Reminder: Poinsettia orders are due Sunday. You can find extra forms in the Narthex.
Sunday Christian Education
Dec 24 & 31: No Sunday School or Forum
Pastor Scott will be leading the adult Bible study class following the Festival of Lessons and Carols today at 10:50a. The focus text for our discussion will be Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11. After the holiday break the Sunday School will resume on January 7.
Christmas Joy Offering
Did you know that the Christmas Joy Offering has been a Presbyterian tradition since the 1930s? It’s an opportunity for congregations like Westminster to support current and retired church workers as well as their families, when life circumstances demand financial assistance. Examples include flooding from Superstorm Sandy, the expenses of assisted living or long-term care, or simply income supplements when retirement income is insufficient. The Offering also allows congregations to support the education and leadership development of future racial ethnic church leaders. As an example, Presbyterian Pan American School in Kingsville, TX has a diverse student body with 26 countries represented over the past 25 years and 100% of its students accepted into colleges and universities in their home countries or the US. On December 17th and 24th, Westminster will collect our individual offerings, so that we may participate in the important work supported by the annual Christmas Joy Offering.
Allied Drive – Help Needed
The Allied Drive Food Pantry is in need of volunteer help. The pantry is open every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon. The volunteer takes a shopping cart and assists the shopper in selecting their allowance of food. We need male and female volunteers and you may work as many Wednesdays as you like. You will be trained and can enjoy visiting with residents of Allied Drive. Please call Eileen Dresser at: 608-698-9922
Fund a Farm
During the weeks of Advent, the loose change offering will be used to “Fund a Farm” through the PCUSA Presbyterian Mission. Our goal is to purchase chickens so households can get eggs for food, feathers for pillows and fertilizer for crops. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Perhaps we will even be able to purchase a piglet (or more than one) that can provide income to a family when the pig is grown and sold at the market. If we want to dream big, we can purchase a pair of goats that will provide food security for a family through milk, cheese, butter and yogurt. Consult those piggy banks and bring your change to worship on any Sunday in December. As you hear them clink in the offering plate, imagine the difference that you are making to others.
Have you made your pledge to Westminster for 2018? Help us close the gap by renewing your pledge for next year. If you have not made your commitment, please complete a pledge card which is available in the Narthex. You many also email or call Katie directly with your pledge at email@example.com or 238-3121. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
Pres House Dinner
Westminster is serving a home cooked dinner to students at Pres House today and January 21. Many of these UW students are internationals. If you would like to help cook, donate food or even just join us for dinner, we would love to have you ! Please talk to Sandy Curran for more information.
Worship Cancellation Policy
The decision to cancel Sunday worship service due to weather conditions will be made by 7:00pm the day before the worship service. All other church activities will automatically be cancelled for the day. If the service is cancelled, a congregation wide email will be sent out. Parishioners can also check the church website or call the church office to confirm cancellation.
January Newsletter submissions due to Katie by December 20.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 238-3121
Have a church announcement?
Please send them to Katie in the office by Tuesday (of the week you want it printed). Info@westminstermadison.org