Weekly Happenings
November 17, 2023

Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

 “Giving Thanks”

Donovan Drake preaching
T.J. Piccolo assisting

Deuteronomy 8:7-13
Psalm 90

Luke 17:11-19 


Eva Tatum, cantor
8:30 a.m. Laudate Youth Choir
11:00 a.m. Westminster Choir

I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light


Holy God, We Praise Your Name

716 God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

719 Come, Labor On

If you would like a copy of the hymns in large print, they are located in the Narthex
and on the Welsh dresser in the Parlor.

LIVE Stream
On Generosity Sunday, we celebrated the 150th anniversary of Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Those in attendance overflowed the gym and the Café in a joyous gathering of many members, one Body, remembering our past and looking to the future. As we look back on Westminster’s amazing collective history and story of faith, we also look forward to the multitude of stories we will continue to write and tell, today and tomorrow.  

Thank you!  We are so grateful for your generosity. We still need commitments for every gift of every size. Please prayerfully consider your promise, your pledge to this community of faith so that Westminster will be welcoming everyone to God’s Table and serving God’s people for years to come.  

In Gratitude,
The Generosity Committee

2024 Generosity Pledge
2024 Generosity Brochure
Adult Education
All classes begin at 9:45 a.m.

Covenant Class
Fellowship Hall

Special Class Series 
Led by Carole Bucy
11/19“Westminster’s Response to Race & Gender Issues”
Although women always played a critical role in the life of Presbyterian churches – teaching Sunday School, comforting the sick, consoling those who grieved, teaching Sunday School, and raising money for the work of the church, they had no voice in the governance of the congregations. It was not until 1974 that women were elected as elders. In this congregation.
The Presbyterians and other denominations in the United split in the 1850s as the country moved closer and closer to the Civil War. Southern churches left the denomination and formed a separate General Assembly The cause of the division was the institution of slavery. When the Civil War ended, each time the Southern Presbyterian General Assembly met, the Northern General Assembly sent a resolution to the meeting, asking for reunification. Each time, the Southern churches declined the overture for reuniting. It was not until 1983 that the two assemblies came together.  How did this congregation respond to the Civil Rights Movement that began after World War II?
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Faith & Fellowship • 214 

Join us for a discussion on A.-J. Levine's book, Sermon on the Mount.

Young Families • Overlook Room 

Please come join us Sunday for the last of three Sundays discussing Grace-Forgiveness-Sin-Faith-Roots of Bitterness
and Charity. This Sunday, we will look back over the last two Sundays and discuss Faith, Roots of Bitterness and
Led by Tom Wylly.

Coffee and Conversation
Sunday School for Parents of Youth and Young Adults 

Regular Sunday
School Class in the
Parlor. Mark 12:31
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” How do we teach this to our children when the culture is telling all of us to compete and win in order to be successful? We will
continue our discussion of how to help our adolescents and teens not always STRIVE but THRIVE in God’s world.
Regular Sunday School Class in the Parlor. Sissy Wade will lead the class in discussing thankfulness.

Contact: Fran Linley, fran.linley@gmail.com

Murdoch MacLeods • Library
We will discuss this week's gospel lesson.

Spiritual Practices for the 21st Century
Room 208
Led by Will Wellman

This new Sunday school class will look at the many obstacles and pitfalls facing those seeking to live a spiritually grounded life. Through discussions of these issues, we will seek out ways to live that are balanced and healthy. The class will study Christian spiritual practices from the broader tradition and explore how they can be adapted for us today. In addition to learning about this rich tradition, we will actively
engage in these practices during our time together. 
This Sunday, we will study Scripture: Lectio Divina and the Psalter.
For more info, please contact Will Wellman.
9:45 am • Children's Sunday School
These classes go directly to their rooms...
2s are in room 149, in the preschool hall
3s are in room 161, in the preschool hall
4s are in room 163, in the preschool hall
Godly Play/Kindergarten is in room 183, near the big cross on the corner
5th and 6th are in room 292, upstairs on the Wilson Wing
1st - 4th comes to the Chapel and then will be picked up on the first floor of the Wilson Wing We look forward to seeing you!! 
For info, contact Sophie Maness.
November 26
We will not have children's Sunday School for ages two through sixth grade. We will, however, have childcare available for the 8:30 and 11:00 am services.

