Community Garden Set Up Day: Saturday March 17th

Calling all gardeners!  It's time to set up our community garden again.  We're going to expand the garden this year:  Plans are in the works to involve students from Tecumseh, and to invite our neighbors who live in apartments to come and garden here.  

We need people to help set up the garden this Saturday, March 17th, starting at 10:00 a.m.  The Boy Scouts are coming by to help as well, after they make the rounds of their canned food drive that morning.  So if you want to be doubly helpful, come lend a hand and also bring a can or two for the scouts.  

See pictures of last year's garden here

Epiphany Party ~~ Saturday, January 6th ~~ 3-5 p.m.

January 6 is the day of Epiphany, the traditional end of the Christmas season, the celebration of the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus. Sometimes this feast day gets lost in the shuffle of Christmas but this year we are going to celebrate this special day in a big way! First, we are going to offer a special house blessing for every house in the congregation (contact the church office if you have not had a chance to sign up for a house blessing). And we are going to have a really fun Epiphany party on the day of Epiphany, Saturday, Jan 6th, 3-5 p.m. The party will include a relaxed coffee house atmosphere and a musical performance by Brandon Stivers. Plan to join us.

Monday Evening Bible Study -- on Thursday, just this once

Our Monday night Bible study is off to a good start; please join us if you can. In order to help with some scheduling issues, the group will meet this coming week on Thursday Oct. 26 --come for the Prayer Service for Healing at 6:30 and Bible study at 7.  On October 30, we will return to Monday evening at 6:30.

Front Page News!

Our Pass It On ministry is front page news in the Xenia Gazette this week!  

"XENIA — One Hundred Women Making a Difference in Greene County recently presented $10,200 to Pass It On, a ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church at 990 Old Springfield Pike, to buy beds for county families and children.

Pass it On has been matching donors of furniture with clients that need the furniture for the past eight years. More than 2,362 matches of donors and clients have been made so far.

In a newer project called Sweet Dreams, Pass it On supplies beds to individuals. In 2017, the project supplied more than 24 new twin and full beds, mostly for children. Pass It On does this through an agreement with Fairgrounds Furniture to buy the beds. Fairgrounds Furniture then provides free delivery to the clients.

The ministry also provides sheets, pillows, new children’s books and toys. Dayton Avenue Baptist Church and the women of Beavercreek Senior Center have also donated homemade quilts and blankets for the clients.

One Hundred Women has given out over $274,000 in the seven years that they have been meeting. The women meet once a quarter at the Herman Menapace Auditorium for one hour. Three members who have entered their name in the drawing to represent their charity are chosen. They each make a three minute speech, then answer questions before votes are taken. The charity with the most votes receives $100 from each woman, or $10,000 total.

For more information about 100 Women, call Sandy McHugh at 937-767-1636 or Rebecca Morgann at 937-903-4801. To learn more about Pass It On, call 937-971-1676."

Blessing of the Animals, Saturday October 7th

Where there is love, there is God. The animals in our lives surely bring us love and joy. To honor the creative ministry 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 pets and the humans who love them.

We will hold a brief prayer service on the lawn at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th.  People are also welcome to drop in with their pets for a blessing anytime from 1:30-3:00.  Please join us!

Ladies' Night Out September 21

Ladies' Night Out will be Thursday, September 21st at 6:00.  This month, we will be going to China Cottage.  Please note the location:  3718 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, 45429.  We've had great attendance this summer--see the photos from last month under "Celebrations".  If you have not joined the group, there's room at the table for you!  See you all there!  

Join the conversation on our Facebook page

As part of our emphasis on Outreach this year, we're planning to make regular use of our Facebook page, and we hope you'll join in.  Instead of having to send your photos of church events to Katie Y. to post, you can visit the church Facebook page and post them right away.  Whatever you contribute will show up as a "visitor post". 

To get to the church page, click on the Facebook preview box at the bottom of this page.  Or, you can just "like" and "share" our page from here.  Let's all work together to share our excitement about the way the spirit is working at Westminster!  

The Story of the Bible in 15 Minutes

Sunday, September 10th, Rev. Melissa Tidwell will present the story of the Bible in 15 minutes.  Please join us -- not to time her presentation, but to hear how "Each individual story adds up to tell one big story, the story of God choosing us as partners in the creation and redemption of the world and sharing with us the saving power of the gospel in order to make that mission possible."  Read more in the pastor's blog.