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Posted on Thu, Nov 25, 2010

In Dealing with Alzheimer’s

Living with Alzheimer’s means dealing with some life changes sooner than you had anticipated. You can live a meaningful and productive life by taking care of your physical and emotional health, by engaging in activities you enjoy, and by spending time with family and friends.

Caring for your physical health can improve the quality of your life for years to come. Get regular checkups, take your medication, eat healthy foods, exercise every day, rest when you are tired, and drink alcohol in moderation.

It is important to find ways to manage the wide variety of emotions you might experience. For example you might keep a journal about your experiences and feelings, join a support group or see a counselor, talk to a clergy member or other person who can help with your spiritual needs, do activities you enjoy as long as you are able, and share your feelings with your friends and family or participate in an Alzheimer’s Association online community.

It may be hard to know the difference between a typical age-related change and the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. To help, the Alzheimer’s Association has created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Every individual may experience one or more of these in different degrees: memory changes that disrupt daily life; challenges in planning or solving problems; difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure; confusion with time or place; trouble understanding visual

images and spatial relationships; new problems with words in speaking or writing; misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps; decreased or poor judgment; withdrawal from social, family and work activities; and changes in mood and personality.

Thank you Pauline Blossom for submitting this timely information!

A Christmas Thought



If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, but giving the gift of love will endure.

Author: Sharon Jaynes

Taken from Celebrating a Christ- Centered Christmas

Merry Christmas and lots of love to you and the lives you touch!


The bi-monthly meeting of Lend-A-Hand was held Thursday, November 11, 2010, at the LAH office. Eight members were present. The Fiesta for Food Fund raiser was considered a success even though the attendance was not large. All the bills were not in yet but it appears between $11,000 and $13,000 was raised. There is still a need for more funds of course.

There was much discussion about the food drive in January and the Souper Bowl of Caring which is planned for February 5, 2011.

It appears not many churches are participating in the 5th Sunday donations or sending reps to the meetings. The Executive Committee is hoping to revive interest.

Respectfully submitted,

Jan West


In November, 24 quilts were donated to the border ministries. 20 Layettes were also donated to Maternal & Child Health families at the end of October.

Church Choir

I want to say that I am very proud of the choir. We have grown

to an average of 10 singers and they are doing wonderfully this season. We are planning to combine with the Trinity Methodist choir for the cantata this year; and we will have about 22 voices. We could always use a few more if you are interested in participating. We will meet on December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at 7 pm for our regular choir rehearsals; and on Dec 4th and 11th at noon for cantata practice.

Remember our mottos for this year: Make a joyful noise unto the Lord and We are few but we are strong when God surrounds us. Hope to see as many of as we can.

Tom Berckes

Best Wishes

It is with mixed feelings that we say adieu to Pauline Blossom as she makes the move to Fairport, New York.  While we hate to see her leave, we're happy that she'll be close to her daughter, Debra, and back in her old home town.

Pauline and Bob lived, worked, and raised a family in Fairport and she'll be returning to that locale. For Pauline's new address please contact the church office.

She doesn't have a new e-mail address or phone number yet, but will let us know when they're available.  Our thoughts and prayers go with you, Pauline.  We love you!  

Fellowship News

By the time you are reading this, we will have gathered for our Thanksgiving dinner. We know that everyone had plenty of turkey and other good food. Our annual Soup and Sandwiches night will be December 19 at 5 p.m. Please bring either soup or sandwiches to share with the group. Last year the "Gifts for the Kitchen" was successful, and we will plan to do that again. Bill Berckes gave me a few good suggestions of items that we always need: packets of filter coffee, lemonade mix, 8-oz clear plastic glasses, Styrofoam cups, Styrofoam bowls, paper towels, and aluminum foil.

Thanks for all you give to help our congregation.

Marno Talbott

Worship Chairman

PW Circle

We had a good turn out for our November circle meeting. In our study of Revelation, we had a guest leader, the Rev. Bob Williams, who taught Lesson 4. He made it very interesting…and thank you, Bob. Phyllis Zumwalt served as our hostess and our thanks to Phyllis, also.

We held a discussion on helping CASA families for Christmas to make it a more joyous holiday for some of our needy. There are be three family groups. CASA has sent us a list with the needs of each. “See CASA sponsorship article) We have posted the information so that if anyone from our church family wishes to help, I’m sure the families will be most appreciative.

In December, we will have a luncheon instead of our usual study. It will be December 13 at 11:30, and is being catered by our own Patti Mitcham. The PW from First Presbyterian will be joining us. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Harry Cole. Reservations are needed no later than December 3rd.

Goldene Mondragon

PW Moderator

CASA Sponsorship

Our PW Circle is again sponsoring CASA families at Christmas and wanted to share a portion of an email with our congregation in order to give you the opportunity to participate in this giving as well.

Thank you so much for sponsoring a family again this year. Here are some details on your families.

