Amish Holidays, Contest Comments: 246

Amish Holiday Tip, Worship

WORSHIP is an important part of the Christmas celebration in Amish homes.

Some Amish communities celebrate Christmas on December 25th and Old Christmas (Epiphany) on January 6th. Many communities fast the morning of Christmas through to the afternoon meal. They spend the time in prayer, Bible study, and worship! The Amish in general do not have an extra church service in order to celebrate, but rather they worship in their homes, with their families.

Putting CHRIST into our Christmas celebration isn’t difficult. It only requires a little planning and the intention of doing so. It only requires remembering and celebrating Him.

5 books, web Now for this week’s contest.

This is our last contest of 2012, though I do have some exciting things planned for the new year. This week’s winner will receive:

  • An autographed copy of each of my books – yes, the entire set of 5.
  • Bookmarks
  • Bill Coleman Amish calendar

Leave a comment below with your email and you are entered!

As always, you have the opportunity to enter the contest more than once by sharing the information from this blog with your friends, posting a link on facebook, or submitting an online review of one of my books. Be sure to leave me a 2nd comment stating what you did. (Only 2 entries per person).

The contest deadline is Tuesday evening 7:00 p.m. (CST), December 18th.



p.s. — You can also order copies of any of my books directly from my website now. I’m still giving away a free calendar with each purchase.

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246 thoughts on “Worship

  1. windicindi

    “Season’s Greetings!” What a more than generous giveaway and I would
    enjoy it immensely…Also, I have to mention the community of New Town, CT.
    I can’t imagine the pain the feeling; although, I can hardly watch the news or
    read the articles in the paper; without tears.
    Many thanks, Cindi

  2. myrtle61

    Blessings to you and your family. I think if we included worship in our lives as the Amish do, we all would feel much better.
    Blessings and prayers to the family, faculty and community of Newtown CT. God Bless You.
    Thank Vannetta for your contests.

  3. Jane Dysput

    Merry Merry Christmas Vannetta to you and your friends and family, may your hearts be full of Love, Life, Peace and Happiness now and in the new year and keep on writing those wunderbar books and sharing the Amish with us. It gives me lots of love as that is where I am from, Lancaster, PA and I miss it very much. Thank you Jane Dysput

  4. janie smith

    I really enjoyed the Shipshewana series and have recommended it to everyone I know who reads.I really want to visit Shipshewana for the market days.Merry Christmas to you and your family! Please enter me in the contest.

  5. Juanita Cook

    What a wonderful gift to give away to one lucky winner. I would love to win this. Have been wanting to get these books for a while now.
    Merry Christmas to you & your family. May you and your family be blessed more than you could ever ask for.
    Thank you so much for a chance to win this contest.

  6. Jasmine Augustine

    What an amazing giveaway! I have just started read Falling To Pieces and have enjoyed it so far πŸ™‚
    Jasmine A.

  7. Susan Beaird

    Thank you for the end of the year contest. Love your writing and the amish too. You have a way of bringing them into my heart. Thoughts and prayers for the greiving families in CT…such a heart wrenching occurance. May everyone have a Merry Xmas, peace, love and happiness in the new year and for eternity. Thank you..Susan

  8. Diane Liggett

    All of your books!!! Wow! What an awesome prize! I would love to win!! I do have them all except “A Promise for Miriam”, I could give the others for Christmas gifts!!! Thanks!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  9. Ruth Standish

    I love reading about the Amish whether it be fact or fiction, and your writings are so graphic that I feel like I am right there at their supper table or hanging the wash on the clothes line. I would love to win these books to add to my growing collection of Amish stories. Thank you for having this one last contest this year.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family and I wish you a blessed new year.

  10. Melissa L.

    I am especially thankful this year. My husband was almost taken from me suddenly on the 14th. I am definately bringing Christ to Christmas this year!! Great giveaway!

  11. carmen coles

    I, also, love to read your posts, enjoy seeing posted pictures, and enjoy reading Amish fiction and non-fiction books. I would love to win the books. What a great Christmas gift that would be!

  12. Sue Motzer

    Thanks for writing the Shipshe books. You have a great gift & is wonderful that you share it through your writing. Have a blessed Christmas.

  13. Alecia Ernst

    What a wonderful giveaway. I would love to win your books and the calendar is an extra plus. Thank you for offering this contest.

  14. Linda McFarland

    Oh I would be sooo thrilled to actually win…..and all 5 books would be such a wonderful blessing….I am a big book fan of Vanneta Chapman’s…..I would really relax during this hectic holiday season…and wrap my fingers around those precious novels….I have shared on facebook and twitter too…babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  15. linda vanderweyst

    Merry Christmas, we celebrated in the past by shareing in worship as a family at Grandma’s house, Since Grandma is no longer with us, we share memories and worship with our own families. God bless you all.

