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Remembering All the Saints

During worship on November 7, the Sunday after All Saints’ Day, we give thanks for the lives of Westminster’s members who have died over the past year. Their names will be read, each followed by a chime in remembrance. Bless the memories of your saints, God. May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. As we remember all the saints, we give glory to God…

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Celebrating the Reign of Christ

The Christian year ends on November 21 in celebration. We give thanks and praise to Christ, the sovereign Lord of all creation who will come again in glory to reign (see Revelation 1:4-8). We call this special Sunday Christ the King – or more precisely, the Reign of Christ – uniting Christians throughout the world in proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord of all. On this jubilant day, we are at the thr…

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Westminster Seminars -- The History of the Black Church in America

November Series The History of the Black Church in America Jack Aupperle This series is offered as an insight into how the African American Community has emerged from its slave beginning into a church of diversity and community enrichment. The series is designed to provide an overview of events, people, and transitions which occurred over several centuries. November 7 – The White Lion: Slavery a…

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What’s Happening at Gilfillan?

If you’ve walked the trail recently, you may be wondering what’s happening at Gilfillan. The answer is a lot! Horses with Hope In June, Horses with Hope arrived. Several horses, a donkey, two miniature horses, and four goats (including two fainting goats!) call Gilfillan Farm home from May through October. They provide therapeutic riding programs for individuals with special needs, and in July, off…

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Mission on the Move -- Schenley Heights Community Development Program

The Schenley Heights Community Development Program (SHCDP) is a nonprofit faith-based community organization whose mission is to nurture, support, and develop their community through wholesome programs that address the academic, moral, cultural, health, and recreational needs of their children, youth, and their families in the Hill District and metropolitan Pittsburgh. Their year-round…

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Mission on the Move -- Bread for the World

Bread for the World: A Different Path for Serving “Speak out for the rights of all who are destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:8-9 The name Bread for the World brings to mind legions of folks collecting food and carrying it to hungry people across the globe. This has a certain appeal to it, since we all want to be part of something larger than ourselves, and as Chris…

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Chatham Baroque Returns to Westminster

Andrew Fouts – violin, Patricia Halverson – viola da gamba, Scott Pauley – theorbo, baroque guitar For five years the acclaimed Pittsburgh ensemble Chatham Baroque had become a welcome treat for music lovers at Westminster and in the South Hills. Westminster was the Friday night venue for most concerts in the group’s subscription series. Most of these concerts took place in the beautiful and intimat…

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Christmas Poinsettias 2021

The Chancel Guild is accepting memorial or honoree contributions for poinsettias. The beautiful poinsettias throughout Westminster during the Christmas season are the result of generous contributions from our members and friends. Download the order form here, make your check payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write “Poinsettia” on the memo line. Mail your check and form to the church off…

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