Monthly Archives: May 2020

Sunday’s Comin’ (5/31/2020)

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God,  fulfill your vows to the Most High,

and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”  (Psalm 50:14-15)

Dear VBC Family,

We are so excited to worship with you this week !!

You can connect to us using our website at vineandbranchchurch.org  or by using the VBC Youtube channel.

Please use our online connection card to drop us a note and let us know how you are doing.  You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or a spiritual decision you made.  The connection card can be accessed through our VBC website or the Church Center app.

PRAISES and PRAYERS:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Congratulations to Jackie and Stanley Oliver.  Abigail (Oliver) and Conor had a precious baby boy on Monday. Charlotte is excited by having a new baby brother. I am so blessed to stay here this week as they get settled in.  God is so good!  See you next week. Miss you all.    Jackie Oliver

Praise God.  Our daughter Danielle has completed her doctorate in audiology. She is now our Dr. Danielle Acosta, AuD. We also were informed that at the end of this year we will be Grandparents again. Nannie and Pop are very happy. Praise our Lord for all of the blessings He keeps pouring out. Love and Miss our Church family.  Dottie and Jim Fiore

Please pray for Al Hudz as he begins his long drive to his new job in Texas. May the Lord fill him to overflowing, and provide safe and easy travel each day.

Join us for an OUTDOOR PRAYER/PRAISE gathering at VBC on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 pm.

The gathering will be held on the back lawn near the playground. We love each other and have great respect for all those still on the front lines of this current pandemic. We want to ensure  each other’s safety and show respect for our community. For these reasons, we are asking everyone to follow these simple safety procedures.

  1. If you feel ill please stay home until you feel better.
  2. Please wear a mask at all times for this event.
  3. Please refrain from any contact with others.
  4. When you join our prayer circle, please maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others.
  5. Only bring children that will be able to participate and stand by your side for the entire 45-minute event.

Thank you for your cooperation.  It is important that we show our neighbors we respect their safety in this crisis.

VBC Meetings Update:

We are conducting some of our small group studies and ministry meetings in person at VBC with appropriate safety protocols. We will continue to use  Zoom video conferencing for those who wish to continue to join that way.  We will continue to produce recorded Services and Sunday School teachings.  We have several prayer teams that are beginning to make rounds to encourage you. They will remain outside and at an appropriate distance. They will call first to make an appointment.

Reach out to someone in the VBC Family and say “Hello”.

Our Re-Launch Team is meeting weekly to plan the course forward and will keep you informed of any changes.

Adult Bible Study: Pastor Robin and Kelly R. are leading the “Signs of the Times” study on Sunday mornings.
A video teaching will be posted on the VBC website and YouTube channel.
Those who want to discuss these ideas can join a Zoom call on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. using the link:    https://zoom.us/j/91315690177

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1. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. Contact us if you need groceries, help with shopping or have prayer needs.
2. Kids don’t forget to join Katie on Facebook LIVE Monday through Friday at 9:30 am for her Daily Bible moments.
3. Start or join a Discovery Bible Study.

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A Discovery Bible Study is a simple   study that requires no preparation. It can be used to empower small groups and families to have their own time of Bible study together. It is also a great way to connect with someone outside the VBC Family.

The essence of this Bible study approach is to read a passage of Scripture together, and then reflect on four 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?

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The next Together Family Conference online event will be held on Sunday, June 21, at 7 pm

The Lifetouch Picture Directory photograph sessions have been re-scheduled. Family pictures will be taken on September 23 and September 24 from 2-9 pm.

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Continue to pray for all those who are sick and suffering from the Covid19 virus.
Continue to pray for those whose livelihoods have been affected by the many restrictions imposed on them.
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 give them hope through Jesus.
Get connected in one of our online groups and join us on Sunday so we can worship Jesus together.

Download the ChurchCenter App. This will allow you to connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, contacting VBC by phone, email, or website. It will also allow you to give online and access your giving record. You can now fill out the VBC connection card to communicate spiritual decisions and prayer requests.

Our God is so worthy of our praise!

Join us 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

 

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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’ (5/24/2020)

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7

Dear VBC Family,

We are so excited to worship with you this week !!

You can connect to us on our website at vineandbranchchurch.org or our VBC Youtube Channel.

