Saturday SERVE Opportunity

A few hours this Saturday morning will help finish the task of restoring Ms. Woods home in Pratt City. This Saturday, August 6 from 7:30am – around noon, we will:

  • Finish caulking & painting the exterior of the home
  • Re-setting her chain link fence
  • Basic landscaping (mulching, raking, cutting grass, casting seed and hay)
  • Pouring a concrete ramp landing

Location: 2401 Lafayette Street, Birmingham, AL 35214 (just off Hwy 78w toward Forestdale) Just past the water tanks in East Thomas, turn left onto Hibernian Street (look for pedestrian crosswalk over Hwy 78), then left on Dugan Ave. and Lafayette Street is a few blocks on the left. House is at the top of the hill on the right. Call Saint if you get lost: 706-5216

A few days after the storm our Disaster relief Chainsaw team removed the trees from Ms. Woods home and tarped the roof. Thanks to a church team from Savannah, GA and Metro Changers the roof is repaired, siding has been repaired, most of the house has been painted, a deck & wheelchair ramp has been installed. Ms. Woods is disabled, bound to a wheel chair, but refuses to get discouraged. As of Saturday, she is now back in her home, but there is still work to be done. Will you help?

 

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August 4, 2011 at 10:53 pm Leave a comment

Henderson Disaster Rebuild Project

We plan to work this coming Saturday, July 30th, but will NOT work on Sat. Aug, 6th. Leave from the church at 6:30am or meet at the house (4401 Ave K Ensley, 35208).  Flexible schedule, just work as long as you can.

Bring:

  • work gloves and any personal items you want to have, like box cutter, tape measure, hammer, sunscreen, hat, etc.  We will have the construction trailer on site.
  •  lunch or plan to get a sandwich at Subway, McDonalds, etc. Water and Gatorade provided.

On the work agenda:
Continue with wiring
Phone wiring
Scrape back & right side of house – using plastic to catch paint chips
Continue painting, sides and back.
General clean up, especially in the back yard.

We are making such great progress.  You guys are so very faithful. We all have many hats and activities to juggle.  What an privilege to work along side you all!!! Remember the Henderson family in your prayers.  May they see God glorified in our work and may this house truly be a “home”.

July 26, 2011 at 9:46 pm Leave a comment

Moldova Mission Update– July 6-11, 2011

God is moving in Moldova! Ross, Brenda, and Luke Robinson arrived here last Wednesday night, July 6, after I had arrived earlier that same afternoon.  We three adults led a pastors and wives conference at a Christian-owned camp about 45 minutes from Chisinau, the capital city.  The camp was used for communist indoctrination under the Soviets until 1989.  Almost 200 pastors and wives attended the conference, many accompanied by their children.

Ross and I spoke to the pastors, while Brenda led sessions for the pastors’ wives.  My theme was the majesty of  Jesus in the four teaching sessions and two worship services.  Ross’s talks dealt with the pastor’s personal, spiritual, and married life.  I was personally inspired by his teaching at the conference which took place Thursday evening until Saturday noon.

The rest of our group arrived on Friday night.  David Edge, Stan and Martha Piedra, Jim Benedict, and Ralph, were joined by a South Carolina couple, Andy and Belinda, friends of the Robinsons.  This group hit the ground running on Saturday morning as they traveled 45 minutes to the  village of Puhoi, to distribute invitations to the free medical clinic and worship services the next day at the new church plant in that village.  The entire team met together for dinner following at the mission house in Chisinau.

On Sunday, July 10, our team was scattered in several directions.  I had the opportunity to preach at three churches:  Jesus Savior Church (Romanian speaking) and Bethel Baptist Church (Russian speaking)  in Chisinau on Sunday morning and the Puhoi church plant at an outdoor crusade.  By late afternoon and the start of the crusade, our team had seen and treated 56 people in the medical clinic.  Blood pressure was checked and various medical conditions were treated and the gospel was shared with each person.  Around 40 trusted Christ as Savior and Lord!

This morning (Monday), the team returned to Puhoi for the medical clinic where they will serve for three more days.  In addition to the medical clinic, outdoor children’s programming, crafts, and Bible studies took place.  I departed this morning for a visit on the ground with missionary friends of Valleydale in the Middle East.   This couple is instrumental in developing strategies and building teams to work with the Kurds in the area, one of the most despised people groups in the world.

