Pastor's Bible Study

Every Wednesday morning during the school year, Dr. Furr teaches adults on a wide variety of topics with discussion – often a book of the Bible or some aspect of the Christian life or doctrine. All you need is a Bible and an inquisitive mind! Occasionally, a particular book is ordered for everyone who wants to purchase a copy. This group meets on Wednesday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Adult Seminar Room across from the Library. Find current topics under Latest News. Please join in.


Pastor's Column


june 27, 2017

One week in the life of a congregation

When some 800 persons in several hundred families and situations go through a week, it is filled with so many different experiences. Last Wednesday evening, the Shrimp Boil brought out some 230 people in the middle of June—surely a record! Such laughter and joy and fellowship! It filled our hall and our hearts with all that is best in human life. Old friends sat together at a table full of fabulous eats, and some people sat together for the first time.

Then, on Sunday, we worshiped together, as always. This one was one of those days when we pause and life turns—just as it does when babies are born, crises happen, people get married, and loved ones leave this life for eternity. Here on Sunday, no one was born and no one died, but the service was the marking for the end of 12½ years that Dr. Terre Johnson was with us as Minister of Music and Worship. In the evening, you turned out in large numbers to come and do what VHBC always does—give support, express your love and thanks, and eat cheese straws. Again,  the fellowship hall was the place.

“Fellowship Hall” is an interesting term, isn’t it? It’s become a place name in churches, but think about it: it comes from the Greek New Testament word, “koinonia,” which means “common” or “fellowship.” It is a place where we come in common, to meet, to talk, to share, to laugh and sometimes to cry together. It is a good place, an important place. As I said recently in a sermon, one of three critical spaces in a congregation—the classroom, the worship sanctuary, and the fellowship hall.  Learning, worship, and relationship. These are the critical meeting places of church. In one, we wrestle with the Bible. In the second, we come together into the presence of God. And in the third, we come face to face with one another.

It’s all in a week, isn’t it? And it is good. Our lives pass through here quickly, but in those spaces where we learn, and grow, and connect to God and each other, good things happen.

Next Up

We are so grateful to have Dr. Milburn Price filling in as our Worship Leader for the next month! For newer members, Dr. Price still sings in our choir, but for ten years before Terre came, he was our minister of Music and Worship, and retired from Samford as Dean of the School of Performing Arts. He is a wonderful minister and leader, and I am so thankful for him.

The Personnel Committee continues to have conversations with candidates for a permanent interim music minister. They hope to bring a recommendation soon.

The Nominating Committee will be forming a Search Committee for a permanent Minister in the position. They will present the names at a called business meeting when they have finished selecting candidates.

Upcoming Sermons in the Pastor’s “Words for the Family” Series

“Meekness”        Matthew 5:5 and 11:29
“Mutual”             Ephesians 5:21
“Bearing”            Galatians 6:1-10
“Leaving”            Matthew 4:18-22
“Generosity”      Matthew 19:16-30; Luke 19:1-11
“Peace”               Ephesians 2:11-22