The Chimes- April 2020
This past Sunday, the Session and Deacons of the church gathered (we met in separate
rooms, kept acceptable distance from each other) to seek God’s guidance as we struggle to
fulfill our ordained responsibilities in light of the realities of the day.
It is with a heavy heart and deep concern for each of you and all who gather at Westminster,
the Session extends the postponement of Morning Worship through the month of April.
Further, all meetings and gatherings exceeding 10 people will be canceled. Gatherings under 10 people must practice safe distancing and practical hygiene.
The Deacons will continue to lead our congregation in the care and comfort of members and
those in need. Deacons will make contact by a phone call, email, and cards with every
member of the church. They will rely on the Elders to help in any way they can in ministries of care and comfort.
We ask you to do the same. Contact folks. Talk with your neighbors and friends. Ask if
there is anything they need, especially the vulnerable and those who cannot leave their residence. We are here to help.
Our hearts are deeply troubled, our minds clouded by fear, our bodies are under attack by a
virus we cannot see. We face a hidden but all too real threat to human life, to life lived together in community.
I cannot help but to see in all of these things, the very story we will tell come Easter Morn.
Hearts deeply troubled by the reality of the crucifixion of Jesus. Minds clouded with fear
by the rejection, treatment and death of Jesus. Bodies racked by the virus of hopelessness,
in our personal life and life lived together in the world our common home.
We come to an empty tomb, troubled hearts leap for joy, He is not here! He has risen!
Minds fill with eternal light that will guide us all the days of our lives. The Risen Christ
goes before us, within us, filling you and me and all of creation, with God’s love; with
God’s never ending light and life and all things good.
New Monthly Feature!
Get ready to curl up with your new favorite book as each month Westminster
highlights a new find. Happy reading!
Fly Girls: The Daring Women America’s Pilots Who Helped Win WWII by
P. O’Connell Pearson At Topeka Public Library. Summary by Simon and
At the height of World War II, the US Army Airforce faced a desperate need for
skilled pilots—but only men were allowed in military airplanes, even if the expert pilots who were training them to fly were women. Through grit and pure
determination, 1,100 of these female pilots—who had to prove their worth time
and time again—were finally allowed to ferry planes from factories to bases, to
tow targets for live ammunition artillery training, to test repaired planes and
new equipment, and more.
Though the Women Airforce Service Pilots lived on military bases, trained as
military pilots, wore uniforms, marched in review, and sometimes died violently
in the line of duty, they were civilian employees and received less pay than
men doing the same jobs and no military benefits, not even for burials.
Their story is one of patriotism, the power of positive attitudes, the love of flying, and the willingness to serve others with no concern for personal gain.
Westminster’s Facebook Page
Keep up with the goings-on via the Westminster Facebook Page.
Like, comment and share. Invite your friends to do the same.
Rob Hobgood’s Recitals
Lecture Recital: Friday, May 1, 7PM in Bales Organ Recital Hall.
If people are interested in coming to either of these events, they can talk to me
and I can give them more information about the events. I will give an organ
recital sometime this semester, but that date hasn’t been decided on yet.
The following correspondence was received from the Presbytery of Northern Kansas:
“It is our pleasure to inform you that a grant in the amount of $2500 was approved for
the School Lunch Extension program for 2020-21”
“We would like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation for the support of
your congregation for the mission and ministry of the Presbyterian Church locally, regionally, nationally, and world-wide. Your generous gifts to the PC(USA) Special Offerings and Basic Mission Support show that your congregation understand the importance of this connectional church. Through your gifts, your members can feel that
they are a part of the mission and ministry of Presbyterians throughout all of God’s
world. (Gifts to Basic Mission Support have made this grant possible.)
Rev. Pat Ireland
Coordinator for Stewardship and Mission
A Shout Out and Big Thank You to Caryl Hines who wrote and submitted the grant
request that covers two years of the Summer Lunch Program that she oversees. A lot
of time and thought went in to preparing the grant. Well done Caryl!
Top 5 Reasons to watch church online
1. Relax in your pajamas
2. Refill your coffee anytime
3. Enjoy snacks
4. Pause for a bathroom break
5. Mute the Pastor
While we will not gather during the month of April for Worship, we
will create and post through emails, the church website, and our
Facebook Page, an video that you can download and watch. The
video will be a Morning Prayer Rite that will follow a simple path of
music, prayer, scripture, and homily. There will be a daily post by
Pastor Koch, of a daily reading and prayer by which we will also
communicate joys and concerns of the church.
Bear with us, we are new to this task. Help us by being patient.
Feel free to call Pastor Koch, 316-259-8633, the Church Office 785-
357-0339 for your joys and concerns you with to share. You can
also email Pastor Keith, email@example.com or the office,
firstname.lastname@example.org The church website is westminstertopeka.com and you can access our Facebook Page
Majorie Gould Adams Obituary
Marjorie G. (Gould) Adams, 98, of Topeka, passed away Friday, March 6, 2020.
