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CHURCH NEWS December 2016

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Inside this issue:

Pastor’s Pen by Rev. Jane Love Are We There Yet?

Christian Education

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Music Notes

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Workshop Pics

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Advent Events

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Finance

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Turkey Bowl Pics

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Following God’s Call

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Year End & IRS

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Christmas for Moore

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Trunk or Treat Pics

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Session in a Nutshell

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Scheduled Events

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Presbyterian Woman

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Got info? Submit newsletter articles to Cindy in the church office. Deadline for article submission is the 16th of each month. Early submissions are always appreciated!

The season of Advent, the search for a new pastor, the lengthy road trip….all give rise to the same sort of wail, “ARE WE THERE YET?” “No, we are not. Not yet.” Advent is the perfect pairing of church year and a church’s search for a new pastor. Advent is a time of waiting, of preparation, and joyous anticipation! I invite you in this Advent Season to pause, to listen, to create space, and to draw closer to God not only as individual disciples but also, a faith community. Let Advent be a blessing. Advent offers all of us an opportunity to wait. Now, “opportunity” is not the word that springs to mind for many of us when we consider waiting. Waiting is hard, the not knowing, the lack of control. So, let me present the case. As people of faith, Advent observed is an opportunity to still, to quiet, to allow reflection at a time when our culture insists on busy, noisy, frantic attempts at buying the perfect gift followed by “not good enough” feelings. Waiting gives an opportunity to slow, to think maybe we don’t have to buy more, or say, “yes” to the next dozen offers to be even busier, and to realize that “good enough” is not achieved with a present but rather a Presence in our lives. Waiting creates time to reflect on the mystery of

God with us. God coming to us. Advent waiting allows us to act in countercultural ways, to become a people who are “in the world, but not of the world.” Waiting allows us to say with our lives, something more important is happening, something deeper, more meaningful than Santa, egg nog, and the gifts, gifts, gifts. Question: Where is a place to “wait” in your life: where is there a tendency to rush, to busy, to add. Slowing, saying a holy “no,” and letting go, these gifts of Advent allows the profound mystery of God incarnate to gently hold our hearts captive. Advent allows us a time of preparation. Preparation for renewal, for the indwelling presence of Christ made real. John the Baptist suggests we repent to prepare a welcome for the coming of the Messiah. In our Advent workshop introduction time, I posed the question, “How do we get ready for someone who is coming to visit?” The children knew the answer and it’s the answer John gives us as well: we clean. Advent pauses, reflections at the stop light, in the lines, in the quiet of a late night or early morning can be times to think of the places where we long to become better, to love, to forgive, to offer mercy, to take out the garbage, to listen more, to say less, to mend a heart or a relationship. Sin is (Continued on page 10)


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Christian Education by Kris Adler-Brammer

Director of Christian Education Kris@westendpres.church

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Youth Group Schedule for December: Dec. 4 – The Youth Group will not meet on the 4th. The WOW program will hold their annual Christmas program. Families are encouraged to attend and support our children as they share the message of the season.

Advent Workshop On Sunday, November 20th, children, youth and adults gathered for the Advent Workshop. After a short opening in the sanctuary, those in attendance engaged in crafts and helped to decorate the church for Advent. We closed the evening with fellowship and a meal around the table. (Pictures page 4.)

Dec. 11 – Youth Group from 4:00pm to 6:00pm Dec. 17 – Saturday Mission Day from 9:00am to 12:00pm. We will be shopping for the Christmas for Moore program. Dec. 18 – Youth Group from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This will be the Youth Group Christmas party. Dec. 25 – No Youth Group

Turkey Bowl IX The 9th annual Turkey Bowl was played on Sunday, November 13th. This year we had some friendly competition with the youth from Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church. We had some great plays and ended with a tailgate dinner at West End Elementary. We even had a few spectators come to cheer on the children, youth and adults. (Pictures pg. 6)

Worship Education with WOW The WOW children continue to learn about worship. Each Wednesday we take a part of the service and learn about why we do that particular part and what it means to our faith. When appropriate, the children write the pieces of worship and

WEPC on Wednesday help to lead that part the following Sunday. In November, we learned about the following parts of worship: Prayer of Illumination – This is a prayer that is said before scripture is read. We use this prayer to ask God to open our minds and hearts to understand the meaning of scripture and to help us apply it to our life. The remainder of our Wednesday gatherings have included working on the Christmas musical. We hope you are all able to join us on Sunday, December 4th as the children share the message of Christmas.

