Current Events, News, and Information

 

◊ Family Promise for Two Weeks – Oct. 8-22
Our Family Promise guests arrived on campus Sunday night, October 8, and will be here until early the 22nd.  On Sunday the 15th they might be attending our Morning Manna, Church School, and Worship.  If you meet them, please give them a warm Westminster welcome.

 

 

◊ Parents’ Night Out/Children’s Almost Lock-In  
Friday, October 135:00 – 9:00 p.m.,
all parents of potty-trained children through 5th grade are invited to bring their children to a time for fellowship, service, cooking and movies! Feel free to use the time in whatever way fits your family’s needs best. If your child would like to come early and leave early, wonderful! If your child is only interested in coming for the 7:00 movie and that’s when you and your dear one can get away for a dinner date, great!  Rough schedule: playground at 5:00, cooking, crafts and games in the Fellowship Hall at 6:00, dinner and more games, 7:00-9:00 movie and quiet activities in Room 10. Sleeping bags, cozy slippers and pillows welcome! Our guests from Family Promise will be invited to join us in the fun! (What a great chance to be hosts as the welcoming children’s family we are!)
RSVP Here:  http://wpcaustin.org/lockin/

 

 

◊ Welcome to Westminster’s New Associate Pastor of Youth and Discipleship, Ellen Williams!
Ellen will be leading worship at this Sunday morning’s 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services and will meet with the youth group on Sunday evening.  Join us for a reception in Ellen’s honor in the Fellowship Hall following the 11:00 a.m. service.  If you have your Westminster name button, please wear it these next few Sundays as a way for Ellen to get to know you (if you don’t have one or misplaced yours, please let Jessica in the WPC office know – wpc@wpcaustin.org.  She’ll try to get one to you as soon as possible).

 

◊ Sunday Morning Adult Education Opportunities, 9:50 a.m. (find out more here!)
Fellowship Hall

Reconsidering the Reformation – A Five Week Series (Classes on 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5 and 11/12)  October 31 of 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of what has become known as the Protestant Reformation. Half a millennium after fundamental disagreements over the means of salvation and the authority of the Bible, many modern Americans are unaware of the seismic tumult of issues that sparked a series of bloody wars between Protestants and Catholics in Europe and their lasting impact. Join us as we first reconsider the historical and theological context of this movement, then consider the echoes of those “protesting” voices that still resound in church hallways, choir rooms and our own living rooms.  October 15:  Mike Cook, a founding member of Cook, Brooks Johnson Law Firm and our very own Rev. Bill Clark present “The Path to the Presbytery” (w/ Part II of the presentation on 10/22)

Reconnections – Room 10
Joy:  Living with Creativity and Purpose, facilitated by Lana Russell
This class is reading More Than Words: 10 Values for the Modern FamilyAs a jumping off place for lively and fruitful conversation, we will begin the fall semester using a book written by Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Your pastors, Bill, Judy and Lana will play host and facilitator as our class members come and go on their busy Sunday mornings. Grab your coffee from Morning Manna and join us for a quick chapter review followed by thoughtful discussion about the ways the values of compassion, forgiveness, abundance, equality, and more can be lived out more authentically in the lives of our families and communities.

Bible Study – Room 9
We will be reading I Thessalonians 4:13-5:28
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.  We welcome all who are interested in our experience together.

 

 

◊ Are you ready to share Christmas Cheer?
The calls are coming in from those in need.  Can you help?  Our anonymous donor has once again re-funded very generously the Christmas Benevolence Fund.  Do you want help giving away your share?  If you are willing to help someone in need and don’t know anyone, please contact Elise Ragland or the WPC office and Elise will coach you through the process.  When you turn in your receipts, you may be reimbursed up to $300.  If you have questions about using your share of the Fund for someone you find on your own, contact the church office at 512-459-5497.