  16. Phyllis Kemp

    Thank you for such a fun contest! Today is my birthday. It would be fun to win this collection and celebrate that way.

  17. Elizabeth Dent

    This would be the greatest books Christmas gifts … I would love to be entered in your contest for your books . Merry Christmas . Thanks for this opportunity for your contest .

  18. Ann Fitz

    We have failed to teach our children that Christmas is not about what we get how much it cost but we should be more like the Amish praise and pray that Jesus was born and to die for us. A lot of people only go to church on Christmas and Easter only to show off the new cloths and jewerly they get.

  19. Eva Partin

    Thank you so much for the chance to win! My mom and I both love reading Amish fiction we share books with each other!

  20. Mike-Barb Michels

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, as I plan on spending time with family. 1 of our daughter;s and husband and 2 grandkids are coming to stay for a while as he recovers from surgery from war ( afphaganastan) 13 rounds of ammo shot into his back. Will treasure the time we have with them.

  21. Linda D. McFarland

    I can honestly say Cindy, you know how to end the year….Nice Give-away! Keeping Christmas simple with prayer, Bible study & worship sounds good to me…Blessings to you and Merry Christmas…Linda

  22. Susan Fryman

    Great article. I didn’t know that the Amish fasted, never really thought about it. That was interesting. Thank you for having such a generous giveaway. Any of us would cherish this prize. Blessings and Merry Christmas, Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com P.S. Thankful your foot is on the mend.

  23. Connie Elrod

    I did the 2nd requirment and I did your contest on my facebook page. Thanks for such an awesome contest.

  24. rdjohnson57

    Our family is so missing our worship at our church due to my sweet sister still being in the hospital. BUT, she had the surgery to repair her hip – Thursday night & she is doing really good – I believe that we just may be home for CHRISTmas! I truly love the way the Amish worship! Thanks for all you do to minister to all of us!
    In Christ,
    Debbie Johnson
    101 Fairway Dr.,
    Senatobia, MS 38668

  25. Dixie Kucheravy

    Would love to win this full set of books, have two of them but would love to have the rest. I so enjoy your books and want to take this time to thank you for your gift to write and to wish you a Merry Christmas

  26. Kym amaral

    Winning sure would be a Christmas blessing ! thanks for the chance to win,and good luck everyone !

    Merry Christmas

  27. Cheryl in WV

    would love to win, my stash of books is down to nothing, and with winter coming, going to need to accumulate some!! Merry Christmas!!!

  28. Carol

    Would love to win this set. Never read Amish fiction. (unless you consider Menonite sleuth of Tamar Myers, and even then its been ages and ages. One of my daughters loves Amish fiction. would like to win this to give it a try. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for putting such a generous prize together.

  29. Kala Dixon

    It would be a blessing and a honor to win the books. I love Amish books and I want to thank you for sharing your talent and gift that God has given you. Have a blessed Christmas!
    -Kala Dixon-

  30. Kathy Rowe

    What a great Christmas gift that package would be! Wishing all on the blog a blessed holiday season. V, keep writing and we will keep reading!
    Please enter me in your contest.

  31. Patti Abresch

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!!! Thank you for another chance to win your wonderful books!!!! I enjoy reading them and cant wait to get new ones!!!
    Have a very merry and Blessed Christmas!!!!!
    Patti Abresch

  32. Christine Schneider

    May God’s blessings shine upon you and your family this Christmas and in the coming new year. Thank you so much for enjoyment you bring with your books! Merry Christmas!

  33. Wilma Metcalf

    I’ve cut back on what I’m doing this year and it has let me have more time to just enjoy Christmas. It feels good . If I win I will probably give the books to family or friends since I have them all. This is a great give away thanks so much.

  34. jenjersmom

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Vannetta. May your holiday be filled with laughter and joy. Though I would greatly appreciate winning your books I would much rather win them to give as gifts to others who may need an inspirational word from God which I believe you put into each of your stories. You may contact me at kmingues@yahoo.com If I am lucky enough to win. Keep up the great work with your ministry.

