CHIMES the Westminster WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WILMINGTON, DE NO. 563 FEBRUARY 2010 Gala Musical Evening AT WESTMINSTER Friday, February 5, 8:00 p.m. FEATURING Diana Milburn, soprano Ruth Bailis, mezzo-soprano Justin Gonzalez, tenor Brian Carter, baritone THE WESTMINSTER CHOIR Paul Fleckenstein, organ & piano in “Greatest Hits” FROM CHURCH, OPERA, AND MUSICAL THEATRE From Puccini to Jerome Kern, Rigoletto to Camelot, sacred to profane - this concert is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Come and enjoy a fun evening as our incredibly talented soloists and choir step out of their blue robes to bring you a dazzling program that will thrill you from beginning to end. No admission charge. Offering received to help send your choir on tour to Germany in May. BONUS: Beginning at 6:30 p.m., you can partake in the opening reception for our February art exhibit, which is part of Wilmington’s monthly art-loop event, Art on the Town. This month’s exhibit features traditional European oil paintings by Russian-born local artist Dolya Dogal, who expresses her vision of the world in still-lifes and florals. Renaissance Grapes by Dolya Dogal 2 February 2010 The Clergy Column “A 4 0 D A Y S P IR IT UAL S T R U GGLE” uring our spiritual D marks the beginning of this stretch of time that lasts pilgrimage to the Holy until Easter. Land, we visited the well known biblical sites that were familiar to Jesus – Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives. One afternoon, as we were traveling from Jericho back to Jerusalem, we pulled Rev. Dr. Gregory Jones off the highway and stopped in Senior Pastor the middle of the desert. (picture right) For several minutes, we reflected on this grassless, treeless, green- less environment. As I pondered the desolation of this parched, brown, rocky terrain, it struck me as never before, what a life- threatening place the desert is. In this barren environ- Living in our culture it is easy to forget the importance ment, water is nearly non-existent. The same is true of of spiritual struggle. The days of Lent provide us an food. Shelter and shade are scarce. People are scarce! opportunity to engage in our own spiritual combat if we set aside time for personal prayer and reflection on the Nearly every waking hour of the day, I feel safe and course of our lives. secure. But that afternoon in the desert I felt something foreign. I felt vulnerable. With all the usual protections Where do you need to focus your attention during the stripped away, I felt fragile. My thoughts wandered to weeks of Lent? how long I might survive if I were alone in such a bleak, threatening environment. How you handle your wealth? How you treat neighbors? As we know from Scripture, after Jesus was baptized, How you practice forgiveness? he went into the godforsaken desert for 40 days. In that How you can break a destructive habit? harsh setting, he engaged in spiritual combat with the dark force that sought to deform him by luring him I hope you will make a special effort to attend our Ash away from God. Jesus was tempted to take a path that Wednesday service on February 17, at 6:00 p.m. This would put him at odds with his fellow creatures and will help you focus on the essential questions of life and God. He was tempted to pursue a path that would even- provide you with tools for your 40 day spiritual tually lead to a trivial existence rather than meaning, struggle. If you accept this challenge, Easter promises fulfillment and joy. to be an especially powerful celebration. Later this month, we will have our own opportunity to Love and peace, engage the desert for 40 days. This is the season on the Christian calendar we know as Lent. Ash Wednesday Greg February 2010 3 Taizé Worship on Ash Wednesday Self Reflection and Prayer Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days The liturgy of Taizé worship is primarily for the of Lent. During Lent, we prepare for worship of God, but it is also to quiet Easter by entering a period of self-reflec- the soul through repetition of music, tion and prayer. The purpose of the season periods of silence, candlelight and is to set aside time for reflection on the readings. The experience focuses and life of Christ and his place in our lives, as deepens our faith through quiet and, at individuals and as a community. We will times, silent reflection. Following mark the beginning of the Lenten season worship, you are invited to a delicious with a special worship experience on Ash soup supper in Community Hall. Wednesday, February 17, at 6:00 p.m. A Lent Event for All Ages Join us during the Education Hour, 10:10 – 11:00 a.m., on the first Sunday in Lent, February 21. A variety of intergenerational learning stations and crafts will be available in the Sunday school rooms; and Community Hall will be transformed into a meditative Spirituality Center. All are welcome. (Cribbery and Under Six Sunday School will be provided as usual.) 