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A Message from Gregory Knox Jones
We have reached the end of our Lenten journey. Holy Week is the highlight of the Christian year, and we have several worship services to help us fathom and follow the final footsteps of Jesus. We began the week with Jesus entering Jerusalem to the shouts of his supporters.
Next Seven Days
TONIGHT and TOMORROW: Maundy Thursday and Good Friday Special Service
April 1 and 2
In a two-part pre-recorded service, the Westminster-by-Heart Storytellers will tell the story of Jesus’ final hours, the Westminster Handbell Choir will offer prelude music, and our choristers will sing an anthem and hymns to compliment the liturgy. The first part of the service will be available on YouTube on April 1 at 7:00 p.m. The second part will be available on April 2 at 12:00 p.m.
TOMORROW: Monthly Walk for Justice and Peace
Friday, April 2, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Join First & Central Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew on Good Friday as together we walk in a peaceful demonstration against racial and social injustice. Begin at 11th and Market in downtown Wilmington, and walk to 7th and Shipley. Masks and social distancing are required. See First & Central website for details and contact information.
Photo © Danny Schweers (www.photoprayer.com)
Cereal Sunday
Easter Sunday, April 4, 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. in the WPC parking lot
What an amazingly generous church! Our March collection for Hanover Food Pantry filled the car to the roof – any more and another car would have been needed. And they were so grateful. Now we have another chance coming up! On Easter Sunday, April 4, we will be collecting again from 8:45 – 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot. Wouldn’t it be great to have another miracle outpouring? Thanks in advance for your generous support for those in such dire need.
Easter Sunday Sunrise Celebration and Worship Service
Sunday, April 4
Sunrise Celebration – 6:00 a.m. – The Westminster Choir will release a pre-recorded virtual choir to herald in the day. Look for it on Westminster’s YouTube channel!
Worship – 9:00 a.m. (in person is sold out) – Christ is risen! Join us for a festive worship service celebrating Christ's triumphant resurrection, with an inspirational sermon by Dr. Jones and joyous music for trumpet and organ. We will welcome Steven Heitzer back as our trumpet soloist. Susan Spilecki will play Easter hymns on the tower chime before and after the service. A reservation is required to attend in person (sold out!) or watch live on our YouTube channel.
Easter Festival – The Easter Festival has been cancelled.
No 180 This Sunday
Sunday, April 4
Happy Easter! There will be no 180 this upcoming Sunday. See you all the week after! For more information about 180 Youth Ministry for grades 6 – 12, contact Tommy at tommyjneilson@gmail.com.
Delawareans 16+ Eligible for Vaccine on April 6
Tuesday, April 6
On Tuesday, April 6, all Delawareans aged 16 or older will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies, community vaccination sites, and mass vaccination events hosted by the State of Delaware. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, Delawareans who are 16+ may register on the State of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list at vaccinerequest.delaware.gov. Invitations to state vaccination events will be contingent on supply and prioritized based on age and other risk factors, including pre-existing medical conditions. Pharmacies may also begin vaccinating Delawareans who are 16+ on Tuesday, April 6.
Restorative Justice
Thursday, April 8, 7:00 p.m. on Zoom
What if there was a way to resolve conflict and even provide an alternative to a court trial in some cases, which would be healing and restorative to all parties? Westminster’s Peace and Justice Work Group is pleased to present Susan A. Cherry, Executive Director of The Community Restorative Justice Center, Inc. from St. Johnsbury, VT, who will explain this process and how it plays out in civil and criminal cases, in neighborhood associations, schools and for incarcerated individuals about to reenter society. Susan is a former classmate of Sandie Reinicker from Westminster Choir College.
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 2752 1655
Coming Up
Worship Service in Our Sanctuary (April 11)
Sunday, April 11, 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.
Final Congregational Engagement Conversation
Sunday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. on Zoom
In this final discussion to gather thoughts for the Congregational Engagement report, we will once again invite your thoughts on Home, Hope and Heroes. The pandemic has shifted our holy place to home. How's that working? Our youth seek hope and heroes through mission and mentoring. Are we responding to their needs? What will the emerging church look like? To prepare, read The Church Growth “Generation Gap” and watch Pico Iyer on YouTube (https://youtu.be/3m6dV7Xo3Vc) to stimulate your thoughts about home. Bring coffee!
Afternoon Tea with our New Guatemala Mission Co-Workers
Sunday, April 11, 5:00 p.m.
Please join us for this “virtual afternoon tea” and meet Betsey and Eric Moe, who have been assigned by PC(USA) to work in Guatemala with our partner organization, CEDEPCA. They will share pictures and stories of their remote ministry this past year, carried out from their home in Spokane, WA, while waiting to move to Guatemala. RSVP by emailing moetrumpet@gmail.com, after which you will receive the meeting ID. Hope to see you there!
Sanctuary Flowers Needed
Date available in May
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 May 30.
Featured Photo
Earlier this week, deacons Emily Pfaff (left), Jamie Hickey (right), and Jenn Blackford, along with the Rev. Jill Getty, delivered 36 Easter bags to the homes of Westminster families with young children. It was a bright, sunny day and they were happy to see each other and make these deliveries in lieu of an Easter Festival. Many thanks to the deacons for always brightening someone’s day!
News to Note
Did You Know That You Can Watch Westminster’s Services with Your Smart TV or Streaming Device?
If you’ve been watching our services and videos on a small mobile device or tablet screen, its time to go big! On your Smart TV or through the streaming device that is connected to your TV (Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, etc.), find the free YouTube channel/app (not YouTube TV, which requires a subscription). For some streaming devices like Roku, you may need to add the free YouTube channel first. Open the YouTube channel/app and search for “Westminster Wilmington” to find our channel with our church name and cross (see screenshot). If you have a Google account, sign into the YouTube channel/app so that you can subscribe to Westminster and easily find your other favorites.
Photo Prayer
Finding Grace
I do not say we can find wonderful everywhere, but I do say there is no telling where we may find it. Last week while walking, I found a resplendent piece of sidewalk. Take a look! Isn’t it stunning? Especially that bold river of water, now dry, that once flowed through salt? The remarkable does not appear on demand. It is like grace. We do not find grace everywhere but there is no telling where it will find us — perhaps today — perhaps in the coming hour. If there is delight to be had, will we recognize it? If there is grace to be welcomed, will we throw open the door and embrace it? I am busy with the task at hand. Even so...
Photo of road salt, sand, dirt, and gravel on the sidewalk outside an assisted-living facility.
Photo and text © 2021 by Danny N. Schweers
Latest Videos
Bible Box crafts and video lessons are available for three different age groups. See our YouTube channel for all Bible Box videos. For more information about Bible Box, contact Alexis Droke at alexisdroke@wpc.org.
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