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A Message from Gregory Knox Jones
Our Lenten journey has begun. The 40 days that lead to Easter commenced with Ash Wednesday, a day that has been recognized by Christians for more than 1,000 years.
Next Seven Days
TONIGHT: Fight Corruption in Delaware
Thursday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
Featuring Jack Guerin, Co-chair, Unitarian Universalist Delaware Advocacy Network
The Delaware legislature has used its power to exempt lawmakers from the section of the Delaware Code known as the “State Employees’, Officers’ and Officials’ Code of Conduct” and from the oversight of the Public Integrity Commission. In 2015, the Center for Public Integrity gave Delaware an F, ranking the First State 48th in systems to deter corruption in state government. Following that report, Senator Bryan Townsend introduced bills in 2016 and 2017 to eliminate the exemption of General Assembly members from ethics oversight; these bills didn’t even get a committee hearing. Join Westminster’s Peace & Justice Work Group as we learn more about the new grassroots organization “Fight De Corruption.”
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 2752 1655
Peace & Justice Work Group Education Series
Racism in America – The History We Didn’t Learn in School
There are three sessions of this six-week class series beginning soon. Sign up to join one that fits your schedule!
  • Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. – Sponsored by the University of Michigan Club of Delaware | Beginning February 20, 2021 | Send email to rclinder@umich.edu
  • Sundays at 1:00 p.m. – Sponsored by St. Philip’s Lutheran Church | Beginning February 21, 2021 | Link to sign up
  • Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. – Sponsored by Concord Presbyterian Church and New Castle Presbytery | Beginning February 23, 2021 | Link to sign up
Questions? Please contact Sue Linderman (srlinder@dca.net or 302-239-7650).
Donation Drop-Off for Emmanuel Dining Room
Sunday mornings, 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. in the WPC parking lot
Since March 2020, our congregation has been so generous and so faithful in donating sandwiches, fruit, water, cookies and chips every Sunday from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. in the Westminster parking lot. Since Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR) feeds 500 – 600 people a day, they still need our donations until it is safe for them to open their three dining halls. If the weather makes it risky to drive on Sunday mornings, you could deliver your donations on Monday or Tuesday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon to EDR at the corner of Jackson and Second Streets, or take them to Camilla Jones at 722 Nottingham Road, Wilmington, DE 19805.
Black History Month – Music in Worship
During the month of February, we will observe Black History Month in our Sunday service music and anthems, including arrangements by William Dawson (There Is a Balm In Gilead and Ain’a That Good News!), Moses Hogan (Great Day and Hear My Prayer), and a recent choral work by Rosephanye Dunn Powell (Walk with Me). In our preludes and postludes, listen for organ works by Adolphus Hailstork, Florence Price, and other African-American composers.
Worship Service in Our Sanctuary (February 21)
Sunday, February 21, 9:00 a.m.
Our sanctuary is open on Sunday mornings for one worship service at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is limited and an online reservation (one per family) is required. We have established a number of guidelines for your safety, which include social distancing and wearing a facial mask/covering. The liturgy will be emailed to you after you make your reservation to print from home and bring to the service or to pull up on your mobile device; a limited number of printed copies will be available. The decision to attend in-person worship rests with each individual. Livestreamed and recorded options continue to be available on our website.
Quick Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Sunday, February 21, 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
The Session has called for a brief congregational meeting on Sunday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m. The purpose of the meeting is to elect Sue Weissinger to fill a one-year term on the Board of Deacons. She is replacing one of our Deacons who had to resign due to health concerns in her family. Click the button to join or call in by dialing +1 929 205 6099 OR +1 301 715 8592 (Zoom Meeting ID: 849 2334 1234 | Passcode: 528806)
Zoom Meeting ID: 849 2334 1234 | Passcode: 528806
180 Youth Small Groups this Sunday
Sunday, February 21, 6:00 p.m. on Zoom
180 Small Groups are on Zoom this Sunday at 6:00 p.m.! Join us to catch up, do some activities, and hear from a special guest from Westminster’s Earth Care team. Look out for the link in your email. For more information about 180 Youth Ministry for grades 6 – 12, contact Tommy at tommyjneilson@gmail.com.
Building People Power Annual Kickoff
Thursday, February 25, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
The Westminster Peace & Justice Work Group encourages everyone to participate in this event. Come see how you can connect with others to create meaningful change in support of racial justice in Delaware. The first hour provides an overview of the various initiatives; the second hour offers two 30-minute breakout groups each focused on a specific initiative of interest that you choose. Join us for part or all!
Coming Up
Worship Service in Our Sanctuary (February 28)
Sunday, February 28, 9:00 a.m.
Our sanctuary is open on Sunday mornings for one worship service at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is limited and an online reservation (one per family) is required. We have established a number of guidelines for your safety, which include social distancing and wearing a facial mask/covering. The liturgy will be emailed to you after you make your reservation to print from home and bring to the service or to pull up on your mobile device; a limited number of printed copies will be available. The decision to attend in-person worship rests with each individual. Livestreamed and recorded options continue to be available on our website.
Sanctuary Flowers
Date available in March
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 date is March 14.
Massanetta Middle School Conference 2021
Firm interest deadline: March 25
The New Castle Presbytery Youth Ministry Leaders Team is working to plan a trip to Harrisonburg, VA for the Massanetta Middle School Summer Conference from June 22-25, 2021. All Middle School youth (grades 6-8) are invited to join many youth from our Presbytery for this trip to Massanetta where youth and leaders from all over our country gather for fun, fellowship and spiritual growth. Many Westminster youth have attended past retreats. MARCH 25 is the FIRM INTEREST DEADLINE. Please use this Google link to submit an interest form.
Contact: Susan Williamson (susanwilliamson@comcast.net)
Featured Photo
A colorful abundance of craft supplies filled the lower level of the church in preparation for our second semester of Bible Box, a creative and interactive YouTube series for children age 2 to grade 5 that combines Bible stores, crafts, and music. Episodes will be uploaded each Sunday afternoon through the last week of April. Parents/Guardians who have signed up to participate may pick up their boxes at the front desk during our limited office hours (Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM). If you have questions about the program or would like to sign up to participate, please email Alexis Droke at alexisdroke@wpc.org with "Bible Box" in the subject line.
News to Note
Presbyterian Historical Society Blog Post by Westminster Member Robert D. Stoddard, Jr.
How can a school celebrate a milestone anniversary without knowing its history? That was my dilemma in 1999 when, as the Lebanese American University vice president responsible for commemorating our 75th anniversary as a college, I could uncover precious little of the Presbyterian-related school’s history. Upon my retirement in 2005, I sought to verify the belief that LAU could trace its origin to a school for girls founded by a missionary in Beirut in 1835. I was elated to discover online the whole story of that little school for girls in a digitized Memoir of Sarah L. Huntington Smith: Late of the American Mission in Syria. Thus began a 14 year quest to document the university’s first century of pioneering in Arab female education.
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) 2021 Calendars Are Available

This full-color wall calendar includes hundreds of historical entries and 12 short essays highlighting historical events and issues in our nation's racial history. Through a partnership with EJI, the Delaware Division of Libraries is making this calendar available at no cost to Peace Week participants. Westminster’s Peace & Justice Work Group has obtained a supply of these calendars that can be found on the literature table near the reception desk at church. If you would like a calendar and are unable to pick one up, please contact Sue Linderman (302-239-7650 or srlinder@dca.net) and she will arrange to get it to you.

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