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Christmas 2017 Worship Schedule

Sunday Worship: December 3 @ 10:30 a.m. – Hope

Sunday Worship: December 10 @ 10:30 a.m. – Love

Saturday Special Program : December 16 @ 4:00 p.m. – A Night in Bethlehem – a living nativity

Sunday Worship: December 17 @ 10:30 a.m. – Joy

Sunday Worship: December 24 @ 10:30 a.m. – Peace – Children’s Program

Sunday Evening: December 24 @ 7:00 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candle-Lighting Service

Sunday’s Comin’ (11/19/17)

Dear VBC Family –

This Sunday we welcome Ken and Letty Myers, our missionaries from Kenya, Africa !!  Come and find out the Good work being done throughout Kenya and beyond, and all the ways God has used VBC to partner in Africa.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:  Due this week …  

It’s not too late to send the Gospel around the world through a shoe-box gift – but this is the LAST SUNDAY to drop them off at VBC.  Be sure to bring in your OCC Shoe-box gifts this Sunday.

Please take the time to prayerfully fill out your VBC Leadership Nomination Packets.  Nominate OTHERS you feel are gifted and called by God for Leadership, and more importantly nominate YOURSELF where you feel God has called you to lead/serve.  Nomination packets are due this Sunday so the Nominating Committee can begin their work.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!

See you all on Sunday !!

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

We have 27 teens and 6 adult chaperones headed to the REVERB ALL-NIGHT Youth Rally on Friday Nov. 17th !!!  Please pray for God to do a GREAT WORK in their lives, as well as for traveling protection !!

Hope to see you all on SATURDAY NIGHT at 6pm for our VBC Family Harvest Dinner !!

November GRATEFUL GIVING Calendar – Hope your family has begun to pray for and give toward the WOMEN’S MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL “Grateful Giving” Special Projects/Missionaries Calendar.  Please hold your “giving” till the end of November, then return in one tallied envelope or with one check made out to VBC (with WMI in the memo section).

Save SATURDAY DECEMBER 16th (4 – 6pm) for A NIGHT in BETHLEHEM – a Bible-themed event for the ENTIRE FAMILY !!  During this 2-hour Christmas program, families wander through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born.  Unlike your typical “living Nativity,” everyone will create unique keepsakes as they interact with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas story. And…they’ll love talking to Mary and Joseph in The Stable—and hearing about the miracle of Jesus’ birth.  You won’t want to MISS this AMAZING OUTREACH EVENT !!!  Our TEAM has been HARD AT WORK planning and gathering materials, and we are believing God for 150 kids and their families to attend.  See Shari Dowe or Pastor Robin for more info. or to get involved in this great outreach event.

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (11/12/17)

Dear VBC Family –

This Sunday Pastor Robin will share the Message This Is How We Know from the Book of I John chapter 3.  Come and find out how you can KNOW God’s love for you.  Also – this Sunday we will honor our Veterans as well as join churches from around the world as we participate in (IDOP) International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!

Please take the time to prayerfully fill out your VBC Leadership Nomination Packets.  Nominate OTHERS you feel are gifted and called by God for Leadership, and more importantly nominate YOURSELF where you feel God has called you to lead/serve.  They can be returned this week and next.  If you have yet to get a packet they will be available again this week.

See you all on Sunday !!

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

CHRISTMAS is COMING !!!

Yes it is – but it’s coming way sooner than Dec. 25th for those who wish to Bless children all around the world with an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Gift !!  We hope you’re shopping – bring your boxes in anytime between now and Nov. 19th.

November GRATEFUL GIVING – Hope your family has begun to pray for and give toward the WOMEN’S MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL “Grateful Giving” Special Projects/Missionaries Calendar.  Please hold your “giving” till the end of November, then return in one tallied envelope or with one check made out to VBC (with WMI in the memo section).

The next MOMS and KIDS PLAYGROUP will be held at VBC on TUESDAY NOV. 14th at 10am.  See Kathy Markowski for more details.

We have 31 people registered for the REVERB ALL-NIGHT Youth Rally on Friday Nov. 17th !!!  Please pray for God to do a GREAT WORK in their lives !!  See Mrs. Palmer for details.

