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Lead Pastors Commissioning Ceremony

Jan 30, 2023

We have made it through The Exchange Zone and the baton has officially been passed from Founding Pastors Jeff + Beth Jones to Lead Pastors Eric + Alexa Jones! Yesterday was a beautifully significant day for our church as VFC has transitioned leadership from one generation to the next. God is good, the future is bright, and the best is yet to come! 

Psalm 145:4 (NIV) One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. 

During yesterday’s Commissioning Ceremony, Pastors Jeff + Beth commissioned our new Lead Pastors to the role that God has now placed them in. Pastors Eric + Alexa made vows and commitments to each other and to our church family that will honor God for years and years to come. Pastors Jeff + Beth shared declarations fulfilling their calling as Senior Pastors and transitioned their duties to the next generation of pastors at Valley Family Church. We are so excited for all that God has in store for our church community!

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Legacy Service: The Church I Grew Up In

Jan 23, 2023

It’s the first Sunday of our changeover weekends at Valley Family Church and we’re thanking God for all He has done the past 32 years and also honoring our Founding Pastors, Jeff + Beth Jones, for their faithfulness to the Lord and our church! During our Legacy Service, Pastor Eric Jones shares a heart-warming message and encourages us to abide by God’s word by pausing the busyness of life to reflect and remember. 

We see throughout Scripture that God strongly emphasizes the practice of remembering and implores His people to do the same:

Hebrews 13:7 (NLT) Remember your leaders who taught you the word of God. Think of all the good that has come from their lives, and follow the example of their faith.

Deuteronomy 32:7 (NKJV) Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations.

1 Chronicles 16:12 (NKJV) Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth.

Psalm 143:5 (NIV) I remember the days of long ago; I...

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The Upside Down: New Year, New Seeds

Jan 16, 2023

We’re back with the 3rd and final part of our Upside Down Kingdom of God January series at VFC where we’re we’re studying principles like the first will be the last, the greatest will be the servant of all, if you want to reap you must sew, if you want to be exalted you must be humbled, and many more of the upside down teachings of Jesus. We’re discovering the differences between the world’s point of view and God’s viewpoint as we seek to pursue him fervently throughout 2023. 

In New Year, New Seeds, Pastor Eric shares an encouraging word all about the law of returns. He gives us 3 things to consider when it comes to our own sowing and reaping and encourages us to sow intentionally into 3 specific areas of our lives throughout the duration of this year. In the New Testament, Jesus tells us: 

Luke 6:38 (NKJV) “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your...

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The Upside Down: New Year, Free You

Jan 10, 2023

We’re back with Part 2 of our Upside Down Kingdom of God January series at VFC where we’re we’re studying principles like the first will be the last, the greatest will be the servant of all, if you want to reap you must sew, if you want to be exalted you must be humbled, and many more of the upside down teachings of Jesus. We’re discovering the differences between the world’s point of view and God’s viewpoint as we seek to pursue him fervently throughout 2023. 

In New Year, Free You we’re blessed with a message by Pastor Richard Pilger that’s all about forgiveness. We learn that forgiveness is free and forgiveness is also freedom.  We’re exploring teachings from Matthew 18:21-35 and discovering the differences between the values taught by Jesus in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant and the ways of the world. Pastor Richard shares 2 key takeaways with us and reminds us that forgiveness is foundational to a thriving...

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The Upside Down: New Year, Less You

Jan 03, 2023

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off the start of 2023 with a brand new series: The Upside Down Kingdom of God. Throughout this 3 part series, we’re studying principles like the first will be the last, the greatest will be the servant of all, if you want to reap you must sew, if you want to be exalted you must be humbled, and many more of the upside down teachings of Jesus. 

The Kingdom of God is the reality of God bringing about His will on Earth. – Pastor Jon Tyson

Pastor Alexa shares an encouraging message with us in New Year, Less You where we’re exploring Luke 22:20-30 and discovering how to be great in the eyes of the Lord as we learn from the teachings and behaviors of the original GOAT (Greatest of All Time)! She shares 2 key takeaways with us to help guide us into the new year and live out the charge God has for us. 

