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  • Jan 24, 2013
  • Author: VCC Staff

Of Note This Week…

Disability Awareness Weekend, February 1-3
Worship Night, Friday, February 1, 7:30pm: Friday Friends (adults with special needs) will host an hour-long worship night. Great music will be performed by some very talented musicians. All are welcome. If you know of a special need adult, 18 and older, they are welcome to join Friday Friends at 6:00pm that evening, prior to the worship event, for dinner, fellowship and prayer. (For dinner RSVP to June Irick at by January 30.)

Respite care training, Saturday, February 2, 9:30am-noon: This training is for anyone interested in helping with future respite care events. Respite involves caring for a disabled child so that the caretaker/parent can take a much needed breather. Volunteers will help us love on these children while playing games, music, crafts and just having fun. Sign up on the Communications Slip or contact Shelly Welsh at

Topical Groups begin the week of February 3
Sign up in the lobby or check the appropriate box on the Communications Slip.

Starting Point (Connect) is for anyone who is new to the Christian faith, curious about it, or reexamining what it means to have a relationship with God. No cost; begins February 3 at 9:00am in the Fireside Room for ten weeks.

The Good & Beautiful God (Engage), from the Apprentice Series by James Bryan Smith, will help you “discover the narratives that Jesus lived by—to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed.” $20; begins Thursday, February 7 at 7:00pm in the Seminar Room for ten weeks.

Making Children Mind Without Losing Yours (Engage), a video series by highly respected Christian psychologist Kevin Leman teaches, “How to bring out the best in your kids by doing what is best for them.” $5, begins Sunday, February 3 at 9:00am in the Seminar Room for seven weeks.

Managing Your Finances Biblically (Serve), will be done in 2-week segments focusing on the following life stages: Mid-life and Empty Nesters, Sundays, February 3 and 10 at 9:00am; Seniors and Classics, Sundays, February 24 and March 3 at 5:00pm; Young Families and Young Adults, Sundays, April 21 and 28 at 9:00am. All sessions will take place in the Seminar Room.

SPARK group training (Multiply); experience SPARK, a neighborhood group focusing on the question, “What is one risk I can take this week to make myself a better person and the world a better place?” This 90 minute pep-talk/training session will be led by SPARK founder, Jason Jaggard on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30pm in the Seminar Room.

Group & Community Life | A Place to Grow & Give

Membership Class, February 8 & 9
Pastor Danny has encouraged us to “press on”. One way to do that is to “cultivate spiritually enriching relational environments”. Going through our upcoming Membership Class and placing your membership with VCC will provide you with a number of opportunities to develop those types of relationships. The next class will be Friday and Saturday, February 8 & 9. Sign up on the Communications Slip to indicate your interest. Childcare will be provided by reservation.

Church Life 

DivorceCare, begins February 21: If you or someone you know is currently struggling with separation or divorce, consider joining us for the next session of DivorceCare starting Thursday, February 21 at 6:00pm. The 13 sessions will feature entirely updated materials and brand-new videos. Register by contacting the church office at 925-846-6622 or Childcare available by reservation

Help wanted: One of the three things we can do to “press on” in our spiritual growth is to find a place to serve. To that end, we want to make serving opportunities known to you, see Keeping Connected for details.

The Significant Marriage Weekend is March 1-3. This is a great opportunity for couples to grow more deeply in their marriage during this weekend led by Dave & Mary Gothi. Discover how God wants to use your and your spouse’s gifts together. Mark your calendars now, registration will begin soon.

Parents’ Date Night–High School Ministries is providing an evening of babysitting on Saturday,  February 16, 5:00-8:00pm at the church. The cost is $20 per child with a $50 maximum per family (birth-5th grade, snacks provided). Monies earned will be used to offset the cost of summer mission trips for our students. Contact Diane Gandy at 925-484-3903, or sign up at the Gathering Place.