4 February 2010 Thank You to All Who Have Made Their 2010 Pledge as of January 11, 2010 We give thanks to those individuals – members and friends of our Church, who support our ministries and missions not only with their time and talent but also with their pledge of treasure. s of January 14, approximately 55% of member give from the heart. Your gifts are a true blessing that touch A households have pledged. We’ve received 100% participation from Session and Trustees, which exemplifies our leadership’s commitment. If you are one of many lives, but most of all your own, for in giving you receive. the member households who have not yet pledged, we hope “My children, our love you will consider making a pledge as soon as possible. must not be simply words or mere talk - it must be You may pledge online at www.wpc.org, or complete a true love which shows pledge card available at the front desk of the church or in itself in action and the pew pockets. Prayerfully consider God’s blessings and truth.” 1 John 3:18 Rebecca S. Abel Sally M. Brooks Kevin & Chelsea Collins Amy Dunigan Rich & Taryn Albert Chuck & Debbie Brown Philip C. Collins Catherine A. Edge Vernon Albright Barbara Brown Joan McDowell Connolly Jeffrey Eiermann Nora Andresen Dianne & Bill Browne Leigh & Anne Cook Thomas M. & Jane B. Eliason Margaret Arch Gary & Susan Bryde James O. & Doris H. Corner Michael J. 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Lewis George & Jan Patrick Bob & Sue Scofield John E. & Dorothy G. Hunter, Jr. Sue & Bob Linderman Eleanor Thompson Pease Ann Shadduck Sarah F. Hurlock James & Kathleen Little Lynne Perkins W. Thomas & Donna V. Shaw Walt & Becky Huzar J. Patrick Little Bruce & Julie Petrovick Russell H. Shearer Wendy Ingersoll Don & Mary Longenecker Sonja W. Pfautz Ron & Carol Shelly Charles Ingersoll Jeanette Lonia Chip Pfleegor Dr. Mark B. & Ms. Lori A. Shiflett Frederick W. Iobst Margaret Lounsbury Frank Pickering Ellen Slade Arnold & Evelyn Isken Robert & Cindy Love Mary K. Vane & D. Keith Pierce Constance Smith Emmett & Ann Jacobs Rachel K. Lowthian Todd & Paula Piercy Continued... 6 February 2010 Marjorie M. Snave Spencer H. & Margit A. Stradley Helen Walker Jason & Susanne Wolff Skip & Marty Snyder Jane Suiter Vera Walker Kathleen C. & J. Cameron Kim & Kathy Snyder Henry R. & Martha J. T. Tatnall Esther Ward Yorkston Caroline M. Sparks Ruth Taylor Deborah S. Wat Mary W. & David C. Young Wayne & Cora Sparling Jon & Leslie Taylor Skip & Linda Watson Linda Youngerman Jerry & Susan Spilecki Jack Coleman & Mary Jane Tay- Roy & Ida Watson Jill & Zack Zehner Alexander Sprague lor-Coleman Hannah Wayne Fredrick C. & Helen M. Zumsteg David & Jane Stabler Roxanne Theilacker Bruce & Charlene Weaver Melissa & Craig Stabler Rick & Sally Bittel Thomas LaVerne Weaver Steve & Lynn Stallone Diane H. Thomas Dan Weber Phyllis Maynard Stanton Jeffrey Thompson Paul & Virginia Weber Gary & Martha Staton Robert J. Tiews Carol & Verne Weidman Janet & Steve Steinwedel Philip Timon Sue Weissinger Glenn I. & Marion Stelzer Susan Kelley Timpson Barbara G. Welch Anne G. Stern Reade & Sarah Tompson Vincent & Mary Wemlinger Laura M. Stevens Charles & Elizabeth Uhlinger Craig Wemmers Margaret Lyle Stevens Mrs. Phyllis M. Upham Tenney H. Wheatley, Jr. If we have W. Ross & Zora R. Stevens, III Jan & Kathryn van Amerongen Fred H. Whitaker inadvertently Stanford L. & Juanita P. Jose G. Varela Marilin White omitted your Stevenson, III Leucia Venable Leslie W. & Joan D. Whitney name, please let Judy & Paul Stoffer Jennie & Karl Wagner Walter R. & Susan Williamson us know, so our records Bill & Betsy Stone Leslie & Judson Wagner James L. & Pamela J. Wilson can be corrected. Gordon & Julia Stone Frank J. & Anne O. Waldburger Donald G. & Dolores C. Windsor Westminster Forms New WESTMINSTER’S Communications Advisory