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Sunday’s Comin’ (2/11/18)

Dear VBC Family – 
 
Sunday’s Coming !!
Over the last couple weeks we have looked at the key components of the VBC Vision (see below).  This week Pastor Ed will speak on Part V – how “Fervent Prayer” is critical to who we are as a church.   Our desire is to … 

Be a Healthy Biblical Community, that brings the Light of Jesus into our communities,

through the foundational truths of God’s Word, Spirit-filled Worship, and fervent prayer.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.  
(Be sure to say THANK YOU to our amazing CE staff for the great ways they are loving and teaching our kids !!)
 
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!
 
OTHER HAPPENINGS  🙂
Kenya Mission Team applications are now available for our 2019 Mission Trip !  See Pastor Ed for a copy or more information.
Ladies – Ladies – Ladies !!
Registration forms are now available for the WMI Women’s Conference being held on April 27-29.
There are scholarships available –  see Pastor Robin for more info. 
 
Teens – Teens – TEENS !!
We have two great opportunities coming up:
Pizza and a Concert on Feb. 24th – Unspoken – Montgomery, NY.
Pizza and a Concert on March 24th – We Are Messengers – Poughkeepsie, NY.
See Kate DeMayo for more info. or to join in on the fun !!
 
Families – Families – FAMILIES !!!
Why not plan to join the Acts 12:24 Conference at the TOGETHER FAMILY Conference.  It will be held July 22-24 at the Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pa.  This not only gives your family the opportunity to join in fellowship and teaching with our conference leadership and pastors, meet other FM families from throughout the Tri-state area, while enjoying the largest indoor waterpark in the Northeast !!
For more info. see Pastor Ed or go to www.togetherfamilyconference.com.
 
 
 
The Clean, Sober, and Saved RECOVERY Program has kicked off again – and it’s NOT TOO LATE to join in !  It meets on Wednesday nights from from 6:30pm – 8pm.  It is being led by Tom Nolan and Frank DeMayo.  This program is for ANYONE who is struggling with addiction, or any area of their life that has an unhealthy grip on their life.  This program was developed by Tracy and Darryl Strawberry, and leads people to be SET FREE in Jesus Name.  ALL are welcome to attend – see Tom or Frank for more information.
 
The Clean, Sober, and Saved FRIENDS and FAMILY Program will be starting again on Thursday, Feb. 22nd from 6:30-8:00pm.  Mark and Kathy Markowski will be leading this.  This program is for anyone who has or is being affected by someone under the grip of addiction – or anyone struggling with co-dependency.  ALL are welcome to attend !!
 
Love you all – 
Robin and Ed

 

Sunday’s Comin’ (2/4/2018)

Dear VBC Family – 
 
Sunday’s Coming !!
Over the last couple weeks we have looked at the key components of the VBC Vision (see below).  This week Pastor Robin will speak on Part IV – how “Spirit filled Worship” is critical to who we are as a church.   Our desire is to … 

Be a Healthy Biblical Community, that brings the Light of Jesus into our communities,

through the foundational truths of God’s Word, Spirit-filled Worship, and fervent prayer.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.  
(Be sure to say THANK YOU to our amazing CE staff for the great ways they are loving and teaching our kids !!)
 
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!
 
OTHER HAPPENINGS  🙂
Kenya Mission Team applications are now available for our 2019 Mission Trip !  See Pastor Ed for a copy or more information.
Ladies – Ladies – Ladies !!
Plan to join us for our SWEETHEART LUNCHEON on Saturday Feb. 10th at 12noon at VBC.  Chef Mark will once again create a scrumptious lunch !!  Minstrel Paul will serenade the crowd with “love” melodies.  ALL are welcome – feel free to invite a friend (or two).  
Must sign up by this Sunday (or email me back today  🙂
 
Registration forms are now available for the WMI Women’s Conference being held on April 27-29.
There are scholarships available –  see Pastor Robin for more info. 
 
NEW NEW NEW Ladies Bible Study begins Feb. 8th
Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
Thursday mornings from 10am – 12noon.
ALL are welcome !  See Pastor Robin for more info. !
 
Kathy Jo and Larry DiMeo send their love to all at VBC.  They would enjoy hearing back – here’s their new address:
Kathy Jo/Larry DiMeo
3735 Stafford Place Blvd.
Winston Salem, NC  27127
 
The Clean, Sober, and Saved RECOVERY Program has kicked off again – and it’s NOT TOO LATE to join in !  It meets on Wednesday nights from from 6:30pm – 8pm.  It is being led by Tom Nolan and Frank DeMayo.  This program is for ANYONE who is struggling with addiction, or any area of their life that has an unhealthy grip on their life.  This program was developed by Tracy and Darryl Strawberry, and leads people to be SET FREE in Jesus Name.  ALL are welcome to attend – see Tom or Frank for more information.
 
