1035 E 11th Street
Houston, TX 77009
713.869.9070
houstonvineyard.org
    
 
This Sunday marks the first Sunday of this Advent season. We'll share communion together and hear from the folks at HIM Food Pantry, which is one of our two local Advent Conspiracy organizations.

Advent Conspiracy is a grass roots movement among Christians who believe that Christmas can still change the world when we embrace four key tenets: spend less, give more, worship fully and love all. Let's conspire together to battle the hectic materialism and commercialism that can sap the joy out of Christmas.

You can give to the AC fund by going online to our giving link. Or you can use the envelope supplied in the bulletin this Sunday. We hope to see you Sunday!
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Upcoming Events
 
Weekly Church Events  
Sunday: Prayer (2nd Floor Break Room) 9:30-9:45am
 
Clicking "more info" will take you to our calendar where you can read a description of the class, register to attend, and also sign up for childcare, if provided!  


DECEMBER 
  3 Advent Worship Service & Communion  
    (10 & 11:30am)
  6 Wacky Wednesday more info   
  9 Homes with Hope Christmas Party more info 
10 Advent Worship Service & Children Singing
     (10 & 11:30am) 
17 Advent & Christmas Play (10 & 11:30am)
20 Wacky Wednesday Christmas Party (11am) more info 
21 Midnight Mall Scavenger Hunt (7pm) more info
24 Advent Christmas Carol Worship Service (10am)   
     Christmas Eve Communion Service (6pm)
25 Christmas Day (office closed) 
31 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)  
 
JANUARY
1  New Year's Day (office closed)
7 Communion Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
8 Hogg Middle School Teacher's Appreciation-Desserts
   (8:30am) more info 
9, 16, 23, 30 Tuesday Night Youth (6pm) more info 
10 Wacky Wednesday more info 
14  Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
15 Martin Luther King Day (office closed)
20 Child Dedication Class (10am) more info
21 Worship Services (10am & 11:30am)  
24 Wacky Wednesday more info 
26 Journey to a Multicultural Church (7pm)
28 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
 
 

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Education and Ministry Highlights   
  
 
 
Come enjoy some of Santa's favorite things with your kids and A 2nd Cup. Cookie decorating, letter writing, ornament making, coloring, and pictures with Santa! (Prints and digital copies will be provided.) $20 for one kiddo + parents, $5 per extra child. Register here. 
 
All proceeds directly benefit A 2nd Cup's culinary aftercare program for survivors of human trafficking!

When: Saturday, December 2nd  
           Come and go 9am-4pm
Where: 1111 E. 11th St. 77009

 
 
Food Coordinator needed for  
Homes with Hope Christmas Party
December 9th 9am-1pm
Homes with Hope could use your help planning and preparing food for their Christmas party for foster and adoptive parents and of course all the children. Contact Rick Strange to lend a hand and provide this much needed service.
 
Communion Opportunities
There are multiple opportunities to both serve and receive communion as 2017 comes to an end. We'd love to have your help at any of these communion services:  
THIS SUNDAY - 10am and 11:30am 
December 24 - 6pm Christmas Eve
January 7 - 10am and 11:30am  
Click here to sign up for any service or you can email David - just be clear about the date and time, and please remind him if you speak Spanish.
 
 
Christmas Program by the A.D. Players
Hark the Harold
December 17th, 10 & 11:30am
Bring the family and friends to enjoy a hilarious play from the talented A.D. Players. Look for invitations in the foyer!
 
Wacky Wednesday Christmas Party
December 20, 11am-1pm 
Mentors and students celebrate Christmas together at Hogg Middle School. Youth pastor, Wes Edmondson will contact mentors with details.
 
Peace in the Storm Art Exhibit   
in the Cafe and Art Hall
The Arts Guild invited artists to give expression to their emotions and thoughts after Hurricane Harvey. The artwork lifts our eyes and hearts to the hope that we have in God's refuge through the storm. Our children's artwork is on exhibit in the Art Hallway.
 
 
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CHILDREN'S NEWS 
For more information about the children's department, or to volunteer, please contact our children's pastor, Jill Lively 

Facebook page for parents, teachers, and guardians of Vineyard Church of Houston children!
We have created a closed group for those who want to keep up on what is happening in our nursery and children's department on Sunday. It is called Vineyard Church of Houston Kids. If you'd like to be added to the group, email Jill Lively 
 
Be sure to see your children's art exhibit in the Art Hallway! Children joined in with the adults in responding to God's provision through the storm. 
 
NURSERY
Our beloved nursery director is recovering from her surgery bit by bit, day by day. Thanks to all of you that have pitched in to help during this time.  
 
Please contribute towards
Christmas Gifts for our Nursery Workers 
Tracy Luster wants to bless our nursery workers that serve us all year round! She is collecting donations to buy them gift cards. She sent home a note with all the nursery kids last week. This Sunday, please look for a sign/place to drop your gift in the nursery. Thanks in advance for your help in providing a gift for our dedicated nursery workers!

ELEMENTARY DEPARTMENT 
This Sunday our children will go to big church with their parents until after communion and the Advent Conspiracy update, then come on over to kids' church to practice our Christmas songs. If you did not pick up a CD last Sunday, we'll be giving them out again this Sunday.  
 
 
YOUTH NEWS  
 
Sunday, December 3rd
Youth will be in service to take part in communion.  
Youth who want to join in serving communion, please contact Wes.  
 
Midnight Mall Scavenger Hunt
December 21, 7pm Cafe
The Houston Vineyard Youth and One River Youth are teaming up to host the "Midnight Mall Run Scavenger Hunt" at the Galleria Mall. Students are encouraged to invite their friends to join them for this free holiday adventure. Parents, please feed your teens before dropping them off at the Houston Vineyard Cafe at 7pm. We will provide transportation to and from the Mall.
Contact Wes if you have questions.
 
 
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Nursery Workers Needed
Please contact Veronica Moreno if you love babies and want to serve the church community. Must be18 year old and background check required.
 
 
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