March Theme: The Gospel
Come see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?
The world was changed by the message of Christ one personal story at a time.
– Pastor Dan S. Baty
The View From My Place
March 14, 2018
There is a kind of ebb and flow to walking by faith.
Some days are vibrant and lush with spiritual activity. Our connection with the Lord is strong and encouraging and everything within us says, Hallelujah!” and “Won’t He do it?!?!”
Other days are high drama, filled with pressure and distressing situations, and “Where are you, Lord? Do something!!!”
Most days are somewhere in between, rather common and “daily.” Perhaps even dull or drab.
Regardless of the temperature of the day, our task remains the same: We live by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7). Paul wrote those words in the context of our life beyond this one. We don’t see it. We have not experienced it. We have little idea of what to expect, really. But we do not depend on daily conditions to determine whether it is our destiny. Instead we depend on what Christ has done.
In the very same way, to live by faith practically is to accept and trust in Christ, sometimes without seeing or experiencing corroborating data, so to speak. Where our faith must always focus and rest is on the facts of Jesus death and resurrection. That is the solid, unchanging basis of our confidence in life beyond this one and of His loving presence with us throughout this one.
The more we learn to walk by faith in the resurrected Christ, the less influenced we will be by the ebb and flow of conditions on the ground. We can rest in His promises, such as: Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10) That is an assurance that covers all conditions.
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Midweek Bible Study
This week’s midweek Bible Study will focus on the topic Gospel Case Study: The Leper Who was Healed and Squealed.
Our text will be Mark 1: 40-45 and the heart of our discussion will center on the idea: “More than a passion for souls, outreach is a passion for God.”
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, March 15th at 7 p.m. at the church.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School continues March 18th at 9:45 a.m.
Our subject for this Sunday is Nurturing Prayer and here is an excerpt from this week’s lesson:
Prayer is more than a spiritual discipline; it is more than an act of obedience and more than proper Christian protocol. Through prayer, God opens our eyes to see to what is true. To see the reality that lies behind what is seen.
Join us this Sunday for this stimulating and refreshing discussion. Hope to see you this Sunday.
V.I.P. (Victory in Progress) ~ VBCC Youth News
Youth group will met at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 17th at the church.
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
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.
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