Psalms Sermons

Watch and Grow – Psalm 59

Dear Church Family,

Psalm 62:1-2 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress. I will never be shaken.”


This week we will celebrate communion together, so please prepare your hearts to receive the elements. If you will be watching the service online, I encourage you to prepare some elements at home of bread and a juice or some other substitutes, so that you can join us in the service.

Online giving is available on our website under the drop-down menu “Resources.” You can also mail checks to the church office at BVCC, PO Box 97, Bally, PA 19503. Thank you to all for your faithful giving during this time.

Each year we collect School Kits to give out to students in need in the USA and around the world. They are dispersed through the Material Resource Center in Harleysville. We plan to collect them this year up until August 23. Now is the time to get the best deals on school supplies at the large stores. A flyer was sent out in last week’s email to let you know what exact supplies are needed for each bag. The school kit bags are available and are located on the offering table.

Some of our young people are producing and involved in online content for Camp Men-O-Lan. It can be viewed on FaceBook on the Camp Men-O-Lan page. Check it out!

Share your 2020 experiences!  The Mennonite Heritage Center is seeking stories on life during these changing times as part of Anabaptist History Today, a collaborative Anabaptist storytelling project of 16 historical organizations. Upload videos, audio recordings, photos, journal entries, artwork, poetry and personal reflections at

Genesis Women’s Clinic is holding a Virtual Gala on Friday, October 9, at 7:00 pm. It will be live on YouTube and their website–

Prayer Requests

Thank you for all of the prayers and support forKids’ Kamp. We were able to have three great days. There were 30 children on Monday, 27 children on Wednesday, and 36 children on Thursday. We had 22 youth and 11 adults helping with the project. Thank you to all who brought snacks and cooked meals.

Pray for the government leaders of our state and country to have wisdom and discernment.

Pray for sound decisions to be made surrounding schools opening in the fall.

Pray for the completion of the building addition as it nears the end of the project.

Opportunities to Gather

Beginning this Sunday, August 9, from 9:30-10:00 am, we will be holding a time of prayer outside under the tree along Front Street on the church property.  All are welcome to join in this time of prayer for our communities, this country, and the world.

Our Worship Service begins at 10 am. Please feel free to invite others to our outdoor services. Come out and join us in your folding chairs or remain in your vehicle. We continue to stress giving at least six feet of distance between people while talking or sitting. The message this week is fromPsalm 58 and 67 and is entitled “Speaking or Silent?”

Young Adult Sunday School Class meets each week outside after the Sunday morning worship service.

Our next Summer Concert is bluegrass gospel group Crow Hill with our own Mark Strauss tonight, August 9, at 7:00 pm. It will be outdoors only. Please bring a chair, or sit in your car.

The Women’s Ministry is hosting a Summer Book Club. “The Masterpiece” by Francine Rivers’ book club met for our first meeting and enjoyed discussing this book.  If you would like to join us for the second meeting, please do!  The next meeting is planned for Monday, August 10, at 6:30 pm outside the church. Hope to see you there.

Our next BVCC Prayer Meeting is on Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30 pm. We hope you can join us in this important time of prayer for our church and the needs around us. If you need the link, please see the weekly church email or contact Pastor Mark.

Youth Group will be held this week outside on Wednesday, August 12, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

We are hosting a Summer Hymn Sing on August 23, at 7 pm. It is an outdoor only event. Please bring a chair, or you can sit in your car.

The Survivor Croquet Tournament for the youth group is scheduled for Friday, August 28. We want to be at the Mennonite Heritage Center in Harleysville


Pastor Mark

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