AUGUST 2022 - News & More!!
Dear Church Family,
These are exciting days! We are growing and we need to make more room so more people can come and hear about Jesus! As I announced on Sunday morning, the Elder Board and the Church Board are in unanimous agreement that we are in need of 2 Worship Services on Sunday mornings. STARTING ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11th we will be offering 2 Sunday Worship Services:
- The 1st Service will be at 9am.
- The 2nd Service will be at 10:30am.
Why are we doing this? We want Bella Vista to be the easiest place in America to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and to become a disciple of His. Our 10:15 worship service is getting so full (a good problem to have!) that we need to make more room for folks to join in. The most efficient, most inexpensive and best way to make more room is to add a second service.
This will provide more opportunities to serve our church family and to serve those who will be joining us in the days ahead. I am asking you to consider serving in a ministry here; especially if you are not currently serving in one.
It’s a BLESSING to serve. 1 Samuel 12:24 says:
“But be sure to fear the LORD and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.”
Serving your church family is a great way to serve our Great God who has done Great Things for all of us!
You may ask: what if I don’t “feel ready” to serve? I’m reminded of how Terri and I didn’t really “feel ready” to be parents when Terri gave birth to Meredith…but it certainly turned out to be a GREAT experience. We did have a lot to learn, but God was gracious to teach us and help us along the way. Maybe you can relate? We can help you to get equipped in whatever ministry you want to try. God loves cheerful givers and joyful servants who step out in faith.
Please let us know if you want to serve. You may have a particular ministry role you want to try…or you may just want to say (or sing), “Put me in Coach, I’m ready to play!” …or words to that effect :)
Please send an email to Larry Young, Church Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know:
__ Yes, I want to serve in whatever way that you need.
__ Yes, I want to serve in the _____________ Ministry.
__ Yes, I would like to talk with you about getting plugged into a ministry that needs me.
What a privilege to serve the Living God at VBC! HE is definitely at work here!
P.S. ARE YOU READY TO BE BAPTIZED? We are having baptisms on Sunday, Aug 21st. Please let us know if you want to be baptized NLT Wednesday, August 17th.
P.S.S. If you’re not plugged into a LifeGroup yet, please also join us for “A Taste of LifeGroups” on August 26th. Keep reading and you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. It’s going to be fun!
My Story, August 2022
Born into a family with a strong history of drug abuse, alcoholism, physical abuse, eating disorders, and multiple suicides, my life would have likely been on the same track. However, when I was six years old, God rescued my parents. Apart from Jesus, they would probably be living the same lifestyle that I just described and would have passed down that legacy to their children and grandchildren. God saved them and used their testimony to lead many others to Christ, including me. As I was growing up, I was always aware of the difference that Jesus makes in somebody’s life because of the change I saw in my parents.
Shortly after he became a Christian, my dad led me to the Lord. Then our family started attending a Bible church, where I heard the Word of God taught for the first time. I participated in Awana club, a Bible memory program, in elementary school. I believe those Scriptures that I memorized were truly foundational in my walk with the Lord. In middle school, I was discipled by a godly woman who taught me about giving every part of my heart to Jesus. In high school, I joined a “surrender group” where other teenagers who were seeking to follow Jesus met together to worship God through singing, reading God’s Word, studying books by influential authors (I remember reading “Desiring God,” by John Piper), and going on short-term mission trips together.
Another influential person in my life was missionary Elizabeth Elliot. I had the opportunity to meet her when I was at a conference in college. I wrestled in my thoughts during college about whether to strive to be a concert pianist, move to a third world country to be a missionary, or let myself long to be a wife and mom. So when I met Elizabeth Elliot, I asked her, “Should I quit college and move overseas to serve as a missionary?” I remember her saying, “God doesn’t put everything He wants for you on your plate at one time…finish what you started…” So I stayed put and finished what I started.
