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Sunday’s Coming’ (8/20/17)

Dear VBC Family – 
 
Sunday’s Coming and we’re very excited !
What kind of “sacrifices” have you made in your life ?  This week Pastor Ed will share from Romans 12 where Paul challenges Believers to be a “LIVING SACRIFICE.”  There’s a problem with “Living” sacrifices – they tend to CRAWL off the altar !  So – NO CRAWLING ALLOWED  🙂  Come and hear more about Paul’s instruction to the church this Sunday !
After-Church Social this week !!
As you’ve heard by now – this will be the last Sunday that the DiMeo’s will be with us as they’re headed south to be near family.  So we’re planning a short after-church social to say “goodbye.”  (Shhhh it’s a SECRET)  We could still use a few more goodies for the social – and we will also have a card box for cards/notes of thanks/encouragement.  Email us back if you will be bringing a goodie to share 🙂
UPCOMING EVENTS:
Ball Brothers in Concert at VBC !!
This is a WONDERFUL Blessing we have been able to take advantage of, and we sure hope you will join us for this GREAT evening of Praise/Worship on Friday September 1st at 7pm.  Tickets for the concert are still available (but you better get them soon) !!I  Tickets are FREE but REQUIRED, and there will be a love offering taken at the concert to Bless the ongoing ministry of the Ball Brothers.  To get your ticket(s) just email the church office at vineandbranchchurch@gmail.com (yes-this is the correct address this time :).  Please put TICKETS in the subject.  Send the name(s) of each person you are requesting a ticket for and an individual ticket will be emailed back to you for each person.  Even better – Tickets will be available this Sunday following the Service – just see Ralph.  I have also attached a poster for you to use to invite your friends !!!
Our VBC Website
If you have not checked out our VBC CHURCH WEBSITE lately you’re missing a lot !!  Go to vineandbranchchurch.org and check out the array of information you may be missing from week to week.  (Remember – if you miss a Sunday this is the place to go to listen to the recorded sermon  🙂
 
Later in August we will be bringing in NEW MEMBERS to VBC.  If you are interested in MEMBERSHIP at VBC (or just want to ask a couple questions about it) – grab Robin or Ed or drop us an email and we’ll schedule a time to sit down together.
 
SAVE THE DATES !
 
Sunday School for ALL ages will resume on September 10th.
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (8/6/17)

Dear VBC Family – 
Last week we experienced an amazing move of God, and we look forward to even more this week as we gather to “Worship Him in Spirit and Truth !”
This Sunday Ralph Bressler will be bringing the Message as Pastors Robin and Ed are headed to Maine for the week.  Ralph will be sharing a Message titled “Facing Your Giants” using the 23rd Psalm to encourage the Saints.  “All of us have ‘giants” that are obstacles to our living a good Christian life.  We can choose to give in to them or to overcome them. If they are truly ‘giants’, we will need some help to defeat them.”
 
In the Pastors absence our Church Delegate (Frank DeMayo) resumes responsibility for the church.  You can contact Frank at fdemayo@cinium.com or call his cell 796-6081.  We expect to still be available via email and our phones, but it may be spotty.   If there is an emergency please contact ALL of us !!! 
Sure hope you’ll come and be ENCOURAGED as we WORSHIP the Lord together !
***  Hear ye – hear ye – tickets for the Ball Brothers concert on Friday, September 1st at 7pm are now available !!I  Tickets are FREE but REQUIRED, and there will be a love offering taken at the concert to Bless the ongoing ministry of the Ball Brothers.  To get your ticket(s) just email the church office at vineandbranchchurch@gmail.com.  Please put TICKETS in the subject.  Send the name(s) of each person you are requesting a ticket for and an individual ticket will be emailed back to you for each person.  Tickets will also be available this Sunday following the Service.  For a glimpse of the Ball Brothers music go to this YouTube video.  I have attached a poster for you to use to invite your friends !!!
(Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!)
 
