NOVEMBER 2022 - News & More!!
Dear Church Family,
What a glorious night this past Wednesday as we burnt the Mortgage note and Celebrated God’s Amazing Provision! It was so meaningful to be able to gather together and to share the story of what God has done and what He is doing through your faithful giving. God is Good!!! Many, many thanks to all of you who have given sacrificially and cheerfully toward retiring our building debt. Many of you have given with this day in mind…but more so, with Eternity in mind!!! We stand in amazement at what God is doing through you and your generosity. He is changing lives forever! The Best is yet to come! Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Here are some of the pictures from a great night (10.26.22) in the history of Village Bible Church. The food was delicious! (Thank you to Jean Powell, the Deaconesses and all the team of selfless servants who fed all 175 of us so well!). It was so fun for our church family to be able to shout, “We’re Debt Free!” and to shout our thanks to the Lord!
2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!
Testimony of Dan Jackson
Background: I was blessed to have been raised in a Christian home. I first committed to the Lord at the age of 12 as part of membership into the church. I grew up attending church with the family. This continued after leaving home and I was on my own. I have always known that the Lord was my savior and that there was a God. I attended various churches throughout my adult life, but as the demands and pressures of career increased, in later years, I found myself attending church less regularly. I still believed in the Lord, but I was not enjoying a daily walk and interaction with him. From 2000 to 2005, I felt it necessary to go into the office and work on Sundays to sustain my career. I was conflicted because I knew that I was not honoring the Sabbath and the Lord as I should. But the Lord was keeping an eye on me.
Awakening: My awakening or re-awakening occurred at the end of March 2005. As the mounting stress of career, the uncertainty of the division that I worked for being acquired (and the possibility of being severed or forced into a relocation) and the demands of the world increased, I began to feel chest and arm tautness sensations. Naturally, I began to worry if I was having heart or related issues. Life had become a never-ending sequence of tasks that had to be completed as soon as possible, so that I could move on to the next task. On March 30, I learned that my heart and health were fine – the muscle tautness sensations were just my body reacting to mounting levels of stress. On March 31, I learned from our financial advisor that even if I was severed, that financially we would be OK. Suddenly life got very clear and simple for me:
- It was clear that I had a Lord that loved me despite my lack of attention towards him in recent years
- I had a lovely wife that was still with me
- I had my health
- Financially we were OK
As I prayed to thank the Lord for these blessings, he wrapped his arms around me and whispered, “I am here with you, and I have always been here with you.” I felt his warmth, presence and love during this time. I have repeated and reviewed the 4 fundamental issues listed above many times since then. I also recognized that it was the Lord at work in my life. From that point forward, the projects, deadlines and demands that seemed so important before were secondary, and at times, almost petty. These demands were now replaced with a feeling of warmth and gratitude towards the Lord for all that he had done for me, along with a passion to serve him better.
Moving Ahead: From those days at the end of March 2005 when I re-connected with the Lord, I committed to put the Lord first each day and to begin each day with scripture and a time of praise and reflection with the Lord. I have benefited greatly from this morning devotional time, and life has a much better balance for me by putting the Lord first and starting each day with him. I am filled with a desire to live each day in a way that would make the Lord proud of me. I know that he loves me, but I feel a strong need to please him in the way I conduct myself each day. The Lord and I enjoy daily chats – as I walk or kayak or ride my bike or just sit on the deck, I share issues with the Lord. This was an element that was missing prior to 2005.
I also felt guilty prior to April 2005 for not honoring the Sabbath and the Lord on Sundays as I knew that I should. I made the decision at that time to correct this and to attend church regularly on Sundays. Before moving to Bella Vista in September of 2008, we began regularly attending a church in Wichita. This has also restored balance in my life. Sundays are now spent glorifying the Lord instead of getting caught up at the office. Again, life has a much better balance when things are in their proper alignment and priority.
BLESS A FEW, LEAVE YOUR REVIEW! (provided by Pastor Joseph)
Psalms often remind us to tell what God has done! PSALM 105 says, "Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!" Has God blessed you through VBC since joining the community here? If so, tell others. ARE YOU GLAD YOU FOUND VBC? CONSIDER HELPING OTHERS TO FIND VBC TOO.
