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Sunday’s Comin’ (9/27/2020)

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.   (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Dear VBC Family – Hope you are experiencing the BLESSINGS of God this week !  MANY ARE ! – and this Sunday several people will share what God has done in their lives as they PRESSED into HIM through PRAYER and FASTING this past week.  COME and RECEIVE what God is offering to ALL of US !!

PLEASE PRAY for Danielle Russo and her family on the unexpected passing of her son last evening.  Join us in asking God to surround them with His loving comfort and presence.  Ask Him to use us as the church to love and support this family.

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday to declare together the WORTH-SHIP of our Mighty God !!

 Hope to see you for all or part of our Weekend of Awakening and Prayer(simulcast events at VBC).     Friday, September 25th 6:30 pm   New Room Conferencewith JD Walt, Jim Cymbala and others.     Saturday, September 26th 9am – 9pm   “The Return”  awakening and prayer event held in Washington, DC.

See the REMINDERS below of ALL we have coming up !!!  

***  Children’s and Adult Sunday School will begin on SUNDAY, October 4th from 9:15 – 10:15am.

***  Beginning Oct. 4th the Worship Service will begin at 10:30am.  

We are participating in the COAT DRIVE sponsored by the Liberty Rotary Club.  Please bring in your unused winter coats so we can be a BLESSING to many in our community.

JOIN US for our VBC CORPORATE PRAYER ZOOM CALL on TUESDAYS at 7:30am.    It’s a GREAT way to start the day !!

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615738622

Women’s Fellowship   – Sat. Oct. 3   (10am – 12noon)

Join us for a fun time of FELLOWSHIP and SCRAP-BOOKING.  (bring a handful of your photos !!)

See Nancy DeVault for more info.

VBC Family FUN Night

GAMES, SINGING, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN  FUN  FUN !!!!!

Friday, October 23rd at 6:30pm.

See Katie Martin for more info.

Youth Group is HAPPENING on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6:30 at VBC !

See Allison T. or Dottie F. for more info.

The 6:15am Men’s Group is up and running !!!

All MEN are welcome to attend !!

See Ralph Bressler or Pastor Ed for more info

Please CONNECT with us via our ONLINE CONNECTION CARD available on our WEBSITE (vineandbranchchurch.org) or the Church Center App.


We would love to hear how you are doing and encourage you in your Faith journey !  You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or Spiritual decisions you made.

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SAFETY Note:  Because we love YOU and love OTHERS – we are asking everyone to adhere to the following simple safety procedures:
1.  If you feel ill please stay home until you feel better.
2.  Please wear a MASK into VBC and keep it on as you move about the church or come in contact with others.       (If you wish, once you are seated, you may remove your mask.)3.  Please bring a “fun” bag for the kids as there will not be Children’s Church or nursery.4.  As hard as it will be – please REFRAIN from any contact with others (AIR hugs are ok :).     Thank you for your cooperation in this !

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Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!TOGETHER we will GROW 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’ (9/20/2020)

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2  


Dear VBC Family – God is so Good – and His love for US is amazing !  Even more amazing – He yearns for RELATIONSHIP with Us !!  This week Pastor Robin will share Jesus’ wonderful example of LOVE and SERVANTHOOD from John 13.  (No smelly feet allowed  🙂
If you missed last week – you missed the NEWS that we will be WELCOMING Pastor Jen and Pastor James Cohen to VBC as Family Ministries Pastors, beginning officially on Sunday, November 8th.  We can’t wait for you all to meet the entire Cohen Family (including Micah 10, Lydia 8, Caleb 6, Abigail 4, and Josie 1).

Looking forward to seeing you this Sunday to declare together the WORTH-SHIP of our Mighty God !!

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It’s FALL (almost) – and we are EXCITED for ALL we have coming up !!!  

Reminder:  Don’t forget to join us for our WORKDAY this Saturday at 8am.  Report to the church and we will send you to a work location.

Many hands make for light work – and GREAT FELLOWSHIP !!Weekend of Awakening and Prayer(simulcast events at VBC)     Friday, September 25th 6:30 pm   New Room Conferencewith JD Walt, Jim Cymbala and others.     Saturday, September 26th 9am – 9pm   “The Return”  awakening and prayer event held in Washington, DC.

