Vespers Service

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. 

All Saints Day

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. 

Contemplative Practices Workshop

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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

Westminster Presbyterian church and 4 Paws for Ability invite you to join us for Blessing of the Animals

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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

First Thursday Meetings

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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.

Lively Ladies Chat

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!

 

Our garden project with Tecumseh continues!

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 Beginning this week (weather permitting) we will have students coming to transplant the seedlings we planted with them in April. While here they will learn about composting, native plants, walk our labyrinth, and have a fun being outside on a spring day. We could use a couple of extra volunteers to be onsite to help in one of the learning centers we will set up or just to do some crowd control. If you are available Monday or Wednesday 10-11am and/or 1-2pm, please let Pastor Melissa know. Rain dates: May 21-23.