Healthy Roots, Thriving Branches 1814-2014
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Westminster Presbyterian Church
110 NE 2nd Street
Washington, IN 47501
- Worship at 10:30am (ET)
- Dinner at 12:00 Noon
Westminster stands vibrant and spirit-filled…
Joyfully beginning the next 200 years!
Come join our celebration.
Please respond by calling Reverend Cheryl Thorne at (812) 887-2575 to make dinner reservations by September 20, 2014. Thank you for joining us!
Street parking in front of the church is best for handicapped or reduced mobility guests. A wheel chair access ramp is available at the southeast corner of the church. Extra parking is available in the lot at the corner of Van Trees and 2nd streets.
WPC Choir director Joyce Kim-Rohrer invites you to sing in the Celebration Choir! Former choir members, pastors and guests are welcome to share the joyful music. Contact Joyce (812) 486-5570 or by email. She will send you music in advance. Join choir rehearsal at 9:00am on September 28th at Westminster!
The Westminster Mission Commission will be accepting your donations of Mac ‘N Cheese box meals. Hopefully, 200 boxes can be gifted to Feed My Sheep local food pantry.
Westminster 200th keepsake memorabilia (ceramic beverage coasters adorned with church photographs) will be available for purchase. Useful and decorative, coasters make great keepsakes or gifts to family or friends celebrating our church memories. All proceeds will benefit our Compassion Fund; helping those in much need.
Worship—As always, our meetings start and end in worship. In the middle we fill the space that is worship too. This meeting Kevin Fleming was our preacher. Kevin is the pastor at First Church in Evansville. His message was heavily focused on mission/stewardship/good witness already in place in our midst and the call to greet the future. The celebration of Communion at the close of service was led by Murray Thompson who will soon retire as the pastor at Bloomfield.
Design Team Report—The Presbytery structure was adopted approximately 5 years ago. It has served us well in some respects, but was a sweeping concept when initiated. Some parts of that structure have worked, some have never really been fully implemented and some have faced challenges in accomplishing goals. There is, currently, a “Design Team” in place that is seeking to adjust and tune our current structure into a more functional tool for mission.
That team brought an initial report to Assembly including a bylaw revision that would more adequately support the mission of “what we want to be” as a Presbytery. A more complete design will come to us in our December meeting.
CRE Dick Poff – Dick was re-commissioned as the Commissioned Ruling Elder Pastor at Spencer Bethany. In two tours of service at Bethany, Dick will now enter his 11th year with the congregation.
Next Meeting—Our next meeting, September 13, will be in Dale. We will help dedicate the new work at Dale in the Micah Center. The Stated Clerk of General Assembly, Grayde Parsons, will preach for us at that service.
Minimum Salary Recommendation— The Committee on Ministry report included a preview of minimum salary changes—the compensation will be an increase of 1 ½ percent taking the number to $44,856 when no manse is provided. There is also, as has been published widely a 1 ½ % charge for dependent coverage for dependent family members that will be an additional item of need for clergy calls.
Other Committees—The Assembly also heard reports from the POV Academy, The Mission Partnership Workgroup, PYOCA, Staff Reports and the shared information of the “Good News from the Pews”.
The next Assembly will take place at 10:00am (ET) on Tuesday, 6/10/2014 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, IN.
Registration will begin at 9:00am (ET).
The packet, driving directions, and the minutes from the March meeting will be available for download from the assembly web page after 4:00pm on May 29th.
Online registration for the Assembly is available now. Please let us know if you will be in attendance!
Edited 5/29/2014: The Assembly packet is now available for Download.
On September 25, 2011 Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of our building with a homecoming celebration.
Worship will begin at 10:30 AM ET/9:30 AM CT.
A luncheon will follow at noon and a celebration in music at 2:00 PM ET/1:00 PM CT.