Village Green Update – November 20, 2020

Here is the latest newsletter from Village Green Community Church. This week’s update has some new and important news to share so please make sure to take time to stay up to date with all that is happening at Village Green.

Continuing Our 50th Anniversary Celebrations

November marks our 50th year as a church. The theme for the month is Faithful God: Faithful People. Last week we had the honour of interviewing two of our missionary partners, Sara Leggett and Jacob Paul. If you missed the interview you can grab the video here. The interview starts at the 7:54 mark.

We’ve also released a historical reflection from many past and present members. If you want to read their reflections you can grab the digital version below.

You can check out our promotional video here!

Coming November 29 – Soup Sunday!

November 29th is the final Sunday of our 50 year celebration month. So, we will be gathering for a virtual Soup Sunday starting at 11:45, shortly after the morning service. Soup Sunday’s at Village Green is a long-standing tradition so it becomes a fitting encore to our anniversary month.

Some of the wonderful memories we have of Soup Sunday!

If you want to participate, please contact the office at office@villagegreenchurch.com or at 519-473-5505, by November 27th for further information and instructions.

Upcoming Christmas Schedule

Our Christmas Eve setup

We begin a new series, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, on the first Sunday of December. We are excited to have Brent and Jennifer Paul lead us each Sunday through Advent devotions as part of our countdown to Christmas.

We also want to announce the theme for our Christmas Eve service, The Gift of Belief. The service will feature traditional carols, Scripture readings, special guests, a message, and the lighting of the candles. You are not going to want to miss this service filled with hope and inspiration and even a few surprises.

The service will be fully streamed online on Christmas Eve beginning at 7:00 pm. Due to the pandemic restrictions for large groups, there will be no in-service attendance component this year.

Lastly, there will be no service on the final Sunday of the year, December 27th.

Our Christmas, Be a Light, Do What’s Right, Campaign.

The unprecedented health and economic crisis caused by COVID-19 is impacting the lives of hundreds of people in our community, many of who were already struggling to make ends meet. No one can predict the long-term impacts of this pandemic, but one thing we know for certain – the need for coats this fall and winter will be greater than ever before.

Village Green has been overwhelmingly kind in it’s previous donations to Mission Services. Once again we are asking for you to reach out to those in need.

Help us keep people warm this cold season by donating new or used coats and gloves of all adult sizes.

WHAT WE NEED: Adult-sized coats and gloves

WHERE TO DONATE: Make a “no-contact” donation drop off at Village Green Church.

WHEN CAN YOU DROP OFF: Drop off times between 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the week. The days for dropping off are as follows: November 24 and 25, December 1 and 2, and December 8 and 9.

Other needed items:

  • Men’s clothing – all types and sizes
  • Women’s clothing – Sweaters, Leggings
  • Footwear in good condition for both men and women

Thank You, We are truly blessed to have such warm hearts at Village Green.

Tis’ the Season

As we enter the Christmas season it’s also time when many are considering their donations and giving to various ministries and organizations. This note is a simple reminder to remember the ministry of Village Green in your financial planning. We were approximately 13% below budget in the month of October. The ways you can give to the church is given below near the end of this newsletter and we want to thank you for partnering with us for the furtherance of the Gospel, both here and around the world.

Ark Aid

A team from Village Green continues to help out at Ark Aid. Recently the team handed out 175 bagged meals which included a sandwich, juice box, granola bar, fresh baked good, a piece of fruit, and a pudding cup or yogurt.

During this difficult time for many, especially for those who are homeless, the team at Ark Aid is making a difference.

We have included a couple of pictures to give you a sense of the good work that is being done to help the less fortunate in our city. This is what generosity looks like.

Youth Schedule

Our Youth program for the Fall is in full swing. Below is the Fall schedule for the remainder of October. For questions, please call the church office at office@villagegreenchurch.com.

NOTE: Should the province announce further restrictions and/or lockdowns that affect the scheduling of youth events, the leaders will be in contact with each family to notify them of any changes to the programming.

November 24 – Cookie decorating. Cookies to make and share with friends and how to share the message of Christmas.
December 1 – YFC Holiday Fire – Present stealing, snacks, the Christmas story, and more!
December 8 – Secret Santas. A mission to bless some Village Green seniors (drivers needed).
December 15 – Skate night. Skating at Victoria Park.

Our New Live Stream Platform

Last Sunday we introduced the ability to watch the live stream directly on our website. The service is also broadcast live to YouTube as well as Facebook so you can watch on whatever platform is most convenient for you. This is just the beginning of some exciting changes that are coming to make the online experience as engaging as possible.

Give!

We are grateful for the many who continue to faithfully give to the ministry here at Village Green. There are three primary ways to give to the church:

1. Drop off your offering at the church, either through the mailbox during the week or in the basket when entering the service on Sunday morning.

2. Go to our website, www.villagegreenchurch.com, and use the Give button on the top-right menu bar. There is also a Give bottom in the footer menu of the website as well. The Give button will take you to our PayPal portal.

3. You can also give by using envelopes@villagegreenchurch.com to make e-transfers to the church. If you do use this option, please make sure we have an address on file so we know where to send the receipt.

Re-Gathering Protocols

We also have a document listing the protocols for our Sunday morning gatherings. For a full list of our protocols, you can grab them below.

Blessings and thank you for making Village Green a vibrant and exciting place to worship;

Jon Korkidakis

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