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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.

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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  🙂

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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

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

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 🙂

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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’ (03/01/20)

12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, 

to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees 

that I am giving you today for your own good?        (Deuteronomy 10: 12-13)

Dear VBC Family – WE’RE BACK !! – and if we haven’t seen you yet – we hope to THIS SUNDAY 🙂 

This week Pastor Ed will share about the only “I Double Dog Dare Ya !!”  in the entire Bible !!

Looking forward to WORSHIPING alongside YOU this Sunday as we RAISE UP the Name of JESUS together !!

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*****  Join us THIS SATURDAY NIGHT at 7pm at VBC for the 

Sullivan County Pregnancy Support Center Dessert Fundraiser !!

Your support will be GREATLY APPRECIATED by this AMAZING MINISTRY that is standing on the FRONT LINES of protecting FAMILIES 

and their BABIES.  Hope to SEE YOU THERE !

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 6 –  MOVIE NIGHT at VBC hosted by our Youth Group !!  We will be showing OVERCOMER.  Save the date and BRING a FRIEND !

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

Sunday’s Comin’ (2/23/20)

… He made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in His quiver.

He said to me, “You are my servant, … in whom I will display my splendor.” (Isaiah 49: 2-3)

Dear VBC Family –

WE’RE (almost 🙂 BACK from KENYA !!  

We’re on a layover in Amsterdam – will arrive home tomorrow (Friday) afternoon – 

and WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL !!!

Join us Sunday as we gather together to LOVE GOD with all our “heart, soul, mind, and strength !!

This week Pastors Ed and Robin will share about the GREAT WORK of God in their KENYAN JOURNEY – 

and challenge us all to be “POLISHED ARROWS in God’s quiver.”

Looking forward to WORSHIPING alongside YOU this Sunday !!!

Sure hope you will join us as we RAISE UP the Name of JESUS together !!

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NEW !!  Download the Church Center 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 !!!!

Feb. 29 – SCPSC Dessert Fundraiser at VBC

March 6 – MOVIE NIGHT at VBC hosted by our Youth Group !!  We will be showing OVERCOMER.  Save the date and BRING a FRIEND !

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 !!)

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

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