Lifting up Jesus,

Calvin Kelly

July 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

VALLEYDALE DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE– June 29

VALLEYDALE DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE– June 29

Delana Long, an active Valleydale member has begun serving as our Volunteer Disaster Recovery Champion. She will be helping facilitate opportunities for our faith family to “Serve the World” right here in Birmingham among so many needy families. If you have thoughts or ideas about ways you would like to contribute to this effort in time or resources, contact Delana: delanaplong@gmail.com

GIVE:

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Make checks payable to Valleydale Church with Tornado Response in the memo line and we will utilize these funds in response to helping families recover from this disaster. Many families were completely uninsured or severely underinsured and will need assistance to repair or rebuild their homes.

GO: Current Places to Serve…

THE CHRISTIAN SERVICE MISSION (CSM): Receiving, sorting and distributing donated supplies (especially need weekday volunteers) | Weekdays & Saturdays: 8am – 5pm at the CSM | 3600 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, Al 35222 | 205-252-9906 | Just show up and you’ll be directed how to help. Park across the street. Great place for families to serve together!

CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY LONG TERM RECOVERY GROUP

The Christian Community is gathering for the purpose of seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ through disaster recovery… inspiring! Certainly the need is great among so many families who have experienced loss, our Heavenly Father has unlimited resources to bring healing and hope, and the people of God have demonstrated a deep desire to serve this community in the name of Jesus… resulting in miracle after miracle (as we heard so powerfully at our initial meeting). The church can truly celebrate how Jehovah God is working through her diverse faces with varied gifts, working together in unity meeting the physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs of those seeking to rebuild their lives. Praise the Lord! I have heard from so many of you about your interest in and commitment to this process. God only knows where this will lead all of us and how this process will take shape enabling us to, in a much greater way than we could do alone, show forth the love and compassion of our Lord. The collective witness to Metro Birmingham and Jefferson County will be powerful if we continue linking ourselves together under the common banner of loving God and loving our neighbor.

Christian volunteers are needed now to establish work groups for the purposes of:

Volunteer Management

Donations Management

Construction Management

Disaster Case Management

Financial Management

Spiritual/Emotional Care Management

Communications Management

WEDNESDAYS

10:00am

Shades Mountain Baptist Church | (205) 822-1670

2017 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

As God gifted and equipped the craftsmen to build the magnificent temple in Solomon’s day in a remarkable way, many believe He has been preparing His church in Birmingham for a similar “magnificent” task in this day. At this meeting we will begin the process of clarifying our purpose and organizing work groups, which will be the vehicle of moving this effort forward. Extend the call to your Christian friends and neighbors… for God’s people to use what He has gifted them with and bring them with you to the meeting. Filling these work groups with committed and qualified people is critical to the success of this effort.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

WEAR YOUR “SERVE THE WORLD” SHIRTS.

Birmingham’s Faith-Based Community, Corporations & Area Businesses have joined to provide Christmas in July!

Event: Christmas in July

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Wylam Park

(across the street from Wylam Elementary School, Birmingham, AL)

TO REGISTER FOR A TIME TO VOLUNTEER GO TO: http://www.faithchapel.net/christmasinjuly

PRAY… please don’t forget to pray!

1. Pray for God’s favor and guidance in the coordination of the church’s collective response to this disaster.

2. Pray for leaders to emerge for this effort, dependent on the Lord and guided by His hand.

3. Pray for a connection to be made between the families needing help and the churches wanting to serve.

4. Pray for God to grant divine wisdom for Saint Green and others who are working to coordinate believers across our city.

For more information contact:

Saint Green

sgreen@valleydale.org

Servant Mobilization Pastor at Valleydale Church

On assignment with the Birmingham Baptist Association for Disaster Recovery

VC Office: 205-991-5282 | valleydale.org

BBA Office: 205-599-3245 | bbaonline.org|

June 29, 2011 at 5:33 pm Leave a comment

Valleydale Disaster Relief Update – June 17

Valleydale Disaster Relief – June 17

GIVE:
Financial Contributions: Make checks payable to Valleydale Church with Tornado Response in the memo line and we will utilize these funds in response to helping families recover from this disaster. Many families were completely uninsured or severely underinsured and will need assistance to repair or rebuild their homes.

Help VBS Missions Meet the Offering Goal
This year in VBS missions we are “shining like stars” to help the Kurdish people of Central Asia. We will be working with missionaries to help reach the 35 million Kurds scattered across the countries of Turkey, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Armenia. The first $1000 of the offering will go to print Bible Storybooks for Kurdish children in their heart language. The remaining money will go towards a $10,000 radio project that will broadcast Bible teachings across the airways in the countries where the Kurds live. It would be awesome if we could complete both of these projects! Nothing is too big for our GOD! You can give this Sunday.  Just be sure that you designate it for “VBS Missions” in the “For” line on your check and your offering envelope.

