Sing the Season!

I couldn’t help but notice that we formed a superb choir when the whole church sang hymns together in close quarters in Miriam’s Kitchen last Sunday. Imagine the magnificent music we could create if some of you came a little earlier on Sunday to practice!

As our favorite holiday songs fill the air waves putting us in the gift-giving spirit, consider giving the gift of song to Western by singing in Choir. Pledge to sing one Sunday in December by clicking here.

- Allan Laino, Director of Music



Not of This World

2 Samuel 23:1–7
John 18:33–37

Rev. Dr. Laura Cunningham, preaching

Before Worship:

11am Worship:

After Worship:

  • 12pm Hospitality - Families with last names T-Z are invited to bring refreshments
  • 2pm Wild Western Pigskin Classic at Henry Clay Park, Arlington

The Wild Western Pigskin Classic

Sunday, November 25 at 2pm

Join us for the first, of hopefully many, "Wild Western Pigskin Classic". It will be an afternoon of football, food, and fellowship. We'll meet at Henry Clay Park, 3011 7th St Arlington at 2 pm on November 25, play some football, and then head over to the Gutshall's house. Here's what you'll need to bring: your best game face and your favorite snack to share. The game is open to EVERYONE, even those who want to burn a few Thanksgiving calories. We hope you can make it! Questions? Contact John Molina-Moore


Stewardship 2018:
Generosity and Commitment

Our 2019 Stewardship Campaign continues as we strive to reach our goal of $420,000 in pledges.
We have received 46 pledges totaling $244,619 or 58% of our goal. Thank you for your generosity!

If you haven’t made a pledge commitment yet, we invite you to consider how you can support mission at Western. No pledge is too small: even a $5/month commitment is an act of faithful stewardship.  We’re also asking pledgers to consider a 5% increase from their 2018 pledge. Submitting a pledge helps the Finance Committee know your intention for giving in the coming year so they can plan the budget.

Please make your pledge by November 30 using the Generosity Card, through the Western App, or on WESTERNPRESBYTERIAN.ORG. If you have any questions, please contact Business Manager, Nancy Kiefer.

If you requested a box of giving envelopes for 2019, please pick them up in the courtyard room. 




This Week

Thanksgiving Holiday - Offices Closed
11/22-23 - All day

Counselor at Western on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
11/27-28 - 8:00am | TBY Room

*Panel: How Can Christians Help Bridge the Divide?
11/27 - 6:30pm | NY Ave Presbyterian Church

Western Volunteers at Miriam's Kitchen
11/28 - 6:00am | Miriam's Kitchen

11/28 - 6:00pm | Choir Room

Last (Thursday) Supper
11/29 - 7:00pm | Courtyard Room

Selah - Contemplative Worship
11/29 - 8:00pm | Courtyard Room

Crosslinks Young Adult Happy Hour
11/30 - 5:30pm | 1831

Save the Date

First Sunday of Advent;
Congregational Meeting

12/2 - 11am | Sanctuary

Selah - Contemplative Worship
12/13 - 8:00pm | Courtyard Room

Christmas Festival: Pageant, Mittens, Party, and Bakeoff
12/16 - 11:00am | Sanctuary and Multi-Purpose Room

Annual Vigil for the Homeless
12/21 |  Luther Place Memorial Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
12/24 8pm | Sanctuary

Free Minds' Write Night
1/23 6:30pm | Courtyard Room

Ecumenical Advocacy Days
4/5-4/8 | TBA

How Can Christians Help Bridge the Partisan Divide?

Tuesday, November 27, 6:30pm at NY Ave. Presbyterian Church

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church is hosting a post-election panel discussion about what can be one to bridge the partisan divisions in our country. Sen. Chris Coons, who is a Presbyterian and has a theology degree from Yale Divinity School, will be speaking as well as a panel of Republican and Democrat faith leaders including Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, the director of the PCUSA Office of Public Witness. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 6:30-8:30 pm at NY Ave Presbyterian Church. RSVP at SENCOONSANDPANEL.EVENTBRITE.COM

Last (Thursday) Suppers

Thursday, November 29

Thanks to Letitia Obeng and Bob Roche for providing a meal for students at the first Last (Thursday) Supper! Each last Thursday of the month, dinner will be at 7 pm in the courtyard room and it's open to all students. If you'd like to help out or bring a meal, please contact John Molina-Moore


Thursday, November 29

Our Selah services will start back up this fall. Selah is our alternative worship service that is rooted in contemplation, meditation and a little bit of yoga. Instead of Sunday evenings we will be moving them to Thursday nights in conjunction with our “Last (Thursday) Suppers” for campus ministry. We will meet the Courtyard Room at 8pm. Services will be on 11/29 and 12/13.

Congregational Meeting

December 2 after worship

The Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, Dec. 2, immediately following worship to hear the report of the Nominating Committee and elect new elders and deacons.

Christmas Festival: Pageant, Mittens, Party, and Bakeoff

Sunday, December 16

On Sunday, December 16, our Children’s Choir Pageant will share the story of Christmas through song (and some fun costumes!) during worship. It's not too late to join the fun--we rehearse from 10 -10:50 am each Sunday in the TBY Room. Children age 4 -13 welcome (older kids needed as helpers). For music questions, contact Amy DeLouise.

During the pageant, worshippers can bring forward donations of hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves for the children of Project Create.

When the singing is done, all children are invited to join the children’s choir for an after-party downstairs in the Multipurpose Room.

After worship, join the party downstairs for some holiday hospitality and the Great Western Bakeoff. Want to enter the bakeoff? Bring your tasty treats and a recipe card to the party. Prizes will be awarded! If you can help with the party, please contact Kathryn Urban.




National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

Wednesday, December 5 7-9pm at St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Community Safety is one of Western's Micah 6:8 areas and we continue to be called to take action to prevent gun violence. By this December, over 600,000 Americans will be killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. We urge you to join the gun violence prevention community in our collective effort to continue to shine a light on the devastating epidemic of gun violence in our nation until these gun deaths and injuries are reduced.

Join others in this Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence on Dec. 5 at St Mark's Episcopal Church, 301 A Street Southeast Washington, DC 20003 from 7 to 9pm. Event is sponsored by the Newtown Foundation. RSVP at NEWTOWNFOUNDATION.ORG/NATIONWIDE-VIGILS



Did you know that nearly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions* come from livestock? 



Prayer Requests

Would you like the Deacons and others in the church to pray for you?  Submit a prayer request. If you would like to join the Deacons in prayer, login to CCB: Church Community Builder, and join the group "Prayer Requests." 



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