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  1. Articles : Capital Campaign News – 3/21/18

    Celebration Breakfast

    Mission trips to Mexico. Spiritual pilgrimage to Scotland. Disaster relief in the Gulf Coast.
    Choir concerts in the Music Room. Worship from the pews.

    Camp-outs at Presbyterian Point. Vacation Church School at New Hope Camp & Conference Center.
    Musicals in the Fellowship Hall. Meals at Urban Ministries.

    We have answered God’s call in Micah 6:8 in these and so many other ways during our 55 years as a congregation. On Sunday, April 15, we invite you to celebrate where we’ve been together, how our capital campaign will equip us for the future, and the ways God is at work in all of it.

    Our capital campaign, Making Room: For Mission. For Community. For Faith., will enable us to serve others better, building on the foundation of those who came before and preparing space for generations to come. This is an exciting moment in the life of our church and we want everyone to be a part of it!

    Please join us for a Celebration Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall from 9:45-10:45am on Sunday, April 15. Church School will take place as usual for 4th grade and under; Church School for 5th grade and above will not take place that morning. Please RSVP online by Sunday, April 1, or call 919-489-4974.

    Menu: Egg and cheese frittata, hash brown potatoes, French toast sticks with syrup, fresh fruit, assorted pastries, muffins, bagels, juice, coffee, hot tea

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  2. Sermons : Grateful for the Invitation

    I John 4:16b-21
    Luke 14:7-14

    Last week we wrestled with this same text, thinking about the spiritual work involved in expanding the table, the theme of our Lenten book read. For the table to get bigger, we must be prepared, because welcoming people who look differently or are from different backgrounds or believe different things, is tough. We ask God to help us both expand our vision and see that each of us, no matter how smart and faithful we are, don’t own truth. That spiritual work, through conversation and prayer, is tough, but it matters, and it’s worth it. It is, to use Pavlovik’s words, “the fierce crucible of redemptive spiritual community”[1]

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  3. Articles : Capital Campaign News – 3/7/18

    Gratitude Sunday: March 18

    On Sunday, March 18, we’ll celebrate Gratitude Sunday! Our children and youth have been creating reflections on why they love Westminster, which will be on beautiful display that morning. You will be invited to fill out your own reflection during worship to add to those from our young ones. We’re looking forward to this day of giving thanks!

    On March 18, we will also hand out devotional journals to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the challenge before us in this capital campaign. The journals have devotions for 21 days, each followed by questions to consider, a prayer, and space to jot down your thoughts. We hope you will use these journals as you consider the prayer, “Lord, what do you want to do through me?”

    Save the Date: April 15

    On Sunday, April 15, we’ll have Ministry Sunday at the 8:30 and 11am worship services. This will be a time to reflect on the ways Westminster’s missions and ministries change lives in the congregation, in Durham, and beyond.

    We’ll also have a Celebration Breakfast between services in the Fellowship Hall that day! Everyone is invited to come together and share in excitement over the campaign’s progress and vision. Details and invitation to follow.

    2-Minute Interviews

    What do you love about Westminster?

    What does your friend love about Westminster?

    Grab a friend or family member and invite them up to the Interview Room in Room 203. We’ve set up a space for you to come and interview one another so that we might hear your stories about why Westminster matters in your life.

    • Have a confirmation mentor you’d like to get to know better? Invite her to the Interview Room!
    • Know a longtime member who can tell you a history of their love for WPC? Invite him to the Interview Room.
    • Curious about why someone in your family loves WPC – your child, your grandparent, even your spouse? Invite them to the Interview Room.

    You are invited to record video of your interview, using the supplies and instructions ready to go in that space.* The Interview Room will be open every Sunday morning until April 8.

    *Videos will be shared with the congregation on Westminster’s website and Facebook page. Recording an interview indicates your permission for having your video shared.


  4. Articles : Session Notes – 2/18/18

    Ways & Means chair Dave Pottenger updated his fellow elders on the church’s financial situation. Of note, the church currently has a healthy cash surplus, and the land debt at the time of the report was $176,056.

    John Graham, co-chair of the Capital Campaign Leadership Committee, presented a report on planning for the capital campaign. In addition to a communication plan aimed at making the entire congregation aware of the campaign, and the need for it, the committee is planning a series of special events. These events include Gratitude Sunday on March 18, a Celebration Breakfast between worship services on April 15, and Commitment Sunday on April 22. The congregation is encouraged to watch the bulletin, newsletter, website, and your mailbox for additional capital campaign communication.

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  5. Articles : Capital Campaign News – 2/21/18

    As we shared in the February 7 newsletter, Westminster is embarking upon a capital campaign to:

    • Renovate the Fellowship Hall,
    • Do needed maintenance on our Sanctuary and Mission Center, which includes upgrades to our heating and cooling system to make it more energy efficient, and
    • Pay off the mortgage on the property adjacent to our campus, which we purchased in 2015.

    With these changes, we’ll be making room for mission, community, and faith, and we are guided by God’s call in Micah 6:8 for this important work. Our capital campaign project will enable us to continue to:

    • Do justice, carrying out mission work that meets deep needs in Durham and beyond;
    • Love kindness, building relationships of care that knit us together as a community; and
    • Walk humbly with God, deepening the faith that sustains us as we serve and support one another.

    What’s Coming Up

    Check your mailbox this week for a bright yellow brochure! It shows the exciting ways that our capital campaign project will equip us to answer God’s call. Inside the brochure is a special prayer reminder to put up somewhere around your home.

    Beginning in mid-March, you’ll hear more about the campaign within your small groups – Church School classes, committees, ministries, supper clubs, etc. Everyone will also receive a Devotional Journal in March to guide us through this process.

    On March 18, we’ll have Gratitude Sunday, celebrating gratitude as the wellspring of generosity. You’ll hear more about Gratitude Sunday soon, but be thinking about what you love most about your church home now!

    If you have any questions about Westminster’s capital campaign, contact campaign co-chairs John Graham and Lynn Toms or Chris Tuttle.