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Sunday’s Comin’ (4/26/2020)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

                                                                                                                                               (Galatians 6:9)

Dear VBC Family – 

Are you ready for some WORSHIP !? –  we GET to do it again THIS WEEK !!!  

(Sure hope you’ll BE THERE (online) to participate !!)

You can CONNECT to us via our WEBSITE or Youtube Channel.
PS:  Please use our VBC (online) CONNECTION CARD  to drop us a note and let us know how you are doing !  You can also share any needs or prayer requests, or a Spiritual Decision you made.  The Connection Card can be accessed through our VBC website or the Church Center app.

***  KIDS and ADULT Sunday School will be posted this Sunday !!!  

Adults:  Pastor Robin will be leading a “Signs of the Times” Bible study of “end days” prophecies: Revelation, Daniel, Matthew 24, and more, all designed to help you understand Biblically the times we are living in.

This study will help you to not fear, but to live in confidence as we see the signs of the times.

Here’s how the adult study will work:

1) Video teaching: posted on Youtube as well as our website.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHg2BeMmqD1HfnpL7pDtQ_g

2) Then if you want to interact more with these ideas, we will host a Zoom call on Sundays at 6:30pm

Feel free to join us to ask questions or just discuss the topics discussed in the video.

The link for the Zoom call is:     https://zoom.us/j/91315690177

Hope to see you there!

Robin

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MUCH MORE below 🙂

  1. PLEASE let us know if we can HELP YOU in any way !!(Groceries, other shopping/pick-up, prayer needs, … )
  1. A Message from Conference Superintendent David Harvey:

Hello, Acts 12:24 Pastors and Members,

Greetings in the great name of Christ. While we are growing tired of not being able to meet together, we are not discouraged. We see the great hand of God at work in the world and in the people around us. We refuse to “grow weary in doing good” and believe that we will “reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

We have seen a lot of positive things blooming despite the stormy climate that we are living in, but we believe God never stops working and He gives us an extra dose of His unequal love when we need it the most.

I would like to take a moment to share five positive results I have witnessed from the church as we faced the Coronavirus – 19:

  1. More Dependence on the Holy Spirit  It has helped us realize anew that we really don’t control anything, and we are dependent on the Holy Spirit’s power to bring righteousness into the world and into the people we love.
  1. Expansion of our Ministries – Many pastors and churches have experienced an expansion in the number of people exposed to their ministry during this time. Many of those new people are ready to be harvested for Jesus.
  1. New People Stepping into Leadership — We have seen this in the 1000 Churches ministry and in other places—people stepping up to start and lead a Discovery Bible Study group.  Even with just meeting online, new groups are starting each week.
  1. Unleashed Creativity – Churches are creating new ways of ministering, especially new ways of ministering to families.
  1. Set Free from our Dependence on Current Methods of Doing Church – This time of quarantine has challenged our dependence on our current forms of church and helped us to realize that there may be some new ways that God is directing us to.

Pastors are Champions!

It is difficult for me to put into words the deep appreciation and respect that I have for our pastors during this trying time.  Pastors are working harder, longer hours, and more committed to their calling of being shepherds of Jesus’ church during these unprecedented times.  A big “Thank You” and “Well Done” to all Acts 12:24 pastors.

When Should We Think About Reopening Church?

Acts 12:24 strongly recommends that all churches continue to follow state and local guidance regarding reopening their services. 

Don’t Miss Big Announcement from the Together Family Conference Team

This Sunday, April 26 at 7PM, the TFC Team will have a live event at TogetherFamilyConference.com and Facebook. During which they will make an announcement and answer all your questions regarding TFC 2020.

Set Your Alarms and Tuned In this Sunday at 7 PM!

Always Remember… You are Appreciated

Let me close by saying “Thank You” to each one of you reading this message.  You are appreciated for not just your good work, but for who you have become in Jesus.  We are blessed that each one of you is part of our team.

Supt. David Harvey

Acts 12:24 Conference of the FMC

  1. Start a Discovery Bible Study !

How to Lead a Discovery Bible Study (attached)

A DBS is a simple, NO PREP study that can be used to empower small groups and families to have their own time of Bible study together, as well as a great way to CONNECT with someone OUTSIDE the VBC Family.

The essence of this Bible study approach is this:  read a passage of Scripture together, and then reflect on these 4 questions:

  1.       What do these verses say about God?
  2. What do these verses say about people?
  3.        What should I start or stop doing in response to the text?
  4. Who is someone I will share these discoveries with this week?

****  I have ATTACHED the FULL explanation as a PDF file   🙂

4.  KIDS !!  Don’t forget to JOIN KATIE on Facebook LIVE Monday – Friday for her Daily Bible Moments 🙂

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Let’s continue to be in PRAYER for ALL those who are sick/suffering with this virus, as well as for those whose livelihoods 

have been greatly affected from the many restrictions this has resulted in.

