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  • december 1, 2021

    For office correspondence, you may now use this e-mail:

    Our Mission- "To allow Jesus to transform our lives through loving God and others in word and deed.”

    Our Vision- To love God and others while being in a relationship with Jesus.

    Core values- Connection, Engagement, Encouragement, Boldness


    Worship- Please join us each Sunday at 9:30 am for in-person worship and now we are Live Streaming the service as well.  You may Live Stream on Facebook and YouTube. If you are worshipping in person, we will have a check-in laptop set up at the information table in which we would love for you to stop by and sign in.  If worshipping online, please continue to use this submission form   It only takes a minute:


    Advent is here!  Our sermon series this Advent season is HOME ALONE and will focus on how scripture, the birth of Jesus, the season of Christmas, and the character of Kevin are relatable. During Advent we will have our regular 9:30 am worship service in-person and Live Stream on Sunday mornings. 

    • December 19: During the 9:30 service, the children will be celebrating First Communion.  
    • December 21: THE LONGEST NIGHT special service at 6:30 pm.  Some people just don't like the holidays for various reasons, and we recognize the longest night of the year by offering Hope in Jesus.  We have three speakers that will be telling of their hope in Jesus through war, depression, heartache, and loss of life.
    • December 24: The Christmas Eve service will be at 4 pm and will feature the children singing and offering an opening to the message of the birth of Jesus.
    • December 26: The 9:30 service will be a special celebration of all God has done for us as we close out 2021.


    Missions- We have a lot going on in missions and here are some opportunities to connect:

    We are in need of volunteers for the Food Pantry each Friday from 2-4 pm.  If you would like to volunteer, you may sign up at this link


    Also, we are partnering with the Washington Presbyterian Church with the Meals on Wheels program.  If you would like to volunteer, please go to this link If you know of anyone in need of food, please have them submit an online order form so we may have their food ready for pick up.  Here is the submission form:


    We are sending a team of 11 people to Puerto Rico in February and have been asked, "how may we support this mission financially?" Attached, please find two ways of doing so.  You will be able to a SHAREHOLDER of the mission trip.  Each share is $20.  Every person who purchases at least one share will be invited to a mission trip dinner at the end of April.  For those purchasing $100 or more, you will also receive a gift from Puerto Rico. We are also selling luminaries to line our drive and St. john's Road during the December 21st, LONGEST NIGHT service, and the 4 pm Christmas Eve service. The luminaries are $5 each or 3 for $10 and may be made IN HONOR OF or IN MEMORY OF.  The order form for luminaries and the information on the shareholder opportunity is HERE.  Our goal is to sell 200 luminaries.  We are currently at 28. 


    Backsnacks is an ongoing community mission project.  It is the 3rd Thursday of the month at Loving Hearts (1902 West Main, Washington, MO 63090) at 9:45 am to receive the prepared bags to be delivered to schools.  Pick-up and delivery should take less than 1 hour.  For any questions, contact Penny Stanfield at 832-656-7824 or


    Children's Ministry- The First Communion Class continues this Sunday and will run through December 12.  The class is for Kindergarten - 4th graders at 8:45- 9:25 am before service.  Click HERE for song packet.  We will then have the class take their First Communion during the December 19 service at 9:30 am.  For information or questions, please contact Gretchen Long at


    Youth- The Youth have a Christmas party and lock-in on December 18 at 6:00 pm through the morning of December 19. 


    Small groups & studies- (All offered at the church facility unless specified)

    Sunday after church- Wiser Together studying Traveling Light. 10:45- 12 noon

    Disciple study- Tuesday evenings 6- 7:30 pm


    Community activities-

    Loving Hearts and the Salvation Army need bell ringers!!!  You can go to this link

    to sign up.  This money is well needed and pays for helping homeless throughout the year, like buying train tickets, helping clients with rent, utilities etc. 


    The Washington Civic Chorus will be performing their Christmas Concert on Sunday December 5th at 3:00 pm at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. 


    For more information, please go to the website at