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Back to School

New shoes… check.

New backpack… check.

Lunch box… check.

Then, there are the fears and worries that creep up on the kids as they start a new school year.

“What exactly am I supposed to bring on the first day of school?”

“What if I get lost and can’t find my English class?”

Can you relate? The summer of 2016 is slowly coming to an end complete with delightful 100 degree temperatures and bored kids. Instead of focusing on that trip to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, now we’re focusing on getting back into a routine, and making sure our kids have what they need (and a want or two) as they return to a new school year.

Starting back to school – whether it’s at home, private or public school – can be stressful and frantic. Lots of unknowns as a new year begins.

On August 21, during the 9:30am hour, the Family Life Team will be hosting a “Back to School” class… for PARENTS. This class will be designed for parents and grandparents to get some basic wisdom and helpful tips for starting school and what to expect. But more importantly, we want to share some collective wisdom about keeping a spiritual rhythm within our homes as we begin a busy new year.

During this class, we will have some Valley View members who are school teachers, parents, or both, to share their wisdom on starting off the school year right. Look forward to specific tips for Elementary School, Middle School, and for High School! Woven throughout will be opportunities to share your experiences and hear others’ as well.

BaseCamp for Parents: Back to School

Sunday, August 21st, 9:30am, Room 210.

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Thailand Mission Trip FAQ

Interested in learning more about our upcoming medical mission trip to Thailand? Read on!

Valley View Christian Church Mission Trip

Christian Mission to the Orient

December 28 – January 7

Who is Christian Mission to the Orient?   

Christian Mission to the Orient (CMO) is a missionary partner of Valley View Christian Church serving Thailand.  CMO was established for church planting in South East Asia, to train church leaders for South East Asia, and to promote the publication of Christian literature and the translation of scripture into local languages.

What is the purpose of this mission trip to Thailand?

Valley View will be joining CMO on a Medical Mission Trip under the Community of Blessings (COB) program.  This program brings basic medical care to marginalized people in smaller villages and we will be serving the Lua people.   Not only will we be providing medical and dental care, but we will be demonstrating God’s love and grace for people.  This opens the doors for the local pastor to continue evangelizing.

I would like to go, but I am not in the medical profession.  Are there other ways I can serve?

COB runs a medical exam station with basic pharmacy, vision station, and a dental station at each mobile clinic.  Volunteers are not required to be professionally trained/certified in the medical field to participate –  although medically trained and certified volunteers are highly desirable trip candidates – there are plenty of jobs for everyone.

How much does the trip cost?  When is the money due?

The trip is $2500.00 which covers airfare, lodging, and transfers.  Vaccinations, travel insurance, and some meals are not included.   A deposit of $500 is due by August 1, 2016,  a second payment of $1000 is due October 1, and the final payment of $1000 is due December 1.

Are scholarships available?  Are fundraisers an option?

There are scholarships available for Valley View Christian Church members. Those will be determined after the $500.00 deposit is made, so we know of the number of people who are committed to going, and their financial needs. If you are committed to serving the Lord in Thailand, the Valley View Missions Team will do everything we can to assist you in getting there!

How many positions are available on this trip?  

We need 11-15 people for the medical mission trip.  5 of these are trained medical professional positions.

  • Two dentists/dental hygienists
  • 3 doctors/EMTS/nurses

The remainder of the team can be trained for the following:

  • Vision exams (5-7 positions)
  • Pharmacy and assistant positions (1-3)

Will I need vaccinations? When are they needed?

Vaccinations are needed.  Please check the following link.  

http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/thailand

What will our accommodations be like?

The medical mission teams travel to areas accessible by van, with running water and electricity. We will be staying at a small hotel.

Can I use my airline miles for my ticket?

You may, as long as you travel with the group.  Rather than $2500.00, the cost is $650.00.

Will we have time to pick up a souvenir?

The last day of the trip will provide some extra time to shop and see the local sights.

For additional information, contact mary_e_beeks@yahoo.com.

Register online!

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Stories from Into the Streets 2016

Thank you so much to our volunteers who served our city during Into the Streets 2016! June 24th –  27th were good days for Valley View and for Dallas. Check out these testimonies from some of our volunteers and some photos from our weekend of #LoveDallas.

