories, Struggles, and Experiencing God in Grief with Rev. J. Dana Trent, May 19 at 7:00pm via Zoom

As we continue to move into what experts are calling a “pandemic of grief,” how will we cope with long-term actualized and anticipatory loss? How do we sweeten up tough conversations? How, where, and when do we remain open to noticing God’s presence? In our May Aperture series, the Rev. J. Dana Trent will equip us with practical tools to help us better care for ourselves and those whom we serve. Don't miss this important conversation.
JOIN THE PARADE
Decorate your cars, blow your horns and share your love and well wishes with Kathy!
Click here to reserve a drive-through time slot.
During the parade, we ask that you remain inside your vehicle, wear a mask,
and keep 6' of distance between your car and volunteers and Stickley family.

SEND A VIRTUAL HUG
Follow this link to add your message to our video compilation!

MAKE A DONATION
Donations to the Kathy Stickley Scholarship Fund can be made here.
All donations will support scholarships and playground maintenance.
Help Distribute Helping Hand Bags to the Homeless

Drop by the church on Sunday, May 16, between 9:30am-2:00pm to pick up some “helping hand” bags for the homeless to keep in your car and give out when you are at a stoplight or wherever appropriate. The Bryan family has assembled more than 100 bags, which include a few snacks, a bottle of water, information on local support services, and other small items in a sealed plastic bag. Please sign up for the number of bags you’d like to get using the link below. You can pick up your bags from the Fellowship Hall Terrace. If you were unable to pick up bags last Sunday, please feel free to come by and get them on Sunday. We appreciate your support of this important mission and need in the community.
Enjoy a Movie Under the Stars

The Fellowship Committee invites you to bring a lawn chair and watch the movie "Up!" in the Courtyard with your WPC friends. Bring everyone in your household on Friday, May 21, at 8:00pm, and come enjoy the night air and a delightful movie. "Up!" is rated G for general audiences. Bring movie snacks to enjoy with your family due to relaxed COVID-19 restrictions. Yay!
We LOVE our Christian Formation Leaders!
 Christian Formation Leaders’ Appreciation Gathering
Sunday, May 23, 9:45-10:45am  

It has been the most challenging of years, yet our leaders of Church School, Confirmation, and mid-week study groups have kept many of us connected to our church family and growing in our faith. We want to celebrate the gifts many of you have shared in this year of Zoom meetings, porch meetings, and masks! If you teach or administer one of our Church School and Confirmation classes for all ages, or lead or administer one of our midweek study groups, you are invited to a Christian Formation Celebration on Westminster’s Fellowship Hall Terrace on Sunday, May 23, 9:45-10:45am! To keep our numbers limited, we cannot include entire classes; however, you are welcome to bring a guest. If you’re unable to join us, we would like to deliver a token of our appreciation. Please let us know your preference by signing up here, or contact Marietta.
Congratulations, Natalie!

Natalie Wolf, a child of Westminster who served as our guest preacher on May 2, is graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary next weekend. She invites her WPC friends to watch the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 22, at 10:00am via Facebook Live. Natalie will receive her Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Practical Theology. She is a Candidate for Ordained Ministry with New Hope Presbytery sponsored by our congregation and was recently approved "Ready to Receive a Call" by the Preparation for Ministry Committee. Natalie is the daughter of Eric and Anne Wolf; her sister Sarah is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA).