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! We have resumed in-person worship at last, as of June 2021, with some adjustments and physical distancing - and outdoor coffee and fellowship after the service. We know that some folks will still want to join us virtually, either regularly or occasionally, so our worship services are also live-streamed on Facebook, every Sunday morning.
(You can find a link to our Facebook page on this website's homepage.) Our wonderful tech crew and dedicated musicians are working hard to make this transition work well for both in-person and virtual worshippers. Of course, we continue to stay abreast of public health advisories, and are prepared to be flexible and make any changes that may be called for. Our first priority is to keep everyone safe and healthy.
For the past year and a bit, 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 and required us to make some creative adaptations. But we remained committed to being the church, staying connected, worshiping God, supporting one another, and loving our neighbors. Going forward, we anticipate a return to more in-person activities over the next few months. But we've learned and changed in the past year, and while some things may be "like before," very probably we will continue to discover new ways of being church.
A little more about us: We are not a very large congregation in numbers (we have about 220 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: youth group, 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.
In May and June 2021, we hosted our ninth annual Westminster Art Festival on the theme: "What Country Do Rains Come From?" which explored changing weather and climate, through poetry and visual art. The poetry has been collected in a book, which also includes images of the art pieces from this year's exhibit. It is available at the church.
We invite you to check out our Art Festival website to learn more and to see pictures of past Art Festivals.
Please feel free to contact us or to call the church office for more information about the church or just to talk.