Supporting prisoner community re-entry and migrants seeking new life Free Minds Write NightA gift of $3000 was made to Free Minds Write Night and Book Club.  Western Presbyterian Church has supported Free Minds for a number of years by hosting Write Night on an every other month basis. It’s a time for community volunteers to gather alongside Free Minds Poet Ambassadors homeRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week.  The main order of business was consideration of the 2020 church budget, which we approved. For the most part, next year’s budget maintains the status quo – revenues and expenses are about the same as this year. Pledge income is forecast to be up a little, but not asRead More →

Do you know who the Mission Team supports through Western’s benevolence budget? Supporting Low-Income Seniors in the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood: A gift of $1000 was made to St. Mary’s Court Resident Relief Fund. This fund helps residents in times of emergencies for such things as food, medicine, and transportation. A gift of $1000 was made to Foggy Bottom West EndRead More →

The Mission Team will be contributing about 50 small overnight tote bags to be given out at this month’s Vigil for those who have died while homeless (Dec. 19-20). Each guest staying overnight at the vigil will get a bag. You can help by donating one of each item to fill a bag, or more, or multiples of one item:Read More →

Starting in January, Western Presbyterian Church will host Thursday night dinner and prayer services for college and grad students once a month. Students of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome to participate. To support this campus ministry, we are looking for volunteers to provide a meal for (likely) 10 students, although we hope that number grows!If you’re interested in volunteering,Read More →

Each year Western contributes to the larger Presbyterian Church (USA) to fund our denomination’s work in the National Capital Presbytery and across the country. The “per capita” paid to the presbytery is based on Western’s number of members and funds the programs, training, and resources that help us work together with other congregations. For 2020, the assessment paid by WesternRead More →

Ending Homelessness A gift of $9500 was made to Calvary Women’s Services to help support their new housing programs expanding capacity by 80%. Calvary Women’s Services empowers homeless women to transform their lives through housing, health, education and employment programs.   You can help by providing start up furnishings and supplies for women moving into new homes.  Restoring the Anacostia RiverRead More →

The Mission Team has completed making gifts from Western’s benevolence budget.  Over the next weeks, these organizations and their good works will be highlighted in this space.  This week the spotlight is on gifts to two organizations addressing food scarcity in Southeast Washington, DC. A gift of $1000 was made to Building Bridges over the River (BBAR) for BBAR farmsRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week.  We heard an excellent report from the Investment Funds task force, headed by Elder Jen Druliner. It’s no secret that Western is the beneficiary of a large endowment (although endowment is not the precise term) – an unrestricted fund given to Western in connection with the sale of ourRead More →