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A Message from Gregory Knox Jones
This is the 73rd Tuesday Message I've written to you since the pandemic closed our doors in March 2020. My hope has been to help us remain connected with one another through a challenging/frightening/surreal time in the life of our world.
Next Seven Days
TONIGHT: Delaware's Impact on Racial Justice
Thursday, July 22, 7 PM on Zoom
Presented by David J. Wilk, Board Chair of Friends of Hockessin Colored School #107
Please join us tonight to hear about how a lawsuit to secure equal access to transportation and education for Shirley Bulah became a cornerstone of the landmark Brown v Board of Education. Shirley had to walk two miles to get to Hockessin Colored School #107 and was passed by a school bus carrying white children that passed right by her school. This structure still stands and there are exciting plans to transform this site into a center for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Equity. Hosted by Westminster’s Peace & Justice Work Group.
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 2752 1655
Share Your Garden’s Bounty with Those Who Have Less
Sunday, July 25, before/after 9 AM worship in WPC parking lot
We have all heard of food deserts where fresh food is not available to residents. The REACH Riverside Community refrigerator addresses the food desert problem with its community refrigerator. The refrigerator is accessible to anyone, 24/7. Westminster’s Peace and Justice Work Group and Earth Care Task Force are sponsoring a collection of vegetables from our gardens to contribute to the Riverside refrigerator. Collection will be at the back of the WPC parking lot on Sunday, July 25, before and after the 9 AM worship service. Help us make a great contribution of garden-fresh vegetables!
Final Sunday for Bringing School Uniforms
Sunday, July 25, 8:30 – 10:15 AM in the WPC parking lot
For many families in the Wilmington area, purchasing school uniforms is a hardship. To help combat this, Friendship House wants to provide three polo shirts and two khaki/navy pants to 2,000 students in five targeted schools in Red Clay Consolidated School District this fall. Want to help? Bring your new or gently used school uniforms, sizes 3T – 20, to the WPC parking lot on Sunday, July 25 from 8:30 to 10:15 AM! (Uniforms are available for purchase at Old Navy, Target, Walmart, and other locations.) To learn more about the school uniform initiative, go to www.friendshiphousede.org or contact Westminster member Sandy King at sandyking@verizon.net.
Last Chance to Register for Vacation Bible School
Monday, July 26 – Friday, July 30, 9 AM – 12 PM ($25 per child, $40 maximum per family)
All children Pre K – 6th grade are invited to participate in this year’s VBS with the theme “Knights of North Castle: Quest for the King’s Armor.” Stories, music, crafts, and games will be lively and fun as we explore Bible stories about the armor of God in our lives. Ready to register your child(ren) for VBS? Fill out this short form to let us know, and we’ll send you an online registration packet. The registration fee is $25 per child or $40 maximum per family. Teen and adult helpers are invited to contact VBS Director Robin Rosser (rlrosser@aol.com) as soon as possible.
Concerned about COVID? Click here to read our COVID-19 safety guidelines for VBS this year.
Dr. Jones on Sabbatical
July 26 through September 6
You may remember that Dr. Jones was set to go on sabbatical the summer of 2020 when COVID-19 reared its ugly head. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, and a multitude of efforts needed to keep Westminster members connected and missions moving ahead, he made other plans. Dr. Jones recommended – and the Session agreed – to postpone his sabbatical until this year. Dr. Jones will be away from church July 26 through September 6 to rest and recharge his mental, spiritual, and physical reserves. He would cherish your prayers.
Wednesday Evening Class: “After the New Testament: Early Christian Apocrypha”
Wednesday evenings in July, 7 PM on Zoom
Christians didn’t stop writing after the first century. The gospels, letters, and other writings in our New Testament canon are not the only writings early Christians were reading. Some of those writings fill gaps and answer questions arising from the works that were later canonized. “Why was Mary chosen to be the mother of Jesus?” “What was Jesus like as a child?” “If Mary was a perpetual virgin, who were Jesus’ siblings?” “Why isn’t Joseph in the gospels?” “What’s going to happen to the people who don’t go to heaven?” We’ll explore these and other questions during this study facilitated by Bob Cox.
