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  1. Articles : Ready for Rally Day – Sunday, September 8

    Rally Day ~ Sunday, September 8

    8:30am – Worship (Sanctuary)
    9:45am – Open House and Meet-the-Teachers for Children and Youth (Mission Center Classrooms) Snacks and fun!
    10:15am – Presentation of Fall Adult Christian Education Programs (Parlor)
    11:00am – Worship (Sanctuary)
    12:00 Noon – Fellowship Luncheon on Calhoon Cabin grounds  Food provided by Fellowship Committee ~ Bring your lawn chairs!
    5:30pm – WPC Youth Group Kick-Off – Youth Suite  Potluck dinner, games for youth, and parent meeting

    We’re excited to kick off a brand new year of Christian Education on Rally Day, Sunday, September 8! Join us for great learning and fellowship opportunities for ALL ages!

    At 9:45am, children and youth and their families are invited to an Open House and Meet-the-Teacher Morning in their classrooms. At 10:15am, adults are invited to gather in the parlor for a presentation on our fall adult Christian Education programs. If you’ve never been part of a Church School class or short-term elective, we encourage you to come learn more about these wonderful offerings and meet the people who will be facilitating them.

    After our 11:00am worship service, we’ll gather for a Fellowship Luncheon on the Calhoon Cabin and preschool grounds with food provided by the Fellowship Committee. Take some time to connect with old friends, and make some new ones! Bring along a few lawn chairs.

    At 5:30pm, WPC Youth will have celebrate a new year with a Kick-Off Party and potluck dinner. Youth will enjoy games around campus, while the adults meet in the Sanctuary to review the 2019-2020 youth group calendar and hear the details about trip registrations.

    Start the new season off well – Make plans to be a part of this special day!  View our 2019-2020 Christian Education guide. 

  2. Articles : A Cool Haiti Summer Fundraiser – Buy One, Give One!

    Summer is upon us, and so is the hot weather. Just in time for your summer trips, we’re selling collapsible water bottles in support of our Haiti ministry. They travel well, and the neoprene cover keeps your choice of hydration cool.

    Help those in Haiti who go miles to get water. Buy one, give one – just $10 buys a bottle for you and one for someone in Haiti. Purchase yours after worship on Sunday!

  3. Articles : Sing with the Summer Choir

    All are invited to sing with our Summer Choir, which provides anthems for worship through September 1, rehearsing only on Sunday mornings at 9:00am. Whenever you are in town, please plan to join us. Bring your friends and family members along, too. Children are welcome to sing, but those under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Summer Choir is a great way to sample choral singing with minimal time commitment, while providing a great service to your church. Join us!

    Contact: Monica Rossman

  4. Articles : We Love Our Worship Volunteers!

    Worship volunteer sign-ups for 2019-2020 are happening now! Sign up after worship or online using the links below.

    Acolytes  Bringing in the Light of Christ
    Serves four Sundays per year on a team of two
    Acolytes light the candles in the Sanctuary at the start of the 11:00am service (10:00am in summer). They must be at least 8 years old or a rising third grader. Acolytes receive training from the Acolyte Coordinator. Signup

    Lectors  Proclaiming the Word of God
    Serves four Sundays per year
    Lectors lead the congregation in specific readings during worship. They help set a rhythm that allows us to experience more fully the act of worship.  Signup: 8:30am Lectors    11:00am Lectors –

    Ushers  Welcoming All to Worship
    Serves four Sundays per year on a team of four to six
    Ushers serve together to greet and usher worshipers. They are often the first friendly face that a new guest encounters!
    Signup:  8:30am Ushers   11:00am Ushers –

    Welcome Team   Connecting Visitors to Westminster
    Serves five to seven Sundays per year on a team of two
    The Welcome Team offers hospitality and information on WPC to visitors, newcomers, and members alike. Volunteers receive training from the Welcome Team Coordinator. Signup

    Sound Technicians  Creating a Seamless Sound in Worship
    Serves eight to ten Sundays per year
    Sound techs operate the audio system for worship and other special events. Volunteers receive training from the Sound Tech Coordinator. Please contact Lee Katrincic to sign up.

    Offering Counters  Helping Us Be Good Stewards
    Serves four to five Sundays per year on a team of two
    Offering counters count and record Sunday offerings after each service. Counters receive training from the Business Manager.
    Signup: 8:30am Offering Counters –    11:00am Offering Counters

  5. Articles : Making Room, Making Progress: Update on Fellowship Hall Project

    At its May 22 meeting, the Session received the reports and affirmed the work of the Fellowship Hall Building Committee and the Commitment Committee. After reviewing all the information, the Session voted unanimously to approve the Fellowship Hall project.

    This project began five years ago with a committee formed to study the congregation’s needs for the campus. The new Fellowship Hall will answer the call that the committee heard from you.

    Thanks to the generosity of this congregation during last year’s Capital Campaign, three-quarters of the funding needed for this project has already been raised and secured. Detailed estimates have been prepared by a team of expert architects, engineers, and builders, and we are pleased to report that those cost estimates are in line with our Capital Campaign estimates.

    The Fellowship Hall project will entail the need for about $1.1 million in financing. This figure may decrease as construction estimates finalize over the next several weeks. Interest rates are currently at historically low figures. Just like in our own homes, most of us can’t afford to buy a house with cash on hand, but we already have commitments from the Capital Campaign for the majority of the money needed.
    The building of the new Fellowship Hall will not affect our operating budget, and we will continue to fund both local and global missions the way we do now.The Session has set the date of Sunday, June 16, for a Congregational Meeting to approve financing. Prior to that, we’ll hold a series of Information Sharing Sessions for the congregation to hear and ask questions about the project and receive updates on the progress. These sessions will be held in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, May 29, at 5:30pm; Sunday, June 2, at 11:15am; and Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30pm.

    Northeast Rendering of Fellowship Hall

    The new Fellowship Hall will be beautiful and functional but, in keeping with Westminster, not “over the top,” as the Fellowship Hall Building Committee is watching every penny.

    We are not renovating the old building, but demolishing it and putting the larger, new and improved building in the same place. It is our hope that demolition of the old building will begin in mid-July and that construction of the new building will take about a year to complete.

    There is a precedent in Westminster’s history of this congregation coming together to raise the money, embark on construction, and secure and pay off the financing in a modest amount of time. In mid-1990s, the church embarked on a capital campaign to raise money to expand the Mission Center. The new Mission Center was dedicated in 1997, and shortly thereafter the congregation raised money to pay off the construction loan. We are confident this will be the case for the Fellowship Hall project, as well.

    It is an exciting time to be at Westminster as this new phase of our church’s history begins. We encourage you to take part in the Information Sharing Sessions to learn more about the Fellowship Hall project.

    Fellowship Hall Building Committee
    Jeff Furman, Pete Jones, Dana Lange (chair), Lucy Stokes, Nathan Swiggett, Jeremy Trantham, and Edwin Yarbrough

    Commitment Committee
    Bill Coppridge, Rebecca Joyner, John Messick, Michael Page, Chick Palermo, Dave Pottenger (chair)