Board MEN’S In keeping with our objective of engaging all Westminster mem- bers and friends in the life of our church, Westminster is forming a Communications Advisory Board to create a vision for our com- FELLOWSHIP munications processes and set priorities for ongoing enhance- ments to our communications media. Upcoming Topics and Events Members of this Board are: • David Atadan - CEO, Trellist Marketing and Technology; Looking Ahead... email@example.com, 302-778-1300 / Ext 200 Saturday, March 20 • Karen Friedman Dietz – WPC Membership & Evangelism Limestone Men’s Communion Committee; Professional Editor; firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-656- 0343 Breakfast Location: Limestone Presbyterian Church, • icole Hughes – Director, WPC Communications & Database Wilmington, DE Management; email@example.com, 302-654-5214 / Ext 130 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (approximate) • Sue Linderman – Elder; Former WPC Church Administrator; firstname.lastname@example.org, 302-239-7650 April 9-10 • Jan Patrick – Clerk of Session; Real Estate Executive / Educa- Westminster’s Men’s Fellowship tor; email@example.com, 302-234-6046 Retreat Location: Offsite (Delaware shore) The Board met for the first time on January 12 and will continue Time: Friday evening through Saturday after- meeting semi-monthly during this initial period. noon. Limited space. Reservations required. We are excited about the work ahead and the opportunities we see in this important aspect of our church life! Contact: Bill Francis (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please contact any of us with your comments and suggestions for or Bob Cox (email@example.com) ways in which we can improve our church communications. We look forward to hearing from you! February 2010 7 SMALL GROUPS AND RETREATS Upcoming Topics and Events When Death Takes a Loved One - Facing and Overcoming Addiction Living with Loss Grief is a part of life; but when some- Thursday, February 18 one you love dies, life may feel like a Rodney Chapel, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. wilderness of heartache, devoid of hope and meaning. Unfortunately, On Thursday, February 18th, Westminster member Jim our society does not readily make Mitchell and his counselor Keith Kaut will speak on rec- room or time for people to mourn the ognizing and overcoming addiction. For Jim it was alco- loss of loved ones. Grieving takes both time and hol that had a hold on his life and swept him to rock bot- patience. tom. Facing his demons and seeking God’s help was part of Jim’s recovery, as was having Keith of Brandy- Last fall, Westminster held a 10-week Living with Loss wine Counseling to guide him through his shadowed education and support group, using the resource Under- past and help point him to a brighter future. Come hear standing Your Grief by Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, renowned Jim’s story of chemical dependence and recovery, as Stephen Ministers host this important program on under- grief specialist. Sharing our grief journey together was standing addiction. healing and brought hope to our lives. Some of the com- ments from group participants included: “I wish I had had a group like this Membership Exploration Class when my mother died.” “I want to buy this book for everyone I know If you know of someone who is interested in who has lost a loved one.” becoming a member of Westminster, please contact “It feels so good to have someone listen who Anne Gunn, Membership Coordinator, at 302-654- understands.” 5214 ext. 123 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Anne will send them an invitation to the membership class to “When I read this material, I no longer feel crazy. be held on Sunday, February 7, at 10:10 a.m. in It’s like the author sees into my heart.” Classroom Six. “I hate to see this group end. This time is like an oasis of care in my week.” Save the Date! Rev. Anne Ledbetter will lead another 10-week Living with Loss group on Sunday afternoons, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., beginning February 21 and concluding in early May. To register, contact Anne by phone (302-654-5214, ext. 124) or email (email@example.com). The Westminster Women’s Retreat will return in Please feel free to invite or encourage a friend, co-work- 2010! October 15-17 (Friday night through Sunday er or neighbor to attend. We all know someone who is morning) in Cape May, New Jersey. Watch for suffering from grief, and this group offers a caring place more details in next month’s Chimes. of understanding to support people along the journey. 