You know, VBS is complicated.
VBS takes months of planning, weeks of preparation, and days of setting up. There are countless details to manage, donations to organize, songs to choreograph and memorize, costumes for each volunteer to sew, and multiple areas of the church to decorate. Yet, year after year God provides for VBS in ways big and small. Somehow, we always have the right number of volunteers with just the right skills.
And God always brings the children! From our church, other churches, and around the community, families bring their children to hear the word of God and have a load of fun! When I heard that we had 146 kids registered this year, I confess that I feared it could be too crowded and too chaotic. How in the world could we manage such a large number? My heart was convinced that God could pull it off, but my head wondered about the logistics of it all. There I was down in the details and God already had it all worked out!
“Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.” – Psalm 72:18
Surrounded by precious children who are eager to listen to God’s word, bold in their singing and dancing, and fascinated by the Roman experience, I was swept away by their innocent need for love. To view the VBS experience from their eyes, when everything is fun and amazing!
The kids didn’t need perfectly organized activities that always went according to plan. They didn’t need perfectly hemmed costumes and the most elaborate decorations; they needed friends to laugh with, scripture-packed songs to sing, and VBS volunteers to shower them with a love that reflects God’s love made perfect by Jesus’ sacrifice. God already knew what they would need, he knew what I would need, and throughout this week he provided for all those needs and more!
You know, maybe VBS is simple after all.
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!