As 2018 comes to an end, we have a few fun events that we would love to invite you to be a part of: 16th December 4:00pm Festival of Nine Readings and Carols - download the order of service 25th December 9:30am Christmas morning worship.
As we all are returning from our Summer adventures, the church will return to more regular Bible Studies, our welcome back brunch and monthly communion as we look to a beautiful Autumn and an exciting start of a new school year.
This months events:
Every Wednesday - 6:30pm-8:30pm We will gather at the Pastors flat for a light meal and a Bible study looking at the book of Hebrews. Please RSVP if you are coming, for catering purposes but all are welcome. - more info - email@example.com
Tuesday 11th September - Table Games at the Pastors house. 7PM-9PM. Bring your favourite table games and a sense of fun.
Every Sunday 9:30am we will gather for our mass. Our sermons will be looking at the book of Mark, and every first week of the month we will be lead in communion by our friend and the Lutheran Bishop of Lithuania, Bishop Mindaugas.
And finally our welcome back brunch will be the 23rd of September. We will gather after the service and share food and fellowship as we begin a New Year of community and worship. Everyone is welcome.
This weekend, Sunday 20th May 2018 our church will be celebrating Pentecost and our churches anniversary of becoming a legal organisation in Lithuania with a after church brunch. Please join us in celebration and food after our service at 10:30. Bring something to share if you would like, otherwise just join us.
Advent is upon us and we eagerly await celebrating Jesus' birth at Christmas we are enjoying learning to understand what it means to prepare and long for Jesus' return during our Advent services.
Friday 15th December 6.30 p.m. Student and Young Professionals' Christmas Social at Kris' apartment.
Sunday 17th December, the 3rd Sunday of Advent 9.30 a.m. Morning Worship 4.00 p.m. Carol Service Sunday 24th December, the 4th Sunday of Advent 9.30 a.m. Morning Worship
Please note we shall have no service on Christmas Day, but the Lutheran Church meet at 11.00 - all are welcome to join, although the service is in Lithuanian.
Sunday 31st December, the 1st Sunday of Christmas 9.30 a.m. Morning Worship
Looking ahead: Wednesday 18th January: Our midweek Bible study and fellowship group re-starts after the Christmas break
Please do also remember to support the Hope Centre by bringing secondhand clothes, or buying some toiletries or mens underwear/socks and leaving them in the box after the Sunday worship. This ministry to those who are homeless or struggling on very low income is especially needed during winter.
As winter arrives we have a number of activities and events that are a must! Join us as we fellowship and study together and join others to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation:
Fellowship and Bible Study: every Wednesday (except the first in the month) we meet for a time of fellowship over a light supper followed by a short Bible study. Venue: various - email for details! Time: 6.30 - 8.30 p.m.
Students and Young Professionals's Socials: Friday 20th October; 10th November & 8th December Once a month students and other young (at heart) professionals get together for a time of fellowship, food and discussion. Venue: Kris' apartment. Time: 6.30 - late p.m. Please let Kris (by phone or email) know if you plan to come.
Celebratory events for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: On Sunday 8th October there will be a choral concert in the Lutheran Church at 6.00 pm. The Lutheran Church choir and the Villnius city choir Jauna Muzika will sing Bach's Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (A Mighty Fortress Is Our God - words by Martin Luther) and Handel's Te Deum.Entry is free but come early if you want a seat!
On Sunday 22nd October there will be a choral concert in St John's Church at 6.00 pm. The Lumenaria Chorale of Washington, D.C. USA and Symphonic Orchestra will perform Requiem by Paul Leavitt and a cappella works by Rheinbereger and Schütz, spirituals, and other selections . Members of the choir will sing during our morning worship on the 22nd.
Looking ahead: Tuesday 1st November: Guided walk around one of the cemeteries to view the candles set out for All Saints Day.
Sunday 12th November: 9.30 Service of Remembrance This is an annual event at which we host representatives of the other faith communities and diplomats in Vilnius as we join together in remembering those who have died fighting to secure the freedom we enjoy today.
Saturday 18th November: 5.00 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner. This is our largest social event of the year and open to everyone, not just the church family, so invite your friends!
Sunday 17th December: 4.00 p.m. Carol Service
Please do also remember to support the Hope Centre by bringing secondhand clothes, or buying some toiletries or mens underwear/socks and leaving them in the box after the Sunday worship. This ministry to those who are homeless or struggling on very low income is especially needed as winter approaches.
Summer is rapidly receding and it won't be long before all the leaves have fallen and the evenings close in, and there is change within the ICV too!
On 3rd September we said farewell to Rev'd Tony and Shasta Miller who have so kindly led our services over the summer since Jim and Diane Wagner returned to the US. We are very grateful to them and some of the Gyvenimo baznycia/Life Church family who have been worshipping with us.
On Sunday 10th September we shall welcome Rev'd Tom Bower who has kindly offered to come and be our interim pastor until advent while we continue the recruitment of a replacement for Pastor Jim. You can read more about Pastor Tom on the Who we are page.
On Friday 15th September 6.30 p.m. Students and Young Professionals's social at Stanevičiaus g 96a-34. Please let Kris (by phone or email) know if you plan to come. On Sunday 24th September we shall have a church family brunch after our time of worship. This is a great opportunity to reconnect after the summer holidays and to get to know new faces. We shall also hold a very brief Church meeting - so please do come!!
We shall also be restarting our weekly fellowhip & Bible study meetings - details to follow shortly, watch this space!
While midweek fellowhip activities have stopped for the summer and many of the church family are away on holiday, the few that remain are meeting each Wednesday at 6pm at PJazz on Vokiečių gatvė, near the entrance to the church. When weather allows, we'll sit outdoors. Join us for a drink, snack, dinner, or just good conversation.
Please note that communion may not be offered each week over the summer months.
Homegroup with Bible study should restart in September.
Activities and events for Lent and Easter are as follows: Every Wednesday until Easter 6.30 - 8.00 p.m. Fellowship group Bible study. Come and explore the Lenten psalms.
A Friday in March TBC! 6.30 p.m. Students and Young Professionals's social at Stanevičiaus g 96a. Please let Kris (by phone or email) know if you plan to come. Friday 14th April Good Friday 4.00 p.m. Walk 'The Way of the Cross in Jeruzalė (time to be confirmed)
Sunday 16th April Easter Day 7.00 a.m. Sunrise worship on the Hill of Three Crosses together with the Vilnius Free Christian Church (VLKB) 9.30 a.m. Easter morning eucharist.
Wednesday 19th March 6.30 - 8.30 p.m. Fellowship group Bible study