Posts by Joye Hodges Douthart

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  1. News & Articles : How You Can Help Our Community Partners & Neighbors in Need

    Our Local Missions Committee has been hard at work checking in with our 20+ community partners to see how they’re doing, what their needs are, and how the Westminster family can help.

    View the listing of community needs the Local Missions Committee is tracking and find out what you can to do help our neighbors in need. This listing will be updated with new needs and requests as we are made aware of them, so check back frequently. 

    Contact:  Cherrie Barton Henry, Associate Pastor of Congregational Care & Mission 

  2. News & Articles : Join an Online Bible Study! 

    Connect with your Westminster community, and join together online to learn and study God’s Word. These established groups welcome you to participate in their Zoom gatherings:

    Monday Morning Bible Study (Mondays, 9:30-11:30am) – “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope During Uncertain Times” We know Jesus tells us, “Do not be afraid,” but with everything going on in the world, how is it possible not to be anxious? In this five-week study beginning May 4, author Adam Hamilton explores the worries and fears most of us experience and shares practical steps for overcoming them with the help of Scripture and a bit of faith. The series consists of a DVD and discussion via Zoom. Contact: Helen Harrison

    Bible Round Table (Sundays, 9:45am) The Bible Roundtable plans to begin its study of the book of James on April 26. We hope you will sign in and join what is always a friendly, lively interactive discussion. Contact:  Sam Bryan 

    Sojourners (Sundays at 9:45am) This group continues to work its way through the book, We Make the Road by Walking, by Brian McLaren. Contact:  Kay Wellemeyer

    The Present Word Join this group in exploring the theme of justice through the eyes of the prophets.  The Present Word is available online, so even if you don’t have a copy of the book, you can still access the materials. Contact:  Pete McWilliams

    Please contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education, for additional information.

  3. News & Articles : Celebrating Communion at Home on May 3

    On Sunday, May 3, we’re going to do something many of us never imagined we’d do:  We’re going to take communion together…virtually! That means each of us will celebrate communion in our homes as part of our worship on Sunday.

    This isn’t  the way we prefer to be in communion with one another, but now more than ever we as Christians long to meet Christ at the place where he has told us we will always find him. It’s time to gather with Jesus and the communion of the saints at God’s table; gathered to be fed, filled, and nurtured by the Spirit’s vision of the world.  With bread and cups in our hands and all of us doing this together, this sacrament will be a real celebration of Holy Communion.  Our PC(USA) denominational leaders and your Session have both approved this means of communion during this time.

    As your household – whether there is one of you or a dozen – prepares for communion, we ask that you make a few advance preparations. Get the details in this video by Cherrie, or follow the steps below:

    • Select a cup and plate to use. Your every-day cups and plates will work just fine, or you can get fancy and break out the china. Listen to the Spirit and do what you think most honors this time and space.
    • Find some sort of bread. A freshly baked loaf, a biscuit, a piece of gluten-free bread, or a cracker – it’s up to you.
    • Find some sort of drink. Grape juice or wine are the obvious choices, but any other kind of juice, coffee, tea, or even water (baptism!) will work. Again, listen to the Spirit’s call for the times.
    • If you need help securing any of these items, send us an email by Friday evening, and we will get them to you. If you are interested in making your own bread (as some of us did for Maundy Thursday), try this one-hour, four-ingredient recipe.
    • Place all these items in a central place before worship begins. This could be a table, a small stool, or a coffee table in front of your viewing monitor. When the time comes to share the elements, the pastors will instruct you what to do.

    Because this is a new experience for us all, be sure to take some time after worship to reflect upon your communion experience after worship on Sunday. As you eat lunch, ponder these questions to yourself or with those around you:

    • What did you notice?
    • How did this experience expand your understanding of the ways Jesus meets us in communion?
    • What concerns did you have doing communion this way?  In the end, were they justified?
    • Reformed Christians like to say that a sacrament is an “outward and visible symbol of an inner and spiritual grace.” How did this celebration of communion meet that definition of sacrament?
    • Are there other things in your life that might be sacramental by this definition of sacrament?

    Those interested in reflecting further on this new way of experiencing communion are invited to join the pastors in a Zoom time of reflection on Sunday at 5:00pm. To participate, send an email to by 3:00pm on Sunday, and a Zoom meeting connection will be sent to you by 4:30pm.  Contact: Cherrie Barton Henry


  4. Bulletins & Sunday Announcements : May 2020

    May 3, 2020Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins, Communion At-Home Instructions
    May 10, 2020: Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    May 17, 2020Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    May 24, 2020Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    May 31, 2020Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins

    All music used by permission under OneLicense #A-718062. All rights reserved.
    Additional music and text in public domain


  5. News & Articles : Sunday Worship Services Now on YouTube

    Our Sunday morning worship services will broadcast on Westminster’s YouTube channel on Sundays at 11:00am. It’s easy to watch! Here’s what you need to know:

    • Go to to reach Westminster’s YouTube channel, and click the video you want to watch.
    • We’ll also post a direct link to the service on the home page of our website and Westminster’s  Facebook page by Sundays at 10:45 am. Click the link there for direct access to the video.
    • Hover your mouse over the lower part of the video to bring up the video controls. Click the “CC” icon there to turn on closed captioning, if it’s helpful to you.
    • You don’t need to have a Google or Gmail account to access Westminter’s YouTube channel and watch our videos, but it’s free to create one. Click here to learn how.
    • If you have an account, you can comment in the live-chat box as the video is streaming (upper right corner of screen). You can also subscribe to our channel and receive notifications when new videos are loaded there.
    • Please note: The embedded video on the worship services page of our website does not show the YouTube live-chat window. Live-chat only shows up on YouTube watch pages, not on embedded players. To view the live-chat, you need to pivot to by clicking the YouTube icon in the lower right corner of the embedded video. Or, you can visit the WPC channel directly on YouTube at, or by navigating to and typing “Westminster Presbyterian Church Durham” in the app’s search bar.

    Questions? Please send an email to, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

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