Membership and Fellowship
“How do I become a member of Westminster?”
“What does it mean to be part of this church and its mission?”
“I’m a spiritual person, but I’d like to explore my faith further.”
This is truly an exciting time at WPC – construction of a new building, new staff, lots of children, new and revitalized programs. The presence of so many members and friends is a blessing to us all and heightens the feeling of community and progress.
With so much going on and so many people here, however, it can be a bit overwhelming just figuring out just exactly what is going on and how you fit in!
The mission of the Member Development program area is for everyone – guests as well as new and long-time members — to feel a sense of community at Westminster and to progress in your own spiritual life. All of us have much to contribute to the mission of Jesus Christ through Westminster, and Westminster has much to give us in our growth in faith, belonging in community, and opportunities to express faith through service.
What Do We Believe
In its confessions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) expresses the faith of the Reformed tradition. Central to this tradition is the affirmation of the majesty, holiness, and providence of God who creates, sustains, rules, and redeems the world in the freedom of sovereign righteousness and love. Related to this central affirmation of God’s sovereignty are other great themes of the Reformed tradition:
The election of the people of God for service as well as for salvation;
Covenant life marked by a disciplined concern for order I the church according to the Word of God;
A faithful stewardship that shuns ostentation and seeks proper use of the gifts of God’s creation;
The recognition of the human tendency to idolatry and tyranny, which calls the people of God to work for the transformation of society by seeking justice and living in obedience to the Word of God.
Westminster offers Membership classes during the year for all those who are ready to join the church. There are three steps to WPC membership, with time allowed for class participants to share their faith background and get to know each other:
Attend a Wednesday evening OR Saturday morning class that explores the Presbyterian faith tradition as well as the Westminster mission, and how each of us fits in. Led by Pastor Tim Hart-Andersen.
Attend a Sunday morning class where you will have a chance to meet Westminster members and learn more about the wealth of activities and opportunities to serve.
Meet with the session at a new member lunch or dinner. After a meal and time of fellowship and group discussion, there is a brief chapel worship service where participants are received into membership.
For more information, contact Melanie McCall, Director of Member Development.
Sojourners provides a window for adults to take a brief look at the landscape of faith. Whether you consider yourself a ‘seeker’ exploring the idea of Christianity, or a long time Christian who wants to ‘refresh’ their basic understanding of the faith, this class is for you. Sojourners is an overview that will point you toward opportunities for deeper study and may be considered a starting place for beginners in the faith. After completing Sojourners, those interested in joining WPC should then sign up for one of our Membership Classes.
Sojourners, led by Kathy Michael, meets on four consecutive Wednesday evenings, and is offered at various times during the year. For more information, contact Kathy Michael, Associate Pastor.
This group of Westminster members and friends in their 20s and 30s gathers every two weeks for fellowship, service work and fun. WestConnection is designed to be an informal way to get to know others and help find your niche in the life of the church. Check the calendar for upcoming activities or contact Melanie McCall.
Dinner For Eight
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 on a prearranged night. A host provides a comfortable place to gather, as well as the entrée, and asks the participants to bring a dish to share. The goal is that over a meal new friendships will emerge, the sea of unfamiliar faces will diminish and cour community will grow stronger as we learn more about one another. Whether you are new to Westminster or a long-time member, Dinner for Eight could be just right for you! There are several Dinner for Eight evenings planned throughout the year. Check the calendar or contact Melanie McCall.
Many more fellowship and educational opportunities are shown in the Adult Education sections of this site.
AREAS OF SERVICE
Want to help WPC be a truly inviting and welcoming place for visitors and members alike? Here’s how:
Member Development Team This group plans and evaluates efforts to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel with openness and love to all who would be encouraged to share with us. The group acts as guides and mentors to those who wish to unite with Westminster, coordinating all Membership classes and activities and assisting new members with finding their “niche” in the life of the church.
Hospitality Team As a congregation, Westminster warmly welcomes all who come through these doors. The hospitality group provides opportunities for new friends to come together. This committee opens Westminster’s doors for tours; oversees greeters and fellowship luncheons; coordinates coffee hours, memorial receptions and Silver Service Receptions; and ensures access to this great fellowship is kept open.
If you have questions want to become involved in any of these groups (we’d love to have you!) contact Melanie McCall.
Director of Member Development