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Westminster News

November 20, 2018

Preparation for Worship

Beloved Congregation,
This coming Lord’s Day we will continue our study of the long prayer recorded in Nehemiah chapter 9.  I thought we might finish our study of the prayer this week, but I’ve decided to take the rest of the prayer and divide it over the length of two sermons.  There are truths in this chapter that simply beg for repetition.
Our sermon this Sunday will trace the history of Israel through one of its darkest seasons, namely the season of the conquest of the land and the reign of the judges.  Once again, we will discover that the darkness of our sin is eclipsed by the light of God’s goodness and grace.
We we will hear of God’s goodness in the preaching, and we will also proclaim that goodness in our singing.  We will open our singing on Sunday with Charles Wesley’s great hymn, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.”  Notice how Wesley captures the stunning reality that God himself left the glory of heaven to dwell with sinful men.  I deeply appreciate the second verse:
Christ, the highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Pastor Joe

This Week & Beyond

Growth Groups for Adults: We offer several men’s, women’s, and mixed groups for study, fellowship and prayer throughout the week.  CLICK HERE for the NEW Summer Schedule or pick up a new listing from the Welcome Desk..

Adult Sunday School at Westminster: offered in the sanctuary studying the book of Judges led by David Hammond.

Annual Christmas Fellowship: Please join us for our annual Christmas Fellowship (a light reception of finger foods) following our morning Service of Nine Lessons & Carols on Sunday, December 16th.  We request that every family please bring a plate of finger foods (e.g., sausage balls, cut up fruit, cheese, pastries or gluten-free options, etc.) on a nice plate the morning of Sunday, December 16th. To sign up CLICK HERE or use blue sheet Sunday. (Childcare will not be available during the fellowship).

Crown Club Christmas Party: at Gibson’s BBQ on S. Pkwy on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at 10:30 am (with fellowship to follow). Bring a wrapped gift to exchange.  Deadline is Monday, Dec. 10th.  See Juanita Service or Ann Streeter  for more info.

Youth Events:

High School “Lord of the Rings” Movie Marathon! December 15th at the Murphrees. See Noelle Thompson or Jennifer Murphree for more information.
High School Christmas Dinner: Pastor and Mrs. Hammond will host a “Mystery Dinner” for the senior high youth on Thursday, December 20th. Welcome at 5:00pm, dinner served at 5:30pm.  Address to “Dave’s Diner” is 166 Derwent Lane, Huntsville, Al  (Callington Estates, off Bob Wade Lane).  RSVP by Sunday, December 16th at david.hammond@wca-hsv.org. Y’all come now!
January 25-17, 2019
Camp ToKnowHim
The ROOTS retreat provides Gospel-centered teaching, worship, and fellowship for the youth in our presbytery
Please consider the following area we need help with:
  • Chaperones –  Young Adults are especially needed but any age can contribute and enjoy.  It’s a fun trip honestly.
  • Drivers – We plan to drive three vehicles. We may need a couple of people willing to drive over and back on Friday or/and Sunday. Let us know if you are willing.
Deadline to register is December 19th! Check the Weekly Youth email or see Eric Fulcher for more information.
  • Register directly with ROOTS at HERE.
  • Fill out the Liability Waiver form HERE and give to Eric.
  • Provide Payment: The base price is $100 for the weekend. $110 with the t-shirt, and $122 for t-shirt plus the extreme hike. Parents can pay HERE or make checks payable to Westminster, please designate “ROOTS” on the memo line and give to Eric Fulcher.
RYM: Yes, it’s early, but we need to register in early February. This is a High School trip to Panama City with about 800 students. Lot of teaching and beach time. I’m considering the July 1-5 week. Total cost will be around $500.00 (with transportation). Deposit due in early February. We’ll setup some fund-raising activities to help folks with this.

Dinners of Eight are a way for us to get better acquainted with each other here at WPC.  Each month, beginning in January eight people will get together for dinner at someone’s house (or at a restaurant if that works better).  The host will supply the main dish and bread, while the others will be assigned to bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share.  Groupings and assignments will rotate each month so that when the cycle concludes, everyone will have had dinner and fellowship with 24 different people.  Interested?  Sign-up on the blue sheet this Sunday!

Birmingham Theological Seminary will offer the class “Old Testament I” on the following Saturdays (January 19, February 16, March 2 and March 30) from 9am -3pm here at WPC. Please contact Rob Nelson at: robn76@aol.com or (703) 909-6667 for more information.


Holiday Schedule 2018-19
Dec 16             Music Special & Fellowship (No Sunday School)
Dec 23, 30  No Sunday School or Evening Worship
Dec 24          Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (5-6 pm)
Jan 9             Wed Night Activities Resume
           **Office Closed Dec 24-28; Dec 31 & Jan 1**

 Sunday Servants

SERVING Sunday:  Dec 9, 2018
NURSERY – Morning Worship Kate Gunn, Stephanie Wellman, Terrie Dsouza
Sydney Knight, Ava Rutledge
Anna Bosma
NURSERY – Sunday School
Samuel Fulcher
NURSERY – Evening Worship Donna & Curry Knight
HEAD USHER Jay Lauderdale
SEXTON COUNTER John Kirkwood, Matt Harness
SOUND Clif Barnes, Eric Fulcher