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Resurrection Sunday’s Comin’ (4/1/2018)

Greetings Saints !

We’ve had a WONDERFUL Passion Week thus far as we celebrated Christ in the Seder on Thursday, and a four-church combined Good Friday Service last night !¬† What BLESSINGS they both were !
REMEMBER – SUNDAY’S COMING (tomorrow ūüôā
I just returned from Walnut Mountain Park and am happy to say the parking lot is DRY and CLEAR for us to have our SONrise Service at Walnut Mountain Park !¬† It may be a bit cloudy at first – maybe even a few sprinkles¬†(there is a pavilion to go under if needed) – but don’t let that keep you from the REAL SONrise that is SURE to show up !!!¬† Start time is 6:45am – with BREAKFAST (and COFFEE) to follow at VBC !!!
(REMEMBER – no Sunday School tomorrow)
Oh yes – we will also have a Resurrection Sunday Worship Celebration at 10:30 !!

SEE YOU TOMORROW¬† ūüôā
Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ – Resurrection Sunday (04/01/18)

Dear VBC Family –¬†
 
Sunday’s Coming !!
WOW – it’s hard to believe PASSION WEEK is HERE already !!!¬† This week Pastor Robin will speak of the HOPE we all have because of what Jesus did for us – lost sinners SAVED by the LOVE of the Father through JESUS¬† !!¬† ¬†
REMINDER:  There WILL NOT be SUNDAY SCHOOL this week.
We sure hope to connect with you multiple times in these next couple days as we anticipate and celebrate the RISEN CHRIST !!
See below for our FULL SCHEDULE:
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE @ VBC:¬† (Hope you’ll invite a friend or two …¬† ūüôā
 
TONIGHT (Thursday) March 29 @ 7pm – Christ in the Seder Presentation
Join us as we celebrate “Christ of the Seder” through worship, a walk through the traditional Seder (Passover) meal, while pointing out all the ways Jesus is revealed through the Seder meal.¬† ¬†(Please sign up so we can plan accordingly)
Friday March 30 – Good Friday Service @ 7pm
Join us for a combined “Good” Friday celebration at VBC with Cornerstone Community FMC (Pastor Paul Nilsen), Lighthouse Ministries (Pastor Rich and Pastor Kathie Ienuso), and Word of Life Church (Pastor Carlotta Wilson).¬† We will be speaking on the¬†“Eyewitnesses of the Cross.”
Sunday April 1:
SONrise Service @ 6:45am.
Weather permitting, we will meet at Walnut Mountain Park to sing and worship the RISEN Lord !!  (off Route 55 Рdrive up to the ballfield parking area)
If weather is not cooperating Рwe will meet at the VBC Sanctuary.
(Please check your email tomorrow and Saturday for UPDATES on the location.)
We will have a wonderful BREAKFAST in the Fellowship Hall following the SONrise Service for all who wish to join us.
Resurrection Sunday Worship @ 10:30am   Join us for a wonderful Resurrection Worship Celebration !!
Love you all –¬†
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (3/25/18)

Dear VBC Family –¬†
 
WOW – it’s hard to believe PASSION WEEK begins this Sunday !¬† This week Pastor Ed will speak about NOT¬†“Judging a Book by it’s Cover”¬†as we dig into Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on “Palm” Sunday.
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.  
ADULTS:¬† We will continue the long-awaited¬†EPIC of EDEN Study of RUTH¬†this week !!!¬† You won’t want to miss this !!
(PS:  There will NOT be Sunday School on Easter Sunday)

THANK the LORD that we dodged this last storm, and it looks like we have a GREAT weather day for Sunday Рso plan on joining us to Worship and Give Thanks to our Mighty God and King !!     
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!
 