FAMILIES – FAMILIES – FAMILIES !!!   Save the Date for the VBC Family Harvest Dinner !!  Saturday November 18th at 6:00pm.

Sign-up sheets are in the back of the Sanctuary.

Save the DATE for A NIGHT in BETHLEHEM – a Bible-themed event for the ENTIRE FAMILY !!  During this 2-hour Christmas program, families wander through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born.  Unlike your typical “living Nativity,” everyone will create unique keepsakes as they interact with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas story. And…they’ll love talking to Mary and Joseph in The Stable—and hearing about the miracle of Jesus’ birth.  You won’t want to MISS this AMAZING OUTREACH EVENT !!!  See Shari Dowe or Pastor Robin for more info. or to get involved in the great outreach event.

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (11/5/17)

Dear VBC Family –

This Sunday Pastor Ed will introduce The TRUE Test of our Faith from the Book of I John chapter 2.  Come and see how you “fare” on this “test.”

This Sunday we will also be handing out NOMINATION PACKETS to begin the process of determining the LEADERSHIP of VBC for 2018.

PS:  We would sure like to see you ON TIME this week – but that will only happen if you TURN YOUR CLOCKS BACK 1 hour on Saturday night  🙂

YEP – no excuses – you get a WHOLE EXTRA HOUR to sleep in  🙂

See you all on Sunday !!

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

CHRISTMAS is COMING !!!

Yes it is – but it’s coming way sooner than Dec. 25th for those who wish to Bless children all around the world with an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Gift !!  We hope you’re shopping – bring your boxes in anytime between now and Nov. 19th.

November GRATEFUL GIVING – Hope your family has begun to pray for and give toward the WOMEN’S MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL “Grateful Giving” Special Projects/Missionaries Calendar.  Please hold your “giving” till the end of November, then return in one tallied envelope or with one check made out to VBC (with WMI in the memo section).

The next MOMS and KIDS PLAYGROUP will be held at VBC on TUESDAY NOV. 14th at 10am.  See Kathy Markowski for more details.

TEENS – TEENS – TEENS !!!  REVERB ALL-NIGHTER is coming Friday November 17th !!  See Mrs. Palmer for details.

FAMILIES – FAMILIES – FAMILIES !!!   Save the Date for the VBC Family Harvest Dinner !!  Saturday November 18th at 6:00pm.

Save the DATE for A NIGHT in BETHLEHEM – a Bible-themed event for the ENTIRE FAMILY !!  During this 2-hour Christmas program, families wander through the bustling Bethlehem marketplace and discover what life was like when Jesus was born.  Unlike your typical “living Nativity,” everyone will create unique keepsakes as they interact with local shopkeepers who share the Christmas story. And…they’ll love talking to Mary and Joseph in The Stable—and hearing about the miracle of Jesus’ birth.  You won’t want to MISS this AMAZING OUTREACH EVENT !!!

Note:  Right after church this Sunday will be a SHORT Informational Meeting for anyone interested in helping with this amazing Christmas Outreach.

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (10/29/17)

Dear VBC Family –

This Sunday Pastor Robin will introduce the Book of I John – focusing on chapter 1.  Come and learn what John declared to the church regarding “Making our JOY COMPLETE !”  We sure hope to see you this Sunday !!

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

CHRISTMAS is COMING !!!

Yes it is – but it’s coming way sooner than Dec. 25th for those who wish to Bless children all around the world with an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Gift !!  We hope you’re shopping – bring your boxes in anytime between now and Nov. 19th.

The next MOMS and KIDS PLAYGROUP will be held at VBC on TUESDAY NOV. 14th.  See Kathy Markowski for more details.

KIDS – KIDS – KIDS !!!  Join us for the VBC HARVEST CARNIVAL THIS SATURDAY (October 28th) from 4 – 6pm !!!  There will be lots of GAMES, FUN, and TREATS !!!

TEENS – TEENS – TEENS !!!  REVERB ALL-NIGHTER is coming Friday November 17th !!  See Mrs. Palmer for details.

