Love Is Shown in Our Deeds
St. Benedict is reported to have said, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” In that spirit, at Westminster we believe in putting some action behind the ideas we hold dear. Our Pass It On ministry, for example, has a project to provide beds for families who need them, literally lifting some people up off the floor and helping them get a good night’s sleep. (We sleep better knowing we have made a difference). We also are a praying church, and some of our prayers, like our weekly contemplative prayer time and our outdoor labyrinth, are ways to pray without words. We do some mission projects with the elementary school down the street and with the Elmcroft Retirement home nearby. And we have some ambitious plans for the coming year, including a community garden. Come grow with us!
Westminster's particular mission efforts include support for our neighbor, Tecumseh Elementary School, and our Pass It On ministry. Pass It On matches people who have needs with people who have the resources to meet those needs; for example, someone moving to a smaller home may have extra furniture that can help a family just starting out on their own. The Sweet Dreams Project of Pass It On raises funds to purchase beds and bedding. Over the years we have been able to help over 2600 families. To contact Pass It On with a donation or request, please call (937)971-1676.
Sunday School: Adult class 9:00 a.m., Children's class 9:15 a.m.
Bible Study: Mondays 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.
New class starting in January: "Presbyterian 101." Class meets Sundays at 9:15 a.m., for those interested in membership, and for current members who want to learn more about the history, beliefs, and traditions of being Presbyterian.
In January, Pastor Melissa will be offering a new Sunday school class, "Presbyterian 101." This will be a great opportunity for those who have never joined the church officially to learn about the history, beliefs, and traditions of being Presbyterian. If you are a long-time Presbyterian and want a refresher, you are welcome, too. The class meets at 11:45 in the lounge from Sunday, January 14th through Sunday, February 11th.
We have a weekly centering prayer time before worship, an ongoing prayer chain, and occasional prayer services for healing and wholeness.
We also have a prayer labyrinth constructed from prairie grass and wildflowers on our property and you are welcome to walk it any time.
We've started a community garden with straw bales (great output, minimal watering, no weeding) and accessible raised beds (no stooping--great for walker or wheelchair users).
Boy Scout Alex H. constructed our pilot garden in 2017 as his Eagle Scout project. Thanks to Alex, Troop 165, and Lowes in Xenia which donated the lumber.
Please contact the church if you'd like to garden with us in 2018! Everyone is welcome (donations accepted)