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Sunday’s Comin’ (3/29/2020)

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”   (Matthew 14:27)

Dear VBC Family – (Please read all the way to the BOTTOM – lots of IMPT. STUFF 🙂

PRAISE GOD – we are surely OPEN for “BUSINESS !!”  (Though not “business as usual”)

We are continuing to MOVE FORWARD as Jesus’ church – in ways would could not have IMAGINED just a few weeks ago !!

(THANK YOU to EVERYONE who has worked TIRELESSLY to make that possible 🙂  

Hot off the press !! 

Supervisor DeMayo was able to secure a truckload of FRESH FOOD – and we were able to pull off a last minut DISTRIBUTION of over 20 boxes of food to BLESS those within the VBC Family and many outside our family !!  That was an incredible BLESSING from our Father in Heaven – and HIS TIMING is ALWAYS perfect !!

Thank you to Frank, Rita, Kate, Nick, Caleb, Lori, John, and P. Robin – what a TEAM you are !!

Our LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCING “Get togethers” are going GREAT – if you want to to CONNECT with others and BE ENCOURAGED through GOD’S WORD just send the Pastors an email and we’ll get you set up 🙂

As you know by now, we have temporarily suspended IN PERSON groups and our IN PERSON Worship Service.  

However – we have a GREAT WORSHIP PLAN for THIS SUNDAY and we sure hope you’ll BE THERE (online) to participate.

***SPECIAL for KIDS this SUNDAY MORNING !! 

Katie M. will be posting a KIDS SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSON – be sure to WATCH IT with your KIDS !!

You can CONNECT to us via our WEBSITE, Youtube, and our Facebook page:)

(See below about CONNECTING to our NEW (ALL VBC) Youtube channel !!)  

SUBSCRIBE to our VBC Youtube channel at this link:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHg2BeMmqD1HfnpL7pDtQ_g

***  This is a NEW CHANNEL (the one from last week was disabled) – and this will be our DESIGNATED CHANNEL for ALL THINGS VBC !!

Also – after you SUBSCRIBE – be sure to click on NOTIFICATIONS so you get notified when something NEW is added  🙂

***  Check it out RIGHT NOW for a SPECIAL SONG that Barry wrote that will surely minister to you !!

What should you CONTINUE to DO RIGHT NOW ?  (Thank you for asking such a great question !)

First of all – would you join us in PRAYER for ALL those affected by the recent events, changes, and drastic restrictions.  Next – will you REACH OUT to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need anything !?  Then – take that a step further and reach out to a NEIGHBOR, CO-WORKER, FRIEND and leave them with a nugget of HOPE through JESUS.  Finally,  GET CONNECTED in one of our online groups and PLAN to JOIN US on SUNDAY so we can WORSHIP JESUS together !!  

Finally – UTILIZE the MANY FREE RESOURCES complied for you and your FAMILY  🙂  (If you need us to resend the list we will be happy to  🙂

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*****  Here’s a WORD of ENCOURAGEMENT from our Eastern Regional FM Bishop Keith Cowart

 FM Bishops’ Word for Today 03.26.2020

https://fmcusa.org/covid19

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If you’ve NOT done this yet – Download the ChurchCenter App today 🙂

This will allow you to connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, easy contact with VBC via phone, email, our website, online giving (including your giving record), and you can now fill out the VBC CONNECTION CARD to communicate SPIRITUAL DECISIONS and PRAYER REQUESTS.  (You can also access this on our website.)

Important UPDATES:

May 19-20  –  LifeTouch Church Directory photo shoot  CANCELLED

Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!

“SEE” you all on Sunday as we gather together to fulfill our MISSION to “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES …” in Jesus Name !!

Love you ALL – 

YOU are such a BLESSING !!

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (3/22/2020)

The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His Kingdom rules over all.  Psalm 103:19

Dear VBC Family –

FEAR NOT – our God is FIRMLY on His throne, and we are continuing to MOVE FORWARD as His church !!  

Over these last few days we have stayed CONNECTED through LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCING for PRAYER TIME and BIBLE STUDY (in fact, as I write this there are TWO CONNECTION GROUPS in progress via LIVE Video Conferencing.)

