Webster Presbyterian Church
...that all may come to know Jesus Christ, to love Him, to serve Him, and to enjoy Him forever.
 

Church Office Hours

Regular Office Hours:

From September to June, the church office is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Holiday and other closings are noted in The Pathway, the weekly bulletin announcements, and on the website.

 

Holiday Office Hours:

The Church Office is closed on December 25 & 26 and January 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.  During the holiday week, December 27-29, the office will be open from 9 a.m. until Noon.  Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2.


 Closings:

Monday-Tuesday, December 25-26, 2017 - Christmas Holiday

Monday, January 1, 2018 - New Year's Day

Monday, January 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King, Jr., Day



Memory Verses for December


The Spiritual Nurture Committee offers a memory verse or verses each month to use in your prayers for your children, your friends, your enemies, or anyone! 

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;

On those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.”

Isaiah 9:2 (NIV)


Poinsettias

Poinsettias (red and white) may be ordered for $12.50 each in the Narthex after services on Sundays, December 3, 10 and 17.  They will be used to decorate the church on Christmas Eve, and can be in honor or memory of a loved one.  You may also choose to donate them to one of our “Friends at Home.”  Please bring your check (payable to PWC) or cash when placing your order.  Poinsettias may be picked up after the 11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service.  For more information or if you have questions, contact Jenny Dougherty (265-2191).


Chimes for Christmas

Anyone wishing to borrow the chimes and Ring and Sing Christmas books for Christmas carol singing should sign up on the storage closet door (in the hall next to the pastors’ offices).  Please contact Jackie Anderson (703-2381 or jktanderson42@gmail.com) for more information.


Soup-er  News!

During December, Wednesday “Supper and Scripture” evenings are scheduled on December 6, 13 and 20 from 6:00 to 7:00.  Plan to join us for supper and fellowship in the Social Room, followed by a time for scripture, praise and prayer.  Circles, small groups, and individuals are encouraged to sign up to help with the dinners or to provide devotions.  Contact the church office for more information.  (NOTE:  Supper and Scripture is cancelled for Wednesday, December 13, due to a winter storm warning.)

                            

Parenting  In  Faith

Would you like to connect with other WPC families who are trying to raise their children in faith?  Parents of all ages, we welcome you to join us twice a month.  On the first Sunday of the month we meet after the 9:30 a.m. service as parents to discuss the joys and challenges of parenting in faith.  Childcare is provided.  The third Sunday of each month (though sometimes the schedule may vary, depending on the activity), we plan a fun activity which includes the whole family so we can build supportive friendships.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Rachel McKay (585-356-8302).


Christmas Joy Offering

Each year at this time, we are given the opportunity to donate to one of the church-wide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (USA) – the Christmas Joy Offering.  The monetary gifts provide assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and work to develop future leaders at Presbyterian-related racial ethnic schools and colleges.

  • The Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions
  • Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges
  • Racial Ethnic Leadership Development

Please give as generously as you can to this worthy offering using the envelopes soon to be in the chair racks. The website link for more information is   http://specialofferings.pcusa.org/christmasjoy.html.

  

Pathway  Deadline!!  -  December 18

The deadline for the January issue of The Pathway is Monday, December 18 – earlier due to the Christmas holiday.  Articles can be brought to the church office or e-mailed before noon to kotoole@websterpres.org and ghubbard@websterpres.org.  As always when emailing the office, please be sure to send items to both Georgia and Karen to ensure your message gets through if one of them is out of the office or if one of the office computers is down.


Heart  and  Hand

Heart and Hand will meet in the Social Room on Friday, December 15, at 9:00 a.m.  After sharing a breakfast treat and devotions, we will work together on projects for our church family and community needs.  The supplies are provided – you bring the fun and conversation! If you have questions or project suggestions, please contact Barbara Coleman (406-2768) or Marty Durbin (872-4669).  Hope to see you there!

  

 Food Barrel

There is always a need for basic food items and canned meals at the Williamson Come-Unity Center.  For December, the Center has made an additional request for fruit juices.  Please place all donated items in the blue barrel in the upper Narthex by the south entrance.  The Center appreciates our support of their outreach programs!


Flower  Chart

Our worship services are enhanced each week with flowers in the Sanctuary and Chapel, lovingly arranged by a few talented volunteers or our friends at Kittelberger Florists.  Through the generosity of congregational donors, extra funds over and above the cost of the arrangement are donated to mission. 

A flower chart is posted on the bulletin board near the Christian Education office in the upper Narthex.  If you would like to celebrate joys or remember loved ones on a particular Sunday with flowers, simply select an available Sunday and add your name and phone number to the list. 


 

 New  Member  Classes  

If you are interested in joining WPC or would like more information, please contact the church office at 265-9700.  New member classes are offered twice a year, in the spring and the fall, for those interested in becoming members of the church.      


Prayer Group


The WPC Prayer Group meets every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the Prayer Room (Room 1).  We read scripture, share the praises and concerns of our church family, and pray together.  We warmly invite you to participate, as you feel so moved.  The Prayer Group is open to all.  Join us!



Prayer Chain


If you would like to be added to the church prayer chain, please provide your name and current email address to the church office.  If your email address changes, please let the church office know so that the information can be updated.




Church-Wide Email System


An all-church email list has been created that includes all of the known member email addresses for most of the congregation.  This additional communication tool will help to keep everyone informed about the life of the church.  If you currently do not receive these emails (this is a separate list from the prayer chain) and would like to be included, if you change email addresses, or if you would like your email address removed from the list, please contact the church office.




WPC Facebook Page


The church’s Facebook page has been thriving, thanks to the efforts of Laureen Anthony-Palmer!  If you use Facebook, please find the Webster Presbyterian Church (in NY, not TX!) page and “like” the page, not just the posts.  Invite your friends and family to “like” our page also.  In addition, when you see a post that you like, please choose “share” so that the post will appear on your personal timeline.  As a result, more people will see the WPC posts and perhaps want to check us out in person!

If you have questions, contact Laureen Anthony-Palmer (265-2184).

 


E – News / Delivery Options


The monthly Pathway is available in PDF format on the website, found under “Information” on the “About Us” tab.  You can view the newsletter in full color and easily print a hard copy for reference if you wish!


With mailing costs rising and the trend to “go green,” we ask that you notify the church office if you prefer to get your newsletter from our website and no longer wish to receive The Pathway in the mail.


Some members of the congregation who prefer a printed copy of the newsletter opt to pick it up at the Welcome Center each month to further save on postage costs.  Please let the office know if you prefer this option.



Lost and Found


In any given week, numerous articles that have been left behind are turned in to the Church Office.  Items are placed on the front of the secretaries’ desks for a short period of time, waiting for their owners to claim them.  If items are not claimed, they are placed in our church “Lost and Found,” a gray plastic bin located under the coat rack just outside the office door.


Often the fact that the church has a Lost and Found bin is forgotten…so this is a reminder to check the bin if you have lost anything in recent weeks.  At least twice per year the items in the bin are sorted through and donated to charity if they have not been claimed.