2016 ADVENT SEASON ACTIVITIES
Advent Family Workshop - 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, in Friendship Hall
Don’t miss our traditional family activity. Make your own Advent Wreaths and gifts for Christmas. There will be crafts for all age levels and of course cookie decorating, popcorn and festive music. Free and open to the community.
Christmas Night Out - 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, Village Church Child Care
Send your kids to this fun-filled night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. while you enjoy a night out. Children ages 2-8 will enjoy activities and games and cookies to decorate. Cost is $15 per child with a $30 maximum per family. Registration for church members opens Friday, Nov. 4. Registration opens to the community Friday, Nov. 11. Sign up by at 913-671-2352 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration deadline is Friday, Nov. 18. CLICK HERE to download the registration form.
Mesner Puppet Theater - 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in the Sanctuary
Mesner Puppet Theater presents “Sing Along the Road Again.” Join traveler John Paul George (puppeteer Mike Horner) and his singing dog Ringo on an interactive, musical road trip! Sing, clap and stomp along as John and Ringo sing favorites like BINGO, The Wheels on the Bus and Do Your Ears Hang Low. Even a dancing chicken tries to get in on the act! Call 913-671-2355 for more information. Admission to the puppet show is free.
Remembrance Service - 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Sanctuary
Join us for a special service where we thank God for our loved ones who are deeply missed, when we give voice to the grief that lingers and the love that will never let go. This service includes prayers, beautiful music, time for reflection, candle lighting and the proclamation of God’s holy, Christmas promise: that there is a light in this world that the darkness will never, ever overcome. If your loved one passed away during 2016 and Village Church was informed, his or her name will be included in the program. Please call 913-671-2367 or email email@example.com by noon on Monday, Nov. 21, if you would like us to include any other names.
Help Deliver a Christmas Poinsettia Dec. 4
A long-standing tradition at Village Church is taking a poinsettia to members who are unable to attend church. You can help the Pastoral Care & Counseling Department continue this tradition on Sunday, Dec. 4. To volunteer, contact Linda Alley at 913-671-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterian Women Advent Candlelight Dinner - 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in Friendship Hall
All women are invited to an inspiring, intergenerational evening as we begin the Advent season. Our speaker is Rev. Hallie Hottle, pastor of Young Adult Ministry. Cost is $16 a person. Reservation sales begin Sunday, Nov. 13. Make a reservation online at villagepres.org or in Friendship Hall starting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13. Child care is available with advance reservation. Contact Sarah McKee at email@example.com or 913-439-0035 with questions.
The Kings vs. the Shepherds- Village U Wednesday Night Class Taught by Dr. Rodger Nishioka
The gospels of Matthew and Luke tell different stories about the birth of Jesus. The wise men only appear in Matthew and the shepherds only appear in Luke. Why is that? We will examine both the familiar and perhaps the unfamiliar components of these two stories comparing and contrasting them with one another. Come discover what God is revealing to us as we prepare to welcome the incarnation of God in the birth of Jesus once again. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 7-21, in Room 127.
Christmas Poinsettia Memorials
A poinsettia that decorates the church 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. 9. Call 913-671-2362 for more information.
Christmas Dinner - 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in 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 calling 913-671-2359 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy Christmas caroling from 6-6:30 p.m.
The Children’s Christmas Pageant– 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the Chapel
See the greatest story ever told through the eyes of the children at Village. Come for Wednesday Night Dinner and stay for the pageant directly following.
VCCFDC Pancake Dinner with Santa – 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in Friendship Hall
The Village Church Child & Family Development Center will host its annual “Pancake Dinner with Santa” at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, 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 email@example.com for tickets. Come to the Sanctuary at 5 p.m. and enjoy the preschoolers’ version of the Christmas Story.
16th Annual Tidings of Joy Concert - 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, in the 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, the Village Chamber Choir and the Village Orchestra. The program features excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and more. Admission is free. A retiring offering will be taken to benefit the Haitian Christian Mission.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services in the Sanctuary
Saturday, Dec. 24 -5 p.m. Children and Family Worship; 7 & 9 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Services; 11 p.m. Traditional Candlelight Communion Service.
Sunday, Dec. 25 – We will have one worship service at 10 a.m. on Christmas Day.
ADVENT SEASON MISSION COLLECTIONS
Star Families - Adopt a Family for the Holidays
Village Church will again sponsor “Star Families” from Operation Breakthrough. We will help provide Christmas gifts and holiday meals for families. Stars will be available for adoption from the bulletin board near the south entrance inside Friendship Hall on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9a.m.-noon. Each child receives at least three new unwrapped gifts; and, the parent receives a $25 gift card to Target or Walmart. Star Families tend to be adopted quickly on a first come first served basis. The Operation Breakthrough truck will be in our south parking lot on Sunday, Dec. 11, to receive the donations. Monetary donations to Village Church for Star Families will be accepted for holiday meals from Nov. 6 to Dec. 11. Just $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. Contact Marilyn Borel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-708-1917 for more information.
Deck the Village Trees with Hats and Mittens -
A Village tradition, our Hat and Mitten Trees, return for the holiday season. From Dec. 2-25, come decorate our Christmas trees with hats and mittens to give to families served by the Village Clothes Closet/Food Pantry. You will find the trees located at the south entrance to the church and in the Welcome Center. The Pantry serves 500 households a month and your contribution will literally help spread the warmth of the season to many of these families. Contact Deborah White at 913-671-2369 or email@example.com with any questions.
Diapers in December
Village children will be collecting diapers throughout December to give to the Village Food Pantry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.