News & Updates

By now you should have seen the stewardship mailing – words and pictures to help you understand how your giving to Western makes our mission and ministry possible, If you have already made your pledge, thank you! Our stewardship letter is different from all the others you receive requesting support because giving to church is different. While other non-profits mayRead More →

While children across our nation recover from the Halloween sugar shock today, or Nationals fans see this as the day before the big “welcome home” parade, Christian traditions around the world observe November 1 as All Saints’ Day.  All Saints’ is the day we remember those who have died, who have gone to their eternal rest. Remembering those who have goneRead More →

Update: The original work dates and permits were cancelled by the district because of the National’s parade. Work has been rescheduled and the building will be closed Saturday, November 16. The church building will be closed November 2. Advance Building Services will begin installation of the new HVAC condensing units servicing the Sanctuary and the Multi-Purpose on Monday, October 28th.Read More →

As we get ready to welcome Christian Brooks from the PC(USA)’s Office of Public Witness for the Racial Wealth Gap Simulation on Sunday, I can imagine some of you thinking, “that’s a good idea, but I’m not sure what it has to do with church.” At last week’s session meeting, I was reminded by members of a Western anti-racism groupRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We devoted most of the meeting time to hearing a progress report from the anti-racism group that came together two years ago.  The group has developed a work plan — organized on the principles of education, empathy and action — to share with the entire church.  You’ll be seeingRead More →

As much as I love being a pastor, sometimes I want Tom Sietsema’s job.  Last Sunday at Western was not one of those times – I don’t know how food critics try so many dishes and still fits in their clothes. If you did not get to taste newcomer Susan Park’s sweet potato noodles lightly stir-fried with beef and vegetablesRead More →

This Sunday, come let God engage your faith at Western we join in solidarity with Christians around the globe to celebrate World Communion Sunday. Begun in 1936 in the Presbyterian Church and adopted by the National Council of Churches in 1940, the celebration reminds of our oneness with Christians in many cultures and environments. As we observe the universal Christian practiceRead More →

Sundays, June 9, 16, and 23 Western Presbyterian Church is holding a three week series engaging in conversation and action around three “tracks” or themes. Join worship at 10am. Then grab a cup of coffee and head to a track for the 11 am hour. Intercultural Faith Exploring the life and work of Howard Thurman, pioneer in intercultural ministry andRead More →

Your Session sat for its regular monthly meeting earlier this week. We finally reached a decision on the plaza after months of study, discernment and deliberation. To recap, the plaza is the hardscaped area in front of the church that faces Virginia Avenue.  It’s an irregularly shaped space and a blind spot exists in the corner where trash, broken glass, needles, humanRead More →