Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Presbyterian Young Adults in Austin
Join Pastor Ellen at Pinthouse Pizza on Burnet Rd., August 16 at 6 p.m. for a time of fellowship with young adults from other Austin congregations! More info here.
◊ Homecoming Potluck Luncheon-Sunday, Aug. 19
Following 10 a.m. worship, meet with us in the Fellowship Hall for a wonderful spread of food and fine fellowship with our church family.
Suggested dishes to bring are as follows (by first initial of last name): A-F – salad/fruit, G-R – side, S-Z – dessert. The WPC deacons will provide chicken. During the potluck, Sadie Pass will lead us in painting the bowls we made this spring for the Austin Empty Bowl Project. All are welcome to join in the painting, even if you didn’t make your own bowl. Don’t forget to wear your school colors!
◊ Kick-off Sunday is August 26
On this day, we will return to our traditional Sunday schedule and will offer two worship services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Also, we will resume Morning Manna @ 9:25 a.m. in Fellowship Hall as well as adult, children’s and youth Sunday School at 9:50 a.m.
◊ Westminster Day School Has Limited Openings for 2018-2019
Our beloved preschool, Westminster Day School, has limited space available for children who will be 3 or 4 as of September 1. The thoughtful, play-based curriculum nurtures the whole child – emotionally, physically and academically. August office hours are 8:30-1:30 M-F. Call 512-459-5062 or visit https://wpdsaustin.wordpress.com
◊ Adult Education Opportunities at Westminster
WPC is excited for the array of adult educational offerings we will kick-off on Sunday, August 26 at 9:50 a.m.! Check out what we have planned:
Fellowship Hall Class: Faith and Public Life: Approaching the intersection of the “Good News” and the “Common Good” — What are the guiding questions and concerns as we seek to live out a God-sized vision of love in a world where grand religious ideas often collide with messy human reality? What is the role of your pastor? What does it mean to be a good citizen? Should the church be “political”? What does God’s Word have to teach us about what it means to be human and who we are to one another? We are called to love God’s world – does that mean ALL of it and EVERYONE? Join us for this five-week series.
Reconnections in Room 10: Come be fed and fed by one another! This multigenerational class encourages conversation and reflection on topics that explore the deeply important work of living faith together in all our families. Beginning Aug. 26, we will examine Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, by Adam Hamilton. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insights, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outside perils as terrorism, death and the apocalypse. Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’ recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.” Our class format will start with a brief check in, followed by short videos (Ted Talks, Q Commons and others) that highlight the themes in the book. Class members are invited to purchase the book and read two chapters a week. Invite a friend and join us beginning August 26!
Bible Study in Room 9: The bible study class is an informal gathering where we share personal experiences that help us understand the scripture and our life in Christ. There is great freedom in our group. Nothing is “out of bounds” and none of us are trained Bible scholars. Everyone’s contribution is appreciated, though there is also freedom to sit and just listen to others and not say anything. All are welcome! This fall, we will examine the lectionary text from each worship service.
◊ W.O.W. groups begin meeting September 11
The Women of Westminster have a variety of study groups that meet each month. These meetings consist of time to talk and reflect on the readings, in addition to spending time with fellow women of the church. We would love to have you join one of the groups! All study groups meet the second week of the month. Click here for more info.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, Sept. 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.
◊ Manos de Cristo Opportunities
- Volunteers are needed – contact our office for more info
- 2nd Tuesdays of the month in the clothes closet (morning hours)
- 3rd Thursdays of the month in the food pantry
- 1x per month on Wednesdays, hauling food from the Central Texas Food Bank (mid-day)
- 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 worship flowers for the following Sundays: September 16 & 30. Flowers enhance our worship space and are delivered to homebound members after the service—a double blessing! Sign up on the flower calendar in the church office or contact Jessica Green (email@example.com 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