Monthly Archives: February, 2018

  1. News & Articles : Session Notes – 1/27/18

    On January 27, 2018, the Session held its annual retreat at Camp New Hope. Our day together began and ended with worship.
    The Session gladly approved four baptism requests from Westminster families for dates in February, April, and May.

    The review of the 2017 end-of-year finances was a welcome change from last year’s discussion. Conscientious budgeting and spending by our staff and committees, combined with the generosity of our congregation, allowed us to erase our budget deficit and resulted in a cash surplus. The Session considered and approved a balanced budget for 2018 which fully funds the requests of each of Westminster’s many committees.

    This discussion was aided by the Stewardship Committee’s report on the success of the “Taking the Next Step” campaign. As of the Session retreat, pledges for 2018 totaled $1,054,275, an increase over last year’s total by roughly $75,000. That total is expected to rise. The approved budget is for $1,119,275.

  2. News & Articles : February 21 Aperture: Third Wednesdays

    February 21 Aperture: Third Wednesdays
    “Poverty and Race in Durham: A Faith Response”
    Rev. Mel Williams
    6:30-8pm | Music Room

    Mel Williams is the Pastor Emeritus of Watts Street Baptist Church and the Coordinator of End Poverty Durham. He tells us:

    “For years I have had a growing concern about the disparity between rich and poor in our city. Our faith calls us to care for ‘the least of these’ and to provide opportunities for those who are least privileged.

    In 2004, I said to my colleague Haywood Holderness, ‘We in the faith community need to do something about the poverty in Durham!’ Haywood said, ‘Call a meeting, and I’ll be there.’”

    Come hear the rest of the story and learn about the present ministry of End Poverty Durham, a coalition of organizations and congregations working to alleviate the crisis of poverty in our city.

    Join us for meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, and dessert beforehand. Dinner will be served from 5:45-6:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. Please sign up for dinner by Monday, February 19.

  3. News & Articles : Ways & Means News

    by Dave Pottenger, Ways & Means Commission Chair

    The beginning of a new year is always a busy time for the Ways & Means Commission of Westminster. This year proved to be no exception, as we conducted our normal analysis of the previous year’s results while producing and approving our budget for the year ahead. Additionally, we spent a good bit of time assessing the feasibility of a capital campaign, and completed an in-depth analysis of our campus facilities. Ways & Means felt it would be helpful to provide a brief update on these important topics.

  4. News & Articles : 2018 Lenten Book Read Activities

    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.

  5. News & Articles : 2018 Elective Term 5: The Losses of Our Lives

    The Losses of Our Lives: The Sacred Gifts of Renewal in Everyday Loss

    Sundays, February 18 – March 25
    9:45-10:45am in Room 204
    Facilitators: Bill & Nancy Roberts

    Author Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton, a spiritual director and ordained clergy, reframes loss from the perspective that our everyday losses help us to learn what we need to handle the major losses. “The Losses of Our Lives” includes spiritual practices and questions for reflecting and exploring.

    “When we intentionally enter into our everyday walk through small losses, the terrain of larger losses, the valley of the shadow of death, is not totally unknown. It is not completely unfamiliar, alien, terrifying, for we have walked some of this way before with our lesser losses. We can journey through this valley of loss, for journey through it we must. And we can emerge markedly changed, but alive, on the other side.” – Prologue