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Volunteers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to help with crafts and chaperone field trips for the students who are visiting our church.  Click here to see a list of opportunities and sign up to help out.
Thank you!

Shoe Box Wrapping

We will be wrapping shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, Tuesday, July 29, from 9 am to 1 pm in room 154.  Please bring tape.  Questions?  Contact Jo Root

Chinese Student Wish List

From now—August 1, we are hosting Chinese students (ages 12-15) who are taking English/culture classes here at the church.  Resources are needed during this time and we are asking for your help.  The following is a list of items to donate:  puzzles, games, items with a western theme, small items for prizes (i.e. baseballs, ball caps, art supplies, books, jewelry, or other fun things for teens.)  Items should be small enough to fit in their luggage for traveling back home to China.  Costumes for different American time periods are also needed.  For more info, contact Mary Weber.  Place items in the designated bin in the foyer.

compassion_logoChange the Story

In 20 minutes you can step out of your world and into another culture at Change the Story:  a new and immersive experience from Compassion.  The sights and sounds of life in a poor, developing-world community will come alive as you journey with a child through the challenges of daily life.  This free event is being offered July 25-28 at Compassion International, 12290 Voyager Pkwy.  Space is limited.  Make your complimentary reservation at www.compassion.com/change

All Church Picnic picnic_basket

Join us Tuesday, July 29, 6:00 pm at Bear Creek Park.  The church will provide hot dogs, buns, condiments, and drinks.  Please bring a dish to share according to the first letter of your last name:  A-G salad; H-N vegetable; O-Z dessert.  If you plan to attend, please make a reservation.  Sign up sheets are available in the foyer through July 27.  Have your dish at the park between 6 and 6:15 pm; we will begin serving at 6:30 pm.

Men’s Fall Retreat Sign Up Deadline

At the Men’s Retreat, September 4-7, there will be time spent with the Lord, pistol/rifle/shotgun shooting, rappelling, hiking, zip lining, and possibly four-wheeling.  The deadline to sign up is Sunday, August 3.  If interested, please contact Brian at bschipke@gmail.com.  Greg Teel will be leading the retreat and can also provide information. 

Search by Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is seeking nine people to serve on the Church Operations Manual Committee starting in 2015.  Three people are needed for a 3 year term, three for a 2 year term, and three for a 1 year term.  Please contact Jim Deitrick if you are interested in serving or need more information. 

Band Concert

The Mac McNulty Band will play a concert here at Vista Grande on Friday, August 8 at 7:00 pm.  It is free!  All donations will benefit the Disabled American Veterans (DAV).  Friends and relatives are welcome!

Vista Kids Preschool - Open House & Shower

You are invited to the Vista Kids Preschool Open House and Shower, Saturday, August 9, 12—2 pm.  Items needed for the school include:  washable tempera paint, heavy construction paper packs, paint paper, finger paint paper, doctor kit, doll clothes and dress up clothes, Little Tikes basketball hoop for playground, covered sandbox, heavy and durable ride-on toys, globe, and multicultural dolls.  Also accepted are gift cards to Amazon, Mardel, or Walmart, and monetary donations for supplies and our scholarship fund.

Children’s Choirs resume August 17!   

Join us for a fun and musically educational time as we raise up the next generation of church musicians. Our children will share special programs and sing in our worship services. We offer choirs for preschool through 5th grade, meeting Sundays from 4:30 - 5:45 pm during the school year.  Visit the Children's Choir page for more information and registration.  To volunteer, please contact Ashley Jackson.

Serving Missions Through Prayer

Ladies!  Come join other women for a cup of tea by being a part of a Mission Prayer Control Tea Group. It is our privilege and joy to join together through this ministry to fervently pray on behalf of our missionaries.  From August 17—31, sign up sheets will be available at an info booth, along with detailed information regarding the Teas.  May we look with anticipation to see what divine opportunities the mighty hand of God will fulfill through the dedication of prayer. 

Calling All Crafters

We are looking for vendors for the MOPS Fall Craft Show to be held Saturday, October 4.  The cost is $40 ($50 for premium with electricity) and proceeds will benefit MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).  To reserve your spot, complete a Craft Show Contract (PDF file) or pick up a copy in the church office, and submit with your payment.  For more information, contact Rebecca Kerr or Elaine Robertson

Vista Kids Preschool

We are now enrolling families for the fall 2014 school year.  Two and three day classes are available for children ages 3 - 5 as of September 15, 2014.  Click here for more information, call the church office or email Denise Carson at preschool@vgbc.org.

Costume Department Help

During the month of August, the Costume Dept is in need of extra volunteers to help with repair of Worship Center chairs and choir robes.  They will meet on Wednesdays at 8:30 am in the Worship Center.  Beginning August 24, meetings for Christmas preparations are scheduled for the fourth Sunday of each month at 3 pm in room 204.  If you are willing to help in either of these sewing projects, contact Sandy Gold.

God has blessed each one of us with gifts and talents that we can use to build up His church. We have several ministries that are in need of volunteers. Read More

Prayer Corner

This week meditate on . . . Psalm 16:7-11  (NKJV)

"I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in the night seasons.  I have set the LORD always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.  For You will not leave my soul in Sheol, now will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.  You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."


  Upcoming Special Events
Please visit our
Calendar page for a detailed list of all events

  8:30 am  Costume Dept. - Room 140
  6:30 pm  Worship Team Rehearsal - Worship Center
Wednesday, July 23
  9:00 am  Men's Bible Study - Led by Sheffield, Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm  Ireland Testimony Night - Worship Center
  7:00 pm  The Vine:  College Ministry - North Youth Wing
Thursday, July 24 
  2:00 pm  Youth Event:  Elitch Gardens Saturday, July 26
  8:00 am  Adult Sunday School
  9:00 am  Worship Service / Sunday School - Children, Youth & Adult Classes
10:30 am  Children's Church (K-3rd grade)
10:45 am  The Crossing Preteen Ministry (4th & 5th grade) - Room 154
10:45 am  Worship Service / Sunday School - Adult Classes
12:15 pm  6th Grade Brown Bag Lunch - North Youth Wing
Sunday, July 27
  6:30 pm  Pastor Search Committee Meeting - Room 155 Monday, July 28
  9:00 am  OCC Shoe Box Wrapping - Room 121
  6:00 pm  All Church Picnic (at Bear Creek Park)
Tuesday, July 29
  8:30 am  Costume Department - Room 140
  6:30 pm  Worship Team Rehearsal - Worship Center
Wednesday, July 30
  9:00 am  Men's Bible Study - Led by Sheffield, Fellowship Hall
  7:00 pm  The Vine:  College Ministry - North Youth Wing
Thursday, July 31
  4:30 pm  Properties Committee Meeting - Room 151 Sunday, August 3


Annual Rummage Sale

This year’s Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, September 20 from 9 am - 4 pm.  All proceeds go directly to material costs for building a home in Mexico through Casas por Cristo.  Donations are being collected now through the sale event.  Arrangements can be made for donation pick up or drop off.  Volunteers are needed for the sale.  Contact Jan Halstead at jhalstead77@msn.com.

Valet Parking for Visitors

We now offer free valet parking to our visitors, as well as our special needs members—defined as someone with small children or an individual with permanent or temporary mobility difficulty.  This service is available on Sunday morning for both service times.

Valet Parking Area

The first two rows in the east parking lot are reserved for valet parking.  Please respect the “Valet Parking Only” signs, as we increase this ministry to include our visitors. 

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