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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.

Young Adults Dinner/Fellowship Friday, May 19

A Young Adults Dinner/Fellowship will be held on FRIDAY MAY 19th at 6pm. This is open to all post-high school through 30 somethings. We will serve you a DELICIOUS DINNER while you enjoy each other’s company – have a brief devotional by “30 something” Pastors James and Jen Cohen – and we’ll watch the kids downstairs !! Sign up at the back table in the sanctuary.

SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER

Pastor Robin leads an intercessory prayer time from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. 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 !

Sunday’s Comin’

We’re EXCITED about all that God is up to at VBC !!

We PRAISE GOD for ALL He has been doing in people’s lives 🙂

Our KENYA MISSION TEAM will be hosting a traditional AFRICAN TEA during the Sunday School hour at 9 am. ALL are invited as we share God’s Blessings during our time in Africa.

This week we head back to the Book of Romans. Pastor Robin will present “Judgment is Coming !” as we look closely at Romans Chapter 2. We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper together.

Pastor Ed

Church Work Day on May 6 POSTPONED

The church work day scheduled for Saturday, May 6 will be reschedules because of the forecast of rainy weather. If you want to help do some work around the church and the grounds watch for the new date. The hours available for service will be 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The more people who help, the more work gets done!

A Review of Holy Week

PRAISE GOD !!
It was a busy but BLESSING FILLED week at VBC !  Let’s CELEBRATE all of God’s BLESSINGS this past week !!
Here’s an overview of PRAISES:
At Thursday’s Seder Communion Service we had 42 people learn about Jesus in the Passover meal.
At the Good Friday Service four churches came together to share what was “Good” about Good Friday.  It was an enriching night with 72 people present.
On Easter Sunday morning at 6:15am 41 people joined us on Walnut Mountain to see a beautiful sunrise and to worship and celebrate the SON-rise !!  We returned to VBC for a wonderful “Chef Mark” French-toast breakfast.
Finally – our Easter Worship Service was an incredible celebration with many visitors – 129 people in all – and 4 new commitments to Jesus !!!
THANK YOU to ALL the hands that helped make this incredible week possible.  For the “grounds crew” who helped make the outside more welcoming, to the greeters and ushers who made the inside more welcoming, to the many skilled musicians who put in much “overtime”  this week, to the nursery and Children’s Church leaders, and of course to all the “extra hands” that chipped in as needed to move chairs, make food, PRAY for us, and cheer others on through the week – you all are a BLESSING from God in many ways !!!!      Praise the Lord – He is SOOOO Good !!!
Pastor Ed Sostak