The Spire Online

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Message from Jo Forrest -- January 2021

Years ago, at REI Co-op, a store that sells anything from bicycles to hiking equipment to snowshoes, one of their salesclerks helped me buy socks. Seriously, how hard can it be to buy socks? But standing amidst row upon row of socks for all variety of outdoor and casual adventure, I felt lost. Socks can be expensive and selecting the wrong pair can literally derail your day. This salesclerk spoke…

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Deacons Dive into the New Year

At Westminster Church we are blessed with a remarkable group of men and women dedicated to serving the members and wider community – the Board of Deacons! Following the tradition of the original deacons found in the New Testament, our deacons serve the congregation by caring for the hurting, friendless, grieving, and lonely. For the larger community, they have raised funds to support ministries d…

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Westminster Seminars Online -- January 2021

January Series Disparities, Justice, and Loving All Our Neighbors The seminars begin the new year with a focus on how we can better understand the realities and challenges of working toward justice for all. What are the realities, especially in health? What is the history that created these realities? How can we as the church come to terms with loving all our neighbors? How can we meet the…

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Between Here and There -- January 2021

If you’ve read my articles over the past several months, then you’ll be aware that I often like to look at two sides of a coin, and that is, once again, where I find myself. Are things about to change or will they carry on as they ever have? I’m not talking about vaccines, presidents, or even pastors – I’m talking about faith, ministry, and the ways that we, as a community, seek out the care of one anoth…

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Book Review -- January 2021

His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope by Jon Meacham Booksellers categorize Meacham’s latest work as both history and politics, but it is also about faith, that of both Lewis and Meacham. There is resonance throughout, a recognition of the faith foundation of Lewis’s life and work, a connection to Meacham’s own religious core. What makes this account so rich is that Meacham himse…

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Twenty-Four Hour Prayer Vigil -- January 2021

Twenty-Four Hour Prayer Vigil for Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Thursday, January 21, 7:00 p.m. through Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. During the week of January 18-25, 2021, congregations from all Christian denominations will come together in observance of the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. As part of this observance, we will offer a Twenty-Four Hour Prayer Vigil on…

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Westminster Book Group -- January 2021

Wednesday, January 27 Noon – 1:15 p.m. 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. We will be reading Beloved by Toni Morrison. We invite you to join us either by Zoom or in person in Room 238. "Toni Morrison's magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel – first published in 1987 – broug…

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