April Teaching Theme: Celebrating Jesus
People were overwhelmed with amazement. ‘He has done everything well,’ they said.
If people only knew the real Jesus of Nazareth, instead of a religious caricature of Him, every church would be packed to overflowing. He is just that fascinating and marvelous!
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
April 26, 2017
I woke up this morning to an amazing discovery. Last night I ran the PERFECT dishwasher cycle. Zero spots, no food residue AND (this is the greatest feat) NO sneaky water pools on any cups, bowls or lids. All dishes and utensils sparkly clean and dry.
I would love to say it was due to my geometric and spatial brilliance but that would be a lie. The truth is I don’t know what I did. I use the Cascade square packets because they’re so easy that if you mess up it’s a real sign that you need to go in for IQ testing. But they don’t often produce these superior results.
I called this perfect dish-washing event a “Jesus Cycle.”
We were all like those dirty dishes. But in Him, we’ve been sprinkled by His blood (infinitely more effective than a Cascade packet) and are now spotless, sin free and sparkly clean, “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Ephesians 5:27).
Forever! No need to run it again. It is finished.
And though this may be a familiar truth, it is vitally important to regularly remember it, meditate on it and celebrate it before the Lord. Because according to the Scripture, our practical, daily effectiveness and productivity as believers actually depends on remembering we have been cleansed from our past sins (2 Peter 1:8-9).
If you have said “yes” to Christ, you have been through the Jesus Cycle and are now a clean and sanctified utensil, beloved and useful to the Master of the Universe!
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Midweek Bible Study
Join us this Thursday, April 27th at 7 p.m. at the Valley Brook Fellowship Center for our midweek Bible Study.
We will be exploring more in depth, the subject “Celebrating the Heir of All Things” and will delve into other Scripture passages that shed additional life on the idea “when we give Jesus our praise and focus the blessings are all ours.”
This is a fuller discussion of the message given last Sunday, but even if you were not in attendance you will be able to fully benefit from the review and discussion of this essential subject. Join us for what always is an encouraging and enlightening discussion.
Adult Sunday School
Join us this Sunday, April 30th at 9:45 a.m. for our Adult Sunday School. Here is part of the focus of our upcoming discussion for this Sunday:
[Considering the adventure of today, what will I encounter?] What mysteries continued, begun or solved? What lessons, reminders and experiences? What challenges? What relationships will impact me? What refreshment from You? Whatever it may be, I trust today’s exhibits will produce a stronger connection, deeper knowledge and greater confidence in You.
Hope to see you there.
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 Saturday Night
Youth Group is Saturday at 5:00pm at the church.
We will working on music for Youth Sunday and filling college care packages. If you sing, please come so that we can knock out these songs. If you do not, please come to help us pack the bags and enjoy one another.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
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.