Sunday Package

May 26, 2024
Sunday Sermon
Conversation Guide
Spring 2024 Giving Opportunities
For the last few years, we’ve presented opportunities to give to special projects on our campus in the spring. We're grateful for the gifts so far! We're thrilled to announce that the next $10,000 in gifts to the Kids' Spaces Refresh project will be matched by a Village family who wishes to remain anonymous.

This week, we're featuring the Chapel Roof project. Besides re-roofing with shingles warrantied for 50 years, we'll fix the rotting ends of the roof beams visible from outside and add metal caps. This, along with changes to the roof structure, will ensure it serves future generations of Villagers. It will also remove distractions (we had buckets on the stage catching leaks this winter!) for several hundred people who use it each week including our ethnic fellowships and a city-wide Bible study for women. The Chapel space also is used for memorial services, recitals, weddings, and neighborhood outreach, such as an exhibit of art by refugees a few months ago.

Please consider a gift above and beyond your normal giving by May 31.
Global Briefing: Marshall Islands
May 26, 12:15-1:30pm | Columbia Room 203
Marshall Islands, the test site of 69 nuclear bombs in the 1950’s, suffers the consequences still today from the radiation and environmental destruction. The almost forgotten islands are home to 41,000 people in need of medical, dental, and basic needs such as clean water.

Village has been invited to partner with the Marshall Islands community on an exploratory trip to learn and problem solve some of the issues facing the islands. We are sending a team of doctors and a skilled emergency manager to visit the islands this summer, June 25 – July 7.

You are invited and encouraged to attend a Global Briefing on Sunday, May 26. Anyone interested in learning more about the purpose of trip and how to partner in prayer is welcome!
Liberty Quartet Coming To Village
May 31, 7pm | Village Church
Liberty Quartet, a southern gospel group from Meridian, Idaho, will be in concert at Village as part of our 75th Anniversary Celebration. Enjoy some refreshing music that will touch your soul and maybe make you laugh along the way! Friends and neighbors are more than welcome to join you for this great concert.

Liberty founder Royce Mitchell served as a worship pastor at Portland First Nazarene in the 1980s-90s. Royce moved to the Nampa area in the 1990s and formed Liberty Quartet in 1997. While many group members have retired and changed over the years, the close-harmony sound and gospel message has remained the same!

To hear a sample of their music, visit their website below.
Men’s Breakfast
June 1, 8-10am | Gym
Men, join us for our next breakfast gathering. We’ll welcome special guest Dr. Tim Nguyen from Vietnamese Baptist Church of Portland. All Village men and friends are welcome to join us! RSVP to Pastor Mauricio Rivas here.
Women's Wellness Retreat
June 1, 9:30am-4:15pm | Village Church
Women, join us for a refreshing one-day retreat: Wellness for a Woman’s Soul; Spiritual, Mental, and Physical Wellness. This event includes keynote speaker sessions, nine breakout workshops of your choice, praise and worship, a provided lunch, and fellowship with others. Our keynote speaker, Jennifer Ussleman (teacher, author, co-founder of Loving People Fully), will speak on Choosing Wellness: Embracing God’s Best Life. Register and pay the $20 fee online now!
Hikes & Rambles
June 22, 9am | Mary S. Young Park
Come join us to explore a peaceful Mary S. Young Park by the Willamette River. We will walk in a 3-mile wooded and mostly flat trail. Please park at the dog park parking lot. More details, including RSVP info and a historical note about the park, are on our webpage!
Repair Fair: Volunteers Needed!
June 22, 10am-1pm
Village's first Repair Fair is this June! We would love for Villagers to show their talents and care for the community by fixing vacuum cleaners, sewing buttons back onto blouses, re-wiring toasters, and more so they can keep being used and not put in landfills. Village community neighbors will bring their items and you get to use your creativity and God-given talents to bring these items back to life.

Interested? Have questions? Want to help but in another way? Contact Willard Chi for more info or find him after the weekend services.
Special Seminar: When Porn Invades
June 25, 6-8pm | Columbia Rooms
Everyone is welcome! Brian and Melissa Leak, Village missionaries serving on WorldVenture's Global Anti-Trafficking Team, are offering a seminar entitled "When Porn Invades our Churches, Families, and Hearts.” Food, drinks, and mingling from 6-6:30pm.

