From the Pastor's Tee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When we began this New Year a very special marker was observed. In 2008 The Village Church began the process of instituting a Transitional Plan for ministry. In many, if not most churches, when one pastor retires, moves or dies, there is an unsettling period of time until everything returns to normal. This is usually not a positive time for pastor or church. I did not want this to happen to The Village Church.
In 2008, the Rev. Alan Liphart came on board part time as the Co-Pastor of The Village Church.
In 2009, he became fulltime with Rev. Bob May as they worked side by side with equal responsibility and Pastor Bob as president of the Corporation and president of the Board of Stewards. In 2011, Pastor Bob began the transitional process going to 75% time and Pastor Alan becoming President of the Corporation and President of the Board. This has happened very smoothly for both the church and the pastors.
In the years to come we will continue with two pastors, Liphart and May, for the foreseeable future with both of them preaching on an alternating schedule as we have seen these last two years.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Travelling has great benefits and provides educational opportunities. Over the last 26 years my wife, Martie, and I have led groups to 11 foreign countries. The wonderful experience of walking where Jesus and Paul walked, standing at the foot of Mt. Sinai all have greatly enlarged our love of scripture.
When we began this New Year a very special marker was observed. In 2008 The Village Church began the process of instituting a Transitional Plan for ministry. In many, if not most churches, when one pastor retires, moves or dies, there is an unsettling period of time until everything returns to normal. This is usually not a positive time for pastor or church. I did not want this to happen to The Village Church.
This summer seven of us travelled up the historic Rhine River from Amsterdam, Holland thru Germany and France to Basel, Switzerland. This was my first experience of Germany and France. We toured some of the beautiful and historic Cathedrals of Europe that took between 400 and 600 years to construct.
When our guides told us about state supported religions I became so aware of our early founding fathers wisdom separating the support of religion from the state coffers. Present day taxing in Germany sets a 9.5 % income tax on all church members. Therefore the results have been that people stop being church members, or even involved in church.
When the local congregation has no responsibility to build, support and maintain its church, the church dies. This is why The Village Church is so strong. We carry our own responsibility to God and His Church.
PRAISE THE LORD,
The life and vitality of The Village Church is strong and growing. It is such a blessing to see God's vision unfold into such a beautiful bouquet.
Rick Warren writes on page 48, "we do not focus on attendance; we focus on assimilating all the people God brings to us."
We strive to assimilate and to help build relationships with our church family members. The more involved one becomes in music, prayer groups, Bible studies, youth, missions--the greater sense of community we feel.
We have a great opportunity to witness and love persons into the Kingdom of God. Let us all own this opportunity.
One of my passions has always been sunrises. When I was a teen I had a Miami Herald paper route that allowed me to go to Ft. Lauderdale beach and watch God begin the day. I have photographed hundreds if not thousands of sunrises and some hang in our home to remind me of God’s new beginnings.
Sunrises remind me of Easter and God’s redemptive miracle of resurrection. We often do not get to John 3: 17 where we read the rest of the story:
“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
It is this very sentence that calls us into repentance, and forgiveness by him to receive salvation.
Sunrises remind me of new beginnings, a fresh new day to fix, change, start life’s “redo’s”. The Village Church is a Sunrise Church, a church of new beginnings, a church of sinners saved by Grace. If you are seeking a Sunrise experience this is the church for you.
"...I HAVE GOOD NEWS FOR YOU TODAY..!" Pastor Bob May
Oh my, how time flies when you are doing the will of God.
On March 12th 2000 a very, very, very small group gathered at the Davidson Real Estate Office to birth a new church. From meager beginnings, a wonderful church has risen to be a dynamic congregation approaching the 500 member mark.
On Sunday March 14th we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. We welcome all to this historic time in the life of The Village Church.
Over the last ten years we have purchased and paid for 6 acres on Pacetti Road, and built a 7,200 sq. ft. Family Life/Worship Center. This Family Life Center hosts many community-centered events every week.
God has been so good to The Village Church. Come and help us celebrate our first "Decade of Service".
