What’s New

What’s New


It’s a Busy Fall at WestConnection!
Serve & Socialize

Are you a 20 or 30-something looking for your niche at Westminster for fellowship and service? Then join in WestConnection’s fall series of events. There’s lots going on–contact Melanie McCall at mmccall@wpc-mpls.org or 612.332.3421 for more info!

Employment Transitions Ministry
The loss of a job can be devastating for individuals and for their families. It evokes feelings ranging from anger to anxiety to hopelessness. Sometimes it shakes the very foundations of our faith.

We live in times of deepening economic uncertainty, of layoffs in many industries and possible layoffs in many others. And, in an increasingly competitive job market, many of our workplaces have also become places of anxiety and stress, where ethical and moral dilemmas challenge our integrity and test our promise to love our neighbor.

At Westminster, the Employment Transitions Ministry of the Pastoral Care Council seeks to assist those in the Westminster community who have lost jobs or who face difficult challenges at work. The ministry, with leadership from trained facilitators and knowledgeable speakers in the field, provides practical job search skill techniques as well as faith support for Westminster members and friends.

The Employment Transitions Ministry is available to the Westminster community for support in an as-needed, confidential, one-on-one setting. In addition, in light of recent economic upheavals, group sessions where individuals may share and grow together have been formed. A five-week program, currently underway, emphasizes faith support and encouragement among attendees undergoing workplace transitions. The sessions are held on Saturday mornings, from 9:00 to 10:30 in the Bates Room. You may attend as many sessions as you wish.

The first session, held October 27, included a discussion of what participants hoped to receive from being together. Other sessions include:
” November 10: Family Systems: A stressful time for all
” November 17: Ethical/moral conflicts in the workplace
” No meeting on November 24 (Thanksgiving weekend)
” December 1: Where is God during workplace transitions?

Under the best of circumstances, achieving balance in our public and private lives is a challenge for all of us a challenge that can be significantly aided by our faith. Whether facing layoffs, changes within our current job, or ethical or moral conflicts in the workplace, our community of faith can provide support in many ways.

The Employment Transitions Ministry brings the assurance that you are not alone in your struggle, that you have the support of caring Christian friends in the Westminster community, and that you are being upheld in prayer by the staff and the congregation. It provides a place of hope, and it may provide the inspiration for a fresh, new direction for your career.

For more information about the current Saturday series or the Employment Transitions Ministry, please call Ken Huskins at 952.935.2998 or Miriam Haines at the church, 612.332.3421.

Christmas Dinners 2001
Tradition helps us define our lives. Holiday traditions help us celebrate. Perhaps there is a greater need to celebrate this year than ever before. Life seems more precious and togetherness more important. Reserve either Friday, December 14 or Saturday, December 15, to celebrate a special evening with your Westminster family. Social hour is from 6:00 — 7:00pm, with the dinner lasting from 7:00 — 9:00pm.

“Angels among us” has been a recurring theme as we’ve put this event together for you. We’re reminded so much of their work in our lives as we’ve witnessed the unfolding of world events since September 11. Share with each other an “angelic” evening within our elegantly beautiful setting and enjoy fine food, good conversation, music and other ethereal delights.

Tickets will be available beginning November 11. If you are interested in volunteering, call John Heefner, 612.377.6551. Remember the dinner is not funded and relies on “Angel” volunteers to continue the significant tradition that it has become.

2001 Minneapolis Interfaith Forums
Join with people of all faiths in dialogue on topics that affect each of us in everyday life. Hear presentations by clergy of all faiths and participate in round-table discussions about the day’s topic. This year’s theme is “Traditions and Rituals for all of Life’s Seasons: How different faith communities recognize and celebrate important life passages.” 6:45 p.m. Registration and refreshments 7:00-9:00 p.m. Presentations and discussion.

November 8 ~ “Forming and Reforming a Contemporary Household” at Temple Israel, 612.377.8680

November 15 ~ “End of Life Issues” at Temple Israel

Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Service at Plymouth Congregational Church, Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday Forums — Westminster Chapel, 9:15 a.m.
November 11: Norma Shaffet, Kinship Mentoring program which matches adults with children 5-15 in need of support

November 18: Senior High Youth report on Mission Trip to West Virginia

Doug Mitchell Installation — November 18
Save the date: At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18 Douglas Mitchell will be installed at Westminster. Preaching at this service will be the Rev. Rick Spalding, who was co-pastor of Church of the Covenant in Boston where the Mitchell/McVay family worshiped and who is now the chaplain at Williams College in Massachusetts.