8 February 2010 Planned Events will Feature Local Guest Speakers to Focusing on Senior Living Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . February Mission Emphasis: Senior Living February 14 and February 28, Rodney Chapel: 10:10 am – 11:00 am hether you are a senior, care for a senior, or are interested in W senior living issues, we have two interesting programs lined up for you in February. Local guest speakers will educate us about important medical and legal decisions you may need to make as a senior, and discuss effective ways to discuss these issues with your doc- tors and attorneys. We will learn about the many services that are available to assist seniors in their daily lives, “aging in place”, and information for family and caregivers. We will provide great handouts on subjects of interest to all of us in our senior years: Advanced Health Care Directives, making smarter health decisions, protection from Medicare fraud and financial exploitation, caregiver resources and services for seniors in Delaware, and crime pre- vention tips. Our line-up is a follows: February 14 A panel of two WPC physicians and a member attorney will discuss medical and legal issues for seniors, improv- ing communications with your doctor, advanced directives, living wills, and medical powers of attorneys. To cele- brate Heart Month and Valentine’s Day we plan to have RN’s on duty to take blood pressures. February 28 Guest speaker Carol Barnett, Planner II, DE State Department of Services for Aging Adults and Persons with Dis- abilities will speak on the subject of services for seniors and “Aging in Place.” Don’t miss the valuable handouts. February 2010 9 Volunteers Needed for Family Promise Ministry at Westminster Westminster is part of the Family Promise network of churches in New Castle County that will house pre- screened homeless families in church facilities on a rotating basis. The families come to the church each evening, have a meal, spend time together, and sleep, leaving in the morning for school, job search or other activities. During the day, serv- ices are provided to the families by the Family Promise Day Center at St. James Episcopal Church. The first week that Westminster will host begins Sunday, March 21. On this Sunday, beginning at 11:15 a.m., volun- teers are needed to help set up the sleeping rooms for families as well as other rooms that will be used for dining, recreation time, etc. A light lunch will be provided. Work and lunch If you can help on either or both of these days, please contact should be concluded by 1:30 p.m. Anne Gunn at 302-547-3784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Sunday, March 28, volunteers will be needed from 7:00 to Helping those who need our help most is a wonderful way to 8:45 a.m. to convert all the rooms used back into use by our give thanks to God for the blessings you enjoy – shelter, food, Sunday school or adult classes. Breakfast will be provided. and companionship. Family Promise Serve Within: Opportunities to Needs Drivers Engage Gifts and Talents in the orthern Life of Our Church N N e w Castle County Family Westminster is looking for people who would like to serve as ushers during our Promise is rapidly gaining momentum Sunday worship services. All ages third with a start up February 1, with West- grade and above are welcome! This is a wonderful way to meet and minster’s first hosting beginning greet people as they enter our sanctuary. If you can offer your time March 21. Over the next few weeks, on Sundays one month of the year, please contact Suzie Hurlock at several communications and presenta- 302-654-5214, ext. 127, or email@example.com. tions will take place to inform our church members about the details and The first people to welcome visitors and members to Westminster how you might be able to help. on Sunday morning are our greeters. All it takes is a ready smile and a handshake! You are welcome to greet by yourself or with other The New Castle County network in members of your family. If you can offer your time on any Sunday to Delaware is looking for volunteers to be the welcoming presence at our doors, please contact Karen Dietz drive the 15 passenger