“We are sent into the world, like Jesus, to serve. For this is the natural expression of our love for our neighbors. We love. We go. We serve." --John Stott
At The Village Chapel, we realize the Christian church does not exist merely for itself. We are here first and foremost to glorify God, and then second, to become the arms of Jesus reaching out to a broken and hurting world.
This outreach-minded mission requires two things: words and deeds. The words of the Christian mission proclaim the good news of God’s grace offered in Christ Jesus. The deeds of the Christian mission involve reaching out in love to help the helpless, to bring comfort to the grieving, to bring justice to the oppressed and relief to the poor.
As a church, we live this out by giving away 15 percent of the tithes and offerings we take in to assist worthy organizations in their ongoing work. This means that through your generous financial support of The Village Chapel, you already support dozens of ministries, both local and international. These include a wide range of ministries that focus on the important works of evangelism, justice and mercy.
For information on the dozens of specific missions organizations TVC supports financially, CLICK HERE.
Our Missions Board also exists to make individuals at TVC aware of opportunities to give of their time and talents. From our Second Saturdays of City Service as well as annual TVC events like our Local Missions & Volunteer Fair and International Missions and Missions Trips Fair, they do all they can to help you put hands and feet on your faith.
This year, we’re giving TVCers a new opportunity to support those in need at Christmas through local missions organizations. Here’s how it works: Stop by the table in the hall at either campus on Sunday, October 28, November 4, 11, or 18 to choose an item or items you’d like to buy and donate. (You can also use the link below.) All donations will then be collected at the TVC Christmas Market on November 30 or any December 2 Sunday service.
We’ll be collecting items for six different organizations benefitting men, women, orphans, families and human trafficking survivors. There are a total of 427 items to choose from including Christmas trees and decorations, giant print Bibles, gift cards, hygiene items, bedding and more. Items needed are broken into two categories: green envelopes denote items that are $25 and under and red envelopes are in the $25-50 range.
TVC Kids are also participating. They’ll be collecting non-perishable food items for the Family Food Boxes at Inglewood Elementary. Then the Kroger gift cards we get from the congregation will be combined with what they collect.
TVC is committed to loving the poor, the weak and the vulnerable as directed by scripture. When acute local, national and global needs are brought to our attention, we respond as we are able. The plight of more than 65 million refugees in the US and around the world is an ongoing need that has received additional attention lately. The Village Chapel already provides ongoing financial support to several organizations that serve refugee populations here and abroad, but as the crisis grows, we made the decision to provide some additional funding to help trusted organizations who are equipped and on the ground to respond to these special needs.
TVC’s Servant Leadership Council recently voted unanimously to send an additional $30,000 in relief for refugees. Those funds are being divided among the following local, national and international organizations: Siloam Health, Legacy Mission Village, World Relief, International Teams, Samaritan’s Purse and Convoy of Hope. We chose these organizations because we have an ongoing relationship with them and know that they are already doing the work and caring for these vulnerable people. These gifts are coming out of the overall missions’ budget (TVC always sets aside 15 percent off the top of all tithes for missions), and the money is only available thanks to your faithful giving.For those who would like to get personally involved, our Second Saturdays of City Service regularly offer TVCers the opportunities to serve locally with organizations like Siloam Health and Legacy Mission Village, who work with refugees on a daily basis.