Current Sermon Series

October 2020


This October, we’ll be celebrating a church-wide stewardship program called “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Generosity and Simplicity.” Over a four-week period we’ll “rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices. In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment, overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity. This book could change your life, by changing your relationship with money.” (www.adamhamilton.com)

The four-week series will include:

· Weekly Sunday school lessons, as well as, recordings of the lessons posted to our website and social media exploring themes from the Enough series.

Adult Sunday School Classes at 10 a.m. located in the Social Hall on October 4, 11, 18, and 25. Lessons are taught by Tammy McKibben, Linda Ralston, Beth Teachey, and Sue Wright. T

· Sunday services with Pastor April’s message focused on embracing opportunities to exercise simplicity and generosity.

October 4 - Outside Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Enough to Love; When Dreams become Nightmares - Deuteronomy 6:1-5

October 11 - Outside Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Enough to Give; Wisdom and Finance - Mark 12:41-44

October 18 - Outside Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Enough to Know; Cultivating Contentment - Philippians 4:10-13

October 25 - Worship Inside Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.

Enough to Live; Defined by Generosity - Proverbs 11:24-25

· Download the estimate of giving card if you would like to submit your pledge on paper, however you have the option to submit your annual estimate of giving through your Realm account. Please let us know if you have any questions about Realm.

· We are excited to be able to offer Mini-Grant opportunities once again. Download the mission grant flyer for more information.

Mark your calendars now and plan on joining us as you are able.

In Christ,

Westminster’s Commitment Ministry

Ed Crawford, Curtis Foltz (Elder), Ed Glover (Co-Pilot), Kaitlin Steck (Co-Pilot), and Rev. April Cranford




November 2020


Essential Prayers Prayer connects, changes, and moves us closer to God. As Thanksgiving draws near, we will draw near to God share, listen, write and respond to simple prayers from the heart. Sunday, November 1 Prayer is Essential, 1 John 5:13-15 (All Saints Day) Sunday, November 8 Essential Prayers; WOW, Exodus 15:11 (Veteran's Day and Elder Installation) Sunday, November 15 Essential Prayers; HELP, Psalm 121:1-2 Sunday, November 22 Essential Prayers: THANKS, Colossians 4:12 (Communion)




Advent 2020


Advent is about waiting, expecting and anticipating the birth of Christ our Lord. The Advent season is a magnifier for everyone, but in different ways. For some, it magnifies the good, the happy, the joy. For others, it can magnify the hard, the pain, the darkness. May we travel together as honest as we can on a quest for encouragement, hope, and strength in the places we are currently living- emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Let us magnify and honor Christ this Advent and Christmas season within a weary world. Sunday, November 29 Honoring Reality, Zechariah 14:6-9 Sunday, December 6 Practicing Honesty, Mark 1:1-4 Sunday, December 13 Embracing Paradox, Luke 1:46-56 Sunday, December 20 Borrowing Hope for God is with Us, Matthew 1:23 Thursday, December 24 Magnify Christ, Luke 2:1-20 Sunday, December 27




Unwrapping the Names of Jesus


Which name of Jesus are you clinging to these days? Is Jesus your Rock, Wonderful Counselor, Fountain, or Prince of Peace?

May the various names of Christ expand our vocabulary in worship and deepen our faith in Him. Learn more about the various names of Christ by reading one of the following adventdevotionals; Unwrapping the Names of Jesus by Asheritah Ciuciu, Names for the Messiah by Walter Brueggemann, and Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen.

Sunday, November 28: Revelation 1:8 & 21:6-7, Alpha and Omega

Sunday, December 5: Isaiah 9:2-7, Wonderful Counselor

Sunday, December 12: John 1:1-5, and 14, Word

Sunday, December 19: Matthew 1:18-25, Emmanuel

Friday, Christmas Eve: Luke 2:1-20, Savior

Sunday, December 26: Lessons and Carols Recorded Service

Sunday, January 2: John 8:12, Light of the World

Sunday January 9: Matthew 2:1-12, King

Advent calendar paper chains are available across from the chapel at the new welcome center. Each chain link has a different name of Christ with a scripture reference. Join the Advent Name Challenge! Each day read the name of Christ printed on the chain link and implement that particular name for Christ in your prayers and conversations with friends and family.

1. Advocate

2. Alpha and Omega

3. Bread of Life

4. Bridegroom

5. Bright Morning Star

6. Carpenter

7. Cornerstone

8. Fountain

9. Gate

10. God’s Beloved Son

11. High Priest

12. I AM

13. Immanuel

14. King

15. Lamb of God

16. Life

17. Light of the world

18. Lord of all

19. Messiah, the Christ

20. Our Passover

21. Physician

22. Prince of Peace

23. Prophet

24. Rabbi

25. Redeemer

26. Reflection of God

27. Resurrection and the Life

28. Rock

29. Savior

30. Servant

31. Shepherd, Good Shepherd

32. Teacher

33. True Vine

34. Who is, who was, who is to come

35. Word




Winter 2021 Finding God and Community in the Ordinary


Since many of us remain apart from friends, family, and church family, the winter worship series encourages us to observe how ordinary items remind us of God's abiding presence and how these common items connect us to community.

