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  1. 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!

     


  2. 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:  https://www.facebook.com/wpcdurham

    • 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!


  3. News & Articles : Lent at Westminster

    You are invited to take part in a variety of spiritual practices and challenging social justice conversations during this Lenten Season. On Ash Wednesday, worshipers will have the opportunity to confess sins, symbolically releasing them to our merciful God by writing them on a slip of paper and then tossing them into a fire pit upon departure.

    Ash Wednesday, February 26   Make plans to be part of this evening of fellowship, worship, and reflection as we prepare our hearts for Lent:

    • 5:30-6:15pm  Faith Experience for Children (Kindergarten – 5th gr) with a Parent or Grandparent: “Dirt, Water, and Ashes – What’s Ash Wednesday All About?” This event begins in the Parlor and moves to various locations on our campus.
    • 5:45pm  Pancake Fellowship Dinner – Youth Suite
    • 7:00pm  Ash Wednesday Service with the imposition of ashes – Sanctuary

    Even as we let go of that which holds us back from full communion with God, we are also challenged to take on the habits that bring about a transformed life. What spiritual practice might you take on this Lent? Perhaps it will be one of the four “quiet” practices explored in our recent Church School elective:  Breathing, journaling, silence, and meditation. Learn more about each of these practices and make your commitment by signing up now. When you do, you’ll receive a wonderful weekly email of encouragement from Marietta.

     

     

    LOOKING AHEAD TO HOLY WEEK & EASTER

    Palm Sunday, April 5   Children gather in the Courtyard 10 minutes before each service for the Palm Sunday Parade with their Fish Banks for One Great Hour of Sharing.  During the 11:00am service, children ages 4 through 2nd grade will sing following the Procession.

    Maundy Thursday Service, April 9 at 7:30pm   Come remember the intimacy of the upper room and the Last Supper as we gather around the table in communion. We will remember the words Jesus gave us as he departed, his agony in Gethsemane, his betrayal by Judas, and his final hours on the cross.

    Good Friday, April 10   A variety of Prayer Stations will be available in the Parlor on Good Friday, from 7:00am – 3:00pm. Come anytime, on your own or with your children, youth, or grandchildren. These prayer stations will engage your whole self, encouraging you to focus deeply on the story of Jesus’ life, suffering and crucifixion, and resurrection and victory over death.

    Good Friday Service, April 10 at 12:00 noon   Join us for a meditative service with prayer, readings, and music for reflection.

    Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the  Lord, April 12

    8:30am & 11:00am Easter Worship – Sanctuary   With special music by Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble

    9:45am Potluck Easter Brunch – Youth Suite   Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share; beverages will be provided

     

     


  4. News & Articles : Spiritual Practices for Quiet Christians

    Spiritual Practices for Quiet Christians

    “In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.”  Luke 1:35

    As followers of Jesus, we are called to seek out a quiet place to reconnect with our Creator. Try these practices to center yourself in the stillness. 

    BREATHING

    Take this practice with you wherever you are. You can practice breathing with intention in your home or in the midst of a busy, people-packed day. 

    Beginning the Practice

    • Begin to pay attention to your breath. As you do, notice how your breathing begins to slow down.
    • Inhale through your nose. 
    • Exhale through your mouth.
    • Pay attention for five minutes in the beginning.  Expand the time as you are able.

    Deepening the Practice:  Box Breathing

    • Inhale for a count of 4. Hold for 4. 
    • Exhale for a count of 4. Hold for 4.
    • Repeat.  

    A Prayer for Opening or Closing Your Practice:  Gracious God, at my beginning, you breathed into me the breath of life, so that I would become a living soul. I offer you my thanks for continuing to sustain me, day by day, with that breath of life. Help me remember how precious a gift it is, and give me an awareness and attentiveness to my breath throughout the day. Keep me from being so distracted with life’s activities that I forget the one activity that makes all the others possible. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

    More on the practice of conscious breathing

    JOURNALING

    Journaling can be a helpful spiritual practice that encourages deep reflection on the ways that our lives connect with the work of God.  Keeping a journal will be as individual as you are. Some ways to begin:

    Find a quiet place.  Begin by recording the events of your day along with your feelings.  What were the highs and lows? What may God be trying to help you learn through them? Your writing may turn into prayer at times.  At other times, you may find yourself breaking into doodles, drawings, or poetry. Journaling regularly gives you the opportunity to begin to see helpful or damaging patterns and habits in your life, as well as windows to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

    More on the practice of journaling

    FINDING AND ESTABLISHING QUIET GROUND

    Consider those spaces that allow you to quietly reflect on your life with God. Set up a quiet corner in your home.  Add a candle, a bible, and a book of two for meditative reading. Perhaps your preferred space is outdoors. Take a nature walk, unplug all your devices, and really pay attention to your surroundings.  use all of your senses to take in God’s creation. Get creative as you regularly seek locations that help you connect your spirit with the Spirit of God. Your Quiet Space may be a garden, a back patio, a library, or an art museum.  We will investigate how and where figures in the Bible did this, and how it helped them communicate with God.

    A book you may enjoy:  Ordinary Place, Sacred Spaces by Sister Evelyn Mattern

    MEDITATING

    There are many ways to meditate. Christian meditation involves giving focused attention to God in order to listen to the “still, small voice” of the Spirit. It often involves words of Scripture but may include other springboards into silence and reflection.   

    A basic introduction to meditation

    More on the Christian practice of being attentive to God

    Try this lovely guided meditation on the Light of God

    A variety of creative ways to meditate, including meditating with art, music, and poetry, can be found at Explore Faith


  5. News & Articles : Rise Against Hunger with Hope Valley Baptist, March 7

    Rise Against Hunger Meal-Packing Day
    Saturday, March 7, 10:00-12:00 noon
    Hope Valley Baptist Church Gymnasium

    We’re excited to be partnering with the congregation of Hope Valley Baptist Church to pack meals for Rise Against Hunger on Saturday, March 7, 10:00-12:00 noon, in the HVBC Gymnasium.

    Over the years, WPC has worked with Rise Against Hunger on 11 events and packed 114,324 meals!

    At just 34 cents per meal, 80% of Rise Against Hunger’s meals are distributed through global partners that administer school feeding programs, orphanages, health clinics, and vocational training.

    Make plans to take part in this fun, educational, highly-interactive, highly-impactful event. Meal-packing is suitable for ages 5 and up. Please consider also donating toward the cost of the meals. You can register or donate toward our $3,451 event fundraising goal (or both). Thanks!


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