THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

WEEKLY WORSHIP GATHERINGS!


After much prayerful discussion the Elders have decided that The Village Church will not be returning to the Baldwin High School Auditorium in October.  In light of the Covid-19 unknowns the Elders feel that it is both wise for us and considerate of the School District to Gather for Sunday Worship in a different, short term and temporary location.  The High School remains an option for us in the future.


The Village Church will Gather for Sunday Morning Worship at Woodside Chapel, an historic church building a mile south of Baldwin on County Highway N (2043 County Road N, Baldwin).  Our Gathering time will be from 10-11:15AM, just as it was when we gathered at the School.


Our use of  Woodside Chapel is a short term, temporary solution to our Gathering needs and will provide us necessary continuity in the near future.  We will continue to move forward with the property purchase, as God leads, and will have our offices at the current Hillcrest location and then at the house on the new property after closing that purchase.


Everything about our lives has been impacted by the Covid pandemic.  This change of location for our Worship Gatherings is one more example of that impact.  We know change can sometimes be difficult.  We also know that change is not necessarily bad.  This short term and temporary change can be as good as we decide to make it.  So, let's have some fun with it!


Remember, the God we worship has not changed.  Our reason to celebrate Jesus Christ has not changed.  The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit has not changed.  Our call to gather to worship has not changed. Only, for a short time, will our setting change.


Thanks



During this Covid-19 Season


Baldwin EMS 630 HWY 12 Baldwin is the place to drop off food and other similar donations for local needs.  Leave the items at the east door under the awning. If you know of someone in the area that is in need and should be on the list for assistance please let Baldwin EMS know. 



The Baldwin Food Pantry will be closing its building, but if you call their phone number (715-688-3844) they will meet you at Gethsemane Lutheran Church (right by Greenfield Elementary School), have you drive up, and they will give you a bag of food.  Please think about neighbors or friends that might need this and pass the info along.



ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR PASTOR FOR THE INTERIM


Friends,


The Elders are very excited to announce that Dr. Ken Davenport (yes, that's our Ken Davenport) will be serving as our Interim Pastor.  The fact that we know Ken and Ken knows us will bring much added stability to our church family in this time of transition.


Ken, his wife Theresa, and their family have been part of The Village Church family since the beginning.  Ken is a gifted leader and teacher and will serve us well.


If you have any concerns about Ken serving as our Interim Pastor you are invited to share those concerns with one of the Elders (contact information provided below).  On October 18 the congregation will be asked to affirm Ken's new role through a time of corporate, commissioning prayer.


While Ken serves as our Interim Pastor a Pastoral Search Committee will be appointed by the Elders.  The prayerful work of the Pastoral Search Committee will be to present one candidate to the congregation for approval by vote.


God is with us!  Our future is known by him and he promises to be glorified in it!


Thanks


Stu


Village Church News 10/29/20

Friends,

Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Nothing.  No thing.  When God makes you his beloved in Jesus, he keeps you as his beloved in Jesus.  It is a great salvation and he is your great God.  This is the fount of all joy.  So, rejoice!
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On a personal note...This will be my final weekly email.  Another will take up this responsibility.  It has been a privilege to be your pastor and to see God form this Gospel centered family of faith out of a dream.  The transition of leadership from the church planting pastor to the next pastor is the final step in the church planting process.  The Elders have been talking about this transition and praying about it for several years and we know that God has our next leader in mind.  My heart belongs to you.  I love you.  I am thankful for what God has done (and will do) in you and through you for his glory and your joy.  As I begin to serve in a part-time role at FCC New Richmond, it looks like Cheryl will maintain her vital connection to you, the faith family she has also come to love so deeply.  So, please love her well because she is also waiting and praying for her new pastor.

Losses are to be grieved.  I will grieve losing you as the faith family I lead.  Perhaps you will grieve losing me as your pastor.  But, there is also much to be thankful for - so thank God and trust him for the God-glorifying future he has had in mind for you, The Village Church, since before the creation of the world.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled email... 

THIS SUNDAY:
We'll Gather at 10:00am at the WOODSIDE PLACE CHAPEL:  2043 County Road N.  I mile south of Baldwin and I-94.   Look for the white chapel on the south side of the road.  Woodside will be our short term Gathering location. 

SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER: 
Every Sunday morning you are invited to join in a time of prayer for the Village Church, it's pastoral search and other items.  9:00am in the Lower Level.

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD:

It's beginning to look a lot like "OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD" season.  Plan a packing party.  Please remind members of your packing party to include the $9.00 shipping fee in their boxes as they pack them.  Collection Sunday: November 15.

YOUTH GROUP!!  
The Village Rebellion!! 
 Middle School:  6:30-7:30pm at Chris Phelps's.  209 Russell Court, Woodville.  Bring a lawn chair, Bible and a mask.  High School:  7:00-8:30pm at 1451 Franklin Street, Baldwin, Murray and Heather Stoffa's house.  Bring a mask and a Bible.

XXL MEETINGS:     
Our XXL's have begun to meet weekly, with the renewed commitment to connect everyone to an XXL.  The church is people - family - and we need each other.  There are four groups and times to choose from. Make one work for you.

ATTENTION BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS.  THRIVE! BALDWIN. 
A monthly fellowship with business contacts of like mind and spirit.
  Every third Thursday.  Next meeting:  November 19, 11:30am-1:00pm.  Phoenix Grill Baldwin (You order and pay for your own meal)  For more information contact Leslie Jackson (Leslie@LadyRacing.com)

MISSIONARY LETTERS: 
Missionary Letters can be found in the media section of the church website.

PASTORAL SEARCH:
As directed by our Church Constitution, the Elders have formed the Pastoral Search Team.  Please pray for Gene Zwald, Ken Owl and Ken Davenport (all three representing the Elders) and Dan Holle, Kathy Helegeson, Barb Johnson and Chris Barnett.  God has our next pastor in mind already!  

KEEP YOUSELF & OTHERS SAFE:  MASK UP
As we return to the indoors for our Sunday morning Worship Gatherings, please remember that the Governor has mandated the wearing of face masks in indoor public spaces.  Wearing a mask is both about loving others enough to protect them and about submitting to the authorities God has placed over us.  This is not a religious freedom issue.  This is not an end times 'mark of the beast' thing. 
This is about being free in Jesus to sacrifice, submit and serve. (1 Peter 2:13-17)

Love each other well these days and light the way to Jesus.


Thanks,

Stu