Month of March
March 7 (Third Sunday in Lent) March 14 (2 cents a meal) (Fourth Sunday in Lent)
Isa. 55:1-9; 1 Cor. 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 Josh. 5:9-12; 2 Cor. 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 Westminster Presbyterian Church
Sunday School: Richard Mahler Sunday School: Cary Roberts March, 2010
Liturgist: Sharee Coates Liturgist: Holcome Hughes Issue 602 http://www.wpclynchburg.org (434) 847-6655
Ushers: Robert Roberts & Charles Ross Ushers: Robert Roberts & Charles Ross
Children’s Message: Joyce Russell Children’s Message: Bill Russell
Acolyte: Jackie Gardner Acolyte: Jackie Gardner
Nursery: Lynda Slocum Nursery: Joyce Russell
Communion: Robert Roberts, Cary Robert (choir), From the Pastor:
Martha Wilson, Charles Ross, & Sharee Coates
March 21 (Fifth Sunday in Lent) March 28 (Palm Sunday—Holy Week Begins)
Isa. 43:16-21; Phil. 3:4b-14; John 12:1-8 Isa. 50:4-9a; Phil. 2:5-11; Luke 19:28-40 What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul! What wondrous love is this, O my soul. What wondrous
love is this, that caused the Lord of bliss to bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul, to bear the dreadful
Sunday School: Richard Mahler Sunday School: Cary Roberts
curse for my soul.
Liturgist: Pix Mahler Liturgist: Richard Mahler
Ushers: Nancy Duncan & Jane Reed Ushers: Nancy Duncan & Jane Reed When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down. When I was sinking down, sinking down. When I
Children’s Message: Pix Mahler Children’s Message: Richard Mahler was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown, Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul. Christ laid
Acolyte: Frank Goldenberg Acolyte: Frank Goldenberg aside His crown for my soul.
Nursery: Mary Beth McCall Nursery: Martha Wilson
Lent, these forty days leading up to Easter on April 4th is our invitation to ponder the depths of God’s love for
each of us and for the whole creation. As the great American folk hymn quoted above expresses so well, it is this
WESTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION wondrous love of God that underscores the great miracle of our salvation. Out of love, God did what no other
can do in a way that contrasts sharply with the ways of worldly power.
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LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501 PERMIT #628 Without force, without coercion, without threat God extended love through sacrifice, suffering, and death for us.
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA It was all necessary because of us, because of every one of us. We are all sinners, part of the problem, contribu-
RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED tors to the brokenness, the fallen-ness of creation that longs for redemption. We are responsible for every wrong
done and every right left undone.
As much as we may grieve our faults, there is nothing we can do by ourselves to make up for what we have done
and left undone. God however offers love through sacrifice, suffering and death because of us, to make up for us,
to accomplish what we can not do by ourselves. This is God’s way of bringing salvation for all of the world. This
is the wonder of saving grace. This is the perfection of God’s power in weakness.
In this Lenten season let us take time to ponder what God has done in Christ for us as we open our hearts to be
filled in their depths from the depths of God’s love. This is the meaning of repentance, clearing out the distrac-
tions, letting go of the burden of our sins, to humbly open our lives to be filled with God’s love by which our own
service, our suffering, and our sacrifice brings new life in Christ.
To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing. To God and to the Lamb I will sing, I will sing. To God and to the
Lamb who is the great I Am, while millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing. While millions join the theme, I
will sing, While millions join the theme, I will sing.
Grace and Peace,
HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Mrs. Hallie Bowman LENTEN WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Summit #105, AL
MARCH 1320 Enterprise Dr. Did you notice how well the words of the hymn insert the first Sunday of Lent correlated with the scriptures and
5 Christopher A. Harris Lynchburg, VA 24502 the WORD preached? For some of us, the hymn tune was familiar, but not for all. Each Sunday of Lent we will
be using a hymn insert, the text of which was written to parallel the church lectionary, which lists scriptures
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Mr. A. Kendall Sydnor, Sr. prescribed for that Sunday. In most cases, the hymn tune will be familiar. Please consider the text of these hymns
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Heritage Green, Room 103 and use the words you are singing as a means of deepening your worship and praise experience.