I met my husband Joseph my senior year of college. He was the interim youth pastor at my home church. According to him, my mom asked him three weeks in a row if he had met me. Meanwhile, an older couple in our church pointed him out to me and told me that I should meet him. Long story short, we dated long distance until I finished graduate school in Tennessee, then we got married two weeks later. In a few months, we will celebrate our fifteenth anniversary. I am thankful for God’s grace in our marriage, and I consider Joseph and our four children to be five of God’s sweetest blessings in my life.
While Joseph and I never moved to a third-world country to take care of orphans, God gave us other opportunities to minister to the fatherless. While I was pregnant with our firstborn son, we felt called to move into an inner-city apartment complex and serve as the resident assistants to several youth who were aging out of the state foster care system through a mission called “Immerse Arkansas.” As I stood in my tiny apartment kitchen, preparing burgers for several 18-year-old boys whom Joseph was mentoring, I realized that the dreams that God gives us don’t always end up looking the way we anticipate them to look, even when they come true. I thought my passion for orphans would lead to holding needy babies in a third-world country, but God gave me the opportunity to prepare dinner and open our little inner-city apartment to teenage boys who needed a family just as much. I learned through that experience that as long as we stay open to God’s leading, we can have a joyful adventure serving Him wherever He leads us. A favorite quote of mine is from Jim Elliot, “Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
One of my favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
I thank God for saving my life. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 40:2, “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire, he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Welcome Home Membership Class offered by Pastor Al, please sign up via connection card, email, phone. There are 2 more classes remaining of learning about VBC, 9am, Sunday mornings (8/7, 8/14). Please let us know if you’re interested.
“Welcome Home” Visitation - As you already know C.O.R.E. Ministry has started our "Welcome Home" Visitation ministry… we will visit new Bella Vista residents. This is a great opportunity for our church family to Welcome Home new residents as well as provide residents with information about our church home and BV area. If you’re interested in visiting new residents, please contact Ken Fink or Church Office 479-876-5764 or email@example.com.
We need “YOU” to provide your story… your testimony. Our testimonies are an integral part of who we are as believers. We’d like to include your post “What’s My Story” in the monthly newsletter. Contact Bev Polk.
Coming soon to a church near you… beginning August 28, 2022. Your Operation Christmas Child boxes will be available in the Welcome Center Lobby. Remember, August 6th & 7th is tax-free weekend for clothing, school supplies, etc.! https://samaritanspurse.org/OCC
9:00 a.m. Sunday School classes in the Fellowship Hall; teaching from the 2022 Bible Reading Plan (2022 VBC Bible Reading Plan – copies available at all entrances).
10:15 a.m. Worship Service (Communion 1st Sunday); join us at Children & Youth Ministry for Bible Study & Worship.
STARTING AUGUST 14TH – GRADUATION SUNDAY for Children’s & Youth Ministry - All Promotions will occur August 14th during Sunday School hour! Children will move to the next grade / age group. There will be a NEW Middle School 6th-8th Group meeting in the Oasis; High School 9th-12th will meet in the Church Library.
Mission Ministry and Fellowship: contact Marlys Peak or Paula Osterberger
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *White Cross Mission Ministry helps Tandala Hospital in Congo, Africa
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. *KniTTogether Ministry: Knit or crochet hats that benefit the community
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. OASIS Food Pantry serves +/- 200 families each month: clients from NWA and Missouri.
Each Wednesday PotBless (except 4th Wednesday). For PotBless please bring your favorite dish to share; also need volunteers to sign-up for PotBless to serve & clean; contact Jean Powell.
6:30 p.m. Praise & Prayer Service. Open to ALL! Including Children & Youth Ministry offers P3 (Praise, Prayer & Play) for all Village Kids (PreK-6th)
WHITE CROSS “Take A Tag” Just select a “Take a Tag,” purchase the item and return it by Sunday, August 7th. Contact Paula Osterberger with questions.
Each Wednesday @ 5:30 pm on the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st PotBless (Potluck) is back!! Please see sign-up to serve & clean; contact Jean Powell.