From the Parents...
"The VLC/Chapel community is unlike any I've ever known. On our daughter's first day of Preschool, I learned what a "Bucket Filler" is; and, how a group of "Bucket Fillers" reinforces a community. Some 7 years later, that metaphor still resonates powerfully with me. Our family feels truly blessed to be part of the VLC/Chapel community."
"I just wanted to take a minute and let you know how much I enjoyed the Lessons and Carols Service last night. Like many people, I had fallen victim to the holiday madness that ensues this time of the year and had lost focus on the meaning of the season. Honestly, I felt so chaotic trying to finish up buying gifts and planning to leave town and attending all of the holiday events - I was there in 'body' to just check another thing off the list. My husband was traveling for work and my other children were home studying, so I was on my own. I have to tell you that last night was just what I needed to put me in the right frame of mind for the season. 'Come, Though Redeemer of the Earth' is one of my favorite hymns of all time and my parents 'Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring' is special to my family because it was part of my parents' wedding ceremony. I was moved beyond words and was so content to sit alone and be peaceful and take a moment to listen to the beautiful music (and voices!) and the readings that define the meaning of the season. It was just what I needed at just the time that I needed it and it so beautifully defined why we celebrate Christmas.
Thank you so much to all of you for this moving service - you all really brought me back to where I should be this time of year and I'm sure I wasn't alone. I will look forward to this service each and every year and will think back to it when I'm losing my way.
Merry Christmas - and thank you for all you do! We are so thankful that we are a part of The Chapel School family."