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March 2012


March Events  

1    ReFuel Meeting
1    Summer Camp Registration Begins
2    Jumpstart Your Journey with Dale Brunner
4    Griefshare Support Group Begins
4    Growing Your Soul Parenting Classes 
8    VIRTUS Training
8    ReFuel Meeting
9    Club 56 Lock In
14  SWATT [55+] Potluck Luncheon
16  KN 34  - Wear Green Night
16  The Men's Great Pigout
18  "Protecting All Children for Children,
        Touching  Safety" Class
18  International Missions Marketplace
23  Middle School Lock In - Register
25  Sacraments Classes Begin
25  SWATT [55+] trip to Capitol Steps
27  Third Annual ESOL Dinner
27  Bridgepoint After Hours
30  PITstop Meeting
30  Club 56 -  Easter Basket Service Project

Sneak Peak for April   
1    Palm Sunday
1    Women's Fellowship Lunch
5    Maundy Thursday
6    Benjamin's Box
6    Good Friday
8    Easter 
15  CenterPoint Class
16 VIRTUS Training
19  SWATT [[55+] Outing
20 Dine with 9 Kickoff
22  Youth Sunday


Connect to Upcoming Events for a complete listing and details.


Welcome Sue Hamblen
of Missions

Sue Hamblen

We are pleased to announce that, following an exhaustive search process. Sue Hamblen has been selected as the Director of Missions Ministries for VPC. 

Please take the opportunity to congratulate Sue as she begins a new chapter in His service!  Read more. 
New Devotional Series   
  • Get a copy online
  • By email
  • On Twitter
  • Pick up a booklet in the Narthex.
  Pastor Glenda further develops her ideas on her blog, Growing in Grace.
Touching Safety Program

As part of our commitment to join parents in training a new generation of Christians who experience Christ's love in caring, protective learning environments, Children's Ministries and Student Ministries will be offering Protecting All Children for Children, an age-appropriate Touching Safety Program, for grades K through 12 in Sunday School and in the Underground on March 18, 2012. 

Parents are invited to preview the curriculum in the Gathering Space on March 4 and 11 at their leisure between 9am and 11am. Parents are also welcome to attend the class with their child!

Count Me In Campaign
Let's not fall short of our goal...
,,,,every volunteer hour counts!

250,000 hours of service.
All volunteers are encouraged to log your hours...Sunday school teachers, choir, ushers, childcare givers, SMPs participants. 
Report Hours  
Ligonier Camp had more campers from VPC (80) in 2011 than any other church.  
This year campers will learn what it means to be "free in Christ" and play Laser Tag too!
Sessions for 2012 are filling fast.  Now is the time to register.   www.ligoniercamp.com

Give Online
Online Giving Now Available on
Our Website 

Want to catch up with your pledge?

Make a memorial contribution? 
Sign up for Sanctuary flowers?

Now you can make a one time donation or set up recurring weekly or monthly contributions.
What's going on with Kids? 

Growing Your Child's Soul:  Parent Classes 

This is your opportunity to interact, discuss, personalize and process through your child's spiritual growth journey. March 4, 11, and 18, 9:30 & 11:00am, Rooms 108a/b.
Contact Dawn Geschiere at dawn.geschiere@viennapres.org.

2012 VBS and Summer Camp

Registration Now Open! 


Annual Club 56 Lock In March 9, 7pm - 7am.  Read more. 


Kid's Nation 34
Friday, March 16 - Wear Green!

Club 56
Friday, March 30 - Easter Basket Service Project.  


2012 Sacraments Class Begin March 25 

Children, grouped by grade level, explore the meaning of the Sacraments, while their parents attend a separate class where they learn ways to nourish their children's and family's commitment to Christian beliefs and Sacraments. Read more.    


Benjamin's Box

A family Good Friday experience, April 6, 2012, 4:00 - 5:30 pm, 3rd Floor Activity Center.  Read more.   

Pigout The Men of VPC Present:
The Great Pig Out!
Friday, March 16, 6-8:30pm 

"Hog Wild" with special guest, Jeff Bostic, Washington Redskin's "Hog."  At the dinner, Jeff Bostic will describe some of his unique experiences from the world of professional football.  He will also share how his faith in God has contributed to his personal fulfillment and professional success.  Cost: $20.  Register online by Wednesday, March 14.  For more information, contact phil.kratovil@viennapres.org.

Why is giving important?

Supporting your church supports bringing the gospel to those in need, children, youth, and families here and abroad, as well as food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless and care for those who feel abandoned.


What can you do?  

Regular contributions toward your pledge help meet monthly obligations.  Early contributions toward a once a year pledge are helpful, if you are able. If you haven't pledged, please consider making a generous gift now.


Ministry and Missions Funding

2012 Ministry and Missions Budget:  $3,888,901

Anticipated income through February 2012: $594,191

Actual income through February 2012:  $472,696

Contribution shortfall as of February 29, 2012:  $121,495*


Debt Retirement Funding

2012 Debt Retirement Budget (minimum payments):  $436,200

Amount pledged for debt retirement in 2012: $743,774

Contributions as of February 2012: $84,564


*This shortfall is significant. This giving pattern could force  

substantial reductions to the Ministry and Missions budget.
ESOL International Dinner
Tuesday, March 27, 7-8:30
Great Hall

The potluck dinner is a celebration for ESOL adult students and their families and is a great opportunity for everyone to learn about other cultures and make new friends. The ESOL students bring a dish from their country and volunteers supply drinks and deserts.
Please RSVP by March 23 to Carla Davies at carladavies2010@yahoo.com.