Please use our online connection card to drop us a note and let us know how you are doing! You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or a spiritual decision you made. The connection card can be accessed through our VBC website or the Church Center app.

It’s been a busy week at VBC this week with several ministry teams at work.

Thank you to our gardening team for planting our flower beds at VBC. They look beautiful.

Thank you to our food pantry team who delivered food to dozens of families.

Thank you to our trustees and their helpers for the work on the grounds of the church. Our property looks amazing. The work on the platform at the front of the sanctuary is underway and will be completed soon.

VBC Meetings Update:

We are conducting some of our small group studies and ministry meetings in person at VBC. Appropriate safety measures are being observed. Zoom video conferencing for those who wish to join us in that way is continuing.

We hope to organize an outdoor praise and prayer gathering very soon.

Adult Study: Pastor Robin and Kelly R. are leading a “Signs of the Times” Bible study. The video teaching will be posted on our VBC Website and YouTube page. If you want to interact with others about these ideas, there will be a Zoom call on Sundays at 6:30 pm. The link for the Zoom call is: https://zoom.us/j/91315690177

1. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.  This could include grocery-shopping, other shopping,  and prayer needs.

2. Kids, don’t forget to join Katie on Facebook LIVE Monday through Friday at 9:30 am for her Daily Bible Moments.

3. Start or join a Discovery Bible Study.

This is a simple study that requires no preparation and can be used to empower small groups and families to have their own time of Bible study together. It is 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 four questions:

a. What do these verses say about God?
b. What do these verses say about people?
c. What should I start or stop doing in response to the text?
d. Who is someone I will share these discoveries with this week?

4. The next Together Family Conference online event will be held on Sunday, June 21st, at 7 pm.

5. The LIFETOUCH Picture Directory has been re-scheduled for September 23 and September 24 from 2-9 pm.

Continue to pray for all those who are sick and suffering from the Covid19 virus.
Continue to pray for those whose livelihoods have been affected by the many restrictions imposed on them.
Reach out to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need anything.
Take the next step and reach out to a neighbor, co-worker, or friend, and give them hope through Jesus.
Get connected in one of our online groups and join us on Sunday so we can worship Jesus together.

Download the ChurchCenter App. This will allow you to connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, contacting VBC by phone, email, or website. It will also allow you to give online and access your giving record.  You can now fill out the VBC connection card to communicate spiritual decisions and prayer requests.

Our God is so worthy of our praise!

Join us 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’ (5/17/2020)

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. (Psalm 8:1)

Dear VBC Family –
We are so EXCITED to WORSHIP with you this week !!

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

Adult Study: Pastor Robin and Kelly R. are leading a Signs of the Times” Bible study.

A Video teaching will be posted on our VBC Website and YouTube page.

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

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

Hope to see you there! Robin and Kelly
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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. **** The Together Family Conference will be held for FREE – live on FaceBook – BEGINNING this SUNDAY night at 7pm for all FAMILIES.
(It will continue for 2 more nights on June 21 – July 19)
There will be ENCOURAGEMENT for families, Worship, and great/fun activities and teaching for EVERYONE in the FAMILY.
Also for FREE – there is an EXCELLENT Family Worship Guide called the HomeChurch Guidebook, written by the same Pastor who wrote the Family Devotions booklets we gave out at church. It is an AWESOME resource which you can download for FREE !! (attached as a PDF file)
More information can be found at https://www.togetherfamilyconference.com/

3. The LIFETOUCH Picture Directory has been re-scheduled !!
Family pics will be taken on September 23rd and September 24th from 2-9pm.
For now – save these dates as we want EVERYONE to be included 🙂

4. 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:

a. What do these verses say about God?

b. What do these verses say about people?

c. What should I start or stop doing in response to the text?

d. Who is someone I will share these discoveries with this week?
**** I have ATTACHED the FULL explanation as a PDF file 🙂

5. KIDS !! Don’t forget to JOIN KATIE on Facebook LIVE Monday – Friday at 9:30am 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 !!

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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’ (5/10/2020)

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god. (Psalm 24: 3-4)

Dear VBC Family –

We are so excited to worship with you this week !!

You can connect to us via our website or Youtube Channel.

Please use our 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.

Adult Bible Study: Pastor Robin and Kelly R. are leading a Signs of the Times” Bible study.

