Advent 2021 – Shake it Up
How do you make a snow globe work? You shake it up. That is why God in Jesus was born into the world: to shake it (and us) and return it to the way it was created to be. The theme of being shaken up by Jesus will be considered through the lives of three Biblical characters: Joseph, King Herod, and Mary.
November 28th – Advent begins
December 12th – Lessons & Carols
December 12th, 6pm – Sounds of the Season, Tyson Hall
December 21st, 6pm – Service of Healing and Light
December 24th, Christmas Eve – traditional services at 2:00, 4:00, 6:00, 8:00, and 11:00 pm. Childcare will be available at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 pm.
December 25th, 11:30am – Christmas Day Lunch (bring a side dish to share)
December 26th, 10am service only
January 2nd, 10am service only
Click below to watch the Bible Study corresponding to each week’s sermon.
Christmas Eve Services
2:00 pm* – Candlelight Communion Service | Sanctuary
4:00 pm* – Candlelight Communion Service | Sanctuary
4:00 pm* – Candlelight Communion Service | Tyson Hall
6:00 pm* – Candlelight Communion Service | Sanctuary
8:00 pm – Communion Service | 30 Minute Service | Chapel
11:00 pm – Candlelight Communion Service | Sanctuary
* Childcare available on the preschool floor
During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
This year’s Advent offering recipient will be the VHUMC Car Ministry. This ministry helps so many in our community. Through this program, lives are changed and transformation happens. By having reliable transportation, families are able to keep their jobs, get their children to school and activities, and continue with their everyday lives. This advent offering will enable our team to purchase cars for applicants on our waiting list and make someone’s Christmas a little brighter for the upcoming year.
Advent Offering envelopes will be located outside the Sanctuary in the Narthex and in the hall outside Tyson Hall as well as in the pews. Please use the envelope to make a donation or write Advent offering in the memo line on your check. If you prefer to give on line, then please click the Advent offering link below or on the VHUMC app to make your donation.
Sounds of the Season
This offering benefits the Bob Morgan Music Fund.
We will be supporting several organizations in the community. Please feel free to pick up an Angel at one of our worship services. If you are unable to shop this year, but you would still like to contribute to the program, please feel free to donate on line, and our volunteers will make sure all angels are taken care of this Christmas. Thank you for making someone’s Christmas a little brighter.
Mae Mae’s Hugs
True to the spirit of what Maegan Moore aspired to accomplish in her life, her heartfelt compassion for the less fortunate, and underprivileged children with inequities beyond their control, her memory and legacy of love, will continue to touch us all. Thanks to the contributions of our church over the last 6 years, over 3,500 warm coats have been distributed to children & adults across the state of Alabama. We are accepting NEW coats or monetary donations to purchase. To drop off a new coat please contact Anne Strozier at email@example.com.
Advent Devotional Guide
It starts with a vision; in matters of faith a vision is where everything should begin. After declaring 2020 the Year of Prayer, it became clear that God’s providential grace was working. None of us knew a world-wide pandemic would create a need for prayer on the deepest level. We entered into 2020 with a January prayer guide and then we ended 2020 with an Advent Prayer Guide to focus on the One who has and continues to sustains us in a world that has changed more than we could ever imagine.
But in 2021, God sent us a new vision; a vision of a year focused on the Word of God. Members of our congregation were encouraged to read scripture in intentional and more profound ways than ever before in their faith journey. We challenged people to read though the entire Bible in a year and then gave them options to complete that goal. We were encouraged to “read, pray, repeat” and those who did found a deeper relationship with God. Now as 2021 draws to a close, it seems only appropriate to finish our year of scripture with an Advent Devotions guide focused around God’s Word.
So this year, each daily contribution for the Advent season will be written by a member of our church staff. These dedicated people who love and serve God in powerful ways will share their favorite scripture with you, an explanation of why it speaks into their hearts, and close with a prayer for the day. My deepest prayer is these Advent devotions will bless you, comfort you, guide you, and give you hope, peace, love, and joy as we all watch and wait for the coming of the Christ Child into our hearts and our world again.
Family Advent Activities
Family Advent Workshop
December 1st, 6pm
Join us to make your very own snow globe! When the night is over, you will take home your snow globe. We look forward to seeing your family on Wednesday, December 1st at 6:00 in Tyson Hall. Please register once per person in your family that would like to make a snowglobe.
Family Christmas Movie Night
December 8th, 5:15pm
VHUMC Family Ministries invites all ages for a night of Christmas fun! Grab your dinner from the Fellowship Hall beginning at 5:00 pm. Then join us in Tyson Hall for a showing of Disney’s “A Christmas Carol.” Pajamas or comfy clothes are strongly encouraged…for ALL ages. There will be tables and chairs for eating but all are encouraged to bring blankets, pillows, lawn chairs or whatever else will make you comfy while watching the movie. The movie will begin about 5:15 to give time to get dinner. We will be serving hot chocolate during the movie and the event will end at 7:00 pm. Please note that children need to be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact Emily Boles (769-0130/ firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hope for the Holidays
Preparing for the Holidays
The holiday season can be especially challenging for those of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one. VHUMC’s Grief Support Ministry Team hosts a special event, Preparing for the Holidays, which focuses on navigating the holidays while experiencing a season of grief.
We hope that you will make use of the attached Grief Survivors Guide (click on the “Download Your Guide” link below), which offers resources for navigating your own grief journey. Lastly, would you like to know about a few opportunities to reach out and help others during this holiday season?
If you know of others who could benefit from these resources, we encourage you to pass them along. Please know that VHUMC continues to hold you and your families in prayer this holiday season, and always.
Service of Healing and Light
The holly-jolly Christmas atmosphere can be difficult if we are experiencing the recent loss of a loved one or a significant life-changing event. We need the space to acknowledge our grief and hold it up to the light of the Christmas message: God is with us. Come be a part of this very special service on Tuesday, December 21, at 6:00 pm, in the Sanctuary!
May God bless, keep, guide, and comfort you,
VHUMC Grief Support Ministry Team
This Christmas you can donate poinsettias in memory or honor of a loved one for $20. To make a tribute, please contact Margaret Flowers (769-0112) by December 10. Order forms will also be available in the church office.