Current Events, News, and Information
On Dedication Sunday we surpassed our $1.5 million “Growing Together” Capital Campaign Goal with $1,805,814 in pledges. Thanks be to God for your generosity! The Building Committee will soon be sharing plans with you for our next steps forward.
Thank you, as well, to those who have so generously pledged your time, talent and treasure with our “Growing Together” Annual campaign. As of Sunday, we have reached 67% of our $713,000 goal.
In order for us to sustain continued vitality in our ministries for this next year, we need to increase our 2020 annual budget by 5%. This increase will fully fund our newly formed sectional leader music program, children and youth ministries, support of our wonderful Westminster staff, and mission giving to those beyond our walls. If you haven’t yet made an annual pledge we’d appreciate hearing from you soon. If you have not pledged before, this is a wonderful time to begin that practice!
Inspired by the life of Lib Minter
◊ Parents’ Night Out/Children’s Almost Lock In—Friday, Nov. 15th!
Come join us for playground time, dinner, a night-time hike (as weather permits), and a movie! Our Lock-In is a drop-in program from 5-9 pm, so come when it fits your family’s schedule! All potty-trained children ages 3—5th grade are invited to join us. The only thing you need to bring is a sleeping bag and pillow to cozy up with during the movie! Please note on your registration if you have any special dietary needs! Register here.
◊ Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl ministry of the church will hold a consecration ceremony this Sunday, Nov. 17 for prayer shawls, lap blankets, and baby blankets and would love to include your creations. We are especially in need of crocheted or knitted baby blankets and prayer shawls. Contact Dotti Sizer or Marilyn Ross with questions.
◊ WPC Book Club
God Save Texas, A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State by Lawrence Wright bill be our November reading selection for the WPC Book Club. NPR reviews it as “beautifully written…essential reading…for anyone who wants to understand how one state changed the trajectory of the country.” Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m., in the WPC library to discuss this quick read with a very relevant message. Native Texans and transplants to the Lone Star State are all welcome.
◊ Manos de Cristo Tamale Fundraiser
It’s tamale time! Each year, we support Manos de Cristo’s ministry by participating in their tamale fundraiser at Christmastime. Tamales are $15/dozen and come in five flavors, including a vegan option. Look for the order form in the narthex (payment by cash or check due at the time of order), or choose WPC as your pickup location when you order online. Plan to pick up your tamales on Friday, Dec. 6.
◊ Christmas Benevolence/Foundation Communities
Hoping to spread some joy as the holidays approach? Consider helping families in need through the Christmas Benevolence Fund. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, each WPC member has up to $300 to spend to provide folks in the Austin area with food, clothes, Christmas gifts or help with expenses. You may help someone you know or be matched with someone who has called the church office. Contact Elise Ragland for more information: DT.firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also collecting items for children who live in low-income housing provided by Foundation Communities. New toys, games, sports equipment, books and school supplies can be dropped off in Pastor Ellen’s office until Dec. 8.
◊ Manos de Cristo Clothing Drive
Now accepting gently used fall and winter clothing and jackets. There is a special need for boys clothing sizes 4-16. Clothing items should be clean and free of holes. Contact Elise Ragland for more information.
◊ Border Update
Migrant families are not coming through the Humanitarian Respite Center right now because of the recently implemented “Remain in Mexico” policy. Instead, many hundreds are waiting in Matamoros, just across the border from Brownsville. They have to wait there, outside in the heat or rain, for months until their court date arrives. Through her Mateo 25:35 charity, our friend Mayra Garza from McAllen is taking food and supplies to Mexico each day. Click here to send supplies to Mayra via Amazon.
◊ 2020 Flowers for Worship
It’s not too early to sign up for worship flowers—2020 is almost here! Flowers enhance our worship space and are delivered to homebound members after the service—a double blessing! Sign up on the flower chart calendar in the narthex or contact Ann Tucker in the church office to reserve a Sunday. Thank you for your willingness to beautify the sanctuary (and also to brighten someone’s day!)