Of course it’s not quite the same as being there in person – but it has been a GREAT OPPORTUNITY to CONNECT with others and ENCOURAGE one another through GOD’S WORD !!

(If you want to get connected with a study group or prayer group just send the Pastors an email and we’ll get you set up 🙂

As you know by now, we have temporarily suspended IN PERSON groups and our IN PERSON Worship Service.  

However – we have a GREAT WORSHIP PLAN for THIS SUNDAY and we sure hope you’ll BE THERE (online) to participate.

(The kinks are still being worked out, so hang in there – details will be coming to your INBOX, our WEBSITE, and our Facebook page really soon.)

What should you be doing RIGHT NOW ?  (Thank you for asking such a great question !)

First of all – would you join us in PRAYER for ALL those affected by the recent events, changes, and drastic restrictions.  Next – will you REACH OUT to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need anything !?  Then – take that a step further and reach out to a NEIGHBOR, CO-WORKER, FRIEND and leave them with a nugget of HOPE through JESUS.  Finally,  GET CONNECTED in one of our online groups and PLAN to JOIN US on SUNDAY so we can WORSHIP JESUS together !!

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*****  Here’s a WORD of ENCOURAGEMENT from our Eastern Regional FM Bishop Keith Cowart

 FM Bishops’ Word for Today 03.19.2020

https://fmcusa.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=be2950225b51b17969c7ddf64&id=439939d203&e=a1db8f0f84

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If you’ve NOT done this yet – Download the ChurchCenter App today 🙂

This will allow you to connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, easy contact with VBC via phone, email, our website, online giving (including your giving record), and you can now fill out the VBC CONNECTION CARD to communicate SPIRITUAL DECISIONS and PRAYER REQUESTS.  (You can also access this on our website.)

SAVE THESE DATES !!!!

April 24-26 –  Conference Women’s Retreat at Spruce Lake  (Hope you’re already registered !!)

May 19-20  –  LifeTouch Church Directory photo shoot.  (Plan to attend one of the days !  More info. soon 🙂

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Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!

“SEE” you all on Sunday as we gather together to fulfill our MISSION to “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES …” in Jesus Name !!

Love you ALL – 

YOU are such a BLESSING !!

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (3/15/20)

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.   Genesis 1:1

Dear VBC Family –

We are SO EXCITED to host the ministry of ANSWERS In GENESIS this Sunday and Monday !!!

Please be sure to welcome our guest speaker Byan Osborne !!

(Note:  We will also have AIG resources for sale both days to encourage your Christian Faith walk.)

AIG Schedule

Sunday, March 15

9:00 am               Combined SS – Do Animals Evolve? Dispelling the Confusion

10:30 am             Worship Service – The Genesis of the Gospel

5:00 pm               General Session – The Age of the Earth: Trusting Man’s Ideas

 or God’s Word

6:30 pm               General Session – Noah’s Ark & Flood- Confirmed by a flood

                                                          of Evidence

 

Monday, March 16

9:00 am                Grades K-6 – The Big Deal About Dinosaurs

10:30 am             Grades 7-12 – Quick Answers to Tough Questions

6:00 pm               General Session – Dinosaurs, Dragons, and the Bible

7:30 pm               General Session – One Blood, One Race, One Savior

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See below from the Board of Bishops of the FMC

Dear FMC Family,

As we face growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, we would like to offer words of care, guidance and encouragement.

For those already affected in a number of ways including those having contracted the disease, those quarantined as a result of potential exposure, or those affected by travel restrictions, closed schools or the like, we extend our prayers. In fact, we encourage the entire Church to be in fervent and earnest prayer for one another, for our communities and the global efforts being engaged to combat the spread of the virus.

