The Witness

Volume 41, Issue 26

June 28, 2023

Vacation Bible School: Stellar!

VBS is right around the corner: July 23rd - 27th, 5:30 - 8:00 PM daily! Register your kids and grandkids NOW! Spread the word to your friends and neighbors. It will be here before you know it!

Volunteers who have not yet attended a training session should plan to do so July 9th at 12:15 PM in the small dining room.

There are a few tags remaining at our donation table in the Welcome Center. Even if you can't volunteer the week of VBS, it would be a HUGE help if you could supply some of the items requested at the donation table. Thanks to everyone who has already returned their donation(s).

We could use some help with a few items beyond the tags at our VBS donation table. We would love to borrow (and return!) the following items: men's button down shirts (40), small - medium sized stuffed animals (24), medium-sized flashlights with batteries (12). If you are willing to share any of these items with us, please put your name on the items, and we will return them to you after VBS. Thank you!

Questions? See Jessie Burgess, Christina Epperly, or Whitney Russell.

This Sunday @ VBC

We hope to see you for worship this Sunday on our regular schedule (Early Worship at 8:45 AM, Sunday School at 9:50 AM, and Traditional Worship at 11:00 AM). The Russells will be back in town, and Travis' message is "A Caregiver" (Tabitha/Dorcas); the scripture is Acts 9:36-42. We hope you'll come worship with us this week. If you can't make it, you can always find our livestream at or on our Facebook group page.

Church Directory Survey

If you have not yet completed a paper or online Church Directory Survey, please do so today by clicking here. It will only take a few moments to complete, and we need your feedback in order to know how to move forward. Please complete only one survey per household - either on paper or online. Thank you!

July 4th Office Closure

The church office will be closed Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We plan to reopen July 5th at 9:00 AM.

Four on the Fourth

It's not too late to sign up for Fourth on the Fourth (July 4th), when Boys & Girls Club host their biggest fundraiser, a 4-mile race through Vinton! We would love for you to sign up and be part of our VBC Four on the Fourth team! Click here to sign up for the race. Or you can volunteer by clicking here. Thank you for supporting Boys & Girls Club in so many ways!

Youth Summer Schedule

Our next Youth outing is next Wednesday, July 5th, when we will head to Emerald Point. Cost is $40/person. Please contact Whitney if you plan to go. Click here for a list of our other summer activities.

JOY Seniors

Are you ready for another Mystery Trip? Join us Saturday, July 22nd as we depart VBC at 7:30 AM for a full day of fun, surprises, and fellowship. The cost is $90/person and includes 3 meals. Please bring a light jacket, and be aware that a little walking is required. Sign up and pay at the JOY Senior table for this day of adventure!

Open Position:

Minister of Children and Families

Vinton Baptist Church is seeking a part-time (approx. 25 hours/week) Minister of Children and Families who will lead our children’s ministry, overseeing the spiritual formation of children between the ages of PreK and 5th grade. This position is responsible for coordinating the activities and programs for this ministry, organizing annual events, and providing children and families with opportunities to grow in their faith, engage with the church, and participate in Christ’s mission in the world. We are looking for a team player who is organized, professional, enjoys working with people, and is committed to helping children and families develop a deep love for God, others, themselves, the church, and the world. Please send resumes to And please share this opportunity with your family and friends. Thank you.

Rescue Mission Turns 75!

The Rescue Mission invites YOU to their 75th Birthday Party Open House this Sunday, July 2nd, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. An RSVP would be appreciated at 540-777-7659.

Verlie Hall

1009 Ruddell Road

Vinton VA 24179

Thank you to the Fellowship/Berean Class for their donation to the Community Assistance Fund.

Thank you to the Alma Hunt Circle for their donation to Vacation Bible School.

Thank you to the Helen Siner Wood Circle for their donation to the Community Assistance Fund.

Thank you to the Dorcas Class for their donation to the Community Assistance Fund.

Missions Without Borders

Please consider giving to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) Offering for Global Missions. This offering funds the long-term "presence" (salary, benefits, housing, living expenses, and children's educational needs) of CBF field personnel. VBC's church goal is $2,200. There is a gold envelope in your box of envelopes designated for this ministry. Or you may simply notate "Offering for Global Missions" on a regular offering envelope, on your check, or in the memo of your online offering. Thank you!

Can You Volunteer for Children's Worship?

Children's Worship volunteers are still needed every Sunday - and especially this time of year! We need one teacher and one helper at both 8:45 and 11:00 AM, and we don't want the duties of leading Children's Worship to fall on just a handful of volunteers week after week. Please click here to see the dates we need help and to sign up. (This sign-up is NOT for the children's sermon during worship service. This sign-up is only for teaching/helping in Children's Worship on the second floor of the children's wing.) Children range in age from PreK - 1st grade, and lesson plans are provided for you. Questions? Contact Whitney. THANK YOU for your willingness to serve!

Food Pantry

Thank you for your recent donations to our Food Pantry! We are getting more phone calls every day from folks who are new to our Food Pantry, as well as continuing to serve households that have received help in the past. We are helping up to 18 households every week. THANK YOU for making this important work possible!

"Check out" the following new series available in our church library:

  • The Magic Tree House (4 graphic novels)
  • The Baby Sitter's Club (13 graphic novels)
  • I Survived series (7 graphic novels)
  • I Survived series (21 books)

Bible Reading Plan

The narrative of David's monarchy in 2 Samuel is certainly intriguing. I would love to know your thoughts so far. Here are a few notes from Fee & Stuart's How to Read the Bible Book by Book:

  • "Following David's assuming the kingship over all Israel (5:1-5) is a sequence of four narratives (5:6-7:29) that are especially crucial: (1) David's conquest of Jerusalem, (2) the conquest of the Philistines, (3) bringing the ark to Jerusalem, and, above all, (4) God's covenant with David that 'your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me' (7:1-16), to which David responds in an outpouring of praise and gratitude (7:18-29)."
  • The narrative is told with a focus on David's character instead of his "kingly exploits."
  • The conquest of Canaan, which began in Joshua, is completed in 2 Samuel.
  • A great deal of text (3 full chapters) is dedicated to the Uriah/Bathsheba/David narrative. "The king is portrayed throughout as one who is accountable to God for his actions ..., but in contrast to Saul, David repents - and is then filled with remorse over the dying child, the result of his sin."
  • Fee & Stuart point out the other eventual consequences of David's sin, as prophesied by Nathan in 12:10-12: "illicit sexuality, murder, and intrigue," along with "rape, fratricide, treachery, rebellion, seizure of David's concubines, and civil war." All are to come as we move from Samuel into Kings.
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