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Elder Update........................................ 3

OUTREACH PIC Walk for Life................................. 13

UPCOMING EVENTS Memorial Day Picnic............................ 4


Vacation Bible School.......................... 5

Highlight on Volunteers’..................... 13

National Day of Prayer......................... 6 Family Camp........................................ 7

STUDENT MINISTRIES The Loft info....................................... 14


Refuge & Aliens info.......................... 14


Service Project................................... 15



Supper Club....................................... 10

Baccalaureate.................................... 16

Turbokick............................................ 10

Choir................................................... 17

MOPS................................................. 10

Special Thanks................................... 17 Missionary of the Month..................... 18


Calendar............................................ 19

Men’s Breakfast.................................. 11 Guys’ Night Out.................................. 11

Sermon Series.....................Back Cover

SPORTS MINISTRY Softball............................................... 12 Motorcycle Sunday............................ 12


elder update

Think fast – what is our purpose as a church? Why has God placed Village Bible Church in Aurora, Sugar Grove and Indian Creek? What is our primary calling through which everything else funnels and through which our “success” is to be measured? The old adage that goes something like this, “If you don’t set a goal, or a mark, you’ll miss it every time,” is true.

Village Bible Church desires to be a family of growing believers committed to glorifying God by reaching our world with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hopefully this sounds familiar, as it is the official vision statement – the everyday commission - of our church. It is our hope and desire that as a church we would be a family that cares for each other and together strives, above all, to bring glory to God. One way we do this is by sharing the life-changing truth of Jesus Christ with the world.

Sharing the truth of Jesus takes many different shapes and can happen every day. Summertime does, however, provide some unique opportunities through mission trips and Vacation Bible School. This year, Lord willing, we will have 40-50 people participating in mission trips and over 150 people sharing Christ with the 500+ children who will attend Vacation Bible School at one of our three locations - and the majority of these children are not part of our church family. As you read about some of these opportunities, we hope that you will not just read and then forget, but that you will take part by (1) praying regularly for the preparation and the actual ministry, (2) serving by investing your own time and energy, and (3) giving of your financial resources. We are excited to see how God will grow us and use us this summer. These are indeed encouraging times!


memorial day picnic



D ay P icnic

all of our campuses will come together to celebrate Memorial Again this year,

Day together in the big city of Waterman! It’s only about 20 minutes west of Sugar Grove, and the place we’ve reserved has a great park, a playground for the kids, a skate park, baseball fields and a 1/3-scale miniature train that will be available for kids (big and small) to ride for free. Bring your softball bat and glove, Frisbee, skateboard and two side dishes to pass.

Waterman Lions Community Park 420 S. Birch, Waterman, IL 60556 (20 minutes west of Sugar Grove on Rt 30)

Monday, May 30 Starting time is 12:00 noon Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m.

Please bring two side dishes to pass, drinks for your family and a blanket or lawn chairs.

5B’s meat and table service provided. Suggested donation of $5/adult, $3/child or $20/family.

The Waterman and Western Railroad is a half-mile, 15” gauge (1/3-scale) miniature train.

Take a ride! Free for kids of all ages.



vacation bible school

Big City, Bigger Fun! Grab a cab and get ready for fun around every corner in the

As kids explore the big city, they’ll learn how to step out in faith and connect with Jesus--sharing the message of Christ with their world. Sugar Grove Campus

July 18-22 9am-12pm


national day of prayer


Are interested in a spiritual On Thursday, May 5th, and physical several area churches will be walking and praying across challenge? several of our communities. Would you consider investing your day in prayer as we cry out to God for our cities? We’ll be beginning at 9:30am and ending at approximately 6:15pm.

