Serving the Church, Community, and World

The basis for the missional discipleship at Westminster is found in Mark 12:31, “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” We strive to meet our neighbors where they are, and find neighbors locally, regional, and in other countries. We extend the hand of friendship and fellowship in doing the work of Christ in the world. Our efforts are centered on the fundamentals of life: food, clean drinking water, adequate shelter, basic medical care, and the like.

We find our neighbors in local homeless shelters, area prisons, Knoxville neighborhoods, Southern Appalachia, as well as the Dominican Republic and Peru. We don’t just send money where our hearts are, we use our financial resources to supplement where our hands are.

We welcome you to join us as we work with our neighbors to find solutions for problems in our world today.

fritz-at-leaf-rakingThere are many ways in which to serve those within our Westminster family of faith. In times of joy and in sorrow, isn’t it wonderful that we have each other to lift us up in prayer, support, and a giving hand??? Whether it is delivering a simple meal, giving a ride to a doctor’s appointment, praying with/for someone, knitting a prayer shawl, or many other ways to support one another – there are tons of ways to help one another. Check this link to find out ways: Westminster’s Service to our Church
team-yellowstoneWould you like to help us reach out to our neighbors in need? We are involved in things monthly like serving a breakfast and a lunch at Volunteer Ministry Center, delivering bags of groceries for FISH, participating in Family Promise, supporting Ukirk, etc.

Click this link to find ways to serve: Westminster’s Service in our Community

shn1There are all kinds of ways for you to get involved in our World Missions ministry. Some examples would be our involvement in packing food for Stop Hunger Now, missions abroad to install water systems, Presbyterian Disaster Relief trips to help with hurricane relief projects, the youth’s trips to New Mexico to work at Ghost Ranch as well as this year’s trip to help with rebuilding homes with Appalachia Service Project.

We encourage you to visit Westminster’s Service to the World

flowers052514We currently have 25 members who make up 11 teams on our Flowerguild. They do an amazing job each and every Sunday with their Sanctuary arrangement. Members of the church sign up for a Sunday dedication and donate $65 to help cover the cost of the arrangement. Then on Monday, the CARE team volunteers use the flowers from the arrangement to make a bouquet to be given to shut ins. It is the gift that keeps on giving! Please contact the church office if you would like to join the guild.

 

prayer-path-6The labyrinth is an ancient tool for prayer and meditation. It became a real matter of interest to Westminster when the Schmid family wanted to use the memorial contributions for Elizabeth Schmid to build a labyrinth at Westminster. In 2004, the church decided to build a labyrinth in the woods of Westminster that sits next to the Prayer path. The labyrinth and prayer path are part of the Westminster campus and used by our church members as well as the community at large.

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We are in the process of designing the Ruthie Carey Pavilion that will be also be placed in the woods at Westminster – hopefully in 2017. Be on the look out for exciting news about this project.

whats-for-dinnerWe currently have six Loaves and Fishes Cooking Teams. These amazing people volunteer their time and talents with the church by serving dinner during our Wednesdays With Westminster as well as serving soup during the Lenten Series. In 2011, member Gail Clark came up with the idea of doing our dinner preparations instead of catering or pot luck each week. On account of preparing the meals in house, we are able to keep the cost low which hopefully is covered with donations given at each meal. Each team usually prepares three or four meals the entire year. Please contact the church office if you would like to serve on one of the six teams. Volunteers are needed!!!
Westminster’s Session is made up of six women and six men who serve a three year term, along with one youth elder who serves a one year term. Our Trustees also serve a three year term.

Current Elders: Debbie Babelay, Phil Barnette, Tolson Bell, Dan Collins, Terry Crow, Leigh Dunlap, Bitsy Ingram, JP Mackay, William Milam, Cindy Pearman, Bryan Powell, Jay Schmid, Brenda Seip, Linda VanBeke, Wes Williams, and Michael Yates.
Clerk of Session: Georgann Byerley
Trustees: Paul Jorden, Alice Mercer, Larry Ridley