Brown Bag Sunday, February 17: Bring a bag of groceries to be taken to Valley Bible to fill their Food Pantry (see the Community Life Board for a list of foods). At the end of 2nd service, volunteers will deliver the bags. If you can help load cars and/or deliver the bags, please sign the Communications Slip or contact Laura Monical in the church office, 846-6622x401 or

The Easter Celebration Choir rehearsals are Wednesdays, February 20 & 27 and March 6 & 13 at 7:00pm and Tuesday, March 26 at 8:20pm in the Choir Room. If you’d like to be part of this–we’d love to have you participate. Sign up by contacting Don Elser at

2012 giving statements now available. To access and print your contributions record for tax purposes, sign into inFellowship (link is also on the home page) and click on Your Giving. If you haven’t previously created a login and password you will need to register. If you have difficulty doing so, call the church office for assistance, 925-846-6622. We will not be mailing paper statements this year. If you do not have online access, please call Cindy Wolff, 925-846-6622x419, and she will mail you a copy of your statement.

Keeping Connected

Serve–A Place to Give

Sunday School check-in: Serve once a month during the first 15 minutes of second service. If you can click a mouse you are qualified for the job! Contact Brenda Black at or 417-0547 or sign the Communications Slip.

Pooh Corner: Help watch our babies through 5-year-olds on Tuesday mornings so moms can attend Bible study. Sign the Communications Slip or contact Paula Clark at or 925-443-4600.

VCC’s Bereavement Ministry: Be a greeter at funerals, help at receptions following funerals, or bake cookies for receptions. Sign the Communications Slip or contact Kathy Engel at 846-9497 or

CityServe Tri-Valley is a conduit to connect those who serve with those who need. Visit their website cityservetrivalley.org for current opportunities.

Livermore Homeless Refuge: Donate supplies to the refuge or volunteer to work one of three night shifts during inclement weather. Contact Dave Peterson, or Tim & Maureen Shearer, Supplies needed: clean used sock & shoes, cup of soup, oatmeal, tea bags, sugar & creamer, paper coffee cups, large & small heavy duty paper plates, toilet paper, paper towels & napkins.

Student Ministries

MS EQUIP Conference, February 8-10: We are doing something new this year. It will be a fun weekend full of giving to others, teaching, bonding and playing…just beyond the Golden Gate. The weekend will consist of Friday night in town doing a service project and then we will head off to the Marin Headlands on Saturday morning and stay at the Nature Bridge Golden Gate. The cost for the trip is $140 plus $25 for the service project that we encourage students to raise on their own. Registration and more information is online.

Women's Ministry

Women’s Bible Study: We are currently finishing up our study of James. During this studywe have been hearing how God has worked and is working in the lives of women in our church. Those stories are powerful and hearing them builds our own faith. A new study begins on February 19/20 on Hebrews, Chapter 11. We will be studying the faith stories of people in the Bible like Abraham and Moses as well as continuing to hear the stories of those we sit and study with. We invite you to join us. Please contact Sue Carlstrom at 925-600-7810 or

Girls’ Night Out: Dinner & Movie: Join us on Friday, February 22, 6:00-9:00pm in the Hall. Bring your friends, neighbors or small group! We will be having a soup and bread potluck followed by the hilarious comedy of Chonda Pierce. Sign up at the Gathering Place starting 2/3 or contact Marlene Diggins, or 925-426-8806. We need several people to bless us with their favorite soup, bread or dessert.

Getting Connected with Women’s Ministry: For more information on WM events or opportunities, share ideas or prayer requests, please contact us at You can also stay connected with us on Facebook, search VCC Women’s Ministries and join our group. You’ll have access to our event calender, be able to share your experiences and always be in the loop as new ministries and events are offered.

Ministry to Men

Early Risers: This week, Revelation wrap up. Join us in the Conference Room for cooked breakfast (6:15am), Bible study, fellowship & prayer, Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30am. Walk-ins welcome, contact Ted Saito,  

Thursday night Bible study: Join the men’s study in the Fireside Room from 7:00-8:30pm on Thursday. For more information contact Fred Badal at

Facebook group for men: Get connected to VCC’s Ministry to Men by joining our new Facebook group, “Valley Community Church Ministry to Men”. Be part of the conversation and see what is coming up.

