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Westminster Chimes, January 2012

Posted on Wed, Jan 4, 2012

Out with the Old…


The New Year brings change, and this also means change in Pastoral Services. As of January 14, I will complete my service as Temporary Pastor; the Rev. Randy Nolen will be preaching on Sunday, January 15.


It has been a pleasure to work with this resilient congregation, and a special delight to celebrate Advent and Christmas with you.


I will still be around from time to time, visiting, attending the Adult Class after Worship, and attending Potlucks with Kate.


May our Gracious Lord bless us in this Year of 2012.


Grace and peace,

The Rev. Bob Williams


And in with the New


Greetings in Christ to all of you. I am excited about being your pastor, and I am looking forward to our ministry together in the Roswell community. I will be arriving during the week of Jan. 1-8, and I plan to be in worship on the 8th, though not in a leadership capacity. My first day in the pulpit will be January 15. Office hours will be determined in consultation with the Session. The first few weeks I plan to spend visiting the flock, getting acquainted with other leaders of the religious community in Roswell, and meeting the pastoral care staffs at the hospitals. I will be available in the office on an appointment basis. 

 I would like to visit every one of you as soon as possible, either in your homes, your places of business, the church, or over a cup of coffee at Dairy Queen--wherever you feel the most comfortable. I would like to get to know you, to hear your vision for the church, to explore how you can use your talents and skills in serving the church, and to find out what you expect of me.

 I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas, and that the New Year finds you excited about continuing to serve the Lord here in Roswell and throughout the world.


Grace and Peace to all.

Randy Nolen 


Session News


Pastor’s Report:

  • Bob has called on Jean Rockhold – she is holding her own.


  • MSP to rescind the removal of Grant Hunter from church rolls on 13 November – he does not want to be transferred to Nebraska at this time.

  • The Rev Randy Nolen should be in our pulpit 15 January 2012.


Report of Clerk of Session:

Larry Loy and I were tasked with preparing a list of duties for the Clerk of Session to be listed in the Manual of Operations after being presented to and approved by Session. We have the list prepared and will present to Session at the January meeting.

MSP to elect me (Dorinne Lykins) as Clerk of Session for the year 2012.

Report of Commissioner: Presbytery will meet in February. MSP to elect Kate DeBraose as our Commissioner.


Committee Reports and Recommendations:

COMMUNICATIONS – Tom will check out putting a notice in “Around Town” for our Christmas Eve service.


EVANGELISM & CONCERN – Motion from committee to remove the Friendship Pads and to place VISITOR cards in the pew racks. Also visitors will be encouraged to sign the book in the front entrance. This passed.


WORSHIP – Christmas Eve service will be at 7pm



Endowment committee – requires two session members –MSP to elect Ann Dye and Barbara McNallen to this committee with Barbara serving as Chair.


New Business:

Annual Congregational Meeting will be held 29 January 2012 for the purpose of presenting the 2012 budget.


MSP to create a financial committee. MSP to appoint Dorothy Straley, Tom Johnson and Dorinne Lykins to this committee.

Dorothy then presented the budget for 2012.


  • MSP to approve the 2012 budget with changes. Budget will be brought before the Congregation at the Annual Congregational Meeting on 29 January 2012.

  • MSP to elect Dorothy Straley Treasurer for the year 2012.


Hungry Harold


It’s that time again. With the beginning of the New Year, Hungry Harold has gone in and done a inventory of his food pantry. He is asking this month for donations of Canned Fruit, Kool-Aid, and Canned Tomatoes



Our Members


Aurora Canlas Zollars attended the Swearing-in Ceremony for Citizenship on November 18, 2011, held in the Las Cruces Convention Center. It was a long, arduous process that she and Phil took to that day, as well as a very long and tiring day itself. 


It was in August that she filled out the application itself, enclosed a check for payment, and began the process, only to have the check stolen, cashed by someone other than Federal Bureau of Immigration and, therefore, denied her application. The second application and check were received, approved, and followed by fingerprinting in Lubbock in September. She studied for the citizenship test, which she took in El Paso in October, and passed.


The ceremony itself was held at ten o’clock on the eighteenth, but she and Phil arrived at the Convention Center at 7:30 only to find a long line that wound around the grounds. Over 200 people, representing 22 countries, took the oath during a long ceremony that included a film that showed the patriotic landmarks of the United States, the singing of the national anthem, and the awarding of the certificates, with an individual handshake, by the judge. Aurora’s certificate number is 148. She posed for a picture when she received the diploma, but Phil’s camera didn’t work; however, she has the framed certificate as proof of her love and patriotism to her adopted country.


