Current Events, News, and Information

 

You are invited to purchase poinsettias for the sanctuary
$12/per plant – last day to order is Sunday, Dec. 17
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 this Sunday, in the church office, or online.

 

◊ Magnificat in G minor
WPC choir, soloists, and orchestra will present Magnificat in G minor by Antonio Vivaldi at the December 10 11:00 worship service.  Soloists are Brittany Spong and Elise Ragland, sopranos; Shaunna Shandro, mezzo soprano; and David Small, baritone.

 

◊ Christmas Eve Services
11:00 a.m. – Sunday Morning Worship
6:00 p.m. – Family Candlelight and Communion Service
*childcare available during the 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. services
8:00 p.m. – Service of Lessons and Carols with Candlelight and Communion

 

 

 

◊ W.O.W. Weekend Retreat
Feb 9-11, 2018 @ Camp Capers
Find out more!

 

 

◊ Minter Alternative Christmas Gift Market
There is still time to support local and international non-profits and missions through the Minter Alternative Gift Market!  Stop by the church office, email wpc@wpcaustin.org or call 512-459-5497 to select your gifts for 2017. The last day to submit a gift form is Thursday, December 14!

Rumi fair trade and organic olive oil is still available!  Makes a great gift (or a wonderful addition to your pantry!)  You may pay with cash or a check – cost is $25/bottle.  Please contact the church office or stop by to pick up a bottle before they run out!
 

 

◊Youth Updates
Upcoming Events:
12/10 – Trinity Center in afternoon; white elephant + ugly sweater party during youth fellowship
12/17 – Regressive Dinner
12/23 – 9 a.m., angel and shepherd practice for Christmas Eve worship
1/7/18 – Confirmation begins during Sunday School
Jan. 19-21 – Midwinters at Mo-Ranch!

 

◊ Are you ready to share Christmas Cheer?
The calls are coming in from those in need.  Can you help?  Our anonymous donor has once again re-funded very generously the Christmas Benevolence Fund.  Do you want help giving away your share?  If you are willing to help someone in need and don’t know anyone, please contact Elise Ragland or the WPC office and Elise will coach you through the process.  When you turn in your receipts, you may be reimbursed up to $300.  If you have questions about using your share of the Fund for someone you find on your own, contact the church office at 512-459-5497.

 

 

◊ Christmas Tamales!
Manos de Cristo tamales will be distributed at the church (Fellowship Hall) from 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8.

 

 


◊ New Leaf Orchestra

Sunday, December 10, 3 p.m.
Fellowship Hall
Free Admission (Judy Skaggs is one of the cellists!)

 

 

◊ Westminster Men’s Group
Tuesday, December 12, 7:00-8:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
Join us for breakfast, coffee, and good conversation

 

◊ Faith & Grief Ministry & Luncheon 
Thursday, December 14 @ 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.

 

 ◊ WPC Book Club – Thursday, December 14
On December 14, the WPC Book Club will meet to discuss The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.  The Nightingale is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of two sisters in France on the eve of World War II and their struggle to survive the German occupation of France. It was inspired by the story of a Belgian woman, Andrée de Jongh, who helped downed Allied pilots to escape Nazi territory. All are welcome to join us on Dec. 14, 7 p.m., in the WPC library, to discuss this amazing story

 

 

◊ Come away with me to a quiet place… Mark 6:31
Join us as we seek to deepen our life with God and to nourish our souls in these times of change.  Sharon Dunn, in conjunction with Eremos,  A Center for Contemplative Life, will guide those gathered in using silence and quiet reflection as a spiritual practice. The meeting will take place Sunday, December 17, 2:00-3:15 p.m. in the Westminster library.  Contact Sharon with any Q’s: sadunn15@gmail.com. 

 

◊ Angels & Shepherds Practice 
Saturday, December 23
– At 9:00 a.m., there will be a Shepherds and Angels Practice – DONUTS provided to all who attend! Our Christmas Eve 6:00 worship service features a whole host of angels and a wonderful flock of shepherds. All children are invited to take part! On Saturday, we’ll hand out costumes, practice our cues for entering and moving to the front, and, we’ll reward ourselves with a tasty donut!
Meet in the sanctuary.

 

◊ The Christmas Joy offering is an opportunity for us to support our church leaders – past, present and future. Since 1930, 50% of the Christmas Joy offering provides support for past and present church leaders, who have faithfully served the ministry. In times of need, including sickness or tragedy, the Joy offering helps to lessen their financial burden offering critical relief.  Another 50% of the Joy offering goes to support future church leaders. Through scholarships to the Pan Am and Menaul Schools and Stillman College, the offering supports the promotion of racial ethnic leadership in the church. These schools provide the necessary Christian educational foundation, and our generous donations makes this possible for those with limited resources, to receive the support they need to catapult them into faithful leadership positions. The Christmas Joy offering is on Dec 17. Please consider giving our tithes to support the good works of the church and it’s leaders throughout the community – from times bygone to times yet to come.

 

◊ Comfort and Hope for the Journey of Grief
February 23-25, 2018 at Mo-Ranch – A weekend retreat for adults who have experienced the death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling or friend.  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

 

◊ Presbyterian Publications
Copies of Presbyterians Today are available in the church office and at the Carlton Street entrance. Help yourself to a copy of our denomination’s publication and learn more about the work of Presbyterians throughout the world.

 

 

Print◊ 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