Current Events, News, and Information

 

◊ In-Person Worship 
Join us this Sunday for 11:00 a.m. Worship in our Sanctuary!

In order for our younger members and those members with health concerns to participate safely and freely in worship, we ask that all worshipers ages 3 and up wear a mask during the service.

 

 

 

 

◊ Outdoor Worship on January 30

Back by popular demand – join us for outdoor worship and fellowship, January 30 at 4 pm! In addition to our usual Sunday morning service, we’ll gather on the slab that afternoon for an informal worship service (weather permitting), followed by a time of fellowship, with refreshments, hosted by our deacons. Masks are optional for this event as we will be outdoors and able to spread out.

 

 

 

◊ Souper Bowl of Caring, Now through Feb. 13

For the last several years, WPC youth have competed with other youth groups in Mission Presbytery to see who can collect the most items for local food pantries through the Souper Bowl of Caring. We’re back at it for 2022 with a new and ambitious goal: to collect 10,000 items for Manos de Cristo! Between now and the Big Game, you can donate nonperishable food items or money ($1 = 2 items) to count toward our  total. If every member of WPC gives just $10 or 20 items, we will reach our goal! Write a check to WPC with “Manos Food Pantry” in the memo line, or give online via Realm.

 

 

 

◊ Homecoming Celebration Postponed to March 27

WPC has so much to celebrate this spring: we have a new building and a big birthday! WPC is turning 75, and we’re combining our celebration of the building with a birthday party. In lieu of our Homecoming celebration previously planned for January 23, join us March 27 at 11 a.m. for a worship service to dedicate our new spaces, followed by a barbeque luncheon celebrating both our past and our future. We hope that postponing this event until March will allow us to gather more safely. Mark your calendar, invite your friends, and plan to join us!

 

 

 

 

◊ Prayer Shawl Ministry

Know someone who could use a little extra comfort these days? Surround them with love by giving them a prayer shawl, handmade by a member or friend of WPC. In addition to being warm and beautiful, prayer shawls remind the recipient that they are wrapped in love and prayer. There is a bin of shawls in the narthex; please use the form on the clipboard to let us know which one you took. And if you knit or crochet, we have a large collection of yarn that you can use to make prayer shawls or baptismal blankets. Please contact Pastor Ellen for more information.

 

 

 

◊ Flowers for Worship
Now that Worship has returned to our church Sanctuary, it’s time again for flowers to fill our beautiful Sanctuary space on Sunday mornings!
If you would like to provide flowers, you may sign up in the Narthex on Sunday mornings before/after Worship, or online.

 

 

 

 

◊ WPC Ornaments and Olive Oil

It’s not too late – WPC ornaments are still available to purchase in the next few weeks. They are 3 1/8″ in size and the price is $15. Even if you have not purchased yours by now, there is still time to add one to your tree after Christmas before your ornaments get packed away for next year! Ornaments will be available for purchase in the library after church, as will bottles of fair trade Palestinian olive oil.

 

 

 

 

◊ Save the Date: July 25th – 29th, 2022

A food truck party is coming to VBS! Rediscover  all the ways God has used food throughout our  salvation history to connect, nourish and bring us joy! Something’s really cookin’ at VBS this summer! VBS is for children ages 3-4th grade. WPC’s VBS is a morning camp followed by an afternoon half-day camp. Children and youth who’ve finished 5th grade through 12th grade serve as our sous chefs to support us as we roll with the food truck through Bible stories newly heard! Adults can volunteer with home prep of crafts, helping one morning or even in helping us put up decorations. We’re  looking forward to a great 2022 summer!

 

 

 

 

◊ WOW Retreat “Register Now!”

Women of Westminster, it’s time to register for our annual women’s retreat, March 4-6, 2022 at Camp Capers in Comfort, TX! The Rev. Lana Russell and her dear friend, the Rev. Mary Beth Anton, will lead us in exploring the joys and challenges of friendship. All adult women are invited to join us for this time of relaxation, refreshment and renewal. Click here to fill out the registration form. Follow the link in the form to pay via Realm, or write a check to WPC with “WOW retreat” in the memo line. Register by February 7; final payments are due February 18. Visit https://wpcaustin.org/wow-retreat/ to learn more about this year’s retreat.

 

 

 

 

◊ Christmas Benevolence

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas Benevolence season! Once again, a generous member of our congregation has provided funds that church members can use to help those in need in our community. You may either help someone you know who lives in the Austin area or contact the church office to be connected with someone who has called to request help. Once you have provided assistance – bought groceries, paid a bill, purchased Christmas presents, etc. – you may fill out the online form and submit receipts for reimbursement from the fund, up to $350. Reach out to Pastor Ellen with questions.

 

 

 

◊ Thursday Prayers

Join Lesley Fields and others virtually for prayer and a brief time of sharing at 12:15 p.m. via Zoom. Or, to “pray in place” you may download the prayers here.

 

 

 

◊ Interested in Becoming a Member of WPC?

We would love to welcome you! Our church elders are ready and willing to receive you into membership in person with a meeting after Worship. Call or email the church office to request a membership meeting or to learn more about joining our church.