 

◊ Youth Fellowship Opportunities (2017-2018)
October 29 – Trunk or Treat
November 5 – Ding Dong Hockey with WUFPC @ WPC
December 3 – Christmas Caroling
December 10 – White Elephant Gift Exchange
December 17 – Regressive Dinner – offsite
January 19-21 – Mo Ranch Midwinters @ Mo Ranch
April 15 – Youth Sunday

  • Sunday School each Sunday morning at 9:50 a.m. in the Annex.
  • Youth Group Sunday Evenings 5-7 p.m. starting in the Annex and finishing the night with a meal in Fellowship Hall.

 

◊ Youth and Children’s Sunday School at WPC
Weekly Sunday School Classes for Youth – 9:50 – 10:50 a.m. – Offered for 6th-12th grade. We gather in the Annex (across the parking lot) to connect with one another and discern the liturgy.  Youth group meets each Sunday evening from 5-7pm.  We begin the evening in the Annex, then conclude with dinner in Fellowship Hall.

Weekly Sunday School Classes for Children – 9:50 – 10:50 a.m. – Offered for 3-year-olds to 5th grade. We gather in Room 14 to hear Bible stories told interactively. Singing is part of this opening time, too! Then we break into age groups to reflect on the Bible story, do an activity on the story, and pray together. What will your child learn during Sunday school? Here are a few things: how to read and reflect on the Bible, how to say the Lord’s Prayer, songs that they will shape their lives toward God, sing in worship, and in other Christian camp settings, how to be the body of Christ by getting to know other children and supporting them through their life’s walk, and all the ways God loves them!

 

◊ WPC Book Club – Thursday, October 19
The October WPC Book Club’s selection is “The Savage Garden” by Mark Mills.  This murder mystery is set in 1958 in Italy.  Cambridge student Adam Strickland has the opportunity to go to Tuscany, Italy to study the renaissance architecture of a garden owned by the Italian aristocratic family named Docci.  Adam’s study results in the solving of two murders, one from the 16th century and one during WWII.  His discoveries shake the entire Docci family including his love interest Antonella.

Please join us on Thursday, October 19, 7-8 p.m., in the WPC Library, to discuss this mystery.  Decaf coffee provided although not necessary to keep you awake while reading or discussing this book.  All are invited.

 

◊ Babies Fellowship:  Cradlers and Crawlers – Sunday, October 22
Around 12:15 following worship; A light lunch will be served to those families with children born in the last year. Come meet, commiserate, and celebrate! Room 13. All friends of Westminster invited. A caregiver will be provided for siblings older than a year.

 

◊ In and Around WPC:  Your Time & Talents Are Needed!
Scripture readers for 8:30 a.m. Worship Service
The word of God belongs to the entire congregation and we exercise a great privilege when we read it to one another.  Members are needed to read scripture at the 8:30 a.m. worship service. Volunteer for this opportunity by contacting Cynthia Shaw.

Landscape “Adopters”
Adopter means maintaining and taking responsibility for a particular section of the beautiful landscape around the WPC campus.  The task for an adopter would be to identify an area you would enjoy maintaining as a contribution to the ministry of our beautiful landscape.  After identifying an area, the adopter would weed, prune, replace plants, and bring any problems to the attention of Carolyn Long or Adrienne Inglis, Landscape Co-chairs. These activities would require only monthly responsibilities.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Crafters are needed to knit, crochet, or sew prayer shawls.  Our stock of shawls for adults is getting really low.  Needles, crochet hooks, and yarn are available for your use, along with instructions and friendly instructors!  Contact Marilyn Ross or Dotti Sizer.

For more info or to volunteer, reach out to the church office:  512-459-5497 or wpc@wpcaustin.org.

 

 

◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon 
Thursday, November 9 @ 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.

 

◊ SAVE THE DATE!
W.O.W. Weekend Retreat
Feb 9-11, 2018 @ Camp Capers
More info to follow!

 

 

◊ Outgrown clothes?  
The Manos de Cristo Clothes Closet is seeking summer clothes for all ages, birth through adult, casual to dressy, including belts, scarves, work pants, and shoes.  All items should be new or very gently used – ones you or your child might wear, if they still fit … Drop them by 4911 Harmon Ave., 78751 (west of I-35, south of 51st St.) between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.  Call Elise Ragland to meet you at WPC if you cannot get by there yourself.

 

 

◊ 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.

 

 

Print◊ 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