Please Register for Worship Services

For our indoor worship services, we ask people to register in advance. This is so we can keep a record of attendance in case the need arises for contact tracing. Currently, you may sign up for Sunday services through the remainder of December. Please click here to register.

The services are limited to a total of 50 people, excluding worship participants. Face masks and social distancing are required. We also offer nursery care and Children's Church, which you can sign-up for on the same site.

If you prefer, you may watch services live at 10:00 on Sunday mornings or later on-demand. We have had some technical difficulties live-streaming our services in the past, but we have worked hard to correct the issues and the system has performed well recently. Therefore, we are hopeful that this will be a good option going forward.

To view services online, go to our website, www.outerbankspresbyterian.org, and follow the instructions where it says, "Click here to view live or later on-demand." You may also view weekly Sunday bulletins by clicking here.
Christmas Eve Worship Service

The Session has decided that the Christmas Eve Service at OBPC should be online only this year. The service will be available to watch on our website at any time on Christmas Eve. Having the service online will enable all of us to light candles and sing our favorite Christmas carols in the safety of our homes.
Devotional From Rev. Dr. Jody Moore

           When you receive this devotional, we will only be nine days away from Christmas. Some of our celebrations will be simpler this year than previous years. I think back on that first Christmas, which was a very simple one: the baby Jesus was born in a stable because there was no room for him in the inn. While the angels, the shepherds, and the wise men celebrated his birth, most of the people of Bethlehem were not aware that the long-awaited Messiah had just been born. 

           During this season of preparation for the coming of the Christ child, I thought it would be appropriate for us to reflect on the characteristics of the Savior whose birth we celebrate. Henri Nouwen has written a devotional called Bread for the Journey. In his December 23rd entry, Nouwen writes, “Jesus is the vulnerable child, the humble preacher, the despised, rejected, and crucified Christ. But Jesus is also ‘the image of the unseen God, the first-born of all creation . . . who exists before all things and in him all things hold together’ (Colossians 1:15, 17). Jesus is the King, ridiculed on the cross and reigning from his throne in the heavenly Jerusalem. He is the Lord riding into the city on a donkey, and the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He is cursed by the world but blessed by God. Let’s always look at Jesus, because in his crucified and glorified heart we will see ourselves called to share in his suffering as well as in his glory.” 
 
           In Jesus, we find a humble Savior, one who came to serve, not to be served. Each week this month, we have been lighting another candle on our Advent wreath, pointing to the hope, peace, joy, and love that Christ has brought into the world. May your Advent and Christmas season be filled with hope, peace, joy, and love!  

Peace in Christ,

Jody Moore
OBPC Youth Sing Christmas Carols

Since our Youth Group was unable to do our traditional "Ambush Christmas Caroling" event this year, we thought we would bring some Christmas spirit to you in the warmth and safety of your homes!! Please enjoy our Christmas Gift to you and have a wonderful Christmas!! Click here to watch and listen.

Peace and Joy!
Hollie & the OBPC Youth Group
Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers (ministers, educators, missionaries) in their time of need, and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.

There will be a bulletin insert & special envelope on December 20. You may also send your Joy Offering to the church office with "Joy Offering" written on the Memo Line. Address: OBPC, PO Box 2199, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. Please give prayerful consideration to your gift for these special groups of people.
Poinsettia Donations
Thank you to all who donated poinsettias this year in memory or in honor of loved ones. They beautify the sanctuary during the Christmas season. To read the list of tributes, please click on the link below.

Message from the OBPC Ad Hoc Medical Team
Covid-19 - Coronavirus 2

What is it?
  • Respiratory illness caused by a new virus -- No person is immune.
  • Highly contagious -- Spread by breathing in droplets or touching.
  • The Illness: Lungs fill up; heart and arteries are inflamed; brains fog.
  • May cause death or leave long-term lung, heart, and brain impairment.

What protects us:
  • Isolation -- Stay home with people you live with only.
  • Fresh air -- Stay outside and 6 feet apart.
  • Avoid Indoor Gatherings -- like homes, restaurants, churches.
When will it end?
  • When we have effective and safe vaccines, and
  • 70-90% of people have been vaccinated.
Covid Testing: Know Before You Go!

For those traveling back to their home state or out of state to gather with family and friends, knowing whether you are carrying the COVID-19 virus is vitally important. That’s why the Outer Banks Medical Group now offers COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals (those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms) at the Outer Banks Testing Center in Nags Head. 

