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Monthly Archives: January, 2018

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  1. Sermons : Speaking and Acting, Acting and Speaking

    Psalm 111
    Mark 1:21-28

    Texts like this always make me think about teachers. You educators among us hopefully have some idea of what a gift you are to your students. But, looking back, I realize that most of the best teachers I have had, I only rarely remember any of the CONTENT they taught me.

    Mrs. Faison, in the 2nd grade at Charles Ellis Elementary in Savannah, Georgia, took the kid who didn’t know what to do and wasn’t sure how he fit as the only white kid in the class, which was a new experience for me, and preferred to hole up in the corner with a book, and offered me chances for leadership, connected me with my classmates. Mrs. Edwards in 4th grade took the time to get to know me in Black Mountain when I was the new kid. Mrs. Eubanks and Mrs. Gardner in 5th grade showed me how working really hard and driving ahead could also be really fun. Coach McElrath in 10th grade introduced me to the history of civilizations, from North Africa to the Middle East to the Romans and Greeks. Mrs. Caldwell in 12th grade had a way of asking questions about great literature that brought excitement. I bet you can name some. I’ve told you before about teachers I had in church school who showed up and prepared in seasons when I was the only child in middle school Sunday school at Black Mountain Presbyterian. Of teachers who I’m sure taught great things, but it was even more about who they were.

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  2. News : Families Moving Forward: February 2018

    Westminster provides dinner, dinner hosts, and childcare on Monday and Tuesday nights during our volunteer week with Families Moving Forward. Parents attend house meetings and receive life skills training, while volunteers watch the children after dinner. Volunteers are needed for Monday, February 26, and Tuesday, February 27.

    Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

    Childcare volunteers (18+) need to complete child protection training and background checks. If you have completed Westminster’s Child & Youth Protection Policy Training in person, that qualifies. Contact: Louise Holland.

    Save the date for our next volunteer rotation on May 28 and 29!


  3. News : Two Sacred Sacraments

    At the heart of our faith tradition are two sacred sacraments: baptism and communion. Mystery surrounds the acts of faithfulness in both sacraments. Two classes have been designed for children currently in second grade, and at least one parent or grandparent, to come closer to these mysteries and gain an understanding of their significance in our lives of faith.

    Our classes will take place in the 2nd Grade classroom (Room G2, lower level) from 9:30-10:45am on the following dates:

    • Baptism: Sunday, March 11
    • Communion: Sunday, March 18

    Contact Heather Ferguson with questions.


  4. Newsletters : January 24, 2018

    January 24, 2018 Newsletter

    In this Issue
    Capital Campaign Decision, Concerns & Celebrations, Serve Families Moving Forward, Youth Mission Soup-er Fundraiser, WOW: First Wednesdays, All Church Retreat, Cheer for the Basketball Team, Lenten Book Read, Save the Date, we•form kids: February 7, Two Sacred Sacraments, Day of Service, 2018 Spring Women’s Retreat, Youth Ministry News, Make a Joyful Noise in 2018!, Westminster School for Children, Community News & Opportunities, Preaching Schedule, Worship Volunteers


  5. Sermons : I’d Rather Be A Ninevite

    Psalm 62:5-12
    Jonah 3:1-5, 10

    Let’s play a word game to get us started with this text, shall we? What are the first words that come to mind when I say Jonah?

    These images and words have likely been floating around in your heart and mind since childhood, haven’t they? The story of Jonah is one of those texts that everyone – great and small – can hold on to and recall with vivid detail.

    As children, the story of Jonah is spun like a fairytale: Jonah defies God and is thrown overboard a ship, only to be rescued by a giant fish that swallows him up whole. Once Jonah prays, the fish spits him out on land and all ends well.

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