October Theme: The Human Experience
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.
John 17:15-17 (NIV)
There are ways to live successfully in the world, but it is not by the ways of the world.
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
October 11, 2017
For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21)
These words speak to the bigness of Christ in Paul’s life. It was a different way of saying, “My entire life is one big blessing that is all about Christ! And when it’s over that’s when the super-blessings will start.”
Paul’s ministry was God’s specific mission for Paul, but the powerful relationship with Christ that drove Paul’s ministry is an invitation the Lord extends to all of us.
I do not claim to be like Paul, but day by day, as I spend time with the Lord, I grow in understanding of how Paul could be so caught up in the mystery and magnificence of Christ. Jesus Christ (not mere ideas about Jesus, mind you) is a marvelous captivation.
Every one of us who has come to believe in Christ have to some degree sampled His magnetism and the delights of His person. The Lord’s message to all of us, through Paul’s example and countless others throughout history is “There is plenty more of Me where that came from.”
Wherever you are in your journey today, whatever may be your mood or situation, keep seeking to find your delight in the Lord. There will come a point where instead of feeling like you are pursuing Him, you will begin to experience the gravitational pull of His immeasurable bigness, like a massive heavenly body, drawing you ever closer.
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Midweek Bible Study
Our midweek Bible Study continues this Thursday, and our subject will be “Victory Through Surrender.”
Our discussion will be based on Matthew 11:27-30 and will focus on the central idea that spiritual victory doesn’t come from conquering our humanness, but through surrendering our human condition to the Lord.
The midweek Bible study is an opportunity to have a deeper exploration of the Scriptures and ideas shared in the previous week’s sermon, but regardless of whether or not you heard the sermon you are welcome to attend and will be able to fully participate and enjoy the study. So why not join us, Thursday, October 12th at 7 p.m. at the church.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School continues October 15th at 9:45 a.m.
Our subject for this Sunday is “The Lord and the Stone” and here is an excerpt from this week’s lesson:
“There is no shame in being weak in faith. Like all other areas, when we are weak, (in Him) we are strong.”
Join us for this stimulating and refreshing discussion. Hope to see you this Sunday.
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:
We will meet this Saturday, October 14th at 5 p.m. at the church.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
Tinera Fobbs, baking one of her scrumptious cakes and then personally delivering it to an unsuspecting couple, literally sweetening up their evening.
A number of our Valley Brook members and friends getting down and dirty. They were, Tami Cheeseboro, Bryan Davis, Gary Reynolds, Robert Craig, Don Brodnax (who also brought his friends “Peanut” and Steve. They all teamed up to move a large mound of dirt in the front of our fellowship center to make room for new landscaping.
A pan of the entire VBCC congregation, celebrating the life we have in Christ in all its color and variety. Thanks for making our celebration of Him a jubilant affair.
Melissa Bland, portraying the biblical character Ruth while dressed in period clothing and patiently answering such penetrating questions from precocious 5-7 year-olds such as, “Why aren’t you really, really old,” and “Why are you wearing a watch?”
The School Supplies Posse from the youth group, picking up the stuff for needy students. Thank you fellas for representing the “Community” care of Valley Brook Community Church.
Dianna Reynolds, delighting our young Sunday School students with carefully and prayerfully prepared portions of God’s love for them.
Karen Brown, cheerfully making our members and friends both welcome and comfortable during our Sunday services
Marcus Jessup doing his usual fine job of welcoming us and our visitors, and helping to set the tone of love in our Sunday morning gathering.
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.