News & Updates

The Session had a special meeting on July 31 to talk about the future of the plaza on the Virginia Avenue side of the church. For many years, there has been a problem with trash, broken glass, needles, human feces, and other waste being deposited on the plaza. Gaston and Sterling have done such a good job cleaning it upRead More →

We welcome as worship leaders today, the Reverend Doctor Phillip Bennett and Reverend Irene Vinyard Bennett, better known as Phil and Irene. Both are graduates of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville KY and have served Baptist churches and agencies in eight states and Hong Kong. As educational ministers, writers, and editors, they have created curriculum, been national leaders,Read More →

Western welcomes our new Director of Music Ministry, Dr. Allan Laino, who will begin leading us in worship on Sunday, August 26. Just as the Music Ministry task force is excited about his coming on board, Allan shares the following with regard to Western: “I’m thrilled to be joining a church community that is intentional about living out their faith.Read More →

Friends, I had thought this summer would be focused on finding our quiet center here at Western, although I’ve realized the Spirit is currently moving in some ways that either aren’t so quiet or shouldn’t be.  Here are three things you should know: On August 26, we welcome our new Director of Music Ministry, Dr. Allan Laino.  A member of the choralRead More →

“…This doesn’t feel very “Presbyterian”” This statement isn’t unique to Presbyterians.  Most denominations have either an exact word for word, or a similar version of this message that gets passed around in their circles.  We could have multiple newsletter articles about what it does and doesn’t mean to be Presbyterian.   One of the things that falls under the category ofRead More →

Session met on Tuesday, July 10 for a challenging discussion about the church’s finances. We reviewed where Western is on its 2018 budget and took steps to increase savings, such as leaving the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Coordinator vacant for the rest of the year and deciding not to hire Sunday morning security personnel. But even with those changes, theRead More →

The PC(USA) Frontero De Cristo Bi-national  Ministry is taking a delegation of interested persons on a pilgrimage from the US/Mexico Border to the Mexico/Guatemala border to explore the connections between coffee, migration, and faith. As the WPC delegation that visited the Frontero de Cristo Community Ministries in January 2018 can attest, experiencing life along the Mexico US border opens heartsRead More →

“…But I Don’t think of myself as a spiritual person” You’ve heard this statement before, right? Maybe you’ve even said this statement. Maybe not out loud or to someone else, but somewhere to yourself you might have spoken it form within. Often times we use this as a reason not to try something new in our life of faith. ItRead More →

“Come and find the quiet center” – the line from the recent hymn rang through my head as John and I talked about summer worship.  We wanted everyone to have a chance to have a taste of the holy silence, the pause of Selah, our Sunday evening worship opportunity.  And we looked at the scripture passages for this summer and imaginedRead More →

This upcoming Tuesday, June 12, Western’s Building and Facilities Manager, Sterling Thomas, will present a proposal for contracting with a local agency for Sunday morning security personnel.  Anticipating questions, here is some more information: This step grows out of conversations from last year’s session and deacons.  Responsibility for Western’s security was built into Sterling’s position description, with the hope thatRead More →