June Theme: Faith and Family
The joy of the Lord is your strength…
Nothing in God’s toolbox shapes and prepares us more for His glorious purposes than our families.
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
June 21, 2017
Our private conversations with the Lord are often like jazz solos. Things come out of our mouths or pour into our minds that are beautiful, creative and soul-touching, but we couldn’t repeat them again in a million years – not exactly like that.
I had such a “solo” this morning revolving around the theme of Christ being the very Essence of my life. Recalling verses like “Christ, who is your life” (Colossians 3:4) and “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:21) I “freestyled” into “He is the core of my desire. Sure, I have responsibilities, dreams and goals, but at bottom He is the foundation. He is the substance. He is the heartbeat of all that truly matters. He is the bull’s eye. He’s all that and more, with or without all the other trappings. He is my orientation to life, and the desire for deeper connection with Him is what drives me and transforms me.”
It went something like that. But not exactly.
And if there is any miracle I can be part of for the rest of my life, it is partnering with the Lord as He imparts this same “Theme of Him” to others, inspiring their solos.
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Employment Ministry Seminar
It is our desire to use every opportunity afforded us to reach out to our community to serve and care for them with the love of Christ. Our employment ministry seminars are a perfect way to invite others to experience the care that we seek to offer. On June 24th, Nat Alston will provide yet another of his seminars. The information offered in these sessions is incredibly valuable, but we offer it free to anyone who would like to attend. Please reach out to your circle of influence and invite them to our next seminar entitled, “Developing a Job Acceptance Criteria.” Again, Saturday, June 24th at 12:00 at the church. 7065 Deepage Drive, Columbia, MD 21045.
Midweek Bible Study
Please Note: Our Bible Study will meet at the church for our spring and summer sessions.
Join us this Thursday June 22nd at 7 p.m. at the church for our midweek Bible Study. We will be exploring the subject “A Christian Father’s Greatest Asset.”
No, you don’t have to be a dad to benefit from this week’s Bible study and discussion, which is connected to the message given on Sunday. Even if you were not present for the message you will be able to fully participate. Hope to see you for what always is an encouraging and enlightening fellowship experience.
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school lesson for this week is titled, “Influence.” Here is an excerpt:
My spirituality is not complicated. I spend time focusing my mind and heart on the Lord not out of religious duty or obligation but simply because I like being around people who really enjoy me. I really believe the Lord not only loves me but He also likes me. ‘The Lord takes pleasure in His people’ (Psalm 149:4).
Join us Sunday morning at 9:45 at the church for a refreshing and stimulating time of study, discussion and fellowship.
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.
Boys’ Night Out
This Friday, June 23rd at the church starting at 6pm. Guys bring some about $15 dollars just in case it rains and we decide to go bowling. Also make sure you bring something to sleep in like a sleeping bag or an inflatable mattress. Feel free to invite a friend or two. There will be plenty of time to watch movies and play video games so please come ready to make friends and to learn something.
Ladies, see you Sunday and next Friday for your day.
Any questions please contact Elder Bobby.
~~ 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.