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Alternative Christmas Market
 
Westover Hills hosts an annual Alternative Christmas Market in November of each year. This market is a wonderful opportunity to bless friends and family with Christmas gifts that benefit organizations that help those in need, locally and worldwide.  Some of vendors include the following:
  • Ten Thousand Villages - handmade gifts from artisans worldwide to support their local communities 
  • Arkansas Enterprise for the Developmentally Disabled - assortment of candles 
  • Rice Depot- Rice mixes, soup mixes, gift baskets, also accepting donations to help feed the hungry in Little Rock 
  • Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services- Note cards, photos and calendars to benefit the Vera Lloyd Trimble Home for boys 
  • Helping Hands - Art by Sister Maria for the local Helping Hands organization 
  • FURR- Handmade items and donations requested to enable feline rescue 
  • Westover Hills Preschool - T-shirts and other items to support preschool activities 
  • Shattered Glass for Broken Lives - Necklace pendants fashioned from broken china to benefit the Central Arkansas Battered Women’s Shelter 
  • Westover Hills Congregation - Art, baked goods and other items - all proceeds are for donation to local charities 
  • Heifer Project- Accepting donations to benefit communities worldwide 
  • Gibbs Magnet School - “Kids Stick Together” duct tape creations to support school counseling where tragedy has struck (Newtown) 
  • Presbyterian Women - Fair trade coffee, cocoa, tea and nuts supporting the growers and mission projects 
  • Presbyterian Disaster Relief - Accepting donations to help communities worldwide hit by disaster
 
Family Promise of Pulaski County (FPPC) opened its doors in Pulaski County Ark. in 2005 as the Interfaith Hospitality Network.  A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, our mission is to help homeless families with children to achieve independence, and to provide area congregations with local mission activities.

Family Promise of Pulaski County enables religious groups to work collectively to unite hearts and hands, providing shelter, meals, and compassionate assistance for families in need.  Host congregations provide safe, clean, overnight lodging and nutritious meals.

Family Promise of Pulaski County is a niche ministry, serving families defined as a two or single parent head of family with children under 18 years.  We only serve four families or up to 14 individuals at a time.  Families are carefully screened prior to entry into the program.

Because it's difficult to pack up your family and your belongings every week and move to a different church, Family Promise is not for every homeless family, but for families who persevere, the money they earn while in the program can go into their savings account to help with deposits on a their home and to get utilities turn on.

Moving day, when a guest family secures adequate housing, is like graduation, birthday celebration, and a honeymoon all rolled into one!


• source: Family Promise of Pulasky County Website: http://www.familypromisepc.org/#!__about
Website: http://www.familypromisepc.org

 
Prayer Circles

The Westover Hills Prayer Circle continues to receive requests.  An informational flyer is on the table in the Narthex which explains the Prayer Circle mission and lists the members.  Anyone can contact any of the Prayer Circle members and request a prayer for themselves or another person or situation. Strict confidentiality of all prayer requests is kept by the members.  If you are interested in joining with this group or requesting prayer, please contact Marianne Estes at 615-8992 or Ray Stephens at 225-0491.


 
Prayer Knots
 
As an aid to spiritual formation and development, Westover Hills is involved in experimenting with a new program called Prayer Knots. Each Knot, a group of 4 or 5 individuals, meets once a week to study and grow together. Each participant also agrees to undertake a discipline of daily Bible reading, prayer, journaling, and memory work. Each is also encouraged to engage in a form of outreach in the community (i.e. Habitat for Humanity, Stewpot, etc.).  It is hoped that this method of study will result in a broadened vocabulary of faith, a deepened sense of God's presence, and greater resources with which to deal with life's challenges.

Westover Hills Prayer Knots began in 1997, and two of the original four groups continue to meet. One of Westover Hills strengths is encouragement of individual and group spirituality; adding more Prayer Knots continues this wonderful tradition.  If you’re interested in joining a Prayer Knot or getting more information, please contact the church office.


 

Stewpot

The Stewpot of Little Rock has a simple mission- "Feed whoever walks through our doors".  A hot meal is served each weekday from noon-1:00pm. The Clothes Closet is open on Thursdays, and Baptist Community Health Clinic provides free health care on Fridays. Started in 1972 by a dedicated group of churches in Little Rock, The Stewpot- Little Rock has served over 1.5 million meals in the last 40 years.  The Stewpot is based at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street, Little Rock, AR.  The Westover 1st Wednesday Group (Charlie Frith, Charlotte Frith, H.K. Stewart, Ed Stanfield, Tammy Pflug and Fred Whitmore) cooks and serves the food the first Wednesday of each month.  The Clergy Group, which includes Ray Koone, Rev. Don Campbell, Dick Frothingham and Bob Quinn from WHPC, serves on the third Wednesday of each month.  The two groups typically serve 125 – 150 men and women and sometimes even children. Many of the people say “Thank You” or “God Bless” as they leave.  It is truly a worthwhile, but often humbling experience. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
 

