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A Single Word

February seems like a good time to begin something new! Recently, I started a new daily spiritual practice, offered by Marilyn McEntyre in her devotional book Word by Word. She invites us to focus on a single word for an extended time. Her series of meditations on a single word is an invitation to dwell with, and reflect on, a single word over the course of a week. She says in this process we…

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Between Here and There -- February 2021

Just a few months ago, in the article I wrote for the December issue of the Spire, I asked the following question: “If we place all of our hope in “getting through 2020,” what will we do when we stub our proverbial toes in 2021?” Needless to say, our toes are pretty banged up after these first few weeks of the new year. Just as the first week of January had wrapped up, I stumbled across these words, …

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Coffee Time for Lent

Mondays, beginning February 22 10:00 a.m. on Zoom Join Louise Rogers on Monday mornings for a Zoom study at 10:00 a.m., beginning February 22, to talk about the book Lent in Plain Sight by Jill Duffield. In this devotion for the season, Jill Duffield draws readers’ attention to ten ordinary objects that Jesus would have encountered on his way to Jerusalem: dust, bread, the cross, coins, shoes, o…

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Easter Giving

Due to the unprecedented times and the many variables we currently are dealing with, only a few Easter flowers will be required to decorate the sanctuary this year. The Chancel Guild and Deacons have joined forces to decorate the sanctuary and help individuals in need during these difficult times. If you wish to contribute to the memory or honor of a loved one, you may do so by completing the…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- February 2021

Both of my parents were raised on farms in the Midwest and tended an orchard in central California when they became empty nesters. Your mind may conjure bucolic images of lush fields or hear “tend” as a gentle act to prune trees, yet farming always gets you dirty. Spend any time around farmers and you develop an awareness of dirt. While I was growing up, we moved several times to new states to fol…

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Per Capita Reminder and Offering Envelopes

UPDATE FOR 2022: The per capita amount set by Pittsburgh Presbytery for 2022 is $37.50. Please remember to forward your 2021 per capita apportionment to the church finance office. The amount set by Pittsburgh Presbytery for 2021 is $34.79 per member. Each year Westminster must send the amount set for the year to the presbytery for each active member of our church. For those members who do not…

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Session Highlights, 2021 Commission Assignments

The 624th meeting of Westminster’s session was held on January 18 via Zoom. A summary of the substantive discussion that evening include: Westminster’s financial condition with respect to the operating budget for 2021 was reviewed and approved. Various elders commended members of this commission for their engagement in other commissions to provide transparent information and guidance. The Ste…

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SPIRIT -- Silence for Our Lives

"As I grow older, I discover more and more that the greatest gift I have to offer is my own joy of living, my own inner peace, my own silence and solitude, my own sense of well-being. When I ask myself, 'Who helps me the most?' I must answer, 'The one who is willing to share his or her life with me.’" — Henri Nouwen

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