December Theme: What is this Good News?
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
The question is not who are the weak, the weary, the sinful, and the frightened, for the answer to that question is easy; it is all of us. The question is who will receive God’s ultimate provision for our common condition: Jesus Christ.
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
December 13, 2017
People scale Mount Everest not just to reach the summit but to experience the exhilaration of the climb.
So it is with living by faith. The Lord is not only the Summit, He is also our Guide. And beyond that, He is actually the thrill of the climb. For He is the One who takes us by the hand and leads us forward. He is the One who provides us the inner joy, peace (or as a dear brother calls it, “a strange all rightness”), hope, and perseverance that fuels us for “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14) in the face of life’s obstacles and challenges.
As the summit of Everest is the highest point on earth, knowing Jesus is the highest blessing of heaven and earth. It follows then that the privilege of climbing with Him and towards Him is the best thing about today and every day.
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Midweek Bible Study
Our midweek Bible Study continues this Thursday, and our subject will be Above the Noise Our God Reigns.
Our text will be 2 Corinthians 4:1-7 and the heart of our discussion will center on the idea that our Lord wants us to joyfully participate in the gospel but not to worry about it.
The midweek Bible study is intended to be a fuller exploration of the Scriptures shared on the previous Sunday, but it is not necessary for you to have attended the church service in order to fully participate. So we hope you will join us on Thursday, December 14th at 7 p.m. at the church.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School continues December 17th at 9:45 a.m.
Our subject for this Sunday is “His Glory in Your Design” and here is an excerpt from this week’s lesson:
We tend to believe that what we have is not enough. That we should have more to give. Or we compare ourselves to others, falsely believing their particular effect is more important and more impactful. But God is the One who determines what effect we should have on the world. It is His show, His plan, and we belong to Him. In His estimation each of us is a “ten” somewhere.
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.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
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.
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