VCW Men’s Small Group

This will be the movie for the men’s small group. We’ll start at 7 p.m. sharp at our house.

POST KINSHIP UPDATE: I’m having a blast with this kinship format. We are having wonderful conversations about meaningful topics.

After Spiderman 3, we talked about things like:

  • marriage (when are you ready),
  • male-female communications (Peter is painfully stupid in this regard…but I be we are too!),
  • revenge, forgiveness (and how good revenge can feel but then it takes over and owns you), and more.

After Amistad, we talked about:

  • story (you aren’t where you’re from, so who are you?),
  • the perceptions of Christian action (how good it can be and how goofy), the way we tend to mark out territory (the Africans united on the ship, divided by tribe in prison),
  • self-promotion and humility in the life of a Christian, and more

There are even a couple scenes where Christians are trying to help but we get to see how that looks to the tribal people from Africa. Very insightful on how things that are normal to us may appear to others.

Lion Chaser’s Manifesto

Mark Batterson’s Lion Chaser’s Manifesto is so inspiring! Read it and live it:

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

If you’re not familiar with In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars, check Amazon or your local bookstore. It’s a great inspirational read inspired by one of King David’s Might Men of Valor.

Servant Evangelism

Starbucks Servant Evangelism
I just got some cool $5 Starbucks cards. For an extra .25, they imprinted the card carriers with:

This is a practical way to show God’s love.
We think most people have heard that God loves them but very few have seen that love in practical ways.
We’re out to change that.
The Vineyard Church of Waterville | www.watervillevineyard.org
Let us know if we can be of any assistance.
And enjoy the coffee!

Today in the parking lot outside our local movie rental place, I saw a young couple with a very tiny baby. Inspired by something my wife had done in a similar situation, I went up to the dad with two cards in my hand. I said, “I noticed you have a young child and I bet it’s hard to get out on dates.”

Young Dad: “Uh-huh.”

Me: “Do you guys like Starbucks?”

YD: “Ah…yeah.”

Me: “Here are two cards, each worth $5.”

He was incredibly thankful.

And I got to leave with an incredible sense of being filled with God’s love.

It’s so true: you can’t outgive God.

So cool!!!

Cranium

Just had 7 friends over for our Game Night. The 9 of us had a blast playing Cranium.

I think I’ll learn the tune of the Commodores “Brickhouse” a bit better so my team will have a fighting chance the next time that comes up as a humdinger!

For those that are interested (whether the Vineyard Church of Waterville is your “home church” or not), our Winter Small Groups start up. Women meet on Tuesdays in Norridgewock at 7 p.m. and are going through a great DVD curriculum by some amazing ladies. The men are meeting at our house in Waterville on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. to watch movies. I think our first will be Spiderman 3.

For more information on the Vineyard Church of Waterville’s kinships go to our web page.

Stale Coffee Can Churches or Fresh Roasted?

Ben Arment has a great post inspired by the book Starbucked.

I’m intrigued by how conditioned people can be to coffee that’s so old it needs to be injected with something called “coffee aroma.” It gets that way in church too. So when the real thing comes along, where the Spirit is a living and equal part of the Trinity we worship, it’s a culture shock.

I’m content to continue being shocking!

No Church Too Small


Just getting back from our third annual hot chocolate servant evangelism give away!

We get to Wal-mart around 4 a.m. and pass out 300 free hot chocolates in less than 1 hour.

Today, Izzie said, “This proves no church can say they’re too small to do servant evangelism!” Our church of less than 30 people has now officially reached 2311 people since January 1 with individual, practical demonstrations of God’s love.

The first year we did this, people were weirded out by us. Suspicious. Sort of, “Yeah, it’s ‘free.’ Right. What’s the catch?”

The second year, we were told, “We look forward to your hot chocolate every year!” We’d become a tradition in just one year!

This year, Paul noticed how nice people were. They were really open to receiving a free hot drink and kept asking who we were.

I just love being able to start people’s Christmas season with kindness before starting it with consumerism!

Pam brought her video camera this year so hopefully we’ll get to post a video of Janice, Izzie, Paul, Caren and me having a blast. It was icy in the parking lot so we pantomimed a faux-Icecapades.

Haven’t you heard of “Vineyard on Ice”? ๐Ÿ™‚