Lead With The Light
Message from the Co-Moderators
December. What a month! Isn’t it always “extra”? Amidst the juggling of the many obligations, celebrations, remembrances, etc., etc., etc., may we each do our best to:
- look for God’s light
- work towards God’s light
- work with God’s light
- reveal God’s light
- share God’s light
- celebrate God’s light
- let God’s light guide us in every way.
May we also remember to breathe. Reflect on the arrival of the Light that is Jesus. Pay attention to the many mentions of “light” in the Christmas carols you hear this year, and carry the light with you as you navigate all that December throws your way.
This month, we share two verses about light. The first is 1 John 1:7, which says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” The second verse is Ephesians 5:8: “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
Thoughts collected from PW Board members:
- Fellowship with others so important
- When my relationships are rooted in Christ, they are full of Light!
- Our fellowship through Christ strengthens our faith
- Love your neighbor
- Sometimes a challenge
- Being with each other is a way to multiply the light
- I have come out of the dark
- I am called to choose light – to walk as God calls me to walk
- The “children of light” imagery is awesome. Innocence, trust, faith, protection . . .
- Hopeful – there is darkness, but it will be followed by light
- Know Christ has claimed you!
- Believe the Good News
Think about the use of the word walk in each verse as opposed to run, crawl, fly, lie down, stand, or any other verb. What might that mean for us in our lives? Consider familiar and new ways to enjoy fellowship with others. Perhaps take a moment to make a plan for how you’re going to lead with God’s light throughout this month and beyond. Take deep breaths! Wishing you heavenly peace this month and always.
Love and Light,
Laura Langdon and Suzanne Willey, Co-Moderators
Advent Celebration - December 7
We are delighted to welcome the Rev. Jenny McDevitt as our guest speaker for the 2021 Advent Celebration! A storyteller at heart, Jenny loves preaching. She is astutely humorous, a compassionate spiritual leader, wise beyond her years, and lives life with joy on her heart.
If you have heard her preach, it will not surprise you to know she earned her undergraduate degree in creative writing from Kenyon College in Gambier, OH. She is a masterful wordsmith, often writing liturgy for national conferences and large gatherings.
Jenny earned her M.Div. from Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, VA. After being ordained at First Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began in ministry as a Resident Minister in 2009, she was called to Village Church. You probably know her as the kind, ever- present spirit who cared for us - and listened to us - for six years as VPC pastor of Pastoral Care. Upon departure of VPC, she served as the senior pastor of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC.
Currently, Jenny serves as senior pastor and head of staff at Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. She works with a creative, collaborative staff and a faithful, compassionate congregation to share God's expansive love in their corner of the bible belt. Shandon also provides UKirk campus ministry at the University of South Carolina.
She has two dogs, Annie and Rose, who are thrilled to have a backyard again. During the pandemic, Jenny learned how to keep houseplants alive, meaning miracles are still possible for all of us. She reads voraciously, runs slowly, laughs easy and drinks way too much coffee.
- Parking: north lot, proceed to sanctuary through the Welcome Center.
- Kindly remember a mask as we continue to care for one another.
- Donation link: www.villagepres.org/pw
For friends near and far, who are unable to be with us in person for the Advent Celebration, please join us online at www.villagepres.org.
Brightening Barrow, Alaska
Imagine darkness that seems to stretch on for days at a time – 67 days (or to be exact 1,608 hours). That’s the reality the residents of Barrow, Alaska face from the third week of November until mid-January because the sun never rises. Depression and suicide are far too common in Barrow, as many residents seek hope during such a dark time. What if during such a time a light of hope could be provided? The local Department of Health & Social Services has agreed to distribute cards/letters of encouragement to residents during this time. Help us show the hope of Jesus with everyone in Barrow. Let’s make year three of Brightening Barrow the brightest one yet!
North Slope Borough
Dept: Health & Social Services
Attn: RUBY DONOVAN
P.O. Box 69
Barrow, AK 99723
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VoA Circle will meet December 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the church library. Bring your own supper. We’ll be sharing Lesson 4. There will not be a 4th Monday gathering in December, so everyone can relax during the holidays.
Village on Mission Circles
Thought-provoking Bible studies and fellowship meet on the second Tuesday of each month and are open to women of all ages. Contact Sherri Robeson at 913-219-9925 or email for more information.
Page Turners Announces January and February 2022 Books
Page Turners book club wishes everyone a very merry and blessed Christmas. Our group does not meet in December, but we’d like to notify anyone interested about our January and February books and to extend a cordial welcome to visitors and prospective new members! We meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) at 10:00 a.m. in room 127.
On January 25, we’ll discuss the Harriet Beecher Stowe classic, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN. The book chosen for February 22 is ELEPHANT COMPANY, by Vicki Croke. The setting for this book is Burma after World War I. Billy Williams’s job with a British teak enterprise is described as “forest man.” He forms the elephant company, which works to coordinate teams of elephants to ferry supplies and to build elephant bridges, helping allied troops of World War II.
Discussion leaders for these books have volunteered, so the book club is off to a good start for 2022! If you’d like to join the discussion, or just listen, there’s a place for you in Page Turners and a warm welcome is waiting.
Operation Breakthrough: We will not be reading with the children from Operation Breakthrough this Fall. Instead we will focus on a long ramp up toward March 2022. By then, the children will hopefully be vaccinated and our volunteers will be more than ready, willing, and able to return. To accomplish this we may also need to tap into a younger group of potential volunteers at church. We have enough donated books on-hand for next March.