News & Updates (Page 2)

I wish you all could have heard J.D. this morning. She came to Western for the memorial service for former Miriam’s Kitchen guests to speak in memory of her father. As an uber driver, J.D. still finds herself looking for him in his usual spots between Anacostia and downtown. She also said that part of her heart is at peace,Read 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 →

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving and get ready for Advent at the same time? The short answer is to come to Western on Sunday! Last Sunday that meant celebrating 25 years in this building, hosting Miriam’s Kitchen as a way of practicing our religious freedom.  One of you commented, “This felt like Thanksgiving Day to me!”  I’d add giving thanksRead 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 →

Thirty years ago this past May, as I prepared to graduate from high school, members of Western took a historic vote. In true Presbyterian fashion, under the leadership of their charismatic pastor, they discussed and prayed, and then voted to move the church’s site six blocks away, from 19th and H to 24th and G Streets.  As Rev. John WimberlyRead 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 →