     See the ATTACHED schedule (or this week’s BULLETIN) for more details !!

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***  Children’s and Adult Sunday School will begin on SUNDAY, October 4th from 9:15 – 10:15am.

***  Beginning Oct. 4th the Worship Service will begin at 10:30am.  

JOIN US for our VBC CORPORATE PRAYER ZOOM CALL on TUESDAYS at 7:30am.    It’s a GREAT way to start the day !!

Zoom Link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615738622

JOIN US for a HOST of ENRICHING EVENTS for YOU and Your FAMILY !!

Women’s Fellowship   – Sat. Oct. 3   (10am – 12noon)

Join us for a fun time of FELLOWSHIP and SCRAP-BOOKING.

See Nancy DeVault for more info.

VBC Family Night

GAMES, SINGING, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN  FUN  FUN !!!!!

Friday, October 23rd at 6:30pm.

See Katie Martin for more info.———————————————————————————————————————–
“By My Spirit” – The Free Methodist Church National Prayer Summit (Online)Sundays, through Sept. 27th , 6 p.m., EDT on Facebook Live – https://facebook.com/fmcusaOur FMC Bishops (Bishop Matt Whitehead, Bishop Linda Adams, Bishop Keith Cowart) are calling the Free Methodist Church to prayer, and are asking every local church to join this time of unified intercession. In this challenging season, we stand together in prayer because our great need will only be met “by my Spirit, says the Lord.”In response to the Bishops’ call to prayer, the National Prayer Ministry is hosting our first-ever ONLINE Prayer Summit. 
9/20          “Refine Us”Remove all barriers to fruitfulness.
9/27          “Carriers of Your Presence”A people who are temples and living stones.
Join us live or join us later
Recordings of each session will be available on the FMCUSA website at https://fmcusa.org/prayersummit

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Youth Group is HAPPENING on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6:30 at VBC !

See Allison T. or Dottie F. for more info.

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The 6:15am Men’s Group is up and running !!!

All MEN are welcome to attend !!

See Ralph Bressler or Pastor Ed for more info.***********************************

Please CONNECT with us via our ONLINE CONNECTION CARD available on our WEBSITE (vineandbranchchurch.org) or the Church Center App.
We would love to hear how you are doing and encourage you in your Faith journey !  You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or Spiritual decisions you made.

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SAFETY Note:  Because we love YOU and love OTHERS – we are asking everyone to adhere to the following simple safety procedures:
1.  If you feel ill please stay home until you feel better.
2.  Please wear a MASK into VBC and keep it on as you move about the church or come in contact with others.       (If you wish, once you are seated, you may remove your mask.)3.  Please bring a “fun” bag for the kids as there will not be Children’s Church or nursery.4.  As hard as it will be – please REFRAIN from any contact with others (AIR hugs are ok :).     Thank you for your cooperation in this !

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Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !! TOGETHER we will GROW to “LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS, and MAKE DISCIPLES …” in Jesus Name !!

Love you ALL – 
YOU are such a BLESSING !!
Ed and Robin

10 Days of Preparation and The Return

Read our pastors’ letters about 10 Days here.

It can’t happen today! Now way it can happen here! People won’t do it! Every time a revival has happened the world has been a mess. Every time a revival has happened people have said there was no way it would be “successful”. Every time a revival has happened the prediction was that it would fail. But every time a revival has happened lives and the world have changed. Do you want to sit back and ignore the state of the world today or do you want to do something about it? Do you want to be part of the problem or part of the solution?

Starting on on Saturday, September 19, a group of people around the world plan to start something! They plan to, among other things, to pray for 10 days. Be part of The Return! Be part of The 10 Days! Be part of A Revival!

To get all the information use the links below. Find out about the 120 cities, the Consecration Challenge, and the Return.

The Return
10 Days

A Night with New Room:  JD Walt

Friday, Sept 25th, 6:45 pm – 9 pm

Join us at church or at home for A Night with a New Room on Friday, September 25 form 6:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. JD Walt from Seedbed and special guest Jim Cymbala will present an evening of worship and teaching. Pray for a great awakening! Register for the livestream at New Room Conference.