Adult Ministries

Adult Bible Fellowship: Join us for snacks, teaching, fellowship & prayer right after 1st service in the Seminar Room. 1/27, Day of the Lord–Implications for Today (Amos 5&6). 2/3, Can I Get a Witness (Amos 7) Walk-ins welcome, contact Ted Saito,

iNVERSION

iNVERSION is an evening service and community of Valley Community Church that exists to cultivate the next generation of the church. iNVERSION uses stylized teaching of the Gospel and reaches out into the needs of a digital age. We meet for worship through modern music, message, and community conversation on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm. Check out our website for HD video messages, blogs, media and more: www.inversiononline.org.

comGroups: A comGroup is a smaller weekly gathering of believers who eat dinner together, live life together, reach out to our neighborhoods, and engage with further study of the Sunday evening messages. If you are interested in joining or leading a group, please contact

Missions

Guatemala Mission Trip Meeting: Sunday, February 10 at 12:30pm in the Fireside Room. If you are interested or just want to find out more about the Guatemala mission trip in August, come to the meeting or contact Dave Peterson at

Knitted/Crochet Bears for Doctors Giving Back: Finish knitting and crocheting bears at Knit This, Purl That in Pleasanton (behind Vic’s All Star Café) Friday, February 8, from 5:00-7:00pm. Sew and stuff bears at Knit This, Purl That on Friday, February 15, from 5:00-7:00pm. Bring finished bears to Knit This, Purl That on Friday, February 22, from 5:00-7:00pm. Call Jo Ann at 925-449-1928. Finished bears due March 1, donations of yarn are welcome and we need people to sew and stuff bears.

Upcoming mission trips…
Ethiopia March 6-23:
 Our Doctors Giving Back team, led by John and Jana Turns, will be doing their annual medical mission trip to Ethiopia. We are collecting: reading glasses, sun glasses, over-the-counter pain relievers, lip balm, eye drops (especially medicated). If you have an interest in going on this trip or donating supplies, you can contact Dave and Becki Peterson at 925-462-7432 or

South Africa July 19-28: Intergenerational trip (adults, students, families) to serve with Camp South Africa. We will encourage leaders living there, visit townships and squatter villages, visit & serve meals to AIDS orphans, run VBS-type programs at local schools, and provide meals to those in need. For more information, contact Ryan Cochran at or 846-6622x411. Information sheets are available in the Youth Office and you can register online.

Guatemala August 5-16: Adult and family trip to northern, rural Guatemala, working with the local church including construction and Vacation Bible School, followed by a visit to the Mayan ruins at Tikal and the Rio Dulce. On our last trip, we had 24 participants, including 12 youth. Scholarships available. For more information, contact Dave Peterson at 925-462-7432 or Middle school students accompanied by an adult and high school students are welcome on this trip.

Sports Ministry

First golf tournament of the year! We are taking signups today between services at the Gathering Place and also online (payment preferred online) for the February 16 golf tournament at Wente Vineyards. You do not need to be a member of the VCC golf club to join us, everyone is welcome. The cost is $75 which includes golf, cart, range balls, and prizes. Our first tee time is 11:30am.

Please contact Dave McCarroll at or 925-523-1889 if you have any questions about this tournament or the golf club.

Around the Valley

Mount Hermon Couples Retreats: Revitalize Your Relationship. “Good Priorities” is a term often related to life choices, but not often to our relationships. A Mount Hermon Couples Retreat grants time to practice priorities. Experience refreshment, intimacy, encouragement, and new ways to enhance your marriage. Speakers and worship leaders are prayerfully selected for these weekends. Every Couples Retreat is a Weekend for Romance including a photo, picnic lunch, candlelight dinner, and specialty chocolates. Individual couples as well as church groups are encouraged to participate. See mounthermon.org for information and registration.