Be sure to congratulate Aurora and welcome her as the newest citizen in our congregation. We are so proud of her, and we are blessed to have her and husband, Phil, as members of Westminster.




Presbyterian Women


Hope you all had a Happy Holiday season! I missed not having the Christmas Luncheon because of the electrical problems.

I want to give a big Thank You for everyone who helped to support our CASA family for Christmas this year. You were Great!

We will continue with our regular meeting and lesson study on January 9 at 9:30 am, studying the Beatitudes. Dixie Loy will be our lesson leader and Connie Berckes will be the hostess. Hope to see everyone there. Our February meeting will be on the 13th at 9:30 am, with Phyllis Zumwalt as lesson leader and Harriet Pinkerton as hostess.

Here’s wishing you all a Blessed New Year.


Goldene Mondragon

PW Moderator



After the Holidays


Thank God for dirty dishes,

they have a tale to tell.

While others may grow hungry,

We're eating very well.

With home, health, and happiness

I shouldn't want to fuss,

For by the stack of evidence

Gods been very good to us.




A Thank You Note


The members of the Community Kitchen cooking staff want to thank you for all that you do for the Kitchen. Not only Hungry Harold, but the dedication of the people of Westminster who volunteer there. We are a lively bunch and have a lot of fun along with a lot of hard work. We can always use substitutes. Please contact either Phyllis Lester or Fran Beason if you’d like to volunteer. Happy Holidays!




Former Members


Thought you might like to know what John and Lorna Hoover have been up to since they moved to Phoenix.


They lead an active life. John went to South Sudan under the sponsorship of New Community Project and they were fortunate enough to be there when the announcement of independence for the country.


Lorna went to the Philippines and was there for five weeks visiting family and friends. When she got back they took a friend to Sacramento, CA, and did a lot of visiting with friends and co-teachers from the Philippines.


In December, they met up with their daughter and husband to fly to Paris for Christmas and New Years.


They are active in a small church. Lorna helps in the nursery and John chairs the Building Committee.


They also hosted 38 families for Thanksgiving. They sound like they landed with both feet on the ground and running!


Contributed by Phyllis Lester



In Remembrance


Funds were received in December, in memorial for Lee Moran Smith and Gloria Mac Ewen.


The following members were interred in the Westminster Columbarium this past year.

Cecil L. Rockhold (4-14-2011)

Wilma J. Williams(7-27-2011)

Gloria Miles Mac Ewen(12-12-2011)



The best use of life is to invest in something that will outlive life.

Remember Westminster in your will.




Texting for Seniors


ATD – At the Doctor’s

BTW – Bring the Wheelchair

BYOT – Bring Your Own Teeth

CBM – Covered by Medicare

CUATSC – See You at the Senior Center

DWI – Driving While Incontinent

FWBB – Friend with Beta Blockers

FWIW – Forgot Where I Was

GGPBL – Gotta Go, Pacemaker Battery Low

GHA – Got Heartburn Again

IMHO – Is My Hearing-Aid On?

LWO – Lawrence Welk’s On

OMMR – On My Massage Recliner

ROFL..CGU – Rolling on the Floor Laughing…Can’t get Up!

TTYL – Talk to You Louder

WAITT – Who Am I Talking To?

WWNO – Walker Wheels Need Oil


Hope these help!



Mark Your Calendars



  • January 1, Communion Sunday

  • January 3, 7:00 pm. Property Committee Meeting

  • January 4, 2:00 pm. Evangelism & Concern Committee Meeting

  • January 6, 3:00 pm. Worship Committee Meeting

  • January 8, 11:00 am. Session

  • January 9, 9:30 am. PW Circle

  • January 9, 2:00 pm. Mission & Stewardship Committee Meeting

  • January 12, 9:30 am. Comm. Kitchen

  • January 19, 5:00 pm. CASA

  • January 20. Chimes Deadline

  • January 22. Cents-Ability Collection

  • January 23, 9:00 am. Piece Makers

  • January 26, 9:30 am. Comm. Kitchen

  • January 26, 5:00 pm. CASA



Worship Attendance


December 4 ..... 50

December 11 ... 48

December 18 ... 60

December 25 ... 30



Westminster Chimes

is published monthly by

Westminster Presbyterian Church

(575) 622-2801 phone



Pastor’s office hours:

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and by appointment


Admin. Asst. office hours:

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Contributions are kindly requested by the third Friday of each month.


Editor Ann Dye

Editorial Consultant Veva Byrd



January Ushers


Barbara McNallen, Phyllis Lester,

Lee & Dorothy Straley



January Birthdays


Bill Berckes

Larry Loy

Nan Beatty

Sharon Cutrell

Thurman Lester

Dorinne Lykins

Hazel Wolgomott

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