Faith formation is a lifelong endeavor. Adults meet during the Education Hour following worship for forums in the social room to explore a variety of topics, including bible study, spiritual disciplines, mission and service, contemporary issues, and more. Leaders are members and guests.
April 23: Listening Time
We are replacing the scheduled “Unforum” to be a time for people to express what they are feeling about the death of Patrick and Jenna's twin babies. The loss is heartbreaking to the congregation, who felt such joy and hope for these babies who would have been born this summer. Susan Marteney will facilitate.
April 30: A Report on January Marches
A number of Westminster members attended the Women’s March in Washington DC on January 21, and even more marched in Seneca Falls the same day. Come hear about their experiences and why they marched.
May 7: Presbytery Support
Rev Steve Plank, the Stated Clerk/ Communicator of the Presbytery of Cayuga-Syracuse, will be the guest worship leader on May 7, and will also meet with us during the education hour to talk about how the presbytery is supporting the congregation during this difficult time.
May 14: Interfaith Works
Interfaith Works will present information about their programs, with specific emphasis on the Center for New Americans.
The Westminster Book Group will meet at 7pm on the third Thursday of April, May, and June 2017 in the Social Room. It has chosen the following books so you can read ahead during long winter nights, and then join the discussions in a few months.
April’s meeting will be led by Donna Hunt and the book is The Longest Road by Philip Caputo. The publisher, Henry Holt & Co, describes the book this way, “ One of America’s most respected writers takes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and asks everyday Americans what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large
The May book is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman, with discussion led by Sylvia Wasserman. In this bestselling and quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.
June’s meeting will be led by Sue Ahner and the book is Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi. First published in 1947, this book is a memoir of Levy’s exile in Southern Italy during the rise of fascism in 1935, depicting his interaction with the peasants and reaction to his restrictions on movement.
During Lent, Westminster offers a Wednesday evening series of "soup and study" from 6:00-7:30 pm.
The evening begins with a light soup supper provided voluntarily by participants on a rotating basis. The meal is shared around the tables in the social room from 6-6:30, after which study time begins
March 8 (Audrey McNally) The Book of Psalms: An Overview
We will look at the Psalms as a whole and explore the ten different types of psalms.
March 15 (Annette Bell) Prayers and Poetry
In this session we will explore the variety of words the psalmists used to address God or speak about God. We will also consider the poetic structure of Psalms.
March 22 (Donna Hunt) Psalms of Lament
We will identify the several characteristics all of the laments appear to have in common. We will also explore the similarities and differences between individual and community psalms of lament.
March 29 (Janet Newman) Psalms of Sacred History
We will take a look at the five sacred history psalms as well as several other psalms that include historical elements.
April 5 (Nancy Bidlespacher) Prayer Book for God’s People
This final session will look at the various ways psalms have been used throughout history in congregational worship, beginning with the Temple worship of the people of Israel, continuing through the monastic period even to contemporary worship.
wednesday noon study group
The Wednesday Noon Study Group meets 12-1:00 pm in the conference room, exploring a variety of themes and topics. Bring a bag lunch and join Patrick and friends every Wednesday or as many as you can make it.
A new series will begin after Easter.