If you have not checked out our VBC CHURCH WEBSITE lately you’re missing a lot !!  Go to vineandbranchchurch.org and check out the array of information you may be missing from week to week.  (Remember – if you miss a Sunday this is the place to go to listen to the recorded sermon  🙂
 
Later in August we will be bringing in NEW MEMBERS to VBC.  If you are interested in MEMBERSHIP at VBC (or just want to ask a couple questions about it) – grab one of us or drop us an email and we’ll schedule a time to sit down together.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
****   SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER is postponed for this week.
 
SAVE THE DATES !
 
Sunday School for ALL ages will resume on September 10th.
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (7/30/17)

Dear VBC Family – 
We are REALLY EXCITED about this Sunday’s Service !!  First of all we will be celebrating the Sacrament of BAPTISM with several people !!
In addition to that – we have some exciting news to share about TWO SPECIAL EVENTS coming to VBC that will surely BLESS and ENCOURAGE you in your Faith journey !!
This Sunday we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Ed will be sharing a Message from the last part of Romans chapter 10 titled “Can You Hear Me Now !?”  Sure hope you’ll come and be ENCOURAGED as we WORSHIP the Lord together !
(Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!)
 
Later in August we will be bringing in NEW MEMBERS to VBC.  If you are interested in MEMBERSHIP at VBC (or just want to ask a couple questions about it) – grab one of us or drop us an email and we’ll schedule a time to sit down together.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
SAVE THE DATES !
Sunday School for ALL ages will resume on September 10th.
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

Dear VBC Family – 
Greetings Church !!   
What a WEEK we had !!  Our Vacation Bible School was a huge success thanks to the MANY HANDS who helped in SO MANY ways !!  
Well done VBS Team !!!
This Sunday we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Robin will be sharing a Message from Romans chapter 9-10 titled “Seeing the Forest Through the Trees.”  Come and be ENCOURAGED this week and join the rest of the VBC family as we WORSHIP the Lord together !
(Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!)
 
We are VERY EXCITED about our special BAPTISM SERVICE on July 30th.  It’s not too late to be a part of it.  If you are interested in being BAPTIZED or MEMBERSHIP at VBC drop Ed/Robin an email or speak to one us.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
VBC T-Shirts for Sale !!  (STILL A FEW LEFT 🙂
We have a small supply left of gray T-Shirts that are EMBROIDERED with the VBC logo. (sizes medium to 2XL)  We got a special deal and can pass them on to you for only $10.00 each.  (This is exactly what they cost us to have made – this is not a fundraiser.)  See Pastor Ed to purchase one or email him back and he’ll save you one.
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

Dear VBC Family – 
Greetings Church !!   God has be SO FAITHFUL this week !!
This Sunday we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Ed will be sharing a Message from Romans chapter 9 titled “A Bleeding Heart !”  (Ever been labeled that ?  If so – you’re in good company !!)
Come and be ENCOURAGED this week and join the rest of the VBC family as we WORSHIP the Lord together !
(Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!)
 
As you also know – this week we have hosted Brett and Barb Heitzman, National FMC Leaders.  We have been SO BLESSED through their teaching over the last two days, and we BELIEVE TONIGHT’S PRAYER SUMMIT called HUNGER and THIRST from 3 – 8pm will be even more AMAZING !!    It’s OPEN TO ALL – we sure hope YOU are planning to attend !!
 
Interested in being BAPTIZED or MEMBERSHIP at VBC ?  We are in the process of organizing both – drop Ed/Robin an email or speak to us if you are interested.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
VBC T-Shirts for Sale !!
We have a small supply left of gray T-Shirts that are EMBROIDERED with the VBC logo. (sizes medium to 2XL)  We got a special deal and can pass them on to you for only $10.00 each.  (This is exactly what they cost us to have made – this is not a fundraiser.)  See Pastor Ed to purchase one or email him back and he’ll save you one.
SAVE THE DATES !
 
