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Epiphany -- January 2022

When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:10-11 “From this story, we should learn how to bear ourselves aright toward our Lord Jesus Christ. That is, we sho…

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Baptism of the Lord -- January 2022

On the Sunday after Epiphany, the church celebrates the baptism of Christ by John the Baptist. This event happened when crowds of people came to be baptized by John and began to wonder if John was the Messiah. In Luke 3, as paraphrased in Eugene Peterson’s The Message, John answered the crowd and described what happened when Jesus was baptized: “I’m baptizing you here in the river. The main chara…

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Welcome to the Latest Class of Deacons at Westminster Church

The deacons minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. We are grateful to all the deacons who serve the congregation with acts of compassion. This coming year Kevin Green will be moderator, Ian Thomas vice moderator, Lindsay Senge secretary, and Jim Roberts treasurer. Each one of the deacons…

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Westminster Seminars - Mind and Body

January Series begins on the 9th As we enter a new year of caring for our minds and our bodies, the Westminster Seminars welcome three experts in matters of mental and spiritual health. Ed Sutter is Director of Youth Ministry and Family Counseling at Westminster. Graham Standish is Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling, Guidance, Consulting. Tom Kneier is a counselor with Samaritan. Mind and…

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Book Study with Louise Rogers -- January 2022

Monday mornings: January 10, 17, 24, 31 10:00 a.m. on Zoom Join Zoom meeting here Meeting ID: 862 8386 2174 Passcode: Guha4B We will talk about spiritual practices from the book The Walk by Adam Hamilton. In The Walk, Hamilton focuses on five essential spiritual practices that are rooted in Jesus’ own walk with God and taught throughout the New Testament. Each of these practices is a part of our d…

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Westminster Book Group - January 2022

Wednesday, January 26 Noon – 1:15 p.m. Room 238 At the next meeting of the Westminster Book Group, we will discuss The Miracle Worker, a play by William Gibson. You are invited to bring a brown bag lunch and join us. “Based on the remarkable true story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, this inspiring and unforgettable play has moved countless readers and become an American cla…

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People of Hope

Recently at JAM, we have been discussing hope. What do we hope for? What gives us hope? For me, hearing 5th and 6th graders share their hopes certainly filled me with hope. “For my family and friends to be happy.” “To grow up into a good person.” “For other kids to have it better than me.” Likewise, hearing about where they find their hope was inspiring. “When I come to JAM, and there are other people here w…

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Book Review -- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

book by Bryan Stevenson Many books addressing social justice have an edge, but Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy has a heart. This is a book of stories, full of heartbreak and hope. There is the story of Henry, whom Bryan meets on death row, waiting to be assigned his execution date, not wanting his family to know when it is coming for fear of the pain it will cause them. There is the story of Walter w…

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