December 6, 2018

Do you have a couple hours on Christmas to help serve the community? The annual Community Christmas Day Dinner will be held at Culver’s in Dodgeville on Tuesday, December 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to help prepare or serve the meal, please call 608-930-3392, option 2 for school and then option 2 for office by noon on Friday, December 21. They are also looking for Christmas cookie donations. If you would like to donate one dozen Christmas cookies, please sign up at this link.  The cookies must be dropped off at Culver’s by noon on Monday, December 24. (Please do not drop them off at HVCC.)

The lobby is starting to fill up with Christmas Baskets! Thanks to those of you who have donated financially and purchased baskets for people in need in Iowa County. Your generosity will impact over 100 people this holiday season. There are still 20 envelopes left on the tree, so if you haven’t already, please consider helping by taking an envelope off the tree and shopping for a basket or give $75 (write “Christmas baskets” in the memo line, and we’ll shop for you!). All baskets must be dropped off by Sunday, December 16.

Church Janitor: As of December 16, we will be needing a new church janitor.This is a paid position. If you are interested or know of someone who might be interested, please contact us:

Purchasing a gift card as a Christmas gift through the Hidden Valley Scrip program is an easy way to give toward our monthly serving focus. There are many restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies and retailers that give a percentage of your purchase. To get involved, simply buy a gift card at the listed price. You will receive the full value of the card, and the company will then donate a percentage of the value of the card. Order forms are available at the Information Center on Sunday mornings. Simply fill out the order form and include a check made out to HVCC Scrip. Orders can be picked up the following Sunday at the Information Center. Don’t see the retailer you want listed? Take a look at this link and see if your favorite store participates in Scrip. Any orders you wish to receive in time for Christmas need to be made by December 10. Contact Lori Bailey at if you have any questions.

Are you using Amazon this Christmas? Would you consider using AmazonSmile instead? AmazonSmile is operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as When you use AmazonSmile the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. You can choose Hidden Valley Community Church and direct that percentage to HVCC simply by shopping through AmazonSmile.

Did you know over half of all people would be open to attending church on Christmas Eve? Maybe you will be celebrating Christmas with someone who doesn’t have a church home. Or maybe God is whispering someone’s name to you to invite. A relationship with Jesus is the best gift anyone could ever receive! Our hope is that God uses those who attend HVCC to help people see their need for Him and choose to begin their spiritual journey. Christmas Eve is a great time to invite someone to join you! We will explore the humility of our loving God who came as a baby to give us eternal life and wrap up with a special song selection from our KidZone kids. Christmas Eve service will be at 5:00 p.m. on December 24.

If your kids are interested in learning the dance motions before the service, we are practicing the song in KidZone on Sundays. We would love to have as many kids participate as possible! Here’s the video if you want to practice at home: "Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)" Motions.

Snow Removal - There is a couple living in downtown Dodgeville that is in need of someone to do snow removal this winter. They can pay $10 an hour. If you can help or need more details please let us know by emailing

It is the time of year when weather can impact our Sunday morning services. Your safety is our top priority, and we may cancel services if the driving conditions are not good. Please check our Facebook page or website and listen to D99.3 FM radio for cancellation updates. We will also send out an email if there is a cancellation.

Steve Jobs famously wore black mock turtlenecks. Harry Carey was known for his large glasses. Elvis had bell bottoms. Join us Sunday as we look at what we all would like to be famous for “wearing” this Christmas -- compassion. We look forward to seeing you at 9:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Children’s programming is available during both services.

The HVCC Staff