The Spire Online

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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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What Is a QuicKit?

A QuicKit is the product of a mission project started over the summer by members of Westminster’s youth. The kits are bags filled with essential items to be handed out to individuals in need you may come across. When you’re driving to work or headed to a Steeler game, you may see someone asking for assistance. With a QuicKit, you can help in a small way. The project’s goal is for these packs to be av…

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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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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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Westminster’s Austin Organ at 30

The year 2021 marks the 30th year that Westminster Presbyterian Church has worshiped to the glorious sound of the large Austin pipe organ in the sanctuary. It is a time to rejoice and give thanks for the strong and distinctive musical leadership that our pipe organ offers. At 10:00 a.m. on October 6, 1991, the Austin organ was “dedicated to spiritual growth through music for years to come.” The ser…

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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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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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