Dear Westminster Family:

I am a child of the “60’s.”   One of the life-changing events of that time frame took place on November 22, 1963.   On that day our president,  John F. Kennedy,  was assassinated.   I remember watching all of the events surrounding this tragedy unfold as a nation grieved.  Talking to people who were old enough to live through that event, I am struck by the fact that they  remember exactly where they were and what they were doing at the time.

We have had a similar national tragedy that has captured the minds and hearts of our people in recent days.  On September 11, 2001 our country suffered a horrendous attack from our enemies in multiple locations resulting in the loss of over 3,000 lives.  I am sure that you remember clearly where you were and what you were doing when you heard the news. 

On Sunday we will take some time in our services to “remember.”  We will hear a testimony from one of our church members who was in the second tower of the World Trade Center on that day.  We will hear several presentations of music and reflection from an oratorio that Pastor Laurey composed called, “An American Requiem.”  I will give a message on “Lessons to be Learned in the School of Suffering.”  It should be a powerful morning.  I would encourage you not only to be in attendance, but to invite someone to join you. 

Also this Sunday…We will begin our next Alpha Course.  This is a course built around a  relationship context that allows  individuals to explore their faith in the safety and securing of a small group setting. We provide a meal  in a structure that is fun and fulfilling.  Let me encourage you to reach out to someone you know who needs to know Jesus and invite them to attend this first “get acquainted” gathering.   I read a statistic recently that I found to be disturbing.  It seems that 80 % of people who are self-described as Christians, never lead another person to Christ.  While the thought of sharing your faith can be daunting, we have made it easy by offering this course as a way to share your faith.  Reach out to someone and invite them to attend with you.

I look forward to being with you this Sunday.

Pastor Gary

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