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WPC FOCUSES ON CHIMES the Westminster WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, WILMINGTON, DE NO. 573 MARCH 2011 God’s Creation IN MARCH AND APRIL n recognition of Earth Day on April 22, our The highlight of our mission emphasis on the envi- I church mission emphasis for both March and April is the environment. We will focus in partic- ular on the benefits of growing and eating locally for ronment will be Leaps and Bounds, a one-woman show developed and performed by Tevyn East, which explores the intersection of faith, ecology, and freshness and nutrition and to help decrease our the global economy. Sources for locally grown foods “carbon footprint” in regard to our food and drink, and gardening expertise will offer informational meaning the fossil fuel energy required to get these displays before and after this performance on resources to our tables. (Consider this: How much Friday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. (See coal and oil does it take to get Chilean fruit to related article on page 3.) Delaware?) If you would like to help with any of these activities, On Sunday, April 3, and Sunday, April 10, Anne please contact Sue Weissinger (302-652-5910; Ledbetter will lead a discussion during the 10:TEN email@example.com) or Steve Tindall (302-559-5196; Christian education time on Barbara Kingsolver’s firstname.lastname@example.org). book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which chronicles her family’s journey to becoming locavores (those who eat only locally grown foods). On Sunday, April 17, everyone will have an opportunity to plant a con- tainer garden, and plans are in process for breaking ground on a Westminster Community Garden in May. The annual WPC environmental film series contin- ues in 2011, featuring Dirt! The Movie on Friday, March 18, and Ingredients on Friday, April 15. Both showings will be held at 7 p.m. in Grace Hall. In conjunction with our 2-month environmental initiative, WPC is also taking steps toward becoming an Earth Care Congregation when (with Session approval) we promise to make caring for the earth an ongoing and integral part of our mission and ministry. (See related article on page 14.) 2 March 2011 THE CLERGY COLUMN Rev. Dr. Anne Ledbetter Associate Pastor Living In Community and In Harmony With God’s Creation read mainly for fun – and for inspiration. I As part of our 125th anniversary celebration, I gravitate to novels (particularly written by a Southern author), occasional suspense, and traditional young adult fantasy such as The Wind Westminster will be hosting a one-woman theatrical performance, Leaps and Bounds, on Friday, April 8, that explores how faith speaks to in the Willows, Harry Potter, and Watership Down. I economic and environmental issues. Through am not a fast reader, so I augment multiple tools, including song, prayer, story- traditional reading with audiobooks, preferably telling, and movement, performance artist Tevyn unabridged. An inveterate fiction fan, I have East invites her audiences to explore the branched out in recent years exploring intersections of faith, ecology, and the global nonfiction, including memoir, biography, and economy (www.affordinghopeproject.org). essays. Reading can relax me after a long day, reward me after a busy weekend, take me on an The Leaps and Bounds production is the exciting journey while sitting in my easy chair, centerpiece of the Joint Mission Committee’s and turn my life around by triggering a new way environmental emphasis for March and April. of seeing and thinking. However, there is much more to taste and see – from attending the 2-part film series to Two such books that have prompted personal discussing Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, from and powerful conversion experiences in the planting your own container garden to working past year are Half the Sky by Nicholas D. on Westminster’s Community Garden, from Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and Animal, reflecting on your own carbon footprint to Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver, Steven helping Westminster reduce ours by becoming an L. Hopp, and Camille Kingsolver. The former Earth Care Congregation (gamc.pcusa. induced me to practice micro-lending through org/ministries/environment/earth-care- www.kiva.org and to adopt, or support, a congregations/). woman in the Third World through www.womentowomeninternational.org. The Living out our faith is not easy, but it is an latter (www.animalvegetablemiracle.com) has adventure – an ongoing adventure in living in raised a new consciousness regarding my daily community and in harmony with God’s creation. diet. Pointing out the thousands of miles our food I heartily encourage you to participate in the rich often travels to our tables, the Kingsolvers and menu of activities planned by our Joint Mission Hopp preach a local food economy that both team as we seek to grow as stewards of God’s protects the environment and enhances taste and earth. nutrition. Both books have given me concrete ways to put my faith in action. In faith, March 2011 3 Now for Something Totally Different, Dynamic, and Inspirational… Leaps and Bounds FRIDAY, APRIL 8 A one-woman performance by Tevyn East Employing movement, poetry, storytelling, and drama A message on faith, ecology and the global economy hrough a gift from Peacemakers, Westminster is hosting Leaps and Bounds on Friday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. T in the sanctuary. Performing artist