Westminster Presbyterian Church
Greenwood, South Carolina
An Inclusive Community of Faith
United by our Belief in and Commitment to Jesus Christ.
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3:28
Sunday Study: 9:00 a.m.
Family Friendly Worship: 10:00 a.m.
Children's Nursery Available as Needed
Grace and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ,
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The Session and Members of Westminster
Newsletter, November 2019
November 17, 2019
On Tuesday, November 12, Elder Nancy Dozier and I took a rainy drive to Columbia for the November stated meeting of Trinity Presbytery. Dr. Danny Murphy, our Executive Presbyter, opened the meeting with a powerful sermon about stepping out in faith. His message based on the story of Peter stepping out of the boat to meet Jesus on the water, from Matthew chapter 14, was an invitation to us all to step out in courageous faith, and to reach out to Jesus when our faith fails us.
The highlight moment for Westminster arrived mid-morning when Jeri Parris Perkins, pastor of First Presbyterian in Clinton, SC, chair of the Committee on Ministry, and chair person of the Administrative Commission that has had oversite for Westminster for the past four years, stood to deliver the final report of that Commission and to call for a vote to dissolve the Commission, allowing Westminster to operate under the sole leadership of our own Session.
Jeri’s report spoke of a courageous group of folk who stepped out in faith, four years ago today. For it was on Nov. 15, 2015, that the Presbytery voted to retain the Westminster congregation and building in the PC(USA), and committed to support Westminster with prayer, leadership and financial resources, as they regrouped and reformed. The first worship service of the reformed Westminster congregation was held on December 20, 2015 and just four days later, an 11:00 p.m. candlelight Christmas Eve communion service was held, led by former pastor, Larry Duncan.
By God’s grace, we have weathered a challenging journey with good companions at our side. We are forever grateful for those who chose to weave their story with ours, coming along side us as we reformed and rebuilt. The members of the second Administrative Commission, who have been our companions for these past four years are: Jeri Parris Perkins (teaching elder, First Presbyterian, Clinton), Marvin Cartee (ruling elder, Laurens Presbyterian), Peggy Hammett (ruling elder, First Presbyterian, Greenwood), and from Westminster: Bill Jacobs (Clerk of the Commission), Len Bornemann, Flora Hobson, and Nancy Dozier.
Today, thanks to these faithful servants, and many more, Westminster is thriving! We are sixty-eight members, worshipping, learning and serving together. We are a growing church, attentive to God’s leading. We are an inclusive church, welcoming all. We are a diverse church, united by faith. Exciting things are happening in every corner of our building and through the witness of our people. We are now, what those who stepped out in faith at our founding in the 80s and again at our reforming in 2015, hoped that we would be, a vibrant community of faith, a resurrection people, witnessing to the life giving, life renewing, steadfast love of God.
I am eager to see what God will do with us, as we step out in faith into this next chapter of Westminster’s story.
With anticipation and gratitude,