A Word from Laura: Being on God's Side

During the Civil War, a man asked President Lincoln if he thought God was on the Union's side, and Lincoln replied, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side…”

Lincoln’s statement rings in my head frequently, especially when I find that a prayer or hope has political ramifications.  Or when my prayer or hope is on the losing side, when an issue that seems so obvious to me doesn’t stand a chance...  



Free Minds' Book Club featured on PBS

Write Night October 24

Free Minds’ DC Jail Book Club members were recently featured discussing The Giver in a PBS Great American Read episode looking at books that feature Heroes. Watch, starting at 19 minutes, to see the DC Jail Book Club discussion.

The next opportunity to volunteer at a Free Minds Write Night at Western is Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Join others from Western and the community in reading and commenting on poetry written by young inmates. Hear from Free Minds Ambassadors who have returned home from jail. They will talk about how reading and writing poetry helped turn their lives around and how Free Minds is now helping them re-enter the community. 

Miriam's Kitchen

What’s Cooking in the Kitchen with Chef Cheryl

Thursday, October 11, 8-9am

Have you noticed the changes in the parking garage? Come hear about how the new dual fridge-freezer and clothing closet support the work of Executive Chef Cheryl Bell and her team. Thursday, October 11, 8-9am at Miriam’s Kitchen. RSVP to Kimberly Heller.

Children's Choir Begins

Sundays October 21-December 16, 10AM-10:50AM

Be a part of the  children's Christmas Pageant! This is a fun, multi-age group, and no singing or "performing" experience is required. In fact, it's really important that we don't view the pageant as a performance, but rather as a way to share the Christmas story through music. Come, bring friends, and join the fun! Contact Amy DeLoise.


Photo by Anders Gyllenhaal

Upcoming Roof Repairs

Starting mid-October, contractors will be onsite for 4-5 weeks to replace the church roof. During this time, the parking garage will be closed on Saturdays. Questions? Contact Sterling Thomas


Road Closures and Metro Changes

Army Ten-Miler 

Virginia Ave NW and other roads will be closed this Sunday.

World Communion Sunday & International Potluck

In worship, we’ll join with Christian’s around the world in celebrating communion and then gather over lunch to experience foods from around the world. Bring your favorite international dish! To get involved with planning or decorating, contact Sara Parker.


Reconciliation and the Cosmic Christ

Psalm 116:8-19
Colossians 1:15-23 

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham and Rev. John Molina-Moore, preaching

Before Worship:

11am Worship:

After Worship:

  • 12pm International Potluck
  • 3pm BPU World Communion Service of Unity, Music, and Peace at Northeastern Presbyterian Church


This Week

Indigenous People's Day - Offices Closed
10/8 - All day

Counselor at Western on Tuesdays
10/9 - 8:00am | TBY Room

Session Meeting
10/9 - 6:30pm | Room 216 - Large Conference Rm

Counselor at Western on Wednesdays
10/10 - 8:00am | TBY Room

10/10 - 6:00pm | Courtyard Room

Anti-racism group
10/11 - 6:30pm | TBY Room

Selah - Contemplative Worship
10/11 - 8:00pm | Courtyard Room

Save the Date

All Church Retreat
10/20-21 | Camp Hanover

Free Minds Write Night & Recognition Ceremony
10/24 - 6:30pm | Courtyard Room

Last (Thursday) Supper
10/25 - 7:00pm | Courtyard Room

Selah - Contemplative Worship 
10/25 - 8:00pm | Courtyard Room

Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/4 - All day

Selah Returns October 11

Selah is our alternative worship service that is rooted in contemplation, meditation, and a little bit of yoga. Instead of Sunday evenings we will be moving to Thursday nights in conjunction with our "Last (Thursday) Suppers" for campus ministry. We will meet in the Courtyard Room at 8pm. Services will be on 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29, and 12/13.

Register for the All Church Retreat by October 8

WATCH: The Top 5 Reasons You Should Go on the Church Retreat



Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival

A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, Healing, and Justice

October 20, 10am-5pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church (400 I Street SW)

Westminster Presbyterian Church will host a free event in conjunction with our presbytery, featuring keynote and workshop leader Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, National Book Award winner and professor at American University, on “How to Be An Anti-Racist”.

This event intends to help people of goodwill reflect on the remaining reality of racism in our society through rhythm, blues, keynote, and practical exposure through experiential workshops with both African-American and white caucuses, as well as multiracial spaces, opening awareness of privilege and supremacy, and healing years of unresolved trauma.


Sponsor a “Starter Kit” for Newly Housed Miriam’s Kitchen Guests

Mr. V moved into his own apartment last month after being homeless for 25 years in and around Capitol Hill.  He is very proud of the fact he got clean while living on the streets and has now been sober 16 years.  He cites his faith in God as what got him through, knowing that God would one day help him.  He feels that being matched to a housing voucher and moving in with the help of his case managers at Miriam’s Kitchen are an answer to his prayers.  His sister lives in Maryland and he is excited to have her over to celebrate in his new home, and now he will be able to use all his new kitchen items to cook her dinner!  He is very grateful for everything he has received.

We all need the basics when we move to a new home. For our unhoused neighbors moving into permanent supportive housing, like Mr. V.,that need is even bigger and you can help meet it. Items like cleaning supplies, dishes and silverware, bed sheets, and bath towels are no longer provided by DC government and can’t be purchased with food stamps.

Our Mission Ministry is partnering with Miriam’s Kitchen to provide “Starter Kits” with these supplies for two newly housed guests each month. You can sponsor a kit for $100, the Mission Ministry Team will do the shopping, and Miriam’s staff will deliver the items to the resident. Give online by choosing “Mission/Miriam’s Starter Kit” as your designation, or write “Starter Kit” it on your check. Organized by Cheryl Williams ( 




Did you know that nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions* come from livestock? 



Prayer Requests

Would you like the Deacons and others in the church to pray for you?  Submit a prayer request. If you would like to join the Deacons in prayer, login to CCB: Church Community Builder, and join the group "Prayer Requests." 



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