Tevyn East has been taking her show across the country the past year, sharing the message in churches, seminaries, synagogues, and community centers. Read below some of the reviews of her program and you’ll know you do not want to miss it! The dramatic presentation of The Affording Hope Project is not to be missed. Tevyn East is a remarkably versatile actress whose performance is supported by creative lighting and sound and a stage full of very interesting props. Tevyn engaged our audience with such a variety of one-person scenarios that we were entranced for the entire pres- entation. Her striking insights and prophetic challenges opened our eyes and hearts in so many areas—social injus- tice, economic inequality, and ecological devastation. The experience will jar your thinking and stir your imagination. I highly recommend this performance for any group or organization that cares about the state of our world today and that wishes to gain an alternative life-giving vision. David Rhoads, Professor of New Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Director of Biblical Performance Criticism, and Director of Web of Creation When you bring together dance, theatre, the spoken word, and the biblical story you get more than the sum of their parts. You get a challenging, prophetic monologue narrating over 6,000 years of history told from the balcony look- ing down on humanity’s interaction with the Earth and God’s people. Tevyn East, a one-woman narrator in the grand story-telling tradition, takes you on a journey that opens the past to critical reflection, the present to prophetic challenge, and the future to new possibilities—a journey sorely needed in our consumption-oriented, profit-driven, and industrial/technological world. Drawing from the best of modern biblical scholarship, Tevyn embodies the values of a God-centered world to challenge today’s followers of Jesus to live in a world where everyone has enough, every- one has a seat at the table, and we give back to the Earth God gave us. The performance is about an hour and fifteen minutes in length and is suitable for middle-high school youth through older adults. Von Clemans, Associate Pastor for Adult Education, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina Read more reviews of this show at www.affordinghopeproject.org/about/reviews/. 4 March 2011 A Lent Event for All Generations Sunday, March 13 10:TEN Education Time: 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. The Spirituality Center in Community Hall will have 12 stations designed to help you encounter some of the people who knew Jesus. You will meet Mary Magdalene, Peter, John the Baptist, the Woman at the Well, Nicodemus, Pilot, and others. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. The Labyrinth will be available for walking prayer and reflection. Praying in Color will be in Classroom 6. Paper, crayons, colored pencils, and watercolors will offer a nonverbal medium for connecting to the sacred. A special Lenten craft will be set up in the Art Room (Classroom 4). Holy Toast Café will be in Grace Hall, where you can enjoy coffee, food, and fellowship. Think of Lent as an Outward Bound for the soul. As we encounter the people who knew Jesus with all their doubts and faith, courage and fear, longing and hope, we encounter our own deepest selves, and we meet Jesus again. May your time spent in the Spirituality Center help you prepare for your personal journey through the Season of Lent toward the hope and light of Easter. Cribbery and Under Six Sunday School will be provided. March 2011 5 What Are You Giving Up This Lent? How about the belief that you can’t play handbells! o you love bells but think you can’t ring? Have you rung bells but can’t D commit to rehearsals every week? This Lent you have the unique opportunity to give ringing a try. On Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning March 16, you are invited to attend “Handbells for Reluctant Ringers,” a 4-week introduction to handbells for anyone in 6th grade and up! Invite a friend, bring your teen or grandchild, come as a family – shatter the myth that you can’t ring! Mary Beth Davis is looking forward to seeing you. Please let her know you're coming by contacting her at email@example.com or 302-654-5214 x122. Westminster Receives Four New Members WELCOME NEW MEMBERS On Sunday, January 23, 2011, our Session received Joe Daley and Donna Schultz as members and Moveti Mavuto and John Zakeyo as affiliate members. Please welcome them as you meet them in worship, in a class, or at the Holy Toast Café! Joe Daley, who works in sales, is married to member and for- mer Deacon Moderator Tammy Daley. They have 3 sons: Matt, Jeff, and Chris. Joe has attended Westminster for many years and participated in many of our ministries and fellowships. When not working or in church, Joe enjoys running. Moveti Mavuto is in the United States working with Urban- Promise as an intern. He expects to return to his home country of Malawi at the end of his internship. Moveti (the “i” is silent) spends Sundays visiting different congregations to talk about UrbanPromise and the needs of Malawi. Donna Schultz and her husband, Chris, moved to Wilmington a year ago from New Hampshire. They live at Christina Land- ing, making it easy for Chris to commute to his job with Shell Oil in Philadelphia. Donna has a daughter and son-in-law, 3 grandchildren (ages 4, 7, and 9), and a Chihuahua named Chalupa. In her free time, Donna enjoys yoga, quilting, and visits to Disney World. John Zakeyo also works for UrbanPromise as an