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Mission on the Move: City Mission

City Mission exists to share Christ, to shelter, to heal, and to restore the homeless to independent living – without discrimination. A person’s descent into homelessness can be transformed into an ascent into recovery that eliminates the barriers to independent living. City Mission, a Christ-centered rehabilitative homeless shelter located in Washington, PA, facilitates this transformation by pro…

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Session Update -- March 2022

On February 11 and 12, the newly ordained and installed officers of Westminster gathered in the sanctuary for a retreat. Since the pandemic quarantines of early 2021 did not permit a retreat, this gathering felt particularly joyful. On Friday evening, we reflected on the challenges and accomplishments of 2021. In a trying year, this congregation created stability and spiritual growth that will…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- February 2022

When I purchased my first house, I drained most of my bank account of any money for its needed repairs. I learned to use duct tape. The results were never pretty but the all-purpose tape was effective enough in securing anything unruly. At that time in my life, I was traveling a great deal. I recall seeing a flight attendant use duct tape to secure a loose panel in flight and thinking of our…

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Forgiveness

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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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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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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