Bible School requires literally thousands of hours of staff
time, preparation, planning, decorating, setting up,
coordinating, teaching, working, cleaning up, and following
up. It is undoubtedly the biggest single event of the
year in terms of hours required.
And, since we keep it free for the participants, it is
relatively expensive. Teacher books, snacks, materials,
advertising, and the cost of air conditioning used in the
summer means that VBS is one of the more costly events we
So why do we do it? (Other than the fact that judging
by my costume, I obviously enjoy it!)
We do it for one reason. It is the single biggest
spiritual harvest of the year. Each year, we see many
children and teens make real decisions for Jesus. Not
all of them will join or even continue to come to our church
(that's more of a parenting decision), but the child has
made a very real decision for Jesus and their walk with
Christ has begun.
It's old-fashioned, expensive, and time-consuming. But
I don't like to preach a series in the summer months since
many people are in-and-out due to vacations. What I do
like to do is to preach a few stand-alone messages.
This year, from late June (when I finish my family series)
and into August, I will use my preaching time to answer
questions (submitted ahead of time) from the congregation.
What does the Bible say about . . . ? I was
talking to a friend about Jesus, and they asked me . . .
and I didn't know how to answer. I've never understood
what the Bibe says about . . . and it puzzles me.
I don't have all the answers, but I will do my best!
So if you have a question that would like answered, pass it
on to me. I will answer it in a sermon, a blog, or in
a personal email. Contact me at
In July, we like to take our minds off of the heat and just
do something a little fun and different on Sunday mornings.
Join us each Sunday in July for Sunday Fun Days!
On July 7 we will wear our red, white, and blue to celebrate
our Independence Day and freedom. On July 14 we
invite you to wear your favorite sports team gear:
basketball, football, baseball, or hockey. July 21 is
Hawaiian Day, find a lei and a cool Hawaiian shirt and
imagine being on the beach! Lastly, on July 28 is
Superhero Day. Wear a cape, costume, or favorite superhero
Join the fun!
For those who find it hard to hear Pastor Jack's message
during worship, we have a new hearing assist device.
It fits on your ear and gets a feed directly from our sound
system. We tested it this last week and it worked
well. If you want to use one, simply check in at the
sound booth at the back of the worship center and you can
check one out prior to the worship service!
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Designed to get you through the New Testament in 2019!
NOTE: Several have asked why we're
"skipping around" the New Testament rather than reading it
straight through. Our reasoning is simple. There
are four gospels telling the story of Jesus, and we wanted
us to read one of those gospels each quarter! If you'd
like to see the full plan, you can downolad your
full year copy.