43 People per day (on average) move to Northwest Arkansas. There are a lot of new people in our area looking for a church. If they are believers or seekers, most search google for a local church to connect with. DID YOU KNOW…85% of church-seekers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations? When you share how God has blessed you via Google review, you help others find VBC. Here’s How:
- Step 1. Go to Google.com & Search for " Village Bible Church Bella Vista "
- Step 2. Write A Review
- Once you have pulled up Village Bible Church, scroll down past the map.
- You should see five stars with gray outlines - this is the reviews section where you can contribute your own star rating.
- After you give a star rating by clicking the number of stars you want, you will be prompted to write more about your experience and share an image if you want.
- At this point, you will be prompted to sign in - this is where people get (understandably) confused and think they need a Gmail account to leave a review. A Gmail/Google Account Is Not Required. Simply click on “create account,” choose “for myself” or “for my business.”
- On the next page it will give you the option to “use my current email address” instead. No Google account, no problem!
Thank you so much for choosing to bless others by helping to direct them toward the body of Christ at Village Bible Church. For more info, ask Pastor Joseph firstname.lastname@example.org. Village Bible Church Bella Vista would love your feedback. Post a review to our profile. https://g.page/r/Cd_XHahUM91SEAE/review
TRUSTEE COMMITTEE – Churchwide Workday: SAT. NOV 5TH (8am-2pm). We love our church. We can share in all that God has given us… using our time, talents, tithes. This is a great opportunity for some work activity, some fun & some fellowship with our Church Family. There are a variety of projects that need completed: winterization, yard work, special cleanup, cleaning windows, cleaning carpets, landscaping, specific projects, etc. Something for Everyone… and Pizza ‘lunch’ will be served. Please sign up in Fellowship Hall.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH MINISTRY LUNCH - All Children and Youth Ministry volunteers, children, and families are invited to a Soup, Salad, and Chili Lunch on SUN. NOV 6th, in the Fellowship Hall after the second service. Our Children's and Youth Ministry is growing, and we want to have a chance to eat, fellowship, and pray together. We also want to focus on some important safety and security training for our precious Village Kids and Youth.
KNITTOGETHER MINISTRY, would like to express a big thank you to all who have knitted or crocheted the variety of items in 2022. Please drop off your items to the Church office during the week of NOV 1ST - 6TH. Please put your name and the count of items included in each bag. On Tuesday, November 8TH, we will sort out to the different ministries. Any questions please contact Marlys Peak @ email@example.com.
CHURCHWIDE FELLOWSHIP – Men’s Chili Cook-off & Table Games. FRI, NOV 11TH @ 5pm. All are invited to participate; we are inviting “men” to make your favorite chili and women will judge the winning chili! Women are as to bring sides (sour cream, cheese, crackers, Fritos, etc.) After the meal we will gather around tables to play table games. Bring your favorite table game or cards. For questions please contact Jean Powell firstname.lastname@example.org or Paula Osterberger email@example.com.
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD - COME BE APART of sending the GOOD NEWS of Jesus around the world. Last year 2,800 people heard because of gifts you sent. We are excited and ready for your participation!! You can get boxes to fill at the church OR build your own shoebox gift online. This is an inflation buster!! For just $25/box you can send a box. Please click this link here to “build” an online shoebox! Any questions, contact Corey Koster firstname.lastname@example.org or Marcia Westhoff email@example.com ”SEE INSERT BELOW”
WELCOME TO VBC LIFE GROUPS - If you are new or a regular attender to our Church family and you are seeking fellowship with others, we have LifeGroups meeting at various times and days. We invite you to fill out a Connection Card or contact our Discipleship Chairperson (Tony White @ firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will help get you connected.
