May Newsletter

May Newsletter

May Newsletter (

Dear Westport Presbies,

The Season of Pentecost is upon us!  Join us for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our Pentacost service on May 19th.  Wear red to symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit descending upon us all!

News In and Around the Community:

Our Interim Pastor Search Committee is hard at work, jumping through all the hurdles we’re required to get through before we can actually post the job and start interviews.  Here’s hoping for a productive search!  In the meantime, Session has renewed Pastor Susan’s contract with us for another three months.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE for Bettie Taylor will be held this week on Friday, May 3 at 11 a.m. in the church Sanctuary with visitation starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Obituary: Bettie Taylor’s Obituary (

We will post the livestreamed service on facebook:
and it will be crossposted to our Website not long after:

Sunday, May 19th at 12:10pm (following Worship Service), please join us for a BON VOYAGE PARTY in honor of Marian Thomas in the Fellowship Hall.  Light refreshments will be served as we wish Marian warmest wishes as she embarks on her latest adventure – relocating to Oberlin, Ohio.

Benjamin Ruiz, one of our choir leads, is off to exciting new opportunities.  Unfortunately, that means our church has lost his voice on our stage, and we were unable to wish him a proper farewell before he left us.  Best wishes!

Upcoming Events:

See our calendar for activities in and around the church!  Events Calendar – Westport Presbyterian Church

  • May 3 – 9:30AM – Visitation for Bettie Taylor
    11AM    – Funeral Service
  • May 19 – Pentacost Service – wear red!
  • May 19 – Bon Voyage party for Marian after church!
  • Mondays at 4:30 – FREDitation – a centering prayer experience
  • Wednesday night Zoom Bible Study meets on May 8 and May 22 at 7pm.  All are welcome; please contact the church for the link
  • May 17 at 12PM – Brown Bag Concert – Violetta Duo

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Bread, Buns, Fruit, Water, Meat, Peanut Butter, Cheese are always needed for our INTERRUPT HUNGER work.
  • WESTPORT SHOWERS happens on Sundays & Thursday nights. Men’s boxer brief underwear needed. Men’s and Women’s shoes, pants, and backpacks
  • WESTPORT SHOWERS is looking for additional volunteers to help with Sunday mornings. With the increase in guests, we would like to have teams of 2 volunteers upstairs working together at the door and 2 downstairs working in the shower/laundry room each Sunday. You would be working with experienced volunteers who can train you in what is needed. If you would like to help, and are willing to volunteer 1 Sunday morning a month, reach out to Drew Irwin or Allison Rozga for more information.
  • WEEKDAY LUNCH VOLUNTEERS. We could use a few more people to help with making weekday lunches. We have an opening on Wednesdays (to make lunches to be given out on Thursdays).

Events suggested by some of our committees:

  • The Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition of KC and the Environmental Action Network of Village Church are co-hosting Dr. Thomas Grant, who will discuss COP28: UN Conference on Climate Change. Good News & Bad News.  In December, Dr. Grant was selected to be an onsite Observer to COP 28.
    Monday evening, May 6, 7:00-9:00 pm, South Entrance Room 126, Village Church, 6641 Mission, Prairie Village, KS
    On Thursday, May 9 at noon, a gathering of concerned persons of faith from around the metropolitan area will gather at the Quindaro Ruins Overlook Structure in Kansas City, Kansas to continue their year-long rallies and demonstrations expressing their support for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s vision of the Beloved Community, while resisting White Christian Nationalism.
    For more information about these monthly rallies, contact Rev. Dr. Stephen Jones


If you have information that should make it into next month’s newsletter, please let Martine know.

Keep the faith…  WPC


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