Hebrews Women’s Bible Study

VCC is hosting the Mid-Valley Women of Christ community Bible study Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus by Lisa Harper.  The study begins on Tuesday, January 25th in the Lobby, 11:00 am-12:30 pm.  This is a seven-week study.  Sign up through the Mid-Valley Women of Christ website for this study or to find other meetings in the area.

The Book of Hebrews is a rich, dense section of Scripture that can intimidate the most scholarly biblical student. But Lisa Harper makes digging into Hebrews fun and doable, as only she can, without losing an ounce of depth. Hebrews was a sermon for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, but is also so relevant for us today, reminding us to continue walking toward Jesus regardless of our culture or our circumstances. Join Lisa as she journeys through this bridge between the Old and New Testaments to get to the heart of the matter: Jesus is our accessible King. He is not a faraway God, but an up-close Redeemer who draws near to us. Hebrews helps women make the connection between God the Father and God the Son and reminds us that Jesus is supreme, but He is also compassionate, empathetic, and loving to no end.

Wild at Heart Men’s Study

This study begins Monday, January 10th and runs for six weeks at 7 pm in the Youth Building.

God did not create men to be nice boys. He created us to live a life of passion, freedom and adventure…to be dangerous men living in a really big story.

God designed men to be powerful. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: to be a hero, a warrior, to love a beauty, to live a life of adventure.

But sometime between boyhood and the struggles of yesterday, most men lose heart. All those passions, dreams, and desires get buried under deadlines, pressures, and disappointments. Christianity feels irrelevant to the recovery of their heart. No wonder most men leads lives of quiet resignation, meanwhile looking for a little “life” on the side. In this study men are invited to wholeheartedness by

  • recovering their true masculine hearts;
  • healing the wounds and trauma in their stories; and
  • delighting in the strength and wildness they were created to offer the world.

In this study, John Eldredge calls men—and the women who love them—to discover the true secret of a man’s soul and embrace the danger, passion, and freedom God intended for every man.

Books will be available at the study for $10.  Click here to pay for your book.

Albany Helping Hands Wish List

Below are new items we would like to collect over the next few weeks for our Christmas Goodie Bags for those living at our shelter and those living outside along 9th Avenue.  We need your church family’s help to create 200 bags for those experiencing homelessness.  We’d be honored to have you consider helping us share some love this Christmas.

  • Blankets
  • Sweatshirts
  • Jackets
  • Beanies/Stocking Caps
  • Scarfs
  • Rain Ponchos
  • Hand Warmers
  • $5 Gift Cards for Human Bean (it’s close & they can get 2 cups of coffee)
  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Travel Size Hygiene Products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Lotion and Chapstick
  • Hygiene Wipes (such as Cottonelle)
  • Small Cosmetic Bags

Donated items may be dropped off at AHH 619 9th Ave SE, Albany, OR 97322 or shipped directly to the same location.  Questions? Send an email to Leigh@albanyhh.org or call (541) 926.4036 and ask for Leigh.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ALBANY HELPING HANDS: www.albanyhelpinghands.com

OYA Foster Care

Everyone needs a second chance.

Many teens who come to the Oregon Youth Authority have never had a positive, supportive adult in their lives.  It’s one of the biggest barriers to getting their lives back on track.

As an OYA foster parent, you can be that role model.  You can provide youth ages 12 through 24 with a supportive, safe, stable home and the guidance to change their lives for the better.

Click here for a pdf Foster Care brochure.

Click here for more information on Oregon Youth Authority.

Click here for to watch a YouTube video on Foster Care.

Foursquare Disaster Relief for India

Your Foursquare Family Needs Help

There is a COVID crisis happening in the Himalayan region, and the Foursquare families there need our help. India has officially broken the world record for daily new COVID cases with over 400,000 reported cases. Right now the country is averaging over 3,000 COVID deaths each day, bringing the current total to 200,000 deaths.

While many of us here in the United States have access to the COVID vaccine, India doesn’t have enough available vaccines to protect its people. Less than 2% of India’s 940 million adults have been fully vaccinated.

