Before I start with the other news, I’ve been wondering about what opportunities there are for making the name more memorable. Tell me what you think of Westminster UP Church (UP standing for United Presbyterian). It’s okay to tell me it’s dumb.
We had our session meeting today, which was, incidentally, very “up”. The energy seemed high, even though we missed our Cara – get well quickly; you’ll be in our prayers. The reaction was very cheerful when the congregation heard that Westminster was held up at the presbytery meeting as a church to talk to if you want to involve yourself in mission more. Very nice, and especially for one of the smallest churches of the 72 in the presbytery.
Session approved me being involved as Treasurer for Home Furnishings Program, and I will be representing Westminster as I do so. I will be announcing the need next Sunday for more board members for HFP.
Several different approaches to reaching out to the neighborhood were discussed and tentatively schedules. These include free meals, connection with other organizations for income tax preparation, on site gatherings to discuss surviving the financial meltdown (especially difficult for those with low incomes) and a host of other plans in the planning stages. Yes, ma’am, these folks know how to love their neighbors.
Plans were made to give some significant financial support to the Union College Protestant Campus Ministry and A Different Way in Reading Center. Education ranks high, as well.
I’ll probably flesh out this post when I get to typing up the minutes, but I felt so good about the meeting, I thought I’d share some highlights. Show me another church with just about 20 members, most of whom are retired, that does this much and – well, I guess I’d be surprised.