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.
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.
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 !
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.
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!
On Resurrection Sunday 41 people gathered at Walnut Mountain for a service at 6:17 AM to celebrate Jesus’s victory over death. The temperature was pushing into the low 50’s as the first rays of the sun peaked over the trees. The worship team sang “I Will Rise” as a prelude and Ralph Bressler sang “Grave Robber” by Petra. The worship team also lead the congregation in “lo, in the Grave He Lay” and “Because He Lives”. Pastor Ed presented a short message that reminded those present that when Jesus rose from the dead it was not only His resurrection but it was also ours. When Jesus rose from the dead He showed us that death has no grip on us and that we can have eternal life if we believe in Him. After the service, those present returned to the church for a breakfast. The preparation was supervised by Mark Markowski with help from other church members.
On Sunday, May 7, the members of the missionary team that went to Kenya will present a video and discussion of their trip at 9:00 a.m. during the Sunday School hour. This will be a more in-depth discussion than was initially presented in during a recent church service. As a part of the presentation, the group will prepare a traditional Kenyan tea. Make sure you mark this on your calendar and invite others to attend.
E3 – Equipping for Excellence and Expansion is a series of six meetings across the United States with all three Free Methodist Bishops and other denominational leaders. The presentations by Bishops Thomas, Roller and Kendall are posted below. You can see the other presentations at E3 Resources. Another interesting document is the Multiplication Plan. (more…)