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Latest Update: September 22, 2020
Message from Gregory Knox Jones
and Ways to Help Others

 

"Last week, I announced that our Session had voted unanimously to reopen our sanctuary on Sunday mornings for one worship service at 9:00 a.m. (lasting 40 minutes) beginning Sunday, October 18. We are not simply flinging wide our doors and returning to our previous routine. Attendance will be limited, an online reservation will be required, and a number of guidelines must be observed." Click here to continue reading the latest letter from Greg Jones dated Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

What Can We Do to Help Others?
There are ways that we can help others, even during self-quarantine and social distancing. In these challenging times, it can be difficult to see how we might directly help those in need in our community and abroad. Vulnerable populations – those who are homeless, hungry, out of work, living in communal settings – need our help now more than ever.

Support Locally
Click here for a list of needs that could be met within the guidelines of Delaware's travel and community contact limitations. These organizations are considered essential social services in Delaware and are exempt from the restrictions for Delawareans who are traveling to make donations or deliveries.

Support Globally
The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. For those already living in vulnerable communities around the world, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. In response, Westminster’s Church in the World Committee is offering a special ECHO Giving campaign. Gifts can be designated to directly support emergency relief projects of partners in Congo, Guatemala, Palestine, and Syria. For details and to contribute, please use this form.

With deep gratitude for your generosity and compassion. Thank you for being part of God’s light shining through the darkness.

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Virtual Service for Sunday, Sept. 20
Join Us! Click Details for
Information and Links

 

Click here to watch our virtual service on YouTube for Sunday, September 20. To enhance your worship experience, we also encourage you to download the accompanying Worship Bulletin.

At the end of the Worship Bulletin, we have included this week's resources from Illustrated Ministry for worshipping with children. We hope you will use them for participation in this service or for family devotions at home throughout the week.

Although we will not be gathering as a church family for worship while Westminster is temporarily closed, we can still nurture our spiritual lives. An abbreviated form of worship will be provided here each Sunday morning as a video. Our pastors will read scripture, pray, and deliver a sermon so that you may still experience worship, but in the safety of your home.

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Virtual Christian Education and Small Group Opportunities (for kids/youth, too!)

 

Adult Education: Won Buddhism
Sunday, September 27, 1:00 PM
on Zoom

Zoom Meeting ID: 493 720 0361
Presented by Grace Song, Won Institute of Graduate Studies
Adult Education is back! Join us at 1:00 PM for the first Sunday Seminar of the fall semester. Guest Grace Song will present on Won Buddhism – a religion that emerged in Korea in 1916. One unique characteristic of Won Buddhist temples is that they do not place a Buddha statue at the altar but, instead, enshrine a circle image called the Il-Won-Sang (one circle image). The circular symbol represents the awakened mind of Buddha and symbolizes the interdependence of all things in the universe. Grace will share how Won Buddhism has changed her life and discuss its relevance in contemporary society.

Better Days Grief Support Group
Sundays, Sept. 27 – Nov. 15
(8 consecutive weeks)
10:30 AM on Zoom

Are you grieving? Many of us have lost a loved one over the past year or two. Society expects us to be better in two months. Our hearts and minds are unable to go back to normal that quickly. If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, please consider joining the Better Days Grief Support Group, where we will discuss many aspects of our grief journeys and engage in thought-provoking exercises. We wholeheartedly invite you to this healing process. Please email Jill Getty to register.

Midweek Manna Bible Study
New Day, New Name, New Facilitator, Same Study
Begins Wednesday, September 30, 12:00 PM on Zoom
The Thursday "Eat & Exegete" Bible Study has a new meeting time, a new name, and a new facilitator. Join the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson for "Midweek Manna" on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on Zoom. The group will continue its study of Exodus, and then decide where to turn on our journey through Scripture. Join us! Please email Sudie for the Zoom link.

Sunday School for Tweens
Sunday, October 4, 4:15 – 5:00 PM
on Zoom

Tweens (grades 5-8) are invited to join us for a very special "Zoom return to your Church." All questions and curiosity about faith and God are so important. Your stories, Bible and the Colaborate booklet, which was sent in August, are all you will need for this time together. Please email Susan Alexander if you would like to receive a booklet. Please send your preferred email address for receiving the Zoom invitations to Alexis Droke with "Colaborate Tweens" in the subject line. Dates for Zoom Sunday School are October 4 and 18, November 1 and 15, and December 13 (the time is 4:15 – 5:00 PM for all dates).

Socially Distant Fall Festival
Sunday, October 18, 10:00 AM (after the 9:00 AM worship service) on the church lawn (weather permitting)
Join our Board of Deacons for our Fall Festival! There will be pumpkin decorating, treat bags, card writing to our friends at large, and a short costume parade. Family units will be given individual materials and their own table. All activities will take place outdoors. Costumes welcome! Masks and social distancing required. RSVP is a must! Please email Jenn Blackford to RSVP. This is in addition to your worship reservation. Hope to see you there! Weather permitting, this event will be held on Westminster's front lawn. In the event of rain, this event will be canceled.

Women's Online Community Group
The women of Westminster connect for heartfelt and enriching discussions on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 5:00 – 6:00 PM. The Rev. Jill Getty is facilitating this group on Zoom. If interested, please email Jill and she will add you to the weekly participant email list to receive the Zoom link and password.

Youth Ministry (Grades 6 – 12)
180 Youth Ministry will resume in September. See the Weekly Word e-newsletter or our Instagram account (@180youth_wpc) for updates.

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WPC's Peace &
Justice Work Group
Events, Discussions
and Education

 

Thursday Evening Education Events
Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group is excited to continue a program of education events on Thursday evenings. While the effects of the pandemic continue, these classes / discussions will take place online.

Advocating for School Equity in the Midst of Virtual Learning
Thursday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.
via Zoom

Building People Power has launched a new issue campaign for SAFE Schools (Safe * Accountable * Forward * Equitable). Sarah Green will present on the goals, policy targets and plans of this advocacy campaign, including the urgent need to address equity in the COVID response and virtual learning. Come learn what's happening in (or outside!) our schools. And if inspired, find out how you can get involved.

All In: The Fight for Democracy
Thursdays, October 1 and 8, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

On October 1, we will watch the Amazon Prime video "All In" and follow up with a discussion on October 8. This new documentary examines the often overlooked yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States. The film interweaves personal experience with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning.

Join us at the Zoom link above, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 860 2752 1655 and click "Join." Attendees will be admitted to the waiting room and then the host will admit them. Look for more topics and information on the WPC Facebook page.

Conversations about Racism
October 4 – November 14, 2020
Join YWCA for virtual Dialogue to Action! Sessions run for six consecutive weeks. Various days and times available. Click here for more information and to register.

Peace Week Delaware
October 3 – 11, 2020
Peace Week Delaware is a state-wide series of events designed to bring neighbors together to promote peace, non-violence, and justice in our world and to create peace in ourselves and our communities. Events, planned by many different organizations, include a range of programs that focus on building peace. Most of them are virtual this year and will require advance registration. Some will be held outdoors consistent with state health guidelines. Plan to attend and help do your part in building a just and compassionate community in Delaware. For more information and the list of events, go to www.peaceweekdelaware.org.

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