GO: Current Places to Serve…
The Christian Service Mission (CSM): Receiving, sorting and distributing donated supplies (especially need weekday volunteers) | Weekdays & Saturdays: 8am – 5pm at the CSM | 3600 3rd Ave. South, Birmingham, Al 35222 | 205-252-9906 | Just show up and you’ll be directed how to help. Park across the street. Great place for families to serve together!

Faith Community Long Term Recovery Committee Meeting | June 22
Last week many in the Christian Community gathered for the purpose of seeing lives transformed by the power of Christ through disaster recovery… inspiring! Certainly the need is great among so many families who have experienced loss, our Heavenly Father has unlimited resources to bring healing and hope, and the people of God have demonstrated a deep desire to serve this community in the name of Jesus… resulting in miracle after miracle (as we heard so powerfully at our initial meeting). The church can truly celebrate how Jehovah God is working through her diverse faces with varied gifts, working together in unity meeting the physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual needs of those seeking to rebuild their lives. Praise the Lord! I have heard from so many of you about your interest in and commitment to this process. God only knows where this will lead all of us and how this process will take shape enabling us to, in a much greater way than we could do alone, show forth the love and compassion of our Lord. The collective witness to Metro Birmingham and Jefferson County will be powerful if we continue linking ourselves together under the common banner of loving God and loving our neighbor.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22 at 9:00am
Shades Mountain Baptist Church | (205) 822-1670
2017 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

Christian volunteers are needed now to establish work groups for the purposes of:

  • Volunteer Management
  • Donations Management
  • Construction Management
  • Disaster Case Management
  • Financial Management
  • Spiritual/Emotional Care Management
  • Communications Management
  • Housing Management

As God gifted and equipped the craftsmen to build the magnificent temple in Solomon’s day in a remarkable way, many believe He has been preparing His church in Birmingham for a similar “magnificent” task in this day. At this meeting we will begin the process of clarifying our purpose and organizing work groups, which will be the vehicle of moving this effort forward. Extend the call to your Christian friends and neighbors… for God’s people to use what He has gifted them with and bring them with you to the meeting. Filling these work groups with committed and qualified people is critical to the success of this effort.

Disaster Relief Prerequisite Training Course | Saturday, June 25, 2011
Involving Southern Baptist in Disaster Relief & Cleanup Recovery
110 – 06/25/2011 ISBIDR & Cleanup/Recovery for District 11 (Alabaster)
8:00am-11:30am
First Baptist Church Alabaster | 903 3rd Ave. NW, Alabaster, AL 35007
Required registration – Space limited: http://training.sbdr.org | At the completion of your on-line registration, you will be given a “Confirmation Number”. You should print out that screen, follow its instructions, and bring it with you to the training. You will also need to print a form for your background check to mail with a $9 fee to ALSBOM to the address on the form.
Course Fee: $30.00 (Mail $30.00 to Michael McVay c/o First Baptist Church Alabaster, above address by 06/23/2011.) Fee includes manuals, training, cap & ID badge. A background check is also required with a fee of $9.
Please arrive early for pictures. This course is prerequisite to any further training
Contact for questions:  Michael McVay at michael@fbcalabaster.org / 205-663-3531 or Gerald Garrett at geraldgarrett@hughes.net / 205-669-5380

PRAY… please don’t forget to pray!

For more information contact:
Saint Green
Servant Mobilization Pastor at Valleydale Church | VC Office: 205-991-5282 | valleydale.org
On assignment with the Birmingham Baptist Association for Disaster Recovery Coordination | BBA Office: 205-599-3245 | bbaonline.org

June 18, 2011 at 12:11 am Leave a comment

A Test of Faith, A Sigh of Relief

After Jesus uttered those famous words, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these,” Scripture says “he placed his hands on them,” as a show of affection and affirmation (Mt. 19:14-15; Mk. 10:13-16; Lk. 18:15-17).

Many of us grew up singing, “red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Indeed He does.

He also has harsh words for those who mislead a child spiritually (Mt. 18:4; Mk. 9:33-37; Lk. 9:46-48). Jesus said we are to come to him with the innocence and naiveté of  little children.

I do not entirely understand faith, or prayer, or God’s will – why God does this or that, why he honors great faith and then seemingly doesn’t require any faith at all.  It’s a mystery of the Christian life, as we discussed last Sunday.   But today, God answered a five-year prayer for our family.

For the past five years, our daughter Alissa and her husband (then fiancé), Joey, have been embroiled in the stressful woes of a previous marriage and children split between two parents.  These two home environments have had, and continue to exhibit significant differences in the spiritual guidance, moral instruction, and overall welfare provided to these two children.

