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  1. Articles & Resources : Join us for “MLK Day Your Way”

    An invitation from the Neighborhood Missions TeamMLK Day

    Happy New Year! As we turn the page on probably the most exceptional year many of us have experienced, we give thanks for our health, our friends and family, our church, and all that we have. The Neighborhood Missions Committee invites you to join us on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18, to reflect on the past year and set a faithful intention for the year ahead.

    Because of Covid-19, we won’t be able to follow the MLK Day model of past years, but we’ve come up with an alternative we hope you’ll find engaging. We’ve organized options for Westminster members to perform both virtually and “together/apart,” or you may choose to do something else that’s meaningful to you. The day will have a two-fold structure:

    • In the morning, from 10:00-11:30am, members of WPC’s Racial Equity Team will lead a virtual teach-in. There will be a brief introduction to share the work they’ve done since August, then we’ll break into smaller groups to discuss Dr. King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, which he gave the day before he was assassinated. We invite you to read the text of the speech or listen to it on YouTube before participating. This teach-in is appropriate for anyone middle-school aged and older. A discussion group for the youth will be facilitated by Melinda Vaughn and Alex Stayer-Brewington. If the day is anything like the discussions the Racial Equity Team has had over the past five months, the time will fly by and leave you feeling thoughtful and empowered to help our community and nation heal.  Register for the Virtual Teach-In
    • In the afternoon, we invite all ages to participate in Westminster’s book drive with Book Harvest. Book Harvest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting lifelong literacy and learning. Please donate new or gently used children’s books, and deliver them directly to Book Harvest, 2501 University Drive in Durham (across the street from Q-Shack) on the afternoon of January 18. Or, you may deliver books to the 2021 Dream Big Book Drive at Durham Central Park, between 12:00-4:00pm. Note that Book Harvest cannot accept books of a faith-based nature. They particularly appreciate books with diverse characters and have a wish list that can help you with your donations.
    • Also in the afternoon, you may create cards of encouragement for patients at Duke Hospital (a great project for families), or write letters to persons imprisoned for political dissent. View the address list and sample letters to help you get going. Please provide your own stationery and stamps. Handmade cards for hospital patients should be generic (due to privacy concerns), and may be dropped off in the plastic drop-off bin outside the Mission Center.
    • Interested in participating in a project of your own choosing? We encourage this as well! Be sure to take a photo on the day and email it to so we can share it with our church family.

     Thanks so much for your support and participation in a year that has demanded constant adaptation and flexibility. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Cherrie Barton Henry. We look forward to seeing you virtually on January 18!


  2. Articles & Resources : Aperture in October

    Community:  Race, Place, & Religion with Dr. Malinda Maynor-Lowery
    October 21, 6:30pm

    Join us for Aperture via Zoom as we welcome Dr. Malinda Maynor-Lowery, a history professor at UNC-Chapel Hill, director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Malinda has published widely on the Lumbee people and the food, music, and religion of the American South. She’ll lead us in an exploration of what brings a people together and shapes them into a community. Register now to receive the Zoom link Ahead of our gathering, please consider reading Malinda’s excellent article “The Low Hum.”

  3. Articles & Resources : NEW Fall Church School Elective: “In These Trying Times”

    All are welcome to take part in this timely Church School elective facilitated by Geoff Vaughn. We will investigate how the myriad current stressors in our communities continue to generate significant internal stress and discuss ways we can find relief, comfort, and support as this season of uncertainty wears on. Watch a message from Geoff about the topics he’ll be covering.

    Register Now


    Geoff Vaughn is a Medical Family Therapist at the Duke Cancer Institute. His clinical focus is on coping with traumatic experiences. Geoff provides psychotherapy for teens and young adults with cancer.

  4. Articles & Resources : Aperture Returns WEDNESDAY, September 16 at 6:30pm

    “In These Challenging Times: A Class on Fearing, Coping, and Hoping,” a Conversation with the Whole Congregation (online)   Facilitated by Geoff Vaughn

    2020 has been a year like no other in recent history. Our local, national, and global communities have and continue to endure challenges in unfamiliar ways and at unprecedented levels. As this season of stress wears on, our abilities to cope with chronic fear and find some acute relief are increasingly strained.

    We kick off Aperture, a monthly series that engages speakers from the community and congregation, with Geoff Vaughn, who will offer a platform for discussion about this taxing time. We will start by looking at some fundamentals of stress-inducing environmental events, their origins and characteristics, and how we perceive and react to them as individuals and as groups. We will then move into a discussion about stress and its physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual impact. This will lead us to an investigation of strategies to better manage this stress – ways to instill an increased sense of hope and strength as we all move forward in this uncertain time.

    Please contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education, for the Zoom link and info.

    Geoff Vaughn is a Medical Family Therapist at the Duke Cancer Institute. His clinical focus is on coping with traumatic experiences. Geoff provides psychotherapy for teens and young adults with cancer.

  5. Articles & Resources : Join us for Rally Day on Sunday, September 13!

    Come to campus, greet Westminster pastors and program staff, and gather information on the coming year of Christian Education programs and opportunities!

    We’ll get started in the morning with Zoom meet-ups for all ages, then gather online for worship. From 1:00-3:00pm, you’re invited to come to campus and enjoy drive-through stations for Children & Families, Adult Christian Education, Youth Group, Local Missions, and Fellowship. See the event schedule below.

    Bring boxes of cereal to support families served by Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel’s food distribution ministry.  You can drop them off at the Rally Day Missions Station.

    Rally Day is an all-ages event to celebrate and embrace our commitment to Christian Education at Westminster,

    as we discover wonderful new ways to learn about God and walk the disciple’s path in these together/apart times. See you there!

    Rally Day 2020 – Schedule of Events

    9:45 – 10:00am All-Church Zoom Gathering
    Adult Classes
    10:00 – 10:15am Adult Classes Video Introductions
    10:15 – 10:45am Present Word Zoom, Sojourners Zoom
    Children’s & Youth Classes
    10:15 – 10:25am Preschool/K & Elementary Classes Zoom
    10:30 – 10:45am 5th/6th grade Zoom
    10:30 – 10:45am 7th grade Zoom
    10:00 – 10:45am Confirmation (including parents)
    10:30 – 10:45am High School Zoom
    Worship Online 11:00am – 12:00pm
    Drive-Through Car Rally
    1:00 – 2:00pm For last names beginning A – M
    2:00 – 3:00pm For last names beginning N – Z

    Please contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education, with any questions.

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