We are 95% done with our restroom “makeover” !!¬†¬†¬†
THANK YOU to our destruction crew, painters and spacklers, plumbers, picture hangers, decorators, and to ALL for GIVING SO GENEROUSLY !!¬† ¬†We appreciate ALL your efforts toward making VBC a place for God’s Glory to shine bright !
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE @ VBC:¬† (Invite a friend or two …¬† ūüôā
 
**  Thursday March 29 @ 7pm РChrist in the Seder Presentation
Join us as we celebrate “Christ of the Seder” through worship, a walk through the traditional Seder (Passover) meal, while pointing out all the ways Jesus is revealed through the Seder meal.¬† ¬†(Please sign up so we can plan accordingly)
**  Friday March 30 РGood Friday Service @ 7pm
Join us for a combined “Good” Friday celebration at VBC with Cornerstone Community FMC (Pastor Paul Nilsen), Lighthouse Ministries (Pastor Rich and Pastor Kathie Ienuso), and Word of Life Church (Pastor Carlotta Wilson).¬† We will be speaking on the¬†“Eyewitnesses of the Cross.”
Sunday April 1:
**  SONrise Service @ 6:45am
Weather permitting, we will meet at Walnut Mountain Park to sing and worship the RISEN Lord !!  (off Route 55 Рdrive up to the ballfield parking area)
If weather is not cooperating (check your email) – we will meet at the VBC Sanctuary.
Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall will follow for all who wish to join us.¬†¬†(Please sign up so we can plan accordingly¬† ūüôā
**  Resurrection Sunday Worship @ 10:30am   Join us for a wonderful Resurrection Worship Celebration !!
OTHER HAPPENINGS¬† ūüôā
 
We’re EXCITED to announce that on¬†MONDAY, May 7th¬†we will be hosting the¬†RWC (Robert’s Wesleyan College) Chorale¬†for a 7:30pm concert !¬† The RWC Chorale consists of 38 extremely gifted singers who will share a wonderful variety of musical genres with us.¬† And better yet – YOU CAN TAKE TWO (or more) students home with you after the concert !!!¬† (Yes, we do need to house them for the evening following the concert – and return them for breakfast at VBC.¬† All you need to provide is a bed and shower¬† ūüôā¬† There will be a sign-up list this Sunday – or feel free to email me with the number of students you can house – your preference of boys/girls – and if you have an pets.
YOU ARE THE BEST !!!
 
Love you ALL –¬†
Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (03/18/18)

Dear VBC Family –¬†
 
Sunday’s Coming !!
We are continuing to focus on our PERSONAL PREPARATION for Easter week.  This week Pastor Robin will share some very convicting  words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 25:1-13.   
 
It looks like we have a GREAT weather day for Sunday – hope you’ll join us to Worship and Give Thanks to our Mighty God and King !!
SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.  
ADULTS:¬† We will continue the long-awaited¬†EPIC of EDEN Study of RUTH¬†this week !!!¬† You won’t want to miss this !!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!
 
Wait till you see the amazing makeover our restrooms received this week !!¬† We’re not done – but we’ve come a long way !!¬†¬†
Thank you for your continued patience as we finalize this work¬† ūüôā¬†
THANK YOU to our destruction crew, painters and spacklers, plumbers, picture hangers, decorators, and MANY helpers !!    
We appreciate ALL your efforts toward making VBC a place for God’s Glory to shine bright !
Prayer Needed:
Please pray for Jane Senor.  She has several issues that are overwhelming her, including the care for her mom, and she needs her church family to support her in prayer.
 
Please pray for Ruth Misner.¬† She called and asked for prayer for continued health issues, as well as some new health concerns that she is facing. Please pray that God’s presence would be with Ruth in a mighty way.
Two NEW Connection Groups:
 
On Thursdays a study of 2nd Samuel will be held at 6:30 in the church office.   All are welcome !  See Jackie Oliver or Cheryl LaBella if you are interested in attending.
 
On¬†Tuesdays at 4:00pm¬†at Golden Park Apts. (next to Shoprite) – Pastor Robin and Nancy Marks will be leading the¬†Freedom in Christ Discipleship Series¬† “God’s Story”.¬† ¬†This study is great for anyone new to Bible Study.¬† ¬†All are welcome !¬† See Robin or Nancy for more information.


OTHER HAPPENINGS¬† ūüôā
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 another great night out coming up:
We’re headed to another 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 !!
MORE INFO. and DISCOUNTED pricing coming soon !  For an overview go to www.togetherfamilyconference.com.
 