Pornography is a growing problem across the globe, and it is finding its way into many of the places we care about. So, what do we do when pornography finds its way into our churches, our families, or even our own hearts? During this workshop, Brian Leak will introduce the scope of the problem of pornography and provide real action steps and resources that can help bring healing for those impacted by it. Please join us as we tackle this tough topic, holding onto the hope that we have in Christ that He can bring healing in difficult places. RSVP to [email protected] by June 21. We hope to see you there!


Your faithful support is always appreciated. We encourage our community to participate in worship this way: "Give something, give regularly". It's quick and secure to give online through Pushpay. If you prefer to mail a check, send it to us at 330 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, OR 97005. For gifts of stocks, IRAs, or other creative methods, please contact Patty, Finance Manager.
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Full Length History Film
Thank you to everyone who came out to our film premiere and party on Sunday evening! A big thank you to everyone involved, on and off camera. Our film will live on our website and YouTube channel, and we pray our Village story continues by God's grace.
Village at Play: Registration Open!
It’s the last week to sign up to play! Don’t miss your chance to kayak, learn to play pickleball, cook recipes from around the world, craft, and more!
Migrant Camp Outreach
Donations Accepted Now for June-August Ministry
We are looking forward to serving at the local migrant camps again on Wednesday nights this June-August. As our Hispanic Fellowship prepares to lead this ministry, we are taking donations for the temporary workers: Male/female work/day clothes, body soap, shampoo, lotion. You may drop this items off at the Church Office during our normal business hours. Talk to your ministry leaders about serving at the camps Wednesday nights.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-7am, Village Gym. You are invited to join us every Tuesday and Thursday morning for some fun basketball games. All skill levels are welcome! Ages 13+. Doors open at 5:50am.
Now Hiring: Assistant Pastor of Missions
Village has been shaped by and committed to God's call for us to be on His mission. We are hiring for the Assistant Pastor of Missions to help lead our church-wide vision to be missional. Do you love working with a variety of people and encouraging them to be missional? Can you refine, drive, and provide creative opportunities for a congregation to experience missional living and be a witness of Jesus' life and love? Our goal is to have all Villagers actively engaged in outreach efforts bearing witness of the Gospel to all while giving priority to those who have yet to hear about Jesus.
In Loving Memory
Please be in prayer for Gail Turney following the death of her husband, Phil, early in the morning May 21. Please get in touch with Chris Johnson if you wish to help with a meal. Cards of encouragement would be greatly appreciated.
Welcome to Village!
Welcome! We are so glad you're here experiencing our missional, multicultural community. Please consider stopping by the info counter or coming to the front of the stage during Sanctuary Greeting Time for your welcome gift and to meet some of our pastoral staff.

Our 8:15am Chapel Service is designed to be accessible to those who seek to know more about God and church as well as those who are long-time believers. The more intimate worship space and service rest on the timeless traditions of the global church as well as leaves open room for simplicity and creativity in our multicultural worship response. We sit at tables to worship in community and take communion weekly together as the body of Christ.

In our 10:30am Sanctuary Service, we engage with a diversity of cultures and languages as we worship and study the Word of our Diverse God together. You are welcome to make a joyful noise and join us in singing in a language other than your own! Our preaching team is made up of different cultural and language backgrounds, so we are blessed with Sundays when the preaching is in a different language than English, with live translation. Our non-native English-speaking church members do this weekly, so the larger church sharing this experience is important to to being a missional, multicultural community in Christ. 한국어 통역이 있습니다 y traducción en español. Nursery care for ages 0-3, Kids programming for ages Pre-K to 5th Grade, and Youth programming for 6th-12th Grade are also available during this service.
Sermon Summary
Lead Pastor Paul Choi, Acts 2:43-47, "Fellowship of the Church"

It is fitting, as we make our way through the book of Acts, that we give careful attention to the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  As the book opens, the Apostle Peter proclaims, in his Pentecost sermon:  “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).  The Apostle Paul (in Romans 8:9) adds:  “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Rom. 8:9b).  The Holy Spirit is a wonderful part of the inheritance of every believer.