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“I went to the Restoration House and when I asked all the women I met how they got to Restoration House, they all replied that God led them there. Their stories were so interesting. One lady was an ear, nose, and throat specialist. She had a high paying job, fancy car, fancy house and hit bottom from drugs. It showed me that it can happen to anyone. Their stories really touched my heart. But they all had a positive outlook and found joy in Jesus instead of feeling hopeless.”

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The other day a good friend of mine confided in me about her 29 year old son. She just realized he has an alcohol addiction and I was able to share with her about this place and the people I met. I thought maybe God put me there so I could help my friend and her son.”

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  1. God brought people out of danger to Dallas. They are refugees–I wonder if they feel like the Israelites did when they were exiled. Do they hope to return to their homes some day, and this is just a temporary home?
  2. There is a need for love and help, even within our own zip code.

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Stop Hunger Now Warehouse

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“First I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve GOD through Into The Streets. I feel extremely privileged. I saw GOD working through each and every person that served and in those HE touched through us. What an amazing experience packing food… 5,880 bags for the hungry. Praise GOD! So fantastic!! What a wonderful ministry to feed those in need.”

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Snack Bags for the Homeless

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The night we went to tent city, I was so touched by the simplicity of those beautiful people. When I asked if there was anything I could pray for them, not one said their present circumstances. WOW – I was so humbled, I hardly slept that night. GOD is teaching to me stop complaining about insignificant things and this was a great lesson for me. Thank you and may GOD continue to Bless each of you and the city of Dallas.”

We participated in 8 different projects around DFW over June 24th – 27th, 2016. There are more stories to be told… Glory to God!

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Click to play the video recap of Into the Streets 2016

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Legends

Our world is in need of role models worth following. Authentic heroes; people of integrity, whose lives inspire us to do better, be more bold, climb higher, reach further, and stand taller. These things have always been part of the profile for people of God who know and understand God’s mission. Old Testament history is full of these people of legendary status, and each of them seem larger than life as we see their story unfold: they lived God’s purpose for His Kingdom, interacted with people who would take part in the narrative, and each of them sought God in prayer.

As we spend our Summer together investigating the lives of these individuals, we will see an extraordinary God woven through the story line. We will ask how God will use each of us to carry out His mission every day. The spiritual relevance of our situations and struggles in our ordinary lives will come to light through the lives of these legends.

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Into the Streets

“And the angel of the Lord said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’ ” -Luke 2:10

Have you seen that joy? Have you known that joy? Have you come to live in that joy?

Indeed, we have good news of great joy; His name is Jesus. He is this good news of great joy for all people. As a body of believers, Valley View longs for our city to experience this good news of Jesus; for our city to be filled with the great joy of our great God. It is our desire that the name of the Lord Jesus would dwell richly in Dallas, for the joy of the people and for the glory of His name. What an amazing thing that the Almighty God would use His people to deliver His good news of great joy Into the Streets.

Into the Streets is a term we use to identify the week during the summer in which, as a congregation, we LoveDallas through various ministries in the DFW area. This is a great opportunity to serve alongside other brothers and sisters who desire for the Lord’s name to dwell richly in Dallas. We also use this opportunity to introduce believers at Valley View to local ministry opportunities that they can be a part of throughout the year. A great example of this is the ministry at Our Calling, who we served with last year during Into the Streets.

Here is a list of the opportunities for Into the Streets 2016, Friday, June 24th through Monday, June 27th.

01prayerNight of Prayer – Friday, June 24, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. If we truly believe that the Lord is powerful and that He works through our prayers, this is perhaps the most important event of the week. During this hour we will pray for the people of our city, and ask the Lord to take our service during Into the Streets, and bless it for His purposes. We want everybody to be here for this.

02care.jpgCare Packages – Friday, June 24, 7:45pm – 9pm. During this time, we will be putting together care packages for families who are sojourners in our land. These packages will include things such as kitchen utensils, snacks, and a New Testament. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a team to distribute these packages to Vickery Meadow Apartments. The Vickery Meadow area is one of the most densely populated areas of Dallas and is home to many immigrants and refugees. This will be a great opportunity to show hospitality to those in our city who feel very much like outsiders.

03shnStop Hunger Now Warehouse – Saturday, June 25, 8:45am – noon. For the last two years, Valley View has hosted a Stop Hunger Now event, in which we put together meals that are shipped to hungry people all over the World. And they actually have a warehouse in Grand Prairie. During our time at their warehouse, we will be labeling bags, stacking boxes, washing dishes, and doing other tasks to help them prepare for upcoming meal packaging events.

