Westminster Presbyterian Church

Vegitales Buds And Blooms

We have showing of VeggieTales two times a month for kids. This program will be at Harlan Hall from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Program includes supper, VeggieTales video, games and crafts. Suggested donation of $3.00 or contribution of Juiceboxes or Snacks.

  • September 16
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    Vegitales Deacon Food Pantry

    Items For August:
    The food pantry in Harlan Hall is kept stocked through the generosity of and for the benefit of Westminster members and the community at large. Should an emergency arise and a member or someone from the community needs food, call either Lori at the church office or Pastor Joe at 732-671-2585 (your call will be kept in complete confidence). They will notify the Moderator of the Deacons, Jill Scanlon, and she will put together the parcels. The groceries may be picked up immediately in some cases or as early the next day by arrangement with either Pastor Joe or Jill Scanlon.

    Items for June
  • Boxed Potatoes
  • Canned Turkey Gravy
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Yams
  • Canned Pie Filling
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • French's French Fried Onions
  • He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. John 21:16 KJV


    Vegitales Rally Day

    Rally Day marks the beginning of the church calendar year and commemorates the official opening of the Christian Education year. Save the date! Sunday September 11, 2016.

    Vegitales The Authority of the Bible

    There are many books today that claim to be the Word of God. The Koran, the Bhagavad Gita, The Book of Mormon, and other religious works all claim to be divinely inspired. The Bible claims to be the only book that is divinely inspired and that all other claims of inspiration from other works should be ruled out. Does the Bible confirm its exclusive claim to be the Word of God? Is it just another religious book? The totality of evidences presents a strong case for the divine inspiration of the Bible. It will be scheduled on Wednesdays beginning October 5th - October 26th, from 7PM-8PM.

    Vegitales New Nursery Attendant

    Your child’s safety and well-being is our primary concern while they are on our Westminster campus. To this end Westminster has developed a strict child protection policy that relates to all church personnel, volunteer and staff, who have contact with our young people.
    With your child’s safety in mind, our session extended an offer to Kaileigh Dunham to help staff Westminster’s nursery. Kaileigh is 16 years old and attends Middletown High School South.
    Kaileigh comes to us highly recommended to us by the Westminster preschool leadership who have known Kaileigh and her family since she was a young child. Both Kaileigh and her mom, Janie, volunteer in the preschool on a weekly basis and are very highly thought of by the preschool staff. Kaileigh is a very responsible and mature person who possesses excellent interpersonal skills and is well liked by the children in the preschool.
    Kaileigh will begin her tenure with us in September.

    Vegitales Choir Room and Bathroom Renovation

    Over the summer, the Choir room and women’s bathroom across from the Sanctuary have been rearranged and renovated respectively to accommodate our growing Westminster preschool enrollment. While the choir will continue to meet in the same space for practice it has been cleared of clutter and rearranged in a creative way to make it into a multi-use space to meet our preschool and church needs.
    Also, an additional sink has been added to the women’s bathroom to permit the expansion of our growing Nature preschool to 75 students. Our enrollment presently stands at 55 students; however, we expect our enrollment to grow in the months ahead.

    Vegitales Mens and Women’s Friendship Breakfast! First Saturday of each month

    Consider this note as a warm welcome and open invitation to all to join the Men and Women’s Breakfast groups on the first Saturday of each month. The men and women meet at separate times for a relatively early breakfast and friendship/fellowship. There is no program, just eating good food together and making friends.
    The Men’s group meets at 8:00am at the Middletown Pancake House of Route 35S in Middletown. The Women’s group meets at 9:00am, usually at the same Middletown Pancake House, but occasionally at other restaurant locations.
    We invite both new and old folks (not a reference to age!) to join us for breakfast and friendship. Just show up – no sign-up required.

    Vegitales Women in The Word

    Women in the Word will meet on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 10:00 am at Harlan Hall. We will resume our study of “Reconciling Paul”, A Contemporary Study of 2 Corinthians. We look forward to Pastor Joe joining us at that meeting to teach and give us direction in this important study about Paul. Our members are a diverse and faithful group of women from our congregation who wish to sustain and nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study. Women of all ages are welcome to join us and also welcome to bring a friend. The only requirement to be a member of this group is to love our Lord and wish to receive the Word into your heart and soul.

    Vegitales Small Groups Update

    Several Small Groups are now up and running!
    Women’s Walking Group – Has been meeting every Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. for two months now. We are getting to know each other quite well, while we engage in some healthy exercise and also take in the beauty of God’s creation. Just last week we discovered “Cairns” on the Henry Hudson Trail. (No explanation –I’m going to make you look it up!) If you’re free on Wednesdays, join us at Popamora Park in Highlands until further notice (or a break in the heat!) when we’ll choose a local park as our next location.
    Intercessory Prayer Group – Held its first Prayer Meeting where we learned about the various types and parts of prayer as well as prayed for our world, our country, our community, our church and each other. The Intercessory Prayer Meetings will take place the 3rd Sunday of each month in the Middler classroom at 11:30 a.m. This gives everyone enough time to get that important cup of coffee and touch base with friends before we begin.
    Visitation Group – Held its organizational meeting. Actual visitation (and any necessary instruction) will begin after the Pastor’s return and input. Interest has been expressed in two different movie groups, one that will watch DVD’s in Harlan Hall and one that wishes to attend movies in theatres once a month. Organization of these groups is still in process.
    If you have any thoughts or ideas about other types of groups you’d like to see started, please speak to Lenita Gullman, Mary Dulsky or Pat Cottrell. Remember Small Groups are for YOU!

