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Advent Devotionals: God with Us

The stories of Advent are stories for hard times. Jesus was born amid upheaval and historical change and among people who seemed powerless. But when the world feels hopeless, Advent reminds us God is with us. In chaos, God is with us. In suffering, God is with us. In uncertainty, God is with us. In whatever our family endures, God is with us. This Advent resource invites your family to explore…

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Between Here and There -- December 2021

Depending on the translation of Scripture you look to, the word heart shows up somewhere between 400 to more than 900 times! No matter how you cut it, that’s quite a few. Though there are a few different variations of how the word is meant in the differing passages, a wide assortment of these verses speaks to the heart as the source of our true self. When you read through these different verses, y…

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Church Closing Policy -- December 2021

In the event of severe weather, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster Nursery School and Kindergarten (WNSK), and Westminster Recreation & Outreach Center (WROC) will follow the schedule of the Upper St. Clair School District. When the school district's buildings are closed, all activities, classes, and meetings scheduled for that day are canceled. In…

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Come, Lord Jesus: Watching and Waiting in Advent

The season of Advent has a dual theme. Yes, Advent signals the coming of Christ as a baby at Christmas, yet it also prepares for the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time. The two are in tension as we watch and wait for both comings. Both meanings are reflected in the Scripture readings and music of the Advent season, and together they enrich our spiritual lives in the four weeks leading up…

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Fall Highlights from Children’s & Family Ministry

This fall saw an abundance of opportunities for the children of Westminster to encounter God and engage with their faith. In early October, fifteen 3rd and 4th graders were presented with their very own Bible to read, love, study, and explore as they continue on their faith journey. Those children also had the opportunity to attend the “Have My Bible-Now What?” workshop with Debb Egli where they lea…

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Giving Gala 2021 Review

On Saturday, October 2, the Westminster Deacons hosted their fifth annual Giving Gala at Valley Brook Country Club. We’re grateful to announce that we raised $28,600 to benefit SHIM, South Hills Interfaith Movement. This year the focus was on the youth programs that offer a scope of vital educational services for children ages 3-18, many of whom are refugees resettled in the U.S. The afterschool p…

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Happy 100th Birthday

The congregation extends Happy 100th Birthday wishes to Flo Lawrence, a longtime church member. Flo became a member of Westminster in 1951. She is the mother of church members Ann Platt and Barbara Bacheson and is also a grandmother and great-grandmother.

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