Advent and Christmas 2017

Special Worship Services for Advent & Christmas

Advent Lessons and Carols: Sunday, December 10

8:30 AM Worship in the Chapel & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
At both services, we will tell again the story of the prophets of Israel and how they foretold that God would visit and redeem the waiting people. At 11 AM, brass and string quartets join our choirs of adults, youth, children and bells.

Longest Night Service: Thursday, December 21

6:30 PM Worship in the Chapel
For many, the Christmas season is a particularly difficult one. On this shortest of days, we will worship and reflect on what it means to dwell in the darkness of night. Together we will lift up our whole selves to the Lord, asking that God’s light would shine in our darkest places.

Festival Sunday with the Commonwealth Brass: Sunday, December 24

8:30 AM & 11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary
The Commonwealth Brass join us for this annual Advent celebration service.

Christmas Eve Candelight Services: Sunday, December 24

5 PM Worship in the Sanctuary
8 PM Worship in the Sanctuary (7:45 PM Prelude)
11 PM Worship in the Chapel
At each of our services, hear the story of Christmas and sing familiar Christmas hymns, accompanied by organ, including “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World.” Children are welcome at all our services; the 5 PM service is our “family-friendliest” service.

Sunday, December 31

11 AM Worship in the Sanctuary (one service only)

Boxwood Workshop

Tuesday, November 28 & Wednesday, November 29
9:30 AM or 7:30 PM in Fellowship Hall

Come either day to make boxwood wreaths, centerpieces, tabletop trees, candlestick arrangements, kissing balls, and more. Cost of making items from $14 to $30. Extra materials, bows made to order, pre-made balsam wreaths available. Email Madeline Ramsey at [email protected] for more information or to reserve a place.

Alternative Giving Bazaar

Sundays, December 3 & December 10
Fellowship Hall following both services

The Alternative Giving Bazaar provides a great opportunity to honor friends and family by giving gifts in their names to any of almost two dozen organizations supported by the Local, National and International Mission Committees at Westminster. These gifts will reach deserving people in our community, nation and around the world. As examples, your gifts to local organizations can help support local families through ALIVE, feed a Meals on Wheels client, allow Just Neighbors to assist refugees, or purchase provisions for Carpenter’s Shelter residents. Nationally and internationally, gifts can support our friends at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota, or support the United Orphanage & Academy in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. A catalog listing all participating organizations and describing how your contributions will help will soon be available online and in print in the education wing lobby.

Centering Prayer in Advent

Mondays, December 4, 11, & 18
4–5 PM in Westminster Room

All Westminster members and guests are welcomed on Mondays during Advent to reflect on selected Bible passages and writings and to spend time in silence listening for God’s spirit and love. We’ll be led by Amey Upton. Hope to see you there!

Christmas Pageant & All-Church Dinner

Sunday, December 10
5 PM in the Sanctuary

Come see our children tell the Christmas story, then enjoy a pasta dinner together! Dinner is $5/person for all age 5 and above, and free for children age 4 and under.

Christmas Flowers and Mission Giving

Honor or memorialize loved ones with a dedication in the Christmas bulletins. In addition to providing flowers in the Sanctuary, donations will support our International Mission project at the United Orphanage & Academy in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya. Please mark your payment for “Christmas Flowers.” No minimum/maximum donation required. Contact Jessica Thurnes at [email protected] by Monday, December 11.

Learn more about the United Orphanage & Academy

Christmas Joy Offering

This PC(USA) Offering is shared by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides critical assistance to Presbyterian church workers and their families; and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. Remember our support to these two vital services as we seek to honor every child of God this Christmas season. Envelopes in the pews.

Learn more about the Christmas Joy Offering

Holiday Office Hours

Monday, December 25 & Tuesday, December 26: Closed
Wednesday, December 27 – Friday, December 29: 9 AM – 3 PM
Monday, January 1: Closed
Tuesday, January 2: Normal office hours resume