Please join us for a celebration of the advent season on Sunday, December 2, at 3:00 p.m. Kathryn Steele and friends will be there to help in making cards for our homebound members, and we will be making Jesse Tree ornaments. We will end the evening with supper at 5:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite cookies for dessert.
Hello, NWPC family and happy advent!
Each time December rolls around on my calendar it seems as though I find myself wondering where the rest of the year has gone. The months pass, often times painfully slow, and it seems as though this happy season will never come. Yet here it is, December again, and I can hardly believe it.
I imagine that Mary and Joseph experienced a similar feeling during the wait for Jesus’s arrival. The slow and arduous passage of time, waiting for something to happen. Then suddenly the wait was over and forgotten, with the birth of a baby. The Savior!
During advent we observe this season of waiting, but we fill the time with celebrations of the birth of our savior. There are many activities going on this month in our church – card and ornament making, caroling, the children’s program, and our annual Christmas Eve service. I’m looking forward to spending this time with our youth and with many of you!
Peace and joy,
Dear NWPC Family,
What a gift this year has been in my life serving as your Transitional Pastor! It is a joy to get to worship with you on Sundays, pray during the week, and gather around the table together on Wednesday nights to eat some of Dale’s delicious cooking! I love watching your kids grow! It’s hard to believe that we are all one year older!
As we move through the Season of Thanksgiving, we enter into the journey of Advent. The church celebrates Advent as the beginning of the New Year! December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent; and thus, the first Sunday of the New Year. So, let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!
We don’t normally think of making Advent Resolutions, but perhaps this would be a good year to start. Advent marks a time of waiting for the coming of Christ. It is a time to prepare our hearts and our lives to welcome once again the Word made flesh.
So how do you make ready for the birth of this child? What Advent Resolutions do you need to make this year? I hope that you will come to worship and participate in the activities at the church. Some of you may want to set aside a time of quiet each day for prayer and reading your Bible and practice slowing down. Others may find going through what you own and donating whatever you can to help others will not only open up space in your closets, but it will also declutter your hearts. Some of you may want to take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway or walk the Greenway to remind yourself of the beauty of our God who creates and recreates. Some of you will be able to volunteer in our community or at our coast, or take a meal to a sick friend, or visit someone who is unable to get out, or write a note of gratitude, or pray with or for someone. These are just a few suggestions to help get you thinking about what would help you this Advent Season.
Making a few Advent Resolutions might just help all of us focus on this new year’s Advent Journey so that when the Christchild is born, there will be room in our lives to welcome him.
Happy Advent! May God bless you all!
Susan E. Moorefield
The Faithful Friends along with Congregational Care will be preparing exam boxes for our college students after worship on Sunday, November 25. There will be approximately 15 boxes sent out this year. Please bring “goodies” for the boxes to the church office by Sunday, November 25.
You are encouraged to come and bring friends and family and join in with others in a special time of Thanksgiving to God on Thursday, November 22 at 10:00 a.m. A special offering will be received during this service for the church supported children’s homes, Grandfather Home for Children and Barium Springs Home for Children.
Thanksgiving Day Service
Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.
You are encouraged to come and bring friends and family and join in with others in a special time of Thanksgiving to God.
A special offering will be received during this service for the church supported children’s homes, Grandfather Home for Children and Barium Springs Home for Children. This is a tangible way in which we can give thanks to God for the many blessings we have.
It is once again time to prepare our sanctuary for Advent and Christmas. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia please fill out the order form and return to the church office by November 25, 2018.
On Saturday morning, Oct 27, 2018, thirty-six of our neighbors got together at North Wilkesboro Presbyterian Church to talk openly and to listen to one another about our own and Salem Presbytery’s vision for our Inter-racial Justice Ministry and Reconciliation. We sat in uncluttered talking circles, patterned after ancient Native American circles for solving problems. The circles were safe places where each member could speak in turn without fear of judgment, rebuke or retribution. We brought to the conversation our histories, our concerns, and our hopes. We discussed our preconceptions, our misconceptions, our questions, and our love.
Many churches in Salem Presbytery have long histories of racial tensions. All of us are called to “love our neighbors as ourselves.” Salem Presbytery has taken the bold step to affirm and act upon the principle of Black Lives Matter whose spirit of liberation works, “vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and by extension, all people.” A vote to support this resolution will be taken in our next Presbytery meeting on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.