Christmas Village
September  2011
The Christmas Village Newsletter
In This Issue
Birthday Celebration
Greatest Gift Roster of Entertainers
!! Action Item !! Volunteer Opportunity
Flea Market Volunteers Needed !!
License to Live
Needs and Prayer Requests
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We were once again reminded lately how unique The Christmas Village ministry is when asked for a one or two word description for an announcement someone was publishing.  Our description usually has to say what we aren't in order to say what we are.

To say The Christmas Village is an 'unwed mother's home' is totally inaccurate since we have served several wives who came from abusive situations or situations where there was pressure to terminate the pregnancy. 

To label us as a shelter, while technically correct, is incomplete as we are more restrictive than any other shelter in the area in who we accept and the behavior and activities required to remain at our home.

To fully complete the scope of our mission you also have to include job skills training, home skills training, adoption agency, and, most importantly, we strive to be a Christian home, not an institution.

Please remain in prayer for us as we continue to wait on the person God has prepared for our house manager.


Brenda and Michael


Changes at Village Confections


Village Confections is under new management.  Edie Lea and Lou Van Velkinburgh are baking and managing the new Village Confections and Village Designs.  We would love for you to come visit for a cup of coffee and some sweets, or if you have some time, come volunteer and help us earn funds and teach our residents job skills.


Baking the petit fours that Miss Lou is known for and serving up beignets on Saturday mornings, we have added a new aspect: one of a kind jewelry designed to your specifications.  These designs will make somebody very happy this Christmas. 


Village Confections is located on the square in Canton at 127 North Union Street.  New hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9:00 to noon on Wednesday and Saturday.  Telephone number is 601-667-4311.


Birthday Celebration!


Just like any family, we love a celebration.  One of our residents recently celebrated her birthday with a lunch at Red Lobster after church service in August. 


Her tears of joy and the comment "Nobody has ever made me feel this special" is one of the small blessings that make being a part of The Christmas Village so special to so many of our volunteers.


 Janice Birthday


Save The Date: December 16th


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The Roster of Entertainers has been completed!  This year is going to be another sensational evening of celebration of Christmas with music to suit every taste.  Tickets this year are reserved seating.  All ticket sales will be through the Belhaven Center For The Arts website beginning November 1st.  Orchestra seats: $20, Balcony: $20.
is proud to present the 2011

Slate of Entertainment for The Greatest Gift Concert

Benefitting the Christmas Village Foundation

Friday, December 16, 2011, 7 p.m. at the

Belhaven Center for the Arts



Sam Haskell





Dorothy Moore


Contemporary Christian:

Bridget Taylor



Georgia Thomas



The Williams Brothers



Kristian Dambrino


Mary Haskell

Guy Hovis

Will North



Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet


This is the premier musical event of the season...a great event to bring a busload from your church, or have early dinner or hors d' oeuvres and come to the concert in lieu of your small group Sunday School party!


For our sponsors we are adding a sponsor exclusive pre-concert coffee and dessert mixer with the entertainers.  Desserts will be provided by Mangia Bene (Bravo!/Broad Street/Sal & Mookie's).  For more information about sponsorships and supporting The Christmas Village 


Action Item!!

Volunteer Opportunities

We feel that our most important committee for The Greatest Gift is our Thank You Basket committee.  All the entertainers perform for free and several pay their own travel expenses from out-of-state to be here.
Because the baskets are so important, it is more than one small group or committee can be tasked.  We need volunteers from 12 to 15 different organizations (churches, civic, schools, sororities) to take ownership of providing one item for 12 baskets.  In this manner, all twelve baskets have the same items, but no one organization has the burden of the entire project.
We want the baskets to reflect Mississippi hospitality.  Some commitments are earthenware crosses, cheese straws, and  fresh biscotti.  Some groups have a business owner that is making the donation while others are taking collections within their organization and purchasing from a company.  If your group decides to go the collection route, may we suggest Every Day Gourmet or Brock's (Maywood Mart) are two retailers that specialize in Mississippi-made gifts.
If your group will help please email or .  All contributing groups will be listed in the enclosure card of each basket.

Action Item!! Volunteer for Fall Flea Market

Each year The Christmas Village and Village Confections put on a costume and become Cafe du Canton, purveyors of coffee and beignets.  As thousands converge on Canton, we receive the blessing to raise a month's worth of expenses in a single day...but we always need help.
In order to pull it off, we need about 15 to 20 volunteers to work 4 hour shifts.  The early shift starts at 5 a.m. making coffee and setting up the outdoor serving area. Customers are knocking on the door that early!
The midday shift helps make the transition from beignets to petit fours.
The afternoon shift helps with tear down and clean-up.  Everything is over by 5 p.m.
Please contact Connie Phillips at to claim your shift.  Thank you!
"License to Live" and the new "We Love Life" tags
 Choose Life Car Tag


Grant Mississippi's unborn babies a "License to Live" by helping their mothers "Choose Life." Simply take your current tag to your local tag office and order a new Choose Life tag  or "We Love Life" tag for just $31. You don't even have to wait until your current tag expires! Your new tag will be mailed to you. It's that easy!
A portion of the car tags are donated to pregnancy resources centers, of which The Christmas Village, is a recipient. The economy has people cutting back on many things, including specialty tags. So donations from the Choose Life Tags have dwindled which means that not as many resources are available to organizations trying to save our babies. It seems that there is a lot of competition and an ever growing number of Specialty Tags on the road. If you don't have a Choose Life Tag, PLEASE consider purchasing one.

Prayer Requests / Needs
House Manager  
Former Residents and babies
Volunteers - driving, housesitting, game night, Flea Market, Greatest 
                   Gift thank you baskets
Walmart or Target gift cards (for undergarments and hygiene products)
Art & Craft teachers 
About Us


Christmas Village Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that supports the following:
  • The Christmas Village is a Christian residential ministry for women who are being pressured into terminating their pregnancy. We provide them with the resources and life skills  they need to choose life for their unborn child.
  • Village Confections teaches the residents of The Christmas Village job skills and also provides financial support for the ministry. 
  • Village of Hope Adoptions is our adoption agency, licensed in 2009.
  • Village Creations is our newest venture of teaching job skills to residents that will focus on helping them earn money during their stay at The Christmas Village.

Please visit Village Confections located on the historic square in Canton: 127 N Union St, Canton, MS or visit our website, To place an order, call 601-667-4311. 

For more information on the ministry, please visit our website,, or call 601-853-7687. If you are interested in information about our adoption agency, please contact Connie at