A video teaching will be posted on our VBC Website and YouTube page.

If you want to interact more with these ideas, we will host a Zoom call on Sundays at 6:30 pm.

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

Other important notes:

1. Please let us know if we can help you in any way. (Groceries, other shopping/pick-up, prayer needs, … )

2. The Together Family Conference will be held for free for all families. It will be live on FaceBook on three Sunday nights at 7 pm. The dates are May 17,  June 21 and July 19.
There will be words of encouragement for families, worship, and fun activities and teaching for every family member.
There is also an excellent Family Worship Guide called the HomeChurch Guidebook. It is written by the same pastor who wrote the Family Devotions booklets we gave out at church. It is an awesome resource that you can download for free by clicking on HomeChurch Guidebook. More information can be found at https://www.togetherfamilyconference.com/

3. The Lifetouch Picture Directory has been re-scheduled. Family pictures will be taken on September 23 and September 24 from 2-9 pm.

4. Start a Discovery Bible Study

How to Lead a Discovery Bible Study.

A DBS is a simple study that requires no preparation and can be used to empower small groups and families to have their own time of Bible study together. It is also a great way to connect with someone outside the VBC Family.

The essence of this Bible study is to read a passage of Scripture together and then reflect on four questions:

a. What do these verses say about God?

b. What do these verses say about people?

c. What should I start or stop doing in response to the text?

d. Who is someone I will share these discoveries with this week?

5. KIDS !! Don’t forget to join Katie on Facebook LIVE Monday through Friday for her Daily Bible Moments.

And finally:

Let’s continue to pray for those who are sick and suffering from this virus. Let us also pray for those whose livelihoods have been greatly affected by the restrictions caused by the pandemic. Reach out to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need any help. To take this a step further, reach out to a neighbor, co-worker, or friend to give them hope through Jesus. Get connected in one of our online groups and plan to join us on Sunday so we can worship Jesus together.

Download the ChurchCenter App. This will allow you to connect to all things VBC including updating your personal information, contacting VBC via phone, email, or website. You can also participate in online giving including keeping track of your giving record. You can fill out the VBC connection card to communicate spiritual decisions and prayer requests.

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’ (5/3/2020)

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.

We get to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together this week.

(Plan ahead so you have bread/juice ready for each family member who will be participating.)

You can connect to us via our website or Youtube Channel.

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.

Sunday School for KIDS and ADULTS will be posted this Sunday !!!

Adults:  Pastor Robin and Kelly R. will be leading a “Signs of the Times” Bible study of “end times” prophecies: including a study of

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 6:30 p.m.

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 and Kelly

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  1. PLEASE let us know if we can HELP YOU in any way !!(Groceries, other shopping/pick-up, prayer needs, … )
  2. The Together Family Conference will NOT be held at the Kalahari Resort this year. However,  it will be held for free for all families as a live event on FaceBook. The dates are May 17, June 21 and July 19 at 7 p.m.

There will be encouragement for families, worship, fun activities, and teaching for everyone in the family.

Also free, is an excellent Family Worship Guide called the HomeChurch Guidebook, written by the same Pastor who wrote the Discovery Bible Study booklets we gave out at church.  It is a valuable resource that you can download for free.

More information can be found at  https://www.togetherfamilyconference.com/

  1. The Lifetouch Picture Directory has been re-scheduled !!

Family pics will be taken on September 23rd and September 24th from 2-9 p.m.

Save these dates as we want everyone to be included.

  1. Start a Discovery Bible Study

How to Lead a Discovery Bible Study

A DBS is a simple study that requires no preparation and 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?

5.  Kids, don’t forget to join Katie on Facebook LIVE Monday through Friday for her Daily Bible Moments.

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Let’s continue to be in prayer for all those who are sick or suffering from this virus, as well as, for those whose livelihoods have been greatly affected by the many restrictions.

Please reach out to someone in the VBC Family to check on them, offer encouragement, and ask if they need anything.

Go a step further and reach out to a neighbor, coworker, friend, and leave them with a nugget of hope through Jesus.

Get connected in one of our online groups and plan to join us on Sunday so we can worship together.

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Download the ChurchCenter App.

The app 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). You can now fill out the VBC connection card to communicate spiritual decisions and prayer requests.  These can also be accessed 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