WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
A Message from the Pastors
Welcome to Westminster Presbyterian Church! Thank you for visiting our website, which we try to keep current with information about what's happening in worship and in various other aspects of our church life. We hope it will help to put you in touch with upcoming events and opportunities, whether you are a long-time participant in Westminster or just learning about us. If you are just finding us, we encourage you to check out what's going on, read a sermon excerpt, learn something about Presbyterian beliefs, and see some pictures. Hopefully, this will give you a little sense of who we are.
We would love to have you come to church and worship with us! However, our worship services are livestreamed on Facebook every Sunday morning, so you could also opt to "visit" us virtually. Livestreaming began out of necessity in 2020 during the first months of the pandemic, and turned out be an important worship option for many folks for different reasons. (You can find a link to our Facebook page on this website's homepage.) Our wonderful tech crew and dedicated musicians continue to work hard to make this work well for both in-person and virtual worshippers.
For the past couple of years, much of our church's ministry and mission happened in new and different ways (such as via Zoom, or outdoors, or in very small groups, or on the phone). It was challenging, requiring us to be creative, flexible, and patient. But throughout, we have remained committed to being the church, staying connected, worshiping God, supporting one another, and loving our neighbors. Now more in-person activities have resumed, and we're very glad about that. But we've changed in these pandemic years, and learned some things. We realized that while some things may once again be "like before," very probably we will continue to discover new ways of being church.
A little more about Westminster: We are not a very large congregation in numbers (we have about 200 members and friends) but we are large in spirit, concerned about the world around us, caring and praying for each other, interested in learning and exploring new ideas. Even in a pandemic, these things have remained true.
Our core values describe well the priorities by which we direct our energy:
Inspiring Worship, Compassionate Service, Mind & Spirit, Arts & Music, Earth Care.
We strive for worship that is lively, varied, thoughtful, theologically sound, and welcoming to all. We offer Christian Education for all ages from preschool through adult, and also a variety of other activities geared to specific needs or interests: choir, social outings, a knitting and prayer group, volleyball, faith book club, and more. We celebrate music and the arts in many ways. We welcome lay participation in leadership in all areas of church life. We put our caring about human needs into practice as we support both Presbyterian projects and local ministries that extend compassion to sisters and brothers who are hungry, homeless, and hurting. We are a connectional church, delighted to be in relationship with other area faith communities as well as a partner congregation in Perico, Cuba. We are a Presbyterian Earth Care congregation, working to be more responsible in our use of resources and learning about ways we can be faithful stewards of God's good earth. Since the summer of 2020, we have become more committed to understanding the reality of racism in church and society, and fostering change. We represent a wide range of ages, interests, perspectives, and beliefs... and strive always for an openness of heart and mind, to welcome all in the name of Jesus Christ, who welcomes us to his table and his church.
It is a joy to be a part of this community of faith...
... We'd love to have you be part of it with us.
We believe that a faith community is essential in today's busy and sometimes disconnected world. Sure, you can believe in God all by yourself, but it's better to have company and encouragement. Sure, you can try and follow Jesus on your own, but when Jesus invited people to follow him, he invited them to be part of a community. In his name, we extend that invitation to you.
Peace and blessings,
Pastors Janet & Jerry Duggins
Something we are particularly proud of is Westminster's continuing development of our commitment to art as an expression of faith. The church's annual art festival is a highlight of our year.
In the spring of 2013, we hosted our first Westminster Art Festival, a juried art exhibit with an environmental theme.
Our Art Festival is now in its 11th year! It now includes poetry as well as an exhibit of visual art, and usually we have other special events as well, such as a speaker or concert.
For the 2023 Westminster Art Festival we've invited artists and poets to explore the theme of "EcoWisdom."
The opening of the exhibit will be April 29 and will include a concert with local band Hazeltree..
We invite you to check out our Art Festival website to learn more and to see pictures of past Art Festivals.
If you have questions, we'd be glad to talk with you. Please call the church office to leave us a message.