Please be in prayer for all of our campers and staff that will be going to Impact Camp June 29.
- 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
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
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?
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).
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.
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).
The City View U is hosting a Parents Night Out on Friday, June 26. The cost for that is $10. Please spread the word out into the community.
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.
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.
God does not forget your labor
For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister (Hebrews 6:10, NKJV).
Can I just tell you how proud I am of this church?
Part of our job is “the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry” (Ephesians 4:12). We are equipping and sharpening one another to serve Christ and His bride, the church. So, it is exciting to see the church laboring for the Kingdom.
Recently, we put out a plea for help with the lawn and grounds, and people stepped up to help. We did the blitz and the healthcare clinic, and people stepped up to serve. This afternoon, we are hosting a community cookout, and people have stepped up to serve, setting up, fixing food, grilling, talking with the community, and praying.
We put out a plea, as we do every year, for help with VBS. What happened? Our church responded. We have teachers and workers and helpers and people inviting friends and people praying.
Next, New Mount Calvary Baptist Church invited us to serve with them, helping to provide summer lunches for kids in need, and several people have volunteered to serve.
Then, we had a request for help in Iowa to help Scott and Anita Hill. What happened in that situation? Well, again, people from our church volunteered to go and serve the Kingdom of God.
I cannot wait to see how God blesses and works through our church tonight at the cookout, next week at VBS, and throughout the summer with the children and as our church goes on mission to Iowa.
God will not forget your labor of love and how you have ministered to other believers.
- Sun., May 31 – Community Cook Out
- June 7 to 12 (Sun. to Fri.) – VBS
- Wed., June 10 – Smokies Baseball
- Sat., June 20 – VBS Blitz
- Sun., June 21 – Father’s Day
- Mon., June 29 – IMPACT CAMP begins
- Sun., July 5 – Patriotic Service
- Sun., July 12 – Lord’s Supper
- Wed., July 15 – Project iCare