  35. Loretta Shumpert

    I would be tickled to have a copy of each of your books, along with an amish calendar!! Love those amish calendars!! thank you for all the contests all year long, I know they were time consuming, we appreciate them

  36. tom owens

    thanks for such a great offer, I’d love to win and be able to give these to my wife for christmas. we love the Amish and Amish areas and go to shipshee usually 3 to 4 times a year but we were limited to once this years due to some health issues. cant wait to get back there in the spring

    Merry Christmas

  37. lindy enlow

    Your books are always a blessing. Thanks for the many opportunities you have given us to win one this year. I will be ordering another one this week. Cant wait to see the calendar as well. Lcenlow (at)sit- co(dot)net

  38. Eileen Parisi

    Blessings to the Amish at this Christmas time. Blessings to you Vannetta and your family. I love this time of celebrating our Savior’s birth. I would be delighted to receive your gifts. I share my books with friends and family. Thank you!

  39. Beaird2010@gmail.com

    Merry CHRISTmas to your families and mine. Have a safe and Happy New Year. Keep those books coming. LUV LUV LUV them.

  40. kathy

    love love your books i don’t own any. but,downloaded your auto’s .your mystery’s.started the process of being hooked on amish fiction. ilovedebra and callie. can’t wait to read material witness.please keep writing their stories!

  41. Diane Allen

    I would love to win a set of your books. I used to buy books but now go to the library. I think lots of us older people love the look, smell and feel of a book more so than those who’s younger years are linked with electronics. Maybe!

  42. Debbie Hoffman

    I would love to win too!! Just started to read your books and love them. I also got my Mom started reading all my Amish books and she can’t put them down. I found a real deal at the local Goodwill store and purchased about 50 books for $25.00. a real steal.

  43. Kathy Burdette

    Would love to win! It’s a special way to end one year and start a new one. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  44. Kate Kleinert

    Being a cantor and a Choir member brings me to several services between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. There is no better way to spend the time than waiting and worshipping and lifting your voice to welcome this baby King.

  45. Kristie D.

    I would love to win set of your books. Thanks for the generous giveaway! I hope that you have a great 2013. Your books make me smile and the characters touch my heart. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you!

  46. Helen M. Gardner

    I would love to win this books and share them with our Church library. Thanks for such a generous giveaway for all readers out there who love your books. I will share on my facebook page. God Bless You!

  47. lindylu54

    How wonderful to be able to worship The King with song and Praise here and forever!!!
    PTL… Thanks Vannetta for your ministry ..your books and this wonderful blog.. I have been enjoying being a part of your blog and I love all your books… If I win it would be Wonderful, God Bless you and your family and Have A Very Merry Christmas!!!

    Linda Christensen <3

  48. Elaine Claunch-Handy

    I have read all but one of your books, I am looking forward to reading the last one as well. Merry Christmas to you from California.

  49. Molly Moody

    We all need to remember “Jesus is the reason for the season” which is something I’m sure the Amish never forget. I’m not afraid or ashamed to say Merry Christmas to all.

  50. Pat Moore

    I only found you a few months ago as an author. Would be honored to win your back books so I can get caught up on all of your published books. I’m retired and not able to get out alot so I spend most days reading. I get tired of tv, don’t like talk shows, court tv, most of the shows that are called sitcoms. Give me a good book, Amish, suspense, Christian Fiction and I can read for days on end. Just have to quit long enough to do the daily things we all have to do – cook, clean, laundry, etc. Thank you for this opportunity and God bless you & yours.

  51. Lisa Cregan

    I have read all but Material Witness but would be honored to win copies of them all. Hope you and your family have a happy blessed Christmas.

  52. Linda L Ankney Myers

    Praying for the healing of your foot Vannetta. Also wanting to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. May your home be filled with love and laughter today and always.

  53. Deborah Brewer

    I know I have not a chance but it gives you something to hope and dream for instead of the focus being on your cancer. I love wahat you do, it brings joy to read your books and brings insight to the Amish world.

  54. Phyllis Kemp

    Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. Thank you for this drawing. I would enjoy winning in order to read and then share them.

  55. Sandra Kaczanowcke

    What a wonderful Christmas gift this is. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I would love to be entered and win!!

  56. Kathie Reynolds Chapman

    Merry Christmas..I love your blog. I broke my foot in 4 places a few years ago and I know your inconvenience but you will heal and be 100% back to normal. Actually, my broken foot made me slow down a little which is always a good thing.

  57. Brenda Henry

    I love celebrating Christmas with my Amish neighbors. Today, I went out and bought a few Christmas goodies for one of my Amish neighbors children. They have 2 children; one, a 16 month old little boy, LeRoy Nissley, who was just released a couple days ago from Vanderbilt’s Children’s Hospital in Nashville. He accidently drank ‘Coleman Fuel’ and was in CCU for days.
    Thank you for your generosity to offer these books. I hope I’m not too late.