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Church Life Update 4/2/2020

April 2, 2020

 

Westminster Friends and Family,

 

We hope and pray that you are all safe and that everyone is in good health. Due to Gov. Pritzker’s newest “Stay at Home” order, we regret to inform you that the physical church facility will remain closed until at least April 30, 2020. We will, however, continue to hold worship services online thru Facebook (visit wpc10.org) and strongly encourage everyone to embrace new digital ways of meeting, connecting, and socializing thru this difficult time.

 

We know that, for many people, this leads to questions about Easter. How can we possibly have Easter online?!? Let’s take a few minutes to think about what this means. What is Easter all about? It is about life and hope. It is a celebration of a time when everything was dark, bleak, and hopeless. For the disciples, the one they thought was the Messiah had just been crucified, leaving them in hiding. For the Romans, it was just another day at the office. And even for our Lord hanging on the cross, it was an unimaginably dark time, leading Him to cry out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

 

It is, however, in the midst of the apparent darkness and hopelessness of Friday that we get the light of Easter Sunday. At its core then, Easter is about new life during a time of death. It is about hope in a time of hopelessness, and ultimately it is about God’s victory over death!

 

So yes, we will have Easter services online, because the location does not matter. What matters is the message that Easter communicates during this time of death, distress, fear, and hopelessness. Westminster Presbyterian Church will be a beacon of light to those who seek God’s Word, and we cannot wait for you to join us.

 

Be blessed and be safe, from your WPC Session,

Barbara Halsey, Jason Drury, Gary Gapinske, Kerry Proczko, Claire Pepper, Lou Jacobs, Susanne Fuller, Fred Lemmerhirt, Irving Vickers, and Pastor Jeff Gissing

Church Life Update 3/27/2020

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

 

Westminster Friends and Family,

In these uncertain and changing times, this passage from the book of Romans gives us powerful encouragement and hope. It reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. By God’s grace, through faith, we have certainty that our future is secure in Jesus’ loving arms. As we deal with the impact that COVID-19 is having around our world today, we have this incredible peace.

 

Session, in consultation with incoming Transitional Pastor Jeff Gissing, continues to monitor this very fluid and ever changing situation.  As the State of Illinois has mandated that we stay at home until at least April 8, we will continue to suspend all services and activities held at Westminster Presbyterian Church thru April 13, 2020.  We know many of you were hoping for an Easter miracle and the church would triumphantly gather to celebrate the Risen Lord.  We still will celebrate Jesus. 

 

Looking ahead, Elder Gapinske will deliver this week’s message, followed by Elder Drury who will lead all Holy Week online services.  We will continue to bring you messages in this new digital way and hope you will embrace the opportunity to try something new.  We know that this does not meet the needs of all of our covenant partners, but there seems to be no safe alternative other than staying away from each other.

 

We are going to offer our first ever “Online Communion” on April 9 (Maundy Thursday) at 7pm.  We encourage each of you to gather the necessary supplies, juice/wine and crackers/bread, to partake in this celebration of the Lord’s Supper.  Elder Drury intends to deliver a message from his home and share in communion in the same setting as everyone else.  It’s an exciting opportunity that each of us can embrace and participate in.

 

We encourage each of you to embrace Prayer Deacon Dian’s mission for each of us to be a supplement to the Shepherd Program.  Call, text, or email your WPC Family and grow connections in new ways.  Share a laugh, but more importantly, share a prayer together to welcome Jesus’ presence.  We want all of you talking so that when we do finally come back together, we can quickly engage in our various ministries and make a difference.

 

We want to hear your ideas on how we can make a difference right now in our communities. Please reach out and share your thoughts and ideas.  Let’s show the world the “Westminster Way” and make an impact in the name of Jesus.

 

May we all lift up our medical professionals, police, fire, grocery workers, sanitation workers, and the many, many other essential workers who are risking their lives for our own.  May God protect them and bring them home to their families every day.

 

Never forget, God is good!

Be well and God Bless.

WPC Session

3/27/2020

The best way to experience what Westminster is all about is to attend a worship service on a Sunday morning at 10:30am.  You'll meet the community, be taught thru a sermon message, and have a chance to connect in person. Join us each week as we learn how to live life to it's fullest; with faith, family, accountability, and humility.

 

This website is also an opportunity to catch just a glimpse, a small glimpse, of our church family.  Yes...... you can see some of our ministries; Yes........ you can hear a sermon; Yes...... you can ask a question; but nothing compares to the feeling of being amongst our family of Christian brothers and sisters.  

All below events are currently canceled until further notice:

Sunday Worship Service - 10:30 AM - Sanctuary                                                                                                                                                                               Youth Sunday School - 9:00-10:00 AM - Meeting in the West Conference room                                                                                                                         "Standard Lesson Commentary" meets 9:00 AM Sunday in the library                                                                                                                                  "Read Through the Bible" meets 9:00 AM Sunday in the lounge.

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Westminster recently had the incredible joy of sharing Sunday worship and a picnic lunch with Household of Faith Christian Church from Plainfield, IL and Crossroads Community Church from Chicago, IL.

BIG thanks to all those who attended the garden party.  The event included sharing lunch together and beautifying our grounds.  

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WHAT OUR 5 W's MEAN?

WORSHIP TEAM - oversees all aspects of the worship life of the church.

WELCOME TEAM - oversees programs that attract, educate and assimilate partners into our church family.

WALK TEAM - oversees the effective and faithful management of personal, spiritual, and material resources, as well as discipleship of the congregation.

WORK TEAM - provides a ministry of work with and for each other, as well as maintaining our church home.

WITNESS TEAM - oversees congregational ministries that share the gospel in the community as well as mission partnerships.

Westminster

Presbyterian

Church

10 N Edgelawn Drive

(Corner of Edgelawn

and Galena Blvd.)

Aurora, IL 60506

 

Phone: 630 896-5502

FAX: 630 896-5507

 

info@wpc10.org

 

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

Westminster Presbyterian Church exists to lead people into intimate relationships with Jesus, the Son of God, deep relationships with His family, and servant relationships with our community.



Our 5 W's:

WORSHIP = Worship services and music.

WELCOME = Offering programs to educate and assimilate members of our church family.

WALK = Discipleship and knowledge.

WORK - Maintaining our church home, the needs of members in crisis, and developing the talents and spiritual gifts of our family.

WITNESS = Bringing Jesus to our local communities and around the world, through funding, special events, and evangelism.

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10 N. Edgelawn Drive, Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-5502