The Missions Team has arranged for us to sponsor several families in our community for Christmas this year.
The tree with angel ornaments will be in the children’s hallway behind the sanctuary. Each ornament lists a child and an item of clothing or gift that has been requested. The blue angels are for the boys, and the green angels are for the girls. As you select your ornaments, please make a note of your name on the sign-up sheet by the ornament number you have selected. The ornament number is written in orange on the ornament.
All gifts need to be returned to the church office by Sunday, December 16 so that they can be delivered on time. Please wrap your gift and attach the numbered ornament to the front.
Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.
On Sunday, December 16, we will have the Missions Market/Dessert Auction following a Carol Sing.
Crafters!!!! Begin now to make your creations, and please consider donating your craft or crafts to sell at the 2018 Mission Market. All money collected goes to the missions offering goal. Please contact Robin in the church office if you plan to have crafts or items to sell for the market.
We will also have a dessert auction that evening—so be thinking about what goodies you can make! Please contact Robin if you are willing to donate a cake, pie or other dessert to be auctioned off for missions.
Please contact Anne Pokorny to let her know how you can help with this ministry. Help is needed for December 17th and 18th!
Thanks to your generosity, we collected 62 shoeboxes which have been given to Samaritan’s Purse to be distributed around the world through Operation Christmas Child. We appreciate your support and pray that these gifts will bless the children who receive them and help them experience God’s love.
(Advent/Christmas Crafting Party)
Back by popular demand! Kick-off the Holiday (Holy-Day) Season with fun and fellowship from 9:30 am—Noon on Saturday, December 1, by joining us for a Church-Wide Advent/Christmas Crafting Party co-sponsored by the Children’s Ministry and Family Ministry Teams. If you plan to attend, please contact Robin at the Church Office by Wednesday, November 28.
We will be sponsoring a Missions Post Office so that you can send Christmas cards to your friends here at HVBC. The “post office” will be located in the entrance hall next to the Hospitality Room beginning Sunday, December 2.
Please donate 25 cents per card “mailed.” All money collected will be given to our Global Missions Offering.
I am writing at the beginning of Thanksgiving week and feel the need to spend some time reflecting on some of the reasons I give thanks for our church this year. We have obviously faced some struggles and difficulties this year, and there are challenges we face as a church moving forward. Still, even as we pray for our church and seek God’s guidance, let us also recognize the good things God is doing in our midst.
During worship this past Sunday, I invited people to voice prayers of thanksgiving aloud at the beginning of the Pastoral Prayer. I sensed the presence of God as different people expressed gratitude to God for a variety of blessings. In particular, my emotions rose to the surface as I heard some of our youth and children speak their gratitude by thanking God for the church and for other blessings. One of our members told me later in the day that he really wanted to begin singing the song, “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying,” and I honestly wish we would have done so. It strikes me as a wonderful gift to be part of a church where our children and youth feel like they are full participants in worship. Children are not simply “the future of the church.” They are a vital part of our church family, and we can learn from them as they learn from us. May we seek to be a congregation where every voice matters and each member of the family feels encouraged to share gifts and talents in worship and ministry.
We have been truly blessed by the way God has brought Luke Perrin and Jeff Whicker to join us in ministry. It’s tempting to say that they both just landed in our laps, but I know God is the One who made it possible. I have mentioned before that Luke is doing a terrific job as our intern, and I have enjoyed seeing the ways he connects to our youth and encourages them in their faith. We have been having 9 to 11 youth each Sunday evening, and it has been a treat to see them each participating and contributing to the group dynamics as this very young youth group develops its identity and connection. I am also grateful to the Modern Disciples Class and the Deacons. Each group has provided a snack supper for our youth recently.
While we have been blessed for a long time by Mary Summerlin’s worship leadership at the piano, Jeff has stepped in capably so that we haven’t missed a beat. His talent and heart for worship have been evident as he has shared his gifts with us. I am also enjoying the chance to get to know him and hope you will make him feel welcome and get to know him as well.
I am also thankful for the opportunity to worship together with you during the upcoming Advent season. Please take note of the Advent calendar in this newsletter and join us for the Sunday morning services and the special evening services as we prepare to welcome and celebrate the Gift of the Christ Child.