Current Events, News, and Information
◊ Thank you to all who have so generously pledged gifts of time, talent and treasure for 2019.
We encourage all to share in Christ’s ministry at Westminster! Please place your completed pledge cards and time and talent forms in the offering plate or leave them in the church office.
◊ Vivaldi’s Gloria – Sun., Dec. 16 @ 11 a.m. worship
The Westminster choir will present Gloria in D by Antonio Vivaldi with orchestra on Sunday, December 16 at the 11:00 worship service. Soloists are Natalie Brennan, Elise Ragland, and Gelesa Tripps.
◊ Get in Your Minter Market Gifts!
There is still time to support local and international non-profits and missions through the Minter Alternative Gift Market! Stop by the church office, look for the forms in the narthex, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-459-5497 to select your gifts for 2018. Please make your selections by Sunday, Dec. 16.
◊ Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Foundation Communities Holiday Drive! Together, WPC members donated a trunkful of toys, books, school supplies, games, and household items, along with several hundred dollars worth of HEB and Target gift cards. Thank you for giving generously to this project and for your year-round support of Foundation Communities’ efforts to provide affordable housing and social services to our neighbors in need.
◊ Christmas Joy Offering
On Sunday, Dec. 23, we will collect the Christmas Joy Offering, which supports past, present and future leaders of the Presbyterian Church. Please plan to give generously to this important offering.
◊ Earth Care Styrofoam Drive
Recycle BIG pieces of styrofoam in our designated collection place (in the walled porch at the back door to the church kitchen in Fellowship Hall) from Dec. 23-Jan. 20. Big pieces only; no packing peanuts please.
◊ Poinsettias for the Sanctuary
$12/plant – order by Sunday, Dec. 16 – Make checks payable to WPC with “Poinsettias” in the memo section. Donors will be recognized in the Christmas Eve order of worship. Order cards will be in the sanctuary pews, in the church office, or you can order online (you may also pay online when you order).
◊ Join us Monday, Dec., 24 for Christmas Eve services
6:00 p.m. – Family Candlelight and Communion Service (childcare available at 6 p.m. service)
8:00 p.m. – Service of Lessons and Carols with Candlelight and Communion
◊ Rumi Olive Oil
About a dozen bottles of gourmet Rumi olive oil from Palestine are still available after Minter Market – this guaranteed organic oil comes from trees that grow 500 – 1500 years, the same as those in the Garden of Gethsemane. The cost is $25/bottle and a portion of sales supports Fair Trade olive growers in Palestine and impoverished Palestinian children. Stop by the office to purchase yours (cash, check or online payments through REALM are accepted).
◊ WPC Book Club
Please join the WPC Book Club on Thursday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., in the church library to discuss Jamie Ford’s fiction entitled Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. One reviewer, Lisa See, states this is “an impressive (story) that explores the age-old conflicts between father and son and the depths and longing of deep-heart love.” Take a break for one hour from your busy holiday season to join us for a cup of decaf and a sharing of our impressions about this fiction.
◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon
Thursday, Jan. 10 @ Noon – Faith & Grief is a ministry of compassion and connection. We offer monthly luncheons (held on the second Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m., in the Westminster Presbyterian Fellowship Hall) where women and men, mourning the death of a loved one, can join with others who understand and be strengthened by scripture, prayer and conversation. The simple lunch and meeting are free and opened to the public. Donations to cover the cost of lunch are accepted. For more information, to sign up for the newsletter, and to register for each luncheon, go to www.FaithAndGrief.org or call 469-251-9612. You may also contact Judy Skaggs at WPC.
◊ Austin High School Global Studies Capstone Project benefitting the non-profit Mobile Loaves and Fishes
Sunday, December 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall Mobile Loaves and Fishes is an organization geared towards helping and housing the homeless. ML&F has created a neighborhood of homes in Manor called the Community First Village that has helped hundreds of homeless men and women. Our goal is to raise at least $3,500 over two different fundraising events that we are coordinating. 100% of this money will go towards sponsoring the completion of the interior of two homes. Live musical performance from two-time Grammy nominated artist, Eliza Gilkyson. There will also be kid-friendly activities, a raffle, and complimentary food and drinks. Donation request of $15 per person and $50 for families with 4 or more. All are welcome! All donations are graciously accepted!! We are so grateful to have the opportunity to help those in need and appreciate all support! AGS Capstone Project group: Noah Pastor, Bella Castillo, Cameron Gordon and Josh Jones.
◊ Summer Mission Trip for Youth
June 8-15, 2019 @ The Center in Baltimore, MD
This summer, WPC youth will travel to Baltimore for a week of service at The Center, a Presbyterian ministry that connects volunteers to churches already partnering with their neighborhoods. We’ll work on an urban farm, learn about the history and causes of poverty in America’s cities, and explore Baltimore together! Cost is $300/person + airfare; scholarships and fundraising opportunities available. Please email Pastor Ellen if you’d like to participate as a youth or adult sponsor.
◊ Help Save the Earth: Don’t Throw It Away
You know the old saying, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? Well it is often true. Don’t throw away perfectly good things just because you’re sick of them, or no longer have use for them. Instead, donate them to a local charity shop, or list them on a free collection site online. For more information on how to help, visit Ways to Help.