Thanks for all of your help providing meals for the Guthrie family these last few months. Just a heads up that the calendar has been extended, as they could still really use some help in January and February. Click the link below to sign up for a meal.
Here’s your January 2014 news update from VCV. There’s lots going on! See below:
-If you’re interested in membership at Village Church, we’re beginning our 5 week membership class on Sunday, January 19. We’ll meet at 9:00AM at Teasley for 5 consecutive Sundays. Over the five weeks we’ll cover how VCV got started, our core values of Gospel-Community-Mission, and answer, “What is Anglicanism.” We’d love for you to join us!
-Matt and Autumn Martin, who have been attending VCV for several months now, are having a retreat for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship students at Kennesaw State University (Matt is the Intervarsity director at Kennesaw State). They’re looking for 10 families to host 2 college students each for 2 nights on Friday, Jan 24 and Sat Jan 25. All the students will need is a bed on Friday and Saturday nights, breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and a ride to VCV on Sunday morning.
Contact Autumn at [email protected] of you’d like to help.
-We’ll be celebrating the sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, Jan. 26. If you’d like to have you child baptized, or if you’ve never been baptized yourself, contact Curt (Curt@VillageChurchVinings) to make an appointment with the pastors.
-One of our goals as a church for 2014 is to pray together more. As Anglicans, we have the gift of three daily prayer liturgies known collectively as the Daily Ofiice, and known individually as Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, and Evening Prayer (or Evensong). These liturgies combine songs, scripture readings, written prayers together with extemporaneous prayers. It’s a wonderful way to practice our faith in Jesus and to find strength and encouragement in praying together. So over the year we’re going to begin incorporating Daily Office prayer into our life together. We’ll begin with an Evensong service on Sunday evening, January 26. Details (where/when, etc.) to come, so stay tuned!
-Our annual Congregational Meeting, where we present the year’s budget and discuss where we’re headed at a church, will be after church on Sunday, Feb. 2. It will last about an hour and we’ll provide both lunch and childcare.
-Our annual Women’s Retreat is Feb. 7-9. Contact Carlyn ([email protected]) for more info. Click the following link for more info and to register online:
-Men, save the date for our annual Men’s Retreat – April 5-6. We’re blessed that Scotty Smith will be our speaker again this year! More details to come.
Here’s a little somethin’ to chew-on this month:
As with the addict there has to be an intervention, an act from without. In treatment of alcoholics some would speak of the necessity of ‘bottoming out,’ reaching the absolute bottom where one can no longer escape the need for help. Then it is finally evident that the desire can never be satisfied, but must be extinguished. In matters of faith, the preaching of the cross is analogous to that intervention. It is an act of God, entirely from without. It does not come to feed the religious desires of the Old Adam and Eve but to extinguish them. They are crucified with Christ to be made new.
We love y’all!
The VCV team
VCV Women’s Retreat
February 7-9, 2014
Forrest Hills Mountain Resort & Conf. Center
We invite you to step out of your normal day-to-day routine and join us for a restful weekend retreat in the beautiful setting of Forrest Hills Mtn. Resort. The weekend will entail a few big-group sessions led by various women in our church community, small-group time, and plenty of free-time to relax by the fire, go for a hike, partake in one of our group optional activities, or whatever it is that provides you with a restful, enjoyable weekend. Mark Miller and Melissa Walker will lead us in worship. We hope you can join us for a weekend of hearing afresh the life-giving, liberating news of the Gospel and the deep rest it offers.
You can check-in anytime after 4pm on Friday, Feb. 7th. Our first session will begin later that evening. Checkout is 9AM Sunday morning so everyone has a chance to make it back to VCV for worship.
Cost: $125 for shared room (queen bed) / $195 for single room
Contact: Carlyn Defnall at [email protected]
To register for the retreat, fill out the form below!
A few items to note as we wait expectantly together for our coming Savior:
-This Monday, December 16 we’ll have a joint Face to Face / Gospel Man gathering at Monday Night Brewery (670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318) from 5:30-7:30. Bring $10 if you’d like to sample MondayNight’s tasty brews ($10 = six sample pours and a pint glass to bring home).
-Our annual Nine Lessons and Carols service is December 24 at 5:00PM at Teasley. This is a simply, peaceful, traditionally Anglican service consisting of nine Bible lessons and nine Christmas carols. It’ll last about an hour and it’s a GREAT opportunity to invite family and friends! Childcare will be provided for babies through two-year-olds.
-Thanks to all of you that picked up a Teasley heart at church this Sunday. Just a reminder to return your presents to Teasley by this Wednesday, December 18th.
