June Theme: For the Love of 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 20, 2018
I am image conscious today.
I do not like the image of Christians being “soft,” but the image of being harsh and judgmental is repulsive to me.
I want something more than hubris.
I want something more than machismo.
I want something more than bravado.
I want something more than swagger.
Then I found what I was looking for right there in the Scriptures: When they saw the courage [confidence, boldness] of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13).
I want others to see me fully engaged in life, comfortable in my own skin and solid in my convictions about Christ despite whatever may be my limitations or their appraisal, and I want the difference in me to be attributable to my relationship with Jesus. That I have been influenced by His love and wisdom and that my strength and confidence is coming from Him.
And more than an image, I want that to be my daily reality.
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You and the Job Interview
An Employment Assistance Ministry Seminar
Free and open to the public!
Saturday June 30, 2018 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 7065 Deepage Drive Columbia MD 21045.
Midweek Bible Study
This week’s midweek Bible Study will focus on the topic Your Legacy in an Eternal Dynasty. Our text will be from 1 Corinthians 15:58 and and the focus of our discussion will focus on what is a spiritual legacy and how do we go about leaving one for our family and friends.
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, June 21st at 7 p.m. at the church.
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School continues this Sunday, June 24th at 9:45 a.m. Our subject for this Sunday is Being Open to Receive. Here is an excerpt from our lesson:
To the extent we are honest about our secret needs, we put ourselves in position to be genuinely cared for where we will feel it most. This means living from the truest places within us and daring to present our unmasked selves to the ones we love and who claim to love us. … Those of us who seek to experience a deeper spiritual life must not be afraid of personal discovery and must determine which relationships are safe enough for us to disclose our secrets.
Join us this Sunday for this stimulating and refreshing discussion. Hope to see you there.
V.I.P. (Victory in Progress) ~ VBCC Youth News
The Summer is a BUSY time. Please hold these dates in mind.
Boys’ Night Out – Friday June 22nd from 7:00pm to the next morning
Meals On Wheels – Wednesday June 27th from 9:30am to 3pm and Thursday June 28th from 9:30 am to 3pm
(Anyone who would like to volunteer for this effort is welcome. We need 10 people at a minimum for each day. We will meet at the church and then carpool to 515 South Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224).
Joyfest – Saturday July 14th more information coming soon. Price is $47 per person. I will have signup available this Sunday. Please let me know immediately as tickets sellout. Deadline to purchase is June 22nd. The artist lineup is Fred Hammond, Tye Tribbett, Tasha Cobb, Anthony Brown and & Group Therapy, The Walls Group, Caleb Serrano, and MC Bone Hampton.
Youth Sunday – Sunday July 15th
VBS – July 16 – 20th
~~ Go V.I.P. ~~
Robert L. Abercrombie
Youth Director and V.I.P. Leader
Valley Brook Cam
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.