Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - The Community Thanksgiving Service at 6:30 PM at Holy Family Catholic Church, Port Allen
Refreshments and fellowship following the service.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 -11:00 a.m. - ChristmasHomecoming - Special Worship Service - Choir Concert

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WBR Presbyterian Women attended Feliciana Retreat Center for "Standing in the GAP" (Give/Act/Pray)

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We continue to collect food items every Sunday for local food bank. We also collect every Sunday for our troops overseas. Jane, our music director, organizes and mails 11-13 gift boxes per month to soldiers which includes everything from snacks to personal hygeine items.
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Here is a picture taken at our Vacation Bible School: The theme was "Fishers of Men."

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A number of our women members gather together weekly to crochet or knit prayer shawls. These shawls are to be offered to family and friends who are sick or lonely or just need comforting. We have presented one to members who are in a nursing home or just shut-ins, and have even given one to Rev. Sawyer. Each shawl is to be a reminder of the healling presence of God, to provide cover and warmth to someone who is weary or suffering.

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“Observations from the Clerk of Session”
The service included a lesson on democracy. Rev. Sawyer reverenced a saying from a French philosopher, Montesquieu, “..the absolutely required element for democracy to survive is virtue.” If we look virtue up in the dictionary if refers to morality, chastity and merit. Rev. Sawyer asked us to run that back and forth across our minds for a bit. Samuel Adams later echoed this concept of virtue with this quote, “We may look to armies for our defense, but virtue is our real security. It is not possible that we can long remain free when virtue is not supremely honored.” Virtue is not easy to possess.

The importance of virtue being so essential to having a sustained democracy seems to be easier during Mr. Adams day. However, today we have power politics, tough economic realities, international conspiracies, constant revolutions and a threat of being personally affected by terrorist attacks. What can we do to sustain our democracy if we believe that virtue is important? Often we believe that virtue is not workable in times like these, or believe that under certain circumstances virtue is negotiable, or in believe that as long as we are a little more virtuous than others to whom we can point, that for the time being that is good enough. But it is not good enough. Our forefathers were right when they said that a democracy without virtue in nothing? Real virtue, when taken seriously and pursued with total commitment, is seldom popular. It doesn’t feel practical of realistic. It may not seem patriotic at the time. It often makes one uncomfortably vulnerable. But ultimately, when the facts are all in and all the truth is finally known, virtue remains the only thing that makes us effective in, and relevant to God’s work in our world. There is no other way. Rev. Sawyer ended his sermon with, “Our faith in Jesus will sustain us in our search for virtue. The Church is a great place to seek support during that search.”

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