As you might expect, these differences have led to difficulties, some of which have affected some of you.  While many of you might have been unaware of these anxiety-producing tensions, others of you have prayed faithfully and consistently for God to intervene and change the surroundings of two boys, bringing them into a more stable and consistent home environment.

Today, a significant decision was announced by a Jefferson County judge.  Joey and Alissa Thornell have been awarded sole custody of nine-year-old Brycen and six-year-old Aaron.  You may have seen these munchkins around Valleydale. Since late February, they have been staying with Joey and Alissa and have been actively participating at Valleydale.

Alissa and Joey join Paula and me in expressing our heartfelt thanks to you for your patience and support during the last five years of this ordeal.  Your words of encouragement and acts of kindness can never be repaid any more than you faithful prayers can be.  Truly we are grateful from the core of our beings.  While tensions will continue, the daily stress of uncertainty has been settled for a while.

The irony of God’s leadership in the timing of my preaching continues to amaze and amuse me.  As I finalize preparations for this Sunday’s message on the myth that Christian homes always produce God-fearing and Christ-honoring children, I’m filled with the hope that the Thornell home will be God’s provision for two young and shapeable hearts.  While He does not guarantee the spiritual maturity of any of our kids, may He honor Alissa and Joey’s efforts to be the best Christian parents they can be.

 

From a grateful pastor and wife,

 

Calvin and Paula Kelly

June 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Saint Green: True Servant Assumes Exciting New Role

Valleydale is investing heavily in the metro Birmingham tornado recovery.  In addition to the dozens of teams and individuals who have already done clean up work, our church is sending out one of our own pastors on “temporary assignment” with the Birmingham Baptist Association, an alliance of 140 area Baptist churches, to specifically aid in disaster recovery.

Rev. Saint Green began service on June 6, as the “Disaster Recovery Coordinator” for the BBA, a position he will hold for approximately one year in addition to continued limited duties as Servant Mobilization Pastor at Valleydale.  Saint’s servant heart has become even more evident that normal in the wake of the April 27 tornados that ravaged our area, our state, and through out the Southeast.  Since the night of the storms, Saint has served as Valleydale’s point person for disaster relief without anyone’s request or prodding. He has spent countless hours calling church members, discovering needs, and updating our membership via Twitter and this blog, often at great personal sacrifice.

In a creative plan, Valleydale now has the opportunity to share Saint and his expertise with our entire area and give even more to this massive, multi-year recovery effort. This essentially formalizes what Saint has been doing as a volunteer coordinator for the BBA ever since the tornados struck. Saint will retain his full time employment as Servant Mobilization Pastor at Valleydale, but will re-direct up to eighty per cent of his efforts toward the metro area’s recovery efforts. In essence, he will be “on loan” to the BBA almost full time for tornado recovery over the next twelve months at Valleydale’s full expense.  What a great way for our church to invest in those in need in other areas of town!

In this new role with the BBA, Saint will direct all continued recovery efforts. He will coordinate work with churches, neighborhoods, communities, government entities, outside volunteer groups, and non-profits, working closely with BBA Director of Missions, Dr. Mike McLemore.

In cooperation with the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions and the Southern Baptist Convention, over 11,000 volunteers have contributed time and energies to the disaster relief efforts in Birmingham and other tornado-affected areas in the state.  Through this cooperative effort, BBA volunteers and others have prepared and distributed over 250,000 hot meals using nine massive mass feeding units housed in tractor-trailer rigs.

Baptist disaster relief work has been around for over thirty years. We partner with organizations like the Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse and have provided 5300 showers through 30 portable shower units, washed 1,800 loads of laundry, completed 1,500 chain saw jobs, cared for almost 500 children in need and deployed 150 chaplains.  Almost 6000 individual clients have been assisted through their efforts through May 30.

Valleydale members are asked to be understanding as we adjust to Saint’s reduced office hours  (about one day per week) and reduction in church responsibilities.  He will still be present and visible at most gathering times of the church body.  His primary duties at Valleydale will be missions and outreach, including overseeing our two-dozen partnerships in Metro Birmingham, North America, and five international locations. Under his leadership, Valleydale will continue to send out hundreds of volunteers each year to local, national, and international mission projects.  Saint’s other roles will be divided between existing pastors.

I praise the Lord for the unique gift we are able to share with our city through Saint’s willing and flexible spirit. It’s exciting to be part of such a creative, dynamic, and generous congregation.  I love you and am honored to be your pastor!

Calvin Kelly

June 7, 2011 at 6:51 pm 2 comments

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