FAMILIES – FAMILIES – FAMILIES !!!   Save the Date for the VBC Family Harvest Dinner !!  Saturday November 18th at 6:00pm.

IMPT. REMINDER – Turn your CLOCKS BACK on Saturday NOVEMBER 4th  🙂

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (10/22/17)

Dear VBC Family –

 

What a GREAT couple weeks of WORSHIP and LEARNING we’ve had – culminating in last week’s presentation with Michael Suderman from RZIM Ministries !  THANK YOU ALL for every way you GAVE of YOURSELVES to make this possible.  Speaking of GIVING – this Sunday Pastor Ed will share how VBC has been a MODEL of GRACE-FILLED Giving throughout this community and well beyond !  We sure hope to see you this Sunday !!

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    We sure hope you are planning to join us this week  🙂

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT you’ve been waiting for !  It’s FINALLY ARRIVED !!  It’s the SCPSC DESSERT Fundraiser at VBC from 7-9pm.

Wear your stretchy pants and come on out and ENJOY the goodies – while supporting those on the front lines of ministry to families and their babies.

CHRISTMAS is COMING !!!

Yes it is – but it’s coming way sooner than Dec. 25th for those who wish to Bless children all around the world with an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Gift !!  This Sunday we will officially kick-off our OCC Shoe-Box Program with an introductory video and participation materials !!

KIDS – KIDS – KIDS !!!  Join us for the VBC HARVEST CARNIVAL on Saturday October 28th from 4 – 6pm !!!

TEENS – TEENS – TEENS !!!  REVERB ALL-NIGHTER is coming Friday November 17th !!  See Mrs. Palmer for details.

FAMILIES – FAMILIES – FAMILIES !!!   Save the Date for the VBC Family Harvest Dinner !!  Saturday November 18th at 6:00pm.

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (10/15/17)

Dear VBC Family –

 

This Sunday we welcome Mr. Michael Suderman from RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)  to VBC !

Michael Suderman is an Itinerant Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is based in Washington, DC. He graduated from Tabor College in Kansas with a double major in Philosophy and Biblical & Religious Studies, and a minor in Psychology. He recently completed a Masters of Theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

Michael has interests in topics related to faith and science, world religions, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. His passion is to help facilitate the discovery and rediscovery of Jesus by communicating and clarifying the gospel as the most profound solution to life’s most meaningful questions. Prior to studying in Oxford, Michael was involved with youth and university ministries and participated in educational and volunteer work throughout India.

Mr. Suderman will bring the Message during our 10:30am Worship Service, and then return at 7:00pm with a talk on Countering Biblical Unbelief.  You will no doubt be ENCOURAGED, CHALLENGED, and STRENGTHENED in your Faith through the ministry of RZIM.  Tickets will be available for FREE at the Sunday Worship Service.  (A free-will offering will taken at the evening presentation.)

****  This week we will be taking a FRIEND IN NEED Special Offering in addition to our regular offering.  The Friend In Need fund is for those in the midst of crisis that are in need of a special financial Blessing.  We hope you will come prepared to “Love others” in this way.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    We sure hope you are planning to join us this week  🙂

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

Ladies, please join us for a fun evening this FRIDAY !!

What:  Ladies Fellowship: Dinner and Rock Painting

When: Friday, October 13th at 5PM

Where:  Vine & Branch Church Fellowship room

Cost:  FREE !!!

RSVP to Allison Turner at 436-6996 or aturner6@hvc.rr.com by Thursday evening so that we can plan to have enough supplies.

(If you would like to bring a dish to pass, please contact Allison  🙂      Hope to see you on Friday!

CHRISTMAS is COMING !!!

Yes it is – but it’s coming way sooner than Dec. 25th for those who wish to Bless children all around the world with an Operation Christmas Child Shoe-Box Gift !!  This Sunday we will officially kick-off our OCC Shoe-Box Program with an introductory video and participation materials !!

SCPSC Dessert Fundraiser

Join us on Saturday October 21st from 7-9pm for the BEST home-made desserts ever, some great music, and lot’s of fellowship !!!  (While Blessing the incredible work of the Sullivan County Pregnancy Support Center  🙂    Sure hope to see you there !!