Love you all – 
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (1/28/18)

Over the last couple weeks we have looked at the key components of the VBC Vision (see below).  This week Pastor Ed will speak on Part III – how the “Foundational Truths of God’s Word” are critical to who we are as a church. 

Be a Healthy Biblical Community, that brings the Light of Jesus into our communities,

through the foundational truths of God’s Word, Spirit-filled worship, and fervent prayer.

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.  
(Be sure to say THANK YOU to our amazing CE staff for the great ways they are loving and teaching our kids !!)
 
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!
 
OTHER HAPPENINGS  🙂
Kenya Mission Team applications are now available for our 2019 Mission Trip !  See Pastor Ed for a copy or more information.
Ladies – Ladies – Ladies !!
Plan to join us for our SWEETHEART LUNCHEON on Saturday Feb. 10th at 12noon at VBC.  Chef Mark will once again create a scrumptious lunch !!  Minstrel Paul will serenade the crowd with “love” melodies.  ALL are welcome – feel free to invite a friend (or two).  You Sign up sheets are in the back of the church – or email me and I’ll add you to the list.
 
Registration forms are now available for the WMI Women’s Conference being held on April 27-29.  See Pastor Robin for more info. 
Kathy Jo and Larry DiMeo send their love to all at VBC.  They would enjoy hearing back – here’s the new address:
Kathy Jo/Larry DiMeo
3735 Stafford Place Blvd.
Winston Salem, NC  27127
 
The Clean, Sober, and Saved RECOVERY Program has kicked off again – and it’s NOT TOO LATE to join in !  It meets on Wednesday nights from from 6:30pm – 8pm.  It is being led by Tom Nolan and Frank DeMayo.  This program is for ANYONE who is struggling with addiction, or any area of their life that has an unhealthy grip on their life.  This program was developed by Tracy and Darryl Strawberry, and leads people to be SET FREE in Jesus Name.  ALL are welcome to attend – see Tom or Frank for more information.
 
Love you all – 
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (12/31/17)

This Sunday we celebrate the last Sunday of 2017 !!  Pastor Ed will challenge us to consider what really excites us about a NEW Year !?
We hope you will join us as we send out the “old” and bring in the “NEW” this Sunday !!
 
Important Reminder – there will NOT be Sunday School this Sunday the 31st.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will resume on January 7th at 9:00am.
FOOD HELP needed:  Yesterday a WSS family lost their home to fire.  They are staying in a hunting lodge, and have said that any prepared meals would be a huge help at this time.  If you can make a meal and bring it on Sunday we would make sure it gets to them.
Hope to see you all on Sunday –
Much love – 
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (12/24/17)

Dear VBC Family –
 
This Sunday we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Advent as we inch closer and closer to the celebration of Christ’s coming as a babe in a manger – and the future coming as Christ returns !  
This week we will light the candle of PEACE.  Pastor Robin will challenge us to “Follow the Star that Leads to Peace !” 
Come and discover PEACE anew this Sunday !!
 
Also, this Sunday we will have a special treat as our children and young teens will lead us in a very special music program which will surely spur us all on to focus our hearts on Jesus this Christmas !  You won’t want to miss this !!
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will continue 9:00am this week, however there will NOT be Sunday School on Sunday the 31st.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
 
We hope you will plan to join us on Sunday evening for our Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service at 7pm.  This will be a wonderful celebration of Christ’s coming as the Light of the World !  This is a great Service to bring your friends and family members to !
Hope to see you all on Sunday –
Much love – 
Robin and Ed

New Members Join in December

On Sunday, December 3, 2017, the church added 8 new members. Congratulations to the following people who were wholeheartedly welcomed into Membership at Vine and Branch Church, a Free Methodist Congregation !  Thank you all for loving Jesus and willingly serving Him and others.

Doug Booth
Malcom Max Booth
Nancy DeVault
Cheryl Labella
Mark Markowski
Ison Patterson
Joan Patterson
Blue Sparks

Here are some pictures of the service.

 

Sunday’s Comin’ (12/17/17)

Dear VBC Family –
 
This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent – a time of preparation for the coming of the King (now and future).  
This week we will light the candle of JOY.  Pastor Ed will challenge us to adopt an attitude of “JOY for the Journey” !  
Come and discover JOY anew this Sunday !!
 