JULY 17 – 21st (evening) – VBS (Vacation Bible School)  NOW’S THE TIME TO INVITE KIDS to JOIN THE FUN !!!  (You won’t believe the work that is that is taking place behind the scenes to TRANSFORM VBC into the FUN FACTORY VBS !!!)  Thank you Palmer family, Dowe Family, and Kathy Lounsbury !!
 
 
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

Dear VBC Family – 
Greetings Church !!   God is so Good !!  I’m coming to you this morning from the Poconos where we have spent the last couple days celebrating our 33 years of wedded bliss !!!  (and quiet our hearts before the Lord as we sought His plan for VBC.)  We are SO EXCITED for all the ways He is STIRRING HIS SPIRIT – and for the GREAT WAYS He will be working in this week ahead and beyond !
This Sunday we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Robin will be sharing a Message from the last part of Romans chapter 8 where God proclaims that “We are more than conquerers … !”  Sure hope you’ll come and be ENCOURAGED as we WORSHIP the Lord together !
This week we will also participate in Pray Together Sunday, a national day of prayer coordinated by the National Association of Evangelicals (which the FMC is part of).  At the heart of Pray Together Sunday is the belief that Jesus changes everything. With one voice, we will worship Him and ask Him to transform our congregations, communities and nation for His glory. We will ask God for renewal in our own hearts and in those around us.
(Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!)
 
As you also know – this week we are hosting Brett and Barb Heitzman, National FMC Leaders, who will be training some of our leadership earlier in the week, and then leading a PRAYER SUMMIT called HUNGER and THIRST that is open to ALL who wish to attend (several churches from our community have already committed to join us as well – we sure hope YOU will come !!  It will be held on THURSDAY from 3 – 8pm (dinner included !)  Come for ALL or part – see Pastor Robin to register.
Speaking of FOOD … 
We need help feeding A LOT of people on Thursday !!  (planning TACOS for 80 people – about 200 tacos !!!)
We need 3 crock-pots of taco meat, 3 big tins of Spanish rice, 2 crock pots of re-fried beans, someone to bring shredded lettuce (2 heads ?), cut up tomatoes (10 ?), shredded cheddar (one giant bag), sour cream (3 ?), salsa (4 lg. jars), 100 soft shell tacos, and 100 hard shell tacos.
Email Ed/Robin how you can help  🙂
 
Interested in being BAPTIZED or MEMBERSHIP at VBC ?  We are in the process of organizing both – drop Ed/Robin an email or speak to us if you are interested.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
VBC T-Shirts for Sale !!
We have a small supply left of gray T-Shirts that are EMBROIDERED with the VBC logo. (sizes medium to 2XL)  We got a special deal and can pass them on to you for only $10.00 each.  (This is exactly what they cost us to have made – this is not a fundraiser.)  See Pastor Ed to purchase one or email him back and he’ll save you one.
CAMP TIMBERLEDGE Registration is NOW OPEN !!
Registration for Camp Timberledge’s 2017 Summer Camps is now open.  Register your camper by May 31st with a deposit of $75 and save $30 on overall registration costs!   For more information on our FM camp in Beach Lake, Pa. that serves students entering 4th grade through their senior year, go to www.timberledgeretreatcenter.com/   See Pastor Ed for scholarships offered through VBC. 
 
SAVE THE DATES !
 
JULY 17 – 21st (evening) – VBS (Vacation Bible School)  NOW’S THE TIME TO INVITE KIDS to JOIN THE FUN !!!  (You won’t believe the work that is that is taking place behind the scenes to TRANSFORM VBC into the FUN FACTORY VBS !!!)  Thank you Palmer family, Dowe Family, and Kathy Lounsbury !!
 