van of Family at 302-656-0343 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You'll be so glad you did! Promise guests to the Family Promise Day Center each morning and back to The Phix-it Corps, founded by Westminster member and their host congregation each afternoon. Trustee Dick Geuder, is a dedicated group of handymen who Volunteers must have a valid driver’s gather two Thursday mornings each month to tackle odd jobs license and a good driving record. If around the church. It's a terrific way to serve Westminster, sav- you are interested, please contact Theo ing us from paying contractors, while building fellowship within Krapels at 302-588-2750 or the group. If you have some Thursday mornings free and would email@example.com. like to help in this way, please contact Jim Carter at 302-764- 6448 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your support is appreciated. 10 February 2010 LUNCHEON DETAILS AND A LETTER FROM DR. MAKIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Honoring Dr. Sue Makin for Her Years of Service in the Congo and Malawi Dr. Makin will visit Westminster on Sunday, February 7 Dr. Makin will be worshiping with us and available for conversation during the education hour from 10:10 to 11:00 a.m. A luncheon has been planned in her honor in Classroom 6 following the 11:15 serv- ice. At the luncheon, we will honor Dr. Makin for her years of service in the Congo and Malawi. Her work as an ob-gyn there has saved the lives of thousands of women. All are invited. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by calling the church at 302-654-5214. Her Letter: Leaving Malawi It is early morning in Malawi, a nice cool morning, but it promises to heat up soon. We have no running water in our houses, and we don't know exactly why, but it is dry season in Malawi. My house is empty of furniture, but I still have two buckets for water from the bore hole. Packing up is a trying time as I realize how much stuff I have accumulated in eleven years, and how much I don't really need. Yesterday was a round of farewell parties, one at the mission primary school, one at the district hospital, and one with friends. Malawians are so very good at expressing their appreciation and love. It is very touching. I am attaching a photo from the "Big Auction" I had at my house last Saturday. (see below) With so much stuff accumulated I was wonder- ing what to do with it all. Finally, I decided to auction off everything that wasn't necessary. A big crowd came to see what the "azungu" (meaning white person) had to sell. There was a fridge and a stove, a camping tent, lots of buckets and curios. One item of great interest was a ther- mal coffee mug with a top. You don't see these in Malawi. No one is in a hurry to get to work with their coffee or tea. In Malawi, people sit down and drink their tea or coffee and then go to work. All of the proceeds from the auction will be going to help the primary school renovate some of the classrooms. I will be doing mission interpretation in the United States for the next six months. Sue Makin Mulanje Mission Hospital Mulanje, Malawi . February 2010 11 Additional News to Note HOW YOU CAN HELP THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN HAITI. First, pray for those who perished and those who sur- vived. Pray that God will give the survivors strength, Christmas Box Notes of courage and hope. Second, make a financial gift. Appreciation Presbyterian Disaster Assistance rushed an initial ur Westminster family has received two $100,000 from One Great Hour of Sharing to help pro- vide immediate emergency relief to the affected people of Haiti, and has issued an emergency appeal for dona- tions. To contribute to the relief effort, make your O notes of thanks from recipients of our annual Christmas Box efforts. check to Westminster Presbyterian Church and write "To Everyone at Westminster Presbyterian Church, “Haiti” on the memo line. Your contribution will be I was contacted by your church and told I was to forwarded to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. receive a food basket for Christmas for me and my 11 year old son. When I arrived, I was amazed at the amount of food and the ShopRite gift card! Then I ECHO GIFTS REPORT saw there were gifts for my little boy, and even one package for me! I was so happy and thankful for In spite of the state of our econo- everyone's