Lenten Calendar

Sunday Worship Services at 10am (Except Easter)

  • Wednesday, March 1st: Ash Wednesday Dinner and Worship.  Dinner 6pm.  Worship 7pm.
  • Sundays starting March 5th: “Rough Hewn Faith” study of Mark.  Youth 9:00am.   Adults 5:00pm.
  • Tuesdays starting March 7th: Lenten Lunches with Presbyterian Neighbors.  March 7th will be at Winter Park.  (Bring a sandwich!!!)
  • Sunday, March 12th: Usher Training after Worship (not really Lenten, but important!)
  • Sundays starting March 19th: Photos taken for our new church directory.  (again, not Lenten but important!)
  • Friday, March 24th: Youth Lock-In (including “Worship in the Loft”
  • Sunday, April 9th: Palm Sunday
  • Thursday, April 13th: Maundy Thursday Worship:  6:30pm Foot Washing Service in Andrew Howell Room;  7:30pm Communion Service
  • Friday, April 14th: 11:00am Good Friday Worship Service
  • Sunday, April 16th: 8:30am and 11:00am Easter Sunday Worship Services

Lent 2017 Flyer PDF  <— Download a PDF flyer about our Lenten Activities

Lenten Lunches 11×17 Update  <— Read about the “Lenten Lunches with Presbyterian Neighbors”

The Wilmington Celebration Choir

will be presenting a concert at Winter Park Presbyterian Church at 7:00pm on Saturday, January 14th.

Come for a wonderful celebration of Christian music shared by this wonderful local ministry!

A love offering will be received in support of the Wilmington Celebration Choir.



“I Go to that Church”

Dear Friends,

Every haircut comes with a conversation – or at least with the opportunity for a conversation.  Some of us visit the same barber or stylist we have been seeing for years.  The conversation might be one of old friends.  I, however, go where it is convent (i.e. cheap!), and I frequently find myself in conversation with a stranger, but I also find that those wielding the scissors are usually fairly good at making small talk.
Often the conversation moves quickly between family, life around town, and work and career.  One haircut, the young woman replied, “Oh, I go to that church!” when I told her where I worked.
I glanced in the mirror and did not recognize her face.  My (less than charitable) initial though was “No you don’t.”  I probed:  “Winter Park Presbyterian Church???”
“Yeah, all the time,” she said.  I knew that wasn’t true. Why was she saying that?
And then it dawned on me.  “Do you attend one of the NA or AA meetings at the church?”
“Yeah, we meet Monday and Friday.”  She went on to explain how great a help those Narcotics Anonymous meetings were to her.
Two strains of thought came into my mind following that conversation.  First, it reminded me that hosting the NA and AA (and Scout) meetings at Winter Park is both an act of hospitality and of mission.  Those groups are about the business of transforming (and rebuilding) lives.  Every morning and four evenings a week hundreds of people find an open place to meet at WPPC.
The second thought was that I would define “I go to that church” a little bit differently.  I would have in mind participation in the life of worship, study, fellowship, and service of the church.  I wouldn’t say she was wrong in her claim, but she reminded me that as a church we are surrounded by a great mission field.  Are there subtle, caring, and appropriate ways that we can witness to the many people who gathering in our building each week?  How can we witness to those who drive past us each day or who we encounter as strangers or friends outside our church walls?  There is quite a bit of work to do.  Let’s do it!
Grace and Peace,
joy-gift-3Friday, November 25th –  10:00am:  Decorating the Church for Christmas  The Worship Commission invites you to join them on Friday morning to put up Advent and Christmas decorations in the sanctuary and around our campus.
Sunday, December 4th  –  10am:   Joy Gift Worship Service led by our Children and Youth presenting the “ABCs” of Christmas.
11:15am:  Luncheon in Chadbourn Hall celebrating the mission and ministry of WPPC in the past and looking forward to the year ahead.  Menu will be roast turkey, ham, and sides.
Wednesday, December 7th – 7pm:  Veni Emmanuel Service based around the ancient and moving hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.”  The service will include the Lord’s Supper.
Sunday, December 11th – 7:30am to 9:30am:  Breakfast in Chadbourn Hall.  Some of the North Pole’s most faithful elves will be serving up cooked-to-order eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and more.  All are welcome!dsc03102
11:00am:  Congregational Meeting – The required annual meeting to approve the Pastor’s Terms of Call has been called by the Session for 12/11 at the end of the worship service.
5:00pm:  Kid’s Club Christmas Party – for our children (age 0 – 5th grade) and their families in Chadbourn Hall.  We will enjoy festive snacks and Christmas crafts and games.  All are welcome!!!
6:00pm:  Youth Christmas Party –  Our youth (6th-12th) are invited to the home of Emma Hodges (John and Amy) for food, fellowship and holiday fun!
Wednesday, December 14th – 11:30am:  Young at Hearts Christmas – come help Mr. and Mrs. Claus visit with the children of our preschool.  Then share a covered dish luncheon.
Friday, December 16th:  Fellowship Bus Trip to the Carolina Opry – We will leave WPPC at 9:30am, travel to Myrtle Beach, share a quick lunch, and then enjoy the show!  Tickets are $31 each.  We still have six unreserved tickets.  Please call the church office to sign up!
Saturday, December 17th:  Presbyterian Habitat Build – WPPC will be helping put the finishing touches on the “Presbyterian Build” Habitat House.  We need volunteers for both the build and preparing and serving lunch.  A seperate e-mail has been sent out with registration information.
Sunday, December 18th – 10:00am: “The Voices of Christmas” – A Celebration of Christmas in Music and Story.  The Chancel Choir and Jubilee Bells will present “The Voices of Christmas” by Joseph M. Martin.  The service pairs beloved hymns, beautiful choral pieces, and a narrated telling of the birth of the Christ Child with reflections from the perspectives of Mary, Joseph, and the others present that day.
3:30pm – Worship in the Loft:  Our monthly youth worship service will take place in the Sanctuary in December.
Monday, December 19th – 6:00 to 6:30pm:  Second Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil @ Innis Park in Downtown Wilmington.  This candlelight prayer vigil is a gathering of members of local faith communities to pray for an end to violence, especially gun violence, in our community.
IMG_1798 - WebSaturday, December 24th – 4:00pm:  “Glowstick-Light” Christmas Eve Worship Service. Our Early “Glow Stick” Service is held with families and all ages in mind.  We will sing favorite hymns, “light” glow-sticks, tell the Christmas story, and collect non-perishable food items to share with the Good Shepherd Center.
7:00pm:  Candlelight Christmas Eve Worship  At our traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve worship service we will share scripture readings and music celebrating the birth of Christ.  We will conclude by singing “Silent Night” by candlelight.
Sunday, December 25th:  10:00am:  Christmas Day Worship – We will gather together on Christmas Morning to sing favorite Christmas hymns and carols, proclaim together the Good News that Christ is born, and rejoice in God’s presence among us.
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WPPC Holiday Artist Market and Sale – Saturday, November 5th

Saturday, November 5th our youth group will host a “Holiday Artist Market and Sale” in Chadbourn Hall.

Local artists and makers of jewelry, crafts, and more will be present to sell their wares.  Come shop for friends and family or to prepare your home for the holidays!

WPPC Artist Market and Sale
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10 am – 2 pm
Come check out local artists and food! This event benefits our Youth group and Girl Scout Troop #1597. Hope to see you there!


If you are an artist interested in having a table to sell your wares, please contact Sharon Moore at  sharon@winterparkpres.org