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  1. News : Capital Campaign News – 3/21/18

    Celebration Breakfast

    Mission trips to Mexico. Spiritual pilgrimage to Scotland. Disaster relief in the Gulf Coast.
    Choir concerts in the Music Room. Worship from the pews.

    Camp-outs at Presbyterian Point. Vacation Church School at New Hope Camp & Conference Center.
    Musicals in the Fellowship Hall. Meals at Urban Ministries.

    We have answered God’s call in Micah 6:8 in these and so many other ways during our 55 years as a congregation. On Sunday, April 15, we invite you to celebrate where we’ve been together, how our capital campaign will equip us for the future, and the ways God is at work in all of it.

    Our capital campaign, Making Room: For Mission. For Community. For Faith., will enable us to serve others better, building on the foundation of those who came before and preparing space for generations to come. This is an exciting moment in the life of our church and we want everyone to be a part of it!

    Please join us for a Celebration Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall from 9:45-10:45am on Sunday, April 15. Church School will take place as usual for 4th grade and under; Church School for 5th grade and above will not take place that morning. Please RSVP online by Sunday, April 1, or call 919-489-4974.

    Menu: Egg and cheese frittata, hash brown potatoes, French toast sticks with syrup, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, muffins, bagels, juice, coffee, hot tea

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  2. News : Communication Coordinator Transition

    As we shared in the March 7 newsletter, WPC Communication Coordinator Kara Pearce has accepted a new job and we’re seeking applicants for this role. If you know someone who might be a good fit, please direct them to www.wpcdurham.org/careers.

    We will take a moment to thank Kara for her time at Westminster at the 11am service this Sunday, March 25. Her last day with us will be April 1. Kara will stay on in a contract capacity a few hours per week through the end of May to complete work with the capital campaign.

    While we seek a permanent Communication Coordinator, we welcome Bria Adams to fill this role on a temporary basis. Bria is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a strong background in marketing. She will take care of Westminster’s worship bulletin, newsletter, website, and Facebook page in this interim period.

    You can reach Bria at bria@wpcdurham.org. Note that all myWPC-related questions should be directed to Barb Schmidt.


  3. News : Finance & Property Staff Update

    In the January 11 newsletter, we gave you an update on our contract with Trinity Concepts, a financial management firm for local churches and nonprofits, to support our finance needs following former Office Manager Elizabeth Takla’s departure. Trinity Concepts’ founder Burke Raper has kept the church’s financial needs met along with his staff members, Sean Allen and Mary Martha Reed. Learn more about our finance staff from Trinity Concepts.

    The Personnel Committee, in partnership with Ways & Means, has been assessing the church’s needs in financial oversight and property management. A job description for a Property Manager will soon be finalized. At its March meeting, the Session approved a recommendation to continue our contract with Trinity Concepts through the end of 2018. A finance staff person will be available on the days and times listed below. Administrative Assistant Barb Schmidt will continue to help triage any property-related questions as we search for a Property Manager.

    • Mondays: Burke (9am-12pm), Mary Martha (afternoon)
    • Tuesdays: Burke (9am-12pm)
    • Wednesdays: Burke (9am-12pm)
    • Thursdays: Burke (9am-11:30am), Mary Martha (midday)
    • Fridays: Burke (by appointment), Sean (10am-3pm)

  4. News : 2018 Easter Offering

    WPC’s annual Easter offering will be collected on Sundays, March 25 and April 1. Half of the offering will support One Great Hour of Sharing, an ecumenical effort that began in 1949, and continues to provide relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.

    Children are invited to collect their offering for One Great Hour of Sharing in a colorful fish bank. Fish banks are brought in during the children’s Palm & Fish Bank Parade at both worship services on Palm Sunday, March 25. If you need a fish bank, you can pick up one in the lobby of the Mission Center.

    The other half of WPC’s Easter offering will go to Rebound. Rebound gives Durham Public Schools high school students on short-term suspension the opportunity to continue their studies while suspended from school. It helps students to stay on top of schoolwork during suspension; develop self-knowledge and improve self-esteem; gain effective communication and conflict management skills; and reconnect with family, school staff, and the larger community.

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  5. News : 2018 Call for Nominations

    The 2018 Nominating Committee is pleased to call for nominations to elect a new class of officers who will train this summer and take office in September. Seven new deacons and four new elders take office each year, serving three-year terms.

    You may submit nominations to the box on Barb Schmidt’s desk in the Mission Center or to or to nominatingcommittee@wpcdurham.org before Friday, April 6. Please do not ask those you nominate about their willingness to serve; the Nominating Committee will do that at the appropriate time. If you feel called to serve as an elder or a deacon, please know you are invited to submit your own name for consideration.

    Learn more about the role of elders on the Session and deacons on the Diaconate.


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