Opportunities for Fellowship at Westminster
All Ages: Social Service Ministry
Originally organized as the Sewing Circle of Westminster in 1859, Social Service today is a lively and dedicated fellowship group that knits and sews for those in need. We make caps and blankets for babies born at HCMC, quilts for young adults at Nicollet Square, walker totes for residents of Presbyterian homes, and more… touching each recipient with a personal message of care. Projects can be taken home if that works best for you. All ages are welcome to participate; we’ll even teach you how to knit and sew! Join us:
Every Wednesday morning 9:00 – noon in the SocialService/Middle School Room
Every second Saturday 9:00AM – noon in the Social Service/Middle School Room
For more information, contact Lee Zopf or Sandra Berthene.
Young Adults: WestConnect
This group of Westminster members and friends in their 20s and 30s gathers once a month for fellowship, study, service and events. WestConnect is designed to be an informal way to get to know others and help find your place in the life of the church.
AfterHour: We gather each Sunday in the Bushnell Room following the 10:30am service with coffee and light treats and conversation. The second Sunday of each onth the group will meet for a meal or a potluck lunch together.
Big Idea: dinner and conversation at Tim's house with Father O'Connell, Sunday April 28.
Want to learn more about WestConnect? Check us out on Facebook.
Want to know more about WestConnect? Contact Meghan Gage-Finn.
Older Adults: The Great Over Fifties (TGOF)
TGOF is a fellowship group for Westminster members and friends, age 50 and older. We meet, greet, eat, and enjoy a variety of programs, September–May, on the third Sunday of the month from noon–2:00pm. TGOF will next meet April 21. Lunch is $14. Register in the Heller Commons in January or online through Westminster's website.
All Adults: Dinner For Seven
Enjoy a meal and good conversation and meet new people! The concept is simple: groups of six to eight are formed and meet for dinner (or brunch!) on a prearranged date. A host provides a comfortable place to gather, as well as the entree, and asks the participants to bring a dish to share. Over a meal, new friendships emerge, the sea of unfamiliar faces diminish and our community grows stronger as we learn more about one another. Whether you are new to Westminster or a long-time member, Dinner for Seven could be just right for you! Watch for sign-up notices on the website and in the Heller Commons prior to each dinner.
The Faith Nixon Symposium
For more than 30 years, the Faith Nixon fund has sponsored annual symposiums, presenting issues of crucial interest to women, children, the church, and the community. We are blessed to use these funds to welcome strong women of faith to lead our discussion. The next Faith Nixon symposium is on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Read more...
Beyond Sunday Connections
Formerly Sunday/Monday Connections, this popular event returns with a new line-up of speakers. Would you be willing to trade career, family, and volunteer obligations for a few hours of connection, reflection, and fun? Beyond Sunday Connections gives women the opportunity to connect with each other and to reflect on the connection between their Sunday faith lives and their Monday-Saturday everyday lives. This popular evening begins with a social hour at The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, followed by dinner. After a presentation by the evening’s speaker, there are small group discussions. Contact Dan Franklin for more information.
2012-2013 Season of Beyond Sunday Connections:
Tuesday, April 9: Cathie Fischer
Women's Spring Retreat
The Women’s Spring Retreat will be May 3–5, 2013, at Presbyterian Clearwater Forest (about two hours from Minneapolis), and is a perfect opportunity for spiritual growth, renewal and development, as well as strengthening the spirit of sisterhood at Westminster. The Rev. Margaret McCray, Director of the Westminster Counseling Center, will lead the retreat.
W.O.W. – Westminster on Wednesdays
April 10: From the Dome to the Steeple, presented by Westminster's Director fo Operations, Dennis Alfton. A reflection on his career at the Metrodome and the new opportunities he faces at Westminster.
WOW meets each Wednesday for a morning of fellowship, Bible study, and engaging programs on a wide variety of topics. The WOW year kicks off in October with the annual Birthday Luncheon. No advance registration needed.
9:00am: coffee and conversation
9:30am: men’s & women’s Bible studies
10:45am: program, followed by brown bag lunch
April 17: Rodney Allen Schwartz will present a discussion of the new exhibit inthe Westminster Gallery, Creation! featuring works by members of the Jewish Womens Artists' Circle with special guest Lucy Rose Fischer.
April 24: Author Linda Back McKay speaking on her book Out of the Shadows, Stories of Adoption and Reunion.
In the summer months, the group takes monthly bus excursions to explore interesting sites in the region. Men and women of all ages are invited.
A ll Westminster men are invited to participate in programs throughout the year. Men's Ministries continues its Wednesday morning 9:30am Bible conversations. On the second and third Thursday of each month, men gather for breakfast for a special time of conversation and fellowship. And twice a year, men gather together for day-long or overnight retreats. For more information on Men's Ministries, contact Rev. Steve Robertson.