The schedule for our summer trips has been set! Brochures containing all the information in regard to time, cost and registration have been mailed to the families of our youth group members. If you have not received the booklet, please contact Kris at kris@westendpres.church so the information can be mailed to you.


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Music Notes By Jennifer Thomas Danis

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Jennifer Thomas Danis Director of Music Jennifer@westendpres.church

When I think about the power of music in the month of December, the poet

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Robert Herrick says it best.

“What sweeter music can we bring Than a carol, for to sing The birth of this our heavenly King? Awake the voice! Awake the string! Dark and dull night, fly hence away, And give the honor to this day, That sees December turned to May. Why does the chilling winter's morn Smile, like a field beset with corn? Or smell like a meadow newly-shorn, Thus, on the sudden? Come and see The cause, why things thus fragrant be: 'Tis He is born, whose quickening birth Gives life and luster, public mirth, To heaven, and the under-earth. We see him come, and know him ours, Who, with his sunshine and his showers, Turns all the patient ground to flowers. The darling of the world is come, And fit it is, we find a room To welcome him. The nobler part Of all the house here, is the heart. Which we will give him; and bequeath This holly, and this ivy wreath, To do him honour, who's our King, And Lord of all this revelling. What sweeter music can we bring, Than a carol for to sing The birth of this our heavenly King?” Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Celebrate our Lord’s birth through music with our church family: Dec. 4 at 6pm – The WOW Christmas Program, “Starry Night, Noisy Night” with Deacon’s Dinner Dec. 11 at 11am – The Chancel Choir and guest musicians present “The Living Creche” Dec. 24 at 7pm – Christmas Eve Service Dec. 25 at 11am – Christmas Day Worship


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Advent Events By Ann Chase December events at the church center around the season of Advent. Director of Music, Jennifer Thomas Danis, is busy working with all the choirs on special Advent musical programs. The afterschool WOW Christmas program is "Starry Night, Noisy Night” by Ruth and Scott Schramm. This musical is from the viewpoint of the manger animals which include a donkey, sheep, lambs, chickens, a rooster and, of course, a camel. They all are portrayed by the 27 children currently enrolled in the WOW program. The music is a delightful mix of new songs and traditional favorite carols but all with a twist. On Sunday, December 4, the evening begins at 6 pm in the Crawford Center with a Pot Luck Supper organized by the Deacons. The musical program, “Starry Night, Noisy Night” follows the dinner featuring the talented children in the WOW program. What a wonderful way to begin to celebrate the joy of Christmas.

The celebration of the Advent season continues with the annual Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 11 during the 11am worship hour. This year's cantata is "The Living Creche" by Anna Laura Page and Jean Anne Schafferman. The greatest story ever told is conveyed through song and story as the nativity scene and all its characters come to life. Featured in "The Living Creche" are members of the Chancel Choir, soloists, children and guest musicians. One might venture a guess as to who will portray the animals for the cantata. On Christmas Eve, the traditional Candlelight Service will be held in the sanctuary at 7 pm. Music by the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir will be enhanced by soloists and guest musicians as well as traditional hymns sung by all. All are welcome at West End Presbyterian Church to share in the many opportunities to celebrate the joy of the Advent season.

Finance by Kent Droppers As we begin the winddown to the year and the windup to the Advent season the finances of the church are in good shape. The capital campaign continues with strong support and we anticipate that it will get a boost as those with annual gifts make their contributions at the end of the year. From an operating fund standpoint, we

are trending towards expected giving and spending in most categories. We are currently approximately 2% underspent year-to-date and giving is over plan by around 3%. As a reminder, as we come to year end, please read the article on page 9 entitled, “Charitable Contributions and Year End.” Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Online Church Directory - Intro If you haven’t done so yet, upload your picture to the online directory now. W e ar e hoping fo r a 100% participation rate. This will allow our new pastor, when he or she is installed to have access to not only your name but your smiling (we hope!) face as well.

IF you h aven ’t received a personal invite (via email) to our online directory, please let the church office know! IF you w ould r ather no t be a par t of the online directory, contact the church office for an opt-out form.