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201 Lillian Lane
21 Jonathan Allen In addition to the very meaningful Ash Wednesday service, attended by about thirty persons, the Worship
Lynchburg, VA 24502 Committee has arranged for a Seder supper on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. The date is April 1. This
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Miss Evelyn Hamlet opportunity for worship will replicate last year’s experience shared with College Hill Baptist. Pix Mahler has
APRIL 2249 Murrel Road, Room 104 agreed to assume leadership for this experience, as she did last year.
1 Weldon Kelly The Oaks In his meditation on Ash Wednesday, Pastor Bill Russell reminded us that the truth of “ashes to ashes and dust to
2 Bob Wilson Lynchburg, VA 24501 dust” is that we are all mortal. Our mortality is a “leveler.” The challenge then becomes: What are we going to
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Mrs. Ehthel Ferrell If you would like to do with the time God has granted us? During this Lenten season, we are invited to put our lives in God’s control
5 Erin Coates more conscientiously, more intentionally, so that we can use well God’s gift of life in the here and now. Let us
8 “Jay” Wyatt, IV Medical Care Center add your name
pray for ourselves and for each other.
14 Betty Oliver 2200 Landover Place to this list to have Cary Roberts
15 Kathleen Smith Lynchburg, VA 24501 a visit, please call
16 Vickie Hogan the church office
16 Richard Mahler, III Mrs. Becky Maxey (847-6655). News from our Presbytery
18 Ballard Parker 624 Woodhaven Drive
Most of you know that the office for the Presbytery of the Peaks is in our building. Did you know
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that Westminster is one of 135 congregations in our presbytery? At the last meeting of the presbytery we
26 Maureen F. Shandrick Mrs. Marion Viar approved a budget which reflects a decline in income from congregations indicative of the
302 Robin Drive economic struggles faced by many of the 135 congregations. The presbytery budget also reflects hope to
Lynchburg, VA 24502 strengthen the leadership in our presbytery in the areas of church revitalization, new church
LUNCH BUNCH development and leadership training.
Monday, March 29th MEALS ON WHEELS We learned that George Goodman will be retiring at the end of July which will be a very significant loss
for our presbytery. As a result the presbytery will be studying the overall staffing model for the presbytery with the
12 noon at Charley’s Westminster is due to drive for recognition that we may not be able to afford the level of employed staff we would like to have.
Meals on Wheels We also learned of some major challenges being faced by our camp and conference ministry. We were assured that
Presbyterian Disaster Relief for Haiti The week of March 29—April 2. there will be camp at Hat Creek this summer, but we were also made aware that the cost of maintaining this site is
To date—our church has If you can drive one day,
enormous. The result is that presbytery is also studying the future of outdoor ministry in our presbytery to see if
there are ways we can strengthen the ministry with children and youth which will put more of our resources into
contributed $800. please call Eloise Peters program rather than property.
at 386-3700. Thanks!
Our presbytery has some of the most dedicated leaders to be found in our congregations. Let us remember to keep
HAITI RELIEF OFFERING CHURCHES FOR URBAN MINISTRY SEEKS them all in our prayers throughout this coming year as they continue their vital work for the whole church in the
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR face of some extraordinary challenges.
Qualified applicants should have a college degree with
You may help with ongoing disaster relief and re- experience in children’s ministries, education or manage-
covery work with a contribution to ment of a non-profit organization. Skills include fund-
raising, human resource management, technology and
public relations. This is a part-time position of 25 hours
Please indicate Haiti Relief on your check. per week. Interested applicants should mail or e-mail a Welcome back Morning Circle! Monday, March 8th
cover letter and resume to: CUM Search Committee, c/o Call to Order - 10:30 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1022 Floyd Street,
Our offering will go to Presbyterian Disaster Lynchburg, VA 24501 or CUMDirector@gmail.com Bible Study at 11 a.m.
