Aug 18, 2019
Solid Rock

August 18, 2019 Solid Rock

Wow! The summer is coming to a close and the rush of autumn isn't far away.

In our newsletters we can only provide an outline for what is coming - only God can fill in the gaps. It is in those gaps that we find miracles and spiritual growth and the sacrificial love of God's people for friends and strangers alike. Thank you for asking God to use the gaps in your lives to be a blessing to others.

This Sunday we will look at Matthew 7:24-27 and the well-known story of a wise man and a foolish man who made very different choices on where to build a house. I hope to see you in worship and Sunday School... and don't forget to bring a friend!

In Christ, Pastor Bob

Matthew 7:24-27

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  • Aug 18, 2019Solid Rock
    Aug 18, 2019
    Solid Rock

    August 18, 2019 Solid Rock

    Wow! The summer is coming to a close and the rush of autumn isn't far away.

    In our newsletters we can only provide an outline for what is coming - only God can fill in the gaps. It is in those gaps that we find miracles and spiritual growth and the sacrificial love of God's people for friends and strangers alike. Thank you for asking God to use the gaps in your lives to be a blessing to others.

    This Sunday we will look at Matthew 7:24-27 and the well-known story of a wise man and a foolish man who made very different choices on where to build a house. I hope to see you in worship and Sunday School... and don't forget to bring a friend!

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Matthew 7:24-27

  • Aug 11, 2019Jesus Defines “Great”
    Aug 11, 2019
    Jesus Defines “Great”
    Series: Book of Mark

    August 11, 2019 Jesus defines “Great”

    Well, it's back-to-school week for our community! Looking back on my grade-school years, that's about a month less than the summer break we enjoyed (or endured once we ran out of things to do!).

    We pray for and appreciate the teachers, staff, administrators, and yes, the parents who support their children's education in public, private, and home school settings. May God make this a year when young minds grow, faith blooms, and every child learns the meaning of Jesus' call for us to care for and cherish each other. May the light of Christ outshine the darkness that sometimes tragically invades our public places.

    And may we all learn again that what makes a people great is not the power of the purse but the power of the love in our hearts that moves us to become the servants of even the least among us.

    Please keep in your prayers the shut-ins, those facing surgery and recovering from surgery, and all those whose hearts have been broken by the loss of a loved one.

    This Sunday we will look at Mark 9: 33-37 and hear Jesus define what makes a person great. I hope to see you in worship and Sunday School!

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Mark 9:33-37

  • Aug 4, 2019Bittersweet
    Aug 4, 2019
    Bittersweet
    Series: Book of Mark

    August 4, 2019 Bittersweet

    We all know that life is a mixture of the bitter and the sweet. The story of God and humanity in the Scriptures acknowledges this reality. The sweetness of the creation story is followed by the bitter experience of sin entering the world. The sweetness of Israel escaping the bonds of slavery in Egypt is followed by the bitterness of their rebellion against God. The sweetness of the birth of Jesus in Luke's Gospel is tempered by the prophecy of Simeon to Mary that her baby boy would

    The sweet and bitter experiences of life are present throughout the ministry of Jesus. But there is no event that more powerfully represents their blending than Jesus' last supper with his disciples where fear and betrayal clash with the hope of redemption.

    This Sunday we will look at Mark 14: 16-26 and contemplate how our God uses the sweetness and bitterness of life to bring forth our own redemption and salvation.

    Come join us this Sunday as we gather around the table of our Lord and feel the power of God's redeeming love.

    In Christ, Pastor Bob

    Mark 14:16-26

  • Jul 28, 2019Receiving God’s Truth
    Jul 28, 2019
    Receiving God’s Truth
    Series: Book of Mark

    July 28, 2019 Do it Again, Lord

     I'm thinking about Mark 12 and the Parable of the Vineyard Owner, the focus of this Sunday's message at both VUMC worship services. Pray with and for me as we prepare to receive God's truth.