Save the Date !!  Saturday November 18th at 6:00pm – VBC Family Harvest Dinner

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (10/8/17)

Dear VBC Family –

 

Congrats to the Bressler Family on the arrival of GrandBaby Alexa Hope Feaster.  Mother and child doing well.  !!  (Grandma and Grandpa ecstatic !!)

This week Pastor Robin will bring the Book of Romans to it’s finale.  She will share “Last Words” from Romans 16.  Come and hear more about Paul’s final instructions to the “church” in Rome (and to You and Me) this Sunday !  We will share pictures from last week’s Diakoneo Day – as well as share in the Lord’s Supper together.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.    We sure hope you are planning to join us this week  🙂

IMPORTANT VBC HAPPENINGS !!!

 

RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) Coming to VBC !

Hope you will join us on SUNDAY OCTOBER 15th at 10:30am and at 7pm to hear Michael Suderman from RZIM share a Message on Countering Biblical Unbelief.  You will no doubt be ENCOURAGED, CHALLENGED, and STRENGTHENED in your Faith through the ministry of RZIM.  Tickets will be available for FREE this Sunday, as well as invitation cards to invite your friends.  (FYI – The ticket price doubles beginning next week.)

ATTENTION MEN !!!

On THURSDAY OCTOBER 12 there is a MEN’S Seminar at the Horton Brook Free Methodist Church with Pastor Bob Lozier (about 10 minutes past Roscoe).  It will run from 6 – 8pm, with refreshments to follow.  The cost is $10.  Pastor Ed and a few others from VBC will be attending – let him know by Sunday if you will join him.

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (10/1/17)

Dear VBC Family –

 

DIAKONEO DAY IS THIS SUNDAY !!        Note Schedule Change !!

SUNDAY WORSHIP is at 9:00am this week.  (No Sunday School)

(Please tell anyone you think may NOT be aware of this week’s schedule change)

Jesus said, “I did not come to BE SERVED – but TO SERVE.” ( And told His Disciples – US-  to do likewise.)  With that in mind – we’re having our 2nd Annual DIAKONEO DAY (Day of SERVICE) this Sunday, October 1st.  We will have a Worship Service at 9am followed by going out to SERVE in several community projects from 10 – 12:30.  We will meet back at VBC for an optional celebration luncheon at 1pm.

We hope YOU will join us !!  (Projects include baking cookies for our “cookie Blessings”, household help from yard-work to cleaning to minor repairs to wood splitting/stacking, and doing trail work/picking up trash at Walnut Mtn. Park.  )

Come dressed in WORK clothes- bring work gloves –

and don’t forget to wear your RED DIAKONEO SHIRTS !!!

(It’s NOT too late to get added to the SERVANT list – Please RESPOND to this email and I will add you to the Diakoneo Day list.)

THANK YOU to ALL who participated in our FREEDOM SUNDAY Service last week.

FREEDOM has always been a founding principal of FREE Methodism.  From it’s inception the FM Church has fought tirelessly against slavery in all it’s forms – and continues that fight today all around the world.  That’s why we’ve partnered with our Brother and Sister FREE METHODISTS from around the globe – along with the SET FREE MOVEMENT (http://setfreemovement.com/)  – and celebrated FREEDOM SUNDAY.  Last week we highlighted the continued need to fight for FREEDOM – and WE CONTINUE to PRAY for God’s hand to do the miraculous for those held captive all around the globe (and YES – even in the UNITED STATES !)

Thanks to your GIVING HEARTS we collected $973 to support the EFFORTS OF THE SET FREE MOVEMENT.  

For those of you who still wish to participate it’s NOT too late to contribute.  Just make out your check to VBC and put FREEDOM SUNDAY OFFERING on the memo – or on your cash envelope.  THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A BLESSING to OTHERS !

 

See you all on Sunday  🙂

Love you MUCH !

