Dear Westport Presbies, family and friends,
Our annual Thanksgiving Dinner is Sunday, November 18 after worship. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. You can reply to this email, sign up on Sunday or call the church office. Adults $12. Children 10 and under $6. 3 and under are free. The dinner is only a little over two weeks away, so make your plans now!
We extend the love and sympathy of the congregation to Tom Klinginsmith’s family. Tom died last Wednesday night. He was 97 years old! We praise God for his life and faith. The funeral service is Monday, Nov. 5 at 11:00 am at Belden-Larkin Funeral Home in Leavenworth, Kansas. Visitation begins at 9. Internment will be at 12:30 pm at the Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors.
There will be a CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER RETREAT “Be Still and Know That I am God” at the church on Saturday, Nov. 17 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Experienced leaders from the Kansas City area, including Sr. Therese Elias, Order of St. Benedict and musical accompaniment by Andrea and Abdhi Dutt. Free. Donations accepted. Simple lunch will be provided.
This Sunday, Nov. 4 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY, including celebration of holy communion.
Three more performances of ORACLE OF THE OZARKS, this Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Nov. 1,2,3 at 7:30 pm. A Kansas City theatre critic wrote: “Oracle of the Ozarks” features a cast of four local actors who work with style by creating rich characters that allow the actors to flex their skills in presenting a fresh piece of theatre to the world…. the play delivers strong messages and challenges the actors and audience to see circumstances not generally associated with normal situations. The play possesses several themes that keep the action moving and intensity building.” (Review title was: WESTPORT CHURCH AMPLIFIES ART) See attached photos of a terrific cast in action!
Keep Libby Asher in your prayers, Carly Simon, Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, victims of racist killings in Louisville, all targets of the pipe bombs, Sue and Daryl Newman, Evan Barclay, Lora Diane Farrell, Kathy Westbay, all soldiers in harm’s way, separated families at the border, Presby mission workers and teams around the world.
Paul Meier, organist, is performing in the Westport Concert Series on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Our pledge drive goal this year is $90,000. Prayerfully consider how you will respond to God’s grace in your life and how you will connect by giving to God’s work in Westport Presbyterian.
Vote on Tuesday! If you need information, there is literature at the church from the League of Women Voters, and Riva Capellari is a great source of current information.
Keep the faith, Rev Scott