IF you ar e un cer tain ho w to upload your pic, contact Cindy in the church office, and set up a time with her for you to come in and she will take your picture!

Turkey Bowl

Nov. 13 - WEPC vs Brownson Memorial


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Following God’s Call To Reconciliation by Shannon Beck | Presbyterians Today

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issues of Presbyterians Today. Reconciliation is at the heart of Christian faith. It is arguably the most radical and transforming work done by God and practiced in our own lives. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 the apostle Paul teaches us that through Christ, God was “reconciling the world to himself” and calls us to a ministry of reconciliation with each other. But what does reconciliation mean? Does it mean we forgive and forget? Or convince others that we are right? Reconciliation is more than just simply getting along. It’s a way of living that allows us—and others—to thrive. It’s an invitation to wholeness in our relationships with God, ourselves, each other, and our earth. Reconciliation doesn’t depend on punishment to even the score, but is a restorative process that creates fair and just relationships. “Reconciliation is a process where we take action to address or undo any structural or systemic sources of injustice and inequality that are the result of brokenness,” says David Hooker, professor of the practice of conflict transformation and peacebuilding at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. To understand reconciliation, we first have to understand shalom. In the Hebrew Scriptures we learn that God’s shalom is a lifetime pursuit of peace, harmony, and wholeness benefitting the entire

community. More than an absence of war and bigger than personal contentment and well-being, shalom is the re-creation of our world into one where everyone can thrive. It is the presence of God’s justice. This cry for justice winds throughout Scripture. From Moses to Jesus, from the heart language of the Psalms to the wisdom literature, justice is tied to real people trying to make their way through a difficult and unjust world. Righting wrongs, living with integrity and accountability, and calling the powerful to care for the poor and outcast are all forms of justice-making. Peace and justice form a structure that reconciliation can sink into. Otherwise, reconciliation is superficial and unsustainable. The essence of reconciliation is relationship, which is porous and moving. When relationship is harmed between or within communities, identity groups, individuals, or other entities, a wound occurs. If that wound is left unattended, deeper trauma can happen. The longer wounds fester, the more likely it is that we will inflict similar wounds on others. “If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it,” writes the Franciscan priest Richard Rohr in his book Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality. Goal or process Reconciliation can be a goal that we achieve, a once-and-done process that sets things right for the future. But sometimes it may seem impossible to achieve that goal. In these cases reconciliation can be a process that we engage in day over day as we slowly (Continued on page 8)

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improve the relationships. Whether it happens all at once or over the course of years, reconciliation leads to a peaceful and just relationship that looks toward eternity and doesn’t just exist in the moment. “Reconciliation is an ongoing commitment to a set of interwoven processes that themselves evolve over time,” Hooker says. Thinking of reconciliation as a process rather than an outcome teaches those involved how to provide a space where personal safety is emphasized and respect for others is learned. Working with a skilled facilitator can be a game changer in the moment and a life changer if the lessons are taken to heart. Reconciliation can occur between two people or communities, but it can also scale bigger and happen within political systems, as it did in South Africa as apartheid was dismantled. When we engage in reconciliation, we grow deeper in our Christian call to participate in the kingdom of God in every part of our world. Living out God’s reconciliation Know our history. Each of us enter s into relationships with our own stories, our own biological and experiential histories, and the cultural narratives we have internalized, both chosen and not. To begin a path to reconciliation, we must unwind these historical stories, name them and their importance, and open ourselves to healing and change. In our cultural history, we remember and lament the removal and slaughter of First Nations inhabitants. We are beginning to

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tell the truth about their maltreatment by Christian churches, institutions, and individuals. The 222nd General Assembly (2016) recognized the need for reconciliation by approving an apology to First Nations people for our sinful treatment of our sisters and brothers. We are also beginning to hear and confess the truth about the grip that racism has in our culture. We are examining the systemic ways northern European and white worldviews have formed the structures and systems in which we work. The newly adopted Confession of Belhar calls us to reject any sinful separation of people and to speak against the alienation, fear, and enmity that result from racial inequity. Tell our truth. W e can expect gr ief and shame both when we have been wronged and when we are the perpetrators. Truth telling allows for authentic relationship to emerge and has the ability to restore trust between parties. In the book Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, Drew I. Hart suggests we reconsider the social intuition we have developed as US Christians, especially in predominantly white denominations. Hart suggests that US Christians have trusted their intuition about racial reality, which has been repeatedly wrong. “Dominant culture as a social location was actually the worst vantage point for deciphering what was going on. It is a given today that dominant society’s institutions were impaired at that time. (Continued on page 14)


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Charitable Contributions and Year End: What It Means for You, the Church, and the IRS

this date will be applied to 2017.

