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  1. News & 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.

  2. News & Articles : Staff Transition Ahead

    We’ll continue in a season of staff transition as Communication Coordinator Kara Pearce leaves Westminster at the end of the month to take a position with the Center for Child and Family Health. She will stay on in a contract capacity a few hours per week through the end of May to complete work on the capital campaign.

    We are sad to see her go, but excited for this new opportunity for her. The Personnel Committee is putting a transition plan in place to cover her responsibilities, and a search for a new Communication Coordinator will begin soon.

    When you see Kara, please take a moment to thank her for her incredible work and dedication to the community of faith at Westminster!

  3. News & 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.

  4. News & 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.

  5. News & Articles : Why a Capital Campaign?

    From the Sharing Our Mission given by Campaign Co-Chair John Graham in worship on Sunday, February 4:

    Why a Capital Campaign?

    Over the past five years, our church has developed a strategic plan for the future. The three pillars of the plan’s vision align with our long-standing call in Micah 6:8 –

    • to Do Justice, that is, our mission work,
    • to Love Kindness in the ways we care for each other, and
    • to Walk Humbly with our God as we cultivate discipleship and a deeper spiritual life

    Several committees have studied whether Westminster’s facilities are adequate to fulfill this vision, and sought feedback from the congregation. A near-unanimous consensus emerged that a significant renovation of Fellowship Hall is needed to serve Westminster’s internal needs, to enable us to best serve others, and to prepare for the future. So, we are conducting a capital campaign to fulfill our church’s vision and purpose.