intern. John is a recent graduate of the African Bible College. He also visits different congregations to spread the word about the needs of both UrbanPromise and Malawi. WE ARE GLAD THEY ARE OW PART OF OUR CHURCH FAMILY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO GETTI G TO K OW THEM BETTER A D SHARI G THEIR FAITH JOUR EY. 6 March 2011 MEET THE STAFF Mary Beth Davis M ary Beth Davis joined Westminster as director of youth music and handbells 5 years ago, and she is a member of our 180° Youth Ministry Team along with Susan Moseley and Michael Gnade, Jr. Mary Beth began taking piano lessons in the summer of 4th grade and took voice, piano, guitar, and organ lessons while attending Concord High School. She graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in music education; while in college, she worked Sunday mornings as the organ- ist for Mt. Salem Methodist Church for 3 years. Mary Beth was the director of music at Siloam United Methodist Church and Elam United Methodist Church before joining Westminster. When asked what she loves about Westminster, Mary Beth says, “The team. Everyone loves what he/she does. Everyone is driven, creative, and inspired.” She is also very excit- ed about the 10:TEN classes for 3rd through 6th graders. “It is a creative approach to Christian Education through music. Everybody’s hands are ON! There is a door for everybody to enter; it’s about music, faith, and education.” When asked about Mrs. Davis, the children offered these observations: • “When you are having trouble with what she is teaching, she does not ignore you and go on with the other children. She stops and makes sure you have the hang of it before she moves on.” • “She is really patient with us if we arrive a little late because we were stuffing our mouths with donuts from the Holy Toast Café.” Mary Beth’s husband, Glenn, works in information systems at QVC, and they have 4 children: Greg, Kyle, Quintin, and Dana. Mary Beth loves to watch her children play sports and delights in their activities. She also loves reading and hiking Brandywine Creek State Park with Glenn. Colleen Falasco olleen was born and raised just outside Philadelphia in Darby, Pennsyl- C vania. Her background is in accounting and finance, and she has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Widener University. She worked briefly as an auditor for Deloitte and then worked for JP Morgan for 10 years in the audit and private banking areas. Most recently, Colleen has been focused on family life and has a wonderful family, which includes her husband, Marty, and their 2 very busy daughters, Tori (13) and Jessica (10). Colleen previously worked with Debbie Brown, our church administrator, at JP Morgan and learned about WPC from Debbie. Colleen joined Westminster as an operations assistant in September 2009 as a part-time employee and works about 25 hours a week. Her primary job duties and responsibilities include putting together the Sunday worship bulletin each March 2011 7 week and working with many of the WPC staff members. She also schedules use of the facility for the WPC staff, church members, and the many outside groups who use our church facilities. What Colleen likes most about her job are the people, and she says the staff has been patient in teaching her about the Presbyterian worship service (she is Catholic). She recently started taking piano lessons (watch out, Paul!), and in her very limited spare time, she also enjoys reading and making jewelry. Paul Fleckenstein P aul Fleckenstein has been the organist and choir director at Westminster for the past 18 years. Paul was born in Los Angeles, California, to a moth- er who had an ear for music and a father who played the violin. His 3 older brothers proved to be “failed musicians,” but Paul’s mother, who always wanted to pursue music herself, made certain that Paul had an organ by the time he was 9 years old. Paul has been playing in churches since he was 12 years old, when he traveled 40 miles on Sundays to play for 3 different masses and earned $50 a month. Paul graduated from the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, California, majoring in organ performance. His first job while in college was at First Pres- byterian Church in Stockton. Following the 11:00 a.m. service, Paul would scramble to get across town to attend mass at 11:15 a.m. (Paul was baptized Catholic and remains so to this day.) Paul spent 9 years in San Francisco before attending Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, from which he graduated with a master’s degree in church music. Paul then worked for a congregational church in Wilton, Connecti- cut, for 5 years before coming to Westminster. “It is in liturgical settings that music has changed my life,” says Paul. In addition, the week-to-week com- mitment of the choir members is very meaningful. “When they sing the music with the passion I have tried to instill in them, it moves me to tears; that is God touching us. It is more than a choir; this is the way we serve God.” Paul maintains the choir is a combination of adult education, (a large) small group, support, family, and community. “I love them.” WHO RECEIVES EMAIL SENT TO NEWS@@@@WPC.ORG? F or some of you, the faces behind firstname.lastname@example.org may be an unsolved mystery. An article or announce- ment is submitted for the Weekly Word or Chimes, and it magically appears in the next issue without ever knowing who (or possibly what) made it happen. Pictured here (from left to right) are Westminster’s three recipients of email@example.com: Nikki Thorn Contract Graphic Designer (Off-site) Nicole Hughes Director, Communications & Database Management Colleen Falasco Operations Assistant In the event that one is ill or has unforeseen circumstances, then there are two others that can support the role and make sure items are addressed or forwarded along as appropriate. This is why it is so important to send your communications submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org and not to one person directly. Teamwork makes it happen! 