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Capital Campaign Update: Reaching Out to Our Church Family and Beyond

Good progress is being made toward achieving our Capital Campaign fundraising goal of $500,000. As of this writing, a total of $354,751 in gifts and pledges have been received. Good progress is also being made on the steeple repair. The company doing the steeple repairs has reported that repair and preparation jobs needed before the shingles and copper can be replaced are between 80-90% complete. Next steps for the campaign include: reaching within our own church community; reaching outward to various neighborhood associations and other organizations for local support; preparing more grant applications; and encouraging people to visit the “give” page of our website. Next steps for capital im

Interim Process Next Steps

By now many of you at WPC may be asking yourselves “What’s happening in the process to call our next pastor?” Here’s some more information for you. Knowing we were going to be doing a study to help the church take a look at itself and at it’s future, I asked the Session to approve forming a transition team to manage that process. They did and over the last month the Nominating Committee found 4 people who have said yes. They are Leif Hartmark, Victor Manieson, Linore Southworth, and Larry Volk. I am grateful for their willingness to add these responsibilities to the other things they were already doing for the church. While the process of finding the team went on, I was playing phone and ema

We are Called to Welcome and Receive Children as Jesus Did

This past Sunday, as we celebrated the children of our church school, I shuddered inside to think of what those smiling faces would look like if they’d been ripped from their families. The elders and I led us all in a blessing of the children. In that moment, I knew we were blessing all children, not just the ones in front of us. My heart breaks at the knowledge that far too many children on our southern border are weeping, not smiling; that too many adults in positions of responsibility forget that we are to welcome and receive children as Jesus did. “Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Over and over again, God calls us to welcome the stranger an

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