Westminster’s Pastoral Counseling Center
There are certain times in people’s lives when psychological and pastoral counsel is necessary. How poignantly the events of the past few weeks have brought this home.

I am a practicing Minneapolis psychiatrist. I have also been involved with Westminster’s Pastoral Counseling Center since it began as a small volunteer service some 25 years ago.

As I speak with many of you I am aware the Center is a “not much known about” treasure in our midst. In our own church setting three professional pastoral counselors and two consultant psychiatrists provide services to a wide range of hurting people. The staff consults regularly with area religious groups and organizations and provides leadership to a number of programs and seminars.

Promising days lie ahead for the Center. Space in the new building will provide more visibility and an enhanced professional environment. Hopes to expand the services and to work with other downtown churches are being discussed.

A recently formed Task Force designed to examine the Center and its place in this most important human service is busy at work. The complex arenas of mission, staffing, finance, and long-range plans are under the thoughtful eye of this group.

I would appreciate any comments, ideas, thoughts, feedback, questions you might have. Please feel free to seek me out at Westminster or to call me at 612.377.6551. The Center’s staff invites you to talk to them as well, 612.332.7743.

Let me conclude the thought that our spiritual and psychological lives are wondrously woven together. In times of trouble, attending to both can lead to a fulfilling healing. Westminster’s Pastoral Counseling Center offers the opportunity to explore this healing process.
— Dr. John Heefner

New Worship Opportunity
Brief Prayer and Communion Service, Sunday mornings in the Chapel, 8:00-8:20 a.m.

…in the Footsteps of Paul
by Kathy Michael
Nineteen people have already signed up for Westminster s traveling seminar to Turkey and Greece next spring, April 22-May 5, 2002. But there s still room for you! This wonderful adventure in travel and learning will include time in Istanbul and Athens, visits to biblical sites, and a three-night cruise on a Royal Olympic ship. Tour cost is $3,145.

Adult learning opportunities for this coming program year have been designed with this trip in mind. Classes will feature studies in Acts, Revelation, Pauline theology, Islamic spirituality, and Orthodox and Byzantine art. These classes are for the entire congregation.
Please consider joining David and me on this exciting journey in the footsteps of Paul! For more information, call me at the church at 612/332-3421, ext. 205.

Westminster to Cuba: Call For Applications
The Cuba Partnership Task Force of Westminster invites members of the congregation to submit applications to join a travel team to Cuba. Trips are planned for February 1-11 and October 4-14, 2002. Each travel team is limited to 16 people, with an approximate cost of $1500 per person. Scholarship help may be available. Applications are available in the church office and on literature tables in the church.

The following goals for the Cuba Partnership have been identified by the task force:

” To educate the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church and others about life in Cuba and in La Iglesia Presbiteriana Reformada en Cuba (IPRC) so that we may remove barriers that divide us.

” To experience Cuba by undertaking two trips to Cuba in 2002: February 1-11 and October 4-14.

” To establish partnership(s) with one, possibly two congregations/areas of the IPRC.

” To enrich our spiritual lives through mutual sharing and by reaching for high levels of understanding.

For more information, contact Doug Mitchell at dmitchell@wpc-mpls.org or 612/332-3421, ext. 203.

Parish Breakfasts
Come for a time of good fellowship, meet our new associate pastor Doug Mitchell, and hear from Tim Hart-Andersen and other leaders about our progress toward the vision for Westminster’s exciting future. Call Miriam Haines, if you have questions about your parish number. Please come and enjoy these gatherings.

The Parish Breakfasts will be held in the Great Hall from 9:15-10:15:
Thursday, November 8: 5:00 p.m., Parish 13 (downtown members),
Sunday, November 11: 3, 4 & 8
Sunday, November 18: 6 & 12

You are welcome to come on another date if you cannot attend on your assigned day.

Westminster Seeks An Associate Pastor
Westminster is searching for an Associate Pastor for the ministry of Evangelism & Fellowship. We seek dynamic, well-qualified candidates with deep personal faith, proven skills and a sense of calling to these ministries.

Job descriptions may be found on this website. Click on “About Westminster.” On the “Staff” page found there, click on “Open Positions.”

Our Church Information Forms are posted on the PCUSA.org Leadership Connection.
� Evangelism & Fellowship: CIF ID# 03847.ABO

For information or to send mail, please contact:
David B. Braden, APNC Chair
Westminster Presbyterian Church
83 So. 12th, Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(w) 952-742-6144
(h) 952-829-1809
email: dbbraden@aol.com

If sending electronic PIFs or resumes, please address to:
Ann Bursch
email: ambursch@aol.com