04habitat.jpgHabitat for Humanity – Saturday, June 25, 6:45am- noon. Habitat for Humanity helps to build up communities through the construction of homes. We will be assisting with the construction of one of these homes that will go a family in Dallas that otherwise would not be able to afford a house.

05reconciliation.jpgReconciliation Outreach – Saturday, June 25, 11am – 1:30pm. We will be cooking and serving lunch, as well as visiting with and encouraging the community at Reconciliation Outreach. Reconciliation Outreach is a ministry serving the homeless, addicted, impoverished and working poor of inner-city Dallas.

06sack.jpgMetrocrest Services: Sack Summer Hunger – Saturday, June 25, 9:30am- 11am. Designed to help feed children who qualify for reduced meals during the school year, weekly Sack Summer Hunger deliveries are made by volunteers on Saturday mornings to designated sites within Metrocrest’s area of service. The delivery team will be responsible for distributing food to clients’ homes or apartments who do not have transportation. **Volunteers will go in teams of three (3 volunteers per one vehicle) and must be willing to drive their own vehicle for deliveries; all deliveries are within close proximity to reduce driving.

07deliverDelivering Care Packages – Sunday, June 26, 1:30pm – 4pm. On Friday, June 24, another team from Valley View will be putting together care packages that will be distributed to the community in Vickery Meadow. At this event, we will simply go from door to door delivering these packages. Again, this will be a great opportunity to show hospitality to those who feel very much like outsiders in our city.

08ourcallingOur Calling – Monday, June 27, 6pm – 9pm. Our Calling is an organization that provides life skills,addiction recovery, food, clothing, and most importantly, the love and truth of Jesus to residents of Dallas who are without homes. We will be hosting a cook-out for this ministry, as we watch a movie together on an outdoor movie screen. After everyone has eaten, we will pause the movie while someone from our team shares a devotional thought.

Be sure to register online at vvcc.org/community. Spots are limited.

 

“When you pray…”

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 

He said to them, “When you pray, say: 

‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.

Give us each day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

And lead us not into temptation.'” (Luke 11:1-4, NIV)

I really like this passage from Luke for a couple of reasons:

  1. We have an example of Jesus praying. Yes, that Jesus – the Son of God. He raised people from the dead… walked on water… great teacher… and He felt the need to pray to God the Father. Prayer was a regular part of Jesus’ routine, yet I often struggle to make prayer a focused part of my day. If Jesus Himself needed to pray, what makes me think that prayer is an optional activity?
  2. “One of Jesus’ disciples” was curious. Not only was he curious, but he was BOLD. He saw Jesus praying – probably something he had seen often – and he wanted to know how to pray. He allowed his curiosity to lead him to powerful truths about prayer.
  3. Jesus answers the request and gives them an example of how to pray. He received the question willingly. I don’t see Jesus being frustrated with this disciple in the passage. I don’t see Jesus making him feel stupid for not knowing how to pray. Instead, I see a willingness to share His wisdom with His friends.

We know prayer is important, and we know we should do it. But, if we are being honest, many of us just don’t know how to pray. Off the top of our heads, we know about the Lord’s Prayer, we pray for our food, we make it a priority to pray for strength and healing, but, sadly, we also know that our prayer lives are usually staggeringly boring and monotonous.

Maybe it’s time to hear some thoughts and ideas on prayer. Sunday morning, June 5th, at 9:30am in Room 230, I am teaching a class on prayer. 

I’m still learning a lot about prayer and I’m certainly no expert, but in this class you can expect to learn various methods of praying, hear some stories from fellow believers about how they pray, and get some encouragement for you to connect with God through prayer. Perhaps you are curious, and you need to take a bold step forward in your relationship with God to learn more about prayer. We will see you there!

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“We Are…”

Life is full of a thousand different things to do. Endless possibilities that vie for our time, energy, and devotion. Devotion is not a bucket list – something to be accomplished by the end of life – it is a way of life. The ability to see not only what could be done, but what should be done. We are not free when we are doing just what we like. We are only free when our devotion becomes action.

Can you imagine a life without devotion? No commitment, no follow-through, no grounding in what really matters. Maybe that’s how you live – losing your footing in the face of compelling people and situations, not taking the time to reflect on what is important to you, blown about by the wind.

