Stewardship 2018:
Generosity and Commitment

Western's ministry in Foggy Bottom, in the Washington region, and around the world, is made possible by you.

When you give to Western, you support our Mission Benevolence budget, which in turn provides help for women in crisis through Calvary Women’s Services, works to reunite immigrant families through Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, and helps to shelter homeless LGBTQ youth in the District through Casa Ruby.

You allow us to support all kinds of families in our family of faith, whether through support for our Sunday school and nursery, or for our new All-Church Retreat. You help us keep our building in great condition, not only for the sake of our worship and meetings, but for those who seek the help of Miriam’s Kitchen, who worship with the Muslim Student Association, or who come for counseling during the week...


Make a Pledge for 2019


Café Justo Coffee Order

Café Justo, or “Just Coffee,” is a Grower owned Coffee Cooperative based in southern Chiapas Mexico, formed to address the poverty and migration from Mexico to the U.S.A. Our Mission Ministry became aware of their work during the Trip to the US/Mexico Border and we support them through purchases.

If you would like to place an order, see Betsy Carter in Hospitality Hour or email her with quantity, dark, medium or decaf, beans or ground. She will order the coffee next week.


Finding Our Center

Job 23:1–17; Mark 10:35–45

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham, preaching

Before Worship:

11am Worship:

After Worship:

  • 12pm Hospitality - Families with last names N-S are invited to bring refreshments

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


This Week

All Church Retreat
10/20-21 - All day | Camp Hanover

Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival
10/20 - 10am | Westminster Presbyterian Church, DC

10/24 - 6:00pm | Choir Room

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

Save the Date

People for Fairness Coalition in Worship
10/28 - 11:00am | Sanctuary

Daylight Savings Time Ends
11/4 - All day

Worship - Miriam's Kitchen Sunday
11/18 - 11:00am | MK Dining Hall

Annual Vigil for the Homeless
12/21 - Luther Place Memorial Church

Free Minds' Write Night

Wednesday, October 24

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. 

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.
Last (Thursday) Suppers - October 25 at 7pm


Thursday, October 25

Our Selah services will start back up this fall. 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 them to Thursday nights in conjunction with our “Last (Thursday) Suppers” for campus ministry. We will meet the Courtyard Room at 8pm. Services will be on 10/25, 11/8, 11/29 and 12/13.

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



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

Racial Awareness and Mindfulness Festival

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.


People for Fairness Coalition

Did you know that the People For Fairness Coalition (PFFC) was started in 2008 in Miriam’s Kitchen dining room right here in Western Presbyterian Church?  They are working on several initiatives you can support:

  • Sunday, October 14 – Sign petition after worship: There are only two 24/7 public bathroom facilities in DC, both located at national memorials...
  • Sunday, October 28 – Hear more from PFFC in worship
  • December 21 – Vigil for the Homeless at Luther Place Memorial Church: PFFC organizes the annual Vigil for the Homeless ...

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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