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Update on Westminster's COVID-19 Congregational Precautions

The Session and the COVID-19 Task force continues to consider how best to keep our church members safe and healthy during the ongoing pandemic. We continue to monitor data and recommendations from the Center for Disease Control, the State of Michigan, and the Bay County Health Department.

As we seek to make informed decisions that affect those who worship with us, we are looking for some input from our church family. The linked survey will help us as we consider the possibility of loosening some of the safeguards that we currently have in place. We recognize that there are many different opinions on this matter and feel that this is the best way to hear your voices as we also listen for God's guidance and direction.

Please prayerfully consider the following questions in our survey. We will have the poll active from 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30 through 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1 for you to give your input.

Please note that the COVID-19 Task Force and the Session will be discussing the results of this survey at their next meeting on Tuesday, December 21. Therefore, our current COVID-19 precautions (face masks, no live singing, etc.) will remain in effect through the end of 2021.

Survey will be active
Tuesday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m. through
Wednesday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Come Worship With Us!

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, November 28, 2021
10:30 a.m.

Worship Bulletin for
Sunday, November 28

Pause for Prayer

November 22, 2021

 

Thank  You

Thank you

for food to share

for family

for friends

for smiles and stories.

 

Thank you

for sunshine and snow

for stars

for moonlight

for frost on windows.

 

Thank you

for good books

and music

for posters and paintings

and sculpture on the streets.

 

Thank you

for computers —

they’re amazing!

 

Thank you

for making me, me.

Thank you for being you.

 

Thanks for hope

and tears

and laughter.

 

Generous giver,

breath of life,

God of love

and surprises,

thank you.

 

Prayer by Ruth Burgess

© 2016 Ruth Burgess

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Typical Schedule for the program year:

Sundays

9:00 a.m.

First Light (3-year-olds through 4th grade Sunday School, and includes Little Ringer practice)

9:00 a.m.

Adult Bible Study

9:30 a.m.

Fellowship Time

10:30 a.m.

Worship Service

11:30 a.m.

Fellowship Time

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Ignite (Youth Group 5th through 12 grades)

Tuesdays

1:00 p.m.

The Wired Word -- "where current events and faith intersect" -- via Zoom 

 

Wednesdays

7:00 p.m.

Adult Bible Study (If you are unable to join us in person on Sundays, meet with us via Zoom on Wednesdays. We will cover the same topic and use the same material from Sunday's class.)

Thursdays

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Combustion Counsel (various youth activities, including handbells/chimes practice, vocal choir, and faith instruction)

7:00 p.m.

Adult Chancel Choir

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Advent Reflections

 

The hustle and bustle that comes this time of year can wear a person out physically and emotionally. It’s amazing what a few minutes of quiet reflection can do! Starting November 28 and for the next three Sundays of Advent, there will be a basket with blank composition books and slips of paper with “inspirational thoughts” written on them. You are invited to take a book and a “thought” home. Find 5 or 10 minutes (or more if you are able) and use the 

inspiration to prompt your thoughts.  Then, write them down in the book. It can be quite relaxing to have a “conversation” with yourself as you write down whatever comes to mind. For your eyes only, unless you wish to share. Look for new inspirational thoughts each Sunday of Advent. Relax and reflect away!  (An opportunity offered to you by your Spiritual Growth and Faith Formation Ministry) 

A couple of this week’s writing prompts: Click here for more information.

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Adult Bible Study

 

The days and weeks between Thanksgiving can feel pressured with too many things to do — too much shopping, too much cooking, baking, trimming, too much…. And so making the time for spiritual reflection and grounding can help make this time of the year even more meaningful as we anticipate and hope in the birth of Jesus.  

Hope is waiting in faith. It is not merely wishing for something to happen, or hoping that everything will work out, if the stars align.  Hope is waiting with anticipation – at times with impatience – for what you know believe is coming. Click here for more information.

The Wired Word will not meet Tuesday, November 30 so that we can participate in our Lunch & Learn series. See below!

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A Federal Magistrate Judge and local attorney, discuss a day in court.  Don’t miss this intriguing and current event topic planned for November’s Lunch & Learn program, Noon on November 30, 2021 in Fellowship Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  Presenters are Honorable Charles Binder (ret.) and Prosecuting Attorney, Pat Duggan (ret.)

All are welcome to attend, including those on a lunch hour break from work.  Bring a lunch to enjoy during this talk. Beverages will be available. And if you prefer, you may bring your own favorite/comfortable lawn chair.  

 

For information call 989-686-1360, Westminster Church Office.

November 24, Devotional

by Rev. Linda Williams

“I’ve been reading”…a favorite phrase of so many. These fall days with the recent time change that has brought about longer evenings, it can make one — makes me anyway — want to curl up with a warm blanket, hot cup of a tea (decaf!), and a good book. I seem to always have more than one book going at a time — The Reflections of My Eye: Memoir by Dick Van Nostrand, When the Heart Waits by Sue Monk Kidd. And daily readings from Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth.  More

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