News & Updates (Page 2)

Thank you for attending the little match girl passion! You helped us raise $1,670 for Miriam’s Kitchen. That’s the equivalent of 1 meal shift including food and staff costs, or moving one person into permanent housing, or five gift cards for those moving in to buy household goods, or the cost of ingredients for 3,340 meals. Thank you for supporting ourRead More →

Some aspects of church will always seem weird to the rest of the world, but this week one in particular stands out.  As partisan influence seeps into the proceedings of this week’s impeachment trial, it can be hard to imagine a community in DC that tries to find a deeper unity, yet at our best, that’s what church is about.Read More →

Your Session sat for its first regular monthly meeting of the year earlier this week.  We mostly dealt with housekeeping matters.  Two new elders, Annette Reilly and Ray Kim, joined us; Rebecca Jackson was elected to the important but unsung role of Clerk of Session. We reviewed the leadership retreat held on Saturday, January 11, for elders and deacons.  There, we learned anRead More →

Dear Western Friends, I write you with great sadness from the corner of 24th and G Streets to confirm an incident of violence yesterday afternoon.  As you may have heard in news reports, a man was stabbed outside our 24th St. entrance just as Miriam’s Kitchen was opening at 2:30 p.m.  Thanks to immediate action from MK staff, first respondersRead More →

“Our nation may be on the brink of an unsanctioned war, and you’re talking about what?” I imagined the response if I led with the theme of “Baptism of the Lord,” this Sunday, January 12, in the liturgical year, yet the meaning of baptism remains focal for our upcoming worship.  This weekend, as our session and deacons gather on SaturdayRead More →

Helping migrant youth through the U.S. immigration system and ending homelessness in D.C. through Western’s mission giving: Alarmed by the increasing number of youth arriving in the U.S, nearly 70,000 migrant children held in custody in 2019, the Mission Team provided Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) a $2000 grant.  KIND is a national organization that has five program goal: Read More →

Project Create was created in 1994 when Rev. John Wimberly, Jr. recognized a need and sought to fill it. Children attending Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School needed an after-school arts program, and Project Create began providing art classes to children in Western’s backyard. Since that time WPC has provided volunteer support, administrative office space, and financial aid. Project Create has continuedRead More →

SESSION Ray Kim Ray is a Ph.D candidate at Georgetown University, and he has been attending Western since he first moved to DC to start this chapter in his life. After his first visit, he was drawn back to Western by the vision and values of this community as it was reflected in the leadership, church programs, and congregational life.Read More →

Nancy and Carlton Brose Nancy and Carlton began coming to Western after moving to DC to be near their daughter, Ari Brose. They can often be seen singing in the choir. Nancy grew up in the DMV area and as a child of a Methodist pastor. She enjoys singing, working to bring people together to “make a difference,” and volunteeringRead More →

Friends, I hope that you are as excited as I am about the annual children’s Christmas program this Sunday!  If you are new to Western and haven’t experienced the always new approach to the ancient story, annually updated and directed by Amy DeLouise, you’re in for a treat. As we look towards a Sunday when our children lead us, IRead More →