June 21, 2018

It's one thing to have a bad day or week, but what about when the challenges of life are overwhelming, even crushing? Worse yet, what about those times when life is virtually unbearable and God seems silent and distant? It can drive one to despair. This Sunday we will be looking at one of the most honest and striking "Psalm of Lament," Psalm 88, to rediscover there is always hope with God. Join us on Sunday morning at 9:00am or 10:30am to learn more about it.

Summer in the Psalms - We are continuing through our summer reading plan, Summer in the Psalms. There is still time to join us - just start right where we are at. The weekly sermons coincide with this reading program so it is a great way to stay connected to God all summer long! The reading plan can be found here (printed copies are available at church). Follow our Facebook page for daily reading reminders.

One-Service-Sunday is just around the corner! Sunday, July 8 is Farmer’s Appreciation Day in Dodgeville. Because of the parade route and other activities at Harris Park, there will only be one service at 9:00am. There will be no KidZone that morning but Nursery will be provided for ages birth - 4 years.

Can you try a Sunday volunteering in Kid Zone? We need volunteers to help us out in KidZone this summer. You will get to play, watch and help our kids learn. The summer program is all set up and so easy to help with. You don’t need any special training, just a love for kids. This is a great opportunity for you to try it out and see if you might have interest in helping us during the other months of the year! For more information on how you can get involved in the nursery, preschool or KidZone, email Beck at kidzone@hiddenv.com. Thanks in advance!

Day Camp is underway! It’s our second week of Day Camp, and the kids have been learning about the Pilgrims and what life was like in 1620. Our week has been full of historical games, primitive fire building and cooking over a fire - as well as other classic camp games and activities! There are eight more weeks of Day Camp discovery and fun so you can still get your kids involved! For more information, grab a brochure from the lobby or check out our brochure for the summer.

This is the last week to register for this year’s Global Leadership Summit with the Early Bird Rate! Join us August 9-10 for two days of world-class leadership training. “Every year I look forward to the tradition of attending the Global Leadership Summit hosted by the Willow Creek Association,” said a past attendee. Another said, “This is the one event that I prioritize on my calendar and make sure that I attend every August.” Comments like these are common among past attendees because the Global Leadership Summit is packed full of quality information that everyone can learn from and apply.

Investing in these two days will positively affect your work and home life. When the conference ends, participants always walk away encouraged, challenged, and blessed. If you are a leader, manager, volunteer, employee, parent or friend, you want to attend this summit to grow your influence and  leadership potential in ways you may have not thought possible! Don’t miss out! Grab a friend, coworker or both and save money by registering early for $89 (using code PV2018) until June 26 when the price will increase to $119. For more information or to register, please see our website.

Let’s give back a little to thank Emergency Workers big! - As you know, this month’s serving focus is buying a cup of coffee for our local First Responders. These people are the ones we depend on to be there when we have an emergency. We want to make sure they know how much they are appreciated and that we value their sacrifices to help us and our families in times of crisis. Drop a dollar in the collection jar in the lobby and we will make sure to say “thank you” with coffee!

Free the Girls! HVCC is a year-round drop off for bra donations for Free the Girls. This organization is devoted to coming alongside sex trafficking survivors with a path to true freedom. It's a journey from horrific trauma to reintegrating into the life these people were meant to live within their family and community. The goal for true freedom is measured by economic freedom, restored health, social well-being, education, and opportunity for a different, hopeful future. Your donations make this possible! You can bring your new or gently-used donations to HVCC during office hours and place them in the wicker basket under the Free Resources area. For more information, please check out freethegirls.org

The HVCC Staff