8 March 2011 New Castle Presbytery Report T he 809th Stated Meeting of New Castle Presbytery was held on a snowy and slippery Tuesday, January 18, 2011, at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Elders Karen Dietz and Sue Linderman attended as commissioners. Highlights of the meeting were as follows: Sally Cordrey, a commissioned lay pastor and member of Westminster Rehoboth Beach, was installed as moderator of Presbytery during the worship service, succeeding Rev. Barry Gray, who became head of Council. Rev. Tom Stout is vice moderator. The Mission Unit reported on our Presbytery partnership in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Committee for the Preparation for Ministry reported that Evans McGowan was approved as Certified Ready to be examined to receive a call and given permission to circulate his Personal Information Form. The Committee on Ministry welcomed Rev. Kit Schooley back into the Presbytery so he can assume a position as interim pastor, and the committee noted that congregations need to ensure that pastors take their vacation and study leave time to help prevent burnout. Amendment 10-A, G-6.0106(b), sent by the 219th General Assembly (2010) to all presbyteries for their affirmative or negative votes, was considered. The amendment reads as follows: Standards for ordained service reflect the church’s desire to submit joyfully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all aspects of life (G-1.0000). The governing body responsible for ordination and/or installation (G.14.0240; G- 14.0450) shall examine each candidate’s calling, gifts, preparation, and suitability for the responsibilities of office. The examination shall include, but not be limited to, a determination of the candidate’s ability and com- mitment to fulfill all requirements as expressed in the constitutional questions for ordination and installation (W-4.4003). Governing bodies shall be guided by Scripture and the confessions in applying standards to indi- vidual candidates. Two scheduled speakers spoke in favor of the amendment, and one scheduled speaker spoke in opposition. Those present were given the opportunity to speak, alternating between those favorable and those opposed. In the end, New Castle Presbytery voted by written ballot in favor of the amendment: 79 in favor, 34 opposed, and 2 abstentions. Executive Presbyter Jim Moseley gave his “State of the Presbytery” address, focusing on national trends in the PC(USA) – declining membership, reduced financial support, perceived irrelevance of organized religion – and inviting those present to focus their energies on new and creative ways to be the church. Invite a Friend to Church! There are innumerable avenues to approach our friends with the invitation, “Come and see!” See the back page for March events that you and a friend won’t want to miss! March 2011 9 WESTMINSTER COMMUNICATIONS GOAL: TO REACH BEYOND OUR WALLS he Westminster Communications Advisory Board, formed in January 2010, has spent the T past year focused on enhancing our internal church communications. Some of our efforts have included the following: Improving the process of producing the Westminster Weekly Word and Sunday worship bulletin announcements, Introducing the ‘Table Talk’ dialogue series on Sunday mornings, Facilitating a number of new programs as a result of feedback gained through ‘Table Talk,’ Providing laminated name tags for the congregation – members and visitors alike, Producing bookmarks to commemorate our 125th anniversary, and Streamlining the editing and production of The Chimes. As we continually seek to improve our internal commu- nications in 2011, we will also turn our attention to reaching those outside the walls of our church. An initial project will engage the Community News publications, which reach many in our area. With a combination of advertisements, photos, and editori- al items, we will seek to share the experience of being part of Westminster’s community of faith with those around us. Look for Westminster’s presence in future issues of the Community News and share your reactions with us! Communications Advisory Board Karen Dietz Nicole Hughes Sue Linderman Jan Patrick David Atadan, consultant 10 March 2011 WPC@125: A SIGN of the Times here has long T been debate whether Westminster has adequate signage on Pennsylvania Avenue. Ideally, our church’s signs should not only identify who we are but also let the general public know what is going on inside our build- ing. Unfortunately, our permanent sign at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Rodney Street is relatively small, totally static, and difficult to see. In addition, the temporary banner-type signs on the lawn on Pennsyl- vania Avenue are expensive, have a relatively short life span, and are generally regarded to be a distraction to WPC’s aesthetic stature. With these thoughts in mind, a task force composed of members of the Membership & Evangelism and Worship & Music Committees was commissioned in the spring of 2010 to study the church’s signage and provide Session