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Monthly Archives: September, 2018

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  1. Sermons : Binding Us Together

    Psalm 124; James 5:13-20

    Guest Preacher: The Rev. Carrie Tuttle


  2. Sermons : Show Me

    James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a

    I mentioned a month ago Viktor Frankl’s extraordinary 1959 book, “Man’s Search for Meaning.” Frankl, an Austrian neurosurgeon and psychologist was, along with his family, deported first to a ghetto, then Auschwitz. He was moved to a camp near Dachau, which is where he was when the camp was liberated. His parents and wife were killed. After this experience his work shifted to assessing the psychological impact on both prisoners and guards in the camps. How did some survive and others not? What mattered? He did some important work, writing and teaching in Europe and the US. “Man’s Search for Meaning” begins with a lengthy description of his experience, then some analysis. His key insight was that life was not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Adler believed, or for power, with Freud. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her life. He saw three sources for this meaning: in work (doing something significant), in love (caring for another person), and in courage during difficult times. Suffering in and of itself is meaningless, he wrote, but we give it meaning by the way…we respond to it.[1]

    Towards the end of the book he writes:

    Let me recall that which was perhaps the deepest experience I had in the concentration camp. The odds of surviving the camp were no more than one in 28…It did not even seem possible, let alone probable, that the manuscript of my first book, which I had hidden in my coat when I arrived at Auschwitz, would ever be rescued. Thus, I had to undergo and to overcome the loss of my mental child. And now it seemed as if nothing and no one would survive me; neither a physical nor a mental child of my own!  So I found myself confronted with the question whether under such circumstances my life was ultimately void of any meaning.

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  3. News : Fall Women’s Retreat, October 13  

    Registration is open for our Fall Women’s Retreat, “Nothing is Impossible with God: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Call,” led by Mary Todd Peters and held at Chapel in the Pines. The cost is $40 per person. Registration forms are available in the Mission Center, or you can register through myWPC. Join us for a wonderful day of learning, sharing, and fellowship. Bring a friend! Download the event flier and registration form.


  4. News : October is Stewardship Month

    Our Stewardship Committee has been in prayer and planning for “Take Heart,” our 2019 stewardship focus, which draws as its inspiration Mark 10:46-52, the story of Jesus’ healing of blind Bartimaeus. We’ll soon share with you special materials designed to help guide your prayer, giving, and discernment during this season. You’ll also hear personal testimonies from WPC members on the ways God’s church at Westminster has helped them “take heart” in faith and in their lives. Commitment Sunday will be October 28. We look forward to the coming month with joy!


  5. News : Save the Dates! Serve with Families Moving Forward, October 22-23

    Westminster provides dinner, dinner hosts and servers, and childcare to Families Moving Forward two nights each month. We partner with Immaculate Conception and Judea Reform on this mission to help families struggling with homelessness. Get the details and sign up at http://bit.ly/FMFOct2018.


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