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Simple Prayers

My friend Sue shared that her husband Hal spotted a porcupine in a tree along Cherry Creek Trail in Colorado. Having spotted one, they kept staring up in the trees and spotted a second one. She was thrilled as she thought of these words from the Mary Oliver poem “Sometimes”: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Her message makes me smile when I think about the…

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Walking the Labyrinth During Pandemic Times

I am often asked the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. Indeed, in literature the terms are interchangeable but not correct. Recently I have found the perfect meaning for a maze: attempting to register for the COVID-19 vaccine! You find a location and fill out the form, including taking a picture of your insurance card. When you get to the end, you find that all the slots are full. You…

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Between Here and There -- March 2021

One year. This month marks one year since we first took serious action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; a lot has changed in these past 12 months. Some of it has occurred naturally – things that would have happened anyway – and some of it was in direct response or reaction to the pandemic. But in both cases, we’re left with a very different landscape than that of our beginning. I think we can m…

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Westminster Seminars Online -- Lenten Series

March 7, 14, 21, 28 Forgiving: The Gift That Makes Life Better The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish Of all the qualities Christ has taught us to have, being forgiving is perhaps the hardest. Why? Because our wounds demand retribution. Our scars call out for self-protection. Jesus calls on us to follow God’s way, not pain’s way, but that is so hard to do in the moment. The Rev. Dr. Graham Standish will lea…

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Westminster Book Group -- March 2021

Wednesday, March 31 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 online meeting announcement on the church website. We will be reading The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. "A beautiful and elegant account of an ordinary man's unexpected and reluctant descent into heroism during the second world w…

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Baby Bundles Ministry

The Baby Bundles team at Westminster is part of Outreach and we have lots of fun! Most of us are grandmas who don’t have any new babies to knit blankets for, and we all love babies and making baby blankets. That’s how Baby Bundles got started. We make baby blankets and then bundle up infant clothing and a digital thermometer. These bundles then go to East Liberty Family Heath Care Center where the…

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