Friday Night Schedule:

6:45pm  Worship
7:00pm  Welcome
7:05pm  Worship
7:15pm  Where We Find Ourselves
7:20pm  Conversation with Lo Alaman & Miriam Swaffield
7:40pm  Spoken Word Poem – Lo Alaman
7:50pm  Keynote: Jim Cymbala
8:30pm  Response / Prayer
8:45pm  Next Steps
8:55pm  Dismissal
9:00pm–optional small group prayer/ praying for individuals

The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance

Saturday, September 26th 9am – 5pm

Participate in this event at a livestream at VBC of the event in Washington, DC.  This is a solemn assembly to pray for God to move in the church and in our Nation. Register at www.thereturn.org

9 a.m – 5 p.m.  Worship, Prayer, Teaching throughout the day

11:07 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address: Jonathan Cahn. Mr. Cahn will deliver a prophetic message to America and the World.

Worship led by Paul Wilbur with the Opening of the Scroll, and the beginning of Intercession.

Ending with a prayer for Revival and time in God’s presence.

Worship, the Power and Glory of God!

Sunday’s Comin’ (9/13/2020)

Let the one who boasts boast about this: that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,”declares the Lord. Jeremiah 9:23-24

Dear VBC Family – We are very EXCITED for this SUNDAY, and we can’t wait to share a VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT with all of you !!
(You won’t want to miss this one !!)
Also this week Pastor Ed will teach from chapter 12:31-50 of John’s Gospel – asking us each to examine ourselves for “BLINDERS” !

Looking forward to joining each of you as we declare the WORTH-SHIP of our Mighty God !!

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It’s FALL (almost) – and we are EXCITED for ALL we have coming up.

Please read to the bottom (of this LONG list) so you get to see ALL that’s HAPPENING at VBC !!!!

*** Children’s and Adult Sunday School will begin on SUNDAY, October 4th.

If you did not sign up – please do so THIS SUNDAY. More info. coming 🙂

Our VBC CORPORATE PRAYER ZOOM CALL is moving to TUESDAYS at 7:30am. Sure hope you will join us !!

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615738622

JOIN US for a HOST of ENRICHING EVENTS for YOU and Your FAMILY !!

We will have a SIGN UP sheet in the BULLETIN for you to easily register THIS WEEK for the following:

(or feel free to EMAIL me back and I will add you to the lists 🙂

Sunday School Ministry (Beginning in October)

We need you to let us know of any ADULTS and/or KIDS/TEENS that will participate. (For the KIDS/TEENS we need their GRADE LEVEL)

SIGN UP this Sunday (or email me back) so we can prepare adequately.

VBC Work-Day Helpers – Saturday, Sept. 19 (8am – 11am)

We need Men/Women Adults and Teens for some needed INDOOR and OUTDOOR work on our Parsonage and Church Campus.

Join us as we FELLOWSHIP and BEAUTIFY our church property.

See Greg Vurckio for more info.

Children’s Church Ministry

Please consider being on an 8 week rotation of ministering to our 4yr. olds – 3rd graders during the 2nd half of the Service.

See Rowena Blauvelt for more info.

Greeter Ministry (rotating schedule)

Join us in WELCOMING people to VBC !

Women’s Fellowship – Sat. Oct. 3 (10am – 12noon)

Join us for a fun time of FELLOWSHIP and SCRAP-BOOKING.

See Nancy DeVault for more info.
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“By My Spirit” – The Free Methodist Church National Prayer Summit (Online)
Sundays, through Sept. 27th , 6 p.m., EDT on Facebook Live – https://facebook.com/fmcusa
Our FMC Bishops (Bishop Matt Whitehead, Bishop Linda Adams, Bishop Keith Cowart) are calling the Free Methodist Church to prayer, and are asking every local church to join this time of unified intercession. In this challenging season, we stand together in prayer because our great need will only be met “by my Spirit, says the Lord.”
In response to the Bishops’ call to prayer, the National Prayer Ministry is hosting our first-ever ONLINE Prayer Summit. Beginning this Sunday and continuing each Sunday through September 27th, six weeks of online Summit events will provide specific focus points to unify our prayers.
9/13 “Consecrate Yourselves” To be entirely set apart for God’s purposes.
9/20 “Refine Us” Remove all barriers to fruitfulness.
9/27 “Carriers of Your Presence” A people who are temples and living stones.

