The Spire Online

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A Message from Town Hall South

In the interest of keeping our audience safe and healthy, the Board of Town Hall South has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020-2021 season for one year. Our lineup of speakers – Dan Rather, Kevin Surace, Leon Logothetis, Richard Stengel, and Dr. Temple Grandin – has agreed to move their speaking dates back one year. So this next season will effectively begin in October 2021, rather tha…

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Blessing of the Pets

Sunday, October 4 2:00 p.m. in the North Parking Lot (if inclement weather, event will be canceled.) Masks and social distancing required All people-friendly pets and their owners are invited to a designated celebration that both acknowledges and pays tribute to the loyal animal companions that love us unconditionally. Join pastor Louise Rogers as she gives thanks for these special family…

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Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly: End Racism – A Faith Witness

October 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Westminster’s front portico and roadside area Masks and social distancing required Today’s news can give us whiplash…one story shows crowds of people, black and brown and white, young and old, filling the streets with artwork and singing and calls for racial justice. The next story shows looting and burning and tearing down and even shooting. We are torn apart by watch…

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Feast of St. Francis

The Feast of St. Francis is celebrated on October 4. The below prayer is not written by St. Francis, but often attributed to him. Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy; O Divine…

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Forward in Faith Update

We are delighted to report that despite COVID-19 and the need for continuing appropriate precautions, we have made significant headway in meeting our goals for Forward in Faith! The campaign goal was $3.0 million and to date we have received pledges totaling $2.4 million. Every dollar received is divided 80%-10%-10% among Property, Outreach, and the Endowment. The campaign began in May of 2018…

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Jesus Christ and the “Dividing Wall”: Race and God’s Mission

W. Don McClure Lectures and World Mission Initiative, Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Wednesdays: October 7, 14, 21, 28 7:30 p.m. Online Free; registration required In this time of racial unrest, it is important for people of faith to know what we are called to be and where we are called to stand. We need to learn how to talk to one another and to those outside our faith…

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Let Your Light Shine -- Stewardship 2021

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 Thank you for your continued support of Westminster during these challenging times. The annual stewardship campaign is beginning and will culminate on Sunday, October 25, by which time we are asking each of you to make your pledge to sustain and grow the work of our c…

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October Message from Bruce Lancaster

My Friends, People are looking everywhere for help, support, and guidance for the challenges of life, especially in these days of darkness clouded by natural disasters, a global pandemic, social injustices, and partisan politics. So, what are people of good faith to do? For starters, we should not give in to the darkness; we should combat darkness with light. John begins his Gospel with that…

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