We also want to extend words of guidance for our local congregations. We are communities that thrive in gathering, so questions have naturally emerged amid the closings and cancellations of many institutions and public events. There are many options available to us all, and, through prayerful discernment, would encourage you to explore one or many of these options as they apply to your local context:

Encourage anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms or respiratory distress to refrain from attending public services or gatherings of the church, and to seek medical attention.
Since symptoms can be very mild and often do not appear at all for 1-2 weeks, encourage anyone who has reason to suspect possible exposure (travel in a high-risk area or contact with a confirmed victim) to self-quarantine for 14 days or until testing rules out infection. Such precautions are not born of fear but are meant to protect the vulnerable (the elderly, those with underlying medical issues or compromised immune systems, etc.).
Engage networks of people in your congregation to check in on one another, pray for one another, and meet one another’s needs as they arise.
Offer an attitude of peace to all. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, refusing to live by neither hysteria nor cynicism.
Abide by local health and governmental regulations, including bans on large gatherings if instituted.
In these ways we can exhibit our commitment to love our neighbor as ourselves doing so in wise and discerning ways. We are committed to continued monitoring of the situation and issuing further communication as needed.

With hope,
Linda Adams, Keith Cowart, Matt Whitehead
The Board of Bishops, FMCUSA

For ongoing communication please visit https://fmcusa.org/covid19.

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NEW !!  Download the ChurchCenter App:

***Hot off the PRESS – you can now fill out a VBC CONNECTION/PRAYER card on the app !!  TRY it OUT !! 

If you’ve not already done so, download the Church Center app this week and connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, easy contact with VBC via phone, email, our website, online giving, as well as your complete giving record.  Soon we will have an online Prayer and Connection card for easy use !!  (Stay tuned for even more !)

There are SO MANY Exciting Happenings Coming to VBC  !!    SAVE THESE DATES !!!!

April 24-26 –  Conference Women’s Retreat at Spruce Lake  (Hope you’re already registered !!)

May 19-20  –  LifeTouch Church Directory photo shoot.  (Plan to attend one of the days !  More info. soon 🙂

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THANK YOU for ALL the ways you SERVE JESUS at VBC !! 

Note to ALL Sunday Ministry Team members:  The MASTER SCHEDULE is now posted on the 1st BULLETIN BOARD in the hallway.  

Be sure to look and note your upcoming service dates.

  1. If you are not available on the date listed, please switch with someone ahead of time so this important ministry position can be filled. 
  2. If you switched or have been notified of a change by the ministry leader, please follow their schedule as this one may not reflect the most current changes.

Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!

See you all on Sunday as we gather together to fulfill our MISSION to “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES …” in Jesus Name !!

Love you ALL – 

YOU are such a BLESSING !!

Ed and Robin

Sunday’s Comin’ (3/8/2020)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Dear VBC Family –

What’s on YOUR MIND these days ?  This week Pastor Robin will challenge us to “Set our mind on things above.”   

Join us this week as we do some MINDFUL searching – and worthily worship the only One worthy of our Worship !

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SURPRISE – time to SPRING FORWARD this Saturday !!!!

Yes – it’s time to move the clocks one hour AHEAD this Saturday night (or we’ll see you at 11:30     🙂

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Hope to see you FRIDAY night for the Movie OVERCOMER !!  

It begins at 7pm in the Sanctuary –  FREE POPCORN included !!

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NEW !!  Download the ChurchCenter App:

If you’ve not already done so, download the Church Center app this week and connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, easy contact with VBC via phone, email, our website, online giving, as well as your complete giving record.  Soon we will have an online Prayer and Connection card for easy use !!  (Stay tuned for even more !)

There are SO MANY Exciting Happenings Coming to VBC  !!    SAVE THESE DATES !!!!

March 15-16 –  Answers In Genesis Conference at VBC  (Pick up a flier from the back table and INVITE a FRIEND !!))

April 24-26 –  Conference Women’s Retreat at Spruce Lake  (Hope you’re already registered !!)

May 19-20  –  LifeTouch Church Directory photo shoot.  (Plan to attend one of the days !  More info. soon 🙂

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

THANK YOU for ALL the ways you SERVE JESUS at VBC !! 

Note to ALL Sunday Ministry Team members:  The MASTER SCHEDULE is now posted on the 1st BULLETIN BOARD in the hallway.  

Be sure to look and note your upcoming service dates.

  1. If you are not available on the date listed, please switch with someone ahead of time so this important ministry position can be filled. 
  2. If you switched or have been notified of a change by the ministry leader, please follow their schedule as this one may not reflect the most current changes.

Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!

See you all on Sunday as we gather together to fulfill our MISSION to “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES …” in Jesus Name !!

Love you ALL – 

YOU are such a BLESSING !!

Ed and Robin