Children’s Choirs @ Westminster

4:00 p.m.
Children's Choirs rehearsals
Tintinnabulation Intergenerational Handbell Choir

5:00 p.m. 
Laudate Choir

9:45 a.m. • Sunday School

7th - 12th grade

6:15 p.m. Middle School Youth Group

Calendar of Events

Centering Prayer
11:45 am • Chapel
Are you searching for stillness? Looking
for a way to calm your anxious mind? Craving the felt presence of God?
Then Centering Prayer may be for you. Westminster holds a Centering Prayer gathering every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to
12:15 p.m. in the Chapel. The time begins with an opening prayer followed by 20 minutes of silence. It is open to all and
no experience is necessary! Participants find it to be a refreshing start to the week and with practice, it can create deep
peace. In the words of theologian Cynthia Bourgeault, "Centering Prayer trains practitioners to recenter themselves
in God, become more aware of God's presence, let go of anxiety when it arises, and respond to life's struggles with
For more information, email elizabethtrabue@gmail.com.
Educational Opportunities from the WPC Earth Care Task Force 

Did you know that up to 40% of food grown in the U.S. is wasted and that 50% of that is from our homes after purchase? Many people are not well informed about food labels and how that contributes to food wastage. To learn the straight skinny, view this webinar on Labels, Food waste, and Climate change Food Waste

Questions? Email Curtis Baysinger at cbaysinger2@gmail.com

Save the Date!
The Alternative Christmas Gift Market will be on December 3, 2023. Members can stop by the Parlor and see some of the nonprofits and missions that are participating and purchase at that time or go online and make purchases as well.
Look in our weekly email blasts for more information.
Sunday, December 3
Service of Hope and Healing
7:00 p.m. • Sanctuary

As we enter the Advent/Christmas
season, many feelings well up in us. Joyful Christmas carols seek to bring good cheer, yet for many, experiences of grief and loss, anxiety and health concerns, depression and painful relationships are on our hearts.
Through scripture and prayers, candlelight and music, this service is for all people seeking hope and healing during this
season. Join us as we claim the promise of God in Emmanuel, God-with-us, and pray for Christ’s peace to make us whole.

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Each year, The Salvation Army will serve more than 25 million people across America – including many here in your community. That means 55+ million meals for the hungry, 10+ million nights of shelter for the homeless, and countless Christmas gifts for children who may otherwise go without.

So truly, you can make a difference with every ring.

Westminster Ring Dates and location:
December 7 & 14
One-hour shifts from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Kroger in Green Hills
Volunteer by clicking the button below:

Salvation Army Ringers
The church campus will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24.
Happy Thanksgiving.

Sunday Morning Childcare
Nursery - Room 146

Toddlers & 2s - Room 152

3s, 4s, 5, & kindergarten - Room 151

Childcare is available on Sundays from 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Hearing Aides Now Available
For those needing hearing assistance for services, we offer personal FM Receivers with an earpiece. These devices are located in the Narthex and the Welsh dresser in the Parlor.
There are directions at each location. Ask an Usher for assistance if needed.
If you need to be in the building before 6:00 a.m., please contact Troy Carpenter prior to your event.
Director of Music Ministries, Dr. John Semingson, has led Westminster’s extensive and renowned music program for more than 20 years and talks about the many aspects that make our music program so special. 
Click here to watch his video.
Tuesday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - Noon

Where you find that 2 or 3 are gathered…
”I’m there!”
Matthew 18:19-20
The café will be closed next week.
For more information, please contact Beth Drake.
Cockrill Elementary students need warm coats this winter in sizes 4 - 14.
James Lawson High School needs coats in sizes xsmall to 3X. Hoodies and sweatshirts are welcomed, too.
Please bring your donated winter items to the bins in the coat closet in the Mayfair Entry of the church campus.
Tuesday, November  28
Westminster Book Group

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. for socializing

10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for program

Location: Room 10 (near Goodpasture Hall) 

Leader: Curtis Baysinger 

Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World  
By Katharine Hayhoe

United Nations Champion of the Earth, climate scientist, and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe changes the debate on how we can save our future in this nationally bestselling “optimistic view on why collective action is still possible—and how it can be realized” (The New York Times).

Buy a copy of the book here.

If you would like to volunteer, please click the button below.

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Vases Needed!

The flower delivery team that makes bouquets of flowers from the worship flowers each week and delivers them to homebound members is running very, very low on vases.
Please check your closets to see what you might donate and drop it off at the church office. Small vases are especially good, and clear glass ones, but anything will do. Many thanks!
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