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (9/17/17)

Dear VBC Family – 
 
Sunday’s Coming and we’re very excited !
This week Pastor Ed will share from Romans 14 where Paul challenges Believers To NOT MAJOR on the MINORS !  Come and hear more about Paul’s instructions to the “church” (You and Me) this Sunday !
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue at 9:00am.  
We had a WONDERFUL first day last week – and we sure hope you are planning to join us this week  🙂
 
CONNECTION GROUPS: 
Groups meeting in people’s homes are as follows:
Monday nights at 6:30:
Host – Dave and Robbi Philips – Study “Raising Godly Kids in an Ungodly World.”  (Just outside of Liberty toward Neversink)
Host – Frank and Rita DeMayo – Study “Experiencing God”  (In Liberty)
Host – Paul and Kathy Lounsbury – Study “Taking Sunday’s sermon deeper”  (Grahamsville)
Thursday nights at 6:30:
Al and Mary Hudz – “A study of I Samuel.” – (White Sulphur Springs).
It’s NOT TOO LATE to join any of these groups.  Simply EMAIL ME BACK if you are interested in a group and I will pass your name on to the group leader to give you a call  🙂
Other Groups:
Wednesday beginning Sept. 20th – Clean, Sober, and Saved RECOVERY Program at VBC Fellowship Hall.
Thursday MORNINGS
6:15 AM – “Disciplines of a Godly Man” Men’s Group with Pastor Ed at VBC Office.
10:30AM – “Freedom In Christ” Women’s Group with Pastor Robin at VBC Office. (Different than Sunday School study)
6:30PM – “Freedom In Christ” Women’s Group with Pastor Robin at VBC Office. (Different than Sunday School study)

Beginning THURSDAY October 5th – Clean, Sober, and SAVED Family and Friends Program at VBC Fellowship Hall.
 
Hope you’ll GET CONNECTED in a small group  🙂  
 
PRAY FERVENTLY for:
Those in Texas and Florida still suffering from the aftermath of the devastating hurricanes.
Please keep Karen Curry (and Bob) in your prayers.  Karen had surgery today (Thursday).  Pray for God’s presence to continue to fill them.
UPCOMING EVENTS:
There is SO MUCH going on and coming up to help ENCOURAGE YOU and GROW YOU in YOUR FAITH !!  Sure hope you’ll come and BE BLESSED !!
We are VERY EXCITED to launch the CLEAN, SOBER, and SAVED Program created by Tracy and Darryl Strawberry.  (Yes – THAT Darryl Strawberry !)
This is a TWO-FOLD Ministry:  One part ministers to those in need of RECOVERY right now (begins Wed. 9/20), while the 2nd part ministers to all those AFFECTED by a person in the grip of addiction either in their present or past (begins Thurs. 10/5).  For more information see Pastor Robin, this week’s bulletin, get a poster in church, or go to the CSS website at Strawberryministries.org.
 
We are beginning a THURSDAY MORNING OPEN PRAYER time at VBC from 7am till 8:30am.  Stop by on your way to work, or just drop in for this informal opportunity to seek God for the needs of our church, community, nation, and world.  When you come in just come down front and join those already praying – pray out as you are led – or just spend time glorifying God for his Goodness.  (This will replace the Sat. morning prayer group.)
 
We’re planning our 2nd Annual DIAKONEO DAY on Sunday October 1st.  We will have a Worship Service at 9am followed by going out to serve in several community projects from 10 – 12:30.  We will meet back at VBC for an optional celebration luncheon at 1pm.  If you know of someone who needs yard work, a minor home repair, … see pastor Ed. 
 
Set aside Sunday, October 15th for an evangelistic and apologetics presentation at VBC by Michael Suderman from the Ravi Zacharias Ministry team.  This will surely strengthen your faith and give you more confidence in defending your Christian beliefs.  Michael will be sharing a brief presentation at our 10:30 Worship Service – and a FULL presentation with time for you to ask TOUGH questions at 7pm.  Plan to attend !
 
Calling all Ladies !!  Join us on Saturday, October 21st as we travel to our sister FMC in Walton for the Weathering the Storms of Life Women’s Conference.  See Pastor Robin for registration info.  
 
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin