Westminster's Blog

February 7, 2018

We have a new initiative underway at Westminster, and it is easy for you to get involved! Session has made a commitment to reducing bulk paper mailings. Here is why: (1) achieve significant savings in printing and postage costs (2) become better stewards of the environment by reducing our carbon footprint and (3) encourage our congregation to take advantage of the multiple opportunities to receive information online - via email, the website, and social media.

We are mindful and respectful of the fact that some will wish to continue to receive paper mailings and we will accommodate this need. As we move forward with this initiative, it is hoped that most will be...

October 3, 2017

Save the Date!  Westminster’s annual Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan will be held on Sunday, October 15th.  The Kirkin’ is a special way of joining our Westminster family and friends together.  Please do invite guests to come with you and be sure to introduce them to the Westminster family.   

We will welcome Dr. Earl S. Johnson, Jr. as our guest preacher. He is looking forward to working with the people of Westminster again, especially in this time of change and reformation.  Dr. Johnson is a retired PC(USA) pastor, Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College, and a member of Albany Presbytery Peacemaking Task Force.  He also serves o...

September 6, 2017

Volunteers are needed to bring cookies (or fruit, cheese and, other goodies) to provide refreshment during the coffee and fellowship time following worship.  These contributions help make this a welcoming and pleasant time for members and guests - a very important part of our hospitality ministry.  

How much can you bring? You can do it all yourself or sign-up for half the need.

For each Sunday, we provide the equivalent of 8 dozen cookies.  Volunteers can either sign-up to provide the full need or half of what is needed.  If one volunteer covers half the need, we hope that another volunteer will offer to provide the other half.

How do you get on board? ...

August 19, 2016

Bagpipes, drums and tartan banners!  So, what’s the "Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan" worship service all about?  

A Little History – Scottish Heritage

The Kirkin’ is a celebration of the Scottish roots of the Presbyterian heritage.  This tradition originated in the United States during World War II, when it was introduced by the late Peter Marshall at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.  Kirking, from the Scottish Gaelic word kirk, which means church, and in this usage means ‘blessing.’  A kirkin’ can be thought of as the gathering of families to enter into the House of the Lord to worship and praise.   The colorful woven tartans that are displayed during the s...

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