To enhance the worship series, we are seeking individuals to create visuals in the sanctuary of the ordinary items each week along with individuals to write faith stories of personal reflection in relation to the ordinary item. Contact Pastor April if you would like to share your gifts in faith and time in these creative ways.

May we, the body of Christ, find God in the ordinary and thus allow the Spirit to connect us together as the community of faith in mysterious and holy ways.

-January 10 - Water, Mark 1:9-11

-January 17 - Messy House, Luke 17:11-19

-January 24 - Phone, Matthew 26:36-46

-January 31 - Bench, Psalm 36:5-9

-February 7 - Bread, John 6:35-40

-February 14 - Book, TBD




Lent 2021 Tunnel Series


When have you said, I see the light at the end of the tunnel? Perhaps these words were said when receiving your vaccine shot, at the end of a difficult season in your life or at the completion of a large project. As Christians, we see the light at the end of the tunnel as the hope, truth, and love found in Christ our Lord. Join Westminster, as we explore our faith during lent through a Tunnel Worship Series. Enhance your Lenten journey by visiting the Blue Ridge Tunnel using provided prayer cards found at the Ash Wednesday services, online, or in the church office. • Ash Wednesday, February 17 at
noon and 6 p.m. - Tunnel Vision, Luke 4:1-12
• February 21 - Fear in the Tunnel,
John 14:25-27
• February 28 - Uncertainty in the Tunnel,
Mark 9:14-29
• March 7 - Determination in the Tunnel,
Matthew 18:21-22
• March 14 - Darkness in the Tunnel,
John 11:1-44
• March 21 - Surrender in the Tunnel,
Luke 9:1-6
• March 28 - Celebration in the Tunnel,
John 12:12-19
• Maundy Thursday, April 1 at 7 p.m. -
Tunnel of Love, John 13:1-20, 31-35
• Easter, April 4 - Light at the End of the Tunnel,
Matthew 28:1-10




Spring 2021 Mountaintop Moments


We will follow in the footsteps of God’s chosen people as we climb the mountains of Moriah, Sinai, Carmel, Beatitudes, Tabor, and Zion. We will listen to the Master Storyteller as he teaches us his ways; and, like the children of Israel, we’ll make use of the prayers, songs, and praises of our faith throughout the journey. -Sunday, April 18 Scripture, Genesis 22:1-19 Sermon, Moriah: Mount of Provision -Sunday, April 25 Scripture, Exodus 20:2-20 Sermon, Sinai: Mount of God’s Law -Sunday, May 2 Scripture, 1 Kings 18:19-40 Sermon, Carmel: Mount of Decision -Sunday, May 9 Scripture, Matthew 5:1-12 Sermon, Beatitudes: Mount of Blessings -Sunday, May 16 Scripture, Matthew 17:1-9 Sermon, Tabor: Mount of Transfiguration Pentecost -Sunday, May 23 Scripture, Revelation 21:1-4, 10-14, 22-25 Sermon, Zion: Mount of God’s Presence We look forward to Westminster hikers recording prayers on top of mountains that will be shared during each worship service.




Spring 2021 Mountaintop Moments


We will follow in the footsteps of God’s chosen people as we climb the mountains of Moriah, Sinai, Carmel, Beatitudes, Tabor, and Zion. We will listen to the Master Storyteller as he teaches us his ways; and, like the children of Israel, we’ll make use of the prayers, songs, and praises of our faith throughout the journey. -Sunday, April 18 Scripture, Genesis 22:1-19 Sermon, Moriah: Mount of Provision -Sunday, April 25 Scripture, Exodus 20:2-20 Sermon, Sinai: Mount of God’s Law -Sunday, May 2 Scripture, 1 Kings 18:19-40 Sermon, Carmel: Mount of Decision -Sunday, May 9 Scripture, Matthew 5:1-12 Sermon, Beatitudes: Mount of Blessings -Sunday, May 16 Scripture, Matthew 17:1-9 Sermon, Tabor: Mount of Transfiguration Pentecost -Sunday, May 23 Scripture, Revelation 21:1-4, 10-14, 22-25 Sermon, Zion: Mount of God’s Presence We look forward to Westminster hikers recording prayers on top of mountains that will be shared during each worship service.




Summer 2021 Sacred Travels


Click Here to download the Sacred Travels Packing List

Summer Worship

Before leaving on a trip, we often pray for travel mercies. Also, we hear people say, “safe travels.” What if our travels could be both safe and sacred? This summer, include on your packing list virtues such as love, faith, and generosity. While on vacation, unpack these virtues, worship at a church, and serve in the community. Throughout the summer, worship with Westminster at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary or online. The Westminster Church family prays for all of your summer travels to be both safe and sacred.

