Our organist, Marcia Weygant, along with soprano Maya Vansuch Wurth, will present a recital at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Dayton on Thursday, May 23, 2019, from 12-10 to 12:35 pm. Lunch will be available in the Fellowship Hall following the recital at a cost of $6.00.
Ladies Night Out will be Thursday, May 16 at 6:00p.m. We will be going to the Mel-O-Dee Restaurant at 2350 Dayton-Lakeview Rd, New Carlisle, Oh. I hear that fried chicken and pie at the Mel-O-Dee are a must! See you there!
Art Adventure -- for all ages -- Saturday, May 18th . Art at 11, potluck picnic lunch at noon
Please plan to join us as we bid a fond farewell to our dear friend Katie Young. To celebrate her time with us we will create an art project together to display at the church. This is Katie's way to celebrate all the good things we've created together, and to leave something special here when she moves to Michigan.
Next week is Palm Sunday, and we will celebrate with loud hosannas.
On Maundy Thursday, April 18, we will host a service beginning at 6pm that will include a light meal, foot washing, and singing.
Good Friday services will be at Memorial Presbyterian 7pm.
Easter Sunday is April 21 and we will begin our joyous celebration of the resurrection with a breakfast at 8:30.
Putting some money in the bank is a way to remind ourselves to give to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering we will take up on Easter Sunday. The offering supports the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance program that is on the front lines during natural disasters, and the Hunger program that provides both food assistance and works to end the root causes of hunger. Please consider a generous gift to the offering which does such good at home and in places of special need around the world.
The memorial window given by the Hendrickson family is currently being built by John Schum in his studio in Wilmington. He has invited us to join him on Saturday March 23. We will visit his studio, and those who wish can even help make a part of the window! Afterwards, we could have lunch in one of Wilmington's restaurants. Please let Pastor Melissa know if you are interested so John can have a head count.
We are off to a great start in our Lenten observances with Memorial. Last week we put together over 20 backpacks for the X-Out Hunger Backpack program and had food left over to donate to the Fish Food Bank. This week we will work on hygiene kits and school kits for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. You will find the items needed on the enclosed flyer.
We still need a few more folks to sign up to bring food and help set up for the coming weeks. Look for the purple clipboard during coffee hour
Thanks to all who participated in our informational meeting on Sunday. It was a good beginning. There will be a second meeting on March 10, after worship, where we will start discussing a few of the options the session has been researching as possible ways forward. We will also be listening for other ideas you might have to suggest. All ideas welcome!
Session will meet on Sunday, March 17 instead of Thursday.
Lent begins on this Wednesday, March 6. We will have a simple dinner and worship with the imposition of ashes at Memorial Presbyterian, beginning at 5:30.
For the rest of the Lenten season, we will share a Wednesday night meal and program at Memorial. A few people are needed to help bring food, and to help set the tables and put out food for the dinner each week. There will be a signup sheet on Wednesday so please choose a week when you can participate.
The programs will consist of a hands-on mission project (putting together food backpacks for hungry kids, making more blankets for Pass It On) and a brief worship service in the Taize style. Please put these Wednesday events on your calendar and make an effort to join us.
Practice will be on Thursday nights during Lent.
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.