On our Pastor’s heart
(6-21-15)

Great News!

As you heard in church last Sunday, our VBS was fantastic. As your pastor, I am thankful and proud. I am thankful first and for most for what God did and continues doing in lives. I believe He blessed and worked in every facet of VBS.

I love VBS. I love that our church looked like Jules Vern’s Mysterious Island. I love the way we as a church become so involved. It truly was the church at work. As best as I could tell, everyone who was in town was involved in some way. We had 90 children and youth and 20 adults learning in VBS. Then, there were another 60-65 people teaching, leading, and working in the different areas of VBS.

Even more exciting, we had several new families who have never been to our church before. Some of them told us they were looking for a church to attend.

The best news is that four children who were impacted by VBS. Three of them made professions of faith during VBS, and one gave her heart to Christ at home with her parents.

We thank you God for your extravagant love and grace.

Reports from other places!

This week, we heard from Scott and Anita in Iowa and from Leslie in Central Asia.

The Hills

wrote to say thank you to us for the love offering we collected for them. They are pinching pennies and appreciate our love, prayers, and financial support. They are looking forward to the mission team coming from our church in a few weeks. Please keep praying for them in Stuart, for hearts to be open to the Good News of Jesus.

Leslie

wrote to tell us her broken ankle is healing slowly. The cast has been removed; now she is working on mobility and strength. Also, she is still trying to learn the language.

Please pray for her to continue to “have the attitude of Christ,” to “rejoice always,” and to be ready to share “the reason for the hope” she has with the ladies they are meeting.

2015

See the Fields and Pray

I would sooner bring one sinner to Jesus Christ than unravel all the mysteries of the divine Word, for salvation is the one thing we are to live for (Charles Spurgeon).

Promotions Committee

The Nominating Committee is looking for dedicated people to join the Promotions Committee. These people will be in charge of coming up with promotions for events at City View. If you are interested in learning more about this committee please contact Lisa B.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, June 15 – VBS Blitz
  • Saturday, June 20 – Yard Sale (CityView U)
  • Sunday, June 21 – Father’s Day
  • Monday, June 22 – VBS Blitz
  • Friday, June 26 – Parent’s Night Out
  • Monday, June 29 – IMPACT CAMP begins
  • Friday, July 3 – KPD Training

On our Pastor’s Heart
(6-14-15)

Will We Be Faithful?

I believe that we are often guilty of making up our minds to do something and then asking God for direction, hoping it will match-up or that He will rubber-stamp His approval on our plans. Often, we want to run from trouble or to choose the path of least resistance. Oh, we have lofty reasons. We tell ourselves that it is for our family … for their protection … for their betterment.

Then when we go to God, He reminds us to stand our ground and trust Him. He knows what is better for our family. We must trust Him.

In Jeremiah 42, we find this situation. For years, Jeremiah told the people to repent, but they would not. Then King Nebuchadnezzar conquered Judah, left Jerusalem in shambles, and carried many people away to Babylonia. Those who remained were left in a desperate situation. Their plan was to pack-up and head to Egypt, hoping to avoid further war and famine. Yet, first, they went to Jeremiah to consult God, promising to do whatever God said regardless of how distasteful it might seem to them
(Jeremiah 42:1-3).

In response, God said,

If you will remain in this land, then I will build you and not pull you down, and I will plant you and not pluck you up (Jeremiah 42:10).

Isn’t that incredible? What if we trusted God where we are in the midst of our lives? What if we remained faithful to Him, and He built us and planted us? God said,

Do not be afraid of the king of Babylon…for I am with you, to save you and deliver you from his hand (Jeremiah 42:11).

What if we believed God and stood our ground? What if we trusted God in our homes, at work, and in our church?

Sadly, those who sought God’s guidance would not trust Him and remain in the land. Their minds were already made up to go – rubber stamp or not. So, God said,

Know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence in the place where you desire to go to dwell (Jeremiah 42:22).

What about you, will you be faithful?

2015

See the Fields and Pray

15 And I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you, 17 delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles—to whom I am sending you 18 to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (Acts 26:15-18).

On our Pastor’s Heart
(6-7-15)

It is VBS time … at City View!

I get all excited about Vacation Bible School! And apparently so do you!

Look around our church. Some have already put in countless hours preparing the building so that the children will have a wonderful experience engaging in God’s Word.

Now, it is time for the children and their parents to arrive. Now is time for them to hear of the wonders of God, to learn of His love and mercy, and to be told of the gift of Jesus. Our prayer is for the Holy Spirit of God to move in the hearts of these children and these parents. Our prayer is that by grace they would come to believe in Jesus Christ and that they would become life-long followers and disciples of Him.

So, I challenge you with the words written by the Apostle Peter:

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10, NKJV).

That means that God has a place for you to serve this week. Many of you are teaching, and of course that is important. But those who do crafts, those who prepare snacks, those who lead music, and those who pray for the children and parents this week are just as important. In whatever way you serve this week, do it all in such a way

that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:11).

We are the church at work sharing the love of Christ during VBS. So let’s get to work!

A Word from our Deacons

Starting this month, we now have a deacon on call for the month. This will allow our church family who has a need or prayer concern or emergency to contact a deacon, in addition to one of our pastors. We are here to serve you, and we trust that this will help meet more needs of our congregation.

2015

See the Fields and Pray

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news! (Romans 10:11-15).

Positions Available

Are You Interested In Serving Your Church on a Committee!

There are several positions available on several committees. If you are being led to serve on a Committee or have questions about a committee, please contact Lisa B.

Free Lunch for Kids

Our church is offering free lunches to all children that attend Knox County Schools. Lunch is provided in the Fellowship Hall Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Yard Sale

YardSale
CityView U is hosting a yard sale on Saturday, June 20. If you would like to donate items for the yard sale please see Christina or Kevin S.