“We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve." --John Stott
At The Village Chapel, we realize the Christian church does not exist merely for itself. We are here first and foremost to glorify God, and then second, to become the arms of Jesus reaching out to a broken and hurting world.
This outreach-minded mission requires two things: words and deeds. The words of the Christian mission proclaim the good news of God’s grace offered in Christ Jesus. The deeds of the Christian mission involve reaching out in love to help the helpless, to bring comfort to the grieving, to bring justice to the oppressed and relief to the poor.
As a church, we live this out by giving away 15 percent of the tithes and offerings we take in to assist worthy organizations in their ongoing work. This means that through your generous financial support of The Village Chapel, you already support dozens of ministries, both local and international. These include a wide range of ministries that focus on the important works of evangelism, justice and mercy.
For information on the dozens of specific missions organizations TVC supports financially, CLICK HERE.
Our Missions Board also exists to make individuals at TVC aware of opportunities to give of their time and talents. From our Second Saturdays of City Service as well as annual TVC events like our Local Missions & Volunteer Fair and International Missions and Missions Trips Fair, they do all they can to help you put hands and feet on your faith.
It’s shoebox time again! The Village Chapel will be collecting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes on three consecutive Sundays, November 5, 12 and 19. Bring your packed shoebox along with a $9 donation per box and make a child’s Christmas this year. A project of Samaritan’s Purse, Operation Christmas Child was created to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. Local churches are able to partner together to share the Good News of Jesus Christ through a simple shoebox. Since 1993 over 135 million children have heard the gospel and experienced God’s love through receiving just such a gift. These boxes give kids hope, joy and love in a time that they need it most, and the photos and letters inside allow them to connect with someone who is showing them love. More than just a shoebox, this is a tool that opens doors for local pastors and Sunday school teachers to reach their communities for Christ. At every outreach event where the shoeboxes are given out, local pastors present the gospel to the kids, with family and friends listening in. Each child also receives a Greatest Gift booklet in his or her own language. Illustrated in colorful cartoon art that appeals to children, the booklet introduces Jesus as well as other Bible stories, communicating how to have a relationship with Jesus. Your $9 donation per box helps Samaritan’s Purse train and equip these local churches to share the Good News in a child-friendly way as well as help with delivery costs of shoeboxes. Make your donation online and you can track your box on its journey and see where it ends up! There have been some changes this year when it comes to what can go in your box, due to new customs restrictions. You can no longer include candy or toothpaste in shoeboxes, and liquids of any kind continue to remain off limits (so no lotion, snow globes, liquid soap or lip gloss). Food or snacks, glass containers, vitamins, anything breakable and aerosol cans are also not allowed. So what can you include? Plenty! OCC suggests you start with a quality “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, soccer ball with pump or clothing outfit that will capture the child’s attention the instant he or she opens the box. Then add other fun toys, hygiene items, craft and school supplies to fill the shoebox. The OCC website has great suggestions for every age group and both genders. For more ideas on what to pack in your box or to make your donation online and track your box, go to Operationchristmaschild.com.
We continue to pray for all those impacted by the devastating California wildfires and the recent hurricanes that hit Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and many tropical islands. Thanks to your regular giving, TVC is able to respond with financial help when natural disasters happen.
Immediately after the first hurricane hit, our staff, missions board and Servant Leadership Council (SLC) were looking for ways to help. We made donations to Samaritan’s Purse and Convoy of Hope to provide relief in Florida following Hurricane Irma and the British Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria. And we sent funds to Woodlands Church and World Vision to help Houston recover from Hurricane Harvey.
We’re also making additional donations to local and national organizations to help those impacted by the California wildfires, including Calvary Chapel The Rock, located in Santa Rosa, California, and Convoy of Hope, which had teams on the ground delivering supplies as the fires raged.
TVC’s donations to-date total $35,000.
It’s just a drop in the bucket, but it provides tangible, much-needed resources. In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll continue to look for additional ways to help that may include traveling to one or more of these locations to lend a hand in the rebuilding process.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for ways to get personally involved, these trusted organizations are a great place to start. Click any of the links below to find out more.
Samaritan’s Purse – providing hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas
World Vision – providing hurricane relief in Florida, Haiti and the Dominican Republic
Convoy of Hope – providing aid during the California wildfires; providing hurricane relief in the British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, Florida and Texas
Calvary Chapel The Rock – providing local aid to those impacted by the California wildfires
Ecclesia Clear Lake – providing local hurricane relief in Texas
Woodlands Church – providing local hurricane relief in Texas