Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Youth Opportunities
Parents of WPC youth, please join Pastor Ellen for a meeting, Sunday, February 17 at 5 pm in Fellowship Hall. Come learn about the exciting opportunities for fellowship and service we have planned for youth this spring and summer.
◊ WPC Book Club
The February selection for the WPC Book Club is The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/2 Years Old by Hendrik Groen. In the first diary entry we get a glimpse into what we have to enjoy in this book. Here is day one, January 1, 2013:
“Another year, and I still don’t like old people. Their walker shuffle, their unreasonable impatience, their endless complaints, their tea and cookies, their bellyaching. Me? I am eighty-three years old.”
The WPC Book Club invites and welcomes all. Please join us on Thursday, February 21, 7-8 p.m. in the WPC library for tea and cookies, I mean, decaf coffee and discussion.
◊ Almost Lock-In/Parents’ Night Out
Join us for Feb. 22nd from 5 – 9 pm! This is for potty-trained children through 5th grade who like to watch movies. We’ll start on the playground at 5, eat dinner together (and some dessert too!) then have a fun activity, followed by the movie. All wraps up by 9, and it’s come and go. Feel free to come to as much or as little as works best for your family. Register online at wpcaustin.org/lockin.
◊ Congregational Meeting
The Westminster Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, February 24 immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service for the purpose of hearing a budget report from the Finance Committee and acting on changes in terms of call for the Reverend Bill Clark and the Reverend Ellen Williams Hensle.
◊ CROP Walk—February 24
For the past 50 years, Church World Service has been hosting CROP Walks all over the U.S., aiming to end hunger both locally and globally. WPC is a proud annual participant in the Austin walk, held right next door at Camp Mabry. We have also been the top fundraiser in Austin for the past two years! Last year we raised $8800, 10% of the Austin walk’s total. Fight hunger and help us keep our streak alive by donating to the WPC team or signing up to walk.
The event will be held at Camp Mabry (2200 West 35th Street) and begins with Registration at 2:00 p.m., followed by the Grand Step Off at 2:30 p.m. See Nancy Ebert or visit https://www.crophungerwalk.org/austintx/wpc.
◊Dream Keeper—Songs of Sleep and Visions
Austin’s acclaimed choral collective Inversion Ensemble explores the deep reaches of the human imagination through songs of sleep and visions. Please join us for a concert in Fellowship Hall on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more information, click here.
◊ It’s Time for Spring Cleaning on Waller Creek!
The Earthcare Team invites you to come to Shipe Park on Saturday, March 2nd from 10 a.m. to noon to help haul trash from “our” portion of Waller Creek that WPC has adopted through the Keep Austin Beautiful program. We’ll also be planting native seeds and cutting back Johnson grass and poison ivy. Children over 4 are welcome to help with making seed balls for planting. We’ll meet at the bridge at 45th St. and Avenue G. Questions? Call Cynthia Hanes.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all our mind…” Luke 10:27
◊ Summer Camp at John Knox Ranch
Registration is now open for summer camp at John Knox Ranch! For kids age 4 through grade 12, our presbytery’s camp offers affordable summer fun that’s good for the body, mind and soul. Visit here for more info and to register. Early bird discounts apply through April 1.
◊ 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.
◊ Flowers for Worship
We still have March 24th available. Sign up on the flower calendar in the church office/narthex or contact our Office Administrator, Ann Tucker, (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!)