Holy Week Schedule

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.

Are you using your fish banks?

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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. 

A Field trip to Wilmington

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. 

 

Lent

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

Lent

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. 

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