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

Dear VBC Family – 
God is so Good !!
This week we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Robin will be sharing a Message titled The Difference IS the Holy Spirit from Romans chapter 8!  Sure hope you’ll come and be ENCOURAGED by what the Apostle Paul shared with the church – and seek to WORSHIP the Lord !
Don’t forget – Sunday School is on a temporary summer break – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
VBC GRADUATING SENIORS RECOGNITION DINNER:   We will be recognizing our graduating high school seniors on Tuesday June 27 at 6:00pm for their wonderful accomplishments, and to encourage them going forward.  If you would like to help with prep and serving please let Robin know.
 
CAMP TIMBERLEDGE Registration is NOW OPEN !!
Registration for Camp Timberledge’s 2017 Summer Camps is now open.  Register your camper by May 31st with a deposit of $75 and save $30 on overall registration costs!   For more information on our FM camp in Beach Lake, Pa. that serves students entering 4th grade through their senior year, go to www.timberledgeretreatcenter.com/   See Pastor Ed for scholarships offered through VBC. 
 
SAVE THE DATES !
 
July 13th – Hunger and Thirst Prayer Conference from 3-8pm.  We will be hosting one of our Free Methodist denominational leaders to help us learn the gift of hunger for the Kingdom, pursue God in prayer with increased passion, expectantly seek His power and presence, and expand our definition of the Kingdom.  We sure hope you will join us for this incredible opportunity !!!
JULY 17 – 21st (evening) – VBS (Vacation Bible School)
 
Saturday JULY 29th – VBC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  8 – 11:30
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY (this Sunday) to ALL THE DADS !!!!   We are VERY THANKFUL for you  🙂
This week we will continue our study of the Book of Romans.  Pastor Ed will be sharing a Message titled The Roller-Coaster called Christianity !  Sure hope you’ll come and be ENCOURAGED by what the Apostle Paul shared with the church.
Don’t forget – Sunday School is temporarily suspended – so we’ll see you at our 10:30 Worship Service !!
 
Great Ministry Opportunity !!
Madison Dunlap (the young girl we’ve been praying for that was hit by a car some time ago) will turn 16 on Monday the 18th. For those who have been following her progress, her mom has asked for her room to be flooded with cards. So if you would like to send her a card, the address is :
 
Madison Dunlap
c/o Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital
1270 Belmont Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12308
Thank you so much !!
Rowena

 
Please continue to send notes and pray for our sick – it means a lot !!!      🙂
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
VBC WORK DAY
ALL are invited on SATURDAY JUNE 17 from 8am – 11am to spruce up the grounds and buildings at VBC !  There will be window washing, grounds work, washing Pastor Ed’s truck, … FELLOWSHIP and a GOOD TIME had by all !!  Hope you’ll plan to attend.  
If you are unable to attend – see Al Hall or Pastor Ed for a list of jobs that can be completed on YOUR schedule.  (we’ll supply what you need)  
The FRUIT CELLAR Food Pantry will be open this SUNDAY from 1-3pm.
VBC GRADUATING SENIORS RECOGNITION DINNER (Due to a Senior Class conflict we are working on a NEW DATE – we will be in touch 🙂
We would like to recognize our graduating high school seniors for this wonderful accomplishment, and encourage them going forward.  Families (including grandparents, …) are invited to attend !!  Please email Pastor Robin with the names of graduates, and information about their plans for their immediate future.
 
CAMP TIMBERLEDGE Registration is NOW OPEN !!
Registration for Camp Timberledge’s 2017 Summer Camps is now open.  Register your camper by May 31st with a deposit of $75 and save $30 on overall registration costs!   For more information on our FM camp in Beach Lake, Pa. that serves students entering 4th grade through their senior year, go to www.timberledgeretreatcenter.com/   See Pastor Ed for scholarships offered through VBC. 
 
SAVE THE DATES !
 
