All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. An enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny. Plan on joining us for this challenging study.
We are so excited to carve out this time together to draw near to God and closer to each other in community! The Women’s Retreat is a time for us to gather together and be in community, prayer, worship, God's word, rest, & have fun. We will end the evening by sharing a meal together! If you are attending, you will receive an email a week out from our retreat with the schedule & all details you need to know. We are trusting in God for what He has in store, and we can't wait!
A few initial details:
-Dinner will be provided
-Please carpool or be dropped off if you are able
-Childcare will not be provided
-Please bring a blanket with you
Come and hear some great stories from our missionaries to Spain and learn how to invite people to follow Jesus along with you. We'll dream together about creating missional spaces unique to your sphere of influence and envision the transformational potential of the gospel when shared in the context of safe relationships. This could be paradigm shifting for you and your comGroup or family!
This summer we will enjoy tacos together every second Sunday! Bring chairs and blankets and join us for fellowship. We are looking for volunteers to help set up and tear down. Email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at Connections if you want to help. Donations will be accepted to fund next month's lunch.
Sunday, 8.4 @ 12:15PM | Seminar Room
Spiritual Direction is a “rediscovered” practice that helps people to pay attention to God’s presence and work in their lives. Pastor Sid will tell about his experience in receiving spiritual direction, and describe an opportunity for VCC members to participate in individual or group spiritual direction this fall.
(MORE INFO & DOCUMENTS HERE!)
Join us for an eight day trip to Ensenada, Mexico to work alongside two missionary families, the Hollenbecks and the Garcias whom Valley Community Church supports. We will be doing a house building project with the Hollenbecks, and building a stairway from the lower church parking lot to the church building for the Garcias. In addition, we will be helping with a VBS program, doing some home visitations, and neighborhood evangelism. No experience necessary, just a heart for serving the Lord!
Trip Dates: July 27 – August 3, 2019 (Saturday to Saturday)
Cost: $400 (plus some extra for travel day lunches and souvenirs)
Passports are required and must be valid through February 3, 2020.
Youth are welcome and encouraged to join us, with a minimum age of 12 years old to participate.
Youth traveling without at least one parent must have an adult sponsor of the same sex who is going on the trip.
Space for 30 people on the trip, 15 men and 15 women.
Men: Register HERE
Women: Register HERE
Contact Sandie Powell with questions at email@example.com
Ladies, we are looking forward to gathering together at The Well! If you have joined us before, we can't wait to see you again. If this is your first time coming, we are so glad you will be there!
At The Well, we will be gathering together for a night of worship, prayer, & connection. We encourage you to invite a group of friends, a coworker or neighbor, and join us in fellowship! We are creating space for God to move, to grow closer to Jesus, and to be in community together.
We are looking forward to ending our night with a special time together to respond, connect, and celebrate God's faithfulness. Light refreshments will be provided for you to enjoy!
We can't wait to see you there.
After enduring war and violence, half of displaced Syrian and Iraqi children will also be deprived of an education due to a lack of access to schools. Hope + Future International is an organization that assists those children and provides long-term sustainable solutions to this growing crisis.
Matt DePretis will be hosting a “TED-talk” style presentation at Inklings Coffee on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00pm to hear Jessica Binzoni, the Founder and Executive Director of Hope + Future International. Jessica, who grew up in Pleasanton now lives in Iraq, just arrived in town this week. She presented at Rotary on Thursday, and you will not be disappointed in hearing her tell us what is actually happening in Iraq!
Here is a link to the event details: https://mailchi.mp/depretis-cpa/you-are-invited-to-join-us
H+F website: https://www.hopeandfutureinternational.org/
Join us for a movie night to help raise funds for the Ensenada Mission Trip. Dennis Hollenbeck, our missionary from Ensenada, Mexico will be there and will share with us about how God is using racing to support Mi Casa de Esperanza ("Casa"); a shelter for battered women and their children.
The movie we will watch is "Dust 2 Glory" a documentary in which Dennis, his race car "Bochita", and Casa were featured. Bochita will even make a special appearance! Clips will be shown during the first half of the evening which is appropriate and fun for all ages. The full movie will be shown from 8:15-10PM and is rated PG-13.
Our desires often cause us problems, yet our desires also offer much promise. The nature of our soul is to have unlimited desires, and our desires often work against the life of the Spirit in us. Yet, God is the ultimate source of our desires, and our soul’s infinite capacity to desire is the mirror image of God’s infinite capacity to give.
Our desires direct our life far more than our will, as our will has very limited power. Learning to will God’s way begins with learning to attend to God’s presence. Christian spirituality is not about the crucifixion of desires but rather about the realignment of our desires by turning our hearts to the Source of all desires. We will explore the transformation of our will by examining why our desires are “disordered” and how our human wills can be brought into alignment with God’s intentions so that we willingly choose that which God wants for us.
This retreat is the tenth in a series of one-day retreats to help us deepen our intimacy with God. Pastor Sid will lead the retreat, and it will take place at John and Janet Moore’s home.
The Stations of the Cross experience is a way for us to have a physical representation of the journey that Jesus took in His final hours. It is a time to reflect with reverence and meditate on Christ's sacrifice for us. It is divided into eight stations from the time He was condemned to His crucifixion. Every station will provide you with something tangible to interact with on your journey.
You are invited to see, to touch, and to think. Our great hope is this will be an interactive experience that will cultivate a deeper sense of appreciation for what Jesus endured for those He loves.
We will have two options to attend, between 12pm and 2pm, as well as 6pm and 8pm. Come at any point during those time frames to walk the stations.
Gifts for Moms, Dads, Grads, and Brides!
Spring is in bloom and the Spring Market is the Perfect Place to shop for all the upcoming events this spring and summer! Be ahead of the curve and get it all done here. There are local artists and creatives that meet every need, from pottery to home goods and jewelry. Bypass the big box in favor of the local maker!
You can feel great about shopping local, minimizing your carbon footprint, and supporting local creatives. With local products, you know the products are high quality, are made by the person in front of you, and that you're supporting your community.
East Bay Creatives Market is proud to present A Community Gathering to Promote Local Artists, Designers and Makers.
To help us prepare for Easter this year, we will be offering a devotional guide Through John’s Eyes.
This guide will help us to accompany Jesus in his suffering during Holy Week by following his disciple, John. In ten short devotionals, we will trace the arc of John’s life from a zealous, proud disciple to the writer of his epistles that relentlessly focus on God’s love. This “Unhurried Life” class will introduce the guide, suggest how best to use it, and then engage in the first two devotionals.
RSVP by emailing Sid@vc.church