There’s no need to spend your valuable time in an urgent care facility waiting room, or a testing line. The center is open Monday–Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm. If you are symptom free and want to be tested or if you want more information, call (252) 449-6175.
Advent Resources

The Daily Advent Devotional:

The daily Advent devotional booklet this year is "Praying the Jesse Tree" by author Debra Grant. She brings fresh insights to the Biblical images that lead from the Garden of Eden to the birth of the Messiah. In chronological order, discover everything from rainbows to roses, from sandals to stars. Colorful illustrations accompany devotions for all the days in Advent and Christmas week, each with its own Scripture reference and closing prayer.

The booklet is available in the Gathering Space. If you would prefer to have a copy mailed to you please contact Cathie in the church office.

From Columbia Theological Seminary:

As we approach the season of advent, we have prepared a Scripture-based advent journal to help you center yourself spiritually. It also has some suggested prayer and spiritual practices that we hope will help you experience God's mysterious presence in this season of preparation for the coming of the Light. To download the journal, click here.

From Presbyterian Disaster Assistance:

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has prepared a new interactive Advent study series using award winning documentary resources!

This four-week Advent study explores the sacred stories of Advent and Christmas through the biblical narratives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary in dialogue with short excerpts from films, particularly documentaries by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance’s Story Ministry, produced alongside the affected communities. Using brief clips as conversation starters and interweaving them with the biblical narrative and Advent themes, a dialogue is created between the Bible’s sacred stories, our own human experience, and these also-holy stories told in the films. Each week also includes a brief interview connecting the day’s topic with the unfolding impact of COVID-19. The films share stories that are drawn from the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that killed 230,000, gun violence, refugee resettlement, immigration detention and environmental racism.

For access to the videos and study guide, please click here.
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Happy Birthday Warren Davis!

Today is the day!
Happy 100th Birthday, Warren!
Thank You!

Dear Church Family,

Winkey and I wish to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, food, and visits during this trying time. Also, the church ministry of flowers and ice cream. We are so blessed to be in the OBPC family. Please keep sending your prayers.

Love,
Louise and Winkey Roberts
Congratulations Linda McGee!

Linda McGee is retiring from being Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in January 2021. Below is a link to a video tribute that was presented to Linda at the virtual meeting of the NC Conference of Superior Court Judges in October. We congratulate Linda on her many years of service to the court and wish her the very best in her retirement!

2021 Sanctuary Flower Schedule

It's hard to believe that 2021 is almost here! The calendar for signing up to place flowers in the Sanctuary on Sundays in 2021 is available. Because the number of people attending church is still limited, please call or email Cathie in the office at office@outerbankspresbyterian.org or 252-441-5897 if you would like to sign up for flowers on a specific Sunday. Thank you!
Assistance from Your Church Family

Two important resources to remember during this time are our Prayer Team and our Assistance Coordinator.

  • If you have any request that you would like the prayer team to lift up, please share it with the prayer coordinators. Our prayer coordinators are: Jean Basnight and Rosalyn Pugh and you may share a request with them by phone at 252-480-1028 (Home) or 252-619- 7661 (Cell).

  • Elder Barbara Nock is coordinating services and requests by members and friends who need any type of assistance. Twenty-five people have volunteered to help. If you or someone you know needs assistance with groceries, pharmacy pick-up, or anything else, please contact Barbara at 252-255-5979 or nocktwice@embarqmail.com.
Do you have a Facebook account? If so, we invite you to join OBPC on Facebook. Just Click on the button at the left, log on to your Facebook account, and select "join" on the OBPC group page. Some things you will find there include:
  • Announcements about the Adult Sunday School Class.
  • Children's Church with Hollie.
  • Posts from Pastor Jody and comments from members of the congregation.
Online Giving

There are three ways to give to the church. If you choose to attend in-person worship, you may bring your pledges to the church on Sunday. You may mail pledges and donations to the office at PO Box 2199, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948. Or, you may give online. Just click on the Give Now button to go to our website, then click the button on the home page and follow the directions for online donations.
Outer Banks Presbyterian Church
907 S. Croatan Highway, Milepost 8.5
PO Box 2199
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The church office is open Mon.-Thurs. from 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Fridays.
Wearing a face mask is required while in the office and appointments are recommended.
You may reach office staff at 252-441-5897 or by sending an email to office@outerbanksbrebyterian.org