Valley Mission Church of the Nazarene

110 Hillcrest Way, (in Judah) Bedford, Indiana  47421

October 27, 2020

Hello Valley Mission!

   We have been faithfully praying that all of you are well during this time.  We have been checking up on many of our people via phone and text.  If you are under the weather for any reason and would like us to check on you please let us know.  P. John 812-797-9819 or P. Melony 812-797-9816.  As many of you know we have had some with surgeries, some with Covid 19, and some not feeling well with other sickness.  We find ourselves in a bit of a battle these days!

    What do you do in the midst of a battle?  I grew up the youngest of five and in a neighborhood of 15 boys.  Usually the ‘battles’ included some sort of physical scuffle to find out who was the toughest.  As believers that’s not how things work…at least it shouldn’t be.  The Scripture reminds us in Ephesians 6:12 that: ‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’

    So how do you fight against an enemy you cant see?  We cant see a virus, just like we cant see battles in the spiritual realm.  We cant always see the unexpected shifts in our job situation, home life, or national scene.  So, how do we fight the enemies we cant see?

    Here are some answers that can be very effective as Valley Mission moves forward, especially in these next few weeks:

1.  Don’t waste time on Gossip!  Instead spend your energy in PRAYER!

  • There are countless scriptures that warn believers against gossip and the dangers of spreading stories and searching out the latest information.  Proverbs 6 actually says God hates it.  Proverbs 16 tells us a whisperer separates close friends. 

  • There are also countless scriptures that tell us there is a much more holy use of our time and talk.  Prayer!  ‘Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.’ I Thess. 5:16-18….trust Gods Word when He tells you our time is better off spent praying about it than talking about it with others.

2. Give when times are tough!

  •  It can be easy to give when everything is great and life feels fantastic.  Giving in tough times however, demonstrates a faith that proclaims God is able in every and any season of life.

  • These next several weeks will be a challenge in many ways including financially.  We will never be shy in telling our people the truth.  Trust God with everything…including your money….because He says so!  (Mark 12:41-44)

  • Giving can be sent in mail to 110 Hillcrest Way Bedford, IN 47421.  It can also be done online at click on the giving options and follow the instructions

  • FAITH PROMISE cards are needed and welcomed via the mail attn Janet Ritter.

 3. Serve Somebody!

  •  There are folks organizing meals for those who have been ill or had surgery and recovering.  If you are healthy, and can make a meal, please contact Renee Chambers at 812-327-6017

  • Jesus Himself told us He did not come to be served but to SERVE!  We show our love when we SERVE!

4.  Be Present!

  • At least through Nov. 1st we will be Facebook Live at 10am.  We will review drive in and in person in the future.  We also upload the sermons to both our youtube channel and our webpage around noon on Sunday.

  • Stay connected with information and resources by visiting our website. We do our best to ensure that it is updates as much as we can.  

  • It helps everyone when we join in worship however we can at the moment and do it with purpose and determination.  If you want your church to survive this….BE PRESENT in any way you can!

Finally, we want to say we appreciate all of you.  While Pastor Appreciation got a bit derailed, we have been thinking of how much we appreciate you.  It is with a heart of care and concern we try to make the decisions that we feel God is leading us to at this time.  Be strong in the faith, don’t forsake each other or the church.  We may be in the wilderness but God always has a promise land waiting!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor John and Pastor Melony