  • June 13- Travel with Rebekah in Generosity, Genesis 24

Music coordinated by Pat Cuomo

  • June 20- Travel with Jethro in Wisdom, Exodus 18

Music coordinated by Bettie Tindall

  • June 27- Travel with Ruth in Patient Love, Ruth 1

Music coordinated by Pat Cuomo

  • July 4-Travel with Samuel in Sacrifice, 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Music coordinated by Bettie Tindall

  • July 11- Travel with Esther in Courage, Esther 4-

Music coordinated by Bettie Tindall

  • July 18 - Travel with Micah in Mission, Micah 6:6-8

Guest preacher, Cindy Corell, PC(USA), Mission Co-Worker in Haiti (Mission Sunday)

Music coordinated by Bettie Tindall & Pat Cuomo

  • July 25 - Travel with Martha in Attentiveness, Luke 10:38-42

Music coordinated by Pat Cuomo

  • August 1 - Travel with Nicodemus in Curiosity, John 3:1-21

Music coordinated by Bettie Tindall

  • August 8 - Travel with Jesus in Faith, Mark 11:20-25

Music coordinated by Pat Cuomo




Fearfully and Wonderfully Made


The Fearfully and Wonderfully Made worship series will affirm our unique design by God and help us understand our distinctive qualities through scripture, personality frameworks, learning styles, and spiritual gifts. Each week, online tests and quizzes will be available in preparation for services. As we worship, may we grow together and transform our lives for God's glory at church, work, home, and in community.

August 15

Scripture: Psalm 139

Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Resource: Reading People; How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

Big Five Personality Test

August 22

Scripture: Bible Verses for Nine Enneagram Types

Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to See

Resource: The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile

Enneagram Personality Test

August 29 - Family Fun Weekend

Outside Worship at 10:00 a.m.

September 5

Scripture: Romans 12:3-8

Sermon. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to Work

Resource: Knowing Me, Knowing God: Exploring Your Spirituality with Myers-Briggs

by Malcom Goldsmith

16 Personality Online Test

September 12

Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-7

Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to Learn

September 19

Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10-11

Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to Serve

Resource: Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit by Charles V. Bryant

September 26

Scripture: John 13:34-35

Sermon: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made to Love

Resource: The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Love Language Online Quiz




Dream Big


“He [God] made us with eternity in mind, but also for tomorrow and the next day and the next, filled with touching lives with incredible intentionality.” Dream Big, by Bob Goff

October Worship Series: Dream Big

October 3: Dream with Clarity, Luke 18:35-45

October 10: Dreams that Soar, Matthew 6:19-21

October 17: Dream Seeds, Galatians 6:7-10

October 24: Dream Delays, Psalm 40:1-5

October 31: Land the Dream, Matthew 20:20-28

Dream Speakers in Worship

Have you and God been dreaming lately?

If so, share a past, present, or future dream in worship during the October worship series. Contact Pastor April for available dates.

Dream Big Small Group Study

Are you ready to rediscover your God-given dreams?

God has given you many gifts, talents, abilities... and dreams. Unfortunately, many of us have put those dreams on hold or have been told that pursuing those dreams is impractical, incorrect, or impossible. In this five-session study with author Bob Goff, you'll start to shake free of this mindset and step into the version of your life you always dreamed about. Drawing on principles from the Bible and stories of people of great faith, you will learn to step out of your comfort zone, take big risks and have the confidence that God will be there with you on the journey.

Join us for the Dream Big Small Group Study on Wednesday nights or Sunday Mornings

WOW (Westminster on Wednesdays)

9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, & 10/27 Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Location - Loomis Room

Sunday School Mornings

10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31 Sundays from 9:30 -10:30 a.m., Location - Loomis Room

Dream Big Grants

Does your dream need financial support?

Submit your dream request to the Commitment Ministry for a mini-grant.

Mini-grants support members and friends of Westminster to serve God and love neighbors in the community. Email your dream request to Curtis Foltz, Commitment Elder, at curtisfoltz@ntelos.net.




November Empathy Series


During the month of November, we will explore empathy using a guide from Lauren Casper, author of the book, Loving Well in a Broken World: Discover the Hidden Power of Empathy. Empathy is the ability to see another's pain, understand the cause of it, and to join them in their feelings. It's a three-way cycle of seeing, understanding, and joining.

Join us on Wednesdays nights during the WOW programming or Sunday mornings during Sunday school as we explore empathy through scripture, story, and documentaries. On Sunday mornings, worship services will focus on empathy through scripture, story and music.

· Bible Study on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 6-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Empathy Series: Practicing Gratitude,1 Thessalonians 5:15-18, Led by Tammy McKibben in the Loomis room

· Worship on Sunday, November 7

Empathy Series: Paying Attention, Philippians 2:4 - Worship at 10:30 a.m in the Sanctuary and Online

· Bible Study on Wednesday, Nov. 10 from 6-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Empathy Series: Being Brave and Vulnerable, John 11:35, Led by Rebecca Rider in the Loomis room

· Worship on Sunday, November 14

Empathy Series: Making Connections, Hebrew 13:2 - Worship at 10:30 a.m in the Sanctuary and Online

· Bible Study on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 6-7:00 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Empathy Series: Cultivating Generosity, 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, Led by Kathy Baker in the Loomis room

· Worship on November 21

Empathy Series: Amplifying Others, Philippians 2:3 - Worship at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and Online