Welcome to this week’s edition of the Village Green newsletter and blog. As a reminder, beginning this month our Friday morning blog moves to once a month instead of weekly. The next update will come into your inbox on August 6th. As a reminder, you will still receive the weekly MailChimp update on Saturdays at 4 pm. If you are not receiving our weekly news, simply go to our website and click the “Follow Us” tab partway down the home page and sign up there. Find our website at www.villagegreenchurch.com.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
We are now in phase 2 of the province’s re-opening plan which means we are now allowed 74 in our auditorium for Sunday morning services. Masks and physical distancing are still required but if you would like to attend a service, let the church know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, there is still no allowance beyond 5 for any other meetings such as Bible Studies or small group gatherings. We will likely not see those allowances be relaxed until sometime near the end of July or early August.
Breaking up has been a hard thing to do as a church family over the last year, but now we are seeing opportunities to regather and encourage each other after a difficult season. If you are able, and you feel safe, please consider joining us for a Sunday morning service. We are making every effort to maintain a safe environment when you decide to come.
Congregational Meeting Roundup
Last Sunday we held our first congregational meeting in almost two years. It was conducted via in-person and online as a hybrid meeting. As a point of interest, it was one of the best-attended meetings we have had in many years, so thank you for making a point of attending.
Our budget passed the approval process and we also affirmed new additions to our leadership and church officers. The following people will be fulfilling their roles beginning in September. Congratulations to the following:
- Jarred Curtis – Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Kathleen Hill – Elder
- Scott Rowe – Treasurer
- Mary Anne Rowe – Church Clerk
Sunday, July 4th is our next Communion service. For those of you attending in-person we will have a table set up with individual communion elements. Simply pick one up as you enter the auditorium.
For those of you watching online, please prepare the communion elements beforehand if you would like to participate.
Our next Communion service is scheduled for August 1st.
STEM Day Camps
The STEM camps begin the week of July 5th and end the week of August 27th. This camp is not a church-sponsored event but we are renting our building to them. They are also keeping to the government guidelines and have their own clean-up staff and protocols as part of their rental agreement.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. If you are looking for a science-themed camp for your child you can check out their website and programs on their website.
Starting on July 5th will be our new Youth Intern. They will be responsible for helping with the planning, administrating, and organizing the Youth and Kids Connection ministries. They will be with us for eight weeks through the months of July and August.
Our present interns, Kate Bahula and Aiden Wiebe, are winding down their time with us. They will complete their internships the second week of July and we are very thankful for their work and expertise. Both have brought significant improvements to our online, Audio-Video, and worship ministries.
Youth Event with YFC
Coming Wednesday, July 30th we will be hosting an event with YFC. The event is still in the planning stages but it will be a time for the youth to gather together while adhering to pandemic protocols.
The tentative plan is to host a barbecue in the lower parking area and it will be an opportunity to invite others and to take some time to enjoy our community and maybe make some new friends.
Summer Message Schedule – Stories that Move the Heart
For the month of July we are continuing our series, Stories that Move the Heart, that looks at the parables of Jesus. The following is the list of speakers for the month. We are blessed to have many in our church who are capable to present the Word of God faithfully.
July 4 – Jon Korkidakis
July 11 – Brent Paul
July 18 – Jon Korkidakis
July 25 – Dale Mackness
August 1 – Matthew Burkholder (The rest of August will be announced in the next newsletter)
I hope you enjoyed and been encouraged by this week’s update. As a church it has been a tumultuous year, but at the same time we have seen the faithfulness of God time and time again.
Be encouraged, stay safe and stay healthy
If you are able, reach out to someone this week with the love of Christ.
Until next time,