She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and P.E.O. Chapter CS.
Marjorie married James O. Adams on September 5, 1942 in Miami Beach, FL. He
preceded her in death on February 8, 2013. Survivors include daughter, Terri J.
Novosel, Topeka; sons, John I. Adams and wife, Nenita, Colorado Springs, CO,
William “Clay” Adams and wife, Patti, Overbrook; 6 grandchildren; and 7 greatgrandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, James O. Adams, Jr; granddaughter, Beth Ann Novosel; two brothers and one sister. Services
will be private and inurnment will be in the Richland Cemetery at a later time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission, PO Box
8350, Topeka, KS 66608.
Jean Taggart is receiving hospice care.
Maxine Dever’s twin sister is in and out of the hospital
with health issues.
Sarah Hines is afflicted with several medical concerns,
please continue to pray for her.
Wonderful news, Bob Saathoff is feeling much better now,
after his surgery.
Those members who have purchased Easter lilies and want to pick them up
yourselves; they will be delivered to the church on Good Friday morning
and will be on the tables in the parlor. Those that are not picked up will be
delivered by the Deacons. Call Lynn Boddington for info.
New Office Administrator
Greetings to all at Westminster Presbyterian Church and to those just
“listening in”. My name is Roger Elser and I am the new Office Administrator for WPC. I am so happy to be here among such a wonderful group of
committed Christians. I look forward to a long a happy relationship with you!
A couple lines about me. I am 68 years old and retired from being an auditor for the Kansas Department of Revenue. I have been married to the most wonderful woman, Denise, for 38 years now. We have two children, Jessica and Paul, and a granddaughter, Gwenyth. We live in a big
old three story house in the Kenwood neighborhood with three spoiled
dogs. We enjoy, taking walks, long drives, British television and good pasta.
Thank you for such a lovely welcome to your “family”. We are very blessed.
PS—My office hours are 8am to noon, M-F.
April Dates to Remember
David & Cindy Harper—April 19—35 years
Carey & Jana Brown—April 21—47 years
Ed & Penny Plamann—April 29—42 years
Don & Chad Rein Wegener—April 29—3 years
Charles & Wilma Hummert—April 30—53 years
Ken Fink—April 2
Chuck Hill—April 6
Dan Wadley– April 6
Ellen Chalk—April 10
Bobby James—April 11
Brynn Henkle—April 20
Charles Hummert—April 24
Megha Bonnel—April 26
Glen Graham—April 27
Andrea Graham—April 28
Otto Wegener—April 30
March Vital Statistics
Average Church Attendance for 2/16 through 3/15/2020 was 49
Our Membership as of March 15, 2010 – 186
The next scheduled session meeting will be April 19, 2020.
Considered the following motions:
Motion from Finance Council to approve up to $6000 to be paid to Cytek per
their bid to upgrade the sound system in the sanctuary was unanimously approved.
Motion to approve to petition the Presbytery of North East Kansas to extend
transitional Pastor Keith Koch’s contract for six months from April 30, 202
to October 31, 2020 as a half time position with an increase of funds to cover
insurance of $5344.60 for a total annual cost of $36,344.60 was approved
Approved motion of future communion dates.
Other business: A plan of action for widespread contagious disease outbreak was
discussed. It was determined that there would be no worship for two weeks, 3/22
nor 3/29. The church and office will remain open with no meetings over 10 people. Reach out to members will be by Deacons and Elders with Deacons taking
the lead. Mail and email will be sent to members.
The full Session Minutes can be viewed on the bulletin board outside the church
Clerk of Session
-H E L P W A N T E D-
Are you interested in the history of Westminster and would you like to be
able to enjoy remembrances of times past. Would you like to be able to
look through old scrapbooks? See pictures of ancestors? See articles
from the 1920’s. Looking for volunteers to help move items from the
old associate pastor’s office to the new upstairs Katherine Ryan History Room and help organize information. Contact Becky Sullivan at
We have had a request to find transportation options for member to
church events. “Westminster Wheels” – An inquiry has been submitted.
Would you be interested in investigating options? Several have been suggested including retired people and Uber. Contact Becky Sullivan at 785-
Are you good at refinishing furniture? We have several small pieces, i.e.
pedestal tables and easels that would greatly appreciate a new finish. Contact the church office for info.
April 5 is Palm Sunday.
Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29
Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11
April 12 is Easter Sunday
Old Testament: Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm 118: 1-2, 14-24
Epistle: 1 Corinthians 3:1-4
Gospel: John 20: 1-18
Epistle: 1 Peter 3:1-9
New Testament: Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Gospel: John 20:19-31
Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-23
New Testament: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35
The Chimes is Westminster’s monthly newsletter. It is a great resource for “what’s happening” at Westminster!
You can request a paper copy be mailed to your home by calling the office @ 785-357-0339.