News & Updates (Page 2)

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 →

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 →

I have no idea who declared Thursday as world kindness day in honor of my childhood hero (and Presbyterian minister) Mr. Rogers, but what a wonderful idea, especially during these days when our political news threatens to turn us into cynics.  I can’t help but think Mr. Rogers would enjoyed other news, like the story of Jackson, the eight-year-old MarylandRead More →

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 →