FIRST AID/EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE - The Trustee Committee and VBC Safety Team is asking for your participation and assistance. We need more volunteers to serve on our Safety Team. Also, if you have any past experience in first aid, military, law enforcement, construction industry training, fire/EMT or similar emergency training OR if you are interested in getting trained and maintaining first aid/CPR training/certification provided by the church... please let us know your interest by filling out a Connection Card or email to email@example.com or questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 am & 10:30 am WORSHIP SERVICE IN WORSHIP CENTER (Communion 1st Sunday).
9:00 am CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Nursery 0-3yrs; PreK–1st, 2nd–3rd, 4th–5th, Oasis 6th-8th, and Library for 9th-12th.
10:30 am CHILDREN’S CHURCH Nursery 0-3yrs, PreK–5th Oasis, and SUNDAY SCHOOL 6th-8th Conf. Rm
10:30 am ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL, FELLOWSHIP HALL teaching from the 2022 VBC Bible Reading Plan – copies available at all entrances.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm *White Cross Mission Ministry helps Tandala Hospital in Congo, Africa
11:00 am – 1:00 pm *KniTTogether Ministry: Knit or crochet hats that benefit the community
6:00-7:30 pm MEN’S DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY! Each Tuesday evening. The Discipleship Committee invites and encourages ALL MEN to participate; there are various bible study leaders/facilitators, and subject matter through DEC 13th.
6:00-7:30 pm MEN’S BIBLE STUDY “Through the Bible” led by Joe Avila located in the Conference Room
10:00 am-12:00 pm OASIS FOOD PANTRY serves +/- 240 families each month: clients from NWA and Missouri.
5:30-6:30 pm POTBLESS (NOV 2, 9, 16) (except 4th Wednesday). Please bring your favorite dish to share; also need volunteers to sign-up for PotBless to serve & clean; contact Jean Powell @ email@example.com
6:30 pm PRAISE & PRAYER SERVICE. Open to ALL! Children Ministry offers P3 (Praise, Prayer & Play) for all Village Kids (Nursery 0-3yrs, PreK-5TH, 6TH-8TH)
7:30 pm VBC CHOIR REHEARSAL! Contact Sarah O’Malley firstname.lastname@example.org
9:30-11:00 am WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY, "The Attributes of God" led by Joanne Morris each Thursday in the conference room. You will want to bring your Bible. If interested email Joanne Morris @ email@example.com
2:00-3:30 pm WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY, Book of Genesis, led by Kathy Johnson, in Fellowship Hall. The class consists of three 10-week units; will continue until May 2023. If interested email Kathy Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT, NOV 5TH, 8 am–2 pm FAMILY WORKDAY – CHURCHWIDE EVENT; URGENT NEED for SERVICE OPPORTUNITY sponsored by the Trustee Committee.
SUN, NOV 6TH, 12:00 – 1:00 pm CHILDREN & YOUTH COMMITTEE LUNCH & LEARN sponsored by the Children & Youth Committee
THU, NOV 10TH 8 am (2ND Thursday) TRUSTEE COMMITTEE MEETING, Fellowship Hall
FRI, NOV 11TH, 9 am–12 pm (2ND FRI) VBC QUILTERS GROUP, Fellowship Hall; contact Helen Davis; @ email@example.com
THU, NOV 17TH, 11:30 am (3RD THU) WOMEN’S LUNCHEON, Bella Vista Country Club, contact Jackie Keller 479-212-3049
SAT, NOV 19TH, 8:00 am (3RD SAT) MEN’S FELLOWSHIP & PRAYER BREAKFAST, Fellowship Hall. Sponsored by Deacon Ministry.
SUN, NOV 20TH, Distribution of ADVENT GROCERY BAGS; sponsored the Oasis Food Pantry Advent 2022 begins on Sun NOV 20TH ends Sat DEC 18TH.
WEDS, NOV 23RD, WED Night Praise & Prayer services will be cancelled so time can be spent with your families.
THURS, NOV 24TH, the Church office will be closed and will re-open on MON, NOV 28TH.
THU, NOV 24TH, 8:30 am (4TH THU) PAPA MIKE’S BREAKFAST FELLOWSHIP @ Papa Mike’s.
