The Spire Online

Welcome to the online version of Westminster's newsletter. Published ten times a year, the Spire shares congregational news and articles from the pastors as well as from other spiritual leaders, staff, and members. If you prefer a printable version, view and download a printable PDF copy of any previous issue here.


Message from Jo Forrest -- May 2022

Decades ago the foresight and generosity of members of Westminster Presbyterian Church created an endowment fund. Thanks be to God. Our Endowment enabled us to weather our financial distress and invest in new ministries. In April, the Session approved the following $177,000 disbursements from Endowment and Special Gifts: Energize the Next Generation The past years have spotlighted the growing…

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Living with Integrity

Harper Lee’s masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird, returned to Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center in April. This time Richard Thomas, rather than Gregory Peck, performed the role of Atticus Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930s, a place and time where prejudice against African Americans was still acceptable, at least to some folks. Not to Atticus Finch, the local law…

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Beloved Community

In a recent Westminster discussion, the term Beloved Community emerged. As one who was introduced to the concept in my early college days, I was intrigued. What did folks understand today about the Beloved Community? Indeed, what is a Beloved Community and how would we recognize one? Perhaps even more important, how would one go about forming a community of beloved? All these were spinning in my…

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Christians, the Nations, and War:
Westminster Seminars May 2022

Five-Week May Series Christians, the Nations, and War John P. Burgess Professor of Systematic Theology, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary The Russian invasion of Ukraine has shocked the world. This series will draw on Christian perspectives on war to help us understand how God may be at work in these events and what God is calling us to do as American Christians. May 1 – What Is Happening in U…

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Stay Connected with Veritalk

Have you ever wondered what we talk about at youth group on Wednesday nights? The youth department has started a podcast, called Veritalk. Listen in for some fun, laughter, and a review of the scripture lesson from the previous week. The youth of Westminster are dedicated to deepening their faith in a community of friends, and their insights blow us away every time. Let us share with you some of…

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The Easter Egg Hunt

On Palm Sunday morning, the children gathered at both hours for their Easter Egg Hunt in the courtyard. They looked for eggs that contained scripture and symbols of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. There were also a few surprises hidden in the eggs. It was a busy morning with the children searching for the eggs and helping each other to fill their egg cartons. When they opened their eggs,…

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