Also, this Sunday we will have a special treat as several of our Young Teens will be doing a special musical selection to spur us all on to focus our hearts on Jesus this Christmas !
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will resume at 9:00am.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!
Our Children’s Sunday School will be practicing for a very special Christmas musical presentation for the 10:30 Christmas Eve Worship Service.
You will not want to miss that !
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
 
JOIN us for A NIGHT in BETHLEHEM on Sat. Dec. 16th from 4-6pm !!
The Big event is almost here and you will be AMAZED at the transformation of our Sanctuary into the Town of Bethlehem !!!  
We sure hope you have invited lots of people to experience Christmas like never before !!  It is our desire to bring the GOOD NEWS of JESUS front and center this Christmas season !  THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who gave SO MUCH of themselves to make this possible.  We are convinced that God will use this event to make an ETERNAL DIFFERENCE !!  Join us in prayer for the Holy Spirit to prepare hearts to receive the GREATEST GIFT of all this Christmas  🙂
We’re also really looking forward to our Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service on Sun. 24th at 7pm.
This is a wonderful Service to bring your friends and family members to !
Hope to see you all on Saturday and Sunday –
Much love – 
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (12/10/17)

Dear VBC Family –
 
This Sunday we celebrate the second Sunday of Advent – a time of preparation for the coming of the King (now and future).  This week we will light the candle of LOVE.  Pastor Robin will call us to “Folllow the star to Love.”  Come and discover LOVE anew this Sunday !!
 
****   Our Annual Society Meeting will be held THIS SUNDAY Dec. 9th at 9am in the Sanctuary.  ALL are welcome to attend.  We will not have Sunday School – however there will be a Children’s program for all kids upstairs in the Fellowship Hall with Mrs. Dowe.
(SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES will resume at 9:00am on the 17th.    Come and join in as we explore the GREAT TRUTHS of God’s Word !!
We are looking forward to two special music performances by our VBC kids/teens on the 17th and the 24th.  Be sure to mark those special dates !)
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
 
JOIN us for A NIGHT in BETHLEHEM on Sat. Dec. 16th !!
The Big event is almost here!    Hope you have invited lots of people to “A Night in Bethlehem” 
There a few last details I would like to share with you. 
 
1) Sanctuary break-down will happen this Sunday after our Worship Service.  Hope MANY of you will help stack/remove chairs !!
2) We need LOTS of COOKIES for this event ! (Reply to this email if you are willing to BAKE  🙂
3) We still need one more easy pop-up TENT and several fake green plants.  REPLY if you can help  🙂
4) Do you want to help decorate?    We are working on Mon, Tues, and Wed from 4pm – 6 pm each night.   Feel free to come out and help if you have time.
Need more info. – see Pastor Robin.
Looking for a great evening out ?  Join us as we head to see Pastor Paul Nilsen (from the Free Methodist Church in Liv. Manor) perform the play JOB:  I Know My Redeemer Lives ! at LightHouse Ministries this Saturday (9th) at 6pm.  LightHouse Ministries is located at 23 Triangle Road in Liberty.  There will be a free-will offering taken.
We will have our Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service on Sun. 24th at 7pm.  This is a wonderful Service to bring your friends and family members to.
 
See you all on Sunday !!
Love you all –
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (12/3/17)

VBC Family –
 
This Sunday begins the Season of Advent – a time of preparation for the coming of the King (now and future).  We will have the Patterson Family light the Advent Candle of HOPE.  Pastor Ed will speak on the HOPE that we have through Christ – REAL Hope – ready and available for ALL !!  Come and replenish your “Hope” supply 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 !!   We are looking forward to two special music performances by our VBC kids/teens on the 17th and the 24th.  Be sure to mark those special dates !
IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
 
Please bring in your WMI Giving Calendar gifts this Sunday.  We will send those out immediately so desperately needed funding will reach the special project areas still in need of support to finish the year.
 
Our Annual Society Meeting will be held on Sunday Dec. 9th at 9am.  ALL are welcome to attend.  We will not have Sunday School – however there will be a Children’s program for all kids.
 
Join us and INVITE a FRIEND to A Night in Bethlehem at VBC on Saturday Dec. 16th from 4-6pm.  THANK YOU to all who are working incredibly hard to make this a wonderful outreach opportunity.  YOU can help by bringing a new family or two … along with you ! 
 
We will have our Christmas Eve Candle-lighting Service on Sun. 24th at 7pm.  This is a wonderful Service to bring your friends and family members to.
 
Hot off the presses – we will be hosting the Robert’s Wesleyan College chorale on Monday, May 7th at 7pm.  The RWC chorale is a 38 member group of very gifted college students who will Bless us with a wonderful night of song.  Plan to attend !  Also – you will even have the opportunity to house a pair of students for the evening 🙂  More info. coming soon.
 
See you all on Sunday !!
 
Love you all – 
Ed and Robin

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