Monthly Archives: April, 2017

  1. Sermons : April 30 Youth Sunday

    Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
    Luke 24:13-35

    Three of Westminster’s graduating seniors preached on Youth Sunday.


    Jesus is always persistent. Two of the disciples were walking to Emmaus and Jesus came to them, walking alongside them. When they didn’t recognize him, he asked what they were discussing. They responded that they were talking about the tomb found empty a mere three days after Jesus’s crucifixion and death. Now this frustrated Jesus, as they knew him. They had followed him, listened to his teachings, and learned from him, yet they didn’t recognize that everything written about him in scripture was coming true. However, Jesus was patient and, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things about himself in all the scriptures.” (Luke 24:27) After this, he even went into the village with them to eat. Throughout the entirety of this story, when these two disciples should have recognized him, Jesus was patient and committed to being in relationship with them. Similar to how Jesus pursued a relationship with these two disciples, he comes near to us and is patient when we are “slow of heart to believe” (Luke 24:26).

    I started coming to youth group in 6th grade and came just about every week for my first two years. Then my mom signed me up for a mission trip up north the summer before 8th grade. At first, I was excited. That quickly changed when I went to the first informational meeting and realized I was going to be gone for a week and a half. If you knew me then, you know I was obsessed with horseback riding. It’s still the biggest part of my life today, but I was obnoxious as a child. When I found out I was going to have to take a week and a half off, I threw a fit. I begged my mom to let me stay home.

  2. News : May 3 WOW: First Wednesdays

    Dinner and Square Dance with Iglesia Emanuel Presbyterian Church & La Nueva Jerusalén
    Wednesday, May 3  |  Dinner at 5:30pm; Dance from 6:15-7:30pm

    To celebrate the last WOW: First Wednesdays of the season, we’ve invited our friends from Iglesia Emanuel Presbyterian Church and La Nueva Jerusalén to come share their culture with homemade food and dance.

    • Dinner is at 5:30pm and the menu is chicken fajitas, salad, and beans. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
    • The dance will start at 6:15pm. Our square dance caller will lead us with square dance folk music, as well as traditional Guatemalan and Mexican music.

    Please sign up for dinner by Monday, May 1, to help with food preparations.

    We’re hoping for beautiful weather on May 3, so bring your camp chairs and blankets for a picnic-style gathering in the Courtyard. We will have tables and chairs set up as well. Join us for this great celebration of friendship!

  3. News : 2017 Graduate Recognition Sunday

    Graduate Recognition Sunday will take place on June 11. If you or a loved one who has attended WPC is graduating from high school, college, or graduate school, please email the following details to Kara Pearce by Monday, May 29:

    • Graduate’s name
    • School attended
    • Degree received

    June 11 bulletins will be printed the week of May 29, so please submit your graduates’ names on time.

  4. News : Help with Testing at Githens & Hope Valley

    As the end of the year approaches, Githens Middle School and Hope Valley Elementary need our help to make sure End of Grade and End of Course test administration goes well. The schools need testing assistants, “proctors,” at the end of the month. See the dates and times below, and please contact those listed to volunteer.

    Githens Middle School

    • Friday, May 26, and Tuesday, May 30, from 7:30am-11am
    • Contact: Kate Murphy (; 919-560-3966, ext. 66237)

    Hope Valley Elementary

    • Wednesday, May 31, and Thursday, June 1, from 8:30am-12pm
    • Contact: Erika Bloodworth (919-560-3980, ext. 27236)

  5. News : May 13 Haiti Dress Work Day (Learn to Sew!)

    Saturday, May 13
    10am-4pm in Room 205

    Bring your sewing machine and make some pillowcase dresses at the first Haiti Dress Work Day of the year! We have kits cut and ready to be sewn. There are a lot of dresses to make before the next trip at the end of September. Sign up in myWPC.

    If you can’t attend the work day and already know how to make dresses, feel free to check out kits from the green collection bin in the Mission Center or use your own fabric. Never made a pillowcase dress before? Come and we’ll teach you how. Whether you are new to sewing or just need a refresher, we would be happy to work with you.

    Helen Harrison (, Emily Strader (