Guide for Home Worship: 12/12/21
He’s Coming as the Merciful One
This season, we’ve seen that God is The Righteous One and He is The Mighty One. On this third Sunday of Advent, we will remember again that God is the Merciful One. And our Messiah, Jesus Christ, comes in mercy for those in great need. Jane Niederbrach and the Village Voices choir will lead us into the presence of our merciful God, so we can experience the richness of his love. Please join us this Sunday at 10:30am, or you can also connect with us online. May God make himself known in new ways to you and your family.
Hour in the Word Series Continues—and you can listen online! Join Pastor Casey and Bryan Just as they continue their series called Holy sexuality: Living as Creatures in God’s World in the Great Room at 9am. This engaging class focuses in on how God desires us to live in light of his design for every part of our lives, especially sexuality. This is a great class if you want to learn more about the Bible’s vision for sex, gender, procreation, and our bodies in contrast to current cultural confusion. And, if you miss Sunday mornings, you can tune in at the Hour in the Word Podcast (https://hourinthewordvcl.podbean.com), which you can find on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.
The Abundant Life class, to which all are welcome, will be looking at hard sayings and difficult passages in the Bible. We look at explanations offered by Biblical scholars (who often differ in their interpretation) and try to understand what the Bible is actually saying.
Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday evening, Dec. 12 at 6:30 – We will be voting on the budget for 2022, and to approve the following officers: Elders—Don Hedges (1st 3 year term), Ed Manzo (1st 3 year term), Peter Marshall (1st 3 year term), Bryan Just (2nd 3 year term). Finance Committee—Finance Committee Chair – Bob Betts (1st 3 year term), Treasurer – Dan Kissinger.
On Sunday, December 12, we will have a time of fellowship and a meal together prior to our Annual Meeting. This will be a chili and soup supper which will start at 4:30 p.m. Please sign up on the Friendship Register or contact the church office—email@example.com if you will be able to attend this meal.
The Saturday Women’s Gathering in December will be a potluck brunch on December 11th at 9 am. We will be celebrating a year of community and fellowship, and a bright new year of building Women’s Connections in Christ!
Open House: Pastor Jim and Kris Renke invite you to an open house on Saturday, December 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please contact the church office for the address.
Year-End Giving – For any gifts to be credited in 2021, they must be received by December 31, 2021 or postmarked no later than December 31, 2021. The last day that the church office will be open is Thursday, December 30 (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Of course, you can give your year-end gift on Sunday, December 26 at VCL. If anyone is considering an end of the year stock gift, please obtain the standard form for this from Bob Betts, Chairman of our Financial Committee. In addition, please notify Bob Betts when in 2021 the stock transfer has been requested so that your gift can be credited as a 2021 contribution.
Thank you to all who participated in Operation Christmas Child by packing a shoebox and/or praying for the children around the world who will receive them. This year we collected 128 gift-filled shoeboxes! Your box is now enroute to a processing center from where it will be shipped to the receiving country and delivered to the local church. From there, your shoebox will finally be placed in the hands of a child! Every shoebox is a Gospel opportunity. Thank you!
Prayer… If you would like people from our church to pray for you at any time, please send your request directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once approved by one of our pastors, your request will go straight out to our prayer list.
If you’re not receiving our emails – please contact the church office at email@example.com to be added to our email list. We would be happy for you to receive the information that is forwarded each week. Also any who would like to be added to the “prayer request list” may also contact the church office.
Giving & Financial Update
During this time, it’s more important than ever that we continue to embody our trust in the Lord’s provision through faithful, sacrificial giving. Please visit http://evcl.org/give/ and make your offering as an intentional act of faith.
Although online giving is preferred during this time, you may also write and mail your checks to Village Church of Lincolnshire, 201 Riverwoods Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045
General Fund Giving for November 2021
Budgeted Monthly General Fund Giving: ………………….……… $46,287
Actual Monthly General Fund Giving: …………………………..…. $30,242
YTD actual income through November 30, 2021: …………………. $415,291
YTD actual expenses through November 30, 2021: ..…………..… $454,181
YTD net income through November 30, 2021: ………………………. $(38,659)
Please download today’s Order of Worship. Song lyrics and sermon notes included with Order of Worship.
This Sunday’s stream will be available on 12/12 at 10:30 AM. You can access it any time by clicking here.
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