Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Lenten Devotional Book
A Lenten Devotional Book written by members of our congregation is now available! You are welcome to take a copy (from the narthex) and share additional copies with others. Beginning Ash Wednesday and through Easter Sunday, the devotions will also be sent daily by email. Thanks to all who contributed to this year’s devotional book, especially the editors, Sarah Almén and Catherine Colvin. View the Lenten Devotional here.
◊ CROP Hunger Walk—Sunday, Feb. 25
You can still join the WPC team for the walk, we just need ALL walkers to register. Go to: crophungerwalk.org/austintx/wpc to register online, or see Nancy Ebert or Elise Ragland after the service to complete the sign-in sheet. Youth will meet in the Annex right after 11:00 worship; all other walkers will meet in the Fellowship Hall at 1:30 p.m. to carpool to Camp Mabry. Drivers will need to present their ID at the gate (back gate of 35th). Thanks to all the walkers and their sponsors for participating!
◊ Inversion Ensemble – Sunday, Feb. 25 @ 3 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
Inversion Ensemble presents Colors Harmonic, a thrilling concert that centers around color as inspiration for the text and music. Come explore the full spectrum of visual and musical colors in this fully immersive artistic experience. The concert will feature works by Kathleen Allan, Stephanie K. Andrews, Carson Cooman, Luke Flynn, Adrienne Inglis, Alexander Johnson, Robbie LaBanca, Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Trevor F. Shaw, Walter Torres, and Dale Trumbore. Arrive early to enjoy an art installation by local Austin artists and bid on pieces in our silent auction. Free admission. Free parking. Donations welcome. View the flyer here.
◊ Toddlers and Talkers Fellowship
Sunday, March 4, 12:15 after worship in Room 13 – For those with children who are between 1-3 years old – we invite you to come meet, support and commiserate with other parents and their active little ones! We’ll have light snacks and sandwiches. Please RSVP if you have any food allergies. We’ll have fun, age-appropriate activities. Also, we’ll go to the playground if the weather is nice!
*The Children’s Ministries Committee is asking for empty egg cartons (carboard, Styrofoam, or plastic!) Please leave donations near the Carlton St. door (and note that they are for the CMC!)*
◊ A New Vision for Mission at WPC
Though we are sad that the Family Promise program has ended, WPC now has the opportunity to explore new ways of living out a God-sized vision of love in our community. All are invited to join the Mission Committee from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 for a simple meal and the opportunity to dream about the future of mission at WPC. Please RSVP: http://wpcaustin.org/brainstorm/ by Wednesday, March 7. Q’s? firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 459-5497.
◊ Manos Clothes Closet
Donate effortlessly to the Manos de Cristo clothes closet by leaving items in the wagons in the Fellowship Hall. Manos is seeking new and very-gently-used dress clothes (jeans, shoes, boots, scarves, belts, jewelry for adults and children are welcome.)
◊ WPC Book Club
Please join the WPC Book Club on Thursday, March 15, 7-8 p.m. in the WPC library to discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This work of fiction is set in occupied France during World War II and centers on a blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and an orphaned German boy named Werner whose paths eventually cross. In 1934, six-year-old Marie-Laure, the daughter of a widowed master locksmith employed at the Museum of Natural History in Paris, becomes fully blind from juvenile cataracts. Her father enriches her environment by crafting a wooden scale-model of their neighborhood in Paris for her to memorize by touch. He spends hours walking with her to various points in the actual neighborhood and supervising her so that she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. Eventually Marie-Laure and her father must flee from the Nazis and they carry with them what some consider to be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. Please join us to discuss this amazing novel.
◊ Youth Updates
2/25 – CROP Walk at Camp Mabry, 2 p.m. No Youth Fellowship
3/4 – Highland Games with the WUFPC
3/4 – Service Sunday School
3/11 – Spring Break. No Youth Fellowship.
4/14 – Youth Sunday rehearsal at 9 a.m.
4/15 – Youth Sunday
5/5-5/6 – Youth Getaway to JKR! Registration coming soon.
5/20 – Confirmation and Senior Recognition Sunday
6/10-6/15 – Teen Leadership Conference at Mo Ranch
7/15-7/22 – WUFPC mission trip to Corpus Christi
7/30 – 8/3 – VBS + Triumph Sports Camp. Register to volunteer now!
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, March 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 at WPC.
◊ Office of Public Witness
As the PC(USA)’s public policy arm, the Office of Public Witness advocates for peace, justice and freedom through their office in Washington, DC. They invite Presbyterians to practice advocacy as a form of Christian discipleship. To receive regular information about how you can participate in this work, visit http://capwiz.com/pcusa/mlm/signup/. As part of Ecumenical Advocacy Days the OPW is hosting a weekend-long training on advocating for displaced people, April 20-23 in Washington, DC.
◊ Flowers for Worship
Thank you to all who beautified the sanctuary Sunday mornings in 2017. It’s time to save your dates for 2018 flowers—please sign up in the church office. You may also contact the church office (email@example.com or 512-459-5497 to reserve a Sunday). Whatever your reason, the flowers you give to the church not only enhance our worship space, they also are delivered to friends at Westminster, church members who may be ill or are celebrating a momentous occasion, or other friends of our church. Consider reserving a date in ’18 – and thank you to all who have participated.
◊ Save the Dates!
VBS is July 30—Aug. 3, 2018
9:00 a.m.-noon for children going into K – 5th grades. Childcare available for younger children of volunteers.
New This Year: Triumph Sports Camp will be from noon-4:00 p.m.,
July 30—Aug. 2, and is offered to 5-12-year-olds. Call your friends and family – it’s going to be a great week!
Click here for more info and registration links.
◊ 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