Advent 2017

Advent 2017


Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17

  • Traditional, 8:30 & 10:30 am, Sanctuary
  • Rejoice!, 10:30 am, Mullin Life Center
  • Kufurahi African Service, 4 pm, Memorial 001

A Little Advent Music series

  • Dec. 3: Britten's Ceremony of Carols, 5 pm, Sanctuary
  • Dec. 10: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, 5 pm, Sanctuary (tickets required)
  • Dec. 17: A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, 5 pm, Sanctuary

We will receive a special offering to benefit the Music Fund on Dec. 3 and 17.

Wednesdays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20

Contemplative services: For 30 minutes, rest in God with scripture, music, silence, prayer, poetry & spiritual readings.

  • Dec. 6: Josh Musser Gritter with cellist Karl Ronnevik
  • Dec. 13: Sid Batts & harpist Jean Moxley
  • Dec. 20: Lara Musser Gritter & Susan Fancher, saxophone

Service of Remembrance & Hope

Thursday, Dec. 7, 12:15 pm, Memorial Chapel: A service especially for those who have losed loved ones in the past year; open to all.

Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24

  • 10:30 am, Family Nativity Service NEW TIME!
  • 5:30 pm, Candlelight Communion Service
  • 11 pm, Youth-led Candlelight Communion Service

Children are welcome in all three services. Nursery will not be provided.


Pick up a copy of our 2017 Advent devotional, written by elders and staff members in the Welcome Center, Mullin Life Center circulation gallery, Tower Room & narthex.

View the Chrismon Tree, with ornaments made by our members, in the Tower Room & Mullin Life Center circulation gallery after Dec. 5.

Decorate the Gingerbread Church at Wednesday Fellowship Dinner on Dec. 6.

Sponsor a poinsettia in the Sanctuary for Christmas services.


Shop Ten Thousand Villages in the Welcome Center Sunday, Dec. 3, 8 am to noon. For Christmas gifting, purchase handmade, fair-trade crafts & housewares from Asia, Africa, Latin America & the Middle East. Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade organization, is one of our ministry partners.

Buy Hot Dish & Hope honor cards. One of the regular guests at these Tuesday & Thursday dinners in Mullin Life Center is Shannon Stewart, who often shares his artistic talent on our paper placemats. Shannon created an angel at prayer for our 2017 card. Available in the Welcome Center for $5 each, all proceeds go to feed the hungry in our community.

Children's activities

Angel tree

Choose an angel from the trees in the Welcome Center and Corl Building entrance by Dec. 10. Angels are for preschool, elementary & teen boys and girls from FPC's Congolese immigrant families. Return unwrapped gifts to the trees by Dec. 19.

Welcome to the Light!

Sundays, 9:30 am: Grades K-5 will prepare their hearts and minds for Christmas at our Advent Prayer Stations.

  • Dec. 3: Meet with the Agape Class in the Garden Room
  • Dec. 10 & 17: Meet on third floor, Corl Building.

Family Advent Matinee

We're going to see "The Star" at the Regal Grande 16, Friendly Center, Sunday, Dec. 3. RSVP by noon Nov. 30; discount tickets available if we have at least 25 people. 

Kids Disciple Club

KDC will hold a Christmas Party with children from FPC's Congolese immigrant families Sunday, Dec. 10, 4 to 5:30 pm, Welcome Center. Crafts, cookies & fun! Pick up in the Welcome Center at 5:30. RSVP helpful, not required: rsommers@ or 336-478-4722.

Preschool Chapel & Storytime

  • Preschool Chapel & Nativity, Dec. 13, 9:45 am, Sanctuary. Coffee & treats beforehand in the Welcome Center. Everyone is invited!
  • Preschool Christmas Storytime, Dec. 13, 1:15 pm, Currie Library. Parents & guardians are encouraged to stay.

Los Posadas

Dec. 4-24: Make your heart & home an overnight stop for our Holy Family figurines as they journey to Christmas. To sign up, contact Ashley Witherspoon,

WPC Holiday Camps

For ages 1-6 on various days during school break. 9 am-1 pm, extended hours available. Info: Lana Burske, 336-478-4770.

Adult classes

Unplug the Christmas Machine

Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 in Memorial 304: Join a relaxed conversation led by Christian Formation staff around Jo Robinson and Jean C. Staeheli’s guide to celebrating a joyful, stress-free holiday season. Hosted by Gather and Faith, Community, Action classes.

Welcome to the Light!

Sunday, Dec. 3, 9:30 am, Garden Room: The Agape Class and elementary church school children will experience Advent Prayer Stations.

Christmas Art

Sunday, Dec. 17, 9:30 am Myers Loyalty Room, Smith 242: Led by Doug Key, one of FPC's artist members; hosted by the Homebuilders & Faith Matters class.


Presbyterian Women Luncheon

Monday, Dec. 11, noon, Mullin Life Center: Children from FPC's Weekday Preschool will present the nativity. Honoring members of the Community Service group, with guests from Parkway Baptist Church. Purchase ticket ($8) by Dec. 6: 336.478.4799 or Menu: Potato bar, salad bar, mini desserts. 

Wednesday Fellowship Dinners

5-6:30 pm Dec. 6 & 20, Mullin Life Center: Purchase tickets by noon the Sunday prior: Welcome Center, 336.478.4799, or $8 for ages 13+, $5 for ages 5-12, ages 4 and under free with paying adult. Family max, $25

  • Dec. 6: On the menu: baked ham, children’s option available. RSVP by Dec. 3. During dinner: Birthday Party for Jesus and Gingerbread Church Decorating.
  • Dec. 20: On the menu: baked chicken, children’s option available. RSVP by Dec. 17. After dinner: Christmas Carol Community Sing!  Get dinner tickets.