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By the end of today, most of the physical remnants of this year’s Vacation Bible School will be out of sight. On Monday, a devoted crew of volunteers dis-assembled the elaborate set in our Sanctuary and stored the pieces in the storage trailer. Classroom decorations are taken down. Curriculum is stored away. Records are filed. Still, a few moments of reflection are in order.

Deep appreciation is merited to Holly Cox and Lanny Green on our church staff.  Holly recruits teachers, secures materials, oversees the schedules, and coordinates the massive task that is VBS registration. Lanny serves as architect, tech specialist, and director of the VBS Drama. These two are vital servant leaders in this most grand and elaborate endeavor of our church ministries.

Of course, the serious “heavy lifting” of VBS comes from our volunteers.  Well over 120 NCBC youth and adults play a direct role in making our Vacation Bible School happen.  These are the heroes that enable our church to do this ministry so well. I often say that Vacation Bible School is an “all hands on deck” event.  Every available person is needed. So focused is our endeavor, we intentionally do not schedule any other ministries during VBS week.

And the thousands of dollars necessary to fund VBS comes through our church operating budget. Therefore, any undesignated financial gift given to our church provides the costs of this ministry.

And I especially am grateful for those who prayed for and during this special week. In my last article, I noted some places and times to be in prayer. After such a smooth and successful week, I have no doubt that God was honoring your intercessions.

As you see, so many folks are needed in so many ways. And our church family always comes through. I wish each and every NCBC member could hear the compliments shared with me by parents during daily pick-up times and at our Friday Family Night performance.  Time and again they express praise and gratitude for what our congregation does through Vacation Bible School.

  • Including our weekday childcare ministry, almost 300 different children registered for our Vacation Bible School.
  • Our VBS Offering, used this year to help our local Foundation House ministry, raised $2,200.00.
  • Most importantly, twelve boys and girls made first time decisions to trust in Jesus as Savior. This is a high number for first time decisions. Our church has corresponded with their families and we will continue to pray for their faith journey.

Now focus turns to our annual Patriotic Service on July 7. Since there is no Evangel newsletter next week, take note of this wonderful time of worship and mark your calendar to attend.  Our special guest will be Cleveland City Councilman, Bill Estes and our featured NCBC Veteran will be Bud Shay.  Along with these items we will sing patriotic hymns, salute our armed services, remember the 75th anniversary of D-Day, and thank God for the liberties we hold dear.

It is good to be your pastor.                                                                                                                         -Jay

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