Dear Vineyard Family and Friends,
We are living in unique and challenging times. But through these hard times, God can move to help us rediscover our call and responsibility to be His Church in the midst of a hurting world. Andy Stanley said, “The church isn’t closed, only our buildings.” I have been filled with hope as I’ve been reading the Book of Acts and also reflecting upon the history of the Church. Time and time again, the Church thrived in difficult periods and I have no doubt that it will flourish again in this season.
The Church is a unique living organism that cannot and will not be stopped. As a Vineyard church, we are called to be a body that reaches our community. It is in this time that we need to embrace the tension of tending to the needs of those who are part of our church community and also the needs of those outside of the church. We all need to seek God’s peace to be agents of peace. We need to be healed to be agents of healing. We need to be transformed to transform our homes and neighborhoods.
I encourage you to not disconnect in this season of social distancing. In fact, we are creating different ways in which you can stay connected to your Vineyard family. I also invite you to look for ways to minister to your neighbors. We’ve attached an article written by Lynn Cory that was perfectly crafted for this season.
Carefully read our PLAN OF ACTION for this season and prayerfully consider how you can help, how you can continue to connect, and how you can seize the moment to serve and spread the Gospel to those in your neighborhood.
We are here for you. If you need anything or have any suggestions, do not hesitate to call, text, email, or comment on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (you can find us under vvineyardchurch). We ask that you consistently visit our social media platforms and watch your email for further updates, news, and community building engagement.
You can also contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our church office at 818- 776-9696. Staying in touch is important. We want to make sure we have your latest contact information. You can update here: www.vvinfo.org/update.
Together as the Church joining the God who is on the move,
We have set up a help line for you to text or call any time to reach our staff. We can help deliver food and supplies, offer prayer, and suggest resources. The number to call is 818-538-6696.
We are also working on a resource guide with job information, what’s available if you are laid off, where to get help and supplies, and more. Check it out at www.vvinfo.org/resources. However, in a true emergency, please call 911.
Also please let us know if you would like to help serve the elderly and most vulnerable from our church. Please fill out this form: www.vvinfo.org/helpers.
ALL CHURCH PRAYER
It’s always important to pray, and now more than ever. We will “meet” for virtual prayer via conference calls midweek on Wednesday nights and on Sunday mornings. Join this Wednesday’s and Sunday’s prayer meeting by dialing 425-436-6200. The access code is 584032#.
- Wednesday nights at 7 PM
- Sunday mornings at 10 AM
We also want to invite you to download a daily Lectio Divina app that will help you connect with God. Developing a daily habit of connecting with God is truly life-giving, especially in this anxiety-filled moment. Download the app here: https://www.24-7prayer.com/dailydevotional.
HOW WILL WE CONTINUE TO GATHER?
Until further notice, all meetings scheduled in the church building have been cancelled, but you can join us for our Facebook Live service at www.facebook.com/vvineyardchurch Sundays at 10:45 AM. You can also find the service on YouTube www.vvinfo.org/YouTube.
The sermon notes and discussion questions are available through our church app. You can download our app here: www.vvinfo.org/app.
Another significant way we can remain together is to continue our 40-day fast and the Engaging Risk Daily devotional at www.vvinfo.org/40days.
Additionally, we are working with existing and new Connect Group Leaders to be available for virtual Connect Groups. We are compiling a list of these groups and will send an email with the schedule and the zoom video conferencing instructions as soon as we can. The groups will be available on the Church app or by emailing email@example.com
HOW ABOUT OUR YOUTH AND CHILDREN?
Our youth tuned in virtually last week too and can do so again this Sunday for a live service on Instagram at @Awaken_Youth at 11 AM.
Sunday school curriculum, children’s Bible lesson resources, and kids’ worship will be available through our website and app. The current lessons will be uploaded on Fridays. If you have a Gmail account, you can check here for curriculum updates. http://bit.ly/vvchildren If you do not have a Gmail account, you can get an invitation from Pastor Donna to the link. firstname.lastname@example.org
We also invite you to download an awesome app that has weekly videos and prayers to help your children grow in their spirituality. They have a great blog on how to help children manage anxiety during this crisis. Download here: https://theparentcue.org/app/.
HOW CAN I CONNECT WITH MY NEIGHBORS?
We invite you to look for ways to minister to your neighbors. We’ve attached an article written by Lynn Cory that was written specifically for this season.
A good resource app to stay connected to your neighbors and community is www.nextdoor.com.
HOW CAN I CONTINUE TO GIVE FINANCIALLY?
In a time where people are stockpiling, we encourage you to remain faithful in your generosity as we continue to advance the Gospel of Jesus in different and innovative ways. If you are not yet taking advantage of our online giving platforms, you can visit www.vvinfo.org/give or our church app to set up one time or recurring giving. You can also mail in tithes and contributions to the office as we will be checking our mail regularly.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. —John 15:5
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