Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Thank you to all who have so generously pledged gifts of time, talent and treasure for 2019.
We encourage all to share in Christ’s ministry at Westminster! Please place your completed pledge cards and time and talent forms in the offering plate or leave them in the church office.
◊ Almost Lock-In/Parents’ Night Out
Friday, Nov. 30, 5-9 p.m. Our Almost Lock-In is a fun time for children to hang out together, eat treats, play, and watch a movie. It’s a drop-in program, so come when it fits your family’s schedule! The only thing you need to bring is a sleeping bag and pillow to cozy up with during the movie! All potty-trained-5th grade children are invited to join us. Questions?: Contact Charlotte Trafton (email@example.com or 512.459.5497). Register here.
◊ Minter Alternative Gift Market
Sunday, Dec. 2—9:30-10:45 a.m. and 12-1 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Want to demonstrate the true meaning of Christmas? The Minter Alternative Gift Market is your opportunity to find unique & meaningful gifts while supporting local and international non-profits and missions doing important work. Plus, enjoy food, music, and fun. Rumi olive oil from Palestine will also be sold once again!
◊ Tamale Time!
Christmas Tamales supporting Manos de Cristo are back! Proceeds from this annual tradition help provide children, adults and seniors access to emergency food & clothing relief, quality low-cost dental care, and adult education classes. What a delicious way to make a big difference for our neighbors in need. Tamales are $15/dozen and you may choose from five delicious flavors: Pork, Jalapeño Pork, Chicken, Bean (not vegetarian), and Vegan Southwestern Blend. To order:
- Sign up in the narthex before/after worship on Sunday, 11/18 and 11/25, and in Fellowship Hall during Minter Market on Sunday, 12/2.
- Visit www.manosdecristo.org/tamales.
For orders placed online, please select Westminster Presbyterian Church in the “Additional Information” section.
Tamales will be available for pick up at the church on Friday, December 7 (time TBD). Thank you for your support!
◊ Foundation Communities Holiday Drive
Foundation Communities is an amazing organization that provides affordable housing to low-income Austinites and offers a wide array of services to address poverty’s causes as well as its effects. For several years, WPC has made welcome baskets for new residents of their M Station apartment complex. Now we have the opportunity to get involved with their holiday drive by purchasing gifts for families! From now until Dec. 9, we will collect unwrapped new toys, children’s books, family-friendly games, school supplies and HEB gift cards at church. For a complete list of needed items, check the mission bulletin board outside the church office or visit http://wpcaustin.org/fc/. Gift wrapping supplies are also in need!
◊ Women of Westminster ~ You’re Invited!
The W.O.W. Intergenerational Christmas Gathering is Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Join us for a short service project, followed by lunch and festive music! RSVP here.
◊ WPC Book Club
Please join the WPC Book Club on Thursday, December 20, 7 p.m., in the church library to discuss Jamie Ford’s fiction entitled Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. One reviewer, Lisa See, states this is “an impressive (story) that explores the age-old conflicts between father and son and the depths and longing of deep-heart love.” Take a break for one hour from your busy holiday season to join us for a cup of decaf and a sharing of our impressions about this fiction.
◊ Flooding Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is mobilizing volunteers to serve those affected by recent flooding here in Central TX. If you are interested in participating in cleanup efforts in the Kingsland area, please contact Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marble Falls, 830-693-2567. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is also directing funds to our area. Donate online at pda.pcusa.org or write a check to WPC with “PDA” in the memo line.
◊ Congratulations, Charlotte!
Charlotte Trafton was unanimously and enthusiastically approved for Ordination to Minister of Word and Sacrament at the Oct. 26 meeting of Mission Presbytery in Mission, Texas.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, Dec. 13 @ 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.
◊ Youth Meals
Sharing meals is at the heart of Westminster’s Youth Fellowship! We are looking for folks who would like to provide two dozen breakfast goodies during our Sunday School hour. Please email the church office if you would like to provide something for a Sunday this fall, and we’ll assign a date. Also, turn in your receipts to be reimbursed up to $50. Thank you!
◊ Help Families at the Border!
WPC Family ~ Here is an easy way to help Central American families at the border. Each night the Respite Center provides dinner for people who have been released from the detention center and are waiting to travel on to other destinations in the U.S. The numbers have been very high the past couple of months – around 300 people a day! You can help by calling Buck’s Pizza in Mission and ordering one or more pizzas for the families. Cost is $6.50 per pizza. Call 956-581-8611, and tell them you want to order pizza for the immigrant families. They will send the pizzas over that evening or whenever the Center next needs pizza. Tell them your name and that you are from WPC, and they will let Myra at the Center know it’s from us. It’s a great way to help
◊ Summer Mission Trip for Youth
June 8-15, 2019 @ The Center in Baltimore, MD
This summer, WPC youth will travel to Baltimore for a week of service at The Center, a Presbyterian ministry that connects volunteers to churches already partnering with their neighborhoods. We’ll work on an urban farm, learn about the history and causes of poverty in America’s cities, and explore Baltimore together! Cost is $300/person + airfare; scholarships and fundraising opportunities available. Please email Pastor Ellen if you’d like to participate as a youth or adult sponsor.
◊ 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.