News & Events

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation

Sunday, February 5 following the 11:00 AM service in the Sanctuary
The purposes of the meeting are to receive the Annual Report, take action on the recommendations of the Session regarding the 2023 Terms of Call for the Pastors, elect four at-large members of the Nominating Committee, and elect a Trustee for the class of 2025.

Worship

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Candlemas Service of Choral Evensong and Festive Crêpe Reception

Sunday, February 5 at 6:00 PM in the Sanctuary | RSVP for crêpes requested by Tuesday, January 31
Candlemas, or the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, happens at the midpoint of winter. On this day, the Westminster Choir, Choristers, and the Choir of Fairlington United Methodist Church will celebrate the gifts of warmth, love, and light in the midst of the cold of winter. Candlelight will illumine our sanctuary as we sing to honor the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Please let us know you’re coming to the crêpe reception so we can estimate supplies! 

Crêpe Reception RSVP

Stewardship

Stewardship Update: Investing in the Future

We are having a tremendous response to our campaign and thank you so much to our congregation. The final day to make a pledge is January 30, so that the Session can finalize our funding decisions for 2023. Please take a minute this week to make your pledge if you haven’t already so.

Make Your Pledge

2022 Year-End Contribution Statements

Year-end statements have gone out via mail and email. Thank you for supporting Westminster's mission and ministry in 2022 with your generous donations. Please note: if you made a stock gift in 2022, it will not be on your emailed statement. A separate letter of acknowledgement will accompany your mailed statement. If you have not received a statement by Friday, February 3, please contact Tara Cain.

Mission & Service

View a list of ongoing service needs among our mission partners and projects.

Make A Dinner for Carpenter's Shelter

Monday, February 6 | Drop off food at 5:30 PM; stay to help and serve if you wish!
Volunteers are needed to make a main course and a dessert for dinner at Carpenter's Shelter. Each month Westminster volunteers prepare and serve dinner to residents of the shelter. Contact the Local Mission Committee for more information or to sign up. 

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Christmas Thanksgiving

Though most of us have our Christmas decorations stored away, we remain ever grateful for all of your participation and giving during last December's Alternative Giving Bazaar. Through your support and participation, over $65,000 was raised in support of our church's mission partners, and many new connections and relationships forged. If you would like to get involved in these ministries and programs, please contact Pastor Patrick and he will happily connect you to them! 

Christian Formation

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Adult Formation - The Babylonian Exile: Catastrophe and Creation

Sundays, January 15, 22 & 29 at 9:45 AM in Haverkamp Room & live on Zoom
Dr. John Barclay Burns leads us in an overview of the religion, literature and history of Judaism. Born and raised in Scotland and an ordained minister of the Church of Scotland, Dr. Burns has served parishes in Scotland, Toronto, and Fairfax VA, and is Associate Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at George Mason University.
January 29: Understand the emergence of monotheism and the impact of sectarian Jewish communities on Judaism and Christianity.

Full Spring 2023 Schedule

Freedom House Museum Tour with the WPC Faith and Race Initiative

Saturday, February 4 at 4:00 PM, 1315 Duke St. in Old Town | RSVP by Thursday, January 26
A new group is forming at Westminster to study and learn about racial history and racial injustice in our community and across the country. The group will be called the Faith and Race Initiative, and it will be led by Steve Denne and Melynda Wilcox under the auspices of the Christian Formation Committee. The first event is a guided tour of Freedom House, which was part of one of the largest slave trading companies in the country between 1828 and 1861. Plan to meet a few minutes before 4:00 p.m. at the museum entrance; the tour will run 60 to 90 minutes. Cost: $4/person.

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Mental Health First Aid Training Course

Friday, February 24, 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM in Haverkamp Room
Cost: $75/person | 30 spaces | Registration required

Led by Dani Hillard and Michelle Dyson from Unique Union, Inc., this Mental Health First Aid training teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. The cost covers the training and manual as well as lunch and snacks. Questions? Contact Rebekah Motley.

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Congregational Life

Join the Celtic Cross Ringers!

Our intergenerational handbell choir for new and learning ringers is beginning anew. We’ll start with rehearsals at 9:00 AM on Sundays in February, with a performance at the 11:00 AM worship service on Sunday, February 26. Open to high school students and adults; previous ringing experience is helpful but not required. Contact Ben Hutchens if you are interested or have questions.

White text on a blue background reads, "Shifting Sands: Understanding the 2022 Midterms. Friday, January 27 at 12-1:30pm," next to a photo of three white men in their early 40s.

Shifting Sands: Understanding the 2022 Midterms

Lunch & Learn with Dan Judy, John McArdle, and Matt Viser
Friday, January 27, 12-1:30 PM in Haverkamp Room and live on Zoom
Return for our next conversation with Dan, John, and Matt! Join us in person or by Zoom to hear the analysis of our very own political trio as they help us understand the results of the 2022 midterm election. 

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Women's Retreat: Sacred Journey, Sacred Return

March 17-19, 2023 at Hallowood Retreat Center
Led by Nancy Hall Berens and Melynda Wilcox
Join us for a weekend exploring the sacred journeys we take nearby, faraway, and within! Share memories of places of special significance to you, enjoy some armchair travel to places of spiritual pilgrimage, experience a mini pilgrimage together at Hallowood, explore Biblical examples of journey, and discuss how our return back home from a journey can be a time to reflect on the transformations we’ve encountered within ourselves as a pilgrim on the road. Register by March 1.

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On the left is a picture of the plaza on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. On the right is white text on a royal blue background reading, "Interfaith Trip to Israel. February 18-28, 2024. WPC-Alex.org/Israel."

2024 Interfaith Trip to Israel

February 18-28, 2024
Pastor Larry Hayward and Rabbi Jack Moline lead their fourth trip together in 2024! Join us on a nine-day guided tour from the Golan Heights to the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem. For complete travel itinerary, package information, and registration, click below. There is a discounted rate for deposits received by February 18, 2023.

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Congregational Life

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Blog Post: 2023 Confirmation Class Trip to NYC

Our Confirmation Class spent MLK weekend building community, serving others, worshiping together, and talking about faith. Hear about their weekend and how they spent time intentionally learning about the importance of religion in NYC and the history of civil rights & faith in Harlem.

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2023 Sanctuary Flowers - February Dedications Needed!

Donate the flowers that beautify the sanctuary during worship in 2023! Flowers may be donated in honor or memory of loved ones, and your dedication will appear in the bulletin. $50/arrangement; you many dedicate one or two arrangements each Sunday. Payment can be made online or by check or cash to the church; please mark payment for "sanctuary flowers."

Make a Dedication