Join us at 7:00 pm at the SG Campus, Room 100, for a time of praying for our families, our church, our schools, our government, businesses and the media. 6

SUMMER family camp


A Great Christmas Present

VBC Summer Family Camp

June 4-10, June 6 -2011: 12: Join other VBC families for a great week together at our summer family camp held in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin at Silver Birch Ranch’s family camp. Family camp offers extended time to build relationships, create shared memories, relax and enjoy fellowship with others in your immediate family and your extended church family. Often more happens relationally during a week of family camp than in a whole year back home. This is a really fun week for ages 0 through 100. It is also economical. Water Skiing Fishing. & Tubing.Playing Fishing. Water Skiing & Tubing. at the beach. Playing atSwimming. the beach.Kayaking. Sailboarding. Sail boarding. Horseback Swimming. Kayaking. Riding. Archery. Riding. Archery. Riflery.Horseback Crafts. White Water Rafting. Riflery. White Water Rafting. Rides. HayCrafts. Rides. Reading a book on the Hay beach. Read Canoeing. a book on Campfires. the beach. Baseball. Canoeing. Campfires. Mini-Golf. Baseball. Mini-Golf. Woodshop. Climbing walls… Woodshop. Climbing wall...

Sounds like a great time, doesn’t it? These are some of the things that families can do all week long (and for no additional charge!) at Family Camp next summer at Silver Birch Ranch Camp in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. For more information registration details,20. go Registration takes and place on January to Register Request more info now by calling or emailing by calling the church office (630) 466-7198 or by emailing ( See the slideshow from last year at

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short term missions fundraising




PORKCHOP&CHICKENCOMBODRIVE-THRUDINNER 5B’s Chicken & Chop Dinner Fundraiser at the SG Campus WEDNESDAYAPRIL 27THFROM4:30-6:30PM. Cost is $9 per meal. Children’s hotdog meal is $4 per meal. Tickets will go on sale Sunday, April 10th. For information contact Megan Kirkland at


MOTHER’SDAY&FATHER’SDAYBAKESALE We’ll be having homemade goodies for purchase on MOTHER’S DAY(MAY 8TH)&FATHER’S DAY (JUNE 19TH) at the Sugar Grove campus. All proceeds will go to the summer mission trips.




spring cleaning

Hold on to those donatable items & bring them to our 2ND ANNUALMISSIONS

support garage sale! We’re holding it at the S.G. Campus on

FRIDAYMAY27TH&SATURDAYMAY28TH FROM9:00AM-7:00PM. drop off dates:

will be Wed., May 25th and Thur., May 26th from 10:00am - 8:00pm. For more information contact Megan Kirkland (


women’s ministry

April Supper Club

supper club

Please join us for our last supper club until fall on Thursday,

May 12th at 6:30 p.m. The supper club will be hosted by Sue

Schumann at 8652 Doe Court in Yorkville. Since this is our last one for the season, try to invite a friend who has never attended a supper club before. Those that attend regularly, if you could share with your friend, why you attend supper clubs and what they mean to you. The theme is bring a Mexican dish. Hope to see you there. Please RSVP to and let us know what yummy dish you will bring to celebrate May with friends and fellowship.



May 2nd

sponsored by Women’s Ministry

thru the summer Morning Sessions:

Tue. & Fri. at 7:30am (Childcare will be available)

Evening Sessions:

Mon. & Thurs. at 6:30pm

Sign up in the Friendship Registry or just show up.

(No childcare)

These classes are open to those in high school and above. Questions: call Natalie Haas @ 630-802-5596

Friday, May 6th, 9-11am


at our Sugar Grove Campus

men’s ministry Once a month we call ALL the men of the church together for our men’s breakfast as a rallying point for our men’s ministry. You’re invited to join us for a great breakfast, fellowship and a time to grow in Christ as we gather together on MAY 21st from 7:30-9:00am. Along with breakfast, we’ll enjoy a time of worship and prayer for one another and for our families. Join us at the Sugar Grove Campus for a great morning.


