August Theme: 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 8, 2018
Is pride always condemned in the Scriptures?
The short answer is no.
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” Galatians 6:4.
Just as there is good and bad cholesterol, there is good and bad pride. The bad pride delights with an attitude of superiority based on comparing ourselves to others. The good pride delights with acknowledgment that all our attributes, abilities, gifts and possessions come from the Lord and through the assistance of others.
While bad pride gloats, good pride gives thanks.
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Midweek Bible Study
No Midweek Bible Study in August. We will resume in September.
Adult Sunday School
No adult Sunday school in August. We will resume in September.
V.I.P. (Victory in Progress) ~ VBCC Youth News
No Youth Group on Saturday.
Sunday Review (Clarification from Sunday’s message)
…”.and everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23b)
In its essence, sin is anything we place above our communion with God. God’s love for us is permanent and His presence is constant, but we can allow things to become more important or attractive to us, that is when it becomes sin. The instruction is less of an indictment than it is a warning or a signal that something is out of place in the relationship.
Too often we wrap our relationship with God around our behavior and activity and neglect the importance of a viable relationship with Him. We forget that God is more than just a rule maker. He is our provider and comforter. He is our source. That is why scriptures like Romans 14:23 are so poignant. It is an invitation to try something we too infrequently try. It is invitation to depend on God. HE wants to be the motivation behind our requests. He wants us to see our life circumstances and ask how can God use this? He is asking us to make Him the first option when a big decision is to be made. He is asking us to consider His storage house when ends don’t meet or circumstances require a few more bucks. He wants as much of our lives as possible to be shared with Him so He can be the Father, Counselor, Savior that he promised to be.
Don’t neglect the friendship. All He wants is to love you.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
Jayla Crawford for stepping in to serve as lifeguard at the picnic.
George and Gina for allowing the church to use their fridge and Robert Craig, George, Jonathan and Solomon Barnes for doing the heavy lifting in heavy rain to get it from their home to the fellowship center at 11:00 pm on Saturday night, with Ronnie Barnes helping out as well.
The picnic food team who worked aaaallllllll day long to set up, serve and then clean up; a ridiculously long day. Darrin Brodnax and his family for jumping in to help clean up.
Marlowe Barnes, Roger Stewart and Bobby Abercrombie spending time at the church Saturday to test the sound equipment and instruments to ensure smooth sailing on Sunday
Donna Walters, volunteering to make extra copies of the financial seminar notes last Saturday and, under time pressure, enduring the impatience of one of the attendees.
Brenda and Robert McCoy celebrating 50 years of marriage!!!
Anika Baty Mills this cam is by recommendation, and it captured Anika, who does not consider herself an “outdoors” kind of person, working lovingly and diligently to help another believer bless her son with an outdoor birthday party on one of the hottest days of the year.
Maureen Davis and Evelyn Allen putting the finishing touches on the formerly called “Green Room” of our Fellowship Center and which is now officially renamed “The Sun Room.” Thanks also to deacon Don Brodnax and his crew for patching and painting and to Bobby Abercrombie for supplying assistance in any way needed – as usual.
John Wesley, just showing up as our John.
The “cam” overheated and almost exploded capturing the images of all the activity revolving around our semi-annual Fish Fry. So it panned out and took a group photo of all the people who planned and prayed, fried, prepared, signed, drove, set up and cleaned up and supported the effort – all with a spirit of love and harmony
Solomon Barnes, blessing us with his devotion to the Lord through a solo performance that was as inspiring as it was skillful.
Melissa Bland, using her holiday “off day” to provide transportation to a fellow sister in the Lord to her appointments and to accomplish her errands.
The Valley Brook Congregation, focusing one another on the Lord Jesus in a collage of laughter, service, prayer, tears and encouragement.
Darrin Brodax, busily cleaning up after our Mother’s Day celebration. And did you know Keri Watley actually made those lovely candles that the men of Valley Brook gave as gifts to our mothers on Mother’s Day?
Rhonda Simpson, lovingly sharing the unsearchable riches of Christ that have blessed her with others.
Philip Weatherford, diligently soliciting prayers for his wife Demetrius’ father, who is having health challenges. “…pray for one another…” (James 5:16).
