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The Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson

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The Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson
07/25/2021

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July 20, 2021: Latest Message
from Gregory Knox Jones and
Ways to Help Others During COVID

 

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." Click here to continue reading the latest letter from Greg Jones dated Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Ways to Help Others During COVID
The global impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented. For vulnerable populations – those who are homeless, hungry, out of work, living in communal settings – and for those living in vulnerable communities around the world, the effects of this crisis are even more devastating. They need our help more than ever.

Support LocallyClick here for a list of needs in our local community.

Support Globally – 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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Livestreamed/Recorded Service for
Sunday, August 1, 2021
and Details on In-Person Services

 

Livestreamed/Recorded Worship Service
We livestream our 9:00 AM worship service on Sunday mornings! Access our YouTube channel as early as 8:50 AM. When you get to our YouTube channel, you will see a large box in the center of the screen that says "Live." A recorded version will be provided on our YouTube channel after the livestream. Please also visit the Time with Our Children playlist to view the children's message (your little ones will love these!). To enhance your worship experience, we encourage you to download the accompanying Worship Bulletin for 8/1/2021. The resources for children attached at the end of the bulletin are provided by Illustrated Ministry. Please print them to participate in this service or for family devotions throughout the week.

In-Person Worship Service (New Info!)
Our sanctuary is open on Sunday mornings for one worship service at 9:00 AM.

Updated 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 will be required.

To stay up-to-date on developments and changes to this policy, please subscribe to our weekly e-newsletter, the Westminster Weekly Word.

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Virtual Education, Peace & Justice Discussions, and Small Groups (for kids/youth, too!)

 

Peace & Justice Thursday Evening Events
Engaging Wilmington Youth with Nature
Thursday, August 5, 7 PM on Zoom
Presented by Delaware Nature Society
The Delaware Nature Society, a state affiliate for the National Wildlife Federation, is renowned for its educational programming, conservation and advocacy. Join us as we learn about the Society's RENEW (Reaching and Engaging through Nature to Empower Wilmington) program, anchored at the DuPont Environmental Education Center, that is designed to engage youth from African American communities with outdoor education opportunities in the city. We will learn about these comprehensive STEM-based educational programs, along with other environmental justice initiatives, and discover how to get involved! Hosted by Westminster's Peace & Justice Work Group. To participate in our Peace & Justice discussions, use the Zoom link above, or go to zoom.us/join, enter Meeting ID 860 2752 1655 and click "Join."

Time with Our Children
Prior to COVID-19, every Sunday our congregation received a dose of joy when our children gathered up at the front of our sanctuary to hear and respond to a carefully-crafted, child-friendly message from one of our pastors. We wanted to continue offering these special messages for children in a safe way, so Time with Our Children has gone virtual. Be sure to check out these creative videos for your little ones on YouTube!

Presbyterian 101 Podcast
Episode 1 – By Faith Alone: The Reformation & Beyond
Episode 2 – By Grace Alone: What Presbyterians Believe
Whether you are a lifelong Presbyterian or are new to this Christian tradition, the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson is here to answer (some) of your questions. Tune in to our Presbyterian 101 podcast and learn a bit about our denomination’s history, theology, and governance ... in other words, what it means to be Presbyterian.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Wednesdays, 6 – 7 PM, on Zoom
This Bible study, facilitated by Randy Williamson and Mary Anne Peters, continues and new faces are always welcome. Please email the Rev. Sudie Niesen Thompson for more information.

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.

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Join Westminster in Helping 1,150 Local Students Have a Fulfilling School Year!

 

Since 2007, Westminster has worked with elementary schools in Wilmington to provide students in need with new backpacks filled with school supplies. Last year, the uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic led us to take a different approach to this project. It is likely that most students will return to in-person learning this Fall, and our team is working with each school to determine their specific needs. This year, the project will include our traditional five elementary school partners in addition to two new partners for high school students and youth. More than 1,100 students will benefit from your generosity!

For the second year in a row, we will not ask you to shop for supplies and deliver them to the church. We ask for your generous support of this year's Backpacks Project in the form of a financial donation to cover the cost of supplies ($10), or a backpack ($10), or both, for each student you wish to help. Please make your check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write “Backpack Project” in the memo line. You may also give online by clicking the “Donate Now” button at the top of this page.

Thank you so much for your continued support of the Backpacks Project! Your generosity makes a real difference in the lives of these students by preparing them with the essential tools and materials they need.

SAVE THE DATE! On Sunday, August 15, representatives from the recipient schools will join our 9 AM worship service where Pastor Sudie will bless backpacks and supplies purchased from your generous donations. After the worship service, we'll gather on the church front lawn for bottled water and fellowship.

For more information about this project and our partner schools, please see the July/August issue of our newsletter, The Westminster Chimes.

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