Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2011
It seems that change is the only thing that is constant, as someone wrote a while back. And at Westminster PC, we seem to be a valid example of the phrase. Here are some of my thoughts about what is happening as we move into the Season of Advent.
With our fond farewell to the Rev. Dr. Harry Cole, including much appreciation for his ministry and friendship with us, the Session has invited me to become the Temporary Pastor for a brief time, prior to the calling of your new Pastor. I will officially begin on Sunday, November 27 – the First Sunday in Advent, and will serve on a “part-time” basis, which means two mornings (9 AM to Noon – Tuesday & Wednesday) in the Office and Moderating the Session, as well as leading Worship and Preaching. Of course, I will be visiting those folks in crisis and at hospital, and working with the Session Committees in their ministry.
The Season of Advent is that time of the year when we worship our loving Lord in expectation of His coming again, knowing by faith that Christ Jesus is both our Judge and our Redeemer. Wrapped up in this joyous time with our Hymns of Advent and Christmas, our Advent Banners, and our Advent Candles, we rejoice in both the coming Birth of our Savior and His Return to welcome us into the Kingdom in the midst of the tensions and frustrations of this world.
It is a Liturgical Season of Hope and Joy. We are lifted up by our faith with the message of Redemptive Love and Grace given to us in Christ as we face the ever-changing challenges of our present life together. Our Church is a gathering of the community of believers that both proclaims the Good News of our Lord and shares the Gospel with our community and within our community.
I look forward to serving you as Temporary Pastor during these coming days and assisting the Session in ministry as the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) continues its faithful work.
The Rev. Bob Williams (HR)
The December 12 meeting of Westminster's Presbyterian Women will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. This will be a potluck luncheon and all women of Westminster and friends are invited to attend. The Rev. Bob Williams will be our featured speaker. Our October Bible study was led by Peggy Stokes with Patty Voorheees as hostess and in November Harriet Pinkerton presented our lesson with Veva Byrd serving as hostess. This year we are studying the Beatitudes, using the 2011-2012 Horizons Bible Study series. In addition, we have an on-going project: filling purses with toiletries for the Battered Women's shelter including such items as sample-sized deodorant, toothpaste, tissues and hand lotion, as well as socks, comb, toothbrush, lip balm and mirrors since some women arrive at the shelter with nothing. Our regular meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. in our fellowship hall, and even if you've not attended any of our meetings to date, you are invited to participate.
COMMUNICATIONS – written report with 3 action items –
1. Passed – that Dorothy & Dorinne with the help of Tina send a special Christmas letter to all members;
2. Passed – that Kathleen and Tina update the announcements on the answering machine;
3. Passed – that Larry and Dorinne prepare a list of duties for the Clerk of Session to be listed in the Manual of Operations after being presented to Session for approval;
MISSION AND STEWARDSHIP – pledges are above last year!!!!
NOMINATING – has nominated Goldene Mondragon to be the 5th member of the nominating committee pending congregational approval.
PERSONNEL – MSP – to change Tom Berckes’ title from Choir Director to Music Coordinator. – Choir will take a break 27 November and during advent.
MSP for the Baptism of Dottie Parson’s son, Lane – date TBD;
Cleansing of rolls: MSP to remove the following from our rolls. #709 Florence Hamilton, #726 Reyna Malrena, #729 Diana Hartman, #918 Vergine Gates, #274 Joe Dye, #466 & #833 Lynne Talbott-Dunlap, #519 John Hoover, #520 Lorna Hoover, #579 Scott Summers, #662 Elaine West, #777 Juanita Sultemeier, #791 Miles Turner, #792 Sandy Turner, #803 Frank Weightman,#851 Leticia Miranda, #852 Don West, #869 Wilma Williams, #872 Kate Weiland, #900 Dottie Berckes-Parsons, and #917 Grant Hunter.
Outreach Center – MSP to allow them the use of the small office off the entry (in front of treasurer’s office).
Called Congregational Meeting – Randy Nolen, Killeen, TX, will deliver the sermon 27 November 2011 with firm approval of the PNC. MSP for congregational meeting to follow service for four items:
To approve calling R. Nolen to Westminster (Approved 11/27)
To approve the terms of call: Pastoral Compensation Package Minimum effective package
Dismiss the PNC
Approve the nomination of Goldene Mondragon to the Nominating Committee and any other such vacancies on the Endowment Committee
Once again, Westminster Presbyterian Women have “adopted” a family for Christmas. CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) has given us information on our family in need this year. These items need to be at the church by December 11. Please leave the size tags attached to clothing and shoes. And please DO NOT wrap the presents. The members of the family are -
“Josh” – 3 years old. He needs winter cloths, a jacket, and pjs. He wears a size 3T and shoe size 9. He likes playing with the Transformer toys and all sports. He could use some sheets and blankets and has a twin size bed.
