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.
On May 6, Jill Fandrich will lead us in a discussion of how we can practice our faith and grow our spirituality in our own family settings. While this Forum is intended
primarily for families for young children, everyone will get some practical hints on practicing their faith at home.
The 223rd General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 16 to 23 this summer. Patrick will give us a preview of the
issues that will be considered during the Forum on May 13.
The arts can be helpful in developing our own
spirituality. On May 20, Howie Nelson and Charlie Weld will talk about how they find spirituality in poetry, both those written by others and by themselves.
May 27 is unplanned as of the time of printing of the newsletter. Stay tuned for more information about the topic for this Sunday.
In February Janet Newman and Peggy Bennett
undertook a mission trip to Tanzania. On June 3, they will share their experiences from this unforgettable trip.
June 10 is CE Sunday when we acknowledge of work of all those who have helped with the many aspects of Christian Education at Westminster during the year. We invite everyone to celebrate the year with an ice cream Sunday social after worship.
The Westminster Book Group takes a break in the winter, then will resume meeting in March, April and May. The group has chosen the following books, so you have plenty of time to read them on long winter nights in January and February.
March: Occult America by Mitch Horowitz, 258 pages, $13.60 on Amazon, Leader-Ann Wiley
April: Auburn, New York: The Entrepreneurs’ Frontier by Scott W. Anderson, 237 pages, available on Amazon, various prices, and from Seymour Library, Leader Robyn Warn
May: The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich, 240 pages, available on Amazon, various editions and prices, and from Seymour Library, Leader Pat Corp
On Wednesday evenings between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, our study time will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. As Presbyterians we hold to the saying "ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda, secundum verbum Dei” which translates into "the church reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God.” During our Soup and Study time, we’ll look at the history of the reformation, how we continue to reform today, and what the church might look like as it reforms in the future.
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.
In 2016, a few members of the church asked why there was no American flag in the church's sanctuary. It turned out that there hadn't been a flag in the sanctuary for almost two decades. Since it's been many years since the Session studied the question of the appropriateness of a permanent US flag in the sanctuary, the Christian Education and Worship Committees, in collaboration with our pastor, have decided to study the question again. In order to make this conversation as open and inclusive as possible, we've decided to use the Wednesday noon study.
In January and early February, we will discuss the topic of faith and patriotism, with a specific eye to the display of national symbols in a worship space. Classes will explore church history, theology, vying contemporary perspectives, federal regulations, and worship practices.
We will meet in the conference room of the Education Building on Wednesdays at noon. Class will begin January 10 and conclude on February 7. Please note that, because of a scheduling conflict, the January 24th class will actually take place on Tuesday, January 23.