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Friday Focus 11.19.21

It's just about time for the Thanksgiving feast!

You know what I'm thankful for? A chance to pause with my church and celebrate what God has given us. Also copious amounts of food.


And also for this upcoming series. If you havent heard, I won't spoil it for you, but Christmas season is upon us. Time to celebrate the coming of the King!


I'll see you in worship.


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Friday Focus 11/12/21

Every week I'm tempted to start my focus post with "What a crazy week!" but since it seems every week is crazy, I suppose crazy is perfectly normal for us!


At least we aren't boring!


This week saw the Northwest Baptist Convention, the Great PWC Flood of '21, and the birthday of one of my best friends! What a week! But guess what? You know how I'm all about community? In each thing that happened this week I was encouraged to be part of Valley. The convention is always a bustling hive of networking, updates, worship, and fellowship -- so that's pretty cool. The Great Flood of '21 inspired SO MANY of us to swoop in with shop vacs and save the day -- I'm not kidding when I say we were tripping the safety features of wall outlets because we had so many people descending on the PWC to help clean up the water. It was truly an awesome moment and made me see yet again how much I love you guys.


This week we'll be finishing up our study of 1 Thessalonians (unless that preacher man finds even more gold in the Word to share with us). I genuinely am eager to get back together with my church fam and worship.


See you in service!

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Friday Focus 11/5/21

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about community. I've had seasons of my life where I've been plugged in to my church and engaged in a thriving group of people, many of whom were invested in my life and spiritual health. I've also had seasons where I've been apart from church and family, feeling disconnected and alone.

I've been reflecting on this lately because this week we launched two new small group youth ministries -- one for guys, one for gals. In my life I remember those small group studies that meant so much to me, and my hope is that God will use Valley in the lives of these teens and build up communities that glorify Him.

As I look back at last weekend, I find myself with yet another reason to be thankful, and yet another reason to rejoice. I am thankful for this family, Valley, as we continue time and again to come together to serve each other and grow in righteousness.

See you in service!

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Monday Memo: October 25

Hey Valley!


Do you know how to help keep a fellow believer "On Track?" This can seem like a big task but God's Word provides some incredible insight into what real help looks like. This weekend we examined some of that insight found in 1 Thess 5:14-15. You can find the message here and the sermon notes here


Next weekend we will be looking at 1 Thess 5:16-19 and how we stay "On Track" in our relationships not with one another, but with God. I look forward to learning and growing more together.


Remember that there are many events coming quickly at Valley.


First, our trunk or treat is this Friday!


We also have our annual meeting on the evening of November 14th.


You can always keep up to date by checking out the Valley church calendar here



Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New Episode this Wednesday "Intro to Theology: What is God's Word?"

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Valley Reading Plan

Oct 25 Ezek 42–43 & Heb 1

Oct 26 Ezek 42–43 & Heb 2

Oct 27 Ezek 46 & Heb 3

Oct 28 Ezek 47–48 & Heb 4

Oct 29 Dan 1–2 & Heb 5



Valley Memory Verses

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. [15] See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14–15

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Monday Memo -- October 18, 2021

Hey Valley!


When a church has true peace between those who lead and those who are led that church lives faithfully in God's plan and gives him great glory. This weekend we saw this in the message, "Leadership On Track." The passage our message was based upon (1 Thess 5:12-13) is a great passage to return to again and again as we think about the way each of us leads others spiritually as well as the way each of us appreciates those who have an impact on our own spiritual growth. I encourage you to listen or watch the message here and you can also find the sermon notes here


This weekend we also kicked off Operation Christmas Child. This simple service project is a great way to meet some needs of children around the world while blessing them with gifts during Christmas and, most importantly, sharing the news of Jesus's great love. I hope you consider creating a box this year and being part of this great opportunity. There is a bit more information here if you are interested. 


There are also a few quick items I would like to draw your attention to:

  • Good News Clubs started this past week across Longview and Kelso! Please be in prayer for this ministry as it cares for elementary-age children and shares the story of Jesus!
  • Trunk or Treat is quickly approaching. While we can always use more candy, right now the big focus is on inviting friends, neighbors, classmates, and coworkers to come by on October 29th. The details are on our website here
  • Our church annual meeting is scheduled for November 14th at 530pm. This is a chance to share in communion together, get updates about the state of the church and our ministries, and approve the 2022 budget. Everyone is welcome and those who are members are especially encouraged to come and participate in this important meeting. 


That is all for now. I pray you have a great week and continue to grow in the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ. 


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


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Valley Reading Plan

Oct 18 Ezek 33–34 & 1 Pet 1 

Oct 19 Ezek 35–36 & 1 Pet 2

Oct 20  Ezek 37–38 & 1 Pet 3 

Oct 21 Ezek 39 & 1 Pet 4

Oct 22 Ezek 40–41 & 1 Pet 5



Valley Memory Verses

We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13

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Monday Memo, October 11, 2021

Hey Valley!


What an amazing promise we have in Jesus Christ our Lord! Such a great promise that we are now called to live in light of the promise.


Lives that are alert.

Lives that are confident.

Lives that stick together as a church.


You can learn what this looks like by checking out this past weekend's message here and finding the outline here


One of the applications from this weekend is to find one person to encourage this week (and maybe every week). Have you decided who you will encourage yet? As you do, I look forward to seeing how we all grow stronger together in Christ. 


Now, as we are a few weeks away from this year's trunk or treat. All the info you need is found right here and there is still the opportunity to be part of this great event to connect with folks in our community. Keep bring loads of candy and if you are looking to participate in the event, send an email to Andrew.