Join us live or join us later.
Recordings of each session will be available on the FMCUSA website at https://fmcusa.org/prayersummit. This resource will allow you to host prayer groups anywhere at any time. We’re hoping to see you live, and we’re hoping you’ll continue to use the recordings to prompt prayer in your local churches.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

See you Sunday!
The National Prayer Ministry Leadership Team
Brett and Barb Heintzman, Laura Warth, Kenny and Estelle Martin, Philip and Annie Madison, Doug and Margie Newton

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Youth Group is HAPPENING on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6:30 at VBC !

See Allison T. or Dottie F. for more info.

***********************************

The 6:15am Men’s Group is up and running !!!

All MEN are welcome to attend !!

See Ralph Bressler or Pastor Ed for more info.

***********************************

Are you willing to be used by God to impact a child’s life?

Consider becoming a Foster Parent today!

Sullivan County is in desperate need of foster families. Please consider stepping out in faith to help these children in desperate need of the hope we have. Informational meetings are held every Thursday. Contact Leelani Voigtland for more info

lvoigtland@chowc.org (607) 422-9884

Please act quickly because a new round of training begins September 8th. The training will be every Tuesday from 6-8pm for 10 weeks.

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Save the dates for our Weekend of Awakening and Prayer (simulcast events at VBC)
Friday, September 25th 6:30 pm New Room Conference with JD Walt, Jim Cymbala and others.
Saturday, September 26th 9am – 9pm “The Return” awakening and prayer event held in Washington, DC.

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Please CONNECT with us via our ONLINE CONNECTION CARD available on our WEBSITE (vineandbranchchurch.org) or the Church Center App.
We would love to hear how you are doing and encourage you in your Faith journey !
You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or Spiritual decisions you made.

***********************************

SAFETY Note: Because we love YOU and love OTHERS – we are asking everyone to adhere to the following simple safety procedures:
1. If you feel ill please stay home until you feel better.
2. Please wear a MASK into VBC and keep it on as you move about the church or come in contact with others.
(If you wish, once you are seated, you may remove your mask.)
3. Please bring a “fun” bag for the kids as there will not be Children’s Church or nursery.
4. As hard as it will be – please REFRAIN from any contact with others (AIR hugs are ok :).
Thank you for your cooperation in this !

***********************************

Our God is SO WORTHY of our PRAISE !!
TOGETHER we will GROW 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’ (9/6/2020)

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (2 Timothy 1: 13-14)

Greetings Church !! This is an EXCITING SUNDAY as we will CELEBRATE the LORD’S SUPPER together, and we have the privilege to DEDICATE Miss Chloe Hornicek to the Lord !! AND … Pastor Robin will share from John 12 !

Looking forward to joining each of you as we declare the WORTH-SHIP of our Mighty God !!

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It’s FALL (almost) – and we are EXCITED for ALL we have coming up.

Please read to the bottom (of this LONG list) so you get to see ALL that’s HAPPENING at VBC !!!!

Our VBC CORPORATE PRAYER ZOOM CALL is moving to TUESDAYS at 7:30am. Sure hope you will join us !!

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89615738622

JOIN US for a HOST of ENRICHING EVENTS for YOU and Your FAMILY !!

We will have a SIGN UP sheet in the BULLETIN for you to easily register THIS WEEK for the following:

(or feel free to EMAIL me back and I will add you to the lists 🙂

Sunday School Ministry (Beginning in October)

We need you to let us know of any ADULTS and/or KIDS/TEENS that will participate. (For the KIDS/TEENS we need their GRADE LEVEL)

SIGN UP this Sunday (or email me back) so we can prepare adequately.

VBC Work-Day Helpers – Saturday, Sept. 19 (8am – 11am)

We need Men/Women Adults and Teens for some needed INDOOR and OUTDOOR work on our Parsonage and Church Campus.

Join us as we FELLOWSHIP and BEAUTIFY our church property.

See Greg Vurckio for more info.

