Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Bible Study – Sundays & Wednesdays in Advent
This Advent, adults are invited to choose a time that works best for them to learn the stories behind four African American spirituals. These beloved songs “identify with those experiencing a world of cruelty, injustice, poverty, racism, and oppression.” Through Bible study, prayer, and conversation, participants will be encouraged to commit to joining with the Christ Child and the community of faith in solidarity and support of all those who are oppressed, especially our black and brown sisters and brothers. Choose one of the meeting times below. Sign up now.
- Sundays, 9:45-10:45am Join the Sojourners and Bible Round Table classes in Mission Center Room 205 or on Zoom. Contact Marietta Wynands for the link.
- Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm in the Parlor led by Marietta, followed by a time of prayer in the Sanctuary.
Lovefeast – Sunday, December 5, 5:00pm
Another well-loved Westminster tradition returns! Join the WPC Youth Group for an evening of carols and candles as we observe a traditional Lovefeast in our Sanctuary. Derived from the Moravian tradition, our Lovefeast is a celebration of the Incarnation of Christ, an embrace of the Christian belief that Christ comes to us in the simple form of warmth, bread, and community. Our youth group offers the Lovefeast service each year to show gratitude for the church family that prays and cares for them. Organ preludes begin at 4:30pm.
Share Your Blessings, Share Your Christmas
For more than 45 years, “Share Your Christmas” has provided holiday gifts to some of our most vulnerable Durham neighbors. This program is coordinated by the Durham County Department of Social Services and Triangle Nonprofit and Volunteer Leadership Center.
This year Westminster has committed to serving 145 people. Be sure to scroll through the sign-up to the end as there are multiple pages of individuals and needs. We’re still in need of a few people to help organize and deliver the gifts to Yates Baptist Church on December 12 (these are the very last items on the sign-up – keep scrolling!). Sign up today!
Please spend a minimum of $65 per individual on new items. Be sure to wrap your gift(s), include a gift receipt in an envelope inside each package, and attach the name and case number securely onto the outside of each gift. Gifts can be delivered to the bin in the church office at the following times: Sundays before or after worship; Monday -Thursday, 9:00am – 5:00pm; Fridays, 9:00am – 12:00 noon; and Sunday, December 5, 5:00 – 6:30pm (Courtyard collection and gift delivery deadline).
All Ages Come Together for Learning and Fun – Sundays in Advent, 9:45-10:45am, in the Fellowship Hall
This Advent, we’re trying something new! Instead of our individual age-grouped Church School classes, all are invited to come together, build relationships, and learn from each other! These gatherings will be experiential, interactive, and will engage us in the week’s narrative scripture story around the theme, “God’s Presence Brings Life.”
Wondering if this is for you? If you can answer “yes” to any of these questions, then the answer is a resounding YES!
- Do you want to get to know people in the congregation?
- Do you want to gain a sense of belonging to God and one another?
- Are you young*…or not so young…married or single… have children or youth…or have none at all?
Through these gatherings, we will discover that everyone, no matter what age, has something to teach, and everyone, no matter what age, has something to learn! * Intergenerational ministry is, at its core, the building up of the Body of Christ. (*Children ages 3 and under may prefer the nursery with our stellar Nursery Staff Team.)
Greet & Gift at Bull City Fair Trade – Monday, December 6, 6:00-8:00pm
The Global Missions Committee encourages you to make shopping at Bull City Fair Trade part of your Christmas tradition. For newcomers to the area, Bull City Fair Trade (811 9th St, formerly One World Market) is a nonprofit retail store, focused on providing fair wages to low-income craft persons. They work with artisans in more than 70 developing countries and the US, giving them access to the US market to sell their handmade crafts. All of the artisans are paid under Fair Trade standards, ensuring that they make a livable wage for their country. Visit their website to get an idea of the variety of gifts available. New on the website is the heading “Shop by cause.” If you especially want to purchase eco-friendly merchandise or products that empower women, fight human trafficking, aid refugees, keep families together (the list goes on!), you can find them here.
You can order through the website, but there’s more in the store than what’s online. Come do some in-person browsing on Monday, December 6, 6:00-8:00pm, when the store will be opened exclusively to WPC members and friends. You’ll receive a 10% discount on all items purchased at the Gift & Greet or online with the discount code WESTMINSTER (December 6, 12:00am – 11:59 pm).
Not only will you have a chance to purchase gifts that help change the world, but you’ll also get to greet WPC staff who you may not have seen in a while. Stop by to say hello to our hard-working staff who have been dealing with so much this year and miss seeing you!
Honor a Loved One with a Poinsettia & Donation to the WPC Flower Guild
You are invited to offer a poinsettia in memory or in honor of a loved one this Advent season by making a $10 donation to the WPC Flower Guild. Submit your donation and honorarium/memorial by Sunday, December 5, to be included in the listing in the Christmas Eve 8:00pm worship bulletin. Poinsettias will be available for pick-up after the service.
Annual Christmas Pageant – A Beloved Tradition Opens to All Ages! Sunday, December 12, 4:30pm
The pandemic has given us opportunities to become more flexible and adaptable with our church traditions. Our beloved Christmas Pageant is an important way for all ages to experience the story of the birth of Jesus. This year we are inviting all ages to participate in an intergenerational performance. Ages 2-99 are welcome to share in creating a meaningful and unforgettable pageant on Sunday, December 12, at 4:30pm, in the Sanctuary.
Musicians and instrumentalists, as well as artists, are invited to take part! We will wear masks and do our best to keep everyone safe. We will have only three rehearsals (or less, depending on the selected role) and provide costume support, snacks, and the opportunity to make new friends. This may be the only chance you have in 2021 to show WPC members a side of your talent they have not yet discovered! It would be wonderful to have our junior and senior high youth, our mature members, and of course, the children join in this worship event. Sign up now or contact Marietta Wynands.
Art & African-American Spirituals by Candlelight – Aperture: Third Wednesdays ~ December 15, 7:00 – 8:15pm
In contemplation of the mystery and wonder of the season, Ruth Caccavale will lead a discussion of African-American art, paired with insights and music rooted in African-American Spirituals led by Monica Rossman. Childcare will be available for ages 4 and younger. Register now
A member of Westminster, Ruth taught art at Rutgers University and currently works in the education department at the Nasher Museum. Monica has been an active church musician for many years, serving as Associate Chapel Organist/Assistant Director of Choral Activities at Duke and on the music faculty at Ohio State before joining the staff at Westminster in 1994.
Make a Joyful Noise! Caroling for All Ages – Sunday, December 19, 6:00pm
Bring Christmas spirit to the homes of some of the beloved members of our Westminster family! All ages are invited to join in this wonderful Westminster tradition, sponsored this year by our Congregational Care Committee. A great singing voice is not required – this is all about fun and bringing cheer to others. Wear your favorite Christmas sweater and fun holiday headwear! Meet in the parking lot by the Sanctuary. Carolbooks are provided. Bring your facemask and maybe also a flashlight to help you better see the music. Carolers will return to church afterward for warm drinks and sweet treats. Contact Cherrie Barton Henry with any questions.