2017 ADVENT SEASON ACTIVITIES
Angel Tree at Village on Antioch - Beginning Nov. 19
Our Angel Tree program is done in partnership with Prison Fellowship, giving us the opportunity to buy gifts for the children of incarcerated parents, in the name of their parent. We have the opportunity to provide hope, by communicating with caregivers to find out what is needed, buy gifts, and deliver them directly to the children. Paper angels will be available starting Nov. 19 in the VOA Narthex. Each angel will have a child's information and gift suggestions. You’re invited to take as many as you’re able, purchase a clothing and toy item, wrap and attach the angel to the gift, and return to church by Dec. 10. Delivery drivers also needed for Sunday, Dec. 17.
Presbyterian Women Advent Candlelight Dinner - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, Friendship Hall
Come! Bring your mothers, sisters, aunts and friends as we gather for the time-honored Advent Dinner tradition at Village on Mission. Reservations are sold out. Questions? Contact Kay Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-481-3612.
Christmas Poinsettia Memorials - Reserve by Friday, Dec. 8
A poinsettia that decorates Village on Mission this Advent season may be purchased in memory of a loved one. Make your check ($10) payable to Village Church, clearly printing the memorial name with your donation. Send to the church, Attn: Janice Gill, by Friday, Dec. 8. Call 913-671-2362 for more information.
Christmas Dinner - 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, Village on Mission - Friendship Hall
Chef Emily and her culinary team will create a scrumptious Hotel-style buffet including a carving station, tossed salad, cheese, fresh fruit and assorted cheesecakes. Cost is $7 a person, $3 for age 10 & under. RSVP by noon Dec. 11 to 913-671-2359 or email@example.com.
VCCFDC Pancake Dinner with Santa - 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, Friendship Hall - Village on Mission
The Village Church Child & Family Development Center will host its annual “Pancake Dinner with Santa” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, in Friendship Hall. Chris Cakes will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes. Get your child’s picture taken with Santa. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children age 2 and up. Children under 2 eat free. Contact Linda Harmon at 913-671-2310 or firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Come to the Sanctuary at 5 p.m. and enjoy the preschoolers’ version of the Christmas Story.
Children’s Christmas Pageant & Sing-along with Rev. Len Carrell and Dino O'Dell - Sunday, Dec. 17, Friendship Hall - Village on Mission
This year’s Christmas Pageant will be during Sunday School Hour and more (between 9:30 and 11 a.m. services).
Vivaldi's Gloria in Worship - 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Village on Mission Sanctuary
All morning worship services at Village on Mission, the Village Voices, conducted by Matthew Shepard, will sing excerpts from Vivaldi's Gloria with chamber orchestra.
17th Annual Tidings of Joy Concert - 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, Village on Mission Sanctuary
A beloved tradition in our community, “Tidings of Joy, A Celebration of the Season’s Most Beautiful Music,” is presented by the Village Choir, Alegría and the Village Chamber Choir. Admission is free. A retiring offering will be taken to benefit Community LINC, our 2017 Signature Mission of Village Church.
ADVENT SEASON MISSION COLLECTIONS
Star Families - Adopt a Family for the Holidays
Stars will be available on the bulletin board from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 5, in Friendship Hall at Village on Mission. Each child receives at least three new, unwrapped gifts; and, the mom receives a $25 gift card to Target or Walmart. The Operation Breakthrough Truck will be in our parking lot to receive the donations on Sunday, Dec. 10. Monetary donations to Village Church will be accepted for holiday meals. $30 will feed a family of three or less and $60 a family of four or more. Note: Operation Breakthrough in the memo of your check.
In addition, Village is offering a new opportunity to buy individual toys for the Operation Breakthrough Holiday Store. Nearly 750 kids who don’t attend Operation Breakthrough but live in the same urban community benefit from this one-day shopping event. Pre-registered parents come and pick out gifts for each of their children with a volunteer. Volunteers are also needed at this event (contact Lee Duckett at email@example.com). If you are interested in donating a new toy to the shop, you will find a list of the needed items at the north and south reception desks. You can deliver these individual toys for the store to Village on the morning of Dec. 10.
The children who receive Christmas aid all come from low-income families. Some are homeless. Many are in foster care because they have been abused or neglected. Nearly all live in single-parent families, headed by working-poor women. Contact Ann Colston, 913-722-0165, or Marilyn Borel, 913-708-1917 with questions.
Deck the Village on Mission Trees with Hats and Mittens - Dec. 3-24
From Dec. 3-24, come decorate our Christmas trees with hats and mittens to give to families served by the Village Clothes Closet/Food Pantry. Trees will be located at the north and south entrances of Village on Mission. Contact Deborah White at 913-671-2369 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Diapers in December
Beginning at the Advent Family Workshop on Nov. 26, Village Church children will be collecting diapers throughout December to give to the Village Church Food Pantry.
Joy Offering and Christmas Project Offering - Dec. 24
The Joy Offering provides support to current and retired church workers in need (50%) and to students attending Presbyterian related racial ethnic schools and colleges (50%). The Christmas Project offering helps local social service agencies who help others with holiday and emergency assistance needs (100%). Green envelopes for this offering will be in the hymnal slots in the pew in front of you.
Stephen Ministry is Here For You
If the holidays are a challenging time for you, consider receiving support from a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers provide one-on-one, confidential care to individuals who could use some help navigating some of life’s harder moments. Contact Rev. Len Carrell at 913-671-2347 or email@example.com.