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  1. News : Lovefeast Choir Needs You!

    Lovefeast at Westminster—Sunday, December 2, at 5:00pm—is a very special experience. Our Lovefeast Choir consists of singers drawn from the Chancel Choir and the congregation and community as a whole.  All are welcome!

    If you love to sing Christmas music, but don’t have time to be a regular member of the Chancel Choir during this busy time of year, here is your chance to join in the fun with a very limited time commitment. Lovefeast Choir rehearses only twice, and singers are encouraged to attend both rehearsals. But even if you can only attend one rehearsal, we want you to be part of the experience.

    Rehearsals will take place:

    •  Saturday, October 27, 1:15—2:15 pm, Music Room.  Come at 12:30 pm to join us for lunch and meet fellow singers.
    •  Thursday, November 29, 6:15—7:30 pm, Sanctuary. This last rehearsal will be our only one in the sanctuary, with the organ.

    On the day of Lovefeast, December 2, we’ll meet in the Music Room at 4:00pm for a brief warm-up prior to the 5:00pm service.  Dress is Christmas apparel of your choice—the more reds, greens, silvers, and golds, the better!  

    Contact:  Monica Rossman, 919-489-4974, ext. 113


  2. News : New Adult Church School Elective on Adolescent Anxiety & Depression

    Depression in adolescents has been on the rise in recent years. Beginning Sunday, October 28, Westminster will offer a new four-week program examining topics related to depression and anxiety among teens, the relationship of social media to these issues, a personal history of experience, and presentation by the Duke Center for Adolescent Substance Use Treatment (CAST). The program will meet on Sundays, at 9:45am in Room 204 of the Mission Center. All are welcome.

    Contact: Kristina Gilbert, Director of Christian Education (Interim)

     


  3. News : Hurricane Recovery Day-Trips to Wilmington

    Westminster is sending a team to the coast on Saturday, October 27, for “Days of Hope” with Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM). We’ll depart from the church at 6:30am, work from 9:00am-3:00pm, and then head back to Durham. No need to bring anything but yourself – WARM will have tools and waivers available at the worksite. To join the team, please contact Alex Stayer-Brewington. We’ll participate again in “Days of Hope” with WARM on Saturday, November 10.

     


  4. News : Gifts of the Heart Clean-Up Kits

    WOW: First Wednesdays
    November 7 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | Fellowship Hall

    We’ll assemble Gifts of the Heart Clean-Up Kits for our NC neighbors in need at our November WOW. WPC Youth will also have an opportunity to assemble the kits at one of their Sunday gatherings.

    Please consider donating the supplies needed. Each kit requires the following:

    • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
    • 5 scouring pads
    • 7 sponges (assorted sizes)
    • 5 dust masks
    • 50 clothespins, clothesline (100ft)
    • 50-78 ounce bottle of dry laundry detergent
    • 1 pair or work gloves
    • 2 pair latex gloves (ex: Playtex)
    • 12 ounce liquid concentrated household cleaner
    • 25 ounce bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap
    • 1 package of reusable cleaning towels
    • 24-count roll heavy-duty trash bags (33-45 gallon)
    • 6-14 ounce bottle of insect repellent (non-aerosol)

    Send liquids in plastic bottles; unopened products only. Please bring supplies to church by November 1 and place them in the yellow bin in the Mission Center.

    Contact: Kristina Gilbert, Director of Christian Education (Interim)


  5. Sermons : Take Heart, Jesus is Calling You

    Mark 10:46-52, Psalm 26

     Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!

    The drama is building. This text is the last event in Mark before Holy Week. Next, as chapter 11 begins, is Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, the day the church calls Palm Sunday. Things have been picking up speed since the Transfiguration back in chapter 9, with a prophecy, a healing, then Christ meditates on his death. Jesus mediates a dispute among the disciples, teaches about divorce, about honoring our relationships, blesses little children, tells the rich young man that in order to follow him he has to sell all he has and give the money to the poor. This man goes away, ‘shocked and grieving,’ Mark says, ‘for he had many possessions.’ Our Executive Presbyter, Ted Churn, is going to preach on this text for us next week. Another teaching section with the disciples, and we’re here…

    “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” he cries out. I wonder if you have too. Maybe not those words, but maybe in response to when the doctor calls back and says to come in, she’s seen something. Maybe because of a job change you weren’t seeking, a relationship come to an end. Maybe it’s simply because you’re tired, weary, and your kid – the one you thought was fine – got in trouble or flunked something or got pulled into something with friends that did not allow for good decision-making. You make a mistake, don’t take the time, fly off the handle in a way that makes you keenly aware of your own brokenness. Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.

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