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Happy 100th Birthday

The congregation extends Happy 100th Birthday wishes to Flo Lawrence, a longtime church member. Flo became a member of Westminster in 1951. She is the mother of church members Ann Platt and Barbara Bacheson and is also a grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Stewardship Campaign Update -- December 2021

As of Thanksgiving 302 families made pledges of $1,245,023, representing 40% of the congregation. Of those that have pledged 33% have increased their pledge from 2021 and a total of 58 families that did not pledge in 2021 have done so for 2022! Thank all of you for generously returning a portion of what God has given to you to further the Church’s essential ministries in 2022. We are currently in t…

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IRA Charitable Giving -- December 2021

At the close of 2015, lawmakers approved the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act. A provision of this Act made permanent the ability to make Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from individual retirement accounts. This is a wonderful vehicle for those looking to support our church in a tax-advantaged way. REQUIREMENTS Donor must be 72 years or older (or 70½ before 2019) at the …

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Year-End Contributions: Recording and Reporting

In order for your contributions to be tax-deductible in 2021, they must be received in the church or postmarked by December 31, 2021. Any contributions received in the church during the month of January 2022 (other than those that are mailed, dated, and postmarked by December 31, 2021) will be deductible only on your 2022 tax return. Also, to ensure the deductibility of your church…

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Church Closing Policy -- December 2021

In the event of severe weather, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Westminster Nursery School and Kindergarten (WNSK), and Westminster Recreation & Outreach Center (WROC) will follow the schedule of the Upper St. Clair School District. When the school district's buildings are closed, all activities, classes, and meetings scheduled for that day are canceled. In…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- November 2021

One day, decades ago, I woke in the wee hours of the morning and wrote a few pages in a notebook before walking the dog. The next day, a few more words flowed, followed by another day, and another, until weeks later it became the habit that still grounds me. Embedded within my writing ritual is noticing when the sun rises. It first peaks up behind my neighbor’s house and by the time the light r…

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What to Say

Being a helpful advocate when someone is facing a challenging medical situation involves encouragement and care. Recently I came across a helpful article by hospital chaplain, Charlie Deridder, “What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Cancer”. Charlie has decades of interactions as he walked with people who faced cancer. His insights are helpful for all of us who seek to comfort a friend or loved one fac…

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