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This Weekend at Westminster
Please join us in worship this weekend for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer will preach on and Sunday, July 5. There will be no Saturday service on July 4. The title of the sermon is "The Road to Independence." The scripture readings are Exodus 1:6-14, 22 - 2:10 and Matthew 11:25-30.
Special Music this Sunday, July 5
For several years, the closing voluntary on the Sunday nearest the 4th of July has been a Sousa march. This year, the march will be the Clover Leaf March written by Scott Sager Walterhouse (1875-1938), the grandfather of Westminster member, Claire Priller. This rousing two-step march, written by Walterhouse while he was living in Springfield, Missouri, was published in 1898 by the Thompson Music Company of Chicago. While Claire Priller has no strong memories of her grandfather, she does remember learning to play the piano on Mr. Walterhouse’s cherry wood Chickering piano. This Sousa-like march is a festive way to extend the Fourth of July celebrations.
WPC Youth Commissioning for Mission Trip to Green Bay, WI
This Sunday, July 5, twenty-six youth will be commissioned during the 10:00 a.m. worship service. They join adult sponsors Susan Day, DeeDee Duffy, Christine Dunn, Todd Knox, Dave Leonatti, Valerie Leonatti, Mary Ray, and Rev. Hannah Dreitcer (Associate Pastor for Family Ministry) on a mission trip to Green Bay, WI sponsored by Group Workcamp.
100 Attended the Second Annual "Celebrating New Members" Cookout
Amid the showers, we enjoyed great food, fellowship and music. Along with singing "Consider Yourself Part of the Family" we added "Shower the People You Love With Love" to our repertoire.
For pictures from the event, click here.
College-Age and Young Adult Bible Study
July 1, 8, 22, and 29
College-Age and Young Adult Bible Study will gather on Wednesday evenings in July (1, 8, 22, 29), 7:00 p.m. at Rev. Dreitcer’s. The focus of the study will be Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, the theological work at the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. Each evening will be a discussion of the following chapters: July 1 – Jesus: An Interpretation, July 8 – Fear, July 22 – Deception and Hate, and July 29 – Love. Click here to sign up.
Bike and Build Fellowship Dinner
Tuesday, July 7, 6:00 p.m. in Parish Hall
Once again Westminster will host bicyclists who pedal across the United States and support affordable housing. During their time in Springfield, they will assist with a Habitat for Humanity house. Bike and Build Fellowship Dinner on July 7th: All the Westminster family is invited to join the visiting Bike and Build group for dinner and fellowship, along with a short presentation from the cyclists on the cause they support, on Tuesday, July 7th, at 6:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Please call Connie Brown, Church Administrative Assistant, at 522-4415, or e-mail her at email@example.com to RSVP for the dinner.
Presbyterian Men's Summer Cookout
Friday, July 24, 5:30 p.m. at the farm of Gerry and Harold Hale
Join us as we thank Mark Ranck for his leadership and support Keith Hamilton who has agreed to step in to coordinate the fellowship group as we move forward. RSVP for the cookout by clicking here or sign up in the West Narthex.
Nominations for Church Officers
Nominations for the church offices of elder and deacon, Strategic Planning Committee and Nominating Committee are now being accepted through August 2, 2015. Click here to complete a nomination form online. Additional nomination forms are available at the Visitors’ Tables in the West Narthex. 2015 Nominating Committee: Sally Godbey (Co-Chair) Debbie Turnbull (Co-Chair), Priscilla Kluge (Deacon), Mal Hildebrand, Todd Knox, Jan Schuermann, Julie Sundquist, Bill Post
The Young Children and Worship Experience
Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22 at Westminster
Parents and Educators are invited to join Westminster Presbyterian Church in an exciting educational opportunity this summer. On Friday evening, August 21, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, August 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., the Rev. Olivia Stewart will teach the Young Children and Worship curriculum. This story-based curriculum presents a joyful way for children to learn about God and was approved by Session for our younger children's (Pre-K through Grade 2) Sunday school experience.
Christian educators, pastors, Sunday school teachers, and parents will find this an enriching training in teaching biblical stories to the next generation. It can be used in the classroom and at home. Please RSVP to Liz Maxey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-522-4415 to be a part of this wonderful weekend.
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Disciple Bible Study Resumes this Fall
Beginning in September 2015 TWO Disciple Bible Study classes will be taught. Reverend Trajan McGill will teach Disciple I on Tuesday evenings and Dr. Kieffer will teach Disciple II on Thursday evenings.
2015-16 schedule for Disciple I on Tuesday evenings, click here.
2015-16 schedule for Disciple II on Thursday evenings, click here.
To sign up, click here.