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  1. Articles : Advent at Westminter – December 2019

    Advent at Westminster means worship and music, tradition, fun, and fellowship. Join us – ALL are welcome! Download our Advent schedule of events.

    Lovefeast  Sunday, December 1, 5:00pm, Sanctuary 
    Join us in the Sanctuary for a service of lights, hymns, anthems, and fellowship from Moravian customs. A beloved Westminster tradition, our youth group offers the Lovefeast service to show gratitude for the church family that prays and cares for them throughout the year. Organ preludes begin at 4:30pm. Childcare will be available for ages 4 and younger.

    Advent Lessons & Carols with the Chancel Choir Sunday, December 8, 8:30am and 11:00am, Sanctuary
    Westminster’s Chancel Choir will present its annual program during both worship services. Their beautiful singing will be complemented by music from talented instrumentalists. Bring a friend!

    Greet & Gift at Bull City Trading Company Monday, December 9, 7:00-9:00pm
    Drop by Bull City Fair Trade (811 9th St) to greet our three new staff members – Alex, Cherrie, and Marietta – and gift friends and family with hand-crafted items made by artisans from around the world. Bull City Fair Trade will be closed to the public so we’ll have the store to ourselves as we welcome and get to know new staff, munch on light refreshments, and enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases. Bull City Fair Trade (formerly One World Market) is a nonprofit retail store focused on providing fair wages to low-income craftpersons.

    Advent Fellowship Dinner Wednesday, December 11, 5:45pm, Youth Suite
    Join your Westminster family for a festive holiday dinner! Enjoy delicious cranberry chicken and yummy sides (with chicken nuggets for the kids). Held just after Christmas Pageant rehearsal, make plans to eat with us, then take part in Art & Carols by Candlelight afterward. Please RSVP for dinner at by Monday, December 9, at 12:00 noon. Suggested contributions of $5 per person/$20 per family will be collected at the door.

    Art & Carols by Candlelight Wednesday, December 11, 6:30pm, Music Room
    In contemplation of the mystery and wonder of the season, Ruth Caccavale will lead a discussion on the influences of Christmas on art, paired with insights and music of the season led by Monica Rossman. We will sing classic Christmas carols and beautiful hymns that are made even more special by candlelight. This gathering is sure to stir the Spirit of Christmas in our midst! A member of Westminster, Ruth is a former professor of art with Rutgers University and currently serves as a gallery guide at the Nasher Museum. Monica has been an active church musician for more than 40 years, serving as Associate Chapel Organist/Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Duke and on the music faculty at Ohio State before joining the staff at Westminster in 1994. Childcare will be available for ages 4 and younger.

    Children’s Christmas Pageant December 15, 4:30pm, Sanctuary 
    All children Pre-K through 5th grade are invited to take part in our annual Christmas Pageant and Pageant Choir. Children age 4 and younger who would like to be part of the Pageant are encouraged to walk on as “Twinkling Stars” (parents, be sure to indicate if you have a “star” when you sign up). Rehearsals are Sunday, December 1, 2:30-4:00pm (speaking roles only); Sunday, December 8, 2:30-4:00pm (all participants); Wednesday, December 11, 4:15-6:00pm (all participants and Pageant Choir); and Sunday, December 15, 3:30-4:00pm. We welcome all parent volunteers who would like to help! Childcare will be provided during rehearsals for volunteers’ children age 4 and younger. Sign up your Pageant participants, volunteer to help, and request childcare for rehearsals at  Contact: Jennifer Feiler (

    Caroling for All Ages Wednesday, December 18, 6:15pm, Meet in the Front Parking Lot
    Bring Christmas spirit to the homes of some of the much-loved members of our Westminster community! A great singing voice is not required – this is all about fun and bringing cheer to others. Carolbooks are provided. Carolers will return to church afterward for warm drinks and sweet treats in the Parlor.