with appropriate options for improved Proposed Sign Design and Location or updated signage. Over the course of several months, the task force considered proper size and location, the pros and cons of various types of signs, a multitude of the difficulty in obtaining matching stone materials.) signs designed by other churches, and a variety of The appearance of the exposed portion of the pedestal construction materials. Guided by the Spirit and with will most likely be softened with appropriate landscap- able assistance from Tupp Signs, Inc., the task force ing. The sign that sits above will consist of a presented several options to Session at its October 2010 polyurethane enamel finished aluminum cabinet with meeting. These options included an electronic sign, a its face backed with translucent acrylic material. At transparency sign, a transparency sign with plans to night, only the lettering will be lit from internal high- retrofit with an electronic sign in the future, or a new output fluorescent lamps. The top of the sign will also static sign with a base that could be retrofit with anoth- be a polyurethane enamel finished aluminum cabinet er type of sign in the future. After a month of prayerful construction. reflection and consideration, in addition to input from the congregation at a Table Talk session in early The picture also illustrates approximately where the November, the Session voted unanimously at its sign will be placed on the lawn on Pennsylvania November 2010 meeting to support the option of an Avenue. The task force was advised that this is the electronic sign. Once funding has been determined, most desirable location, in addition to being in fabrication and construction details will be developed compliance with related city building code under the direction of the Property Committee and the requirements. The sign will be one-sided only; a results put out for competitive bidding. The currently two-sided sign would nearly double its cost, and the envisioned design is pictured and is subject to modifi- view from traffic going into the city would be minimal. cation. Church members wishing to comment on the sign The proposed sign is approximately 9 feet tall and 9 concept or any of its currently proposed details feet wide, and the graphic shown on the sign is should contact Karen Dietz (302-656-0343; intended to represent an electronic graphic and video email@example.com). It is the greatest hope of the task display. The base will be a 2-foot thick textured stucco force and Session that an electronic sign will effectively finished concrete block pedestal on a reinforced enhance Westminster’s communication with the concrete foundation, with the pedestal extending out of community, engaging more of our neighbors in the the ground approximately 2 feet. (Several sign design church’s ministries, and continuing our legacy of concepts that attempted to replicate some of the forward-thinking plans and actions for the ongoing life church's stone features were eventually dropped due to and ministry of Westminster. March 2011 11 IN THEIR OWN WORDS… s Westminster embarks on Henry Tatnall: I was A its 125th year of worship, music, activities, education, and mission, it is so important to born into WPC in 1932 and was entered on the “Cradle Roll” on Novem- pause and remember the stories and ber 10, 1932. I was baptized by Dr. way nooks and crannies. There details that have shaped the com- Christie on April 15, 1934. In the were lively volleyball games in munity we call our church. We will 1940s, the WPC Sunday School what is now the adult music room. attempt in the coming months to would meet during the church wor- Dick and I were not active members chronicle the beginnings of the ship hour and have a short collec- until our son, Bobby, got such joy choir, the church school, the tive worship service, led usually by out of going to “Cundy Cool,” in Women’s Association activities, and Miss Elizabeth Grace. After some 15 the cribbery with Mrs. Costin. the leaders who have come and minutes of collective worship and When he was in grade school, the gone. In the last few months, mem- hymn sing, we would break into children were presenting the Christ- bers have been busy sending us sto- classes by age group and, at times, mas Pageant in the old chapel. He ries and memories that speak to the by sexes. Herb McGonigal was my and David Hodges were shepherds, family atmosphere of the church. class teacher in the Junior Depart- or maybe sheep, in a “barn” with These memories are personal and ment during the 1941-1942 school real hay. At one point I was dis- are a tribute to the brand of pastors year. By the end of the school year, I tracted by the rustling of hay and and leaders we have had over the had earned my own Bible by know- looked to see Bob and David years. We are publishing all of the ing by heart Bible verses, the books wrestling near the manger… proba- memories given to us in the West- of the Bible, and Bible stories. bly not in the script. minster Weekly Word e-newsletter Unfortunately, I was sick on the that is distributed via e-mail each Sunday of the presentations. My Margaret Hodges: My parents, Thursday (and as a separate hand- Bible was presented to me at home Velma and Sanford Hill, were mem- out accompanying the worship bul- that day by William Jamieson, Sun- bers of WPC before I was born. I letin the following Sunday). A few day School Superintendent. was baptized as an infant in June need more space and so will appear 1934. I progressed through the Sun- here in The Chimes. We so