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Ban These Words in Church

The church is a community formed by the Word, say the opening words of John’s Gospel. God’s Word and Jesus’ words reveal not only who God is, but who and whose we are. The words that we use to speak and write to one another should receive thoughtful selection. Peter Marty, editor of The Christian Century, suggests in September’s issue several words and phrases that belie the sense of belonging that is…

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Belonging by Making Music

As you probably know, music permeates most aspects of my life. Some of my fondest memories are when I am making music with others. There’s power in the act of coming together to create music. There’s even more power when the music is divinely inspired to honor and glorify God. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs lists belonging as one of the major needs that motivate human behavior. The needs for love and b…

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Beloved. Be kind. Be You.

Recently at Kids’ Connection, we learned about how we are made in the image of God, how we can see God in others, and how we all belong to God’s family. One of the kids stopped me and asked, “Where do we see God?” As adults, we often forget that the abstract language we use doesn’t always translate well for young children who are still concrete thinkers. I explained to the group that grownups forget th…

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We Belong to One Body

So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Westminster has been an important part of my life since I was 12 years old. As a charter member, and part of a charter family, volunteering was something important to my family. IT MADE SENSE. I remember fondly my mother and dad, sitting in our living…

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A Legacy OF Belonging

Westminster Nursery School opened its doors in the fall of 1958 when Westminster Presbyterian Church recognized the need for a community preschool. The program grew in January of 1983 when the Child Development Center opened. Today both programs make up what is known as Westminster Early Childhood Education Program (WECEP). At WECEP we see each student and his/her family as an important part of…

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Acceptance and Belonging for Youth at Westminster

The best words to describe the current energy in the Youth Ministry are vibrant, exciting, serving, and high impact. The youth recently completed a mission trip to urban Charlotte, NC, where they performed a variety of tasks to benefit various parts of the community. In addition, the Social Justice League has been meeting to discuss topics such as diversity, inclusion, and fairness. They…

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From the Office of JO FORREST: Pentecost

Think of those places you felt a rush of wind. The beach. Between the canyons of buildings on a city sidewalk. Frigid nights at PNC Park. I’m not referring to the time the wind merely refreshed the stale air. Remember the time you felt humbled, the wind ruffled your feathers with discomfort, or plain knocked you off your feet. Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he breathed on his f…

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Spirit At Work

Some of my favorite stories in scripture are those when the Spirit is working in separate places, at the same time, for the same cause. There are a handful of these stories, but the one that always stands out to me is in Acts chapter nine. It’s the story of Saul (who will become the writer of so much of our New Testament, named Paul) and his conversion. Saul, a notorious leader well-known for his w…

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