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Between Here and There -- October 2021

What makes for a good gift? Is it something you’ve always wanted, or something you never knew you needed? Is it from someone you know and care for, or someone unexpected, perhaps even unknown? Is it expensive and extravagant, or simple and sentimental? Ask these questions to ten different people and you may wind up with eleven different answers. I’m not aware of an equation to solve this one. So, wha…

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Deacons Share “Gifts from the Heart” Buckets for Presbyterian Disaster Relief

Under the leadership of Steve Danielle with committee members Jerome Ecklin and Molly Brown, the Westminster Deacons organized a Service of Giving that came to fruition during an evening of fun, fellowship, pizza, beverages, and bucket filling in Fellowship Hall the evening of August 30. Approximately 36 volunteers gathered to fill 50 five-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies that will be…

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Grief Care Support Group -- October 2021

If you have lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, it may be hard to feel optimistic about the future right now. You may have found that people don't always understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you've never before faced. Grief Care is a faith-based grief support group that can help you face the…

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Throughout my childhood years, church was my favorite place to be. I loved showing up to Sunday school to be greeted by my teachers each week and running into the sanctuary with my friends before splitting up to sit with our parents for worship. When my parents had meetings, my siblings and I would explore the building, learning all of the “shortcuts” and rooms and tucked away spaces. I was the kid…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- October 2021

The great command issued from the ancient of days to love God and built upon by Jesus to love God and neighbor echoes throughout our faith and calls us forward. Westminster embraced Jesus’ twofold command at her inception and each successive generation brings these lofty ideals to life through concrete ministries. Westminster has and will continue to thrive when focused on spiritual growth in t…

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Mission on the Move -- Friendship Church

Friendship Church – Our Partner since 1958 How many churches do you know that invested in a separate commercial property, have renovated it twice, and have maintained a robust, laity-driven, multi-racial ministry for 63 years? In 1958, Westminster Church joined several other Pittsburgh Presbytery congregations to form a multi-racial experiment. It became Friendship Community Presbyterian Church, f…

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Rummage-Recycling Sale on Hold for 2021

Westminster will not have a Rummage-Recycling Sale this November for two reasons. First is the uncertainty of the resurging COVID virus. Second, we have lost many of our regular volunteers, in part because there has been no sale for two years. We hope to resume the sale in the spring, but only if we have a large number of new volunteers. The sale is an excellent opportunity to serve God and the…

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