Sign up in Friendship Registry or



TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 6:00-8:30PM

Calling all men…Let’s get together for a night of low key fellowship, fun and food. Whether you’re new and wanting to find ways to connect, or you’re looking to deepen the friendships you already have…send an e-mail to so we’ll know you’re coming, or just show up. Join us at Juan Hernandez’s new restaurant in St. Charles, Jalapeno Nacho. It is located at 40w222 LaFox Road off of Route 64 in St. Charles.


sports ministry


Do enjoy playing softball? Then consider joining our church Monday night softball team. This is an adult (18+) church team league and all of our games are played on Monday evenings in Big Rock (5 minutes from church). For more information or to sign up contact us at



The 11th Annual Motorcycle Sunday is coming up on May 1st in Phillips Park in Aurora from 9:30am-4:00pm. It’s an awesome outreach tool

to invite your friends and neighbors too. There will be live music, bike shops, a 60-mile bike ride, and much more. It’s sponsored by the Christian Motorcycle Association and is definitely an intentional way to reach out to the people in your life who love motorcycles!


walk for life | children’s ministry P re g n a n c y I n f o r m a t i o n C e n t e r ( P I C )

Annual Walk for Life Saturday, May 14 Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 9:00 a.m. It will be at Christ Community Church Blackberry Campus, 40W098 Galena Blvd, Aurora

Everyone is welcome This annual walk enables the center to provide free ultrasounds and parenting classes to their clients.

Help change the life at a time! For more information, please contact Scott Capp. Pregnancy Information Center • 411 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora, IL 60506 • 630.896.8600

God has blessed our Children’s Ministry with many wonderful workers, without whom we wouldn’t be able to provide the many opportunities our children have to grow in their faith. Throughout the year we are going to highlight different volunteers, allowing them to share what role they play in our ministry, but more importantly, to share how God has blessed them through their service to our children. How many years have you been working in children’s ministry?

Karen and I started working in children’s ministry once we started to have children, which would be 2005. What have been some of your responsibilities?

We began serving in the nursery and with the 2yr olds. Then for the last 3yrs I’ve been the Awana Commander for our church. How has God blessed you through your service in children’s ministry?

I think, for me, I’ve been so blessed with the Awana program. I grew up my whole life in Awana, and I always wanted my kids to have the joy and opportunity to be a part of an Awana program. I love seeing our clubbers have this awesome opportunity, to see them study and hide God’s word in their hearts. I love the excitement of seeing our leaders interact with these clubbers each week. This is such a wonderful ministry, and I believe with all my heart that God can do such amazing things through these kids and this ministry.



highlight on volunteers


student ministry


student ministry



Sponsored by

Village Bible Church Lord of Life Church Christ Community Church

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 | 7:00PM Kaneland High School Auditorium


choir | special thanks













REHEARSALS: April 28: 8:30 am May 15 & 22: 4:15 - 5 pm

PERFORMANCE: May 29 (all services)

For more information please contact Jennie Helwig at 630-551-1572 or

Special Thanks To all of the Volunteers who helped with the Easter service!


missionary of the month

Karney and Lydia Dunah serve with ULICAF (United Liberia

Inland Church Associates & Friends). ULICAF began in the year 2000 as an informal organization of Liberian refugees who had suffered first-hand the devastation of their country wrought by a fourteen-year civil war which left the nation without most basic human needs. Members and friends of ULICAF are eager for renewal and redemption of their homeland. They are responding to three critical need of the Liberian churches and immigrants.

Spiritual Mental -

F ocusing on spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through church planting, evangelism and discipleship.

P romoting intellectual development of deserving students through college education, technical and professional training.

Physical -

Hope Farm program provides support to local farmers.

