Recently, the state of Michigan has seen a spike in COVID-19 infections, resulting in increased hospitalizations and deaths. The Presbytery of Lake Huron has urged Sessions and congregations to heed the orders of state and county public officials regarding in-person worship services. Westminster's Session has decided to suspend in-person worship services until further notice. Online worship services on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. will continue.
The church office will remain open. Office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. You may also reach by phone at 989-686-1360 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come Worship With Us!
Sunday, November 29, 2020
10:30 a.m. Worship Service
Worship Bulletin for
A message from Rev. Holmes regarding the Session's decision to suspend in-person worship.
A message pertaining to
Rev. Holmes and the Pastor Nominating Committee.
Family Thanksgiving Devotion
Most of us grew up learning about the pilgrims on Thanksgiving. We learned that their first winter in the new world was horrible. They didn’t have enough food, and they were unprepared for the harshness of the winter. A lot of these new settlers didn’t make it through the winter. Some say they lived on a ration of five kernels of corn per person each day. That’s pretty rough!
The next year, after they learned from the Native Americans about how to grow food and prepare for winter, they had much to celebrate. And Thanksgiving was born. They were thankful for God’s provision, and for the friendship and guidance of the Native Americans.
Because of this story, many people have followed the tradition of beginning their thanksgiving meal with five kernels of corn on each person’s plate, and they have to come up with five things to be thankful for. (Some places do list each kernel as symbolizing something.) Some say that there is no way this story can be true, that they wouldn’t have been able to survive on so little. But regardless if it is true or not, the idea of taking the time each Thanksgiving to list things to be thankful for is a great practice. It gives up a chance to pause and focus on the true meaning of the season. We can lay aside the busyness of cooking, people, parades, or whatever your tradition may be.
Even today, hundreds of years later, God still provides for us, and we have much to be thankful for (even given it’s a very strange year!)! Take a minute to list a few of those things today!
— Nikelle Johnson
Advent Adult Bible Study
"The Uncluttered Heart"
book by Beth A. Richardson
Join us Thursday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom
Saint Theophan the Recluse wrote in The Art of Prayer: ”Everywhere and always God is with us, near to us and in us. But we are not always with [God] since we do not remember [God}…Take upon yourself this task — to make a habit of such recollection.” Click here for more information.
Join us for a Wired Word current events discussion on Wednesday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
In the News
If you typed "Advent news" into Google or Bing this past week, the links those search engines presented at the top of their results lists had to do with alcohol.