Monthly Archives: March, 2018
My first fall in seminary while traveling I stuck my head in an airport bookstores and grabbed a book called, “What if? The World’s Foremost Military Historians Imagine What Might Have Been.” The editor, Robert Cowley, the founding editor of The Journal of Military History, writes:
[What ifs] can be a tool to enhance the understanding of history, to make it come alive. They can reveal, in startling detail, the essential stakes of a confrontation, as well as its potentially abiding consequences.
[Then he asks] What if the Persians had beaten the rowers of Athens at Salamis in 480 BC – perhaps the single most important day in the history of the west – or if the Spanish Armada had won and the Duke of Parma’s army had occupied London?…Or what if the Germans had beaten back the D-Day landings?Read more...
Mission trips to Mexico. Spiritual pilgrimage to Scotland. Disaster relief in the Gulf Coast.
Choir concerts in the Music Room. Worship from the pews.
Camp-outs at Presbyterian Point. Vacation Church School at New Hope Camp & Conference Center.
Musicals in the Fellowship Hall. Meals at Urban Ministries.
We have answered God’s call in Micah 6:8 in these and so many other ways during our 55 years as a congregation. On Sunday, April 15, we invite you to celebrate where we’ve been together, how our capital campaign will equip us for the future, and the ways God is at work in all of it.
Our capital campaign, Making Room: For Mission. For Community. For Faith., will enable us to serve others better, building on the foundation of those who came before and preparing space for generations to come. This is an exciting moment in the life of our church and we want everyone to be a part of it!
Please join us for a Celebration Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall from 9:45-10:45am on Sunday, April 15. Church School will take place as usual for 4th grade and under; Church School for 5th grade and above will not take place that morning. Please RSVP online by Sunday, April 1, or call 919-489-4974.
Menu: Egg and cheese frittata, hash brown potatoes, French toast sticks with syrup, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, muffins, bagels, juice, coffee, hot teaRead more...
As we shared in the March 7 newsletter, WPC Communication Coordinator Kara Pearce has accepted a new job and we’re seeking applicants for this role. If you know someone who might be a good fit, please direct them to www.wpcdurham.org/careers.
We will take a moment to thank Kara for her time at Westminster at the 11am service this Sunday, March 25. Her last day with us will be April 1. Kara will stay on in a contract capacity a few hours per week through the end of May to complete work with the capital campaign.
While we seek a permanent Communication Coordinator, we welcome Bria Adams to fill this role on a temporary basis. Bria is a graduate of North Carolina Central University with a strong background in marketing. She will take care of Westminster’s worship bulletin, newsletter, website, and Facebook page in this interim period.
You can reach Bria at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that all myWPC-related questions should be directed to Barb Schmidt.
In the January 11 newsletter, we gave you an update on our contract with Trinity Concepts, a financial management firm for local churches and nonprofits, to support our finance needs following former Office Manager Elizabeth Takla’s departure. Trinity Concepts’ founder Burke Raper has kept the church’s financial needs met along with his staff members, Sean Allen and Mary Martha Reed. Learn more about our finance staff from Trinity Concepts.
The Personnel Committee, in partnership with Ways & Means, has been assessing the church’s needs in financial oversight and property management. A job description for a Property Manager will soon be finalized. At its March meeting, the Session approved a recommendation to continue our contract with Trinity Concepts through the end of 2018. A finance staff person will be available on the days and times listed below. Administrative Assistant Barb Schmidt will continue to help triage any property-related questions as we search for a Property Manager.
- Mondays: Burke (9am-12pm), Mary Martha (afternoon)
- Tuesdays: Burke (9am-12pm)
- Wednesdays: Burke (9am-12pm)
- Thursdays: Burke (9am-11:30am), Mary Martha (midday)
- Fridays: Burke (by appointment), Sean (10am-3pm)