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News - News, May

Host a Dinner for the Women at Safe Harbor

Volunteer for Safe Harbor Dinners on July 4, and November 7. Due to Covid 19, we will no longer serve dinner at Safe harbor. 15 boxed dinners will be made at home and individually boxed and delivery is at 5pm. Click here to signup. Questions? Contact Angela Emrich

Equip Coatesville Students Going Back to School this Fall

Sponsor a backpack for a student who doesn't have the means to pay for the supplies. Due to COVID 19 we are collecting money this year in lieu of school supplies to reduce multiple people handling backpacks. Outreach purchased 150 backpacks to donate to this mission. It costs $40 to fill each backpack, to help send a check by July 15 to the church made out to Westminster Presbyterian Church with memo line: Bridge Academy. Questions? Contact Laura Davis.

Ministry to Chester County Prison: Prayers & Notes

The men, women, and youth who live at Chester County Prison are experiencing extreme social isolation during this coronavirus epidemic. All visits except those of professionals have been suspended since the stay at home orders in March. No visits from family. No visits from re-entry volunteers. No chapel services. Consider being a source of encouragement for residents and staff at the prison by sending a handwritten note or a simple card. Please pray for Warden Edward McFadden and his administration, correction officers, food service and maintenance workers, nurses, Chaplain Heinrich Botes, the prisoners, and their families. Questions? Contact Rhoda McNitt. Here are a few guidelines:

  • Please do not use crayons, stickers, or glue
  • Please do not enclose anything
  • In your note you can write a prayer, a Bible verse, a drawing
  • Address your cards to "Prison Ministry for Staff" or "Prison Ministry for Resident" and send care of Westminster, 10 West Pleasant Grove Road, West Chester, PA 19382; cards will be collected and delivered to the prison

Volunteers Needed: Prepare Lunches for Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor Lunch Volunteers Needed to assemble, bag and deliver 25 bagged lunches on the 3rd Monday of the month from June – October. Drop off lunches between 10:30-11am. Click here to signup. Questions? Contact Angela Emrich.

One Great Hour of Sharing Thank You!

We are grateful for your contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS). Through your generosity, we collected more than $14,300 for this special offering! During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is even more apparent the most vulnerable in our midst suffer first, most, and longest. In the days ahead, staff of Self-Development of People, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance will partner with presbyteries to respond to the present crisis. This work will begin with the most at-risk communities across the country and around the world, as well as those facing spikes of racism in response to this disease. Thank you so much for making this possible through your generous donations!

Last Chance for Early Bird Discount for World Vision Global 6K 2021!

 You've walked or ran 6K this year. Why not sign up for next year and enjoy a 50% off early bird discount? Use code "6K21" to sign up now for 50% off of all registrations until May 31 at midnight! Questions? Contact Jon Frost.

Make a Pentecost Headband

The pastors invited children to make a Pentecost Headband to wear next Sunday. Click here to download the headband PDF.Children are invited to a KidsConnect Pentecost Zoom Celebration from 9-9:30am on Sunday May 31st. Children will help tell the story and be able to see many of their church friends that they haven't seen in months. Click here to register.

Are You Graduating?

We would like to honor your graduation from high school, tech school, college, graduate school, or the military by including you in a digital Westminster yearbook, recognize your future plans on our social media and create a yard sign for high school seniors. Please send a photo and brief bio to Laura Davis, Kim Benfer or Susanne Perkins by May 26.

Sticky Bun Sunday at Home

May 17 would traditionally be Sticky Bun Sunday at Westminster. Just because we can't enjoy them together in person doesn't mean it can't be Sticky Bun Sunday. Click here to watch a video of Terry Hawkins teach you to make sticky buns at home, or click here for the recipe. Click here to learn how Sticky Bun Sunday started at Westminster.

Food Support Continues!

 Although the church building is closed, our partnerships with local organizations continue. Westminster typically has monthly opportunities to donate food and other items. Since we currently cannot offer these collections, please consider making a financial donation instead. Every two weeks, we will highlight a new category for possible giving options. During the first half of May, Westminster’s focus is food ministries. With lost jobs and incomes, families may not have enough food. Many organizations remain open to assist people experiencing food insecurity in our community. Questions? Contact Pastor Ann Hatfield. If you are able to support any of these ministries, please visit their websites:

Extremely Isolated and Incredibly Connected Blog for Families

On Monday we launched a blog, Extremely Isolated and Incredibly Connected for parents, children and youth to provide families resources for social connections, faith formation, and emotional well-being during this pandemic. Click here to read the first update. Questions? Contact Chris Clark.

Some Good God News

Yesterday Pastor Ann encouraged children of all ages to take photos of Good God News with this coloring sheet. Email your Some Good God News photos to Lynn George to share with your Westminster family.

Session 3: The Four Gospel Journey

The Four Gospel Journey, a film series by Alexander J. Shaia: this week is Session Three: Moving Through Trials: Crossing Mark’s Stormy Sea. You can watch each film on your own during the week or join us for a discussion on our Sunday morning Journey Class.