THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Village Church News 1-2-20


Happy New Year! First, the bad news.  With every year our culture's interest in and opposition to the things of God grows.  We ought not be surprised.  Jesus said that in this world we would have trouble as we follow him.  Now, the good news.  Jesus has given us very clear instructions about how we who follow him are to live in this culture that is far from him.  That's what we'll be talking about on Sunday.


21 Days of Prayer.  January 5-26.  Prayer cards are available at the worship gathering.


Keep in Step Dance Ministry is now taking registrations for upcoming classes.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040c45abaa23a46-spring



The FCC Hudson Pro-Life Coalition and the Epoch Ministry will be showing the movie "Unplanned" on Friday, January 17th at 7pm at Faith Community Church Hudson.  "Unplanned" is the powerful true story of Abby Johnson and her conversion from Planned Parenthood director to pro-life activist. We hope you will bring a friend and join us!  Child care will not be provided.  This review is very helpful for parents who might be wondering about their teenagers seeing it.

https://www.pluggedin.com/movie-reviews/unplanned-2019/



If you are new to The Village Church RSVP on a connection card for the Guest Lunch on the first Sunday of the month at DJ's in Baldwin.  The next lunch will be January 5.



ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SERVICE AND GROWTH


A theological study/discussion of the big ideas of the Bible takes place on Mondays at 7:00pm at the church offices.  Discussion will resume January 6. 


Passion.  Purpose.  Potential.  Propel! A Monthly Gathering for Women to equip and encourage them to tap into their potential and be the ripple effect of positive change in their community and around the world. Second Tuesday of the month. 6:00pm-8:00pm.  November through April.  At DJ's in downtown Baldwin.  For more information:  Leslie@LeslieJackson.org  


The 2020 Tutapona Staff Enrichment Retreat will be June 3-12.  If you would like to be on the team that builds into the lives of the incredible men and women who serve God through Tutapona in Uganda, talk to Stu about it.  The cost will be $850 plus airfare.  $500 deposit by January 31 reserves your spot.


The Rebellion High School YOUTH GROUP meets on Wednesdays 6:30 @ First Reformed Church. Middle School: Grades 6-8; High School: Grades 9-12.  We are again planning to provide dinner from 6:30-7.  If you are able to help, please contact Kelly Gullixson (ekg@baldwin-telecom.net or 651-269-2073 or go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4EABA929AAFF2-fall to sign up.  We appreciate your willingness to help, and the kids (and leaders) really enjoy this time of fellowship. 


In God's wisdom we only grow in community.  The New Testament knows nothing of a follower of Jesus not connected to a local community of faith.  How can we live a life of sacrificial love apart from community?  How connected are you to others in the family at The Village Church?  Our VXXL groups are the pathway to real spiritual growth UP, IN, and OUT.  I can show you how to connect with and XXL.


Missionary Updates can be found in the media section of the Village Church website.  Pray for the Marsh's church planting in Poland; the Luna's church planting in Mexico; Tutapona in Uganda and Iraq; and church planting in St. Croix County (Iglesia Cristiana, Alberto and Ilga Melo); Carl and Elizabeth O'Brien church planting in Japan.


You can securely donate to the Village Church on-line or via text.  Details on the church website. 

Essentials of the Faith for this week.  QUESTION:  What is faith in Jesus Christ?


ANSWER:  Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.  SCRIPTURE:  “I have been crucified with Christ.  It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself up for me.” – Galatians 2:20


Remember, the truth of Christmas prepares us for the unknowns of the future.  Jesus is the King Greater - greater than time, greater than kingdoms and cultures, and greater than nature itself.  You can trust him.


Hope to see you Sunday.  Work hard at bringing someone with you.