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 compiled for you and your FAMILY  🙂  (If you need us to resend the list we will be happy to  🙂

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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.)

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’ (4/19/2020)

Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15

Dear VBC Family –
What an AMAZING RESURRECTION SUNDAY, and WE GET to do it again THIS WEEK !!! (Sure hope you’ll BE THERE (online) to participate !!)

You can CONNECT to us via our WEBSITE or Youtube Channel.
PS: Please use our VBC (online) CONNECTION CARD to drop us a note and let us know how you are doing ! You can also share any needs or prayer requests, or a Spiritual Decision you made. The Connection Card can be accessed through our VBC website or the Church Center app.

*** KIDS and ADULT Sunday School will be posted this Sunday !!!

Adults: Pastor Robin will be leading a “Signs of the Times” Bible study of “end days” prophecies: Revelation, Daniel, Matthew 24, and more, all designed to help you understand Biblically the times we are living in.

This study will help you to not fear, but to live in confidence as we see the signs of the times.

Here’s how the adult study will work:
1) Video teaching: posted on Youtube as well as our website.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/2OPtj0WLrvc

2) Then if you want to interact more with these ideas, we will host a Zoom call on Sundays at 6:30pm
Feel free to join us to ask questions or just discuss the topics discussed in the video.
The link for the Zoom call is: https://zoom.us/j/91315690177

Hope to see you there!
Robin
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MUCH MORE below 🙂
1. PLEASE let us know if we can HELP YOU in any way !! (Groceries, other shopping/pick-up, prayer needs, … )

2. HAPPENING TODAY at 7pm !!! Join Brett Heintzman (remember the prayer summit he did at VBC ?!), along with two other special guests !!
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How does the current global situation inform our praying for a great spiritual awakening in our day? Join guests J.D. Walt, Author of the Seedbed Daily Text, and Dr. David Thomas, Director of New Room, along with Brett Heintzman, Director of the National Prayer Ministry of the FMCUSA to discuss, teach and encourage the church to prayer. JOIN US LIVE ON FACEBOOK AT HTTPS://FACEBOOK.COM/FMCUSA
https://www.facebook.com/events/3025481024178400/

3. Speaking of J.D. Walt/Seedbed Ministry – here’ another great prayer opportunity !
We have an opportunity to join a 24-7 prayer movement through Seedbed (JD Walt) to pray for our nation to awaken from its slumber- to pray for revival as well as healing through this time. This began the day after Easter and will continue, non-stop until Pentecost.
If you would like to join, click the link in the following text and you will be able to sign up for a time slot and download the prayer guide.
If you would like to join me at my 5:30 am every Wednesday slot, you are welcome to. Let me know and I will send you the prayer guide.

What a great opportunity to make a kingdom difference. Hope you will consider taking a slot.
Here is the information I received.
Two Primary Options:
Daytime prayer via Zoom with up to four people.
Night watch prayer for individual prayer time slots.
Choose your 30-minute time slot, register, and download the Prayer Guide here.

Here is our watchword:

I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth. Isaiah 62:6-7

J.D. Walt

Sower-in-Chief

seedbed.com

4. KIDS !! Don’t forget to JOIN KATIE on Facebook LIVE Monday – Friday for her Daily Bible Moments 🙂

5. Answers in Genesis CREATION APOLOGETICS Master Class !
This Creation Apologetics Master Class is a package of our powerful online apologetics courses—all six of the multi-lesson classes. These courses, featuring over 40 lessons, have been designed as self-teaching programs to help you lay a solid foundation of thinking biblically and being able to answer the skeptical questions of our day. These self-paced courses are normally $49 each, but to encourage you during this difficult time we’re offering all six as a package set for only $19 (a $294 value). It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss! More information at https://answersingenesis.org/education/online-courses/creation-apologetics-master-class/

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Let’s continue to be in PRAYER for ALL those who are sick/suffering with this virus, as well as for those whose livelihoods
have been greatly affected from the many restrictions this has resulted in.
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 compiled for you and your FAMILY 🙂 (If you need us to resend the list we will be happy to 🙂

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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.)

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

Resurrection Sunday’s Comin’ (4/12/2020)

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen!    Luke 24:5-6

Dear VBC Family –

We have a GREAT WORSHIP PLAN for RESURRECTION SUNDAY, and we sure hope you’ll BE THERE (online) to participate !!

You can CONNECT to us via our WEBSITE or Youtube Channel.

PS:  You can drop us a note, tell us about any needs or prayer requests, or share a Spiritual Decision, on the VBC online CONNECTION CARD which you can access on our website or the Church Center app.