Assistance which has been at work from the (Lesson 5 in Joshua, a Journey of Faith)
beginning of the crisis. Further information is with a covered-dish luncheon at noon.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
posted on the bulletin board in the hallway.
Check the website: www.pcusa.org The Evening Circle will meet Monday, March 8th
Sunday, March 14th 7 p.m. at the home of Betty Oliver. Joyce Russell will lead
for the latest information.
(spring forward one hour) the study of lessons 4 and 5.
The Church Bus—Updates!
We need to update our drivers for the church bus. The current list contains social security numbers for driver’s license
number. Social security numbers are no longer used for a driver’s license number. Below
are the drivers on file as of 2/16/2010.
Robert Wilson Mary L. Kobert Jane Reed James Reed
Michael Harris Richard Mahler David Oliver LeRoy Hunter
Holcombe Hughes Greg Hoag Charles Viar Chris Reed
Westminster’s session met following worship, Sunday, February 21, 2010. Minutes
Please e-mail (email@example.com) or call 384-1373 to update our list.
If you would like to be added to this list, please let me know. of the January 17, 2010 meeting were approved.
I need the following information for insurance purposes: Cary Roberts presented an overview of chapter 4 of the study book, “Twelve
Name, date of birth, driver’s license number, and social security number. Dynamic Shifts for Transforming Your Church” by E. Stanley Ott. Cary led a lively
Thank you for your willingness to serve. Jimmy Reed, Transportation Committee discussion of shifts a church may undertake concerning ministry to people. Some of the
shifts Ott described which were discussed by session included the affect of moving from
friendliness to friendliness and hospitality, from assuming discipleship to developing
discipleship, and shifting from a communal life of the church to a balance of communal
EASTER LILIES Westminster Caregivers Group and missional life. The emphasis of these three shifts takes a transformation from a focus
on program to a focus on people.
We will once again be taking will meet on The January 2010 financial report was received and approved.
orders for donations of
Easter Lilies to decorate
Tuesday, March 23rd The pastor’s report of his visits was the same as several other committee reports –
2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall SNOW! SNOW and more SNOW!! Have I told you something you didn’t already know?
our sanctuary on Easter (April 4th),
The Worship and Music Committee reported on a well attended Ash Wednesday
which you can take home or to a
Special guests: service and preparations continue for a Seder Meal, to be shared with College Hill Baptist
shut-in after worship.
Church on Maundy Thursday, April 1st.
Linda Paulson, R.N. Property Care reported on work needing to be done to address the leaks over the
Watch the bulletin board outside the church
office for the sign-up sheet
and Rev. Sykes choir room and stairways at that end of the building. When roof climbing is safer it will be
Pastor Russell, Julia Crim and Pix Mahler attended the Presbytery meeting
FROM THE FLOWER GUILD Saturday, February 20th at First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg. Good news items to
report are; that there will be summer camping this year at Hat Creek, Julia Crim was
A huge THANK YOU to Robert Roberts for rigging up a ladder to protect the little tree elected as Member-at-Large on Presbytery’s Council and WPC received a certificate of
in the memorial garden from the “glacier” that fell off the church roof! Appreciation for the 2 Cents-A-Meal contributions in 2009. The sad news was the
dismissal of another church from the Presbytery (PCUSA) to the Evangelical Presbyterian
The Flower Guild will be holding a work party in April to clean up the garden for Church. Uncertain news was the passing of a deficit budget for the Presbytery of the
spring—if you would like to help, please contact Joyce Russell. Peaks.
