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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

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.  
 

Sunday’s Comin’ (9/3/17)

Sunday’s Coming and we’re very excited !
What is “The Greatest of These” in YOUR life !?!  This week Pastor Ed will share the final section of Romans 12 where Paul challenges Believers to above all else – LOVE !!  Come and hear more about Paul’s instruction to the “church” (You and Me) this Sunday !
 
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 !! 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 
The Ball Brothers concert at VBC is TOMORROW (Friday) and it’s NOT TOO LATE to join us !!!
We sure hope you will join us for this GREAT evening of Praise/Worship at 7pm.  
Tickets will be available at the door – so come and bring a friend!!
 
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 a luncheon after the Service.  We have the main dish already covered – we need some cut up fresh fruit, veggie platters, and LOTS of DESSERTS  🙂  Please reply if you are able to help – and let me know what you will bring.  THANK YOU !!  
 
Sunday School for ALL ages will resume on September 10th at 9am.  Hope to see the WHOLE FAMILY !!!
Some of our home Connection Groups will also resume that week.  (More details coming !!)
 
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.  

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