To ensure the deductibility of your church contributions, please do not file your 2016 income tax return until you have received your year-end contribution statement from the church. Under IRS rules, you may lose Contributors must deliver checks on or by your deduction for some or all of your December 31st, 2016 in order to claim a contributions if you file your tax return charitable contribution deduction for before receiving a written 2016. Checks that are placed in the church acknowledgement of your 2016 offering during the first worship service in contributions from the church. Year-end 2017 will not qualify for a charitable contribution statements will be mailed and contribution deduction in 2016, even if the postmarked no later than January 31, check is predated to 2016 or was actually 2017. written in 2016. If you are donating stock, please allow at However, checks that are written, mailed, least four weeks for th e funds to b e and postmarked in 2016 will be deductible transferred to the church by December in 2016 though they are not received by 31st or you may miss all of the above the church until 2017. The deadline for deadlines! If the deadlines are missed, contributions received in the mail your stock contribution will be applied to postmarked December 31, 2016 is January 2017. 6, 2017. Any contributions received after

Christmas for Moore By Ann Chase The Christmas for Moore program this year will reach out to share the joy of Christmas to more than 1,000 residents in the county. West End Presbyterian Church members and friends have adopted 20 families which include 53 adults and children. Gifts are purchased for each member of the family with adults receiving one item of clothing and one household item and children one item of clothing and one age appropriate educational toy. Sponsors contact the family for details on the gifts and delivery of the wrapped and labeled gifts. In addition a gift card from Food Lion is

given to each family to purchase ingredients for their holiday meal. All the families assigned to the church were adopted soon after the program was presented to the congregation and shopping for gifts is in process. Donating money toward the 20 Food Lion gift cards is another way to be a part of this program, designating the check for Christmas for Moore. Questions regarding a donation to the Christmas for Moore program can be directed to Holton Easter at 910-684-8408 or at happyeaster36@gmail.com. This is a wonderful way to share the blessings of the Advent season with neighbors in need.

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“stuffy;” it swells into places and crowds out real life. Sin fills in niches, tiny crevices, occupies time, money, thoughts and misdirects. Advent cleaning, preparing lives and hearts for God’s coming into our “unmangerable” lives is a gift. Question: Where in your life is a deep dissatisfaction, a yearning for more light and hope? Where do you need to turn around, head in a God direction? Where do you need the Lord to enter in because without that piercing, searing purifying love, you will find emptiness and pain? Advent allows us to anticipate. Do you remember the joy in “not yet, but soon?” Soon, the family will arrive; soon, the gifts will be opened; soon, the banquet shared. For our world which is hurting, for the marginalized, for the fearful, for the grieving and for ill, for the addicted, for the oppressed, for the unemployed and under-employed, for those who are abused, unwelcomed, unloved, unforgiven, and utterly without hope,

John Wilson carefully cleaned the Crawford Center gutters during Church Workday on October 29.

peace, joy or love; for such as these, for such as us, Advent anticipation is essential and a stance of courageous faith. With such anticipation, we assert this truth: Jesus, the Messiah, has come and Jesus is coming again. We are to be about kingdom work here and now for the arrival of the Christ child began and in divine mystery completed a journey toward wholeness, inclusion, healing, freedom, forgiveness, grace upon grace….but we still travel toward the new Jerusalem, still journey with assurance that the best is still to be. Question: Does the anticipation of the kingdom drawing nigh thread through your life with joy providing an impetus for all you do? Advent anticipation is the gift that calls us as disciples to trust in the future, for the here and now, and in the in between Jesus comes. Hear the good news, we aren’t there yet, but in the “not yet” time our waiting, our preparing, our anticipating draw us ever near the Savior who leads us. Let Advent draw all ever nearer to Christ Jesus, our Savior.


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Session in a Nutshell 

The PNC continues to meet weekly and has reported on-going work of interviews, listening, and traveling to consider potential matches. Keep them and the work they are doing in your prayers as we seek our new pastor.

the Community Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service on Sunday, November 20. Rev. Jane Love led the worship service. 

