Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Summer Schedule Notes
Join us as we gather in the Spirit for Summer worship beginning this Sunday, May 28
Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study at 8:45 a.m. in Room 9
No church school for children/youth
Fall worship & education schedule resumes Sunday, August 27
◊ Come and Join in the Conversation!
During the summer the Bible Study group will meet at 8:45 a.m., before the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Everyone is invited. No position is “wrong” and we appreciate the stimulation of your views. This group has been going on for several years and we find free, open discussion about scripture forces us to think more deeply and examine our faith. On May 28, we will be looking at Galatians 3 and 4:1-7. We have already read chapters 1 and 2. You might like to scan these first chapters which are an autobiographical sketch of St. Paul’s life. Be an early bird with us!
◊ New Staff Position at Westminster
We are seeking a Director of Children and Family Ministry at Westminster. This staff member would oversee ministry to and with our children, grades 5 and younger and their families, including overseeing our children’s educational program, providing educational and fellowship opportunities for parents, and reaching out to Day School and other families. Members of that search committee are: Cynthia Hanes, Marlene Magierski, Margaret Pass, Laurie Pompa, and Christine Yonge. A position description is available at Indeed.com and wpcaustin.org/employment.
◊ Inversion Ensemble Presents “Sublime Nonsense”
Saturday, June 3 @ 7 p.m. in the WPC Sanctuary
Free Admission! More details here.
◊ Pentecost Offering
The Pentecost offering focuses on our youth, providing them with a solid foundation of faith. According to Acts 2:39, the promise of the Holy Spirit is to all of us, our children, and to those far away – all who have been called by the Lord our God. The Pentecost offering targets our children, providing them with resources to develop and share their faith as they grow.
Most importantly for Westminster Presbyterian, 40% of the offering goes to support our own chosen youth initiative: the Mo Ranch retreat on the border. The Mo Ranch retreat provides children, who do not have the means to travel to Mo Ranch, to still participate in a Christian camp, promoting their fellowship and growth.
The Pentecost Offering envelopes will be collected on June 4, but you can drop of early donations in the church office. Please make checks out to Westminster Presbyterian and put “Pentecost Offering” in the notes.
◊ Pentecost Sunday, June 4, Worship and Picnic Lunch
Join us to celebrate the presence of the Holy Spirit. Wear your red!
After worship will continue celebrating the birthday of the Church and the coming birth of Baby Green, son of Jessica and Jason Green. The Deacons will furnish fried chicken and birthday cakes. Please bring side dishes to share! The Greens are registered at amazon.com and target.com
◊ Next Manos de Cristo Food Pantry Offering is Sunday, June 4
Thank you to all who brought perishable & non-perishable food items for the Manos de Cristo Food Pantry offering on Sunday, May 7! The next opportunity to provide items will be Sunday, June 4. If you need a WPC logo bag for collection, please contact the office at 512-459-5497 or look for them in the narthex.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, June 8 @ 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, 512-440-1025 or email@example.com.
◊ Library Open House – Sunday, June 11
Join us in the WPC Library on Sunday, June 11 after 10 a.m. worship for refreshments, book displays, giveaway books and more!
◊ Courageous Conversations: How Do You Love Like a
Christian When Everyone Else Has Lost Their Minds?
A Workshop with Mark Yaconelli
Sunday, June 11 from 5 – 8 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
This three-hour workshop uses practical exercises developed at The Center for Engaged Compassion. The workshop will present real life skills and capacities for practicing love in the midst of anger, fear, hurt, and frustration. The workshop will offer a mixture of presentation, creative exercises, and discussion focused on understanding and personal transformation in interpersonal relationships. Please register here.
◊ Beautify the Sanctuary & Brighten Someone’s Day!
Two dates remain in 2017 for members to provide flowers for worship: October 29 and November 5. Whatever your reason, the flowers you give to the church not only enhance our worship space but also are delivered to Westminster shut-ins on Sunday afternoons — a double blessing. Reserve your Sunday by calling the church office at 512-459-5497. Thank you to all who have participated this year!
◊ VBS @ WPC
Vacation Bible School will take place from August 7-11, 2017. See what we have in store, find out more, and sign up here!
◊ In the WPC Library
Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural
by Ronald C. White, Jr.
A timely and “great” read!
◊ 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