MON, NOV 28TH, 9:00 am (4TH MON) CHURCH BOARD MEETING, Fellowship Hall
MON, NOV 28th – Churchwide Christmas Decorating Event & Fellowship – Removal Decorations from Attic & Erect Christmas Trees & Wreaths 10:30am-1pm. Churchwide Decorations begin @ 1pm-4pm? (until completed). We need your help! Anyone who desires to help is invited… snacks will be provided.
MON, NOV 30TH 9:00 am (4TH WED) NO FELLOWSHIP MEAL IS PLANNED, Fellowship Hall
Village Bible Church wishes to recognize and honor all Veterans Nov. 11th and every day…
excerpt from Staff @ Flags.com Nov 2018
Veterans Day is celebrated every year on November 11th. It is an official United States Holiday that honors military veterans, both living and deceased. It is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which recognizes veterans who have passed both during wartime, peacetime and after serving. Today, there are approx. 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war and 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime, giving us a total approx. 21.3 million veterans. Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive. Ways to observe this holiday include personally thanking a veteran, either in person or by sending a letter, visiting the grave site of a veteran, attending a local Veterans Day ceremony, or visiting the Arlington National Cemetery to witness the ceremony held each year to honor veterans. Something more than a “thank you” … To many veterans, simply “thanking” soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it. We truly want to recognize and honor you and your families for your sacrifice, your commitment, your service to America. May God’s blessings be upon you… 2 Timothy 4:7-8 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
…so many have been so faithful… thank you! Please consider volunteering your time and/or talent to the Vision & Mission of VBC. We have various committees, teams and volunteer groups that need and Welcome your involvement. There are church members and volunteers that work together in responding to (all church members, attenders). For more information about ANY of these ministries, call the church office or use the Connection Card in the bulletin and identify the committee or ministry you’d like to know more about and give us your contact information.
10 Reasons Why I Vote (And you should, too!)
Emily Wood, Nov. 13, 2017, Liberty University
On November 7, 2017, I had the long-awaited opportunity to vote for the very first time. For years I looked forward to having the chance to finally take part in the democratic process and I hope to never miss an election from this day forward.
As a citizen of the United States of America, I view voting as one of the greatest ways to exercise our freedom and partake in the liberties bought by the sacrifice of many. As the citizens bustled to and from the polls while I waited, I watched freedom in motion. Read below for the top 10 reasons why I vote:
1. I vote because it is a privilege.
Millions across the world would love to have the opportunity to have the chance to select their leaders and representatives. As I stood in line, I thanked God for this wonderful privilege and honor that we have as Americans.
2. I vote because I respect our veterans.
Throughout our nation's history, countless men and women lost their lives for freedoms such as this. Honor their legacy by taking part in the rights for which they fought.
3. I vote because I want my voice heard.
We have no right to complain about the nation's state of affairs if we did not cast a vote in the first place
4. I vote because I love America.
Because I love America, I want to see her prosper.
5. I vote because I believe America has great days ahead.
Vote towards America's bright future.
6. I vote because I want to secure the America I love for generations to come.
I desire to pass an even greater America down to my children.
7. I vote because it is my Christian duty.
I vote for the candidates who will most reflect my Christian values, uphold the sanctity of life, and "seek justice and defend the oppressed..." (Isaiah 1:17).
8. I vote because it is my civic duty.
As a citizen of the United States, I view it as my responsibility to vote for the sake of the present and the future.
9. I vote because of the example my parents set.
My brother and I would wait in line on election days as my mom cast her vote. My family taught me from a young age the importance of voting and I intend to implement what I learned.
10. I vote because it matters!
My vote counts and yours does, too. We can truly make a difference.
Cast your vote and partake in the liberty afforded to us by the sacrifice of many. Take part in your next election and let freedom ring throughout the polls, from sea to shining sea!
Village Bible Church Operation Christmas Child
Your OCC box is available in the Welcome Center Lobby. How many children can we
bless with the Good News of Jesus Christ by building shoebox gifts online?
Collection Week: November 14-20, 2022
Last Sunday at VBC: November 20, 2022
MORTGAGE PAYOFF CELEBRATION PHOTOS from 10.26.22