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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

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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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Monday Memo, September 6, 2021

Hey Valley!


My heart overflows with gratitude toward the Lord for this past weekend. To be able to worship with my church family in person is a great joy and I absolutely loved seeing so many of you again. Thank you for the prayer and encouragement this past month!


If you were not present and want to catch Stephen Hall's sermon on the relationship between faith and submission to God, you can find it here.


Now, looking forward there are some amazing things happening around Valley.


Willow Grove Family Park Day & Baptisms — This weekend after our worship services we are going to gather at Willow Grove for a handful of baptisms and a church potluck. Valley is supplying hamburgers and hotdogs and we are encouraging each family to bring all the other goodies. Info for what to bring and other details can be found here.


Men of Simplicity — Today is the last day to register for this Fall's Monday Night men's group. If you are "in" send an email to Stephen Hall 


Mom to Mom Fall Kickoff — This is a great opportunity for moms to connect with other moms. The kick-off is the 17th and the regular meetings happen on the first and third Friday of each month. You can find more info here


Griefshare — Over the last 19 months, many of us have experienced loss. Griefshare is an incredible way to work through the loss and grief we find ourselves carrying around. If you are looking for some help with grief, this ministry may be exactly what you are looking for. The group begins this Thursday and you can find info and leader information here


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New "Ancient Ways for Modern Days" Episodes Coming Soon!

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Valley Reading Plan

Sep 6 Jer 37 & Rom 16

Sep 7 Jer 38-39 & Acts 20:4-38

Sep 8 Jer 40-41 & Acts 21 

Sep 9 Jer 42-43 & Acts 22

Sep 10 Jer 44 & Acts 23

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Monday Memo

Hey Valley!


As the school year begins this week (or has begun already for some) we make a transition into the beginning of fall. I want to encourage you to pray for teachers, staff, administrators, and especially all the students headed back to class. Also, be in prayer for the many families who have made a transition to homeschooling. 


At Valley, Andrew did a great job sharing about "The Character of Forgiveness." If you want to catch up on it or watch it again you can find it here.


Tonight we have our Vision meeting for our new Men's Ministry. Guys... do whatever you can to be there, you do not want to miss out on hearing the great things planned to help you grow as a man of God! Details here.


Also, our next Baptism Service is going to be on Sept 12 at Willow Grove! This will include a potluck and simply a time to be together. Info is found here


Personally, I am doing much better. The last few days my voice has (mostly) returned and I have a bit more energy. The chest/lung pain from pneumonia can still be intense at times and the cough continues, but I seem to be on the road to recovery. I am so grateful for everyone who has reached out and for the many prayers. 




Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

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Valley Reading Plan

Aug 30 Jer 28–29 & Rom 11

Aug 31 Jer 30 & Rom 12

Sep 1 Jer 31–32 & Rom 13

Sep 2 Jer 33–34 & Rom 14

Sep 3 Jer 35–36 & Rom 15

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Monday Memo

Hey Valley!


I know it has been a few weeks since I have sent out a Monday Memo. Many of you know but I have been battling Covid the last few weeks and there have been a ton of ups and downs. I am so thankful for those who have been praying for me and reaching out and I have missed being with you so much. 


It has been a real blessing to see our team rally to do some amazing ministry while I am out. This past weekend Andrew did a great job walking us through 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. He also shared an update about what God did during VBS, what a joy to hear, and what a reason to praise the Lord. 



Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

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Valley Reading Plan

Aug 23 Jer 19–20 & Rom 6

Aug 24 Jer 21–22 & Rom 7

Aug 25 Jer 23 & Rom 8

Aug 26 Jer 24–25 & Rom 9

Aug 27 Jer 26–27 & Rom 10

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Monday Memo

Hey Valley!

Our Texas mission team arrived home early Sunday morning from a productive week of ministry along the border. It was overwhelming to see the need that exists in our current historical moment. Where there are some big political questions that need to be dealt with, one of my takeaways is that most of the people coming to the US have absolutely zero idea such issues exist. They are leaving a jobless and hopeless situation with the hope to find work and provide for their family. Will you join me in continuing to pray for the politics of the situation and the people that are impacted?


Also, most of you know I pre-recorded this past weekend's message as we returned to 1 Thessalonians. I had hoped to be present Sunday morning but the travel left me exhausted. You can find that message at the Valley Youtube page here and the notes can be downloaded here. I can't wait to be back in person with you all this coming weekend! 


Finally, VBS launches with full force this morning! It should be a great week of ministry and fun. Thank you to the numerous people who are volunteering their time! Let's keep them and the kids in our prayers also!


