Does it ever seem like your calendar is so full of things you feel obligated to do, but not necessarily what you want to do? We’re conditioned to pay attention to the wrong things, and we miss out on where loving others fits into our lives. The purpose of this series is to magnify what matters.
Do you know someone who constantly seems to have rotten luck? Does your heart go out to them? You want to help but you’re not sure how? Loving others is what God made us for. This Sunday Nick is going to help us learn some different ways we are capable of loving others and why it’s important for those who need it as well as for ourselves.
A second (commandment) is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
-Matthew 22:39 (NLT)
Here’s how this event works – you have an opportunity to volunteer at the event and/or donate a $10-$20 new, unwrapped toy. Local churches partner to collect toys and then school families are invited to come and shop at their school for Christmas gifts at a very low price. The event benefits the community because all money collected from the parents goes back into the school to help the students.
Here’s how you can help now:
Volunteers are needed to help with the event at either of these 2 Joliet elementary schools:
Sator Sanchez school or Isaac Singleton school Just click on the buttons below to register.
We’ll start collecting the toys Sunday, 11/26. Toys need to be new and unwrapped. As you’re shopping think about what a young boy or girl would like to open on Christmas morning.
Ornaments To Help The World
All ornaments and money are due by 11/30.
Night to Shine
We’re partnering with Reclaim3d, Crossroads Christian Church in Joliet and the Tim Tebow Foundation on an exciting project called Night To Shine on February 9, 2018, 6-9 pm. The event will be at The Village Christian Church, 8965 S. Bell Road in Minooka.
Volunteer spots are full, but you can register to be a back-up. Guest spots are still available.
Strengthen Your Relationship With Jesus In A Lifegroup
Lifegroups are a place to take a break from the busy demands of everyday life with a group of friends, a place to share, laugh, and serve together. Lifegroups are a place to grow in your relationship with Jesus, a place to learn the stories that Jesus taught and how they apply to your life today. The Bible is a living, breathing way for God to communicate with us, right where we are, regardless of whether we have been walking with Him our whole lives or the journey has just begun. Lifegroups are a place to strengthen your relationship with Jesus.
? contact Sarah O’Sullivan, Connections Pastor
Make Prayer A Priority
Prayer is where it all starts. Prayer is important, and we are committed to prayer and believe strongly in its power.
Prayer is a time for you to be alone with God, talk to Him as your friend. Tell Him what’s on your heart, what you’re thinking, feeling and struggling with. Think of it not as an obligation, but an opportunity. An opportunity to thank God for all that you have. We encourage you to take time to pray every day. Ask for miracles.
Here are a few other ways you can participate in prayer here at The Village:
- You can also join in our bi-monthly prayer time on Sundays at 7 am as we pray for our church, our community, and our country. This is open to everyone, just meet in the church gathering space. These happen on the second and 4th Sunday morning of each month. No need to sign up, you can just show up at 7 am.
- Join in our prayer call this week at 7 am Monday – Friday! It’s easy – just call 605-477-2100 and enter the code 867402. We pray for our church, our leaders, our community, our country, and whatever else is on your heart. You can pray out loud, or you can listen and pray silently. Everyone is welcome on this call – you do not need to be an attendee of The Village.
- We also have a prayer room, we call it our War Room, that you can use anytime during office hours (M-Th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Fri. 8:30 – 12:30 pm).
Pulse for Students
This Sunday is the Thanksgiving Feast for all Pulse students! Come hungry to church at 6 pm for a huge feast – we’re supplying the turkey and ham. We’re asking students to bring friends and a dish to share. After the feast the group will be on holiday break until January 7th.