India has a homegrown variant of COVID which some news and medical industries have thought could be the cause of the outbreak.

As a result, we know that new cases are rising and the virus is spreading at an unstoppable rate within the Himalayan region to other countries such as Nepal and Thailand. With the crisis spilling over India’s border into Nepal, they have run out of hospital beds.

Our Foursquare Families in India and Nepal need our help. Due to strict quarantine restrictions, churches are having difficulty distributing in a centralized location which has led to home to home distribution through local Foursquare pastors. There are Foursquare churches, pastors, and members who are suffering and have basic needs such as food and water.

How You Can Help:

1. Give to help with food and water shortages.

We have Foursquare pastors who are acting as first responders, as well as church members who are stepping in to help others. Our first responders are acting as the connection point to provide food supplies and distribute them within the community.

In order to gather and obtain supplies, we need all of the financial support you can give to make sure people don’t go hungry or thirsty.

DONATE DIRECTLY TO FOURSQUARE DISASTER RELIEF (FDR) HERE

Click here to donate to FDR through VCC’s online giving. You can also donate by check or cash in the offering box on Sunday. Please use an offering envelope and designate India.

2. Pray for India, Nepal, & Thailand 

Continue to pray for our families in India, Nepal, and Thailand. Pray for provision for families who can’t work due to being sick, or who have lost their job. Pray that families who are in need of supplies find their way to our first responders.

Pray for safety from the virus and hope for those who are living in fear that they may die without resources.

Pray that as a result of this crisis, that people would feel the love of Christ, and they would be impacted by the Foursquare family’s ability to bring light to a dark situation.

3. Tell your friends and family 

We can’t think of one person who has not been affected by COVID in some way. By sharing about this crisis unfolding in India, Nepal, and Thailand, you are impacting an entire region. The more financial support we receive, the more supplies we are able to provide those who are suffering and in need. The faster we can help, the faster the region can start to feel relief. We can help, and we should help.

Thank you for your continued prayer and support in the midst of this crisis. We know everyone has been affected by COVID, and it is our hope and prayer that our Foursquare family can come together to help other nations.

DivorceCare Info

Separation and divorce are painful and stressful experiences.  It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before.  DivorceCare is a support group that meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.  This is a 13-week program led by Kent & Debbie Gross.

The group will watch a 30-40 minute video seminar featuring top experts on divorce and recovery subjects.  These videos are produced in an interesting-to-watch television magazine format featuring expert interviews, real-life case studies, and on-location video.  Following the video, participants will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.

To find out more about DivorceCare go to https://www.divorcecare.org/about.

To find out more about this ministry at VCC or to join the latest group, email divorcecaremin@vccalbany.com.

Morning Coffee Men’s Fellowship

Men, are you a morning person looking to connect with others for fellowship and encouragement? This may be the place for you!

Lead by Carl Madison, this men’s group meets Mondays, 6-8 am in the VCC Youth Building. Coffee and fixin’s are provided, but you don’t have to be a coffee drinker to join in!

Women’s Bema Study Group

Ladies, come take a walk through the Bible looking at it from the Hebrew & historical perspective. Donna Dluehosh is facilitating this exciting Bema study by teacher Marty Solomon.

Click here to find out more about the Bema studies on their website BemaDiscipleship.com.

The group meets in Room 1 in the VCC office building on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. Please use the front door as you come and go. There is another group using the facility, and we want to honor their privacy.

Please email donna@vccalbany.com with questions or to let her know you’d like to join the group.

July 5, 2020 Message Declarations

1. ARISE – Who are You, Jesus? Where do You want me to go, Jesus?
2. ARISE – Living available to God’s voice. That means we listen.
3. ARISE – Jesus, what are You doing right now? What are Your thoughts regarding this?
4. ARISE – Every small step of obedience grows and often leads to great breakthrough.

Your Marching Orders… I am called to speak! I am being sent! You are leading me to set the captives free by your power, Jesus! Amen!