Just about one month until SPRING!! Crocuses are peeking up in the few bare
The Flower Guild has posted a Flower Chart on the bulletin board near the fellowship hall, and if you
spots of the yard.
wish to have a flower arrangement made for Sunday worship, please sign your name, followed by
As the Lenten Season surrounds us, let us embrace it as a time to grow closer to
“(FG)”, and give a check for $35 to the church office. Also, let Donna know the occasion, or
God. Instead of focusing on things to “give up” for a few weeks, I suggest it be an
announcement you would like for the bulletin on that Sunday. You are encouraged to take the flowers
opportunity to “take on.” “Take on” a more intentional time of meditation and prayer.
following worship (just be sure to return the plastic container).
And speaking of the plastic containers, we’re still missing some—please check around your home to
Grace and peace,
make sure you haven’t forgotten to return one.
Clerk of Session
Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes in “LIFE TOGETHER” that “between the death of Christ and the Last Day it is only
by a gracious anticipation of the last things that Christians are privileged to live in visible fellowship with other
Christians. It is by the Grace of God that a congregation is permitted to gather visibly in this world to share
God’s Word and sacrament. Not all Christians receive this blessing, not all are able to go to the house of God,
with the voice of joy and praise.”
As we travel the days of lent together, let us remember that we are traveling in life together as a I have been eagerly waiting for this Chimes, to be able to share news about our upcoming Taylor recitalist next month. A number of
congregation, and that Our Lord’s gift of himself is our means of salvation. years ago the same issue of the periodical The American Organist that carried a small notice of my having passed the Associate
A number of you will remember Margaret M. Armstrong as your teacher, as your friend, as a faithful choir examinations, contained a brief squib on an organist named Elizabeth Melcher, in consequence of her having at that same time taken
member, and a Christian mentor. When I was about 16 she gave me a copy of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s “GIFT a full-time music director’s job at Grace and Holy Trinity Church in Richmond. I was quite impressed with her written credentials – she
FROM THE SEA.” You may have read it. It was first published in 1955, and I have read and enjoyed it over the had studied at Julliard, worked with John Weaver and earned her DMA in organ. I remember thinking how lucky Richmond was to
years. In looking forward to warming weather, you might want to pick up this notebook of hope and have gotten such a catch, and, her being so close, how much I would appreciate some day the opportunity to hear her play. A couple
encouragement. years after that reading, I was invited back to my undergraduate alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh, to give a recital in its Heinz
PBS Home Video under NOVA makes available excellent programs. Most recently, I was able to view Chapel. In talking with the impresario there, he had mentioned that just the week before, on their same series, an organist named
“FRACTALS, Hunting the Hidden Dimension,” and I was enthralled! “What do movie special effects, the stock Beth Melcher had played; she had holed herself up in the chapel, practiced without let-up for three days straight, and had given a
market, heart attacks, and the rings of Saturn have in common?” Ask to borrow this DVD from me and find out! flawless recital – in fact, the best recital the impresario had ever heard. (Now my already-high interest was heightened.) Then,
Love in Christ, Julia Hickson Crim coincidentally, a year after that, in 2006, a friend from Charlottesville had alerted me to the fact that St. Paul’s Church there had
installed a small Schoenstein organ, and that there would be a dedicatory recital given by one Elizabeth Melcher Davis of Richmond.
Here was finally my chance to hear Elizabeth Melcher, and so of course I drove up to St. Paul’s to hear her play. The organ itself was
nice (through no fault of its own made to speak in a small, bone-dry room) but Ms Melcher-Davis’s playing was even more thrilling
FROM YOUR TREASURER than I had been prepared to imagine. She played, among other works, the challenging first movement from Widor’s 5th organ
Net vs. Budget Brief - January 2010 symphony, and, most notably, one of the most difficult pieces ever conceived for the organ – Leo Sowerby’s tour de force, Pageant.
Jan '10 Budget '10 % of Budget
The latter I’d only heard attempted once prior, by Marilyn Mason back in 1979 on an inferior Möller in a dry college auditorium.
Ordinary Income/Expense Needless to say, after Pageant I was sold on Beth. We talked some after the program and exchanged cards.