The¬†Clean, Sober, and Saved RECOVERY Program¬†is off and running – 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 is off and running.  It meets Thursdays 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 Рor anyone struggling with co-dependency.  ALL are welcome to attend !!
 
Love you all –¬†
Robin and Ed

Sunday’s Comin’ (3/11/18)

Dear VBC Family –¬†

Sunday’s Coming !!

We are continuing to focus on our PERSONAL PREPARATION for Easter week.  This week Pastor Ed will share some very convicting  words of Jesus recorded in Matthew 23 Рand ask us all to consider the choices before us РWOE or WHOA !?

In addition – we are excited to share a Missionary Moment with updates on the four World Missionary Families we support at VBC.

Unless you want to be VERY LATE to church on Sunday – remember to SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD one hour before you go to bed.

(We’ll prepare for a “second seating at 11:30 for all who forget¬† ūüôā

We have SO MUCH to be THANKFUL FOR Рmake it a point NOW to come together this week to Worship Him !

SUNDAY SCHOOL for ALL AGES continues at 9:00am.

ADULTS:¬† We will begin the long-awaited EPIC of EDEN Study of RUTH this week !!!¬† You won’t want to miss this !!

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday !!

***¬† MEN –

We need some help right after church this Sunday¬†to REMOVE the existing divider stalls and toilets in the men’s and ladies restrooms to make way for the new floors and stalls .¬† We’re excited to see the next phase of the restroom renovations coming !!¬† Thank you for your continued patience as we undergo some needed destruction/construction.¬† The finished product is almost here¬† ūüôā

TWO OTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITIES this week !!¬†(and it’s NOT TOO LATE to JOIN IN !!)

Ladies Night Out MOVIE:¬†¬†ONLY GOD CAN¬†– Friday March 9th @ VBC – 7:00pm – FREE !!!¬†¬†(snacks included¬† ūüôā

(Sponsored by the Daughters of the King Women’s Ministry of VBC.)

Only God Can is a powerful thought-provoking film highlighting the realization that “All things are possible with God” and with faith we can overcome anything. ‚ÄĮ The movie explores the lifetime bond of five friends struggling through life”s challenges that become more difficult with each passing year. It brings to light the relationships the women have with each other and the relationship they lack with God. ‚ÄĮThe movie depicts real-life situations that many of us can identify with. One character is an alcoholic, another is having an Internet affair, and another struggles with her life as a single mother trying to make ends meet. The relationships between these women are relatable as are their issues.

Note:  The Daughters of the King would like to help the Martins with dinners.  Email Rita DeMayo (ritademayo@gmail.com) or call her at 796-6078 if you would like to supply a meal.  THANK YOU ALL for loving your church family as you do !

Movie:¬†¬†Tortured for Christ¬†–¬†Sunday night, March¬†11th at 6:30pm.

This movie portrays the dramatic testimony of Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as told in the international bestseller¬†Tortured for Christ.¬† In 1945, Communists seized power and a million Russian troops poured into his beloved Romania.¬† Pastor Wurmbrand was captured by the secret police and held as “Prisoner Number 1.”¬† ¬†14 years of unthinkable torture in Communist prison could not break his faith.

To purchase tickets go to the VBC website (www.vineandbranchchuch.org) and you will be directed to the movie website.¬† Tickets are only $10.00 and include a copy of the book !¬†¬†(Proceeds from the movie will support the persecuted church.)¬† Be sure to register and invite a friend or two …

Two NEW Connection Groups:

On Thursdays a study of 2nd Samuel will be held at 6:30 in the church office.   All are welcome !  See Jackie Oliver or Cheryl LaBella if you are interested in attending.

On¬†Tuesdays at 4:00pm¬†at Golden Park Apts. (next to Shoprite) – Pastor Robin and Nancy Marks will be leading the Freedom in Christ Discipleship Series¬† “God’s Story”.¬† ¬†This study is great for anyone new to Bible Study.¬† ¬†All are welcome !¬† See Robin or Nancy for more information.

OTHER HAPPENINGS¬† ūüôā

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 another great night out coming up:

We’re headed to another 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 Рor anyone struggling with co-dependency.  ALL are welcome to attend !!

Love you all –¬†

Robin and Ed