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  1. Sermons : The Vocabulary of Discipleship

     

    Psalm 104: 1-9Mark 10:35-45

    Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray have been friends for longer than they can remember. Born in the same hospital two days apart, buddies in the neighborhood in the small eastern Oregon town of Ontario, high school sports, best man in each other’s weddings. They were in a car wreck in high school that was scary, but both seemed to recover well. But over time Justin’s legs began to show signs of weakness, limiting his mobility. They both finished college, got married, began careers and families in different states yet stayed in close touch.

    Over time the weakness persisted, then a parade of doctors’ visits and tests and questions and answers and questions, and a diagnosis of a progressive neuromuscular disease similar to ALS that would soon rob him of the use of his arms and legs. Over time he weakened, by March 2012 he had braces on both legs – spent most of his time in a wheelchair but not yet all – couldn’t button his shirt. But he could press the buttons on the remote control, and was flipping channels and came across one of those Rick Steves shows on PBS, on northern Spain. He saw Pamplona and the running of the bulls, then the program shifted to the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, a nearly 800 km pilgrimage route beginning around the border with France and ending at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, where the Apostle James’ bones are said to be buried. This awakened this longing within him, something to do before he became more limited, as he feared life slipping away.  But he also knew it was a ridiculous dream.

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  2. News : 2018 Call for Nominations

    The 2018 Nominating Committee is pleased to call for nominations to elect a new class of officers who will train this summer and take office in September. Seven new deacons and four new elders take office each year, serving three-year terms.

    You may submit nominations to the box on Barb Schmidt’s desk in the Mission Center or to or to nominatingcommittee@wpcdurham.org before Friday, April 6. Please do not ask those you nominate about their willingness to serve; the Nominating Committee will do that at the appropriate time. If you feel called to serve as an elder or a deacon, please know you are invited to submit your own name for consideration.

    Learn more about the role of elders on the Session and deacons on the Diaconate.


  3. News : Singers, We Welcome You!

    Westminster’s music program doesn’t just happen. It takes a village, as they say. Singing in the Chancel Choir is a very rewarding way to serve your church. Sometimes people are understandably afraid of taking on what they think may be a heavy time commitment. But, not to worry: we are extraordinarily flexible, as any member of the choir will tell you. Every commitment is valuable, whether it is long-term or short-term.

    So if you are interested in music or enjoy singing, even if it’s been ages since you’ve sung, let us welcome you into the fun-loving, nurturing community that is our Chancel Choir. Music is essential to our life as a worshipping community, and we cannot keep our worship music strong and vital without participation from the church community. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm and on Sunday mornings at 10am.

    It is not too late to join us as we prepare for Lent/Easter and our May 6 spring concert program. A choir retreat – focusing on the concert – will take place in the Music Room on Saturday, March 17, from 9:30am-12:30pm. We welcome you to come!

    Contact: Monica Rossman, Minister of Music


  4. News : Families Moving Forward: February 2018

    Westminster provides dinner, dinner hosts, and childcare on Monday and Tuesday nights during our volunteer week with Families Moving Forward. Parents attend house meetings and receive life skills training, while volunteers watch the children after dinner. Volunteers are needed for Monday, February 26, and Tuesday, February 27.

    Learn more and sign up to volunteer.

    Childcare volunteers (18+) need to complete child protection training and background checks. If you have completed Westminster’s Child & Youth Protection Policy Training in person, that qualifies. Contact: Louise Holland.

    Save the date for our next volunteer rotation on May 28 and 29!


  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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