Your first family is a single dad raising 2 girls. He was overjoyed when I called to get sizes etc. ‘Amy’ is 3 years old and is small for her age so he said 2T. I think some 3T would be good, too, so she can grow into them. She loves Princess things and would enjoy playing dress up. She likes music and books. She also likes Barbies.  ‘Susie’ is 9 months old and wears 12-mo. clothes. She is at that fun stage where toys that make noise are her favorites. She could use Sippy cups. Dad mentioned blocks and learning toys as good gifts for her. Dad said to worry about the kids and not him. He said having them is all he needs!

Your second family is the Grandma and Grandpa with the 3- year old. They are very special people. Grandpa has been very ill but had a big smile when our staff member told them they were going to be sponsored at Christmas. ‘Tina’ is 3 years old. She is wearing a 5T and especially needs long sleeve shirts. She loves Dora and would love a Dora Doll. She likes books and puzzles. Learning toys are always good for 3 year olds.  She needs socks and blankets. They said they could use a Christmas dinner.

Your third family is a mom and dad with 2-year old twins ‘Ken’ and ‘Kim’. Both children are wearing 2T pant and 3T shirts. An adjustable waist for Kim would be appreciated. Kim is a girly girl and likes to wear pretty ribbons in her hair. She loves Tinker Bell. She could use pajamas and Sippy cups. She also likes Pillow Pets at Wal-Mart. Ken could use outside toys. He also needs a good winter jacket. Bath toys would be used by both children. Mom said they could use help with a Christmas dinner. They could also use towels and blankets.

Thank you so much for sponsoring families again this year. Your generosity will change people’s lives forever. It is amazing how the love of God just spreads because of good people like you! Thanks again. Please have your unwrapped gifts ready by December 21. You can bring them to the office or call CASA and we will pick them up. Please call 625-0112 and ask for Mary if you have questions! Merry Christmas! Thanks!”  

Mission & Stewardship Report

We will dedicate the Christmas Joy Offering on December 19, one of the two special offerings received each year. This offering supports the education of students at Presbyterian racial ethnic schools and colleges and helps families of active and retired church workers in need through the assistance programs of the Board of Pensions.

The Mission & Stewardship Committee also thanks everyone for their pledge of support for WPC for the coming year 2011. The budget will be presented at a congregational meeting later in December. As our tradition at Westminster, we will pledge the first 10% for mission work of the church.

Nancy Armstrong

M & S Chairman

Pastor Nominating Committee Update

There were a couple of items that needed changing on our Church Information Form (CIF) and those changes have been made and approved by the Committee on Ministry (COM).  

We have received the login and password to input our CIF on the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website and that has been accomplished as of November 20. The next step is for the Clerk of Session to approve the information and then CLC will review and hopefully approve it as well.  I don't anticipate any problems in that area. 

We have received one self referral Personnel Information Form (PIF) from a prospective minister via Sally Watson, Regional Presbyter, and Sharon Caldwell, Chair of the COM.  This PIF is in the process of being reviewed by the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC).

Larry Loy,

Chairman of the PNC

Minister’s Pension Passed

Presbyterian Conference Votes to Care for Their Workers Placed on the Retired List.

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Presbyterian general assembly has adopted a pension plan for ministers, missionaries and other accredited workers of the church, effective April 1, 1926, or sooner.

The plan, founded on actuarial experience of great insurance companies, provides in general for retirement annuities of approximately one-half the recipient’s average annual salaries, the payments to begin at 65 years of age. A revolving fund of $15,000,000 to be raised within the church is suggested to facilitate operation of the new system.

It is proposed that when a church pays the minister his salary, at the time it sends the board of pensions of the Presbyterian church a sum equivalent to 7-1/2 percent of that salary, the minister agreeing to contribute 2-1/2 percent. These funds gathering interest will create a pension at the age of 65, equal approximately to one-half the man’s average salary, assuming that he had had thirty-five years of service, according to the plan. Provision is made for the widow and minor orphans of a deceased minister.

Thank you, Marno, for this piece of history (from a 1926 article)

The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life. Remember Westminster in your will!

Mark Your Calendars!


  • Dec. 1, 2 pm. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting

  • Dec. 2, 9:30 am. Community Kitchen

  • Dec. 3, 2 pm. Worship Committee Meeting

  • Dec. 5, Communion Sunday

  • Dec. 7, 7 pm. Property Committee Meeting

  • Dec. 9, 9:30 am. Community Kitchen

  • Dec. 13, 11:30 am. PW Circle catered Luncheon

  • Dec. 14, 7 pm. Session

  • Dec. 13, 2 pm. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting

  • Dec. 16, 9:30 am. Community Kitchen

  • Dec. 17, Chimes Deadline

  • Dec. 19, 5 pm. Soup ‘N’ Sandwiches night with “Gifts for the Kitchen”

  • Dec. 24, 7 pm. Christmas Eve Service

  • Dec. 26, Cents-Ability Collection

  • Dec. 30, 9:30 am. Community Kitchen

Westminster Chimes

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December Ushers

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Late October and November Visitors

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