Also, we are now 45 days away from Thanksgiving and 75 days away from Christmas


I share this to encourage you to begin to prepare for the holiday seasons and also to begin thinking about how to help your family focus on Christ before the holiday rush begins. In the coming weeks, we will have some resources to help you prepare so keep a lookout for them!


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New Episode coming this Wednesday! 

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Valley Reading Plan

Oct 11 Ezek 25 & 1 Tim 4

Oct 12 Ezek 26–27 & 1 Tim 5

Oct 13 Ezek 28–29 & 1 Tim 6

Oct 14 Ezek 30–31 & Titus 1-2

Oct 15 Ezek 32 & Titus 3


Valley Memory Verses

But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:8–9

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Monday Memo -- Oct 4, 2021

Hey Valley!


Are you ready for the end? This weekend we covered 1/2 our list from 1 Thess 5 that helps us prepare our thinking and actions for when Christ returns. The message is on our Youtube page here and the sermon notes can be downloaded by clicking here.


Also, this month at Valley we have some cool ways to serve our local community that you can be part of.


The first is the TRUNK or TREAT Friday, October 29, 7-8:30 pm: WE NEED A TON OF CANDY…collecting begins NOW and can be dropped off during any service. You can also help by decorating your car and being part of handing out candy to the neighborhood children who come to visit. If you do want to help by hosting a car you can let us know by emailing Andrew.


The other opportunity is to partner with the Cowlitz Chaplaincy to care for first responders. Valley has been asked to adopt the Longview Fire Department. Our task is to help fill care baskets by writing multiple thank you cards for each member of the department. Valley has labeled thank you cards at each campus and you can also write your own card or have your kids draw pictures or write notes also. The goal is to overwhelm them with an expression of gratitude! 


I look forward to seeing you again this coming weekend as we continue in 1 Thess. 5.



Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


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Valley Reading Plan

Oct 4 Ezek 16–17 & Phil 2

Oct 5 Ezek 18 & Phil 3

Oct 6 Ezek 19–20 & Phil 4

Oct 7 Ezek 21–22 & 1 Tim 1-2

Oct 8 Ezek 23–24 & 1 Tim 3



Valley Memory Verses

For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:2

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Monday Memo -- September 27, 2021

Hey Valley!

How do you keep your faith when you experience grief and loss? The Scripture helps answer this question in amazing ways. That is what we considered this past weekend with the sermon, "On Track in Grief." The outline that goes with it is right here also. 


This weekend we also talked about the relaunch of some great ministries. We are in the beginning stages of reorganizing our welcome teams, our hospitality teams, and bolstering our nursery ministry. 


The nursery in particular is a growing need as there are more babies around and many of the moms that help in this ministry are expecting soon and will be taking a break. 


If you are interested in helping with any of these, simply reply to this message and I can point you in the right direction! 


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New Episode "Resolutions and Time Management"

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Valley Reading Plan

Sep 27 Ezek 7–8 & Eph 3

Sep 28 Ezek 9–10 & Eph 4

Sep 29 Ezek 11 & Eph 5

Sep 30 Ezek 12–13 & Eph 6

Oct 1 Ezek 14-15 & Phil 1



Valley Memory Verses

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

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Monday Memo, September 20

Hey Valley!


One of the things I love about 1 Thessalonians is how it helps us get "Back on Track."


That is exactly what we saw this weekend with a sermon that brought to memory all the ground we covered beginning in May through when we took a break this summer. The big truth is that "You get back on track when God gets your attention." The sermon can be found here and there are some downloadable notes that are found here.


So much of this weekend recognized God's faithful work in our lives. I actually woke up this morning with a song from our 9 am service running through my mind. The song is "He will hold me fast" and if you have just a few minutes to find some encouragement you can find it here.


Now, this coming week we have the first "Fun Friday" of the school year. This is an event where kids K-5 can come have a fun evening at Valley from 6-9 at the Pacific Way Campus and parents get to have a few hours to themselves. If you plan on coming to this shoot Andrew an email to let him know how many kids to expect. 



Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


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Valley Reading Plan

Sep 20 Lam 2-3 & Col 1

Sep 21 Lam 4-5 & Col 2-3

Sep 22 Ezek 1–2 & Col 4, Philem

Sep 23 Ezek 3–4 & Eph 1

Sep 24 Ezek 5–6 & Eph 2


Valley Memory Verses

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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Monday Memo

Hey Valley!


I praise God for this past weekend! What a joy to be back with you and to share some of the reminders God brought to mind this past month. And then to celebrate 6 baptisms! What a weekend!


If you want to hear my sermon on "God's Presence in Suffering" you can find it here along with sermon notes here.


This coming weekend we will pick back up in 1 Thessalonians and be back "On Track."


Now, if you are a Mom looking to connect with other Moms, this Friday the Mom2Mom ministry kicks off! You can see the details here.


Also, this weekend we have our quarterly membership lunch. If you are already a member of Valley I would love your prayer for those who are thinking through what it looks like to be part of Valley and if you are not and want to join us, simply reply to this email!


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


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Valley Reading Plan

Sep 13 Jer 45-46 & Acts 24

Sep 14 Jer 47-48 & Acts 25

Sep 15 Jer 49-50 & Acts 26

Sep 16 Jer 51 & Acts 27

Sep 17 Jer 52, Lam 1 & Acts 28



Valley Memory Verses

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

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