thoughtfulness! My son loved his toys my, Westminster members and I really needed the gloves and scarf & slippers! contributed $10,627 in 2009 to I just wanted to thank everyone for their kindness. the ECHO Gift Program. These Also, I just got a phone call while writing this...it monetary gifts will go to feeding was [a bank] offering me [a position] that begins the hungry, giving shelter, coun- 2/1/10! I prayed that I'd get a job soon, since I'd seling and direction to countless been laid off in June. My prayers were answered! individuals and families in Wilmington. Money was Again, thank you for making our holiday a lot hap- also donated to fund inner-city youth ministries, pier! With Sincere Gratitude,...” On the front of the giving educational guidance for promising students note card was this, attributed to Miriam U.M. Lane: and for after school programs focusing on life "So long as we love, we serve; So long as we are management, academics and Christian leadership. loved by others, we are indispensable; And no man Thank you all for caring and sharing. is useless while he has a friend." Consider gifts throughout the year for other Another note came from a resident of the WHA hi- occasions and as memorials. Gift cards are available. rise, Parkview: To Westminster using one of the beautiful original note cards created by our elf Joyce THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR Ruston. Her words: “I was too surprised with Santa CHRISTMAS EVE OFFERING Claus visiting me with all these gifts! What a Merry Xmas and Happy ew Years! Thank you very much. Thanks to the generosity of Happy ew Year. Sincerely..." Westminster members and friends, our 2009 Christmas Eve Such appreciation is not often communicated by Offering totaled $22,662, a 28% those who have their boxes delivered to them. All increase over 2008. These funds the Westminster Elves should know that their good will be distributed as follows: work and generosity are warmly received. • $5,666 to Family Promise, our newest outreach to homeless families in our community; • $11,331 to local Community Food Programs, • $5,665 to peacemaking efforts and to outreach pro- grams in Congo and Guatemala. 12 February 2010 1502 West 13th Street Wilmington, DE 19806 302-654-5214 www.wpc.org See it in COLOR! The Chimes is available on our website in full color! Visit www.wpc.org! WPC Installs Greener, Cleaner Gadgets Next Chimes Deadline: Tuesday, February 9 at 2:00 p.m. As communities nationwide look ahead for ways to be more (For a copy of submission guidelines email email@example.com) sanitary and environmentally-friendly, Westminster has made a few changes of its own. If you haven’t already noticed, Pastors lavatories throughout the church feature new foaming soap Rev. Dr. Gregory Jones dispensers and touchless paper towel dispensers. As lavish and Rev. Dr. Anne Ledbetter expensive as these devices may seem, they are actually saving us money. The new soap and paper towel dispensers also Chimes Editor provide many benefits to be more “green.” Nikki Thorn Switching from liquid to foam soap reduces water usage, prod- uct usage, staff time and budget. Foam soap is pre-lathered so COMI G I MARCH: you do not have to run water to lather up. Using foam soap The Duke University reduces the amount of water used per wash. Also, each pump of foam soap uses Chorale performs here at significantly less product than a pump of liquid soap. Finally, foam soap is less Westminster on Thursday susceptible to leaks and drips, which means less cleaning for the Sextons, saving time evening, March 11, as part and money. of its spring concert tour. Hosts are needed to house The touchless paper towel dispensers prevent the spread of germs by eliminating the the singers Thursday night. need to pull a lever or push button. By waving your hand in front of the sensor, it will If you can help provide automatically feed. It also lowers paper costs with automatic portion control, dispens- housing, please contact ing just enough paper towel to dry your hands. Tony Bosworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or The importance of preserving the Earth has grown significantly over the past several 302-654-0577. years and Westminster is proud to be a part of a greener, cleaner environment. Every change, no matter how small it may seem, will make a difference.
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