Thursday, April 30, 2009

Summer of Love

Hi Team!
I just wanted to touchbase with you and let you in on what is coming up. This summer we want to run with the "Summer of Love" theme.

Big Idea: God is Love. We are lovers. The Ten Commandments can be seen as his instructions on how we are made to love Him and each other. Jesus’ “Greatest Commandment” summarizes the Ten when he says to “love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself.” The first four commandments teach us to love God and the last six teach us to love each other.

The series will follow this flow:

Part One: Love God

1. Love God first – Part 1.
2. Love God first – Part 2.
3. Love God’s reputation.
4. Love God in this pattern: work hard, then rest.

Part Two: Love People

5. Love your parents.
6. Love life.
7. Love marriage.
8. Love justice.
9. Love truth.
10. Love contentment.

The Vibe: VCC as a whole will embrace Summer of Love as a theme for the summer of 2009, not just as a weekend series. The big themes for the summer are: Love, Fun, & Community.

Anyway, I wanted to let you know what I know about what is to come this summer.
Exciting stuff!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Charles Dyer

I received sad news this morning about a former VCC Tech Team member Charles Dyer. As some of you know, Charles served with Tech Team for many years, until he took a job out of town about 2 years ago. He passed away this morning. Charles was fighting cancer for a about a year.
Vicki Gabriel got this email from his sister this morning:

Friends and Family,
Charles went to heaven this morning. I can only imagine all the things he is doing right now. Having a reunion with friends and family, going for an incredible run, eating some fabulous food? One thing I do know is that he is having the best day ever. Scott, Lydia and I went to see him last night. He wasn't doing very well. He opened his eyes and gave my hand a squeeze. I turned the radio to Prarie Home Companion (one of his favorites) and we listened to the end of Lake Wobegon together. Arlo Guthrie was the musical guest and he and Garrison Keillor ended the show by singing "So long my friend, it's been so good to know you". (Charles introduced me to Arlo's music when we were in college.) Before we left, I prayed the blessing from Numbers 6, as I did at the end of most of our visits. One last song, one last prayer. God is good.

Thank you for all your prayer and support through the last 13 months. Arrangements for Charles' services are with Smith and Ogle funeral home, 5086 College Corner Pike, Oxford, Ohio 45056 (513-523-4411)

Ruth and Family

Lets keep Charles' family in our prayers.

Here is a link to the funeral home with further information

Friday, April 17, 2009

Vicki Gabriel is one tough director!

Hi Team!
I wanted to update you all about Team 2 director Vicki Gabriel. This past weekend which happened to be Easter weekend, Vicki and Team 2 did a great job over 6 services, which were attended by a large number of people. I haven't heard the official numbers, but as of 12:40 sunday afternoon, I believe the Easter services was well over previous Easters.

Anyway, what I wanted to let you all know is that Vicki had to see an 0pthamologist on Monday, because she had a detached retina. I believe she directed most of the Easter weekend with one eye.

I'm not totally sure of the details but she had a successful surgery to repair the eye on Tuesday. On her follow up visits the doctors said her prognosis is good, she is currently resting at home preparing for her next 6 celebration weekend;)

So keep Vicki and Ed in your prayers for a quick recovery.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spencer Wayne White Pics

Here are just a couple of recent pics of Spencer. More to come.

Tech Team Baby Shower

Hey Y'all, Here are a couple of pics from the Tech Team Baby Shower we had last week. Big Thanks to the organizers Cindy, Vicki and Kathy and anyone else involved! You guys are awesome. That was a great surprise. And thanks to the whole tech team for your prayers and support. I can't wait to bring in Spencer one of these weekends coming up. He can't wait to meet you all:)