Welcome to Westminster

IMG_20140924_191316894.jpgWe at Westminster come from a variety of backgrounds, and embody a broad spectrum of perspectives.

We find unity in Jesus Christ and in this caring community of faith, and welcome others interested in traveling with us in faith.

Experience an energized and faith-filled worship service.

Includes devotional hymns, prayer, choir, children, group affirmations of faith, handbells, scripture readings, and more. You are invited to visit us Sundays at 10am .

Also we offer Worship on Wednesdays at 6:45-7:15pm for a half hour of diverse forms of worship and faith. A 6pm buffet is provided before the service.

Westminster is a church in the Presbyterian (USA) tradition, and thus its theology draws on the heritage of Reformation hallmarks. We believe in salvation by grace through faith, and we see the Scriptures as what Luther called “the cradle in which Christ is laid,” the medium through which we encounter God’s witness in Christ. While a variety of theological viewpoints are represented within our membership, most would hold as central a belief in the atoning work of Christ and his victory over death in the resurrection. We are a congregation that looks for the fruits of the Spirit to be borne out in our life together and in service of the wider community as we seek to follow the great commandment of Christ, to love God and neighbor.

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Rev. David Mote, Interim Pastor

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Rev. David Mote began his service at Westminster as Interim Pastor on December 1, 2014.  David was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in California – from 4th grade on in Palo Alto. He graduated from Harvard College, majoring in Physics, and from Union Theological Seminary in New York.

He was ordained by the Presbytery of Western Colorado and served pastorates in Cortez. Colorado, Springville and Provo, Utah [two churches simultaneously], Vacaville and Ontario, California.
He has served as interim pastor in Seattle, in Richmond, California, at the Presbyterian Church in Chinatown, San Francisco, and in Albany. He also did a two-month first-response ministry in South Carolina.

He has two children and five grandchildren. He and his wife just celebrated their third wedding anniversary. Besides hanging out with family he enjoys long bicycle rides, hiking, cooking and reading.

Blue Christmas—Advent Longing for Light and Hope

Wednesday, December 17, Dinner 6 p.m., Candlelight Communion 7–7:30 p.m. God is with us even when we can’t be happy and joyful. The quiet, contemplative Blue Christmas Service acknowledges our grief and moves us to a place of hope. Please invite friends and neighbors. If this isn’t a blue Christmas for you, please join us in solidarity, as a friend in Christ to others.

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Choral Advent Service

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Our Chancel Choir invites you to enjoy a musical Advent Service Sunday, December 14.  Anthems of differing styles and tempos celebrate the beloved story of the coming of the Christ Child.  Come and hear “Prophets Knew,” “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Light of the World,” and “My Heart, Your Bethlehem.”

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Parent’s Night Out!

This is an opportunity for parents to do some shopping or gift wrapping or a quiet dinner out while the kids enjoy a Christmas party at the church.  Pizza will be served and there will be crafts, games and a movie.  Bring a friend and join the party on Friday, December 19, 2014 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Please RSVP to Teri Yerton by December 12, 2014.

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Holiday Ballgame

Westminster is sending a group of fans to a U of O men’s basketball game on Saturday, December 20 at 12:00 o’clock.  Because the students are home for the holidays their up-close-and-personal reserve sections available to us.  Tickets are only $10 and includes free hot dog and soft drink.  Please contact Dave Holloman for more information.

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What are Chrismons?

Since 1979 the sanctuary tree at Westminster has been decorated with white and gold Chrismons, those Christian monograms symbolizing the purity and majesty of our Lord.  Both the monogram and the placement on the tree are highly significant.  Look for the display in the Narthex for information as to the meaning of each christen.  This is the Iota Eta Sigma in a circle.  IHS are the first letters of Jesus in Greek and the circle represents eternity.

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Aloha, Liz

Westminster gave Liz Leavit a warm Aloha send off on November 30, her last day as our Interim Pastor.  The musicians of Mele Ohana entertained with ukelele music and hula dances.  We all learned to do the Hukilau, with Liz and some of our Elders doing their best to learn the storytelling gestures.  The congregation presented Liz with a cash love gift in appreciation of her time with us.  We are fully aware of  how difficult it was for her to be separated from her husband, Jason, who accepted a…

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