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Monthly Archives: October, 2018

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  1. Sermons : On the Way

     

    Mark 10:46-52, Psalm 34:1-8

    I remember teaching our oldest to ride a bike. We have a flat stretch in front of our mailbox, but as you get past the house, towards a cul-de-sac, the road slants downhill, so once you get going you can pick up speed, which is a little scary when you’re just getting going. She was on the bike and, even after a few falls, was still a bit more confident than I was. As a parent your job is to help get things moving, and then to run alongside, early on with your hand on the back of the seat, then slowly letting go – sometimes the rider is to notice, sometimes they aren’t, until everyone is stable enough to ride off on their own. It begins with the necessary scrapes and tears, the persistence, then the euphoria…anyone who has helped a child do this knows the feeling…they finally get it, are riding off, and they realize they are doing, the adult back behind them raising their hands in victory! Yes! They did it! They did it!

    Here in chapters 9 and 10 Jesus is trying to teach the disciples to ride on their own. They’d been following on dusty roads after they dropped their nets, seen healings, casting out of demons, a young girl restored to life. He walks on water, cures a blind man by the pool at Bethsaida – Jesus spits in his hands and rubs his eyes. “Can you see now?” he asks him with a smile.

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  2. Articles : “Take Heart” Dedication Sunday, October 28

    We ask everyone to make it a priority to be in church on Sunday, October 28, for “Take Heart” Dedication Sunday. It is also Reformation Sunday, when we give thanks to God for those who have gone before us in faith, particularly the group of brave reformers who 500 years ago reminded the church that discipleship was first and foremost about God’s grace. We live, in confidence and in hope, grateful for all God has done through Jesus Christ.

    A critical part of a life of gratitude is thinking about issues of stewardship. Of the time we have been given, how do we make choices that are pleasing to God? Of the gifts God gives us, how do we use them for God’s purposes? Of the money that is entrusted to us, we ask how might we be generous because the life of generosity teaches us to trust and to live as a community towards God’s purposes.

    If you are a member or regular attendee of Westminster, please be prepared to respond to God’s call to generosity on Sunday morning. As you consider your 2019 Stewardship commitment, we invite you into prayerful discernment of how you are called to respond to God’s generosity and to Christ’s teaching to love God and neighbor:

    • What has stood out to you in the stewardship messages you’ve heard during worship?
    • What elements of Westminster’s mission and ministry touch your life most deeply?
    • What motivates you to give to the church?
    • Do you give as a percentage of your income? If not, what keeps you from doing so?
    • Will you covenant to pray about your 2019 Stewardship Commitment and to reflect with yourself and/or family members about what you feel called to give this year?

    “Take Heart” Stewardship packets were distributed earlier this month and included a 2019 Commitment card. Please complete your card and bring it with you to church on Sunday. Together we will offer our pledges to God as an act of worship and discipleship.

    Visit http://bit.ly/takeheart2019 to review and download any of our “Take Heart” 2019 Stewardship Program materials and resources.


  3. Articles : Make Your 2019 Stewardship Pledge Commitment Online

    You can make a 2019 Stewardship pledge commitment to Westminster online via myWPC or by returning your Estimate of Giving card to the church office. If you would like to increase an existing Estimate of Giving or have questions, contact Burke Raper.

    • Log into myWPC. If you’ve forgotten your password, click Forgot your password or user name?
    • On your Home page click the Pledge Now button under My Giving Summary
    • Enter your Estimate of Giving
    • Select Operating Budget from the Select a fund drop-down menu
    • Select a frequency from the Select the frequency drop-down menu
    • Set the date to be from January 1 to December 31 of the calendar year for which you are estimating your giving
    • Review your Estimate of Giving
    • Click the Save button
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  4. Monthly Newsletter : October 24, 2018

    October 24 Newsletter

    In This Issue

    Concerns & Celebrations, Hurricane Recovery Day Trips, Hurricane Clean-up Kits, Teen Anxiety & Depression Church School Elective for Adults, Stewardship 2019: “Take Heart,” Lovefeast Choir, One World Market, Fellowship Committee, Office Help Needed, An Afternoon of Art, WSYC: Enrollment Time, October Session Notes, Youth Group News, All Saints’ Day, Ekklesia Worship, Library News, Advent 2018: Save the Dates, Worship Volunteers’ Schedule


  5. Sermons : The Vocabulary of Discipleship

     

    Psalm 104: 1-9Mark 10:35-45

    Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been friends for longer than they can remember. Born in the same hospital two days apart, buddies in the neighborhood in the small eastern Oregon town of Ontario, high school sports, best man in each other’s weddings. They were in a car wreck in high school that was scary, but both seemed to recover well. But over time Justin’s legs began to show signs of weakness, limiting his mobility. They both finished college, got married, began careers and families in different states yet stayed in close touch.

    Over time the weakness persisted, then a parade of doctors’ visits and tests and questions and answers and questions, and a diagnosis of a progressive neuromuscular disease similar to ALS that would soon rob him of the use of his arms and legs. Over time he weakened, by March 2012 he had braces on both legs – spent most of his time in a wheelchair but not yet all – couldn’t button his shirt. But he could press the buttons on the remote control, and was flipping channels and came across one of those Rick Steves shows on PBS, on northern Spain. He saw Pamplona and the running of the bulls, then the program shifted to the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, a nearly 800 km pilgrimage route beginning around the border with France and ending at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the Apostle James’ bones are said to be buried. This awakened this longing within him, something to do before he became more limited, as he feared life slipping away.  But he also knew it was a ridiculous dream.

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