What are you devoted to?

Devotion is attractional. When you are devoted to something, your life is transformed as you begin orienting your activities toward the essentials. Doubt and confusion diminish as you gain a benchmark you can always refer to. Pursuits and circumstances that no longer fit, fall away. Devotion is never easy. It takes a certain surrender of your personal wants and desires to something that holds greater meaning. Devotion radiates passion and longing.

For the Christian, “we are” devoted to prayer!

 

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Summer Bible Studies

You know when you’re hanging out with a friend, and you realize it kind of feels like you’ve known them forever?

A few weeks ago, at the Thi’sl concert with my friend Betsy, I mentally walked through a few great memories, trying to remember when we first became friends. It wasn’t when I filmed her interview after her mission trip to Guatemala… it was before that. It wasn’t on the volleyball court, where she discovered my lack of athleticism and I gave her an awesome nickname – it was before that, too. I remembered; we became friends at a Summer Bible Study small group, June 2015.

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Me, Betsy, Lindsey

In June 2015, I had been in Dallas and at Valley View for less than a year and had no idea what a Texas Summer felt like in a dark car with leather seats. I enjoyed Bible Studies at Wednesday night Connect, and when time came for small group Summer Studies, I found a name I knew (Shonte Marbly) in a neighborhood I recognized on the big DFW map (right around the corner from my apartment), and bought a book!

Betsy was in that small group, along with a few other amazing women I loved getting to know! I adored Betsy’s stories – she is great at taking every day moments and making them hilarious. Me, Betsy, and the rest of the ladies talked about our jobs, how we volunteer at church, learning the different neighborhoods around the metroplex, and following Jesus.

I left that Summer Study with friends instead of “acquaintances from church”, with new-found wisdom from conversations about intersecting Scripture and life, and with deep love for Shonte’s hilarious trouble-making dog, Pippa. I really love Pippa.

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This Summer, I can’t wait to do it again.

This time, I’m hosting a Summer Study with my roommate, Lindsey! If you haven’t experienced Bible Study in a small group, you are officially invited to please join one of the many options available to you this Summer. There is so much richness in real relationships within God’s Church! Let me encourage you to not just attend a small group and wait for relational magic to happen, but instead, intentionally pursue relationships with the individuals in your group. Ask them questions, learn about God from their relationship with Him, and watch how Jesus gives you more of Himself through your study group. God has wonderful surprises waiting for you in the people He’s brought to Valley View.

Take a look at the map and schedule below, and decide where you are joining women from Valley View to Study God’s Word together. You can register for your Summer Study online at vvcc.org/summerstudies.

There will be a few small group Bible Studies for men this Summer as well – fill out the interest form to get more information at our website.

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KidzView Summer Fun Days

Every summer, KidzView kids have a few opportunities to explore different parts of the wonderful city in which we live. This summer, we’ll be going on two different adventures!

Summer Fun Day 1: Sno-Cones and Splash Park

Date: July 15

Time1:30-4:15pm

Cost: $3

For this adventure, we will meet at the church at 1:30 pm to eat some Sno-Cones from Bahama Bucks and then head to Celebration Park in Allen for some fun out in the sun! Kids will need to wear a swimsuit and cover-up, and bring a towel and sunscreen.

Summer Fun Day 2: Studio Movie Grill – “Home”

DateAugust 12

Time10:15 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $3

For this adventure, we will meet at the church at 10:15 am and head to Studio Movie Grill in The Colony for the 11:00 am movie. After that we will head to a park to enjoy some Chick-Fil-A and play for a little bit! We will return to the church by 2:30 pm. Kids will need to wear clothes fit for active play.

Registration for both of these events will open online after VBS. 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Lindsey

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Looking for fun things to do with your kids this Summer? Want to connect with other parents of preschoolers? Come and join us for preView Playdates!

These will be free events for parents to get together and bring their kids, birth through 5 years, to play. Bring your own snacks, sunscreen, and anything else you might need. If you have older kids as well, feel free to bring them along!

June 24th, 10am – 12pm. Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Center, 1334 E. Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007

July 22nd, 10am – 12pm. W.J. Thomas Splash Park, 1955 Perry Rd, Carrollton, TX 75006

Please RSVP at vvcc.org/families. I can’t wait to see you there!