Kahlil Sinclair, boldly and courageously taking on, for the very first time, the responsibility of welcoming our church family and guests and reading the announcements
Elder Jim Allen, enthusiastically and authentically sharing his faith journey during the Adult Sunday School session
The “Burly Men’s Chorale” under the encouragement and direction of George Clanton, and consisting of the finest voices and courageous spirits the men who led us in worship had to offer (which was more than enough to inspire and cheer our hearts in the Lord).
Ronnie Barnes: The general purpose of the Valley Brook Cam is to highlight acts of love, service and encouragement that reflect our ministry values and might otherwise go unnoticed. But just because someone may be obvious, it doesn’t mean they should not be spotlighted. Ronnie literally has her fingers in every pot in the operations of Valley Brook, and Easter weekend is when there is a pot on every burner of the stove – and when several stoves are needed. So thank you to Ronnie for stirring all the pots and helping us all serve a delicious and nourishing Resurrection Weekend spiritual meal.
George Brown, subtly “hitting on” his wife, Karen, as she was attempting to perform her ushering duties. (But he did not escape the “Cam.”) Amen, George! Carry on. Let all that you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
Robbyn Wherry, who shared with the leadership team, “I am living my best life possible because I am believing what God says I am to Him.
Nina Hughes, volunteering her time and energy to help out with administrative tasks at the church offices
Jeanne Perin and Flemena Barnes, early arrivals spontaneously grabbing a couple brooms and sweeping the very needy kitchen floor of the fellowship center as people arrived for monthly couples gathering.
Simone Ashley, helping our young dancers get dressed for their performance at our Black History program. Simone is representative of all the love and hard work that went into the marvelous celebration we all enjoyed under the creative, skillful and loving direction of Anika Baty-Mills. Add to this the bountiful and delicious meal and fellowship afterwards at the Fellowship Center, coordinated by Michael Yeakey and what can we say but “Tremendous!” Kudos to you Valley Brook! You are just phenomenal!
Mary Holly, sitting with a member at the hospital to bring her comfort and support.
Glynis Whitaker, just being her normal, sensational self the Lord has made her to be and sharing herself with all of us.
Jocel Mayo, celebrating the Lord for giving her the support to complete her physical therapy certification
George Clanton, lovingly, warmly and authentically leading us in worship on his first Sunday as a Valley Brook worship leader.
Mary Holly exuding a warm and loving spirit while quietly wiping the counter in the church kitchen, cleaning up the remnants of the hospitality snacks served after church
Elder Jim Allen, displaying exceptional good humor and pleasantness as he received well-deserved “ribbing” from VBCC members and guests upon returning a visitor’s coat that looked very much like his own after he had accidentally driven away with it
Ms. Harrietta Allen, exerting herself in love to make the necessary preparations for our hospitality hour, where fellowship and vital connections take place each Sunday
Simone and Sierra Ashley, cooly, lovingly and skillfully taking care of the sound for our service
Yvette Johnson and Melissa Bland, dramatizing a moment of reflection by Elizabeth and Mary and taking us on an inspiring journey into their hearts as mothers of John the Baptist and Jesus our Lord
Marlowe Barnes, salting the church driveway so our church family can safely navigate the walk to the church entrance and then taking care of the sound for our service.
LaVern Baty, gently inquiring about a member’s situation and receiving a grateful response to her offer of prayer
Besides super-star service from Ronnie Barnes and Bobby Abercrombie and the loving support of so many our Valley Brook celebrities, there was Ricardo Whitaker, nattily garbed in his suit while sweeping the area of the entrance way of our church, making it more pleasant for friends and family attending the “Celebration of Life” service of Mr. Haywood Rawlings. We are so richly blessed by God with one another.
Carol Metzer, standing at the entrance to our sanctuary handing out bulletins and radiating the warmth and love of Christ.
Marcus Jessup, sitting at the soundboard, attempting to make us all sound better than we actually do.
The Valley Brook male chorus, making its debut and rousing us to our feet in praise and thanksgiving.
(Upon the recommendation of an inspired member) Elder Robert Abercrombie, Sister Dina Abercrombie, Abeku Abercrombie, Josselyn White, Daniel Weatherford, Marcus Howard, Taneisha Suggs, Karen Brown, Taneka Suggs, Marty Dairsow, Tami Cheeseboro and Jeanie Broadnax serving God in their own unique way, making Youth Sunday a blessing for all.
Josselyn White, sharing her journey with Christ with courage and sincerity during our worship service
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.