Dear members and friends of Valley Park,
Last year’s fiscal year ended on June 30 and the next fiscal year, July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020, has begun.
We are proud of two new Deacons and the Vice-chair of Shepherding who are willing to serve on the Board of Deacons in the coming year. Here is a list of committees and persons serving:
Administration: Karen Walker
Christian Ed.: Diana Nason
Hospitality: Dilcia Junior (NEW)
Missions: Victor Paz (NEW)
Property Maint.: Marc Honles
Shepherding: Grace Chavez (NEW VC)
Worship: Bill James
Diana Nason will continue to serve as the Chair of the Board of Deacons. With our budget and leadership in place, the next year’s strength in ministry depends upon the work of every member and friend participating in the life of Valley Park. This is because the Bible teaches that every child of God has something to contribute to the life of the family of God.
“We are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.”Ephesians 4:15-16
This verse, among others, informs the basic conviction at Valley Park, that a healthy church is a church where everyone participates and contributes something to the life of the church. Therefore, every committee in the church has a ministry objective that is strengthened by the contributions and TEAM work (Together Embracing A Mission) of others.
Each deacon is actually entrusted with representing the ministry and ministry needs of her/his ministry (also called a “committee”) on the Board of Deacons. Deacons (a Greek word which means “servants”) are leaders of “TEAMS” that are healthiest when there are multiple workers. Leaders are not supposed to work alone. They are entrusted with responsibility for working with others and encouraging them to cooperate in building ministries that serve the church, community and world.
In practice, this means each one of us can work with “one ministry” or “multiple ministries.” We consider our personal abilities, experiences, availability and spiritual giftedness in order to consider what we can do to help build and strengthen the family of God. Things we might choose to do could be individually accomplished or accomplished by working with others as a TEAM.
I, for instance, might preach on Sundays or repair the church during the week. I might phone someone to encourage them or I might make someone a latte. There are multiple things I can and choose to do. Some reflect my giftedness and experience. Others simply need to be done to the best of my ability.
This is all to say that the church officially approved a budget on June 30th to be managed by deacons and committees who serve the church together on TEAMS. These TEAMS will be strengthened and more effective with more of us serving to accomplish the work of ministry. The summer is a time for each one to consider how we might serve the church in the year to come.
“Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds”Hebrews 10:24
My summer exhortation is that each one of us consider how we might better serve VP in the year to come, to the glory of God!
by Joey Metcalf
This month the Valley Park Youth Group, “Salt and Light Youth,” will focus on the Promises of God. Each leader will share a promise of God from scripture that has encouraged him/her during a difficult moment in their life. Our hope is to model turning to the scriptures in times of need and trials. Summer plans:
July 14th Skyzone at 2 pm
Aug. 1st Dodger game with Victor
Aug. 10th Six Flags Hurricane Harbor