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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

Sunday’s Comin’ (9/10/17)

Sunday’s Coming and we’re very excited !
This week Pastor Robin will share from Romans 13 where Paul challenges Believers NOT to FALL ASLEEP and miss the SIGNS of the TIMES we live in !  Come and hear more about Paul’s warning to the “church” (You and Me) this Sunday !
 
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES begins this Sunday at 9:00am.  
Sure hope you are planning to attend  🙂
 
Connection Group information will be shared on Sunday.  Hope you’ll GET CONNECTED in a small group  🙂  
 
PRAY FERVENTLY for:
Those in Texas still suffering from the aftermath of the devastating hurricane, as well as those in the path of the current hurricane.  Pray for God’s intervention !
Please keep Karen Curry (and Bob) in your prayers as they travel to Sloan-Kettering tomorrow (Friday).  Pray for God’s presence 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 will be hosting a Home-Going Celebration in honor of Mary Mahoney on Saturday, September 9th at 1:00pm.
Our VBC Family will be hosting the luncheon after the Service.
 
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 a quick celebration luncheon at 1pm.  More details coming.  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 a representative from the Ravi Zacharias Ministry team.  This will surely strengthen your faith and give you more confidence in defending your Christian beliefs.  More details coming soon !
 
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.