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A Reflection on The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Since I retired over a year ago, I’ve had to figure out what to do with all the time I now have. At the same time that I began my retirement the pandemic hit us all, and added isolation to our lives. For me that made deciding what to do even more challenging than having an abundance of time. Of course, I had made my list of things I wanted to do before I vacated my law office. But adding all the t…

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Between Here and There -- February 2022

I’d like to take a small side-step from my normal Spire article to fill you in on some of the great things that are happening around Westminster, and to invite you to join in as the year progresses. First, I’ll need to give you some background. Several years ago, our youth commission made an important decision: if we want to minister to the young people of our community, we need to do a better job…

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Chatham Baroque @ Westminster: Les Nations

Music from the Time of Louis XIV and XV Chatham Baroque welcomes extraordinary guest artists Stephen Schultz (baroque flute), Caroline Giassi (baroque oboe), and Justin Wallace (harpsichord) to form a chamber ensemble that one might find at the palace of Versailles. The concert will take you on an elegant musical trip to the years before the French Revolution. You will hear the luxuriant music…

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Christian Mysticism -- Westminster Seminars February 2022 Series

February 6, 13, 20, & 27 9:45 a.m. in Galbreath Chapel & Zoom Christianity is a religion grounded in vivid personal and communal experiences of God. The Bible is filled with stories of these mystical experiences, and deep, mystical experiences have been at the core of almost every major Christian movement sparked by people like St. Patrick, St. Francis, Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther,…

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Deacons Blood Drive February 20

Westminster Deacons are hosting their first blood drive of the year on Sunday, February 20. We invite everyone in the congregation who is 18 and over to consider donating for this worthy cause. Our doors are also open to the community, and we welcome additional donors for this event. The Westminster Deacons thank you for your continuing support in the worthy mission of donating blood. Vitalant…

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Who hasn't been hurt by the actions or words of another? Perhaps a parent constantly criticized you growing up, a colleague sabotaged a project, or your friend has let you down, again! Everyone has their own story of disappointment in another person or a community. The question is, what do we do with our emotions? How do we balance our anger or resentment with the prayer we say together each week…

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