Bring your singing voice, a dozen cookies, and valentines to share. We will be going to Elmcroft on Feb. 13, 6:30, to sing with the residents while Gene Foiles plays the piano. This is a wonderful experience!
Ladies Night out will be Thursday, February 21 at 6:00 p.m. We will try again to go to Acapulco Restaurant, 88 Xenia Towne Square. Let’s hope the weather holds out for us this month! See you there.
–On Wednesdays during Lent, we will share a simple meal and worship with Memorial Church. Details will follow soon. (March 6 – April 17)
We are now signed up to be able to inform you about church closings caused by weather through Channel 2 News. If the weather is bad, watch News 2 or go to their website.
We will combine our previously Schedule elder election for February 3, the day of our Annual Meeting. Please plan to stay after worship for these important events.
Ladies Night Out has been cancelled for this month of January because of weather conditions.
Children’s Christmas play - The Friendly Beasts on Dec 16, 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols - 7 p.m.
Joint Service – here at Westminster Presbyterian on Dec 30 at 10:15 a.m. , Rev. Kevin Murphy will be preaching.
In early November we focused on the gifts of darkness in one of our regular vespers services. Now we are going to enlarge that service and offer it to the wider community on Dec. 21st, with special performances by musical guests including violinist Moira Levant and friends on guitar and oboe. Please join us for this special event: Finding God In The Darkness: A Vespers Service for Solstice at 7pm in the Westminster sanctuary. We will read poetry and scripture, enjoy lovely music, and give thanks for all the gifts of living in God’s good time.
On November 4th we celebrated All Saints Day by remembering the saints who went on before us, and by recognizing some of our members who have been a part of this congregation for more than 50 years, Evelyn Pershing and Jim and Helen Wickline.
After church we sat together and reviewed the symbols on our beautiful memorial quilt that shows the story of God's grace from creation to the heavenly realm, and lists the names of our longtime members. We told stories about some of our saints who have gone on to the Church Triumphant. We heard about teachers and youth leaders, about mentors and the cooks of fine church dinners. It was a lovely day of remembering the past and being encouraged for the future.
Please join us for three Tuesdays in October for a workshop on contemplative prayer practices. Many members of our church have found encouragement and insight in the practice of silent, centering prayer. The workshop will start with centering prayer and lead into other traditional Christian prayer practices. Each session will run from 7-8 p.m. in the chapel.
Oct 16: Centering Prayer with a Word; Chanting
Oct 23: Centering Prayer with the Breath; Body Prayer
Oct 30: Lectio Divina; Working with Icons
The first Sunday in November we honor those who have gone on to be part of the Church Triumphant. This year we will also honor three 50-year members, Jim and Helen Wickline and Evelyn Pershing. Please plan to be here for the service and for a special time at coffee hour to reminisce and share some stories about the 50-year honorees and those who we miss.
Saturday, October 13
Brief Prayer Service at 10:00 a.m.
Drop-in Blessings 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Where there is love, there is God. The animals in our lives surely bring us love and joy. To honor the legacy of Saint Francis of Assisi, often pictured with animals gathered around him, we will have a short service praising the God who gives us the rich gifts of all creation, and offer simple blessings for both pets and the humans who love them. We will be joined by representatives from 4 Paws For Ability and have the opportunity to learn more about their unique mission of training service animals.
On the Lawn
Westminster Presbyterian Church
990 Old Springfield Pike, Xenia
Next Sunday, September 23 we will have a brief training session for all who want to be lectors, ushers, or communion servers. The session would be a good refresher for lectors who have been serving for a while and will offer an opportunity to give feedback about our order of worship. We'll meet in Pastor Melissa's office around 11:45a.m.
First Thursday is back! In honor of the back to school season, we will be offering a chance for all of us to learn something. Please join us on September 6th when our resident tech experts, Katie Young and Bisi Iselaiye will help us learn how to do more with our cell phones, tablets, or laptops. Bring your device and your burning questions about texting, GPS, or voice mail. Dinner will be provided, with a lunch lady inspired menu. Committee time from 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinner from 6:30 -7pm.
Activity from 7 - 8pm. Questions call Joyce Rickels 372-3835.
There will be no Monday Bible Study on August 20th & 27th.
August 26, we will have a special singing service, with a visit from the Kettering Community choir. They will perform special music in the place of the sermon. Our friends from Memorial Presbyterian will be joining us for this end of the summer worship time.
Friday, August 10 we will have a vespers service at 5:30 p.m. The service will be held at the Jacoby Road park. See your Caring Courier for details.
The Fourth of July is past, school days are coming fast, Tecumseh's students are vast,
please share supplies for them that will last! Tecumseh is asking us to help supply them with boxes of tissues, composition books, and dry erase markers that are black or colored. A box will be in the Narthex for the supplies. Thank you!
The Lively Ladies Chat will not hold a get together in July and August. We will start meeting together again on Friday the 13th of September at the home of Marilyn Hanlin,
1585 Dee Anne Dr, at 10:00 a.m. I am sure there will plenty to share about experiences we have had plus items from magazines or the newspaper or books we have read which were of interest. See you then. Time passes quickly so mark your calendars now!
Ladies Night Out will be Thursday, July 19th at 6:00p.m. We will be going to TJ Chumps, Dayton Yellow Springs Rd, Fairborn. They have a good size outdoor dining area, so if weather is nice, we can hit the patio! See you there!