August Theme: Spiritual Foundations
So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.
2 Peter 1:12
Often, the problem is not that we don’t know what we believe, it’s that we forget to believe it.
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
August 16, 2017
For the grace of God… teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions…
I am a strong promoter of the grace of God because I do not believe we honor our Savior by doubting, diluting, or discounting the gift He died to give us, proclaiming with His dying breath “It is finished!” In a nutshell that is what grace means: It is finished! Christ did it and it is done! Forever!
That does not mean I am casual towards sin. Sin is an abomination before God. Sin is destructive. It destroys potential and makes us a shell of the person God intended us to be. It is what crucified Jesus.
Sin is so pervasive, so sticky and stinky that there was only one solution to the problem – the grace of God. And that grace is all that distinguishes us Christians before God. Not our efforts to clean up our life. Not our diligence in prayer. Not our knowledge of the Bible. Not our abstinence from sex or alcohol or tobacco or pornography. Grace and grace alone is the difference between life and death, heaven and hell, favor and judgment. Apart from the grace of Jesus Christ, even our best efforts fall woefully short of God’s perfect standards (Romans 3:23).
Because Jesus fulfilled our righteous requirements before God (Romans 8:1-4), instead of living in fear of punishment or scolding from God, we are instructed by the Scriptures to focus our energy on loving others, not on a preoccupation with our sin or sulking in shame.
The best treatment for the attraction to sin is the attractiveness of Christ. That is, focusing on understanding His grace and magnificence. The greater our vision of who He is grows, the less we are drawn to the distractions of sin. The stronger our relationship with Him grows, the weaker the chains of sin become. And love becomes the evidence and expression of our closeness to Him.
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ATTENTION: This Saturday, ANNUAL YARD SALE!
The Yard Sale is the 19th of August from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Valley Brook Community Church 3333 Spencerville Road Burtonsville, MD 20866
Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase school supplies and other needed teacher material for the area elementary schools. Last year we provided headphones and paper and notebooks and bags for Oakland Mill High School, Guilford Elementary and Cradlerock Middle.
No Midweek Bible Study
No midweek Bible Study this week. Resuming in September. (For those of you who attended, consider reviewing your notes and spending some of the time you would have been at Bible study to have a deeper conversation with the Lord about them.
No Adult Sunday School
No Adult Sunday School this week, resuming in September.
V.I.P. (Victory in Progress) ~ VBCC Youth News
VIP Theme for 2017: Get ‘ER Done
7 Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.
9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.
Youth Group for the month of August:
Annual Yard Sale – August 19, 2017 from 8:00 am to 2 pm. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase school supplies and other needed teacher material for the area elementary schools. Last year we provided headphones and paper and notebooks and bags for Oakland Mill High School, Guilford Elementary and Cradlerock Middle. Schools for this year have not been determined yet. Any questions please contact Elder Bobby.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
Flemena Barnes, telling her story through song, “Mercy said ‘No,'” and inspiring us with the reminder of God’s amazing grace towards us.
Darrin Brodnax, hanging around after everyone else had gone, making sure our church was sparklingly ready to welcome us on Sunday morning. (Darrin was part of a crew of volunteers who cleaned up after a wedding on Saturday.
Jordan Dorsey, displaying heart and courage in serving us on Youth Sunday by stepping in and stepping up to join the sopranos on the worship team and then reading the Scriptures for our offertory.
Also, the youngest members of the Valley Brook family, the nursery kids, welcoming, Jaxon, a first-time visiting toddler with open arms
Jim Allen, having just recovered somewhat from his own cold, serving breakfast in bed to his wife, Evelyn, who was also battling a cold
Gina Clanton enjoying her fellowship in the hospitality area after church and sharing her appreciation of the previous days couples’ brunch and discussion.
Anika Baty Mills and a host of talented servants, serving us a spiritual feast of praise, worship and fun, followed by Michael Yeakey’s cadre of servants, serving a sumptuous culinary feast, during our annual Black History celebration
Tracy Sinclair, skillfully and lovingly conducting our quarterly church update meeting in a way that inspired all in attendance.
Keri Watley, promoting, designing, directing and coordinating the fabulous VBCC Chili Cook Off. Great participation. Great outcome. Great cause.
Darrin Brodnax, showing up to sure up his faith and nurture his relationship with the Lord.
Tyrone Lassiter, enjoying the wordship and receiving the message.
Major Ware, two and a half years old, praising the Lord and saying “Amen.”
Judi Kinney-Gladden, organizing snacks for our nursery and Sunday school children, much to their delight.
Jocelyn White copying and assembling the bulletin with such a wonderful, sweet spirit of love for our church family while our regular superhero was out of town.
LaVern Baty, attending to the little busy ones during the worship service, in response to the need for volunteers to support our nursery.
Anika Baty Mills, narrating the Christmas story at our Vesper service, and leading us through the miraculous Event that has changed millions upon millions of lives.
Little Keenan, after rehearsing for 5 weeks and memorizing his part. He came down with the stomach flu. Even though he was sick, he begged his mother to please let him go to just see the Christmas play, even if he had to sit in the back of the room (sniff, sniff). And Ms. Yvette Johnson, she came to rehearse with the children, Sunday after Sunday and even on the Saturday after being diagnosed with a broken leg. She was just amazing.
Suray Yeakey, quietly, lovingly and inconspicuously working behind the scenes, making our fellowship experience with one another an even greater blessing.
Harrietta Allen, bursting with joy as she describes a Christmas present she has purchased for one our youngest VBCC members, demonstrating the truth of Jesus’ words: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
The Weatherford family, kicking off Advent with inspirational thoughts and a delicious reference to their monkey bread Christmas tradition.
John Wesley, just standing in the hospitality area talking, demonstrating the power and goodness of God. (John was very ill and seeing him as he is now is truly a reason for thanksgiving.
The Valley Brook Church family – with special kudos to Tracy Sinclair. Whoever heard of a church budget meeting containing some questions and discussion but zero contentiousness? We have.
George Clanton, sharing his music ministry with us with a classical hymn that inspired our faith.
Jeanne Perin, who was not party to the conversation, overhearing two of our members discussing how they were going to get the hospitality table cloths washed and ready for Sunday, “I’ll take them home and wash them,” she offered and took the bundle home with her.
Mary Alston, leading us in grateful, inspiring prayer.
Karen Brown, serving as one of our fabulous ushers and then sitting and absorbing the Lord’s word to her.
Melissa Brodnax, stocking the supply cabinet at the church with “blessing bags” she assembled for our care support to the homeless.
Norma Rawlings, volunteering her multi-faceted care gifts towards being a Co-Carenet Coordinator.
Bobby Abercrombie, Maureen Davis, and Evelyn Allen, getting it done. Our new floor is a tremendous blessing.