"SHIPWRECKED" VBS IS ALMOST HERE (JULY 23-26)
Our "Shipwrecked" VBS is taking place NEXT WEEK beginning Monday, July 23 through Thursday from 9:00 AM - 12 Noon. These will be 4 days of fun, freedom and excitement while learning that Jesus is the answer when we feel trapped, lost or just alone. Kids entering Kindergarten - 5th grade can come experience the power of God through worship, the Word and tons of FUN. Don't miss out. Register now and bring some friends too! You can also register to be a volunteer (And there's lots of things to volunteer for that do not involve teaching the kids.)
4TH ANNUAL IVC VOLUNTEER NIGHT AT THE BARONS GAME - JULY 27
If you have been a volunteer at IVC this year, join us for a FREE baseball game at Regions Field in downtown Birmingham on Friday, July 27th! Come watch the Birmingham Barons play the Chattanooga Lookouts with us. This is a great night of baseball, free t-shirts for the kids, and spectacular fireworks show after the game. Everyone is invited! If you are not an IVC volunteer, you're still welcome to join us! Tickets for non-volunteers are only $8! REGISTER TODAY - DEADLINE FOR ORDERING IS BY NOON, THIS FRIDAY, JULY 20!
PICNIC IN THE PARK - JULY 29
We had so much fun in the park that we decided to do it again! So we're having a picnic across the street at Veteran's Park after service on the last Sunday of this month (July 29). The church will be providing and cooking the meat. We'll also provide all of the paper products, buns, condiments and ice. If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a side and drink, M-Z brings a side and dessert. Everyone bring games, lawn chairs, etc. Wear your IVC shirt if you can (on sale at the church). It's going to be a good time together with our church family so please come!
SUNDAY MORNING MESSAGE SERIES - "THE STORY OF GOD"
Pastor Miguel is currently teaching a very interactive series on Sundays entitled "The Story of God". It's an exciting time that you will want to invite your friends and family to. If you missed any of the previous weeks or series, you can look under the Gather tab and watch past Sunday sermons on video.
SUMMER SCHEDULE - ONE WORSHIP
We ALL begin in the Main Auditorium together for worship during the summer. Our preschoolers, children and youth will be released to their classes after the announcements and offering. We will also ALL be checking into the Main Auditorium as we come in. That will allow our children to get the name tags they need and parents will get the ID tag to pick them up. This will allow families a time to worship together during the summer.
WE'RE GETTING A NEW SIGN - WITH YOUR HELP
Well... it's not here yet, but we've got a new sign coming down next to the road. As most of you know, our old sign is very outdated and doesn't represent us very well anymore. We've had people ask about getting a new one for years and we've finally got the process rolling. It will be very bright and eye-catching with our new logo. We had to already pay half of the amount down. The total cost is around $8600. We just recently had our permits approved so it will now just be the time of being built and installed. We hope to have it in place by mid-August. We need to pay the balance of $4300 by then. So far, we've had $1450 given towards this. We need your help to reach this goal. You can give online here or through texting to 84321 or by giving in person at the church or by mailing a check. Just designate "SIGN". We greatly appreciate your generosity.
THERE'S A HOME GROUP YOU WOULD ENJOY!
We have 8 house groups meeting around the community that are going strong. The 2 newest ones are: in Pelham around the Ballantrae/Weatherly area and a college/career group in the Hoover area. We're hoping everyone will get involved in one of our HOME groups that meet in different areas. They always have food, fellowship, discipleship, prayer and outreach. We also have CARE groups that offer several opportunities to get specialized ministry. And our AFFINITY groups focus on a specific theme or demographic. Our IVC groups are where we believe that true health, growth and expansion will occur. Please go to THIS LINK on our website to see all of the groups that are listed and their details. You can also see all the introduction videos from the home group leaders.
GOT A GOD STORY?
As most of you have heard recently, Pastor Miguel loves to hear your "God stories" - something that the Lord has done recently in your life. If you have something you would like to share, please email him. He will not share this publicly without your permission and unless he feels it's something he can use for the whole congregation to benefit from. We hope to hear more God stories each week.
NEW ATTENDER HAS A NEED - CAN YOU HELP?
There is a newer lady attending our church who has already gotten involved in one of our small groups. She has shared a need with them that they're hoping maybe someone in our church has a connection to. She is looking for a basement or "mother-in-law" suite that she could move to. If you could help or know of someone who might can, please email us here for more details.
JULY- Summer Schedule with One Worship
23-26 - IVC's Vacation Bible School from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon
27 - Volunteer Appreciation Night @ Regions Field (Barons vs. Lookouts)
29 - Picnic after service at Veteran's Park
7/17 - Jordan Coward, Stephen Mulvaney
7/20 - Ember Lesch
7/21 - Joe Daggett
7/24 - Stuart Carter