“Jeremy” – is 7 years old. He also needs winter clothes, a jacket, and pjs. He wears size 5-6 clothes and size 12 shoes. He also enjoys the Transformer toys and needs some sheets and blankets for his Full size bed.
Mom, “Jennifer,” would like some pjs, she wears size 1X, and Dad, “John,” also asks for pjs; he wears size XL. They also could use some sheets and blankets for a Queen sized bed.
Our family could use some household items. They ask if we are able to help out with silverware, cups, plates, and pillows.
From Property Committee
It’s that time of the year again! With the New Year coming up, it’s “Out With The Old and In With The New!” One of the new things is the revision of the Church Key list. The Property Committee is requesting that anyone who has a key to the Church main doors, Offices or Fellowship Hall please let the current Chairperson know so the Key List can be updated. You can either call Larry Loy or email him at email@example.com.
Lee D. Smith (Moran), died in her home in New York on October 31, 2011. Born in Nebraska in 1933, she spent many years in New York State and moved to Roswell in the early 1980’s. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where her father, Paul L. Dick, had been the founding pastor. She especially enjoyed singing in the choir. When her health began to fail, she moved to Wassaic, NY, in 2004 after the death of her beloved second husband, Glenn Smith, also an active Westminster member. She had wanted to live closer to her children, John, Michael, Barbara, and Roberta and her grandchildren. In life she enjoyed science fiction, mysteries, dollhouse miniatures, and her grandchildren.
It’s time once again to help out Hungry Harold. He says for December, he is in need of Kool-Aid along with Stewed Tomatoes (not paste or sauce) and Salad Dressings. He continues his thanks for the many blessings he has received from families and friends of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
November 6 ....... 58
November 13 ...... 53
November 20 ...... 52
November 27 ...... 71
Adult Christian Education
The adult class will be reconvening on Sunday, December 1, to discuss two articles from the Presbyterians Today magazine, the 2011 Special Issue on “What Presbyterians Believe.” The articles are “The Problem of Evil,” by Susan R. Garrett, on page 30, and “Why Bad Things Happen,” by Christian Berry, on page 35.
Beginning December 11, we will be revisiting the magnificent video, Jesus of Nazareth, at least the first part, in commemoration of Advent. Everyone is welcome to attend
Avoid the Frez Attack
There once was an elf named Frez. He would get so nervous during Christmas time that he would eat two lunches at the elf cafeteria. He was a perfectionist—the wagons did not shine enough when he painted them, etc.
One day Santa figured it out. Frez was not a young elf—hard to tell the ages of elves since they always looked cheerful and happy. But Santa figures Frez just needed to feel that he was special. Santa assigned him to the “special toys” unit. The unit worked on toys that were broken, needing to be treated with loving care.
Frez was so happy to be in charge with this special unit that he only had one lunch - having to hurry back to his special task.
Sometimes we have off days when we just don’t feel positive. A smile from a friend or an invitation to join them for the day makes our whole day gain in worth. Frez is happy as an elf should be now, and has had his suit taken in a few inches, since he doesn’t eat two lunches a day.
It is wise for us to do something that we feel is worthwhile. It takes only a few seconds to be able to know why someone is not feeling happy. We all have special talents and potentials, and we can definitely help someone out of the dumps. And we can avoid the “Frez Attack” at the same time.
The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.
Remember Westminster in your will.
Mark Your Calendars!
Dec. 1, 9:30 AM. Comm. Kitchen
Dec. 1, 5 PM. CASA
Dec. 4, Communion Sunday
Dec. 4, 10:45 AM, Worship Committee
Dec. 6, 7 PM. Property Committee Meeting
Dec. 7, 2 PM. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting
Dec. 8, 5 PM. CASA
Dec. 11, 11 AM. Session Meeting
Dec. 11, 5 PM, Soup and Sandwich Supper
Dec. 12, 11:30 AM. PW Circle Potluck Luncheon
Dec. 12, 2 PM. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting
Dec. 15, 9:30 AM. Comm. Kitchen
Dec. 15, 5 PM. CASA
Dec. 16. CHIMES DEADLINE
Dec. 24, 7 PM. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Dec. 24, 8 PM, Cookie Reception
Dec. 25, Christmas Day Service
Dec. 25, Cents-Ability Collection
Dec. 29, 9:30 AM. Comm. Kitchen
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