appreci- Sara Geuder: My membership goes day School, was confirmed in 1946, ate the members who have con- back to about 1950, when I was con- and continued my membership tributed their memories large and firmed, probably as an 8th grader. through high school and college. small. They are making our In 3rd grade, we had to memorize Jim and I were married at Westmin- anniversary a shared experience. the books of the Bible and were ster on December 1, 1956, and he We encourage anyone to contact us rewarded with a King James Bible joined the church as well. While I with a memory at any time. with our name embossed on the was in high school, the church cover. I still have mine. During the called a young man to be the first Mary Colbourn and Denison Hatch Sunday School hour, the classes assistant pastor. His name was 125th Anniversary Committee would all meet in the center of Calvin Leonard. He was right out of Grace Hall and we would have an seminary and very enthusiastic. He For your enjoyment, more than 70 abbreviated worship service and organized the first Christmas Eve years of Westminster, from our learned how to behave through the service to be held at Westminster as members in their own words: different parts of the service. Every- far as I know. I was thrilled to be a one had their Sunday School part of it. He asked a number of us Harry Hoopes: I attended Sunday envelopes to be put into the offering youth to process in the beginning, School, 1930-1931, at age 12, with plate. As I recall, I had to put a nick- carrying lighted candles that we Mr. Harting, teacher, and Jesse Still- el from my allowance into the enve- placed in holders at the ends of the man, Dept. Supervisor. I joined Boy lope each week. That was probably pews for the duration of the service. Scout Troop #40 (1934, 1935, and tithing! I looked forward to youth This lovely service became a tradi- 1936) with Dr. Walter Dew and Dr. fellowship on Sunday evenings. As tion that still continues. Daddow, scoutmasters. Dr. Christie is now, the children were from dif- was the pastor at the time, and the ferent schools in the area, and that Jim Hodges: I was baptized in the bowling alley was quite an attrac- was a good educational experience Episcopal Church in Detroit, Michi- tion. I still have my Sunday School in itself. We occasionally played gan, and confirmed in Ortega, Flori- achievement certificate. hide and seek, exploring the attic, da, in 1946. As a Presbyterian in the bell tower, and other out-of-the- Shawnee-on-the-Delaware, I was Continued on page 12... 12 March 2011 Continued... put in the choir and loved singing. with children, grandchildren, bap- in winter. One of my memories is When I was in the U.S. Army and tisms, marriages, and a faith taking the boat to a pond in Penn- visited my cousin in Wilmington, it through times and circumstances sylvania and having Reverend was singing that brought us togeth- hardly imaginable. I have built surf- Mathias invite people after people er, and I am very happy that the boards and kayaks and owned a into it, until it was near swamping, void in my life that existed before rowboat, taking our children across grinning the whole time at my con- 1946 has been filled to overflowing the Delaware River and back, even cerns of impending capsize! Seeing With New Eyes: A Travel Seminar to Costa Rica n January, it was my privi- dominant in the United States, I lege to spend 2 weeks in Costa Rica studying ethnic biblical interpretation. What a read the biblical text through the lens of their oppression or struggle. Thus, the common powerful experience! The thread in ethnic biblical interpretation is the class explored different eth- hermeneutic of liberation from oppression and hope in nicities and their respective the midst of struggle. histories within the United States context. We focused on The course ended with a presentation and discussion the unique interpretive lens about the characteristics of a genuine Christian ethnici- through which each ethnicity ty. People who trust the transforming love of God as engages in Bible study. The demonstrated in the person of Jesus become the ethnicities were Anglo-Ameri- message of love and hope in a hurting world. A Chris- can, African American, Asian American, Feminist, tian ethnicity does not dilute or destroy one’s ethnic Womanist, Muharista, Hispanic, and Latino/Latina. heritage; in fact, it raises the value of our differences above conflict to celebration. We delight in the rich I was amazed at the powerful influence of the histori- expressions of our ethnicities, we honor each other’s cal, critical method of Eurocentric academia on my history, and we join together in the shared, sacred, and own approach to biblical studies. Recognizing this safe space of Christ’s holy communion. method as only one alongside many methods was a profoundly liberating insight. What I am beginning to Thank you again for all the Westminster family has understand more fully is that the sacred meaning of done to make these studies possible for me as I pursue the text is discerned within a given community for the Doctor of Educational Ministries degree at that particular community. That is, the biblical Columbia Theological Seminary. Vaya Con Dios! message is always interpreted through the multilay- ered ethnic and cultural lens of the individual or In Christ’s peace, community that approaches the text. The text too, with Susan Moseley its stories of human-divine interaction, reinterprets the context in which it is engaged. Thus, as we do Bible study together, we are creating a