Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Singing the Faith ~ A Summer Preaching Series
on the Great, Inspiring and Favorite Hymns of the Church
Join us for summer worship at 10:00 a.m. as we preach on selected hymns, explore their scriptural connection, tell their stories, and of course, sing them.
June 24 ~ A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
July 1 ~ Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory
July 8 ~ Great Is Thy Faithfulness
July 15 ~ Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning
July 22 ~ Lift High the Cross
July 29 ~ Spirit, Open My Heart
◊ Summer Worship & Education Schedule (May 27-Aug. 19)
Bible Study at 8:45 a.m.
Summer Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
Fellowship at 11:00 a.m.
◊ Border Mission Trip Updates on Facebook
We encourage all to check into our Facebook page for updates from our Westminster crew as they serve others at the border from June 20-June 23. If you don’t already like our page, please do so – www.facebook.com/wpcaustin – access to posts on church events, mission updates, retreats, etc. is just a click away!
◊ Farewell & Reception for the Almén Family
Byron, Sarah, and Theodore Alméns’ last Sunday with us will be Sunday, June 24. During our 10:00 a.m. worship service that morning we will recognize the Almén family, celebrate Byron’s 20 years of music ministry with us, and send them to their new home in Minnesota with our blessing. A reception in honor of the Alméns will take place following the morning service in the church library. Please plan to stop by to give your well wishes to the Alméns!
◊ Toddlers and Talkers is getting all wet!
Come join us after Sunday worship on the playground on June 24 and bring your swim suits (after we say goodbye to the Almén family after worship, of course!) This fellowship time is for parents (and siblings) of babies through 3 years old. Come meet and play with other families who have young children. We’ll have wading pools and gentle sprinklers to ease the summer heat!
◊ Trinity Center
Join us Sunday, June 24 to serve lunch and lead worship for our homeless neighbors at the Trinity Center. We will meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and carpool to St. David’s Episcopal Church on Trinity and 7th. The Rev. Judy Skaggs will lead worship and we need your help serving in the kitchen and greeting our neighbors. We will return to the church around 4:30 p.m. Contact the church office to sign up to spend a few hours spreading God’s love to our neighbors.
◊ Seeking Summer Acolytes & Communion Assistance!
The WPC Worship Committee is seeking individuals to serve as acolytes during our summer 10 a.m. worship service. Children and families welcome! Also, we are in need of adults to assist with communion setup and cleanup. If you are interested in either (or both!) opportunities, please sign up here:
◊ VBS Items in Need
Our Vacation Bible School week gearing up for the week of July 30 – Aug. 3! We would love for our church family to help as we welcome children from both WPC and the neighborhood hear stories about God. In preparation for VBS, we are looking to borrow a few items that correspond with our VBS theme, Rolling River Rampage. We are looking for inflatable rafts, flat bottom boats, empty artificial Christmas trees, and camping tents. Please check with Anne Marie Gonin in the narthex after June 24 worship if you have one of these items we could borrow during camp week. We are also looking for morning volunteers during the week. Anne Marie has a specific list of days we need help if you are able. Thank you for supporting our WPC children’s ministry!
◊ Sundae Sunday is July 15 after Worship
View the flyer here.
Come one, come all, for a sweet treat in Fellowship Hall! The WPC Deacons invite you to come down to the Fellowship Hall after Sunday worship on July 15 to indulge ~ we’ll supply the ice cream and sundae-making supplies (or BYOT—bring your own toppings!)
We’ll also have coffee and soda if you’re feeling really adventurous (mmm—ice cream floats …) I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!
◊ Manos Back-to-School Drive
Manos de Cristo needs our help to send Austin kids back to school with all the supplies they need to succeed! Now through July 15, Manos is collecting monetary donations so they can purchase backpacks, clothes, books and other school supplies for their Back to School program. Click here to donate online, or write a check to WPC with “Manos back to school” in the memo line. (Please note that they are only accepting monetary donations this year, no supplies.) You can also volunteer to help with their distribution days, July 30 – August 3 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at IDEA Allan, 1701 Vargas Rd. Sign up now!
◊ Mo-Ranch Retreat is Sept. 7-9
“Life Together as Gift Exchange” Registration is now open for our annual Mo-Ranch retreat, which will take place September 7-9, 2018. We are happy to have the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Helsel, Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, assist with leading this year’s retreat. Join us for what promises to be another wonderful weekend gathering in the beautiful Texas hill country. For more info and to register, look for a brochure in your pew or visit wpcaustin.org/Mo2018. Families, singles, couples and friends of the church all welcome! Partial scholarships are available upon request. Contact Bill Clark, Ellen Williams or Charlotte Trafton for more information. Please register by August 6.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, July 12 @ 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.
◊ Have Clothes to Donate?
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, women’s capri pants/shorts [any size], and prom dresses as well). Please drop off your items in the wagon(s) in Fellowship Hall.
◊ Flowers for Worship
We are still seeking members to provide flowers for worship late this summer & fall. Sign up on the flower calendar in the church office or contact Jessica Green (firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-459-5497) to reserve a Sunday. Thank you for your willingness to beautify the sanctuary (and also to brighten someone’s day!)
◊ 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