This Week at WPC
Read the Therefore Project Report on "Westminster and the Civil Rights Movement"
“It is my aim this morning to make everybody mad in due time, so if you find out that you’re angry to start with, well just sit still; if you’re not mad, why sit still, and I’ll get to all of you before we’re through.”
--Dr. Cliff Johnson, in a sermon delivered on March 14, 1965, a week after the “Bloody Sunday” protests in Selma, Ala.
Following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, the Session established the Therefore Project Committee to evaluate Westminster’s past and present as a congregation concerning racial issues facing our country. This report, compiled by member Melynda Wilcox, examines that history. In it, you can read the personal, direct and often surprising words of Dr. Cliff Johnson and other pastors in the pulpit; learn about the controversies of school integration in Alexandria during member Connie Ring’s time on the school board; and trace the evolution of Westminster’s understanding of community in our outreach and mission programs. Read the report online or contact the church office for a hard copy.
Volunteers Needed for Bag Lunch
We still need bag lunch servers and sandwich-makers in August and September to give food to the hungry in Old Town. It's a great opportunity for your middle school and older kids to join you in service. View the sign up sheet here.
Blood Drive at Agudas Achim Congregation
Sunday, August 21, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
With blood supplies at an all time low, Agudas is partnering with INOVA for a blood drive. They need at least 35 donors. Interested individuals should call 1-866-256-6372 with sponsor code 0723, or visit https://bit.ly/AAC0821.
Reformation Heritage Trip to Scotland Interest Meeting
Sunday, August 21 immediately following worship in Haverkamp Room
Join the Adult Formation committee to learn more about a potential Reformation Heritage trip to Scotland in spring 2023. Contact Rebekah Motley, Director of Adult Formation with questions.
Old & New Testament Classes
September 2022-March/April 2023 (with holiday break)
Two tracks: In-Person or On-Demand/Virtual
Old Testament: Sunday afternoons
New Testament: Wednesday mornings
Every year, Pastor Larry Hayward offers courses in both the Old Testament and New Testament for members, friends, visitors, and the general public. This year, the classes will be taught in two “tracks.”
- To participate in-person, Larry will lead the class and discussions in the Haverkamp Room.
- To participate virtually, recordings of Larry’s lectures will be made available to you to watch or listen on your time, and Rev. Rebekah Motley, Director of Adult Formation, will lead weekly discussions over Zoom.
Young Families Get-Together (Nursery-PreK)
Saturday, August 6, from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Families are invited to stop by the backyard of Karen & Josh Randall for fellowship, conversation and a light breakfast. We look forward to getting to know each other (again)!
Cross-Roaders 3rd Sunday Lunch (Adults, late 30s-50s)
Beginning Sunday, August 21 | RSVP by Friday, August 19 helpful but not required
Join us at the Del Ray Cafe after worship to enjoy the company of other Westminster adults! We will meet up during fellowship time if you'd like to go together. We plan to eat outside if the weather allows. Contact Adrienne Griffin and Amy Stenlund to RSVP or learn more. Cross-Roaders is a fellowship group for adults in the “middle" (late 30s-50s) including single adults and single parents; couples without children are also welcome.