theology about ourselves, our church, and the world. If there is one word that captures the many issues related to race, ethnicity, culture, and belonging, it would be power. Ethnicities across the globe and throughout history are identified in myriad ways, but ethnicity is almost always defined as the physi- cal/social/cultural/spiritual character of a people as separate from the group with the power. All the ethnic See the blog at dedmintravelcohort2.blogspot.com groups that we studied, except for Anglo, which is March 2011 13 Annual Meeting Finds a New Venue here was something different T A balanced budget for 2011 that about this year’s annual meet- assumes spending this year will be ing. It must have been the the same as in 2010 and that our balloons! stewardship pledge goal will be met. At present, the 2010 surplus Westminster’s 2011 annual meeting will be retained to help ensure that took place on Sunday, January 30, any gap between 2011 income and in Community Hall. More than 200 expenses can be covered and any members gathered as music played deficit avoided. and a slide show of 2010 church life photos was displayed on the wall A presentation on the role of the screen. Westminster endowment in sup- Greg Jones and Anne Ledbetter, porting our annual operating budg- which were also held to the same The meeting was called to order by et and the effect of investment per- level as 2010. Following a series of the Moderator, Dr. Greg Jones. formance in the calculation of the questions and discussion from the Following some procedural items, amount we draw. The amount floor, the Terms of Call were Nominating Committee Convener available for 2011 operating expens- approved. Dick Haden presented the proposed es is $100,000 less than that avail- slates for elders, deacons, and able in 2008. With pledged income Clerk of Session Jan Patrick present- trustees. With no additional basically flat over this period, this ed the Session report, which nominations from the floor, each has required significant spending focused on the work done in 2010 to slate was unanimously elected. reductions. develop a vision statement and Congregational at-large members of guiding principles for Westminster. the 2012 Nominating Committee Thoughts on what Westminster She then framed a series of ques- were also elected. might do if we had more funds tions for discussion by those seated available to increase our spending – at each table, designed to elicit Treasurer and Chair of the Joint call a third pastor, increase our mis- members’ thoughts and dreams Finance Committee Clark Collins sion outreach, and care for our about the future of our church. presented the financial report, the aging building. details of which are contained in the The meeting was adjourned at 11:50 Financial Supplement, available at Questions from the floor focused on a.m. and followed immediately by a www.wpc.org/communciations support of youth programs and wonderful chili lunch that had been and as hard copy on the literature mission trips, as well as under- prepared by the deacons. tables. Highlights of his report standing what increase in member included the following: pledges would be needed to call a All in all, we shared a most produc- third pastor. tive annual meeting, a delicious A 2010 budget surplus of nearly lunch, and great fellowship. Thanks $58,000, due largely to spending Personnel Committee Chair Fred be to God for the presence of West- reduced by $45,000 from the bud- Iobst reported that the 2011 budget minster in our lives. geted amounts and greater than includes no salary increases for our anticipated contributions received lay staff. He presented the Terms of See all of the annual meeting photos on our in December. Call (salary and benefits) for pastors website: http://www.wpc.org/calendar-news/ Deacons and Carters working behind the kitchen doors. 14 March 2011 Westminster’s March and April Mission Emphasis is T H E E N VIRONMENT Earth Care Pledge The Joint Mission Committee is leading Westminster in becoming a PC(USA) Earth Care Congregation. With the approval of Session, we will take the Earth Care Pledge, responding to our General Assembly’s study paper “Call to Restore the Creation.” The Earth Care Pledge affirms the following: Peace and justice is God’s plan for all creation. The earth and all creation are God’s. God calls us to be careful, humble stewards of this earth, and to protect and restore it for its own sake, and for the future use and enjoyment of the human family. As God offers all people this special gift of peace through Jesus Christ, and through Christ reconciles all to God, we are called to deal justly with one another and the earth. Earth Care Congregations work to fulfill the pledge by focusing on four areas: worship, education, facilities, and outreach. In 2010, Westminster took significant earth-friendly steps in all these areas and thus qualifies to become an Earth Care Congregation. However, the pledge is not a one-time commitment, but an ongoing part of a church’s mission. Earth Care Congregations must demonstrate continual progress in caring for the earth in the four delin- eated parts of church life. As we celebrate Westminster’s 125th year and seek God’s guidance for our future, we will continue to respond to the Creator’s call to care for the earth. If you are interested in helping us decrease Westminster’s carbon footprint, please contact Sue Weissinger (302-652-5910; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Steve Tindall (302-559-5196; email@example.com). Laminated Name Stephen Ministry