Car Wash Raises Funds for Youth Programs

By Southwester Staff The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly Youth Activities Task Force (YATF) held its third car wash on Saturday, June 4 in the parking lot of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Plans for a fourth, timed for YATF’s 40th anniversary this fall, are already in the works, according to  YATF Chair Thelma D. Jones.  The June car […]

Westminster Presbyterian Church Filled with Music and Joy at Mathes and Mitchell Nuptials

By Cheryl Kravitz At a wedding like no other, the sounds of The FAME Jazz Ensemble (high school musicians from The Foundation for the Advancement of Music & Education) heralded the “jazzy” arrival of the Linda Mathes and Robert Mitchell wedding processional as they made their way down the aisle at the Westminster Presbyterian Church […]

Southwest DC Hosts Events Commemorating Historic Escape of Enslaved People to Freedom

By Reverend Ruth Hamilton The public is invited to gather at the corner of 4th and I Streets Southwest (by Westminster Church) on Friday, April 15 at 6:00 p.m. to begin a “Remember the Pearl” memorial walk to The Wharf.   On April 15, 1848, a total of 77 men, women, and children enslaved by prominent […]

A New Chapter at Westminster Presbyterian Church

By Georgine Wallace To many of us, they are treasured friends and partners in neighborhood projects, and to the parishioners of Westminster Presbyterian, Co-Pastors Ruth and Brian Hamilton are the heart of their church. Long-time member Vyllorya Evans describes Ruth Hamilton as their “spiritual leader” and “connection to the community” while Brian Hamilton “challenges our […]

Annual Holiday Toys for Tots Drive Touches Hundreds of Southwest Families

By Paul Taylor For the 12th consecutive year, the Southwest Comm-Unity Annual Christmas Toys for Tots was another huge success. Held on Saturday, December 12, 2021 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Toys for Tots event was a bit different from previous years to practice proper COVID protocols. Parents and children received the toys from a […]

September Blood Drive at Westminster Church

Someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion every two seconds, yet less than 10% of Americans donate blood. Westminster Presbyterian Church (401 I St. SW) is helping our community meet its needs by hosting an Inova Blood Service drive on Saturday, Sept.18, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There are lots of reasons to donate […]

They Practice What They Preach

By Wilma Goldstein For 25 years, Brian and Ruth Hamilton have served as co-pastors at Westminster Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 4th and I Streets in DC’s Southwest neighborhood.  “I think a church really needs to be a community center and has the responsibility of organizing around all kinds of issues and problems […]