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Are We There Yet? Wisdom for the Changeover Season

Sep 26, 2022

We’re back with the 3rd and final part of our Are We There Yet? series! As you all know, we’ve been spending this month getting up to speed on where we are as a church in the midst of the Exchange Zone. In this final leg before the baton is officially passed, Pastors Jeff and Beth are entering their role as Founding Pastors while Pastors Eric and Alexa Jones are now the Interim Lead Pastors until the official change of command on January 29, 2023. 

In part 3, Wisdom for the Changeover Season, we receive an empowering message from our Interim Lead Pastors Eric and Alexa. We’re discovering 3 fundamental principles to embody as we continue our journey as a church through this season. Remember,  we are all part of the transition at VFC! We each have a part to play, a role, and purpose throughout the rest of 2022 and beyond.

Proverbs 24:3 (NKJV) Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established. 

Wisdom for the Changeover Season

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Are We There Yet? What's Next

Sep 20, 2022

We’re back with Part 2 of our Are We There Yet? series where Founding Pastors Jeff and Beth along with Interim Lead Pastors Eric and Alexa shared a message filled with details about what’s to come for VFC as we look ahead to the future. 

In What’s Next?, we reflected on the last 30 years at Valley Family Church and discovered more about the new, fresh vision as we step into the next 30+ years. We explored the repositioning of roles and the natural progression of releasing responsibility and authority to the next generation. 

Psalm 145:4 (NKJV) One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

Looking back to last week, we received the big announcement that Pastors Eric and Alexa Jones will be filling the roles of Lead Pastors in January of 2023. This week, we’re looking ahead and discovering what the Holy Spirit is announcing for our church! 

John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come,...

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Are We There Yet? Announcing VFC's Successors

Sep 12, 2022

We are in an amazing season at Valley Family Church! We’re taking a look at the big picture for our church and exploring where we’re going and also taking some time to reflect on the past and remember how we got to this point in VFC history. We’re kicking off our brand new September series, Are We There Yet? and starting off with an exciting announcement! 

Let’s start with talking about the past and cover an update on Exchange Zone. Then we’ll talk about the present and what’s happening here and now during the Changeover Season. We’ll wrap up the message by Announcing VFC’s Successors and talking about the future as we get ready for 2023! Here we go! 

Today: Now What? 

Past: The Exchange Zone Update

Present: The Changeover Season

Future: Get Ready for for 2023

 

Past: The Exchange Zone Update

We just completed our 30th year!

We’ve been in “the exchange zone” for the past year.

We are close to the...

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Love in Action

Sep 06, 2022

We’re in store for a treat! Pastor Annie Spangler brings us a special message all about Love in Action. We’re taking a deep dive into Romans chapter 12 and discovering 3 practical ways to share the love of Jesus with everyone around us! As we explore Paul’s letter to the church of Rome, we discover exactly what love in action looks like and how we can start implementing these practices in our everyday lives.

1 John 3:18 (NLT) Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

One of the amazing things about God’s Word is that the Bible is living and active. The Holy Spirit uses scripture to teach us and show us and help us become all that God has called us to be. As we dive into our Bible study on Romans 12, let’s open our hearts and minds to what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.

Romans 12:1 (NIV)- Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy...

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Power to the People: The Power of Prayer

Aug 30, 2022

We’re back with the 4th and final message in our August series, Power to the People. Throughout the month, we’ve been discovering how God’s power can be applied and carried out in our everyday lives. This week, Pastor Eric Jones delivers a message on The Power of Prayer and starts by sharing two foundational scriptures with us as our guiding theme.

James 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

In this passage, James is writing to the church he pastors in the New Testament. This church is made up of believers who converted from Judaism to Christianity. In the letter he’s writing them, he reminds and...

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Power to the People: The Power of the Holy Spirit

Aug 22, 2022

We’re continuing on in our Power to the People August series! In part 3, Founding Senior Pastor Jeff Jones delivers an enlightening word that explores what Jesus says about believers accessing and possessing the power of the Lord and how we can partner with the Holy Spirit in our everyday lives.

