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Christmas at Prairie View

Christmas at Prairie View

For most of us, the month of December is a mixture of shopping, stress, excitement, joy, a little more stress, travel, and general busyness. At PVCC, we try to be respectful of peoples’ calendars; we know it’s easy to get overwhelmed at this time of year. However, we also try to offer God’s people meaningful opportunities for service, fellowship, outreach, worship, and teaching.

Here’s a general outline of what Christmas looks like at Prairie View Christian Church:

1. Last Sunday, we took our yearly trip to NorthRidge Gracious Retirement Living to do some Christmas Caroling. The people of NorthRidge love when we come to visit; one resident even gave me a thank-you card saying our carolers were “wonderful”! Caroling may not seem like much to many people, but a simple act of service to our neighbors – a small reminder that the church down the road cares for them – can be especially heartwarming on a cold December night.

2. Following our trip to NorthRidge, we gathered back at PVCC for a catered dinner. PVCC provided the food, mainly as a showing of gratitude to our congregation for another year of ministry together. We even had two strangers come in and join us for the meal! What started out as a fellowship event ended up serving as an opportunity to show hospitality.

3. This Saturday, December 16, our Men’s Breakfast will be devoted to inviting neighbors to join us for worship services on Sunday, December 24. We’ll be passing out simple invitation cards, praying that even just one person might come – and knowing that many people are more open to church attendance at Christmas than they are at other times of the year. We also ordered plenty of extra invitation cards, that way you can take some home on Sunday to share with your neighbors, coworkers, classmates, family – whoever you want!

4. And finally, we look forward to worshiping with you on Christmas Eve. We’ll worship at 10 AM that morning like usual, finishing up our “Christmas in the Psalms” sermon series. We’ll worship again that evening at 5 PM, ending our time together with a candlelight singing of “Silent Night”. These two services will not be identical, so we hope you’ll join us for both. And out of respect for your plans with family and friends, our 5 PM service will last no longer than one hour.

Again, we know how exhausting the month of December can be; however, we encourage you to take time for the things we mentioned above: service to your neighbors, fellowship with your fellow believers, outreach to those who may not recognize the birth of Jesus as something to celebrate, worship of the God who has saved us, and teaching from Scripture. And every year, we hope and pray PVCC is a place where you have the opportunity to do all of those things.

For more information about any of the events listed above, don’t hesitate to ask one of our Staff or Elders.

Fishers Freedom Festival Outreach

Fishers Freedom Festival Outreach

Every summer, PVCC offers several outreach events. These events are designed to help us get to know the community our church calls home – and that God has given us to serve.

Our next major outreach event is at the Fishers Freedom Festival. On Sunday, June 25, our church will offer a free game for children attending the festival. All children receive a candy bar as a prize, and we have the opportunity to meet their families while they play. These are always great chances to tell people about our church, and invite them to join us on a Sunday morning. We also like that because our game is offered on a Sunday morning, we’re meeting people who might not have a church at all, or might not be believers in Christ.

The game booth will run from 10 AM – 2:30 PM; however, we’re asking for volunteers from 9 AM – 3 PM. The extra hour at the beginning, and 30 minutes at the end give us time to set up and tear down our booth. Volunteers serve in two hour shifts: 9-11, 11-1, and 1-3. Your whole family can serve together!

The Fishers Freedom Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors every year. Last year, we gave out over 500 candy bars! There aren’t many opportunities for us to meet this many people in a single day – so our church looks to make the most of it. Who knows – the family whose child received a candy bar might just come to church a week later, a month later, or even a year later. That may be the first time they’ve stepped into a church building in decades, or it may be the very first time they’ve heard the Gospel preached. It can all start out with a friendly face, a simple game at a community festival, and an invitation to a church.

If you’d like to help with this event, sign up at the Welcome Desk. If you’d like more information, talk to me. I look forward to serving our community with you!

Our Own Backyard

Our Own Backyard

“Remember, ministry for Jesus was often the person standing right in front of him.”

This is a quote from “Listen, Love, Repeat” – the women’s study we did this spring – by Karen Ehman. In her study, we looked at several ways to put others first (which is not always easy to do in a world that promotes “me first”). Each week we read Scripture and discussed what it looks like to let our lights shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

During our last session, we were challenged to drop a “love bomb” in our community. It sounds scary, I know! The idea was to go out and scatter kindness in your community in some way, shape, or form.

While it might look like we’re taking the easy way out, we decided a great way to do that would be to provide treats for the Happy Feet Soccer families. Looking at the example of Jesus, we thought it would be good to start with those who set up camp each Saturday morning in our own backyard!

This week’s forecast FINALLY looks perfect; praise God! If you would like to join us in scattering kindness to our community, we’ll be here from 9-11:15 AM providing Goldfish, bananas, and water to the littles ones playing soccer. They have two groups of soccer times: one from 9-10, and another from 10:15-11:15. You can come for the entire time, or for just a bit. Either way, we would love to have you. You won’t even need to bring anything!

We are thrilled to have this opportunity! It’s so refreshing to be outside on a Saturday morning in a community like ours, hearing the joys (and yes, some cries) of little people learning to play soccer with a bright yellow ball whose name is “Mr. Bob”. What makes it even better is doing it all in the name of Christ, for the glory of God.

We hope you can join us! Contact Dawn Mulder or Olivia Halliburton for more information.