Second Sunday Mission

Second Sunday Mission is the name given to a project which was begun by the Service Committee several years ago which collects donations for a specific charity. originally the collection was designated for the second Sunday of each month, but was soon expanded to continue for the entire month.  Charities which have benefited from the generosity of Westover members have included Stewpot, Women and Children first, Arkansas Rice Depot, Food Bank, Partners Against Trafficking Humans (PATH) and many others.  Though the focus of Second Sunday Mission has usually been on local charities the scope has broadened during regional or national crises to benefit victims of tornadoes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

Second Sunday Offering for September: New Soft Toys for Arkansas Childrens Hospital

Each month the Service Committee collects items for different community organizations.  For the month of September, the Service Committee of Westover Hills would like to help Arkansas Children's Hospital.  Our own Greg Fairchild is connected through his brother who is the director of Pastoral Care at the hospital.  ACH needs small, "New" soft toys.  These toys are given to each child entering the hospital.  Please help us gather "New" soft toys for this purpose.  They will be greatly appreciated by the children and the staff.
 
“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 2:4-5).  Recognize how blessed you are and give from your heart.

WHPC Family Night
 WHPC Family Night runs from 7 pm until 8:30 pm on most Thursday nights. There are usually anywhere from 10 to 25 people who participate...mostly teenagers and a few young adults. The main thing they do is play basketball in the gym. Don Campbell supervises and John MacLeod helps if he is available. The participants are primarily kids who live in the neighborhood. Sometimes a few younger kids, in the 9 to 13 age range also participate. Most all of the kids are boys and young men...very few girls participate. It is a time we open the church to people from the neighborhood, so it is considered an outreach ministry of Westover Hills.


           
Vera Lloyd Trimble House

Vera Lloyd Presbyterian Family Services has been in continuous operation since it’s opening in 1923. With the continued grace of God, support from churches, individuals and the community, Vera Lloyd continues to fulfill its mission of “sharing Christ’s healing love with children, youth and families in crisis.” The Monticello Vera Lloyd Campus provides residential housing for up to forty eight-youth under the care of family teachers. Youth are nurtured, cared for and taught a positive family model of living. They learn independent living skills and social skills in order to secure jobs and become successful, contributing adults.  Westover Hills has adopted the Vera Lloyd Trimble House, which houses up to eight young men aged from 8 to 18.  The Trimble House boys periodically visit Westover Hills where they attend our worship services, and are fed and entertained with such activities as climbing Pinnacle Mountain, swimming, skating, bowling, etc.
 
www.veralloyd.org

Prayer Shawls

Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is a way of showing our church’s concern for people going through crises. Shawls are knitted, blessed in worship service and then given to people who would be comforted by the shawls, as they remember Westover Hills is praying for them.  They are available to members of Westover Hills as well as non-members as an outreach of our church.  In 2011, twenty-two shawls were distributed, fifteen going to members of Westover Hills and seven to nonmembers. One was sent to Manchester, United Kingdom, and ten were distributed to the ladies of Lacandon.   In 2012, fifteen were distributed.  One was given to our Interim Minister while recovery from a knee replacement and one to his wife while recovering from a heart problem.

The Prayer Shawl Ministry originated with women knitting for people they knew who were sick or bereaved.  As they stitched, they prayed for the recipient.  Because most Westover Hills women do not knit, we rely on a few, most notably Bettye Thompson and Bev Kuener.  Because of their diligence we can reach many more people.

Last summer we delivered a shawl when the weather was brutally hot thinking the thought of our prayers would be the comfort, not the warmth of the shawl.  But because chemotherapy caused extremes fluctuations in body temperature, the shawl was a blessing. One recipient has passed her shawl along to someone else needing comfort.  Another was returned; it is now one of our Worship shawls, to be worn if the sanctuary is too cool.

The shawls are available in the church office.  If you would like to give one, contact Mary Lois Stanfield (call 256-1011 or email merrystanfield@aol) or go to the office.  The deacons request that you sign the sheet to let them know who received the shawl and who delivered it.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Disaster Response – A Call to Mission
"...The spiritual nature of humanity inspires the deep compassion and spontaneous generosity that we see demonstrated by individuals and whole communities after great catastrophes.
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The community of faith at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church is no stranger to natural disasters.  Members and community neighbors have lost property or have been directly affected by tornadoes and winter storms.  But, even before those events, the congregation has been active in reaching out and continues to respond to natural and human-caused disasters.  Through organizations such as Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Ferncliff Disaster Assistance Center and the Presbytery of Arkansas, individuals and groups representing Westover Hills participate in work teams on the Gulf Coast helping rebuild and recover from Hurricane Katrina; donate and prepare clean-up buckets and hygiene kits for eventual shipment to communities in need; perform quality control work to inspect and pack Gift of the Heart Kits (hygiene, school and baby kits); manage disaster supply inventory and prepare kits and clean-up buckets for shipment; transport surplus tools and equipment from disaster recovery sites for re-deployment; and serve on presbytery and national response teams ready to deploy to disaster sites to serve as a visual reminder of our connectional church – a caring presence listening to and planning with communities to meet their needs.  Westover Hills actively pursues the admonition of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to fill the GAP – Give, Act and Pray.


[*] Light Our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster, National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)