Ch for Urb Min - Rent+Secr/Sext 0 3,520 0% 1 Fast forward to 2009, to my quest to engage organists who I believed best able to demonstrate our 1926 American symphonic
Coleman Fund Inc -Maint Ch Prop 4,000 48,000 8% 2 instrument. Sowerby, one of our country’s best composers of organ music, rose to the height of his creativity during that heyday and
Helen Whidden Estate Income 270 3,240 8% 3 wrote for instruments exactly like Westminster’s. He was in fact, actually actively conceiving his works based on the sounds that
Mem Gifts Income (Undesignated) 0 1,000 0% 4
Members No Pledge Income 713 16,428 4% 5
instruments such as ours produce. I still had Beth’s Pageant ringing in my ears, and I knew the colors of Westminster’s organ would
Members Pledge Income 21,223 147,446 14% 6 do Pageant justice. So, I sent her an email, asked her fee and whether she would be willing to come over to Lynchburg, and if so,
Plate Offering 61 1,500 4% 7 play Pageant. We proved able to afford her and she not only was willing, but most eager to come over, and Pageant would be no
Presbytery of the Peaks - Rent 1,488 17,856 8% 8 problem. It remained necessary only to find a Sunday that she could be relieved of her duties at Grace and Holy Trinity to come over
Total Income 27,755 238,990 12% to play for us, and we were finally able to settle on April 25.
Administration 2,586 32,188 8% 9 For now, I ask only that members of Westminster promote this recital to family and friends. It turns out that we are competing with at
Benevolences 1,760 34,720 5% 10 least two other local organizations for concert attendance on that day. We do have much in our favor – that our event is free, and that
Building and Grounds Committee 11,703 73,163 16% 11
Christian Education Committee 0 1,450 0% 12
no building and instrument are as conducive as ours to a satisfying musical experience. None the less, we must be always alert for
Professional Staff & Personnel 7,771 95,168 8% 13 the opportunity to make Westminster known and available to the wider community. More on the recital’s details to follow next month.
Congregational Care - Visit 0 100 0% 14
Fellowship Committee 0 500 0% 15 Bob Blevins, Music Director
Outreach & Evangelism Committee 0 500 0% 16
Worship & Music Committee 100 1,200 8% 17
Misc. Expense & Contingences 83 1 8,305% 18
Stock Transaction Expense 119 19 2010 Community Lenten Services (11:45 a.m.)
Total Expense 24,122 238,990 10% 20
Net Income 3,633 0 100% 21
March 3—Rev. David Cobb, Pastor, First Christian Church; Soloist: Randall Speer, tenor;
Organist: Bob Blevins, Westminster Presbyterian Church
PALM SUNDAY COVERED-DISH March 10—Rev. Doug Wigner, Rector Emeritus, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church;
Book Club LUNCHEON Soloist: Jessica Burkey, mezzo-soprano; Organist: Ann Coulter, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
On Palm Sunday, March 28th, following the March 17—Message: to be determined; Soloist: Joshua Bell, baritone; Organist: TBD
The Book Club will meet
worship service, the congregation will pick a palm March 24—Rev. Dr. Corey Ingold, Senior Pastor, Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church;
Thursday, March 18th - 7 p.m. from the branches at the front of the church and proceed to
Home of Irene Hoag Soloist: Jodi Center, soprano; Organist: Jay Kelly, Court Street UMC
march and sing around the block prior to the covered-dish lunch.
Please remember to bring your covered dishes fully cooked and
March 31—Rev. Msgr. J. Kenneth Rush, Jr., Pastor, Holy Cross Catholic Church;
The club will be discussing Soloist: Kris Martin-Baker, soprano; Organist: George Clark, Court Street UMC
ready to be served and only kept warm if necessary.
The Maltese Falcon Bring enough for the hearty appetites at Westminster!
by Dashiell Hammett Lunch will be served in the church refectory each Wednesday
12:30-1 p.m. (suggested lunch $5.00)