***  There is a VERY SPECIAL CLASS for KIDS this SUNDAY MORNING with MOLLY  – be sure to WATCH IT with your KIDS !!

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MUCH to “SPUR YOU ON in FAITH !”

  1. Join us for our daily Journey to the Cross devotions.
    Check them out at the VBC Website: https://vineandbranchchurch.org/holy-week-2020/
  1. Coming on FRIDAY (tomorrow)!

Robin and I are calling the church to a day of FASTING/REFLECTING – culminating in a time of CORPORATE PRAYER at 7pm

Check your email tomorrow for a ZOOM CALL LINK to JOIN US at 7pm for PRAYER  🙂

  1. Special Easter Weekend Broadcast of JESUS from Sight and Sound Theater !

Thanks to TBN, there will be a FREE showing of Sight and Sound Theater’s production of “JESUS ” this weekend !

For three days only, experience the greatest rescue story of all time as it comes to life right in your living room.  Exclusively available on the TBN network.

You can watch it on your TV via the TBN channel at 1pm on Saturday, April 11, or stream it online anytime April 10-12 !  https://watch.tbn.org/sight-sound-theatres-presents-jesus

4.  KIDS !!  Don’t forget to JOIN KATIE on Facebook LIVE Monday – Friday for her Daily Bible Moments 🙂

4.  Answers in Genesis CREATION APOLOGETICS Master Class !

This Creation Apologetics Master Class is a package of our powerful online apologetics courses—all six of the multi-lesson classes. These courses, featuring over 40 lessons, have been designed as self-teaching programs to help you lay a solid foundation of thinking biblically and being able to answer the skeptical questions of our day.   These self-paced courses are normally $49 each, but to encourage you during this difficult time we’re offering all six as a package set for only $19 (a $294 value). It’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss!  More information at https://answersingenesis.org/education/online-courses/creation-apologetics-master-class/

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Let’s continue to be in PRAYER for ALL those who are sick/suffering with this virus, as well as for those whose livelihoods 

have been greatly affected from the many restrictions this has resulted in.

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 compiled for you and your FAMILY  🙂  (If you need us to resend the list we will be happy to  🙂

*********************************** 

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

Palm Sunday’s Comin’ (4/5/2020)

He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones. (Proverbs 2:8)

Dear VBC Family,

Palm Sunday Service

We have a GREAT WORSHIP PLAN for PALM SUNDAY, and we sure hope you’ll Be online to participate.
You can CONNECT to us via our WEBSITE, Youtube, or our Facebook page.
We plan to CELEBRATE the LORD’S SUPPER together this Sunday. Be sure to have some bread and juice prepared for each person that is walking in relationship with Jesus and is ready to participate in remembering Christ’s sacrifice for the sin of mankind through the giving of His body and shedding of His blood.

Children Sunday School Lesson

Kate D. will be posting a Kids Sunday school lesson. Parents, be sure to watch it with your kids.

Our Continuing Mission

We continue to move forward as Jesus’ church in ways we could not have imagined just a few weeks ago. Thank you to everyone who has worked to make that possible.
Some of the many ways we minister:
** Food distribution !
** Multiple Connection Groups !
** Kids Sunday School !
** Corporate Prayer !
** Kids DAILY Bible Reading on Facebook @ 9:30am (M-F) !
** Phone calls/notes of encouragement !
** Sunday Services Online

If you need help connecting to ANY of these just give us a call.  The website calendar is up to date with current happenings and links to all our studies.

THANK YOU to Janice V. and Cindy B. for using your gift to make masks for local nurses and EMS workers.

Couples Date Night

This  “Date Night” is with marriage experts Les and Leslie Parrot. Join them for this free live-stream event called Surviving and Thriving as a Couple in the Midst of Uncertainty We did a weekend event with them at VBC some time ago and it was great . If you’re like most couples, your relationship could benefit from a little boost right about now. You’ve had enough anxiety to last a lifetime. That’s why we invite you to join us for a little inspiration, maybe some fun, and a chance to ask questions about surviving as a couple in the midst of this uncertain season. Join us at LesandLeslie.com for this free live-stream event on Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p .m.
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What We Can DO Right Now

Join in prayer for all those who are sick and suffering and whose livelihoods have been affected by the many restrictions imposed.
Reach out to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need anything.
Reach out to a neighbor co-worker or friend and leave them with a nugget of hope through Jesus.
Get connected to one of our online groups and pan to join us on Sunday to worship Jesus together.
Utilize the many free resources compiled for you and your family.

ChurchCenter App

Download the ChurchCenter App. This will allow you to connect to all things VBC. Update your personal information. Contact VBC by phone, email or website. Participate in online giving and access including your giving record. Fill out a VBC Connection Card to communicate spiritual decisions and prayer request.

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