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  1. News & Articles : 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.”


  2. News & Articles : 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.


  3. News & Articles : 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.


  4. News & Articles : 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.


  5. News & Articles : Discipleship Resources for Families and Faith Formation at Home

    Consider your household to be a little “school of discipleship.”  As our days turn towards the long green growing-in-faith season of Ordinary Time and summer, consider how you can connect to God, one another, church, and community through this playlist of activities organized around Westminster’s (and Micah’s) invitation to “Do Justice – Love Kindness – and Walk Humbly with our God.”

    WALK Humbly | Exploring who we are as God’s beloved children  

    The Flat Jesus Project:  This summer, more than ever, we need reminders that Jesus is with us wherever we are, whether we are apart or together.   Flat Jesus is inspired by “Flat Stanley,” a fun project that lets the community know where you (and Jesus) are going, what you’re doing, and what is inspiring you!  Download complete instructions attached and email Marietta Wynands or post your pics on the Families of WPC Durham Facebook group!

    DO Justice  | Learning about and engaging with our neighbors

    Let’s Read about Race Together:  Join Marietta in reading some books with our children that help us have challenging conversations about race, how we got here, and steps we can take.

    For Younger Children (ages 4 – 8):  A Story Time Zoom Event, July 8 at 12:00 noon:  Something Happened in Our Town follows two families — one Black, one White — as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children’s questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.  This book is unavailable at present, Marietta will share the screen so the children can view an animated reading of the book.

    For Older Elementary or Younger Middle School – Two Book Suggestions:  These selections help us better understand our history.  Let Marietta know if your family is taking up the challenge!  We’ll schedule a Zoom gathering that’s convenient for the group.

    • Leon’s Story, by Leon Walter Tillage.  This book was brought to our attention by Amy Stanfield.  She writes that this book is about “Leon, a boy growing up in rural Wake County (near Fuquay) in the 1950s. There is lots of violence and death in the book yet it still makes for a great middle elementary age read. I wish this book and ones like it were required reading for North Carolina history/social studies. I shudder to think how many more stories like Leon’s are out there, not told.” We agree with Amy. Please read this book ahead of your child, or at least alongside, so that you can be ready for questions and conversations.  Amy has purchased two books for  WPC.  Let me know if you’d like to borrow one, or you can order it here.

    • January’s Sparrow, by Patricia Pollaco.  This book is set further back in time, telling the true story of the horrors and occasional happiness of slave families just before emancipation. Like Leon’s Story, this is a difficult but engrossing, suspenseful story about the Crosswhites, including young Sadie, who flee the Kentucky plantation they work on.  This book is available, used or new at Amazon and other retailers.

    LOVE Kindness |  Deepening connections to church, community, and God

    Taking Faith Home  – download and print for a week of activities around Sunday’s lectionary passages! Contact Marietta to receive the latest issue.

    Choose a Book or Toy Together and Donate to Families Moving Forward 

    Rachel Taylor, the Children’s Services coordinator at Families Moving Forward, says that children’s foam puffy books with pop-out parts are popular and always needed.  They have a wishlist on Amazon, which you can access here.

    Great Resources for Anti-Racism Curated for You

    Excellent Reading-About-Racism Storytime Videos

    Christian Educator Donna Chase, the DCE at First Presbyterian in Greensboro, is doing a summer reading series for children and families on talking about race.  We recommend Donna’s fantastic series, which includes excellent recommendations for parents to do their own work: https://www.fpcgreensboro.org/digital-formation-library/.

    Beyond the Golden Rule booklet, an excellent all-ages resource


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