Any new news on a future home next door?
Last Sunday I asked you to pray for an important meeting the following day with a commercial builder and architect. Kevin Jackson of Whitener and Jackson, a Manassas builder, came out to the property along with Michael Stevens of MCS Architects. The purpose of the meeting was to look at the barns and house to see if they could be repurposed for Sunday worship. These guys are pros and I was interested in getting their input.
They both said remodeling the barn and the house would be a great, inexpensive, first step to get on the property. They’ve had a lot of experience with remodeling barns for other uses. They are now taking measurements and putting together a quote.
We still must have the site plan before we can build anything. This is in progress and should be ready for submission by year’s end. Right now, the surveying work is underway, an important piece of our site plan. You should drive on the property and see the ribbons tied all over the place serving markers for the surveyor. That’s exciting to see.
Once the site plan is submitted it will take about 6 months to get approval from the county. After that construction is the next step! Praise the Lord. As the old Journey song says, “Don’t Stop Believing!” I know that’s in the Bible a lot too!
What’s going on with the worship team?
Andrew and Margaux Nicolette had auditions last Sunday for all those interested in worship at VC. In all, 9 people auditioned and did a great job. So, you should see some new faces up there in the weeks to come, as well as different instruments. I know they have plans for the new team to provide the special music for our Christmas Eve service at Marsteller Middle School. If you’re interested in learning more about this ministry please talk to the Nicolette’s.
Will the kids sing for church this December?
Oh yeah! Every parent with a child in Kids Crossing should have received a CD with the special Christmas song our kids are learning. Loree Rusk will work with the kids for 10 minutes each Sunday over the next few weeks. It’s a fun song that I’m sure the parents might loath hearing after a couple of weeks. But, please keep playing it for the kids so they’ll be comfortable singing. Their big day will be Sunday, December 20th at morning worship, and then for the Christmas Eve service as well.
Will we have an Advent Candle lighting starting this Sunday?
Yes. Lighting the Advent Candle is always a special time. Before lighting the candle VC members take a moment and share a testimony of God’s goodness over the past year. We have 5 opportunities starting this Sunday. If you and your family would like to participate this year please let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org.
What else is coming up?
Ladies Christmas Tea – Thursday, December 3 at 7 PM. Bring a sweet or savory tea treat to share. Hear an inspiring devotion from a mom and middle school Bible teacher. And, enjoy an ornament gift exchange. Bring a $10 max value ornament.
Church Christmas Party – Sunday, December 20 right after service here at Patriot. The lunch will be potluck. Please bring a main dish or side. We’ll provide the drinks, deserts, and paper products. Also bring one $1 to $5 value gift per person for a crazy gift exchange!
Christmas Eve Service – Thursday, December 24 at 7 PM at Marstellar Middle School. Make plans to join us for worship, special music, communion, candle lighting, and an encouraging word. Invite a friend!
How can you get involved and connected?
One great way is by joining the Dream Team. The Dream Team is the wonderful group of volunteers that make ministry happen each Sunday.
There is nothing more rewarding than using your God-given abilities to help others. We are blessed so we can be a blessing.
I invite you to join the VC Dream Team. Here’s a list of areas where you can make difference.
Kids Crossing (ages 0 to 7th grade)
Life Group Leader
Set Up Team
I would love to talk more with you and answer any questions you might have. Just send me an email at email@example.com.
I’m so thankful to be your pastor!