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“When the Kingdom Comes” 3.25.18 – Pastor Kassebaum

HOLY WEEK is the sacred time of the year when we commemorate the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. It begins this weekend with Palm Sunday, a reminder of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 29, there are two services, 4 & 6pm. The VLC Bells will be leading us in worship as we reflect on the Last Supper. This service will include special emphasis on our need to confess, receive a personal word of absolution and be renewed by receiving the body and blood of our Lord during Holy Communion.

GOOD FRIDAY services, March 30, will be held at 4 and 6pm. The choir will be sharing a cantata in remembrance of the crucifixion and death of our Lord, entitled “Hope in the Shadows.” At the conclusion of the service everyone is invited to come to the cross and place a nail in it.

“STATIONS OF THE CROSS” will be open in the Fellowship Hall from 3-8pm on Good Friday. You will find stations providing thought provoking insights and activities based on things which took place preceding Jesus’ death and burial. You are welcome to come early and stay as long as you wish, there will be plenty of places to sit and reflect on the love of Christ.

Saturday 4pm, Sunday Sunrise (6am Outdoor,) 8am, 9:30am & 11am. Holy Communion will be offered at the Saturday, 6am and 11am services. Coffee and rolls will be available in the fellowship hall following the Sunrise Service. Due to anticipated large crowds, parking, and the option of Holy Communion, we encourage you to consider the 11am service this Easter.

Tickets on sale for $15. If you have an item, gift basket or gift certificate you would like to donate for the auction, please drop off by April 8th. All donations are greatly appreciated and all proceeds go to support this summer’s mission team (August 23-September 3, 2018). Interested in going? Talk to Pastor Lien.

“When Sin is Forgiven” 2.4.18 – Pastor Kassebaum


FEB 25TH AT 3:00PM (OR) FEB 26TH AT 6:00PM

Note, this is not a normal Bible Study! We’re using the word B.I.B.L.E. as an acronym which stands for the words Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. In other words, these 90 minute forums will help participants best prepare themselves for the last days and weeks of their lives and ensure that we do our best to continue blessing our families and loved ones even after our earthly lives end. We are going to gather a variety of resource people who can help all of us not only avoid choices and decisions that can cause unnecessary pain, division and added expense if not adequately addressed.

Set aside the time of 3:00pm on Sunday, February 25th OR 6:30pm on Monday, February 26th for your chance to make important new plans or review your old ones to make sure you don’t leave your loved ones with any unpleasant surprises. Here are some of the topics we will discuss:

  • What are some of the best reasons to pre-plan not only your funeral home plans but also your own funeral/memorial service? We’ll offer free resources to do that!
  • How can you avoid some of the biggest planning/financial mistakes people commonly make prior to their death?
  • Why do so many people leave their families a legacy of conflict and problems after their death? How can your planning minimize these types of problems?
  • How can you ensure that your children/loved ones are beneficiaries and not victims?
  • Did you know you might be able to triple or quadruple your retirement income by partnering with the church? Did you know you might also be able to increase the value of assets given to loved ones by first giving to the church?

This is an informational and inspirational event. We are hoping that everyone will leave feeling much more prepared to deal with these “realities of life” and an exciting “to do list” of things they can do to bless those they will leave behind!