Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Niebuhr Film & Panel Discussion
Please consider this a personal invitation from Rev. Lana Russell to join her at the Prothro Theater at the Harry Ransom Center on Tuesday evening, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. for a special screening of “An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story”, winner of the 2018 Wilbur Award and the 2017 Gabriel Award. After watching the hour- long film, Lana will moderate a panel discussion on Niebuhr’s ongoing relevance with the filmmaker Dr. Martin Doblmeier, and professors from Austin Seminary and UT. A reception will follow. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Although he may best be remembered as the author of the Serenity Prayer, for Niebuhr, the priority was always justice. His guiding principle was hope in a redeemer God. His weapon was an extraordinary gift for clarity of thought, which has made him a leading voice of conscience for his time and for ours as well.
◊ Waller Creek Cleanup
Earth Day is April 22, and Westminster will be at Shipe Park cleaning up and planting along Waller Creek. We have a new long-handled net to fish trash out of the creek, and the children will be making seedballs to plant. Bring your garden clippers to help get rid of invasive plants. We meet at the bridge at 45th and Avenue G after church, from 1:30 to about 3:00. For more info, call Cynthia Hanes. See you there! Women of Westminster – this is our spring service project! Join us for lunch directly after 11 a.m. worship and then we’ll head to the creek together. All generations welcome—RSVP at wpcaustin.org/wowspring.
◊ WPC Children’s Updates
April 22 – Welcome to the Table
Pastor Ellen and Charlotte Trafton will lead a parent/child class on what it means to receive communion (2nd-5th graders). We’re looking forward to exploring the different names we use for communion and what it means to participate in this sacrament regularly. (We’ll go to the sanctuary but still meet in our classroom at 9:50 a.m.)
April 29 – Toddlers and Talkers
Following 11:00 a.m. worship, we’d like to provide a time for parents and their young children to get to know other parents of young children (to commiserate and celebrate!) This is for parents of children less than 3 years old (siblings welcome). If the weather’s nice, we’ll meet on the new playground for a picnic,otherwise, we’ll meet in Room 13.
◊ Spring cleaning?
Manos de Cristo is currently accepting new and gently-used, warm-weather clothing items (there is an extra need for boys 4-16 husky items). Please drop off your items in the wagon(s) in Fellowship Hall. Special thanks to ASK bible study for the 100 packs of underwear and socks!
◊ Wonder What Life is Like as a Mission Co-worker?
Read this newsletter from Zambia shared by the Johnsons whom we support with our Mission Committee budget and your Minter Market support.
◊ Office of Public Witness
Advocacy and social justice are cornerstones of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The Office of Public Witness is the public policy, information, and advocacy office of the PC(U.S.A.) You can learn more about this ministry at https://www.presbyterianmission.org/what-we-do/advocacy-social-justice/
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, May 10 @ Noon – Faith & Grief is a ministry of compassion and connection. We offer monthly luncheons (held on the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m., in the Westminster Presbyterian Fellowship Hall) where women and men, mourning the death of a loved one, can join with others who understand and be strengthened by scripture, prayer and conversation. The simple lunch and meeting are free and opened to the public. Donations to cover the cost of lunch are accepted. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter, and to register for each luncheon, go to www.FaithAndGrief.org or call 469-251-9612. You may also contact Judy Skaggs at WPC.
◊ Save the Date!
Email Pastor Ellen to sign up for Westminster’s intergenerational service trip to McAllen, June 20-23. We will volunteer at Catholic Charities’ Humanitarian Respite Center, which provides a place for refugees to rest, have a warm meal, shower and change into clean clothing, as well as receive medicine and other supplies before continuing on their journey. People of all ages are invited to join us on this trip – even small hands can sort supplies and offer a smile. Children must be accompanied by an adult; youth may ask Ellen to be their sponsor. See the church website for more information or contact Ellen with questions.
◊ Youth Updates
5/5-5/6 – Youth Getaway to JKR!
5/20 – Confirmation and Senior Recognition Sunday; end-of-year family party at 5 p.m.
5/27 – Summer worship schedule begins, one service at 10 a.m.
6/10-6/15 – Teen Leadership Conference at Mo-Ranch
6/20-23 – Intergenerational mission trip to the Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen.
7/8-7/12 – Junior High Jubilee at Mo-Ranch
7/15-7/21 – WUF-PC mission trip to Corpus Christi. Sign up now!
7/30 – 8/3 – VBS + Triumph Sports Camp. Register to volunteer now!
◊ Flowers for Worship
Thank you to all who beautified the sanctuary Sunday mornings in 2017. It’s time to save your dates for 2018 flowers—please sign up in the church office. You may also contact the church office (email@example.com or 512-459-5497 to reserve a Sunday). Whatever your reason, the flowers you give to the church not only enhance our worship space, they also are delivered to friends at Westminster, church members who may be ill or are celebrating a momentous occasion, or other friends of our church. Consider reserving a date in ’18 – and thank you to all who have participated.
◊ Save the Dates!
VBS is July 30—Aug. 3, 2018
9:00 a.m.-noon for children going into K – 5th grades. Childcare available for younger children of volunteers.
New This Year: Triumph Sports Camp will be from noon-4:00 p.m.,
July 30—Aug. 2, and is offered to 5-12-year-olds. Call your friends and family – it’s going to be a great week!
Click here for more info and registration links.
◊ Presbyterian Publications
Copies of Presbyterians Today are available in the church office and at the Carlton Street entrance. Help yourself to a copy of our denomination’s publication and learn more about the work of Presbyterians throughout the world.
◊ Help Save the Earth: Don’t Throw It Away
You know the old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Well it is often true. Don’t throw away perfectly good things just because you’re sick of them, or no longer have use for them. Instead, donate them to a local charity shop, or list them on a free collection site online. For more information on how to help, visit Ways to Help