JULY 17 – 21st (evening) – VBS (Vacation Bible School)
 
Saturday JULY 29th – VBC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  8 – 11:30
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’

Dear VBC Family – 
We PRAISE GOD for ALL He has been doing in people’s lives at VBC  🙂
This week we will celebrate Memorial Day by honoring all those who “gave it all” to provide for our freedom and security as Americans.
We will continue studying the Book of Romans.  Pastor Ed will present “No God – No Peace … KNOW God – KNOW PEACE !” as we look closely at Romans Chapter 5.  Sunday School for all ages will continue at 9am.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 
SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER from 7:30 to 8:15am
Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time at VBC for the needs of our community, the membership, and that God would be glorified and His will done through the ministry of VBC.  Open to ALL – hope to see you ! 
 
Pastor Ed, Pastor Robin, and Delegate Frank DeMayo will be away from June 4-6 at our Acts 12:24 Annual Conference in Mt. Bethel, Pa.  We will all be available by cell phone and email in case of an emergency.
***   The LAST DAY of Sunday School for all ages is Sunday June 11th.
 
SS TEACHERS/HELPERS RECOGNITION BREAKFAST (Save the date !)
Allison Turner is organizing a very special breakfast to say THANK YOU for a “Job Well Done !!”
It will be held on SUNDAY JUNE 25th at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall.
 
The FRUIT CELLAR Food Pantry will be open on SUNDAY JUNE 18th from 1-3pm.
 
VBC WORK DAY
ALL are invited on SATURDAY JUNE 17 from 8am – 11am to spruce up the grounds and buildings at VBC !  There will be window washing, grounds work, washing Pastor Ed’s truck, … FELLOWSHIP and a GOOD TIME had by all !!  Hope you’ll plan to attend.  
If you are unable to attend – see Al Hall or Pastor Ed for a list of jobs that can be completed on YOUR schedule.  (we’ll supply what you need)  
 
VBC GRADUATING SENIORS RECOGNITION DINNER
We would like to recognize our graduating high school seniors on WEDNESDAY JUNE 21 at 6:00pm for this wonderful accomplishment, and encourage them going forward.  Families (including grandparents, …) are invited to attend !!  Please email Pastor Ed with the names of graduates, and information re: plans for their immediate future.  Formal invitations will be forthcoming.
 
CAMP TIMBERLEDGE Registration is NOW OPEN !!
Registration for Camp Timberledge’s 2017 Summer Camps is now open.  Register your camper by May 31st with a deposit of $75 and save $30 on overall registration costs!   For more information on our FM camp in Beach Lake, Pa. that serves students entering 4th grade through their senior year, go to www.timberledgeretreatcenter.com/   See Pastor Ed for scholarships offered through VBC. 
 
SAVE THE DATES !
JULY 17 – 21st (evening) – VBS (Vacation Bible School)
Saturday JULY 29th – VBC LEADERSHIP SUMMIT  8 – 11:30
Thank you for BEING the BLESSINGS YOU ALL ARE !!
Love you much !
Ed and Robin

Presentation Highlights Kenyan Mission Trip

On Sunday, May 7, the members of the missionary team that went to Kenya presented a video and discussed of their trip during the Sunday School hour. Ben Dowe wrapped in a traditional Kenyan blanket described some of the highlights of the trip and narrated the 50 minute video with the help of Pastors Ed and Robin Sostak. Grace Dowe, who was also a member of the mission tea, served a traditional Kenyan tea. The tea served to those who attended the presentation included tea given to the tea by their Kenyan host. To accompany the tea the group sampled two “pastries” that often are served with tea. After the video, there was a short question and answer period. The Vina and Branch Church thanks Pastors Ed ad Robin Sostak and Ben and Grace Dowe for helping to spread the Good News to those hungry to hear it. The video above was produced by Grace, Sarah and Molly Dowe from pictures and videos taken during the trip. The video and the comments by the team make it clear that the people they visited in Kenyan may be poor by the standards of the World but are rich in spiritual terms and hunger of the Word of God.