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Missionaries to Guadalajara, Mexico

Westminster's Mission of the Month for the month of May are missionaries Kenton and Adriana Wood who serve in Guadalajara, Mexico. Read their story below taken from the Mission to the Word website: Kenton, son of missionary parents in southern Mexico, trusted Jesus at an early age. He attended Wheaton College and received a B.A. and a commission as an officer in the U.S...

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Cross Collaboration 2019 Update

Westminster's Mission of the Month for March is "Cross Collaboration," the partnership of three missionary families: Nate and Nikki Bonham, Nathaniel and Alicia Gutierrez, and John and Lorena McCall. Many of you will be familiar with the Bonhams and Gutierrezes, but may not be aware that the McCall family was added to the team in April, 2018. They are currently all spread ...

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2019 RUF Update

Westminster's Mission for the Month of February is Reformed University Fellowship (or RUF). As the official campus ministry of the PCA, RUF is committed to serving university students in their unique stage of life by exploring together how the Lordship of Christ informs every area of life. Many of the members of Westminster first came into the PCA through an RUF minsitry o...

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Tell Your Story

by Kathryn Dyksterhouse HAPPY NEW YEAR! I always love this time of year a time to reflect on 2018, all of the joys and struggles, and look with anticipation to the coming year. What would I like to continue? What would I like to change? I love looking at the clean(ish) sheets of my calendar and dreaming about the events that will fill them in the coming months. One of ...

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When Heaven Comes Down, How Do Shepherds Respond?

by Kathryn Dyksterhouse In this year's Advent Sermon Series "When Heaven Comes Down," Richard is teaching us to see the different people that were confronted with the news of Jesus' arrival on this earth and how they responded. Last Sunday, we heard about the shepherds who were approached by an angel of the Lord with this news in Luke 2:8-21. I don't know about you, but ...

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[Palmer] Home for the Holidays

by Kathryn Dyksterhouse "It's the most wonderful time of the year! There'll be much mistletoeing and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near. It's the most wonderful time of the year!" Are you a "play Christmas carols in the car all year long and put the tree up in August" kind of person or do you put your foot down with "the word Christmas won't even be mentione...

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Greenwood Food Pantry

Westminster's Mission of the Month for the month of September is the Greenwood Community Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that provides low-income residents with a box of groceries once a month. They also provide emergency boxes for residents who have applied for food stamps but have not yet received them from the government. In July of 2018, 608 ...

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Believing the Lie

by Kathryn Dyksterhouse As I am seeing my nine-year old daughter becoming more aware of the way she looks and how her appearance "matches up" to the societal standard for beauty, I am convinced that vanity, idolatry of appearance, and insecurity (among others) are an epidemic in our culture today. As a result, I have been studying books that speak to teenage girls on topi...

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Do You Have a Story to Tell?

by Kathryn Dyksterhouse If you know me well, you know that I am a planner and an organizer. I don't know what I would do without my calendar. Every year in December, I look ahead to next year's calendar and make some plans for church communications. My first order of business is to ask members and friends of Westminster if they would be willing to write a blog post in the...

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Joy in Your Worst Nightmare

My son, Langdon, celebrated his fifth birthday yesterday. Every year around this time, I find myself not only reflecting on the life of my own son, but also on the life of a son that I never had a chance to meet. Just over two years ago, the son of a college friend of mine died in his sleep. Cam was only about a month older than Langdon. This is what most parents would im...

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