This year, the Presbyterian Women's group will be studying "Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God's Gift of Rest and Delight" by Carol M. Bechtel. Study books are available in the pastor's office for $10.00 each.
Don't we all need a day each week to "reset our pace, our priorities, and our lives"? The nine monthly sessions are drawn from passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts. The first class covers will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at 10:30 am, and you may attend virtually or in person. A pot luck lunch will follow at noon. All women are invited!
For Vacation Bible School this year, children aged 5-12 will be having a FOOD TRUCK PARTY, where we will all be "on a roll with God!" This year's VBS celebrates Matthew 6:11, "Give us this day our daily bread". Each day's lesson is built around the lines of the beloved children's prayer...
On June 5, 2022, we will celebrate Pentecost.
Pentecost marks the point at which Jesus' disciples came out of hiding and -- filled with the Holy Spirit -- began teaching and preaching in His name. In some ways, that first Pentecost can be considered the birthday of the Christian church.
The altar (and the congregation!) are dressed in the color red, symbolizing joy and the fire of the Holy Spirit. As part of our Pentecost worship, we will collect the Pentecost Offering, a special donation which is dedicated to nurturing the faith of children, youth, and young adults.
Palm Sunday 4/10/2022 - Our 10:00 am worship service includes another original composition by Music Director Ryan Cole.
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.
Woodforest Presbyterian Church is a loving and diverse congregation that has been serving the Channelview area of Houston, TX for sixty years.