Current Events, News, and Information
◊ WPC Book Club
The hot days of summer are coming to an end (hopefully soon) and it is time to get together for another WPC Book Club gathering on Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., in the WPC library. Our first reading of this new book year is Wesley the Owl, The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl, by Stacey O’Brien. This non-fiction is a memoir of Wesley’s remarkable life with a biologist who nurtured and bonded with him for nineteen years. It is a short book (a little over 200 pages) that is informative and heartwarming! Please join us, whether or not you have finished or even started the book. All (women, men, youth) are invited to meet with us, and bringing a friend is always encouraged.
◊ Almost Lock-In/Parents’ Night Out (Friday, Sept. 21)
All potty-trained children are invited to join us. Our lock-in is a drop-in program from 5:00-9:00 p.m., so come when it fits your family’s schedule! Come join us for playground time, dinner, and a movie! The only thing you need to bring is a sleeping bag and pillow to cozy up with during the movie! Click here to register.
◊ 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 from afar!
◊ Save the Date!
W.O.W. Fall Gathering is Thurs., Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.
Women of Westminster – join us for our annual fall gathering at the home of Mary Moody. Bring a friend! An autumn-inspired buffet supper and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP here.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, Oct. 11 @ 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.
◊ Christmas Benevolence
It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas! Once again, a generous donor has given “Christmas benevolence funds” to stimulate our congregation’s giving. Each church member has access to $300 from this fund to help those in need as the holidays approach. You may use the funds to provide food, clothes, gifts or other services to someone you already know, or the church can match you with someone who has asked for assistance. For more information on how the program works, contact Elise Ragland To sign up, visit the church office.
◊ Clearing out Summer Clothes?
Manos Clothes Closet is now accepting new and gently-worn clothing for 4-8 year old boys & girls (particularly boys). Please drop off in the wagons in Fellowship Hall. Thanks for your support!
◊ 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.