    Vegitales Mission Committee News

    The Mission Committee wishes to thank the congregation for their overwhelming support of our COG cleaning supplies project. We have surpassed our goal of 28 cleaning units and will be delivering 34 units to the Cupboard at Calico Cat. Once again, thanks to all who participated.
    The Mission Committee is looking for volunteers for the Calico Cat Thrift Store and also the Westminster Bread Program. Please stop by our table on Rally Sunday to check out these worthy programs. We will be happy to explain the programs, the time commitment needed, and answer any of your questions.

    Vegitales The Peace & Global Witness Offering

    The Peace & Global Witness Offering builds on the Presbyterian commitment to peacemaking established in 1980. The Offering will be received on World Communion Sunday, October 2, 2016.
    By participating in the Peace & Global Witness Offering, we connect and add our support to Presbyterian ministries that witness to Christ as the Prince of Peace. God spreads a table of justice, with the support of Presbyterian mission co-workers, for women in the Congo abused by warring factions, a table of reconciliation for Presbyterians and their neighbors engaged in interracial conversations. God spreads a table of transformation where tools built for destruction become water pumps that give life. Giving to the Peace & Global Witness Offering is one way we come to God’s table of peace.
    Twenty-five percent of this offering remains with our congregation to build up peace in our community; 25% expands our witness throughout the region supporting ministries of peace and reconciliation in Presbyterian mid councils; and 50% supports the global witness to Christ’s peace through the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and the reconciliation work of Presbyterian World Mission.
    Please give generously in gratitude to the God who spreads such a bountiful table of peace.

    Vegitales Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

    PDA is responding in South Louisiana. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts go out to the people of Baton Rouge and the Gulf Coast in the wake of catastrophic flooding. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has deployed the National Response Team to support the Presbytery of South Louisiana and the Synod of the Sun as they begin outreach to those affected.
    Your gifts to DR000191 US flooding are urgently needed to support these communities as more needs are identified and the hard work of rebuilding begins. Financial support for relief efforts can also be made by phone at 800-872-3283 weekdays between 8am and 6pm (EST); or by check to WPC. Kindly put “Baton Rouge Relief” in the memo line of your check.
    Pray for families impacted by flooding through loss of property and livelihood. Pray for first responders and all others who put themselves in harm’s way to care for those impacted. Pray that communities will work together and build stronger relationships and connections. Pray for God’s sustaining grace through it all.

    Vegitales Fight Hunger with “Cents-Ability”

    WPC’s on-going participation in the Cents-Ability special offering is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. Every member is invited to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanksgiving for all we have received. It’s also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus’ command “You give them something to eat” (Mark 6: 37). If your family did not get a bank or if you need a new one, they are available in the church office.
    Bring in your coins as often as you fill the bank and deposit them in the Cents-Ability jar at the rear of the sanctuary on the collection plate table. The offering will be blessed on the first Sunday of each month and forwarded quarterly to the PCUSA. Together we can all make a difference in the fight against hunger.

    Vegitales A Night In Bethlehem

    I know it seems a little early to be speaking about Christmas, but please bear with me.
    We are planning a new event here at Westminster for Christmas both for our congregation and our community.
    In an effort to remind ourselves of the reason for the season, so to speak, or to keep Christ in Christmas, we would like to present a Night in Bethlehem.
    What this means, is turning Harlan Hall into Bethlehem for an afternoon and giving our kids, all of us and our community an opportunity to spend some time learning about the place of Jesus birth. Some of the activities include learning how to write Jesus name in Hebrew, creating a Christmas ornament, grinding your own Frankincense and Myrrh, sampling bread and food similar to those from Jesus time. We would like the older children to participate as children of Bethlehem. There will be an opportunity to have your picture taken with the Holy Family and there may even be a King or two (or three) walking around bearing gifts.
    This kind of event requires many different skills and levels of commitment. We will need of course people who are willing to wear costumes and man the various activities planned, but we will also need people willing to set up and transform Harlan Hall into Bethlehem. We may need people who can sew or just have decorating skills. One of the simplest ways to participate would be to lend us your small backyard canopies for the day (we’ll probably need 6 – so as you pack up for the summer, leave them towards the front of your sheds). Planning and preparations for this event will have to start in September. What I’m asking of you today is to prayerfully consider how you might get involved.
    I know everyone is terribly busy around the holidays, but I think we can influence the culture around us to notice that Christmas is about much more than Christmas Trees and stockings. And we can have great fun doing so!!