We have a variety of ways planned to engage with each other around the themes of our Lenten Book Read, “A Bigger Table: Building Messy, Authentic and Hopeful Spiritual Community” by pastor, author, and blogger John Pavlovitz. Follow the Westminster Presbyterian Church Facebook page for questions and reflections.

A Bigger Table Luncheon

Sunday, March 4, 12-1:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Join the bigger table in the Fellowship Hall, where we will share a simple meal of soup and bread while discussing some of the topics and themes of our Lenten Book Read. Please RSVP for lunch and childcare as needed by Friday, March 2.

Movie, Dessert, and Discussion: 6:30-8pm, Parlor

“The Loving Story”: Friday, February 23
On June 2, 1958, an engaged couple – Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a part-black, part-Cherokee woman – travelled from Caroline County, VA, to Washington, D.C. to be married. At the time, interracial marriage was illegal in 21 states, including Virginia. Back home two weeks later, the newlyweds were arrested, tried, and convicted of the felony crime of “miscegenation.” To avoid a one-year jail sentence, the Lovings agreed to leave the state; they could return to Virginia, but only separately.

“For The Bible Tells Me So”: Friday, March 16
Through the experiences of five American Christian families, we discover how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child. Informed by such respected voices as Bishop Desmond Tutu, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenberg, and Reverend Jimmy Creech, this documentary offers healing, clarity, and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of Scripture and sexual identity.

“Welcome to Shelbyville”: Friday, March 23
A small town in the heart of America’s Bible Belt grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Longtime Africans Americans and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees.

Aperture: Third Wednesdays with John Pavlovitz

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30-8pm, Sanctuary
As we near the end of Lent and move into Holy Week, author John Pavlovitz will join us for an evening of exploring our experiences with “A Bigger Table.” Pizza will be available for dinner from 5:45-6:30pm. Please RSVP for Aperture, dinner, and childcare as needed by Monday, March 19.