Annual Report 2015
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2015
Red Cross Blood Drive
Birthday Luncheon – A special birthday offering was taken as a part of the luncheon.
Blanket Day – a special offering was taken to purchase blankets through Church Women United.
PW Talent Night – A showcase of individual and group talents that was well attended and enjoyed by all.
Annex remodel is finished – Door to east entrance is redone, ramp is completed, new chairs and tables are purchased.
Fox Island – PW’s took a trip to see the cabin of the 15th minister of the church, in honor of the 160th.
Church Women United Friendship Day – “Care Giving” was the topic.
PW Honor Graduates Night – an all church event honoring graduates was held and ice cream was served.
Sundae Sunday – An ice cream social was held for the Sunday school children as a result of them learning scriptures and for attendance.
Luncheon for Human Rights day
Church Re-Keyed- May 31st new keys were made for both buildings, cutting down on the number of keys.
Carr Community Center Dedicated – June 7th, Carr Community Center was dedicated.
Vacation Bible School – Robin lead 50+ children with around 50 adult volunteers.
160th Anniversary Celebration – June 14th, cake was served and committee thanked.
Gospel Mission Breakfast – a team was formed and began serving breakfast at the Gospel Mission.
Sanctuary Cleaning Day – a group of 21 came together to clean the pews and ready them for updating.
BBQ – held at Alexander Park.
Jr. High Camp – held at Soundview the 5 – 11.
Sr. High Camp – held at Soundview the 19 – 25.
Family Camp- held 1 – 4.
Creationfest – July 30 – Aug. 1 in Enumclaw, at the Benton County fairgrounds.
Community Prayer Garden – started and plans were made for how the completed garden would look.
PW Craft Night – congregation made items to sell at the bazaar.
Alissa Read becomes Interim Church Secretary
Dedication of Sanctuary Update – pew pads and carpet were updated and replaced, plaque was put up.
PW High Tea
“Operation Christmas Child” Shoebox Blessing
Preschool Auction and Raffle Fundraiser
“Investing Here” Stewardship Campaign
Pastor Class – Presbyterian 101
28th Annual Bell Concert series
Red Cross Blood Drive
Preschool Children’s Christmas Pageant
Christmas Eve services at 4:30 PM, 7:30 PM and Prayer Vigil at 11 PM
Pastor’s Report: A Year of Learning and Celebration
As we close the year 2015, I can say it has been a year full of learning and celebration. I have spent most of the year learning about WPC, Chehalis, Lewis County, the state of Washington, and the Presbytery of Olympia, just to name a few! I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and look forward to getting to know many more of you in 2016. We have celebrated a dish sanitizer, new sanctuary carpet, new pew pads, the Carr Community Center, and 160 years of life as a congregation serving the Twin Cities and each other.
I have enjoyed serving a congregation that has had an honest way of serving each other. I have seen many random acts of kindness and have witnessed many different ways we build support for one another; I pray that we continue to grow in our care for one another and for our neighbors here in Lewis County. I have seen healing in our congregation and I also know that there are areas we can continue to grow in as we share our grace with each other.
As we read through the annual report we see so many accomplishments that we have reached this year. I am happy to review all that we have created including so many good memories for 2015. I am grateful for all of the hard work and dedication of so many people in our congregation that have been involved with so many different activities and events this past year. From the 160th anniversary to the Carr Community Center dedication, from VBS to the Children’s Worship Service, from the prayer garden to the welcoming commission, from a grief group to MOPS being formed to serve our community, from new members to new elders and new deacons, from one building project to another, it has been exciting to see so many people involved in the life of our church. I want to thank each of you for your involvement and support of our families here at Westminster.
So as we look forward 2016, we will see more opportunities to serve our community and each other. The leadership in the church are in the process of looking for new people to fill the maintenance and CYF Director positions to complete our staff. We will be restructuring our Session to help serve our church community to build leadership, mentoring and to connect generations to working together. We will be building up our welcoming spirit to not only our current members but additionally to the many who will visit us in the upcoming year. We will work on strengthening the communication between the different commissions and committees that serve the church and also find ways to better share information with each other when it comes to our website and other communications. We will continue to see what we can do to maintain our facilities and also investigate where we will have to invest in building up our facilities.
When it comes to investing, I am issuing a challenge to the leadership of WPC. I would like to see each leader invite at least 2 families to come and experience WPC this next year. I think we have a lot to offer our communities here in Lewis County and I think there are many in our community that would want to join us as we grow into 2016. I am also looking to strengthen my investment to WPC. I already serve on the New Church Development Task Force for the Presbytery of Olympia and look forward to growing in service to our presbytery, as well as seeing WPC grow in our commitment wit hour presbytery. What a great honor it was to host the presbytery meeting in November and I hope that we can host many other presbytery meetings and events in the future. I will be looking to get more involved with Chehalis and learn more about the community in 2016. I see God moving in our communities in Lewis County and I will keep my eyes and ears and heart open to how God will use our church community to build bridges and serve our communities. We have a rich history of serving Lewis County and I only see it growing in 2016!
I know I am only touching the tip of iceberg in saying how much I appreciate the community of Westminster Presbyterian Church and how encouraged I am to see us move into 2016! I pray that God moves through each of us as we invest together in each other and with our neighbors in Lewis County. I pray that we continue to grow together and be honest with each other as we open our hearts to the world around us. May God be with us all as we serve our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Grace and Peace be with us all,
Pastor Ed Wegele