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The Village Church Community News - December 8 Edition

Greetings, beloved members of The Village Church! As we journey through Advent, our path is illuminated by the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace. Embracing our mission to be "people caring for people in the spirit of Jesus Christ," let's dive into the heart of our community's happenings.

Advent Reflection: Isaiah’s Prophecy of Hope

In this season of Advent, we reflect on Isaiah 53:1-3, a prophecy that speaks to the core of our "Unwrapping Hope" theme:

"Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem."

This passage invites us to find hope in the unexpected and to recognize the divine in the humblest of forms. As we unwrap the gift of hope this Advent, let's open our hearts to the subtle yet profound ways God reveals Himself in our lives.

Celebrating Birthdays in Our Community

This week, we extend warm birthday wishes to our cherished members:

  • Tom Bowers (Dec 11th)

  • Jo An McPhillips (Dec 12th)

  • Sue Ellen Farley, Kayci Altomare, Teri Shoemaker (Dec 13th)

  • Larry Littlefield (Dec 14th) Your presence enriches our church family, embodying the spirit of caring in the image of Jesus Christ.

Choir Cantata: A Prelude to Christmas

Join us on December 10th at the 11 am service for our Choir Cantata, a harmonious celebration that beautifully encapsulates the joy and hope of Advent. This special musical event promises to be a soul-stirring addition to your Advent reflections.

Worship with Us - Wherever You Are

Can't make it in person? Join our services online through live streaming on Facebook and YouTube, staying connected in spirit and worship.

Nativity Displays from Around the World

Experience the diversity of our faith on December 15th (5:30 PM - 8:30 PM) and December 16th (3:00 PM - 8:30 PM) with our Nativity Displays from Across the Globe. Join us for an enriching cultural exploration, reminding us of the universal hope Christ brings to all.

Spreading Joy with Cookies for Westminster Residents

In line with our Advent focus on love and joy, we're hosting a cookie drive for Westminster's residents. Please bring your homemade cookies to the church by December 21st, sharing the warmth of the season.

Donate Your Unused Christmas Cards

Help us spread messages of peace and hope this Advent by donating extra Christmas cards to our church by December 20th.

Christmas Eve and Baptismal Reaffirmation Services

Celebrate with us on December 24th with our Christmas Eve services at 10 AM, 5 PM, and 7 PM. Additionally, join us on December 31st for a special baptismal reaffirmation service with Pastor Alan.

Lost and Found: Your Items Await

Our Lost and Found basket is ready for your perusal. Please claim your items before they are generously donated at the end of December.

Weekly Advent Challenge: Acts of Kindness

This week, we challenge each of you to perform at least one random act of kindness. Whether it's helping a neighbor, writing an encouraging note, or simply sharing a smile, let your actions be a beacon of hope and love in our community.

In this sacred season of Advent, as we unwrap hope, let’s continue to nurture our community through caring actions, reflective worship, and joyful celebration. Your involvement makes The Village Church a sanctuary of hope and fellowship.

Stay hopeful and connected,

The Village Church Community 🕯️💒🌟

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