As we study The Upside Down Kingdom of God, we see that Jesus’ teachings are a reversal or flipping of religious norms and...

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A Christmas Dream

Dec 19, 2022

What an amazing Sunday to be in the house of the Lord! Yesterday we gathered together for A Christmas Dream where we were blessed with our incredible multi-media production and a powerful message from Pastor Eric all about Immanuel. We loved celebrating the birth of Jesus with you! 

In Immanuel, God with Us, we’re reminded that we are never alone because God is with us and He is for us! We see this truth proclaimed time and time throughout the New Testament in the books of Romans, Matthew, and John. We also saw the first Christmas dream unfold and reveal the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We have so many reasons to celebrate Him this season! The Christmas Story–-the arrival of Jesus and the story of His birth in the Bible–begins with a dream. We see this dream play in the first chapter of the New Testament:

Matthew 1:18-25 (NLT) 18This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took...

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The Royal Family

Dec 12, 2022

As we prepare for Christmas, Pastor Annie Spangler is blessing us with a beautiful message about the family of Jesus. In The Royal Family, we learn that Jesus’ second cousin John the Baptist prepared the way, His mother Mary prepared a song, and His brother James prepared to believe. We’re diving into Pastor Annie’s message to discover how each of these three members of Jesus’ family can teach us more about the call on our lives as followers of Christ. 

John the Baptist – Prepare the Way

John is the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah and he is the second cousin of Jesus. We’re first introduced to John right in the midst of the Christmas story, but we see lots of family drama surrounding his story right from the beginning. The start of John’s story is found throughout Luke chapter 1, but to summarize, Zechariah doubts God’s promise that he and Elizabeth will have a child in their old age and because of his doubt, God causes Zechariah...

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Too Good + So True: How Good is the New Covenant? (part 2!)

Dec 06, 2022

We’re wrapping up the final part of our mini-series, Too Good + So True, where we’ve been learning all about the good news of the far better and far superior New Covenant. Pastor Beth brings another incredible message packed with revelation about the reality of this New Covenant that’s filled with better promises and far better glory! 

In Part 2 of How Good is the New Covenant?, we’re discovering the answers to questions like: 

What do we do with the Old Testament?

What does the “IF/THEN” of the old and the “BECAUSE/THEN” of the new look like? 

What about believers who don’t want to sin, but still do? 

We will all be encouraged by Pastor Beth’s message, insights from other biblical leaders, and of course, the Word of God! 

If you’re caught up on Part 1 of our mini-series, you’ll remember that throughout the series, we’ve been considering questions like…

  • Do you sometimes...
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Too Good + So True: How Good is the New Covenant?

Nov 28, 2022

We’re kicking off our brand new mini-series with Pastor Beth: Too Good + So True where we’ll be spending two weeks learning all about the good news of the far better and far superior New Covenant. This 2-part series is filled with tons of scripture and revelation knowledge as we come to better understand the many differences between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant and embrace the indescribable gift God has given us in His new and better promises! 

2 Corinthians 9:15Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Through the Word of God, Pastor Beth’s teachings, and insights from other Christian leaders, we discovered the abundance and healing found in the New Covenant through God’s grace and permanent perfection. We have the freedom to receive the finished work of Jesus and live in the New Commandment of love. 

Let’s answer these New Covenant questions: 

  • Do you sometimes struggle with the idea that to be pleasing to...
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God of the Sunrise: Why I Think You're Running

Nov 21, 2022

We’re wrapping up our series on hope with the third and final part of God of the Sunrise. Pastor Eric brings a phenomenal message about Jesus restoring Peter after failure–this was a word in season for us all! Throughout this series, we’ve been talking about the big idea of hope and we’re reminded that no matter what we face, no matter how dark the night may seem, the sun will always rise because He is the God of the Sunrise, the God of hope. 

Romans 15:13 (NKJV) Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

In Why I Think You’re Running, we’re learning about the ways we can find hope even in the midst of our own failure. We’re exploring how we deal with failure in our own lives and discovering how to find hope even in that place of defeat. 

Why I Think You’re Running

We’re diving into a story in the New Testament that involves...

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