The Spire Online

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At Westminster Church, we strive to be a welcoming congregation. During one of my pastoral visits, one of our saints shared the touching story of her welcoming experience. “When I was raising my family we had a family business. My husband and I spent every ‘free’ minute trying to make it a success. Between raising four active children and keeping house, just getting dinner on the table every night…

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Day Away

Friday, September 17 Spiritan Center, Bethel Park Join us for Day Away, a spiritual retreat, at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park on Friday, September 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During our time together we will enjoy warm hospitality, engage in small group discussion, and walk the beautiful grounds as we set aside time for prayer. Louise Rogers and Jo Forrest will lead the retreat. No…

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Between Here and There -- September 2021

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:22-23 A big part of me wants to start this article with the line “Here we go again!” But the rest of me knows that it’s simply not accurate. Though for many of us it’s true that we’re diving into another fall of ministry, community, and life together…

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Westminster Seminars -- September 2021

September Series September 12, 19, 26; October 3 To begin the new program year, we welcome back Professor John Burgess from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This time, he will come to us live from Germany, tell us about Christian life there today, and answer questions in the moment as well. When Christians Become the Minority: New Perspectives from the Land of the Reformation John Burgess,…

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Westminster Book Group -- September 2021

Wednesday, September 29 Noon – 1:15 p.m. Room 238 & Zoom The next meeting of the Westminster Book Group will be on Zoom and in Room 238. The zoom link can be found in the meeting announcement on the church website. Our book is Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. “The real power of Caste lies tucked within the stories she strings together like pearls…. Caste roams wide and deep, lives and deaths vivid…

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A Season of Peace

September 5 - October 3 We are all invited to join this four-week journey to focus on what it means to be a “people of peace.” This year’s theme returns to a text that the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program has used for a number of years to guide its work. It is the concluding hope of the second letter to the Thessalonians: “May the God of peace grant you peace at all times in all ways” (2 Thessalon…

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Reasons to Rejoice

When I was in my sophomore year of college I lived at home with my parents. On Wednesday nights my mom volunteered at Westminster and my dad worked late. Those nights were quiet – sometimes lonely. I’m not sure how exactly I got roped in to volunteering with my mom, but I did. We worked with 5th & 6th grade kids in JAM and spent time playing “hey fishy fishy” and acting out Bible stories in silly s…

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Children's & Family Ministry -- September 2021

Welcome…back? Welcome to the new normal? Welcome…to something. It seems for the past year and a half it has been adjustment after adjustment, change after change. And just when we think we might be out of the woods, COVID cases are rising again. It’s been a pretty tumultuous time for everyone, but recently I’ve been trying to see the pandemic through the eyes of a child. On one hand, perhaps since c…

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