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Grief Care Support Group Begins October 13

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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Food to Go Summer Success

Westminster provided 880 food bags to area children in need this summer. Thank you to everyone who made this program a huge success. You purchased and donated the food, counted, sorted, and organized our bagging process, and drove and delivered the bags. From June until the beginning of August, these bags help fill the void for children who rely on school breakfast and lunch as their only meals…

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Session Update -- September 2021

The session held a hybrid meeting on Monday, August 16, with elders joining in Fellowship Hall and via Zoom. We offered great thanks and prayer for Brian Peck’s service as Clerk of Session. Brian’s commitment to Presbyterian ideals of governance, shepherding the congregation through legal minefields, and his abiding faith have blessed us with renewed stability. The session elected Bill Ludwig to …

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Message from Jo Forrest -- June 2021

Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9 In early January snow blanketed the ground and most of us isolated in our homes as the virus raged. I learned to preach to “Stand Lee,” a music stand adorned with a smiley face, and an empty building. Ugh. I could write more of the emptiness but imagine you were as frust…

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The Wider Lens

“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” -- Luke 12:27 What a fun command – Jesus directs us to “consider the lilies.” He doesn’t tell us to simply look at the lilies or glance at them but to “consider the flowers of the fields.” In Greek “κατανοέω,” to consider, means to perceive, observe, understand, fix one's eyes o…

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Between Here and There -- June 2021

Forgive me if I’ve tread this ground before, as it has become a foundational thought in both my life and faith, one that I return to often. Abram’s call, found in the 12th chapter of Genesis, begins with the line “Go to the land that I will show you.” When we think of Abram’s (later named Abraham) faith, we most commonly think of his willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac. It occurs to me, however, …

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Westminster Seminars Online -- June 2021

JUNE SERIES June 6, 13, 20, 27 Misconceptions about the Old Testament The Rev. Dr. Jo Forrest Over four sessions we will address often unspoken mistruths that Christians may hold about the Old Testament – from obsolescence, wrath, spiritual relevance, to the presence of grace. These ancient books possess indispensable ideas to shape our contemporary lives. JULY SERIES July 11, 18, 25 Sponsored b…

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