Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Summer Schedule Notes
Sunday, August 20 is the last Sunday of our summer schedule!
-Worship at 10:00 a.m.
-Bible Study at 8:45 a.m. in Room 9
-No church school for children/youth
◊ Worship & Education Schedule Resumes on Sunday, August 27!
-Worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary
-Morning Manna at 9:25 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
–Adult education opportunities at 9:50 a.m. (click to see more!)
Coming up on August 27 & September 3: Who Do You Say That I Am?
w/ Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer, Professor of New Testament Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Reconnections – Room 10
Beginning August 27: More Than Words: 10 Values for the Modern Family
Bible Study – Room 9
Beginning August 27: We will begin reading the book of Colossians.
… Don’t forget to join us for Morning Manna at 9:25 in the Fellowship Hall for a cup of coffee, a bite to eat and laid-back conversation. Morning Manna gives us a great opportunity to gather briefly between worship services and class time to be nourished in our life together.
◊ Summer Bible Study
On August 20, we will be looking at Philippians 4:2-23. Be an early bird with us! The regular schedule resumes on August 27, and we will meet at 9:50 a.m. in Room 9.
◊ Homecoming Potluck Luncheon – Sunday, August 20
Following 10 a.m. worship, suggested dishes as follows: A-F salad/fruit, G-R side, S-Z dessert. Church will provide chicken. Wear school colors!!
◊ Mo Ranch All Church Retreat Sept. 8-10
There’s still a few spaces available for Westminster’s All- Church Retreat. Please register this week! Join us in a beautiful section of the hill country near Kerrville for a weekend of spiritual growth, fellowship, and lots of fun. Dr. Phil Helsel, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be joining us to speak to our theme: “Caring for Stories: Seeing God in Everyday Life.” Registration & more info can be found here.
Come away with me to a quiet place… Mark 6:31
Join us as we seek to deepen our life with God and to nourish our souls in these times of change. Sharon Dunn, in conjunction with Eremos, A Center for Contemplative Life, will guide those gathered in using silence and quiet reflection as a spiritual practice. Our first meeting will be Sunday afternoon, August 27, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. in the Westminster Library. Feel free to contact Sharon with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
◊ New Blue!
Note that on Carlton Street some of the curb is painted BLUE. Please leave that parking area for those who have difficulty walking from the back parking lot to the Sanctuary.
◊ Family Promise for Two Weeks – October 8 – 22
We are hosting Family Promise for two consecutive weeks. This makes it easier on our guests and somewhat easier for us. So what can you do? Fix a meal (you may find friends to help)? Stay overnight? Bring the trailer to our parking lot (must have a trailer hitch)? Host Saturdays? Blow up (with electrical pump) beds and furnish bedrooms? Haul furniture and toys from – and later to – upstairs Fellowship Hall? These are all ways to express the love of Christ to folks who are down on their luck but anxious to succeed. Your children can be involved, too! Check your calendars and sign up after church in the narthex.
◊ From the WPC Children’s Library
“Read Aloud to Children” Summer is coming to a close. The library cart laden with great books will be returning to Room 14. Time to think about the last days of summer and a chance to have the opportunity to conveniently check out (and RETURN) books to the cart.
Books featured for the first two weeks of August are those by a distinguished author of over 200 children’s books: Tomie dePaola. At age 4 he knew he wanted to become a writer and an illustrator. His mother was an avid book lover and read to him often. As a child dePaola would illustrate the books his mother read to him.
dePaola’s books in our children’s library: Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs, The Clown of God, Tomie dePaola’s Book of the Old Testament, 26 Fairmount Avenue, The Legend of the Bluebonnet. Also available is an adult book, Tomie dePaola: His Art & His Stories. All these are available on the book cart! Enjoy!
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, September 14 @ 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.
◊ WPC Book Club Returns September 21, 7 p.m.
The WPC Book Club is resuming on September 21, 7pm, with a discussion of “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman. The story takes place in 1939 in the country of Poland. Antonina Żabiński and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabinski, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under their care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist. To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance. Antonina and Jan take action to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
The Washington Post praised this book as being “simultaneously grave and exuberant, wise and playful.” The WPC Book Club invites and welcomes all. Please join us for a cup of decaf coffee, fine fellowship and good discussion in the Library.
◊ Inversion Ensemble – Free Concert!
The Universal Chamber: Voices and Strings – Saturday, September 30 @ 7 p.m.
@ Westminster Presbyterian Church. Free admission!
◊ Beautify the Sanctuary & Brighten Someone’s Day!
One date remains in 2017 for members to provide flowers for worship: October 29. 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!
◊ In the WPC Library
A new book in our library is “BETTER THAN NICE, AND OTHER UNCONVENTIONAL PRAYERS.” It was given to me by dear friends several years ago and has been by my bed ever since. The author, Frederick Ohler, was a minister in Montreat, NC, and worked wonders with words. I hope the prayers in the book will be as meaningful to you as they have been to me.
◊ 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