Forge America Missional Podcast

Season 5 of the Forge America Missional Podcast is here!

We start off this season with an interview of Ericka Henry from Allentown, PA. Ericka is a the pastor and church planter of The Holy District, where they seek to inspire people across a spectrum of belief and non-belief to rediscover the sacredness of the spaces they inhabit. In this episode we talk about how The Holy District has flipped the script on church planting and how planting as a woman has brought new perspective to their endeavor.

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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.

Wisdom Keepers

Wisdom Keepers meet for lunch and fellowship on the first Thursday of each month at 11:30 am in the VCC Youth Building.

This gathering group is a place for seniors—men, women, couples, individuals—to connect for fellowship and encouragement.  Come connect with old friends and new.

For more information, you can find this event and others on our Events page.

Please contact the church office by email or phone 541-967-8712 if you are planning on coming to the lunch, so we know how many to prepare for.

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!

What is a Child Dedication?

As Christians, we are given a tremendous responsibility when the Lord blesses us with a child. God entrusts us with the responsibility of raising that child in the Lord and establishing early in life a foundation built upon Jesus Christ. It is this tremendous responsibility that causes us to consider child dedications as “family dedications.” We feel that the whole family unit needs to be lifted up to the Lord so that each member will be able to keep his or her responsibilities.

Children are a heritage from the Lord. He gives them to us as a blessing, and because of this, we must be ready to give them back to Him.  Dedication is about being willing to totally submit our children to the will of God.

A clear example of “dedicating” a child to the Lord is given to us in 1 Samuel 1:11, 26-28. Hannah, unable to have children for many years, was weeping before the Lord because of her condition.  As she was weeping, she made a vow to God. And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life… (v 11).

God honored Hannah’s request and gave her a son named Samuel.  Hannah, in keeping her vow, dedicated (or set apart) Samuel unto the Lord.  This is a beautiful picture of what our attitudes should be toward our children and their relationship to God. We are to strive to “set apart” our children to God until the day that they can make their own choices. We pray that when they are able, they will make their own decisions for Jesus Christ, be baptized, and live lives that honor the Lord.

By dedicating your children to the Lord, you are making a vow to raise them in His ways and not your own. You are committing yourself to this promise and are choosing to do all you can, with the help of God’s Spirit, to keep it. A parent’s responsibility is to teach the Lord’s children how to live.  That is an awesome responsibility!

Three essential ingredients in Child Dedications

  1.  The Parent’s Commitment

    To train, teach, and guide… being responsible to raise their child in “the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Proverbs 22:6, Ephesians 6:4, Deuteronomy 6:7)To pray… as Paul prayed for Timothy, his “child in the faith,” (2 Timothy 1:3) seeking the Lord’s wisdom, insight, and understanding for yourself and your child. (James 1:5 & 5:16, Ephesians 1:16-19)

    To lead… as examples of a godly man and/or godly woman for this child to pattern him/herself after; exhibiting in daily living what it means to live as believers, individually and as husband and wife. (1 Corinthians 4:16, 1 Timothy 4:12)

  2.  God’s Grace

    In child dedication, we make room for God to extend His blessing, enabling power, and wisdom to parents for the fulfilling of their assignment in raising their child.  Our goal is to release God to do a work of love and grace in the child’s life, moving him/her to Christ as the earliest possible age and to accept his/her own assignment as a believer.
  3.  The Church’s Support
    The congregation, while bearing witness to the parent’s commitment, makes their own commitment to the family and to the child being dedicated. In receiving the child into the fellowship of the church, the congregation commits themselves to support the family in raising of their child by means of prayer, encouragement, and direction offered through the Sunday School and other children’s ministries.

Impress [God’s commandments] on your children.
Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road,
when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:7

Train a child in the way
he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

Bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4



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