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  1. News : Lenten & Holy Week Happenings & Services

    Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm – “Lenten Imagery as Seen in Modern & Contemporary Art”
    Led by Ruth Caccavale – Music Room

    Hear a discussion of Lenten influences on art in our modern times. Ruth is a former professor of art with Rutgers University and currently serves as a gallery guide at the Nasher Museum. A gifted teacher, some of you may remember a few years ago the excellent class Ruth taught, along with Monica Rossman, on the music and art of Holy Week. We hope you will join us.

    Friday Morning Prayers, Throughout Lent

    The Congregational Care Committee invites you to pray with them on Fridays at 7:00am. Wherever you are at that hour, take a few minutes to pray for those you know and love, and for the needs of the world. Know that the Congregational Care Committee and others will also be praying at that same time, that we might be bound together as our hearts are lifted to God. Prayer Concerns & Celebrations are included in the worship bulletin.

     

    Holy Week Silent Campus

    To maintain our rhythm of worship and reflection, we do not schedule meetings on our campus during Holy Week. The only groups that will meet are support groups (NA, OA), Bible studies, and groups that support Holy Week worship services. We pray you will join us in this journey: Come by, take a walk, or sit and pray in the Memorial Garden.

    Sunday, April 14 – Palm Sunday
    8:30am & 11:00am Worship

    Children are invited to gather in the Courtyard 10 minutes before each service to line up for our Palm Parade with their Fish Banks for One Great Hour of Sharing.

     

    April 18 – Maundy Thursday
    7:30pm Worship

    Come remember the intimacy of the upper room and the Last Supper as we gather around the table in communion. Remember the words Jesus gave us as he departed, his agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, his betrayal by Judas, his final hours on the cross.

     

    April 19 – Good Friday
    12:00pm Worship
    2:00pm Prayer Walk of the Passion

    Experience a unique adaptation of the “Prayer Walk of the Passion,” an intergenerational, interactive event depicting the transformative moments of the Holy Week. “Prayer Walk of the Passion” touches the core of who we are as Christians. Come and see! Sign up at http://bit.ly/WPCprayerwalk.

    April 21 – Easter Sunday
    Resurrection of the Lord

    8:30am & 11:00am Worship  Special music by Chancel Choir and Brass Ensemble
    9:45am Potluck Easter Brunch  Bring your favorite breakfast dish to share; beverages provided.


  2. News : What is Godly Play? A Parent Orientation, August 26

    Godly Play’s Montessori-inspired method for teaching worship education uses storytelling, reflection, art, writing, singing and/or creative play to invite children into the story of God’s people… our story!

    Created by Jerome Berryman, an Episcopal Priest, in 1972 and honed through years of interaction with children in diverse settings, the goal of Godly Play is to teach children to use faith language—parables, sacred stories, and liturgical action—to help them become more fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.

    Godly Play is a way of worshipping with young children. While full of developmentally appropriate interactive learning, Godly Play is first and foremost a way for both adults and children to grow in love for God and one another. It provides a way for young children to bring their lived experiences into conversation with God. They do this by experiencing God in the Biblical stories and in the natural creative work of children, play.

     Godly Play is based on the understanding that children have an innate sense of the presence of God. All they lack is the language of faith to help them identify and express it so it can be explored and strengthened. The Godly Play approach teaches classical Christian language in a way that enhances the child’s authentic experience of God so it can contribute to the creative life of the child and the world.

    Godly Play will take place during the 11:00 worship service beginning Sunday, September 9, 2018 and will include children entering kindergarten and first grade.  Following the Children’s Message, this group will go to the Godly Play Room located on the lower level of the Mission Building.

    We will hold an informational gathering on August 26, 8:30 am for parents of rising kindergarteners and first graders. Childcare will be available beginning at 8:15 am.


  3. News : Fall Women’s Retreat: Save the Date!

    All women are invited to our fall program, “Nothing is Impossible with God: Opening Our Hearts to God’s Call,” on Saturday, October 13, led by Mary Todd Peters and held at Chapel in the Pines. Bring a friend! Details and registration will be available soon.


  4. News : Shop for School Supplies for Haiti 

    Every Sunday in March
    9:45-10:45am and 12-1pm in the Courtyard

    The team going on the Haiti Education Mission Trip in April will be taking lots and lots of school supplies to 240 children in pre-K through 2nd grade at the Haiti Outreach Ministries School in Port au Prince.

    Help them fund school supplies by “shopping” at their store in the Courtyard for the best deals! There will be pencils, paper, books, scissors, and more.


  5. News : Patterns, Puzzles, Parts

    “Tell me, I forget. Show me, I remember. Involve me, I understand.”

    Westminster, please join us from April 14-21 in Menelas, Haiti, for a week of teaching, sharing, learning, and loving.

    WPC teaching teams (with translators) will work directly with children in classes for age 4 through 2nd grade. We’ll use curricula – Patterns, Puzzles, Parts – created by our own talented teachers at Westminster. With hands-on learning, we’ll cover manipulatives, science, math, art, and music. We need at least five more teachers or helpers to complete our team.

    Make a difference. Change your life. Give these kids more tools for success. Come with us!

    • Sign-up deadline is February 5
    • Creole classes begin the week of January 8
    • Supplies and donations will be collected in February and March
    • Classroom practice sessions will take place in March

    To sign up or ask questions, contact Dorene Palermo. See additional details and watch a video about Menelas.


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