WONDER - FUL OBSERVATIONS
Over the last few years we have worked diligently to keep up with our flock as good shepherds. This process is accomplished because of your faithfully filling in the registration pads each Sunday. Mrs. Fay Scott then enters your presence into the church computer and e-mails the report to the Pastors on Sunday night.
Some have been asking "Where is everybody at church? Are we losing people?" Quite the contrary. The Village Church is recording an astounding 85% attendance of our membership at least once a month. We presently have 427 members and in the month of August we saw 365 of our church family in worship.
We are growing at a good rate of 61 new members thru the first 9 months of 2009. and were are averaging about 20 first or second time visitors each and every Sunday.. You all are doing a great job of spreading the word about your faith and The Village Church.
When we began the journey in June 2005 to construct our Family Life Center for worship, we had only 115 in average attendance in worship and now look how their vision has flourished to the Glory of God.
God Bless You!
THE LONG WET SUMMER IS OVER AND THE CHILDREN ARE BACK IN SCHOOL.
WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE TRAVELING THIS SUMMER AND YET WE KEPT A GOOD ATTENDANCE ALL THRU THE SUMMER MONTHS. OUR CHURCH ENTERS THE FALL IN GOOD PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL AND FINANCIAL CONDITION. THE SWITCHING OF OUR SERVICES TO THE NEW WORSHIP TIMES HAS HELPED EXTEND THE TIME BEFORE WE ARE FORCED TO BUILD OUR NEXT BUILDING. WE ARE AVERAGING CLOSE TO THE SAME NUMBERS AT EACH OF THE SERVICES. WE NEED ADDITIONAL CHOIR MEMBERS, THOSE THAT COULD SING AT EITHER OF THE TWO SERVICES OR, IF POSSIBLE, AT BOTH.
THE FALL BRINGS A LOT OF WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORSHIP, LEARNING AND FELLOWSHIP. TO KEEP UP WITH OUR BUSY SCHEDULE CHECK OUT OUR WONDERFULLY UPDATED WEBSITE www.VillageChurchWGV.com. REFER YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO THE WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING AT YOUR VILLAGE CHURCH!
IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE RECORDING OUR WORSHIP SERVICES AND UPLOADING THEM TO THE WEBSITE SO YOU CAN HEAR THE SERMONS ON SUNDAYS WHEN YOU ARE AWAY FROM CHURCH.
GOD BLESS YOU!
One of the striking things that you see when you travel in the Bible lands like Israel and the Sinai is the OASIS. An oasis is a place where life can thrive in the midst of a desert. When I visited the En-gedi Oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea I was amazed at how lush the vegetation was with date palms and pools of fresh water just a nine iron shot from the Dead Sea. When we traveled down the Sinai peninsula we stopped at two of the places that Moses led the people. One was the Oasis of Wadi Feiron, the place where Moses struck the rock causing water to flow from it. The second was the Oasis if Uyun Musa, (spring of Moses)
We are living is hard times for so many. These hard times are sterile like the desert. Many are unemployed or underemployed and others have seen their savings and retirement funds dwindle. WE NEED AN OASIS
Matthew 11:28 JESUS said, "Come unto me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."
The Village Church is blessed to be an Oasis where life is Thriving and Joy is found. We invite all to come and be refreshed in the Living Water of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
This family of God gathered together to become The Village Church is a wonderfully unique body of believers under the leadership of your Pastors Bob and Alan. How do you measure the direction and scope of a church? The single most guiding element is the general theological stance of the Pastors who preach and teach from their educational foundation. Pastor Alan and I have the same theological training that has formed our Scriptural and Christogical belief systems. Our mentor, friend and former Dean of the Candler School at Emory University, is our very own Rev. Don Nichols. Don is an active member of our teaching team. He also shares in our theology and vision for The Village Church. This membership comes from many different church backgrounds and have grown together in a harmonious fellowship of believers in JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOR. We unite in the belief that the Holy Bible contains all that is necessary for the salvation of our soul.
This Interdenominational Christian Church seeks to reach out to those who are seeking to grow in their personal, scriptural, and educational relationship with JESUS CHRIST. We welcome everyone to join us as we reach out and witness what GOD is doing in our lives.
WE LEARN FROM OUR DIFFERENCES AND CELEBRATE OUR SIMILARITIES