Grace in the Wilderness: Stewardship 2021 Dedication Drive-Through

The rainy weather couldn't dampen spirits at our Stewardship Dedication Drive-Through on Sunday, October 25! Thanks to all the WPC peeps and pets who came out to say hello, drop off 2021 pledges, and pick up one of our new Do-Love-Walk yard signs.

Your commitment of financial pledges is critical to Westminster’s mission and ministry and to the future of this church. If you haven't already, there's still time to send in your 2021 Stewardship pledge – just click one of the easy options below.
THANK YOU for all the ways you support WPC!
Westminster This Week - Quick Links 
For Sunday, November1
How are WPC youth like the vineyards God promises in Jeremiah 31:1-8? Chris McLaughlin explains.
Don't miss this shout-out from Shannon Wylie to everyone who pledges their support to WPC.
More Families Coming to Iglesia Emanuel for Help
Additional Food & Volunteers Needed

The number of families seeking food support from Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel is increasing. Recently our volunteers helped serve 490 families and had to turn away 25 more because the food ran out. Please consider how you can help – More volunteers are needed to cover the growing need. Anyone age 14 and older can help on-site (duties include directing traffic, counting vehicles, and loading groceries), or you can also help at home by bagging beans and rice for families in need. Watch a video to see our volunteers in action and learn more.
From the Global Missions Committee: How Can We Help?  

The Global Missions Committee continues to wrestle with how to respond to the needs of people facing wildfires, hurricanes, and COVID-19. In addition to the information we recently provided for individual giving, we want to offer an opportunity for you to respond as part of the church.  

In November, when we’re able to tour the new Fellowship Hall, you will have an opportunity to contribute financially to any or all of the areas mentioned above. Committee members are currently searching for organizations where a small amount of money may make a difference or there is a connection with a WPC member. If you have family or friends that have been impacted by one of these disasters or know of a non-profit that is doing exemplary work, please email Jami Howell with the name of the organization by October 31. We will select one organization from each of the three categories. There is so much need, and we want to respond in the most meaningful way we can.
Aperture in November: “The True Measure of Our Character” with Chris Tuttle
November 18, 6:30pm on Zoom

Back in February (pre-Covid), Chris Tuttle took a trip with a few dozen other Presbyterians from the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum. Both in Mongomery, Alabama, the museum and memorial are the work of the Equal Justice Initiative. EJI is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society. EJI’s founder, Bryan Stevenson, wrote the book Just Mercy, and was featured in the film of the same name. Stevenson writes, “The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. We are all implicated when we allow other people to be mistreated.” Chris will reflect on his trip – sharing pictures and telling stories – the history of racism in this country and its legacy throughout our institutions, particularly in the criminal justice system.  
PS: Did you miss October's Aperture with Dr. Malinda Maynor-Lowery, "Community: Race, Place, and Religion"? Catch it now on our YouTube channel.
Study the Book of Matthew with Bible Roundtable

The Bible Roundtable Church School class has just begun a new study on Matthew, and you’re invited to take part! 

Co-founded more than 30 years ago by Gene Brannon and Sam Bryan, this class is called “the Roundtable” because the leader is more of a moderator than a lecturer. The class focuses on a specific book of the Bible and reads it verse by verse, going around the table, and stopping at logical points for discussion. You need not be steeped in the Bible to see how these passages relate to what is happening in our lives and community. 

Join in any Sunday! Don't worry if you are coming in the middle of a study, or if you can attend only on occasion. This year’s Bible Roundtable leaders are Eric Wolf and Richard Terminello. Contact Sam Bryan to receive the Zoom link for this class.
From Presbytery of New Hope’s Racial Equity Team:
Brave Spaces and Truth-Telling Webinar Series
"Race Is Nothing: Race Is Everything"
Thursday, November 12, 6:30–8:00pm

Presented by the Rev. Rodney Sadler, Associate Professor of Bible and Director of the Center for Social Justice and Reconciliation at Union Presbyterian Seminary; and the Rev. Katie Crowe, Senior Pastor of Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham

This series explores what "doing the work" of dismantling racism looks like for churches, practically speaking, beginning within themselves. Learn more
Can't make it on November 12? The webinar will be recorded and shared with WPC afterward.
Advent, Here We Come!

Worship at Westminster does feel different these days and with Advent almost around the corner, we are working to make that difference provide us all some much-needed fellowship and fun. The Session and the Worship and COVID Operating Committees are working together so we can safely enjoy a very special series of Advent Vespers. Details coming soon!