Tags Are Still PROVIDING SPIRITUAL CARE Available! A t their monthly meetings, Stephen Ministers receive continuing edu- T he Communications Advisory Board has been offering laminated cation. They participate in this training because their ministry is Christ cen- tered, meaning there is a constant focus name tags to everyone in on care receivers’ needs in Jesus’ name. the congregation since December, and nearly 300 Recently, Stephen Ministers had a training session on “Providing members already have Spiritual Care.” They looked at their own spiritual status so they one! For a modest $2 fee, could think about the “God-sized” needs of care receivers. These you can help reduce the needs cover most existential concerns such as “who am I?” or paper waste associated “who should I be?” – self-esteem, loneliness, aging, dissatisfaction, with weekly name tags and you'll have broken relationships, regrets, purpose, and others. your choice of a pin or a magnetic backing. Please contact Karen Dietz Your Stephen Minister is ready to listen, reflect, and support you (firstname.lastname@example.org; 302-656-0343) or prayerfully and in complete confidence. Sue Linderman (email@example.com; 302- 239-7650) if you would like to request a If you would like a Stephen Minister to “come alongside,” please name tag. call Dr. Anne Ledbetter (302-654-5214). March 2011 15 2011 Habitat for Humanity ‘Bike to Build!’ Access your calendar right now, whether paper or electronic, and mark June 11, 2011, for this year’s ‘Bike to Build!’ Were you part of the wonderful ‘Bike to Build!’ event last year? June 12, 2010, was a memorable day indeed as hundreds of riders gathered in Tubman- Families Who Will Garrett Park for the third annual ‘Bike to Occupy the Homes Built Build!’ event to benefit Habitat for Humanity of New Castle as a Result of 2011 County. More than $135,000 was raised at the event, enough to build a new home for Darin Thomas and his family, in memory ‘Bike to Build!’ of the Reverend Chad Miller. Ms. Robin Baker Robin is a single mother of a child and This year, on June 11, lives in a small 2-bedroom apartment. Habitat’s goal is to raise The heater, which is often on the fritz, is $250,000 – enough to build old and makes a lot of noise when it does TWO homes in its new Mill work. Robin would like a home where Stone Community! These she can raise her family and not constant- houses will be dedicated to ly move from apartment to apartment. Chad and his brother, Chris, After learning she was selected to partner who died in a tragic kayaking with Habitat, she was so happy that she accident in 2009. The could have something to call her own. prospective homeowners Robin is looking forward to working with have been identified and will volunteers to construct her new home. be working alongside us as “It’s great that the volunteers are willing we participate in the con- to help me accomplish my goals. I am The Thomas Family struction of these homes. happy to work with them and looking forward to building a relationship with Westminster teams of riders, both those who get on a bicycle and them.” those who ride “in spirit,” are forming now. Look for more infor- mation on how you can participate in this wonderful event and Ms. Tamekia Mathias help provide a lasting tribute to two brothers who epitomized the Tamekia and her four children, Tamia spirit of helping others. (11), Tamera (8), Braheem (2), and Haleem (3 months), currently live in a drafty 3-bedroom home infested with pests. After rain or snow, the ceiling leaks in 2 of the 3 bedrooms and paint is peel- ing off the walls. Tamekia was referred to Habitat by a friend of hers who thought she might be a good fit. Tamekia looks forward to the day where she can own her own home and her children will have their own rooms, serving as a positive role model for her children and working hard building her home. “Thank you so much for giving my family this wonder- ful opportunity to become a home 2010 Bike to Build! Westminster Participants owner,” said Tamekia. 16 March 2011 1502 West 13th Street Wilmington, DE 19806 302-654-5214 www.wpc.org Pastors Rev. Dr. Gregory Jones Rev. Dr. Anne Ledbetter Rev. Jill Getty Chimes Creative Director Nikki Thorn Next Chimes Deadline: Monday, March 14, at 11:00 a.m. For the April 2011 Issue Submission guidelines at www.wpc.org/communications SEE IT IN COLOR! THE CHIMES IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE IN FULL COLOR! VISIT WWW.WPC.ORG Westminster is an INVITE A FRIEND TO CHURCH! energetic ome congregations sponsor one Sunday each year when they urge their community of faith, and there are S members to “Invite a Friend to Church.” In fact, we once did that at Westmin- ster. However, we now recognize innumerable avenues to approach our friends with the invitation, “Come and see!” Here are just a few examples for the ever-changing month of March: opportunities Join me for our women’s book group on Thursday, March 3! to grow, Come and experience worship led by our youth on March 6. learn, and Join me at our Ash Wednesday service and soup supper on March 9. serve. Our senior pastor Dr. Jones is teaching a class on Jesus’ parables. We invite you Would you like to attend with me? to keep We have a Lent Event this Sunday (March 13). Join me and we’ll walk a prayer labyrinth. up-to-date It’s Friday night at the movies! Won’t you come with me to church? on the latest Come see Dirt! The Movie on March 18 and Ingredients on April 15, happenings by both at 7:00 p.m. going to www.wpc.org.
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