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New Episode "Resolutions and Time Management"

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Valley Reading Plan

Aug 9 Jer 1–2 & 2 Cor 8

Aug 10 Jer 3–4 & 2 Cor 9

Aug 11 Jer 5–6 & 2 Cor 10

Aug 12 Jer 7–8 & 2 Cor 11

Aug 13 Jer 9 & 2 Cor 12



Valley Memory Verses

 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

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Friday Focus 8-6-21

Hey all! Let me tell you, I'm pretty excited for this VBS. I've spent much of today working on the technology side of the week, and as I've worked through curriculum and music it's building a sense of anticipation. If you don't already know, this year's theme revolves around evidence that shows we can trust the Bible and know that what it says is true -- especially what it says about Jesus.


Kids today are surrounded by falsehood. I just talked to my students this week about "clickbait" (which they understand better than I do) and how people on the internet, people in politics, sometimes even your friends are more interested in what you provide them than in caring about your life. Kids in this society understand insincerity and falsehood. They see it all the time.


Valley has an opportunity to show them truth. We have a week's worth of activities and songs that get our foot in the doorway of their lives so we can show authentic care. We can show that we love them the way Christ loves us.


Pray for this week. Pray for Valley. Pray for the kids of Longview/Kelso.

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Monday Memo

Hey Valley!

It was so great to be back in worship together this weekend. I had missed seeing you and sharing communion together at each service was a true encouragement to my soul. If you would like to catch up on some theology regarding the Lord's Supper you can find the sermon here and the notes here


Also, yesterday the Texas Mission team met and are in the final stages of preparation for their trip at the end of the month. I would like to invite you to begin praying for this team by name. 


Please be praying for preparation to continue, for the unity of the team, and for a significant gospel impact as they serve some of the least fortunate in our country. 


Braxton Castle

Dan Castle

Ely Castle

Laura Cummings

Jayden Freeman

Mike Freeman

Tommy Jones III

Patty L'Amie

Peggy Long

Rich Long

Clint Romag

Alex Yanez



Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


VCF Podcast: New episodes will start back up this fall!

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Valley Reading Plan

Jul 19 Isa 40-41 & 1 Cor 9

Jul 20 Isa 42-43 & 1 Cor 10

Jul 21 Isa 44-45 & 1 Cor 11

Jul 22 Isa 46 & 1 Cor 12

Jul 23 Isa 47-48 & 1 Cor 13

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Monday Memo, July 12

Hey Valley!

Greetings from Kansas City! I am here for a week of study all focused on doctrine and preaching. While it is exciting to be here, I sure missed seeing my church family this past weekend.


Last week was a joy as keenagers had a great relaunch and the Mom 2 Mom picnic day was fun (at least that is what I heard from the mom in our home). 


We also had another strong weekend with Stephen Hall preaching on "rejecting passivity." That message can be found here on our Youtube page.


This coming weekend Andrew is going to continue the series and as we look to August please keep our VBS and Mission to Texas preparations in your prayers!


Loving People Toward Jesus,


Pastor Mike

www.vcflongview.org


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Valley Reading Plan

Jul 12 Isa 32 & 1 Cor 4

Jul 13 Isa 33-34 & 1 Cor 5

Jul 14 Isa 35-36 & 1 Cor 6

Jul 15 Isa 37-38 & 1 Cor 7

Jul 16 Isa 39 & 1 Cor 8

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Friday Focus 7/9/21

Everyone ready for the weekend??? I don't know if it's the aftermath of July 4th or if it's just been a busy week, but I'm ready to see you all in worship.


My wife and I have been moving some furniture around this week. I suppose that happens when you have a new baby on the way. What we knew and quickly affirmed was that there would not be enough room in the nursery for all the wonderful things my wife desired to place therein, which naturally means that some things are being hauled out and others are being relocated. As the dust finally settled, a box of books was hoisted out to be moved up to my church office where they could be put to better use.


I share this because as I was taking those books out of that box and arranging them on my shelves, I was listening to a podcast which reaffirmed time and again how important -- no, VITAL -- it is to have the Word of God be the central focus in a pastor's teaching. This, combined with some reading I'd done recently on how (again) VITAL it is for a disciple of Christ to be in the Scriptures every day made me think:


What are the things we make room for in our lives?


What things are filling up our "nursery?"


If the Word of God MUST be the central focus for our spiritual maturity and holiness, what things need to be taken out, relocated, or hauled away entirely? I've spent a lot of time in fruitless pursuits: video games, fiction books, scrolling through social media. I'm sure you can think of your own examples. Some things can be reprioritized, but sometimes there are things that need to be hauled out so that God gets the priority He deserves.


We all can use some time doing some housekeeping, so be sure to come together this weekend so we can encourage and strengthen each other with the Word of God.


See you in worship.

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