Dear Westport Presbies, family and friends,
Greetings in the love and spirit of Jesus! May you be filled with a spirit of courage, inner tranquility and compassion for others and for yourself in these days of uncertainty in personal and global life. May we pray and act as we are able for world peace—for healing and recovery of the ill—and relief and rescue for all beings living in conditions of danger. As disciples, you are called to become space for God’s grace!
We need socks for our ministry to the homeless! And food items for the lunch bags.
We are installing new elders and deacons this Sunday, Jan. 12: Elders Jim Turner, Stan Morgan and Paul White. Deacons James Capps, Gerry Antes and Roy Fester. Baptism of the Lord Sunday!
Youth Group meets this Friday, January 10 from 6-8 p.m. Hooray!
Check out a new book study in the Contemporary Discipleship Sunday School Class: Amy Jill Levine’s “Short Stories by Jesus”, a look at Jesus’ parables in their original context. Amy Jill Levine is a Jewish professor at a United Church of Christ Seminary in Nashville.
Keep praying for and loving Fred Culver and Rae Peterson after Fred’s emergency hospital stay; Nancy Brockman being treated for cancer and living at Bishop Spencer Place; Steven Thomas preparing for stem cell transplant and Riva Capellari’s whole family in the shocking death of a 4 week old family member, Carly Simon following knee surgery, Drew and Alison expecting a child!
You were very generous with all Christmas giving to a family, a senior citizen and a military veteran, to Cherith Brook, Shepherd Center, and the men and women who come in for the Sunday shower ministry and to the church itself. We praise God!
A surprise of beautiful art awaits all who enter the Fellowship Room. “The Collected Works of Mollie Sweeney” is a professionally hung exhibit of paintings Mollie created during heART and Soul week last summer. “Ocean”, “Happiness”, “Kindness, Forgiveness”, “Tiger”, “Dragon”, “Love Yourself” and others are a joy to experience. Some of have even sold! Smile. Congratulations, Mollie!
Attached is a copy of my Christmas Sunday sermon, along with some photos of our life together at Westport.
1. Bluegrass Mass at Rev Scott’s 25th Anniversary Celebration
2. New church sign being installed in front yard
3. “Happiness” by Mollie Sweeney
4. “Ocean” by Mollie Sweeney
5. Willow Woods Child Development Center winter program
Exciting Doug Talley Quartet Jazz Concert in honor of Dr. King is Monday, January 20, 12:00 noon in the church sanctuary Get a ticket to ride on the A Train with “The Duke”! Reserve a room for “A Night in Tunisia” with Dizzy! Come and enjoy some jazz tunes that will put a smile on the moon.
Keep the faith…..Rev Scott