The Spire Online

Welcome to the online version of the Spire.

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Introducing Mission on the Move

Mission agencies are doing so much good work around the corner and around the world. Each month Westminster’s Outreach Commission will occupy a corner of the Spire to share stories about the impact your giving, time, and talents are having on our various mission partners’ efforts. Some of our partners, such as SHIM, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Produce to People, and City Mission, engag…

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Westminster Deacons Surprise and Delight

Through the Deacons’ newly minted Surprise & Delight Committee, the church recently reached out to almost 100 extraordinary members of our congregation. The committee, with the help of the JAM students, created Easter bunny bags filled with spring treats, poems, puzzles, prayers, and words of encouragement to let these members know we are thinking of them and praying for them during this time w…

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Treasures for Troops -- May 2021

Treasures for Troops Collection May 15 - 24 To honor our troops for Memorial Day, the Deacons are hosting a donation drive for Operation Troop Appreciation. OTA is a local organization dedicated to the active and veteran members of our Armed Forces by providing them with items that contribute to their morale and well-being. All donations are used for OTA’s “Active-Duty Wish-List Program” and “Vete…

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Message from Jo Forrest -- April 2021

photo credit: Paul Turner Several years ago, I had the privilege of walking St. Cuthbert’s Way, a pilgrim trail that begins just below Edinburgh and traverses the border lands between Scotland and England, ending at the North Sea. St. Cuthbert roamed that region in the early seventh century, introducing Christianity with only the Gospel of John and the psalms he sang by heart. Most days we e…

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Easter Questions

When my daughters were young, we came to Easter worship at Westminster Church with my extended family. We all got dressed up in our Sunday best and a few of us arrived early to “hold our pew.” We got the one we wanted, five rows back on the right-hand side. A bit later, the rest of the family arrived along with hundreds of other church goers in their Sunday best. The sanctuary was adorned with pre…

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Between Here and There -- April 2021

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” – Mark 16:1-3 Though the details of the story are undoubtedly different, my hunc…

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Westminster Seminars Online -- April 2021

APRIL SERIES (no seminar on Easter Sunday, April 4) April 11, 18, 25 Reinhold Niebuhr and Paul Tillich John E. Wilson Niebuhr and Tillich were the most influential American theologians of the 20th century, and their influence and importance have continued into this century. They were at one time colleagues at Union Theological Seminary in New York; Tillich was later professor of theology at…

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