Get this: When Jesus becomes the Lord of our lives, we have access to all the power we’ll ever need in life. This is amazing news! But what does power mean here? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in this scenario? Pastor Jeff helps us better understand the answers to these questions throughout his message, The Power of the Holy Spirit

Many of us understand that there’s power in what we believe. Afterall, if you believe you can, you can. If you believe you can’t, you can’t. But the power of belief isn’t what we’re talking about today.

There’s power in convictions; convictions give us the strength to overcome temptations. There’s...

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Power to the People: The Power of Love

Aug 15, 2022

We’re back with Part 2 of our August Series: Power to the People! We’re diving deep into the power of God’s love as we’re encouraged with His basic, yet fundamental truths. Here’s the deal: God loves us and God loves others through us! 

In The Power of Love, Founding Senior Pastor Beth Jones shares everything we need to know about these 2 truths and supports these lessons with foundational Scriptures that highlight the all-encompassing, overwhelming, never-ending power of God’s love for us! 

1. God loves you! 

Remember those old school bumper stickers that said “Smile! God loves you!”? For the non-believer, that phrase may seem cliche and trite, but in reality, it’s such a rich revelation. It’s true–God loves your neighbor, He loves the whole world. But it’s important to realize that he loves you specifically. The is an incredible life-changing truth! 

1 John 4 9-11 (NKJV)  - 9In this ...

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Power to the People: There's Power in the Name

Aug 08, 2022

We’re kicking off a brand new August series at VFC! Throughout Power to the People, we’ll discover more about being vessels of God’s power and love to the world around us. The Holy Spirit is in us and He wants out! The goal of this entire series is to help us, as a church, get a revelation and reminder that God in heaven has empowered us to live on Earth, operating by His Spirit, to impact and change the world in which we live. Amen! 

When we look at the world around us, it’s clear to see that we don’t need more theologians or YouTube preachers or Instagram clips…what the world actually needs is the power of God. No in theory, not as a concept, but as a present tense, experiential reality that God on high would interact with and interrupt society in and through His church. 

Here’s some good news today…that power is not just reserved for pastors and teachers–His power is intended to be on the inside of every single...

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Mind Games: Conversations on Mental Health

Aug 01, 2022

Our July mini-series–Mind Games–has come to an end! In Part 1 of the series, guest speaker Pastor Patrick Norris delivered an empowering message filled with strategies for managing stress, panic, depression, and anger. We discovered the importance of understanding the triad of mental health and human flourishing and also learned protocols for taking the best possible care of each of the 3 primary areas of our lives: soul + spirit, mind + body, and social + interpersonal. Be sure to watch the replay and read the blog post for all the wisdom and truth he shared on that subject! 

Following Part 1, members of our church sent in questions surrounding mental health and wellness for Pastor Patrick to answer and in Conversations on Mental Health, he did just that! We’re diving into more of the wisdom and knowledge he deposited into our church this month and you’ll also find an in-depth compilation of resources available to further help us along our journey...

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Mind Games: Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Panic, Depression, and Anger

Jul 25, 2022

We’re kicking off a brand new summer mini-series here at VFC! Pastor Patrick Norris is bringing us 2 weeks of  Mind Games. Throughout this series, we’re coming around the topic of God’s plan for our mental health as we discover the connections between each of these areas of our lives: spirit + soul, brain + body, and interpersonal + social.

In Part 1 of the series, Pastor Patrick shared an empowering, thought-provoking word that provided us with functional, effective strategies for managing anxiety, panic, depression, and anger in alignment with God’s Word and intentions for our lives. In the beginning of his message, Pastor Patrick shares a testimony of the goodness of God as it pertains to both his mental and physical health that not only sets the stage for what’s to come, but also relates to many of us on a personal level.

We’re encouraged to truly, honestly reflect on this question: How are you? We all have emotional and mental highs and...

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