These gift boxes are ready for delivery to the visiting seamen at Houston's International Seafarers Centers.
We will have a Congregational Meeting following worship services on December 12, 2021. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a elders for the Class of 2024. A church members may vote, either in-person on Facebook Live.
With joy they serve - and with joy, we give back! In December, we ar collecting the PCUSA Christmas Joy offering. This special offering is used to support past, present and future leaders of our faith, such as supporting seminary students and providing needed assistance to retired pastors and their families. We give, because God first gave to us!
The Port of Houston is one of the lynch-pins of the the Houston economy, and that is thanks to the many seafarers who bring the ships safely in and out of our harbor. It has always been a lonely job, especially at Christmastime - and is even more so not that COVID quarantines make it impossible for some seafarers to go ashore at all. We are collecting commonly needed supplies, putting them in plastic shoeboxes, and wrapping them in brightly-colored Christmas wrap for distribution at the International Seamans Centers. Just a little "thank you" to the thousands of seafarers who make our port run!
What a wonderful day we had! In addition to celebrating our congregation's 62nd birthday, we were able to honor retired pastor Cassandra Dahnke in person! Cassandra retired during the pandemic, and we were never able to say our farewells... until now!
What a blessing it was to see so many familiar faces. Yes, we needed more chairs for everyone - but we were still observing Covid precations.
Together, we took a trip down photo-memory lane, followed by a fabulous musical tribute called "In This Very Room" by Ryan and his friend Cheri.
Cassandra spoke to all of us...
Then we all adjourned to sign Cassandra's memory book and to enjoy a Mediterranean luncheon (yum!) on the back patio.
And to top it off, the weather was perfect. Storm clouds loomed, but the rain held off until the picnic was finished.
Thank you, Cassandra for all your love and devotion! You touched so many lives during your years at Woodforest Presbyterian Church.
What better way to spend our annual Church Celebration then to give thanks for the ministry of our longest-serving pastor. The pandemic has postponed Cassanda Dahnke's retirement party time-and-again. But on Sunday, November 21st we will finally get to say our fond farewells. If the weather is nice we will even make it a picnic! There will be a time for sharing, so think of your favorite memory of Cassandra. This is also the time for members to add a cross to the entrance wall, if they have not already done so.
The Bloodmobile will be collecting donations of blood at Woodforest Presbyterian Church on November 28, 2021. The collection will begin at 9:30 in the morning, so plan on giving before (or after) worship services. Giving blood is truly the gift of life!
Our Halloween Fun on Sunday 10/31/2021 began as Pastor Karen explained the history of All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve, and she explained how our Halloween traditions have evolved. During the Sunday School hour, we celebrated with costumes, Boo Bingo, relay races, and yummy snacks. It was fun (and informative) for all!
The Peace and Global Witness Offering will be collected as we celebrate World Communion Sunday on October 10, 2021. This special collection of the PCUSA offers light to those in the shadows and guides us into the ways of peace. We come together to promote the peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice at home and around the world.
* 25% of the offering is used in our own community
* 25% of the offering will support peacemaking in our region, and
* 50% of this offering supports peace and reconciliation across the globe.
When we all do a little, it adds up to a lot!
Woodforest Presbyterian Church is a loving and diverse congregation that has been serving the Channelview area of Houston, TX for sixty years.