Children’s Church Ministry

Please consider being on an 8 week rotation of ministering to our 4yr. olds – 3rd graders during the 2nd half of the Service.

See Rowena Blauvelt for more info.

Greeter Ministry (rotating schedule)

Join us in WELCOMING people to VBC !

Women’s Fellowship – Sat. Oct. 3 (10am – 12noon)

Join us for a fun time of FELLOWSHIP and SCRAP-BOOKING.

See Nancy DeVault for more info.
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“By My Spirit” – The Free Methodist Church National Prayer Summit (Online)
Sundays, through Sept. 27th , 6 p.m., EDT on Facebook Live – https://facebook.com/fmcusa
Our FMC Bishops (Bishop Matt Whitehead, Bishop Linda Adams, Bishop Keith Cowart) are calling the Free Methodist Church to prayer, and are asking every local church to join this time of unified intercession. In this challenging season, we stand together in prayer because our great need will only be met “by my Spirit, says the Lord.”
In response to the Bishops’ call to prayer, the National Prayer Ministry is hosting our first-ever ONLINE Prayer Summit. Beginning this Sunday and continuing each Sunday through September 27th, six weeks of online Summit events will provide specific focus points to unify our prayers.
9/06 “We Need Grace and Mercy” Holy posture for fruitful ministry.
9/13 “Consecrate Yourselves” To be entirely set apart for God’s purposes.
9/20 “Refine Us” Remove all barriers to fruitfulness.
9/27 “Carriers of Your Presence” A people who are temples and living stones.

Join us live or join us later.
Recordings of each session will be available on the FMCUSA website at https://fmcusa.org/prayersummit. This resource will allow you to host prayer groups anywhere at any time. We’re hoping to see you live, and we’re hoping you’ll continue to use the recordings to prompt prayer in your local churches.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

See you Sunday!
The National Prayer Ministry Leadership Team
Brett and Barb Heintzman, Laura Warth, Kenny and Estelle Martin, Philip and Annie Madison, Doug and Margie Newton

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VBC LIFETOUCH Picture Directory NEWS!!
LifeTouch has CANCELLED all of their photo appointments until Jan. 2021.
We will let you know when we reschedule.

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Youth Group is HAPPENING on the 1st and 3rd Fridays at 6:30 at VBC !

See Allison T. or Dottie F. for more info.

***********************************

The 6:15am Men’s Group will begin meeting on THURSDAY, Sept. 10th.

All MEN are welcome to attend !!

See Ralph Bressler or Pastor Ed for more info.

***********************************

Are you willing to be used by God to impact a child’s life?

Consider becoming a Foster Parent today!

Sullivan County is in desperate need of foster families. Please consider stepping out in faith to help these children in desperate need of the hope we have. Informational meetings are held every Thursday. Contact Leelani Voigtland for more info

lvoigtland@chowc.org (607) 422-9884

Please act quickly because a new round of training begins September 8th. The training will be every Tuesday from 6-8pm for 10 weeks.

***********************************

Save the dates for our Weekend of Awakening and Prayer (simulcast events at VBC)
Friday, September 25th 6:30 pm New Room Conference with JD Walt, Jim Cymbala and others.
Saturday, September 26th 9am – 9pm “The Return” awakening and prayer event held in Washington, DC.

***********************************
Please CONNECT with us via our ONLINE CONNECTION CARD available on our WEBSITE (vineandbranchchurch.org) or the Church Center App.
We would love to hear how you are doing and encourage you in your Faith journey !
You can also share any needs, prayer requests, or Spiritual decisions you made.

***********************************

SAFETY Note: Because we love YOU and love OTHERS – we are asking everyone to adhere to the following simple safety procedures:
1. If you feel ill please stay home until you feel better.
2. Please wear a MASK into VBC and keep it on as you move about the church or come in contact with others.
(If you wish, once you are seated, you may remove your mask.)
3. Choose a seat in an area that is physically distanced from others.
4. Please bring a “fun” bag for the kids as there will not be Children’s Church or nursery.
5. As hard as it will be – please REFRAIN from any contact with others (AIR hugs are ok :).
Thank you for your cooperation in this !

***********************************

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