Members of the Stewardship Committee and WPC staff will be in the Courtyard with a basket to accept your pledge (be sure to put it in an envelope), and give out our spiffy new Do-Love-Walk yard signs.

We want to see you ALL! If you’ve already made your pledge online or mailed it in (thank you!), make sure you still come by to say hello and pick up your new sign!

What’s with the sign, you ask? In a season of competing yard signs, we're hoping this modest sign can be our public witness, proclaiming that the work of the church continues, as does God’s call to us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly.”

Because of you, your pledge, and your commitment to the mission and ministry of Westminster, Christ’s work in this place continues. 
THANK YOU!  
Westminster This Week - Quick Links 
The "Grace in the Wilderness" Edition

Hear perspectives on giving and giving back from your WPC family:
For Sunday, October 25
We received a nice thank-you note for our donation to First Presbyterian of Durham’s Walk-In Ministry. FPC used the money to provide assistance with rent or utilities to families suffering financially due to the pandemic. FPC has helped 333 families this year so far.
Workers have begun installing the landscaping around the new Fellowship Hall. The count-down begins!
WPC Youth Group Meets on Campus Oct 25
Photo Walk Next Sunday

All middle and high school students are invited to gather on campus on Sunday, October 25 to talk about God and life. Middle School will meet from 4:00-5:00pm, High School from 5:00-6:00pm. Youth will divide up into small, physically-distanced groups. Friends are always welcome!

WPC Youth will go for a Photography Walk in downtown Durham on Sunday, November 1, 3:00-5:00pm. Jackson Vaughn will guide our youth around the heart of the Bull City in search of interesting light and texture. The youth will gather at Five Points Park (in front of 9th St. Bakery) and end their walk at Cocoa Cinnamon for some fancy chocolates. Bring a mask, a camera, and a friend! Sign up now.

Lastly – as wild as it is to think about – we're beginning to plan for 2021 summer trips. WPC Youth and parents, check your email for dates and details from Alex!
 
Join the WPC Youth Group listserv to receive Alex’s weekly emails with details on all our Youth Group happenings, plus inspiration and encouragement for these crazy times. Contact Alex to get on board.
More Families Coming to Iglesia Emanuel for Help
Additional Food & Volunteers Needed

The number of families needing food support from Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel is increasing. Last week, our volunteers helped serve 490 people 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 Iglesia Emanuel’s food pantry. Watch a video to see our volunteers in action and learn more.
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.  
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.
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

with 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.


Can't make it on November 12? The webinar will be recorded and shared afterward with churches in our Presbytery.