It will be no surprise to you that this story makes me wince. How Laban uses his daughters as chess pieces in a grand-scale game of possession, deceit, and greed. How Leah’s identity is kept secret until the morning after her wedding to Jacob and how Jacob doesn’t notice she isn’t Rachel until then. How Zilpah, Laban’s maid, is traded around from master to master. And yet, the Spirit led my somewhat willing heart to a more sympathetic understanding of this story, of Jacob. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still at odds with the patriarchy at play here but there is more we need to hear. Let us remember together the arc of Jacob’s story:Read more...
Monthly Archives: July, 2017
Wednesday, August 2, at 5:30pm in the Parlor
On Wednesday, August 2, Nadege Gay of Haiti Outreach Ministries will visit Westminster. She is the principal of the school in Terre Noire, where the clothes WPC collected last year were delivered, and the daughter of Pastor Leon Dorleans. The school serves children ages 3 years through 6th grade. WPC is planning a mission trip to visit her school and work directly in the classrooms with her students in spring 2018.
If you’re interested in learning more about the schools, the spring trip, or designing curriculum, we invite you to join us in the Parlor next Wednesday, August 2, at 5:30pm. Nadege hopes that we will be able to provide programs in art, hands-on math and science, and English. She will also be able to address how to sponsor a child in the Haiti Outreach Ministries schools.
We look forward to our time with Nadege as we begin the planning process for our spring mission trip. Come find out how you can be involved in our Haiti mission.
- Cost: $65 (non-refundable; covers admission, transportation, and parking). You must pay online when you register.
- Deadline: Sign up by Monday, August 14
- Chaperones: Trip cost is free for chaperones. Parents, if you plan to chaperone, please register yourself when you register your youth.
- Contact: Jami Howell (email@example.com)
The schedule will be announced soon, but the tentative plan is to leave from WPC at 6am, and return at 9pm.
Check out all the finished pillowcase dresses on the 2nd floor of the Mission Center and help contribute to the efforts!
- Upcoming workdays: August 1, 2, 15, 17, 19, 22 (until 2:30pm), 25, and 26 in Room 209.
- Finished dresses are due to the green collection bin in the Mission Center by September 15.
- We are collecting shirts for girls ages 4-11 to wear under the dresses so they can wear them to church.
- We are accepting donations of fabric, lightly-used pillowcases and sheets, trim, and notions to restock dressmaking supplies.
- Resources and tutorials on making pillowcase dresses are available and being updated.
Contact: Helen Harrison (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Saturday, September 16, from 8:30am-12pm (rain or shine)
Fellowship Hall & Courtyard
The Neighborhood Mission Team is excited to hold the second Back-to-School Community Clothing Sale and welcome our neighbors to campus. All proceeds from the sale will go to a fund enabling the Neighborhood Mission Team to host more community events and offer support to nearby schools.
We need your help! Please donate items, sign up for a shift to sort items or help the day of, and spread the word! We will have fun activities for the children along with donuts and coffee that day.
- athletic clothing, equipment, or shoes
Please bring items to the yellow collection bin in the Mission Center Sunday, August 20 – Monday, September 11. If you have several items that can be pre-sorted and labeled, please help us with this step (e.g. Plastic bag labeled “girls size 6-12 months”).