Christmas 2017

The Advent and Christmas season is celebrated at Westminster in many different ways - through worship, service and fellowship. Please check out the info below and join us in preparing for our newbown King!

What is "Advent"?  "Advent" means "coming" or "arrival". During the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ's coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again. In its historical origins, the season of Advent was patterned after the season of Lent, a six-week period of penitence and preparation for Easter.
     In much the same way, the four weeks of Advent give us an opportunity for communal discernment and personal examination, as the church prepares to celebrate the Nativity of the Lord and looks with hope for Christ's return.
     Until the dawning of that Great Day, we watch and wait in the Holy Spirit for Christ's coming into the darkness of our world, lighting candles as a symbol of hope, peace, joy, and love; and remembering the promises of God with prayer. 

Special Advent Worship Services 2017

Sunday, December 3: Hanging of the Greens
    Many churches hold a service of preparation for Christ's coming, which includes hanging greenery traditionally associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus' death and ivy representing the resurrection are used.
     At Westminster this is a multi-generational service, which helps us enter Advent with the true meaning of Christmas before us, rather than the "get it now" push we get in everyday life. This is a wonderful service for all, but especially for those with children and teens.

SUNDAY, December 17: CHRISTMAS CANTATA
    Our Annual Christmas Cantata Service will be on Sunday, December 18. A cantata is a choral composition that is based on a sacred text, often from Scripture readings appropriate to a specific church season (such as Easter or Christmas). Cantata comes from the Italian word cantare, which is a verb meaning "to sing." Cantatas find their origin in between 1600 and 1750, and the tradition continues today with contemporary composers.

Thursday, December 21 : Blue Christmas Service at 7:30pm. 
    A contemplative worship service of healing and hope for those who are hurting this Christmas. Open to all in our community. *Combined worship with St. James Lutheran Church.

Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve
11:00am Service of LESSONS & CAROLS    
     We encourage you to extend an invitation to your friends and neighbors to join us for a worship service of "Lessons and Carols" at 11:00 am. This service leads us through the scripture surrounding the birth of Jesus and gives us the chance to truly enjoy the Christmas Carols we all love!

7:00pm Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship
Join us on Sunday, December 24 at 7:00pm for a special candlelight service, live nativity, and luminary display.
Youth who would like to participate in luminary decorations OR in the live nativity, please contact Ms. Erin

Service Opportunities

  • WEB  "Christmas Stocking" for the Homeless with Fayetteville Urban Ministries
    WEB is collecting items for "Christmas Stockings" for the homeless. Please bring donations by Monday, December 7. A collection box is outside Ms. Erin's office. Items needed: Small (Travel Size) Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Lotion, Toothpaste, New White Tube Socks, Combs, Disposable Razors, & Deodorant. Stockings have been delivered for 2017.
  • Angel Tree: This year WPC is helping several families through various Fayetteville organizations. Angel gifts have been delivered for 2017 - Thanks for another wonderful year!
  • Caroling at the NC Veteran's Nursing Home. The Middle School Youth will be Christmas Caroling at the NC Veteran's Nursing home on Sunday, December 10 at noon. ALL ages of carolers are welcome to join us -- contact Ms. Erin to come a caroling, too!

Fellowship Opportunities

Event: Children's Christmas Party
Date: Saturday, December 2
Time: 9am - 1:00pm
Info: MUST Register by November 30! 

   ***PHOTOS from the Party on WPC's Facebook Page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Event: MS & Senior High Youth Christmas Parties
Date: Sunday, December 10
Info: Sent home during youth!

Event: WEB Christmas Party, Stocking & Family Potluck
Date: Sunday, December 10
Time: 5:00-7:00pm @ WPC
Info: WEB - Youth 2nd-5th grade; Each family please bring a side dish to share... more info will go home soon!

Event: Christmas Family "WOW" and Children's Christmas Pageant
Date: Wednesday, December 13
Time: 5:00-7:00pm @ WPC
Info: RSVP for meal and pageant