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.  


It would be lovely if we could invite you to come to church and worship with us!  But these are strange and challenging times.   Our worship services during this time of concern about the spread of Covid-19 are live-streamed on Facebook, every Sunday morning at 9:30.  We have a wonderful tech crew and dedicated musicians working hard to help us make this a meaningful - and worshipful - experience that is accessible to all.  We'd love to have you join us!  (You can find a link to our Facebook page on this website's homepage.)  It's not quite the same as being able to welcome you in person to our sanctuary, but most participants are finding that it still does feel like worship AND provides a sense of community.


During this time, much of our church's ministry and mission is happening in new and different ways (such as via Zoom, or outdoors, or in very small groups, or on the phone).  The situation continues to evolve and we continue to creatively adapt.  But we are committed to being the church, staying connected, worshiping God, supporting one another, and loving our neighbors.   Church is not closed!

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 remain 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.  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 July and August 2020, we hosted our eighth annual Westminster Art Festival on the theme: "Sacred Places, Wild Spaces."  We had to make some changes due to the pandemic, and did not hold in-person events, but many people enjoyed visiting the exhibit and reading the poetry booklet we produced.  We heard from the artists and poets how much they appreciated the continuation of this annual event in a year when so many things did not happen.


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.

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