Sunday, November 13 was Consecration Sunday at WEPC. It was a wonderful day of sharing! If you were unable to turn in your pledge cards at that time, feel free to mail them, place them in the offering plate or leave them in the church office.

An Advent Workshop was held on Sunday, November 20. Several members attended and helped decorate the sanctuary for Advent. Young families gathered in the Crawford Center and made crafts to use in their homes during Advent. A great time was had by all and a meal was shared following the activities.

A Capital Campaign report was presented  to the Session on November 14. As a result, the session is actively researching and considering possibilities for a dedicated youth space.

West End Presbyterian participated in

Training will take place in December and January for all 2017 Elders. We thank them for their willingness to serve and ask for your prayers as we end 2016 and prepare to continue the work of the church in the year ahead.

SPECIAL PRAYER CONCERNS Members or Participants of this Congregation: Joyce Auman, Kris Berry, Ruth Bondurant, Trevor Bourne, Eva Clark, Tom Eberly, Sue Hannel, Gin Hearn, Marie Hruby, Spence Johnson, Herb Koehnke, Ginny Long, Pen Pendleton, Jon Sheroff and Bob Urie. Our Military: Wesley Huddleston (U.S. Navy), Scott A. Kristek (U.S. Navy), Timothy R. Kristek (U.S. Marines), Pat Wylie (Army), and Michael McCloskey (Army). Our Extended Church Family*: Vera Breazeale (Lynn Graham’s mother), Richard Burns (Dottie Boothe’s brother-in-law), Grace Campbell (Gayemell Shephard’s mom), Arlene Evans (friend of Bill & Mary Price), Terrie Furr (Gary Lewis’ sister), Jeff Glasser (Sue Capps’ brother), Kathy Hartley (Patricia Allen’s daughter), Nympie Gordon’s family, Haiti-help them build new homes (Jack Martin), Mike Jones (brother of Missy Holland), Sue Jones (Mac Jones’ mother), John & April McDuffee, missionaries in Spain, (daughter & son-in-law of Larry & Betty Strong), Buzz Rust (Jeremy Rust’s Father), Marie Sheroff (Margi Sheroff’s daughter-in-law), Vicki Pendleton Spang (sister of Pen Pendleton), Larry Wann (Carol McDonald’s brother-in-law), Noralee Weinstein (Gloria Williams’ sister), John White (friend of Pat Wylie) and the family of Mason Wagner (Coy Paul Holland). *Extended Family Prayer List We are happy to have your family and friends on this list. We list the names of both those in need of prayer and the petitioner (indicated by parenthesis). As petitioner, you will be a valuable resource in providing information allowing for thoughtful prayer by those actively praying in the church body. This list will be reset every two months. The petitioner is welcome to call us to reinstate a name that has been removed.


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December Schedule of Events

Day Name

Recurring Weekly: Day Time Sunday 10 am 11 am 4 pm Tuesday 2:30 pm Wednesday 2:30-5 pm 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Event Sunday School Worship Service Youth Meeting Tuesday Tutoring WOW Handbell Rehearsal Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Recurring Monthly: Day Time 1st Sun. 8 am 1st Mon. 9:30 am 1st Tues. 6 pm 2nd Mon. 5:30 pm 2nd Tues. 6:30 pm 2nd Wed. 1:30 pm 2nd Thurs. 1 p.m. 3rd Mon. 11 am 3rd Mon. 6 pm 3rd Mon. 7:30 pm

Event Men’s Breakfast Morning Women’s Circle Christian Education Meeting Music & Worship Meeting Deacons’ Meeting Prayer Shawl Ministry Outreach Team Meeting Finance Meeting Session Meeting Evening Women’s Circle

Special Events/Meetings: Day Time 4 6 pm 11 24 25 26 & 27

11 am 7 pm 11 am

December Birthdays

Event WOW Christmas Program And Potluck Dinner Christmas Cantata Christmas Eve Service Christmas Day Service Office Closed in observance of Christmas

December Anniversaries Day Family Name 19

James & Joan Carter

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Terry & Nancy Thrasher

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Virgil & Sarah Reid

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Richard & Edna Von Canon

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Brad & Charla Thomson

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Tim & Cindy Kline

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Rick & Giny Long

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Bruce & Sally Shute

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Dudley & Peggy Crawford

A 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION! Church member, Eva Clark, turns 100 on Dec. 12. She has been a member for almost 90 years and seven members of her family were charter members of WEPC. Please take the time to send Eva a card to: 594 Murray Hill Rd., Southern Pines, NC 28387.

