eNote from Rev. Tom Are
April 28, 2017
Dear Village family,
My thanks to Rev. Zach Walker and Rev. Hallie Hottle for preaching last Sunday while I took some Sabbath time after Easter. Between all of our Easter worship services at Village on Mission, Village on Antioch (almost 200), and folks who watched via livestream, we had a total of 3,392 people join us for Easter worship. It was a blessed day for Village Church. I want to express my particular gratitude to the hundreds of volunteers who made Easter so meaningful… teachers, nursery workers, choir members and other musicians, ushers, greeters, lily deliverers…I could go on. Thank you for all you did to make Easter a joyous celebration.
Worship This Sunday
In worship this Sunday, we begin a new sermon series, "Living Unafraid in a Frightening World." In this series we will find wisdom from the Book of Acts, as it shares how God formed the community called the Church. The first words of the resurrection Angel are "Do not be afraid." This is a charge not just to the early disciples, but to the whole church. The world is frightening, that's for sure. But because Christ is raised from the dead, there is reason to set our fears aside and be shaped by our hope. We will begin the series with Act 1:6-11 “You Shall Be My Witnesses.”
I’ll be preaching in all Village on Mission Sanctuary worship services and in The Gathering. Rev. Hallie Hottle will lead worship at Village on Antioch. The sermon will be via video.
Sermon Discussion After The Gathering
Now through Sunday, May 21, Dr. Rodger Nishioka will host a 35-minute talkback session for all ages immediately following The Gathering. This guided conversation will focus on the Bible passage that was preached in The Gathering and what it means for our daily lives as followers of Jesus Christ. These sessions will include brief background information about the Bible passage and invite questions and reflections.
All are invited to engage the day’s scripture passage and to respond to the sermon as together, we grow to be equipped for God’s every good work. Light snacks will be provided. The group meets in Room 232.
Food Truck Festival at Village on Antioch This Sunday, April 30
Please join us from 5-7 p.m. this Sunday for our first Village on Antioch Food Truck Community Festival. We’re celebrating the new things happening at our new satellite campus. Pick your favorite food from our trucks: BBQ, Pizza and “The Crave.” We’ll have face painters. The music trio, "Victor & Penny," will perform swing-infused folk-jazz music. You pay for your own food at the food trucks. All other activities and entertainment are free. Bring your friends and neighbors, too! Village on Antioch is located at 14895 Antioch Road in Overland Park. Of course the forecast threatens rain, so the activities will be inside in Fellowship Hall.
Author Lisa Cooper (Love Never Dies) To Speak at Faith and Grief Luncheon May 2
Local author, inspirational speaker and grief advocate Lisa Cooper will be sharing her experience at the next Faith and Grief lunch at noon on Tuesday, May 2, in Friendship Hall. Small table discussion follows her presentation and a box lunch is provided. If you are grieving, or know of someone who is hurting, join us. Register online at faithandgrief.org or call 469-251-9612. For more information, contact Linda Alley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-671-2327.
Fruit Sunday May 7
Next Sunday is the Fruit Sunday Food Drive for the Village Food Pantry. Every family gets 1-3 cans of applesauce, pineapple or other good fruit at every visit, so please bring a few cans to help another family.
Food Pantry Seeking Part-Time Office Assistant
The Food Pantry is seeking a part-time office assistant. This is a part-time position, 10 hours a week. Work hours are negotiable, possibly two afternoons (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon. CLICK HERE and scroll to the part-time positions section of the page for the complete job description.
Upcoming Village U Classes:
Christians and Muslims – Children of the Same God?
This two-session course, led by Rodger Nishioka, along with leaders from the Kansas City chapter of the Dialogue Institute Southwest, will explore the relationship between Islam and Christianity. We will seek to better understand what Islam and Christianity hold in common and how we are different. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, May 3 & 10, in Rooms 132 & 133.
Caring for God’s Creation – Growing a Butterfly Garden
On Wednesday evening, May 3, BJ Schulenburg, a certified master gardener of Johnson County, will teach a course to help us understand the life and the importance of butterflies and moths and ways to attract and keep butterflies and moths in the garden. The Wednesday evening class will be followed by a visit on Saturday, May 6, to the Monarch butterfly way station garden at the Village Church Meneilly Center. 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, Room 127 and 9 a.m. Saturday, May 6, Meneilly Center, 99th and Mission Road.
Now That You Have Your Google ID, What Do You Do With It?
Village Church Computer Ministry is hosting a series of "water cooler sessions" on the first Wednesday of the month from May through September. Each of these sessions will provide both demonstration and discussion, emphasizing how the Google suite of products can be used to collaborate with others while doing God's work in the church and the community. Topics will include easy to use email (Gmail and InBox), online calendar to organize your day or schedule time with others (Google Calendar), text editing that allows users to easily edit and collaborate with documents (Google Docs) and more. The first session is 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in Room 316.
Call Marianne Weber at 913-671-2333 to register for Village U classes.