    With thanks to God for the family of God at VUMC,

    Pastor Bob

    Mark 12:1-10

  • Jul 21, 2019Walking Away From Jesus
    Jul 21, 2019
    Walking Away From Jesus
    Series: Book of Mark

    July 21, 2019 Walking Away From Jesus

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

    Mark 10:17-31

  • Jul 14, 2019Do it Again, Lord
    Jul 14, 2019
    Do it Again, Lord
    Series: Book of Mark

    July 14, 2019 Do it Again, Lord

    It was the end of the first day of creation and the angels gathered to celebrate. All of a sudden the chant began, "Do it again, do it again, do it again!"

    So God did it again. And again. And again....

    It is a staggering thought. To think of how many days God has created since that first day. How many sunrises and sunsets, eclipses and claps of thunder, solar flares and cricket chirps.

    There is no way to ponder the endless miracles of our God.

    But this Sunday we will try to follow the hand of God in a miraculous story from Mark 8, where Jesus for the second time in the Gospels feeds a multitude of hungry followers. And we'll ask the question, "Will Jesus do it again through us?"

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

    Mark 8:1-10

  • Jul 7, 2019What’s Your Life Compass?
    Jul 7, 2019
    What’s Your Life Compass?
    Series: Book of Mark

    July 7, 2019 What’s Your Life Compass

     I read a lot of columns by a lot of pastors. Some are concise and to the point. Most are a bit long-winded (sorry, but it’s the truth). Pastors are preachers and being long-winded is a professional hazard.

    So I’ll get right to the point (and then drone on for awhile because I just can’t help it). Following Jesus can’t be done with words alone (see James 1:22-25). The devil can convince us that if we “babble the Gospel” long enough we’re bound to wear someone down; that people will give their lives to Jesus just to stop us from preaching at them.

    But for every word we preach there must be a boat-load of actions adding power to our words. People need to see us living out the Gospel. Living like Jesus. Walking in his steps, not just talking about something we really aren’t willing to live out. "Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth (I John 3:18)."

    So (and here’s where I’ll put a stop to the words), I want to thank everyone in our church who shares Jesus by walking in his steps. Every youth and adult on the summer mission trip. Everyone of our youth working up at Camp Overlook this summer. Every volunteer in the food pantry or the community center or in the kitchen cooking for a grieving family. Every teacher, every lay preacher, every one who crosses boundaries to be Jesus to their neighbor.

    You are God’s will come alive and the Kingdom of God is in our midst because He lives in you.

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

    Mark 7:14-23

  • Jun 30, 2019Youth Mission Team God Sightings
    Jun 30, 2019
    Youth Mission Team God Sightings

    June 30, 2019 Youth Mission Team God Sightings

    Youth Mission Team reports on their mission trip to Kentucky

    Remember.... Every day we serve and worship a risen Savior... may our hearts be filled with praise for the Christ who is alive in our church!

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

  • Jun 23, 2019God’s Choir
    Jun 23, 2019
    God’s Choir
    June 23, 2019 God’s Choir

    Joy Tinsley will lead our worship services with both music and her own testimony. Please keep the mission team and Joy in your prayers!

    Remember.... Every day we serve and worship a risen Savior... may our hearts be filled with praise for the Christ who is alive in our church!

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

    Psalm 22:22-25

  • Jun 16, 2019To Be a Dad
    Jun 16, 2019
    To Be a Dad
    Series: Father's Day

    June 16, 2019 To Be a Dad

    Suddenly we're deep into summer and, if you are like our family, you're trying to sort out vacation schedules, lawn mowing, and staying active in the church! The first and most important summer activity for those who love the Lord is prayer, reading His Word, and serving in His name. Let's make sure to leave time and energy for those core activities so that we will be strengthened and not drained by a busy summer schedule.

    Remember.... Every day we serve and worship a risen Savior... may our hearts be filled with praise for the Christ who is alive in our church!

    I hope to see you in worship and in ministry to our community,

    Pastor Bob

    Deuteronomy 11:18-21