February 8, 2023
MISSION TRIP TO COSTA RICA
Vineville is excited to announce that a mission team of 20 people will be traveling to Costa Rica. This is an incredible opportunity to serve others and make a difference in the world while growing in faith and friendship.

The mission trip will take place from June 17-24th and will involve working with a local church community to partner in a construction project. The team will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture, make memories, and develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

There are still 4 open slots left for this mission trip, and we would love for you to join us! This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to make a difference, serve others, and grow in their faith. No prior construction experience is necessary—just a willingness to serve and learn.

If you're interested in joining the team, please contact Jon Brown at 478.765.2732 or Melissa Rodriguez-McClain at 478.284.7820. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference in the world and grow in faith. Join us on this mission trip to Costa Rica! 

On March 12th we will have an opportunity for everyone at Vineville to engage in mission with Costa Rica by holding a fundraiser luncheon where we will introduce our team members and share about the Costa Rican culture and our mission partner Wil Bailey. Join us for an informative and fun-filled day of learning, supporting our mission team while enjoying a Latin-inspired meal after church.

LOOKING TO LENT
Ash Wednesday is February 22nd
The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. This beautiful service of worship offers each of us the chance to begin again with our eyes and heart set on the path of discipleship that Jesus walks. Along the way of this 40-day journey, believers act intentionally to draw close to Christ, to commit themselves to spiritual disciplines, and to serve others. You are invited to come and make a right beginning of your Lenten journey with worship on Ash Wednesday. Marked with ashes, we set out to the cross together. Children’s activities and nursery care will be offered during this time of worship.  
Lent Devotion Books

Once again, I’ve written devotions for Lent. This year’s theme is Pilgrimage. I chose this theme because I am going on pilgrimage this summer to Iona. However, you don’t have to be preparing to leave home as pilgrimage can also be an inward journey, appropriate to the season of Lent. The stages of pilgrimage are no different if you are actually taking a journey or are journeying within yourself. I hope you’ll enjoy approaching Lent as a pilgrim with me.
-Ann
Bless the Lent We Actually Have - A Women’s Intergenerational Book Study
Mondays February 27 - April 3 at 10:30 am in the Library
Teachers: Teresa Edwards and Ann Smith

Using the book, The Lives We Actually Have by Kate Bowler and Jessica Richie, women of all ages are invited to navigate together the season of Lent.  

This book of blessings makes us mindful of the world in which we live, which demands relentless perfectionhappy marriages and easy friendships; bucket list-level adventures and matching family photos–but what if our actual lives don’t feel very #blessed? Might our everyday existence be worthy of a blessing too? Even an average Tuesday?

Formatted like a prayer book, The Lives We Actually Have is an oasis and a landing spot for weary souls, with blessings that focus on the full range of human moments: garbage days, lovely days, grief-stricken days, and even (especially) completely ordinary days. These heartfelt blessings are a chance to exhale when we feel everything from careworn to restless, devastated to bored. Let’s have a reminder that we don’t need to wait for perfect lives when we can bless the lives we actually have. Books can be ordered from Amazon or Cokesbury. Keep in mind this book is a newly published work scheduled to be released in mid-February. Pre-order yours today and plan to join us.
Sunday Afternoon Lent Prayer Study
Sundays February 26 - April 2 at 5:00 pm
Teacher: Ann Smith

Lent is a season for prayer and introspection. I invite you to be part of a gentle, prayer-focused group using Pamela Hawkins’ book The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent. The book offers a prayer path to guide you through Lent. There are daily prayers, scripture readings, and a time of silence for you to do individually. A weekly one-hour gathering on Sunday afternoons at the church allows you to pray, reflect, and worship with other group participants.

The group gathering will meet weekly for the six weeks of Lent. Books can be ordered from Upper Room Books, Cokesbury, or Amazon. For more information or questions, contact Ann.
Wednesday Night Book Study
Wednesday Nights March 1 - April 5 at 6:00 pm in the Library
Teacher: Jon Brown

Many of us spend our days feeling like we're the only one with problems while everyone else has their act together. However, the sooner we realize that everyone struggles like we do, the sooner we can show grace to ourselves and others.

Join Jon in the library on Wednesdays as we explore Zahl’s book, which offers a liberating view of human nature, sin, and grace, showing why the good news of Christianity is both urgent and appealing. By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, readers will discover a true and lasting hope.
SINGERS (AND JOYFUL NOISEMAKERS) WANTED!
The Chancel Choir is once again seeking any and all who enjoy music to join us for this year's Easter program! This season promises to be full of joy, as we'll be preparing selections from Handel's Easter Messiah, with choir, narrators, soloists and orchestra. This program will work in conjunction with an Easter Sunday service that is not to be missed, and we hope that you'll consider being a part of it! If you or anyone you know is interested in singing, just attend practice starting next Tuesday, 2/7, at 7:15 pm. Note that if you just want to sing with the Easter program and not participate in Sunday services, that is welcome; we always appreciate our seasonal singers.

Look forward to seeing you at practice!
PRINT AND SOCIAL MEDIA POSITION
We continue to search for our new publicist. We need a creative, detail-oriented, team player. This is a full-time position with salary and benefits. In the past, this position has been called different things, including publisher, administrative assistant to the staff, and publicist. In some circles, it might be identified as a print and media designer or even the director of communications.

This is where we need your help. Share this description with people you know who do publisher newsletters for schools, non-profits, clubs, and other organizations. Maybe they have a friend. Help your church spread the word. Help us fill this vital role on the team.

If you have names and contact information to share, send it to Cass at
Cducharme@vinevillemethodist.org. You can direct people to send inquiries and resumes to him as well. Thank you for your help.

Peace,
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY NEWS
There is still time to register for next week's Father-Daughter Dance You can register in Realm or email Reese at rmccurry@vinevillemethodist.org.

Decorating Help Needed: Meet Reese in the CLC on Thursday, February 16 at 9:30 am to get the Red Carpet ready!
WEEKDAY WORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
COMMON PRAYER
IN-PERSON & ONLINE
Tuesdays at 7:45 a.m.
Prayer Center

TAIZE WORSHIP SERVICE
IN-PERSON
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Chapel

PRAYER BREAKFAST
Thursdays at 7:30 a.m.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
ATTENDANCE
Sunday, February 5
9:00: 140
11:00: 174
Online: 249
HOSPITAL VISITATION
February 10-12
Ann Smith
478.731.9025

ALTAR FLOWERS
Sunday, February 12
In memory of Albert P. and Walton B. Reichert, with love from the Reichert family

ALTAR GUILD
Sunday, February 12
Kay Benton, Laura Ellen Kouba, Patty Oliver, Joy Stanley, Gena Wilson

NEW ARRIVAL
Henry Mortimer Smith
February 3, 2023
Son of Abby and Matthew Smith
Grandson of Betty and Gary Meadors
Great Grandson of Beverly Meadors

IN MEMORY

Debbie McEachern
Marsha Stanley Fry
Cheryl & Emmitte Griggs
Cheryl Wheeler
STAY CONNECTED & GIVING
Send prayer requests to vinevillemethodist@gmail.com.

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