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  1. News : February WOW: Experience Haiti!

    WOW: First Wednesdays – Experience Haiti!

    Wednesday, February 6
    Dinner at 5:45pm l Program at 6:30pm

    Join us for an interactive cultural experience for all ages! Enjoy a dinner of Haitian food, followed by an immersion-like experience of Haiti. Meet some new friends from the local Haitian community, learn a simple prayer in a new language, view Haitian art and create some of your own, learn how Haitians build their houses, see some short videos on Haitian history and its beauty, and more! We’ll have stations around the Fellowship Hall with family-friendly activities.

    Dinner Menu
    Poule en Sauce (Haitian Stewed Chicken)
    Diri ak Pwa (Haitian Rice and Beans)
    Sos Pwa (Black Bean Soup)
    Kawot ak rezen sos (Carrot and Raisin Salad)
    French Baguette and butter
    Pineapple and Mango, Plantain Chips

    Register by Monday, February 4, 12:00pm

    Contact: Kristina Gilbert 

     


  2. News : Mission Stitches’ January Sewing Days

    Mission Stitches is Westminster’s sewing guild that’s currently working on:

    • Assembling dresses for the Haiti Mission team to deliver on their trip this Spring, and
    • Constructing handsewn pillowcases for the pediatric units at both Duke and UNC hospitals.

    The dresses and pillowcases have been assembled into kits and are ready to be stitched together. Please join us and witness turning these kits into finished products! Drop by anytime on January 18-19, from 10:00am-4:00pm in Rooms 203 and 209. Bring your sewing machine or use one of ours. Sewing skills and experience aren’t necessary – our sewers will be happy to help and mentor you.


  3. News : Fall 2018 Mid-Week Studies for Adults

    Join one of Westminster’s midweek studies exploring various themes:

    Seekers:  Interrupting Silence by Walter Brueggeman

    Seekers is a group for women that meets monthly to study and pray together. Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, this book motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to interrupt silence, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice. (2nd Mondays, 7:15pm | Parlor)

    Monday Morning Bible Study:  Encountering God in Tyrannical Texts: Reflections on Paul, Women, and the Authority of Scripture by Frances Taylor Gench

    Start your week with rousing discussions and examination of God’s Word. This class will review and discuss the writings of Paul that have circumscribed the lives and ministries of women throughout Christian history. What are people who honor Scripture to do with such texts, and how can we engage them with integrity? Join us for lively discussions and fellowship! (Mondays, 10:00am-12:00pm | Room 105)

    Doorways: Esther and Ruth by Patricia Tull

    Doorways is a group of mostly retired, active women who meet for fellowship and Bible study. This fall, Doorways will be taking on a ten-session study of the Old Testament book of Esther, with its stories of faithfulness, courage, and survival, and the ethical questions posed by its ending, and the book of Ruth, with its themes of community, loyalty, and friendship. (Thursdays, 9:00am | Parlor)

    Men’s Breakfast Book Study

    This group meets twice monthly for fellowship, breakfast, and good, faith-filled conversation. This year will focus on studies of Esther and Ruth, as well as a reading of Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. (1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:00am | WPC Parlor & Hope Valley Diner)


  4. News : New Church School Electives for Adults  

    Are you seeking to learn more about God and living a life of discipleship? Check out these new electives for the fall, both offered on Sundays, 9:45-10:45am, beginning September 16:

    • Bible 101 (Room 205) Have you ever wanted to know more about the Bible or to respond to a child’s questions about the Bible? If so, then Bible 101 is the place for you! This study is designed for folks seeking basic information on biblical interpretation to create a fuller understanding of God’s Word. No biblical study background is needed or assumed.
    • Alongside: A Practical Guide for Loving Your Neighbor in Their Time of Trial (Room 204) Whether it’s cancer, death of a loved one, long-term illness, loss of a beloved pet, or another significant challenge, we all know someone facing trials. How many times have you wanted to do the practical thing when someone you know is in a hard place, but had no idea where to start? We’ll explore what is needed and appropriate depending on the relationship.

     


  5. 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.


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