Advent and Christmas Services
“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” - John 1:14
With the arrival of God into our world comes the peace, love, joy, and hope we all long for. God coming in the flesh is the marker of our faith and truth we cling to as we live as faithful disciples. Join us for worship this Advent as we share the many ways Jesus dwells among us and brings peace to our lives. In a world full of struggle, Christ comes bringing all we need to live in hope.
Click here to view our 2018 Advent Mailer.
Sunday, dec. 2nd (10:00 a.m.) ~ 1st Sunday of Advent: Hope
installation worship service for pastor ht lee
On Sunday, Dec. 2, during our normal worship service, OPPC will install Rev. HT Lee as our Associate Pastor. This installation is our official step to transition Pastor HT from a temporary position and we’ll celebrate with a congregational meal following the service. OPPC is delighted, grateful, and blessed by Pastor HT’s gifts in ministry - his love for our congregation, pastoral care, preaching, and leadership with our children, youth, and adults. We praise God for this exciting step in our ministry together and are thankful for Pastor HT for his ministry among us.
Sunday, Dec. 9th (10:00 a.m.) ~ 2nd Sunday of Advent: Peace
Christmas pageant and potluck
Join us for worship and our Christmas pageant on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary. Following the program, we’ll move to the fellowship hall and enjoy a potluck lunch. Please sign up to bring a dish to share, and join us for great fellowship!
Sunday, Dec. 16th (10:00 a.m.) ~ 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT: JOY
Choir christmas musical celebration and gingerbread house extravaganza
Please mark your calendar to join us on December 16th as we spend our morning celebrating the coming Christ through music! The message of Advent and the Birth of Jesus will be shared by the music ministry of OPPC. Come enjoy beautiful choral settings of our favorite Christmas songs, listen to reflections about the season of waiting, and be inspired by the talented instrumentalists and vocalists that will be sharing their gifts with us. The Season of Song is here! Come celebrate with us!
After the Choir Cantata on Dec. 16, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, be prepared to build the gingerbread house of your dreams! Winners will be chosen by an expert panel of judges and awards will be given out. Come for a time of fun, creative, and friendly fellowship. Please bring a bag of “house building” candy to share. Graham Crackers and frosting will be provided.
Sunday, Dec. 23rd (10:00 a.m.) ~ 4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT: LOVE
taproot theatre presents “silent night”
Overlake Park Presbyterian Church hosts Taproot Theatre Company’s Christmas Touring play Silent Night! Journey back in time when OPPC hosts a performance of Silent Night, a touring production from Taproot Theatre Company. The performance will be held at on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 10:00 a.m.
A pair of strangers find themselves trapped with an angel, caught between time and continents. While not happy to find them in her space, the angel helps them find their ways home. This charming Christmas comedy spans centuries and reminds us that peace on earth begins in the hearts of every individual. Silent Night is written by Daniel Stoltenberg and directed by J. Michael Tumblin.
Monday, Dec. 24th (7:30 p.m.) ~ Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Join us in worship for a service of carols, communion, and candlelight as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the joy his birth brings to our world.
Journey to bethlehem (J2B)
Each day of Advent, we move closer and closer to what Christ’s birth means to us. On our journey, we are bombarded by images, to-do lists, recipes, and long lines! This year, as a way of moving our hearts toward Jesus, we are going to collectively move our bodies toward Bethlehem by embarking on a Journey to Bethlehem (J2B) walk.
Our Journey to Bethlehem walk “begins” here at OPPC on December 1 and “ends” in Bethlehem - 6,776 miles away! - on December 24th. Throughout Advent, you are invited to “walk” to Bethlehem: each person will track their steps and add them to the community total.
You can also get “miles” for all kinds of activities: attending worship, Bible Studies, Theology on Tap, Youth Group and more! We think everyone can find a way to participate AND we will need every mile we can get to cover the thousands of land and sea miles we have in front of us.
The beauty of Journey to Bethlehem is the “mileage credit” you receive for activities of daily living, the encouragement you receive to do as much as you can for as long as you can, and the incorporation of all of it with weekly scripture to encourage time in the Word while you “journey.” It’s the engagement of the mind, body, and spirit while having fun!
j2b Mileage Credits
*If you use a mileage tracker, our default is 2,000 steps = 1 mile.
Walking/Running/Golf/Daily Activities: Mile for mile OR 2,000 steps = 1 mile.
Weight Lifting/Yoga: 30 minutes = 2 miles
Tennis/Racquetball/Squash/Basketball: 2,000 steps = 1 mile OR 30 minutes = 3 miles
Cycling/Swimming: Mile for mile
Physical Therapy/Seated Exercise: 30 minutes = 2 miles
Daily devotions, Bible study, Sunday school, worship, choir practice, other church activity: 30 minutes = 1 mile.
Housework/Yard work/Gardening: 30 minutes = 1 mile
If you’d rather have a hard copy mileage tracker, rather than log miles online, CLICK HERE.
christmas mission: Department of children, youth & Families Giving Tree
In addition to our on-going support for this neighborhood service, we will host a GIVING TREE for The Department of Children, Youth and Families (formerly DSHS) from mid-November thru Sunday, Dec. 9. All the tags will be for the children and families affected by foster care situations.
Please pick up a tag from the tree and return your gifts by Dec. 9 so that we can get them to the office for the wrapping party and “gift shop” in the next week. Thank you!