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Celebrate Celtic tradition with us on April 14th, 2024

Have you heard that we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and we all become German for Oktoberfest? Now we can all be Scottish for “Kirking the Tartan” (or “Kirkin’ the Tartan”), a tradition that involves blessing tartan fabrics and garments during a church service. At the April 14 church service, Westwood First Presbyterian Church will be celebrating Celtic tradition with bagpipes, drums, banners, and kilts. Join us first for the service and then as we walk to West Side Brewing for “more” pipes & drums, drinks, food, and fellowship!

Tartans have evolved for special purposes such as military, hunting dress, including wedding attire. But what’s the story behind the kilt? Centuries ago, Henry VIII split from the pope and declared the United Kingdom to be Protestant. When Mary ascended to the throne, however, she flipped it back to Catholicism and set about eliminating the protestors, thus earning her the nickname of “Bloody Mary.”

The English parliament and monarchy passed the Disarming Act (1746–1782) in Scotland, which forbade the use of weapons and the Highlanders’ wearing of the tartans or kilts. During this time, many Scots continued to wear tartan in secret, and the tradition of Kirking the Tartan became a way to publicly celebrate Scottish culture and heritage. Although the celebration is based on events in Scotland, it has really caught on among Scottish Americans in the United States, particularly Presbyterians and usually in April. So that’s what we’re going to do! Get out your kilts, shake off the mothballs, and join us for worship at Westwood First on April 14 at 10:30. After the service, we will all parade down Harrison Avenue to West Side Brewery (donating 20% of their beer sales to Westwood First for our “community engagement” endeavors). for food, fun, friendship, and fellowship! Invite your friends! Bring your family, and follow the sound of the drums and bagpipes! To learn more about the tartan, go to https://clan.com/.

Organist Heather MacPhail 

To conclude our 41st concert season, Westwood First organist Heather MacPhail will showcase the capabilities of our 67-rank pipe organ with a program titled, Women of the Organ.  During her tenure at Westwood First, Ms. MacPhail has made a point of playing organ music accessible to a wide audience.  Sure to be featured in this program are some of the marvelous hymn arrangements for organ by women composers, including a few dances in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! Please come and enjoy the music!

As we are refreshed with the Resurrection and experiencing fresh air and outdoor activities, think of these words – “All things bright and Beautiful, all creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all!”

Peter and the Wolf 

By popular demand! Our friends from Madcap puppets join the PB&J wind quintet to bring the story of Peter and the Wolf to life! You won’t want to miss this rare, intimate telling of the classic tale. 

Coming soon: “Westside Abbey” at Westwood First Presbyterian Church, a monthly discussion and practice on deepening our awareness of Christ’s Presence in and around us. Check back for details as they develop.

We are planning a Retreat to kickoff the Summer of ’24. Click here to register and for additional details.

City Gospel Mission’s Princesses Ballet lives right here at Westwood First began in 2003 with 8 girls and has grown to serve over 500 girls. The program serves girls ages 3-18 at 21 sites across Greater Cincinnati. Our dancers are from low-income families. The majority of participants could not otherwise afford private dance lessons. Princesses Ballet is provided for free, except a modest cost for dance wear.

The program, with a mentoring approach and a focus toward success for each girl, helps girls build character, self-esteem, discipline, and a love of dance. When you sponsor a Princesses Ballet dancer, you’re giving a young girl the tools she needs to be successful.

The Westwood Woman’s Club in Cincinnati is a vibrant community organization that brings together women for various activities and initiatives.

  1. Meetings: The club holds its meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at the Westwood First Presbyterian Church. These gatherings provide an opportunity for members to connect, share ideas, and engage in meaningful discussions.
  2. Purpose: The Westwood Woman’s Club aims to educate, engage, and empower its members. Through their activities, they foster civic reform, social justice, inclusiveness, and diversity. The club advocates for minorities, children, families, low-income women, and other victims of social and economic injustice.
  3. Membership: If you’re interested in joining this dynamic group, you can reach out to them via email at wwc1896@gmail.com. Whether you’re passionate about community service, networking, or simply connecting with like-minded individuals, the Westwood Woman’s Club offers a welcoming space for women to come together and make a positive impact.

Feel free to explore their activities on Facebook and consider becoming part of this wonderful community! 

The Westwood Historical Society strives to collect and tell the personal human stories of ingenuity, determination, struggles, courage, strength and insight of those who molded our collective past.  Our hope is that in these stories you discover, or rediscover, the threads that make up our community’s rich tapestry.   You may even notice how modern and contemporary many of those stories seem today! Many of their monthly meetings are held right here at Westwood First Presbyterian Church the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm

Cub Scout Pack 107, Scouts BSA Troop 107 and Scouts BSA Troop 1107 meet on Monday evenings starting at 6:30

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