Posts by Joye Hodges Douthart

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  1. News & Articles : Maundy Thursday Worship-at-Home Materials

    “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, or commandment, reflecting Jesus’ words “I give you a new commandment.” It was on this day that Jesus had his last meal with his disciples. Jesus broke bread, washed the disciples’ feet, and hinted at his coming crucifixion and betrayal. At the time, the disciples did not realize the significance of this moment, but now we recognize how powerful and special this last supper was. As a result, it is our Christian tradition to celebrate this evening with the gift of worship and the sacrament of Communion, just as the disciples did on that night. 

    This year, many of us are unable to gather together in person to share in Communion, so our staff has created an at-home liturgy to remind us that God meets us at every table. 

    There are two versions of the Maundy Thursday Home Worship – one for individuals and one for families or groups. Individuals are also invited to join Marietta for their Maundy Thursday worship through the Zoom video-conferencing platform on April 9 at 6:00pm. 

  2. Bulletins & Sunday Announcements : April 2020

    April 5, 2020 – Palm  Sunday WorshipBulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    April 9, 2020 – Maundy Thursday:  Worship-at-Home Liturgy for Individuals or Groups
    April 10, 2020 – Good Friday Worship:  Bulletin
    April 12, 2020 – Easter Morning Prayer & Praise, a simple liturgy to greet and give thanks for the day
    April 12, 2020 – Easter Sunday WorshipBulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    April 19, 2020: Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins
    April 26, 2020:  Bulletin & Announcements, Children’s Bulletins

    * Hymns reprinted with permission under OneLicense #A-718062 (where applicable). All rights reserved. Additional music and text is in public domain. 

  3. News & Articles : Your Giving is Essential

    We ask that you please continue to give your offering and make your pledge payments even though we can’t gather in person at this time. Our Business Manager, Sharon Morgan, has created easy-to-follow, downloadable instructions on giving through your myWPC account. You can make a one-time gift or set up an automatic recurring gift. Please email Sharon Morgan, Business Manager, with any questions.

    If you choose to give by personal check, please mail it. Please do not hand-deliver checks to the church while Durham is under the stay-at-home order; the church office is closed through May 17.

    Thank you for supporting Westminster’s mission and ministries!


  4. News & Articles : Worship Online: How to Access Our Facebook Livestream

    How to Begin Streaming the Worship Service

    The worship service begins at 11:00am on Sunday. Organ preludes begin at 10:45am. We encourage you to begin streaming early so you can enjoy the music and settle in for worship.

    To begin streaming, go to Westminster’s Facebook Page:

    • You do not need a Facebook account to view the Livestream.
    • You may encounter a log-in panel from Facebook. You do not need to log in – Just click “Not now,” if that option is presented or ignore the panel and click on WPC’s Facebook page.

    NOTE:  If you visit the Westminster page before the streaming post has begun, you will not see the post “pop up.” Try refreshing your screen – click the refresh button if using a desktop computer, or swipe down to refresh if using a mobile device.

    Scroll down the page for the post with the title, “Live stream for Westminster Presbyterian Church Worship Service – [the date of the service].”  Make sure your sound is turned on, and click the image to begin viewing live. You may want to click the option (lower right) to enlarge the screen.

    A Few Pointers

    • For best results, view the Livestream on a device with a direct connection to the Internet, such as a desktop computer. If your Internet connection is slow, the streaming video and audio quality could become patchy.
    • If you missed the Livestream at 11:00am, you can come back to the page later and scroll down to find it.
    • We encourage you to comment while you’re watching. This helps foster a sense of community and makes you an active participant in the worship experience.
    • Our worship bulletins/announcements and children’s bulletins are available online. You can take a look before watching, download and print it, or refer to it during the service if your device facilitates that. Consider reciting along with your fellow congregants during the Call To Worship, Prayer of Illumination, and Affirmation of Faith.

    If you have any questions about Westminster’s worship Livestream, please email us. Thanks!

  5. Monthly Newsletter : February 2020

    In the February 2020 Issue:

    Progress on the Fellowship Hall, Spring Women’s Retreat, 2020 Lenten Series, Haiti Education Mission Trip, Mission Stitches, Rise Against Hunger Multi-Church Event, MLK Day Photos, Thanks from Cherrie, 2020 Crop Walk, Pillowcase Palooza, Spring All Church Work Day, A Call for Sopranos, Gardeners Needed, WSYC Spring Fling, In The Library, Worship & Welcome Volunteer Schedules, Prayer Concerns

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