Here’s a though for the week:
The answer to lugging burdens is not getting to the top of the hill with them, or even dropping them, but being cut free from them. We often try and release them ourselves—a futile task. Someone must come and act for us – God Himself must come and deliver us from our own disobedience and evil. That is our message for Advent: not better tips on burden lugging, but freedom from our burdens in the presence of a Deliverer.
This is the good news that God himself came down and said, “Come to me all you who are weary, and I will give you rest, for my burden is easy and my yolk is light” (Matt 11:30). God can make such a promise of freedom because he took ours upon himself in Christ.
Grace and Peace,
the VCV team
Here’s your monthly news update from The Village Church at Vinings:
New Life Covenant Church Celebrates 20 Years!
This Saturday, October 19, our friends and partners at New Life Covenant Church are celebrating their 20th anniversary! They’ll have a “Taste of English Ave” potluck at 4 pm(tickets are $20 for all you can eat!), followed by a praise and worship night where various artists will perform. Both events are at the Mattie Freeland Community Garden (Corner of Dalvigny St NW and Echo St. NW in the English Ave. neighborhood, zip code 30318) Join us as we celebrate our dear friends at New Life!
Pamoja Party and Tennis Invitational to Support Young Life Africa
October 26th, you’re invited to two events that will benefit Young Life Africa and send kids to camp next summer. The Tennis Invitational, a friendly mixed doubles tournament, starts at9am and will include lunch and games for the whole family. The Pamoja Party begins at7:30pm that night and is open to anyone 21+ and ready to dance. Burke Buster will be playing with his band The Rusty Busters – you won’t want to miss it! One $25 ticket gets you into both events.
Contact Melissa Parker at [email protected] for a ticket!
More information also at https://www.eventbrite.com/
10/30 Gospel Man
11/13 Gospel Man
12/24 Christmas Eve Service
Fall Sunday School Classes
Just a reminder that we have several classes offered on Sunday mornings before the main worship service. Each of these started September 8th, but you are still welcome to join in at any time. See below for the various classes offered this Fall:
Teacher: Nancy Wellham (9:15-10:15)
Teachers: Volunteers (10:15-12:15)
Teacher: Nancy Wellham
Teachers: Clint Crowe & Sally Prescott
Co-ed Adult (All Ages)
Location: Conference Room #105
Teachers: Andy Crowe & David Malone
Curriculum: Tim Keller’s study on Galatians
Co-ed Adult (25-50)
Location: Teacher’s Lounge
Teacher: Gorden Fleming
Curriculum: Jack Miller’s Living in Light of the Gospel Story
“3G Class” Co-Ed Adult (45 & Up)
Location: Room #104
Teacher: Fred Hart
Curriculum: Dietrich Bonheoffer’s Life Together
Co-ed Adult (All Ages)
Location: Conference Room in Library
Teachers: Jeff Jorgensen & Drew Archer
Curriculum: Expository study on the Gospel of John
Grace & Peace,
The VCV Team
Mercy in the Ruins by Curt Benham
Earlier this month I got to hang out with a bunch of recovering addicts for a few days. I spent time with men and women whose lives, and many times the lives of the people they love, had been destroyed by their addiction. They’re all in different stages of recovery, but a common thread about their life together absolutely blew me away: these men and women are brutally honest with each other about their addictions. I mean brutal, specific, raw honesty. I learned that this kind of honesty is actually a big part of the recovery process. Every time they get together they confess to each other that they are addicts, what their addiction is, that they are powerless in themselves over their addiction, how they “act-out” and how it’s affecting them and their loved ones.
Here’s the crazy thing – I saw great peace and joy and freedom in their confession. It’s by no means a celebration of their addiction, but rather, they’re finding healing and change through confessing their addictions to each other! They’re finally in a place in their lives where they can’t pretend anymore and can’t hide anymore (that place is usually called “rock-bottom”) and they’ve finally found a place where, when they confess their sins, they’re met with love and mercy rather than judgment and “advice.” That’s the key element. Pretty much everywhere else in life, judgment and scorn and shame follows confession of sins. But not here. Here, love and mercy and empathy follow confession of sin, and THAT literally changes lives.
If this sounds familiar, it should. This is what Biblical Christianity is supposed to look like! This is what life together is supposed to look like for believers! This is what church is supposed to look like in the “now-and-not-yet” – a place where broken, rebellious sinners can come, confess their sins to each other and to God, and then receive mercy and love rather than judgment and hate. The result is changed lives. The result is recovery. St. James put it this way,“confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
So here are a few questions for us to ponder: What would it look like if Village Church was really a safe place for sinners to repent and find healing in Jesus? What would it look like if we were the kind of place where people could be honest about their sins without the fear of judgment or condemnation?