Friday (Thursday) Newsletter

March 28, 2024

From the Pastor's Desk

Blessed Holy Week, Westminster.

“It is the propensity of religion to avoid precisely, suffering: to have light without darkness, vision without trust and risk, hope without an ongoing dialog with despair – in short, Easter without Good Friday.” -Douglas John Hall


There are a number of services from our ecumenical partners that I highly recommend. Beginning at 6:30pm, the listing can be found on page 9 of the Holy Week booklet.


The Westminster labyrinth will open at 6pm with the service at 6:30pm. The service will be a time of meditation with simple songs, touching poetry, and silent communion as we enter the crucifixion story with the reverence and tenderness with which we enter our own experiences of the tragic and unexpected loss of life.

At 7pm, you are invited to a showing of God & Country at Salem Cinema, followed by a Q & A panel with Oregon State Senator Deb Patterson, Rev. Robin Lunn from First Congregational (UCC), David Gutterman (Professor at Willamette U), and others. See more info and/or buy tickets here. (Film runs through April 5.)


Family Ministry is hosting a 9 am Easter Egg Hunt for our children. Our Easter Sunday service is at the usual 10 am time.


To all of our musicians and volunteers who offered one of the best Palm Sundays I have ever been a part of. We started the morning with the Palm Passion telling of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem which was followed by the truly remarkable Passion Cantata: Light Shines in the Darkness.


From March 27-30, 15 youth and 4 adults from the Salem Youth Collective headed over to Reedsport, OR, for a time of service, fellowship and fun. Traveling mercies for the whole group!


In April, the first Sunday of the month (4/7) will be a special all-ages worship service. We will dust off some of our favorite intergenerational songs followed by a hands-on service project in Boulder Hall assembling LifePax for those in need. Please come! 

Power to the Peaceful,

Pastor Kelly


Looking Ahead

3/30 @ 9 am: Easter Egg Hunt

3/30 @ 2 pm: Jim Randle Memorial Service

4/7 @ 11:30 am: Strategic Plan Dialogue

4/17, 9 am-4 pm: Lifeline Screening

In Worship

  • March 29 @ 6:30pm Good Friday, A Modern Day Passion (part 3)
  • March 31 @ 10am A New Easter: Power to the Peaceful (part 4)
  • April 7 @ 10am Intergenerational Service with LifePax project

Looking for something different for Holy Week? Check out our ecumenical church partners' offerings here or grab a paper copy from the narthex. AND make sure to check out a special dramatic production at Brush Creek Players by our own Michael Wood (more info below).

Access the full church calendar here. To add or correct something, please email

This special event runs Friday, March 22-Sunday, March 31 at Brush Creek Playhouse in Silverton.

Find more information or pre-purchase tickets here.

“Whether you are a committed Christian, a person seeking to better understand the message of the New Testament, or just someone who loves a good, dramatic story, these presentations have something for you."--Michael Wood

A Note on Easter décor

Dear Members of the Congregation,

Easter is approaching soon. Exciting changes are afoot for our Easter decorations this year, courtesy of your dedicated Worship Committee. Over time, we've carefully considered feedback from our community, including concerns about allergies and the labor-intensive nature of floral arrangements. In response, we're introducing a fresh approach to our Easter décor.

This year, prepare to be enchanted by new silk arrangements and vibrant Easter Banners adorning Boulder Hall, the narthex, and the sanctuary. These additions promise to infuse our sacred spaces with renewed splendor and joy.

We owe immense gratitude to the creative vision and hard work of Mary Snethen, Susan Tanabe, Betty Flick, and Susan Ray. Their dedication has brought these delightful enhancements to fruition, and we encourage you to extend your thanks to them for their efforts.

If you're inspired to contribute to future endeavors, please reach out to Lucy Foster to join our volunteer list. Your participation ensures that our traditions continue to evolve and thrive.

Warm regards,

Lucy Foster, chair of the Worship Committee

Strategic Plan Dialogue

with Bill Faust and Mike Goodenberger

Russell Hall

11:30 on Sunday, April 7, 2024

Strategic Plan Dialogue – As discussed in the Congregation Annual Meeting in February, a draft of the Westminster Presbyterian Church 2023 Strategic Vision Plan is available. This plan calls for broad initiatives in the following areas as Westminster embraces the future:

  • Congregational Vitality
  • Addressing Systemic Poverty
  • Dismantling Structure Racism
  • Reimagining Church Team Paradigm
  • Creating Sustaining Revenue Sources and Transparent Financial Communication

Take another look at the plan here or contact the church office if you need a hard copy.


Youth Geranium Sale is back! We are so happy to offer you Peterson Nursery's BEAUTIFUL individual geraniums AND mix colored floral baskets (petunia and other mixed florals) for pre-order!!!

The baskets are different this year, but I've been told by the owner that every time people order one, when they see it, they usually ask for a few more! 

Flowers are $6 each and hanging baskets are $30 each.

Flowers can be picked up on Sunday morning, May 5 from 9-11:00 AM.

Delivery is available for $10 if necessary.

Pre-Orders are due by April 18.


We will have a limited amount for sale out front at Westminster on Sunday, May 5. Please make checks payable to Westminster Presbyterian Church with "Youth Missions" on the memo. Fill out your order form here. Questions? Talk to Vik (

Free piano! Barbara Nelson is moving and must find a home for her beautiful Cable piano ASAP. This piano is console height, slightly taller than a spinet but shorter than an upright. From a non-smoking, non-pet home. Dial Bill (503-576-1278) or Katie (503-580-5631) if interested.

Pray for...

Rosalyn McKeown-Ice who has been hospitalized.

Helen Schafer who has been hospitalized.

Sally Neely who is suffering with health problems.


Marion Polk Food Share Garden Program 5th Sunday Special Donation: Look in the narthex this month and you’ll see a wheelbarrow! It needs to be filled with items for our Marion Polk Food Share garden friends and their youth garden projects. Place your smaller gently used or new items in it. If you have any of the larger items listed below, fill out a card with your name, name of tool and a contact number and also place in the wheelbarrow. Please bring them by March 31.

  • Garden gloves
  • Hand tools (spades, small hand hoes etc.)
  • Larger tools (shovels, rakes, hoes, loppers)
  • Our community gardeners are always looking for lawn mowers, rototillers and weed whackers, but these may be a bit too large for the wheelbarrow- fill out card to donate

Sponsored by Mission Peace Ecojustice Committee

In Case You Missed It

The youth group and Building & Grounds are working on a new little community resource center for the property! Soon you will see the installation of a cabinet in our parking lot near the Scout Lodge. This will include a little library, space for people to leave non-perishable food items, and a space for announcements for the community and church! Many children and neighbors walk through our parking lot every day on their way to and from school or to walk their dogs. We hope this will be a great resource for the neighborhood! We plan to paint it with some custom artwork to highlight our appreciation for the arts at Westminster! The cabinet was built by Joe Mello from Center 50+ with donations from Chet Flick and Steve Mather. Keep an eye out for this and feel free to drop donations in it anytime! Big thanks to our Building & Grounds, MPEJ, and Library friends for making this happen! If you have questions about donating books, please contact Sue Ray. For questions about donating food, please contact Michelle Hare. 

Here's a picture of the updated cabinet (with doors) and Michelle and Joe after we loaded the new cabinet into the church van! 

Westminster Presbyterian Church


3737 Liberty Rd. S 

Salem, OR 97302

PHONE: 503-364-3327

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