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Advent Devotionals: God with Us

The stories of Advent are stories for hard times. Jesus was born amid upheaval and historical change and among people who seemed powerless. But when the world feels hopeless, Advent reminds us God is with us. In chaos, God is with us. In suffering, God is with us. In uncertainty, God is with us. In whatever our family endures, God is with us. This Advent resource invites your family to explore…

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Mission on the Move:
Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF)

Outreach Commission welcomes input from the congregation, along with members’ involvement. MBF is a great example, originally suggested by the late Marvin Parmelee, over 40 years ago. This foundation’s mission is dedicated to “building long-term partnerships to equip the local church in each country to meet their community’s healthcare needs and share God’s good news.” MBF acts as a partner to organize, f…

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Mission on the Move: Rebuilding Together’s Impact on Homewood

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (RTP) believes that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy home. By renovating and rebuilding homes for disadvantaged communities’ most vulnerable citizens – seniors, veterans, and persons with disabilities – RTP works to stabilize and revitalize the region's neighborhoods and leave a lasting impact for generations to come. RTP’s volunteers, apprentices, and emp…

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Giving Gala 2021 Review

On Saturday, October 2, the Westminster Deacons hosted their fifth annual Giving Gala at Valley Brook Country Club. We’re grateful to announce that we raised $28,600 to benefit SHIM, South Hills Interfaith Movement. This year the focus was on the youth programs that offer a scope of vital educational services for children ages 3-18, many of whom are refugees resettled in the U.S. The afterschool p…

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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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