VISION - Individuals empowered to transform lives by revealing God and His kingdom. MISSION - Creating opportunities to serve Christ. This year Village Bible Church is going on a short-term missions trip to Liberia on June 9-20. The focus of this trip will be helping with construction of an addition to ULICAF facilities in Ganta. We will make bricks in the true African fashion and help lay the foundations of buildings as we expand the buildings of Liberia International Christian College. We’ll be doing whatever building that they need for us to do. There are also opportunities to share with students in local schools, share devotionals, take part in a worship service, and share with the students of the Bible school You can find out more about ULICAF by visiting their websites at and



We will have rides for all different levels, from beginner to advanced. We will even have a few family rides, too. We will have standing Saturday morning ride

at 7:30 am starting at VBC and schedule every other Tuesday evenings to give more opportunites to ride, for those that cannot make the Saturday ride. Why not work on your physical health, while gettiing some spiritual encouragement as well! If you’d like more information or are interested in participating in this Men’s Ministry, please contact our bike coordinator, Rob Butts at (630) 389-3117 or bike@

sports ministry


The sun is shining and


Consider being a part of Village Bible golf this summer! This is not a league requiring expertise, but is an opportunity to

fellowship with BROTHERS & SISTERS and invite your friends to be a part of the VBC community! The truth is, if you shoot around 100, you will fit in just fine! We will start up our golf season

Thursday, May 19th and

will play each Thursday starting at 5:30pm and play through the end of July. We enjoy 9 holes of golf at Bliss Creek, Sugar Grove early on and then will be playing at Hughes Creek in Elburn and Blackberry Oaks in Bristol. Cost changes per course so you might say the average cost is $17. Check the website to sign up for emails and simply reply to the email if you plan on attending.


Wayside Cross


Master’s Touch Friendship Dinner Guest Speaker: Wayne L. Gordon,

founding Pastor of Lawndale Community Church and Chairman/President of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA)

Date: Tuesday, May 17th Venue: Lincoln Inn in Batavia 1345 S. Batavia Avenue / Route 31 Batavia, IL 60510

Doors open at 6:00 PM, and dinner will be served at 6:30. Please join us for what promises to be a memorable

evening. There is no charge for the

event; however, a “free will offering” will be taken. Please attend; invite friends; you might even consider hosting a table of eight. To sign up, email men@ or call Mike Fair 630-264-2335.

calendar Wed, April 27: Missions 5B’s Fundraiser (Sugar Grove) Sun, May 1: Motorcycle Sunday (Aurora) Thurs, May 5: National Day of Prayer: Community Prayer Walk (Sugar Grove) Fri, May 6: MOPS (Sugar Grove) Sat, May 7: Men’s Breakfast (Sugar Grove) Sun, May 8: Mother’s Day Fine Desserts Missions Fundraiser (Sugar Grove) Thurs, May 12: Women’s Supper Club (Yorkville) Sat, May 14: PIC Walk for Life (Sugar Grove/Aurora) Tues, May 24: Kaneland Baccalaureate (Kaneland HS) Fri-Sat, May 27-28: VBC Missions Garage Sale (Sugar Grove) Monday, May 30: Memorial Day Picnic (Waterman) June 4-10: Summer Family Camp (Wisconsin) June 19-25: Summer Student Camps (Michigan) Sun, June 19: Father’s Day Fine Desserts Missions Fundraiser (Sugar Grove) Fri-Sun, June 24-26: Men’s Mentoring Conference (Sugar Grove)

Summer Mission Trips: Liberia: June 9-20 China: June 24-July 4 Uganda: June 29-July 13, August 6-20 Alaska: July 1-12 Aurora: July 5-9 Detroit: July 23-30

Weekly Events: Monday Evenings: Softball (Big Rock) Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00: Youth Group (Sugar Grove) Friday, May 8, 9-11am: MOPS (Sugar Grove) Saturdays, 9:30-11:00 am: Men’s Basketball (Sugar Grove) Saturday, May 14, 7-10 pm: Student Ministry – Sr High Students: The Loft Sundays, 3 pm: Adult Volleyball (Sugar Grove) M,T,W,Th,F,S,S: Small Groups Upcoming Membership Class: June 12, 12:45, @ Sugar Grove, room 101 Upcoming Baptism Class: June 12, 4:00pm, @ Sugar Grove, room 100

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May Ministry Update 2011  
May Ministry Update 2011  

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