Just who is the Holy Spirit, and what does He do in and for us?  The answer should begin with understanding the Trinity: the Tri-unity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  The Bible makes it clear that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Spirit is God, but that there is only one God – and the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Spirit, and the Spirit is not the Father.  How do we make sense of these claims?  We are mystified at these claims, Pastor Paul pointed out, because we do not understand, or have not experienced, the true meaning of community. 

The Bible introduces us to one God in which there is an inherent multiplicity, a ‘community.’  In other words, in the deepest mystery of his being God is an intimate relationship, a fellowship, a community of love.  When Jesus claimed, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), he is referring to God’s being a perfect community.  When Jesus says, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), he is not speaking metaphorically, but stating a fact.  Similarly, when Jesus says that the Father will send “another” helper to the disciples (John 14:16-17), he is referring to the Holy Spirit.  The Greek word for “another” is “allos,” which means ‘another of the same kind,’ that is, a person just like the Father and like Jesus Himself.

This Triune God has created us human beings in his own likeness (Gen. 1:26a).  That is, we were created to reflect His image – not as solitary individuals, but as a community, persons in loving relationship, oneness with others.

This life for which the Triune God created us begins with His drawing us into relationship with His Three-in-One community of love.  John the Apostle says in His Epistle: “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete” (1 John 1:3-4).  We are drawn into the circle of love between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

But God’s agenda for us doesn’t end there.  Our passage for this morning (Acts 2:43-47) describes the way this life in community is to play out in relationships between God’s people.  The people of the first-century Church loved and served one another, sharing their lives in ways that included sharing their property and possessions.  The point is not just that it was a wonderful church, but that their fellowship (in Greek, koinonia) reflected the profound unity-in-diversity koinonia of the Trinity!  The church’s life as a community (not just their lives as individuals) reflected the life of God!  That is the beautiful mystery we are part of – the life of God, being lived out in this world.  When we love and serve one another, we are participating in the life of God – making the life of God visible on earth.  The Apostle John explains:  “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12). 

The Bible describes koinonia of three sorts:  (1) relationships within the Trinity (the way Father, Son, and Spirit love one another); (2) God’s relationship with human beings (God’s drawing near to us and drawing us into relationship with him as a community of love); and (3) relationships among believers.  The striking thing about koinonia among believers in the New Testament is that it almost always involved sharing resources.  In fact, the primary meaning of koinonia is ‘contribution and sharing;’ ‘fellowship’ is a secondary meaning of the word.  The word, koinonia often referred to ‘offerings” (as in Romans 15:26, where Paul writes, “Macedonia and Achaia were pleased to make a contribution (koinonia) for the poor among the Lord’s people in Jerusalem…”  To love is to contribute, to make sacrifices; that’s what koinonia is about, modeling the life of Jesus, empowered by the indwelling Spirit.

To return to the question: “What does the Spirit do in us?”  The Holy Spirit empowers us to live a life of koinonia, loving God and one another.  We may have regarded the Holy Spirit as just a source of power to bring about healings and miracles.  But the point of those healings and miracles is the fulfillment of God’s ultimate purpose – to lead us to the life of koinonia – loving God and loving one another in tangible ways.  When the Holy Spirit empowers us with various gifts, He does so in order to foster love for God and others.  When we are motivated by love for our brothers and sisters in Christ – to sing in their languages, for example – that’s the work of the Spirit.  When we open our wallets and share with those who are in need, that’s the work of the Spirit.  Those are modern-day miracles – signs and wonders!  Heaven come to the earth!  May God’s Spirit continue to work such wonders in our Village community!

Discussion Questions
  1. To be created “in the likeness” of our Triune God is to be created for relationships, created for community.  God observes of human beings in Genesis 1-2:  “It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18).  What are the implications of that observation?  (Given that Jesus and the Apostle Paul were single, it does not seem to be the case that it is God’s will that everyone marry.  How can our Village community ensure that those who are single, divorced, or widowed are not “alone?”)
  2. How have you experienced koinonia at Village?  
  3. What might get in the way of our experiencing koinonia?  How might we enhance our koinonia?

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