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Maegan Pigg

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Tim Kline

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Heather Reaves

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Aiden Graham

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Deanna Petrie

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Roy Pipo

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Stephen Sawyer

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Dennie McLaughlin

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Julie Jones

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Watts Auman

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Eva Clark

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Karen Clark

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Mac Clark

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Jerry Folmar

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JoAnn Dyson

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Adley Hemphill

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Joan Eberly

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Cindy Graham

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Mollie Markey

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Steve Sawyer

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Aiden Copeland

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Rachel Copeland

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Kelly Pritchard

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Almost everyone, except the very fringe of society, will agree that the majority of white people got it wrong,” Hart writes. Instead, we must listen to those on the margins to inform our truth. Invite, don’t require. People are always free to opt out, to postpone, or to wait for their hearts, bodies, and minds to be ready for the next step. Opening spaces for forgiveness is a part of reconciliation work, but forgiveness cannot be forced or demanded. Be patient. Reconciliation is a process, not a destination. It is tempting to think that reconciliation is something we achieve, but it is an ongoing process, a posture of listening respect in relationship. We need to be comfortable with discomfort in our commitment to reconciliation. Trust God’s work. Lam ent and repentance have no timetable. We may want to jump quickly through uncomfortable feelings to resolve. When injustice occurs and relationships are damaged, lament and repentance are the right responses. We should recognize them, articulate them, and not rush to fix things. Neither, though, are we free to leave the hard work to someone else.

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Forgive and remember. In his book, The Body Keeps The Score, trauma expert Bessel A. van der Kolk describes his experiences treating trauma survivors. He reminds us that our brains and bodies store our traumas until they are appropriately expressed. Our bodies do not forgive and forget. “In order to change, people need to become aware of their sensations and the way that their bodies interact with the world around them,” he explains. “Physical self-awareness is the first step in releasing the tyranny of the past.” In other words, reconciliation is needed for wholeness and peace. Recognize when reconciliation won’t work. In cases of abuse, en cour aging reconciliation with an abuser is shortsighted and can even be lifethreatening. Too often, the church has been an ally to violent partners and processes. As much as we would like for the church to be a safe place, it is not. We can work together to create something sacred and safer, but our only truly safe space is with God alone.


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Presbyterian Woman EVENING CIRCLE The evening women’s circle meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:30pm in the parlor. There will not be a meeting for December and will resume on Monday, January 16, 2017. Our study is on the book: You are God’s Plan A (and there is no plan b) by Dwight Robertson.

“Every day and everywhere, everyone can live a powerful life of Kingdom impact ... Jesus-style! One ordinary life making a powerful difference—that's God's amazing "Plan A" on display. Using real-life, riveting stories and a contemporary scriptural lens, Dwight Robertson shows how God's exciting kingdom-building plan takes life—literally—in ordinary individuals. Robertson explains how God calls and equips average, everyday people—even those who don't think they have anything special to contribute—to creative ministries that are as distinct and unique as the individual. God's Plan A encourages average Christians everywhere to follow the model of Jesus: ministering up close, one life at a time, outside church walls in our everyday lives.

God's Plan A involves all of us ... and there is no Plan B.” The purpose of the Presbyterian Women is to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study, support the mission of the church worldwide, and our church locally. The evening circle participates with the daytime women’s group to fulfill this purpose. We pay dues to the Presbyterian Women organization to support this purpose worldwide. The West End Presbyterian Women budget has supported our own church by supporting our youth missions and projects as well as other mission projects such as the Barium Springs Children’s Home. All women of all ages in the church are invited to participate. We have a great time sharing and studying together as a group on a monthly basis. The cost of the book and dues is $20. Please call or email Jayne Lee if you are interesting in participating. 910-690-0190 or jlee@firsthealth.org

MORNING CIRCLE The Morning Circle usually meets the first Monday of the month. This month we will meet Monday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in the kitchen. This is a covered dish affair, and everyone is welcome. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encouraged but not mandatory!

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