Week of April 17th, 2016



As hard as it is to believe it is that time of year again to begin preparing for annual Vacation Bible School program.  This year VBS will be held from June 20th – 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. here at the church.  On Saturday, June 25th we will throw a huge Community Festival for all the kids who came to VBS, their families and our entire neighborhood.  VBS is one of our biggest outreaches to the neighborhood each year, so we are always in need of lots of help.  Please be praying about how you can help serve throughout that week.  We will need teachers, helpers, kitchen crew, arts and crafts leaders, game leaders and more.  This is truly an event that takes the whole church pitching in.  If you are able to help with VBS this year please talk to Megan Ruder and let her know where you’re able to serve.  Our theme this year is “Deep Sea Discovery: God Is With Me Wherever I Go.”  Please start praying now for the week of VBS and all the kids that will get to hear the power of the Gospel.


Entwistle Going Away Party

On Saturday, May 28th we will be throwing a going away party for the Entwistle family.  The Entwistle’s have a significant part of our church since the beginning and, while we knew this day was coming, we will be very sad to see them go.  Before they head south to Jacksonville, though, we want to send them off in style with a great celebration.  Many more details to come, but for now just reserve the evening of May 28th on your calendars so that you can come party with us. 


The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference

From June 16-18, 2016 The Gospel Coalition will be holding their third National Women’s Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  This is a conference specifically designed for women to gather together around The Word of God sharing study, fellowship and encouragement.  The theme of their conference next year is “Resurrection Life In A World of Suffering,” as the main sessions will be studying the book of 1 Peter.  Great teachers like John Piper, Tim Keller, Nancy Guthrie, Jen Wilkin, Kathy Keller & D.A. Carson will be speaking.  We would love to send a group of women from the church to this conference as we think it would be a great opportunity for you to spend a few days together learning and studying God’s Word together and experiencing great fellowship with one another.  There are currently five women from the church who are attending and we would love to have several more join them.  There is a sign-up sheet on the Connect Table if you’re interested.  If you are interested in going or have any questions please talk to Zack.    


Village Music

Music is a significant part of our worship gathering each week and we want you to be as involved and familiar as possible with our music.  To that end we have created three public playlists on Spotify to help you familiarize yourself with our weekly music as well as provide your own input on what we sing.  If you go to our blog you can click on each of these three playlists and subscribe.  The first playlist is our “Village This Week” playlist and it will list the songs we are singing in our next weekly gathering.  The second playlist is our “Village Archives” playlist and it has all the songs we’ve ever sung at The Village.  The third playlist is our “Village Potentials” playlist and is a playlist designed for you to add songs you’d like us to sing at The Village.  We hope that you’ll subscribe to all three playlists and help invest in the music ministry of The Village Church. 


Community Yard Sale

On Saturday, May 7th Merion Village is holding a neighborhood-wide yard sale and we have reserved the church lawn as a space for folks to set-up their own goods to sell as well as a space for the church to be very visible while lots of folks will be out and about in our neighborhood.  If you are interested in setting up a table (or two) of things to sell please talk to Megan Ruder and let her know how much space you’d like for the sale.  We are hoping all of you will come out, either to get rid of old stuff you don’t want or to connect with folks from our neighborhood.  The Community Yard Sale runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th. 



May 14th will be our next Village Kids’ KABOOM!  This will be another great time of our kids coming together to learn about Jesus through a Bible lesson, small groups, craft, games, music and more.  KABOOM! is for kids age 3 through the 5th grade.  There will also be a lunch for everyone who comes.  KABOOM! is a great opportunity for the kids of our church to build community and grow in their own understanding of Jesus.  KABOOM! also exists as an outreach to kids in our neighborhood, so if you know of any kids who would like to come please invite them.  KABOOM! is free for everyone and we will offer transportation to and from KABOOM! as well.  There will be a sign-up soon of supplies and volunteers that we’ll need for the January KABOOM!. If you have any questions please talk to Michael, Jamie, Ian, Karey or Shawn.     


Prayer @ 9

On April 30th we will have our next Prayer @ 9 gathering.  Prayer @ 9 is a time for us to come together as a church family before the throne of our great God.  We believe that God not only commands us to pray, but that He tells us that our prayers are a powerful means of grace.  We invite to come and prayer with us for one another, our church, our city and those things going on around the globe as we come together to thank and petition our God together as a church family.  Prayer @ 9 always meets at 9:00 a.m. at the church on an every-other-week rotation. 


Amazon Smile

We know that many of you shop on Amazon, so we’d like to let you know about an easy way to raise some money for the church.  We have recently setup an Amazon Smile account, which means that if you select The Village Church as your charity of choice on Amazon then each time you make a purchase through Amazon they will donate .5% of your total purchase price back to our church.  If you go to you can select our church as the charity you would like to support.  Once you have done this you just shop on Amazon, as you normally would, just now through the page.  This donation applies to almost anything that you would ever buy through Amazon, so this is a great way to get amazing deals through Amazon and support our church at the same time.  



April 18th - Village Academy: Christian Doctrine, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. @ the church

April 25th – THIRST! for women @ 8:00 p.m. @ Cheryl Entwistle’s home

April 30th – Prayer @ 9: Prayer gathering @ the church, 9:00 a.m.

May 7th - Community Yard Sale, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

May 13th - Village Guys’ Night Out, details to come

May 14th - Village Kids KABOOM!, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

May 28th - Entwistle Going Away Party, details to come

June 20th - 25th - Vacation Bible School, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.