Christmas Eve Services: Please join us for one of three candlelight services on Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th: 3:00pm, 4:30pm, and 6:00pm. Childcare will be available for children ages 5 and under.
Please note there are no morning services Sunday, December 24th. Additionally, there will be no services on Saturday, December 23rd, Monday, Christmas Day, December 25th, or Saturday, December 30th.
Urgent Childcare Request: The Nursery staff needs many helping hands during Christmas Eve services. As an outreach to the community, we want to have plenty of adults and older youth on hand to assist in providing great childcare. Please contact Kathy Seymour asap at kathy.seymour@mvccfrederick if you would like to help.
Advent Gift of Music: As we continue to celebrate the season of Advent, we are pleased to give you a special gift of music from our Worship Ministry. Please stop by the table in the lobby after services to pick up a copy of the CD "God With Us: Songs of Worship for Christmas." Click here to listen to the title song that we hope is a blessing to you as we reflect on God's love for us this holiday season.
Pastor of Discipleship Candidate: Save the dates and plan to attend weekend services of December 9th & 10th to meet our Pastor of Discipleship candidate Kenny Kirby, his wife Bethany, and their family. There will also be a congregation meet and greet on Sunday, Dec. 10th from 6:00-7:15pm.
The Pastor of Discipleship position at MVCC involves two main components: direction and implementation of the discipleship process, and of the connection process.
The discipleship process includes all groups, teams, and events:
-Groups are ongoing community groups that study God's word and care for one another (Home Groups, Triads, Bible studies, etc...).
-Teams are ministry teams that serve together to build God's kingdom (Worship Team, Children's Ministry Team, First Impressions Team, etc...).
-Events are those churchwide activities which encourage inclusion, community, or spiritual formation (such as Backstage, Baptism, Picnic, etc...).
The connection process includes all efforts to help people get connected to our church.
-First Impressions includes parking attendants, greeters, connectors, coffee bar, ushers, and security teams.
-Information Management includes gathering and maintaining contact information for guests, attenders, and members.
-Follow Up includes Backstage, Discover MVCC, and efforts to help people stay connected.
Pastor Kenny Kirby has been serving as an associate pastor at a church in Norfolk, VA, for 6-years. He is a graduate of Baptist Bible College with a Bachelor's in Bible and Dallas Theological Seminary with an MA in Christian/Church Leadership.
Having interviewed Pastor Kenny, the search committee and Elders believe he has the calling, character, chemistry, and competence to adapt to our culture and context and help MVCC make fully devoted followers of Jesus. If approved, Pastor Kenny will work with Pastor Matt to slowly and intentionally take over the discipleship and connection process.
**Please note: At the present time we are tentatively planning to hold a congregational meeting on Sunday, December 17th, 6:00pm, to potentially vote on Pastor Kirby's candidacy.
Christmas Gift Drive: Thank you for the enthusiastic and heartfelt response to the Urbana Food Bank's Annual Christmas Gift Drive. All of the gift tags have been taken, so now we ask that you simply turn in your gifts during weekend services through Sunday, December 17th. Gifts should be wrapped with the tag attached for the girl, boy, or family you chose. Tables will be set up in the upper lobby for this purpose. Questions? Please contact Sandy Sherman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-253-4334.
Events Enlistment: MVCC is looking to build a "Help Team" of volunteers for church events. We need folks who are or can be available during the work day to help pull off special events, such as classes, luncheons, funerals, etc. These typically happen with short notice. Work would involve moving and setting up tables, decorating, and serving during the event. If this interests you, please contact Jamie Shipley at email@example.com.
Save the Date!: Emerge Christmas Party, Thursday, December 21st, 7:00pm in The Pit. Ages 18-25. Please bring a gift (new and wrapped) to participate in the White Elephant Gift Exchange. Food will be provided. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dive-In: Our 3-part series, "Who is God?" continues this weekend with another short video from Francis Chan, followed by additional study and discussion. This Sunday, the topic will be “Follow Jesus,” and December 17th we wrap up with the “Holy Spirit.”