Rethink Foster Care
Thursday, July 29, 7 PM on Zoom
Currently there are over 500 foster care children in Delaware. We invite you to join us to learn about Delaware’s foster care system from Christine Hoehn, with the Delaware Division of Family Services and a former foster parent. You will have a bird’s-eye view of what challenges and opportunities currently exist, as well as what you can do about it. Hosted by Westminster’s Peace & Justice Work Group.
Zoom Meeting ID: 860 2752 1655
Coming Up
Cereal Sunday
Sunday, August 1, 8:45 – 10 AM in the shade at the rear of the parking lot
August includes National Watermelon Day (August 3) and National Smile Week (August 5-11) but it is also known as the “dog days of summer” conjuring up thoughts of heat, drought, thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. Your donations of cereal and other non-perishable food will help many families be able to smile, maybe enjoy a watermelon and certainly avoid the lethargy and fever. Don’t know about mad dogs or bad luck, but your generosity is sure to help some families survive the storms of life. See us in the shade at the rear of the parking lot on August 1 and SMILE!
Sanctuary Flowers
Dates available in August and September
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 August 15, 22, 29 and September 19.
Still Thinking About Better Days?
Sundays, September 26 – November 14 (8 weeks), 11 AM – 12 noon on Zoom
Besides society pressuring us to “get over” the loss of a loved one, the loss of a sibling or friend is often met with even less recognition and support. Perhaps you’ve recently lost a spouse, close friend, sibling, or other loved one. Perhaps one step forward on the journey may be joining the Better Days Grief Support Group. We wholeheartedly invite you! Please contact Jill Getty (jgetty@wpc.org) to register by September 10 at the latest.
Save the Date! Women’s Sound/Vibrational Healing Program
Saturday, September 25, 1 – 2:30 PM in Rodney Chapel
Cost: $25. Registration forms available mid-August. Questions? Contact Judy Stoddard at JLStod@aol.com or (302) 397-8867.
This in-person event is contingent upon COVID status and CDC recommendations in September.
Featured Photo
Prayground is our new safe, kid-friendly worship space in Community Hall! If you have children too young to be vaccinated, you are welcome to worship in the sanctuary, but we have created Prayground with your safety and concerns in mind. We livestream our worship service into Community Hall and provide materials to help young children engage in worship. Masking (for those over age 2) and social distancing is required.
News to Note
7” Clear Glass Vases Needed by Deacons
The Deacons are in need of 7” clear glass vases for weekly flower delivery. If you have any vases that you no longer need, please recycle by donating them to the church! The Deacons will appreciate it! They can be left at the reception desk.
Sunday Worship COVID Policy
  • Worship reservations are no longer needed.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and comfortable going without a mask, please sit in the front part of the sanctuary and the side transepts. These sections are open seating and mask optional for fully vaccinated people. Please access these sections via the lectern-side transept door off the main hallway.
  • If you are not vaccinated or choose to wear a mask, you will be able to social distance in the back part of the sanctuary and balcony. Masks must be worn at all times in these sections. Please access these sections through the Narthex (behind the screen at the rear of the sanctuary).
  • Ushers at both entrances will be masked and available to direct you to the proper section.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask when entering or exiting the sanctuary. This is for the well-being of those who are not vaccinated.
  • If you have children too young to be vaccinated, you are welcome to worship in the sanctuary, but we have also created a safe, kid-friendly space. We are calling it the Prayground. This worship space is in Community Hall. We livestream our worship service into Community Hall and provide materials to help young children engage in worship. Masking (for those over age 2) and social distancing is required.
Have You Seen Our July/August Newsletter?
It has been a busy few months by the looks of this whopping 36-page issue! Don't worry; there are lots of pictures. :-) Our cover story, as well as other mission updates both locally and globally, speak to your generous spirit during the pandemic for those in need. We also welcome new members, congratulate our graduates, and give an update on this year's backpacks project. And don't forget to register your children/grandchildren for Vacation Bible School! Of course, there is ALWAYS more great content than what is mentioned here. Check it out in the July/August 2021 issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes!
Photo Prayer
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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