    Christmas Eve Worship Services Tuesday, December 24, 5:00pm and 8:00pm
    Bring family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Savior and King! Our 5:00pm Family Service of Carols and Readings is ideal for families with young children and folks with early evening plans. At 8:00pm, we will offer our Service of Readings, Carols, and Lights with the Chancel Choir & Brass Ensemble. Preludes begin at 7:30pm. Childcare is provided for ages 4 and younger at both services.

    First Sunday After Christmas Worship Sunday, December 29, 11:00am only
    We will have only one worship service at 11:00am on the first Sunday after Christmas. Cherrie Henry, our new Associate Pastor of Congregational Care & Mission, will be preaching. Come, give thanks for the joys of the season!


  2. Articles : November Aperture with Dr. Ray Barfield

    Wednesday, November 20, 6:30pm, in the Music Room

    What is death? What does it mean to “die”? Dr. Ray Barfield, professor of both pediatric oncology, palliative care, and Christian philosophy at Duke, will explore these questions at this month’s Aperture.  Are there aspects of death, of dying “well,” that can inform how we live together now? How might we die  – and live – in ways that lead to human flourishing, especially as people of faith? Dr. Barfield brings extensive experience at the intersection of medicine, philosophy, and theology to assure an evening of great conversation!

    Ray Barfield joined the faculties of Duke’s Medical School and Divinity School in 2008. The first half of his career focused on improving immune therapies for childhood cancer (including bone marrow transplantation and antibody therapy), and understanding the moral aspects of decision-making in medical research involving children. At Duke he has focused on the role of theology, humanities, and the arts in the formation of physicians. He has published widely in medicine, philosophy, and literature, including several books. Dr. Barfield was the founding director of two programs at Duke: Pediatric Quality of Life and Palliative Care and Theology, Medicine, and Culture. Currently, he is the director of the Medical Humanities Program for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Medical Humanities, and History of Medicine in the Medical School. He is married to Karen Barfield, who is an Episcopal priest. They reside in Durham with their two daughters.

  3. Articles : New Adult Church School Elective: “The Journey”  by Adam Hamilton  

    In contemplation of the Advent season, Westminster will offer “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem” as our fall Church School elective for adults. In this study, Adam Hamilton travels with us from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a fascinating look at the birth of Jesus. Using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal reflections, Hamilton illuminates this most amazing moment in history. We follow the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and others, gaining insight into our own journeys with Christ. We’ll watch a video on each topic, then discuss the material afterward. Whether you are a long-time Christian or simply curious about the story of Christmas, you are invited to join us. “The Journey” will be facilitated by Dave Mountain, November 10–December 17, 9:45-10:45am, in Room 204. All are welcome!


  4. Articles : Holiday Tips for Caregivers

    The holidays are fast approaching, a time many of us feel pressure – even more so for those of us caring for loved ones with health and/or memory changes. Join us as WPC members Susan Chesser, a registered nurse and health educator, and Kim Lamon-Loperfido, a social worker specializing in aging transitions and a certified dementia care partner, share strategies for family caregivers to make the holidays the best they can be. This program will be offered on November 6, at 6:30pm, in Room 105. Please call the church office by November 4 to sign up.


  5. Articles : Mission Days:  Pastor Leon Dorleans, November 3  

    We’re excited to welcome to Westminster Pastor Leon Dorleans, founding director of Haiti Outreach Ministries on Sunday, November 3. Pastor Leon will speak with our middle and high school youth and adults from 9:45-10:45am, and he will preach on that Sunday as well. Our elementary-age Church School classes will learn about life in Haiti and the work of our medical and educational teams. Pastor Leon’s visit is the first of our new Mission Days, one Sunday each quarter when we’ll focus on a single mission in all our elementary through high school Church School classes. The goals are to get our younger members excited about the important work our church does, and send them home with opportunities for hands-on involvement for their families. Additional Mission Days are scheduled for February 9 and April 26 and will focus on addressing issues here at home, such as homelessness. Mark your calendars and make plans to take part in WPC Mission Days!


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