VCW’s going out with a bang!

Vineyard Church of Waterville Gas Pay Down!Closing the church just didn’t seem right without doing some servant evangelism!

We have touched around 5000 individuals since we started, and we didn’t “get” servant evangelism until year 2!

Servant evangelism is about sharing God’s love in very practical, and often quirky, ways. And what’s a very real concern for our neighbors? The cost of gas.

So we’ve decided to do a “gas pay down” here in Waterville at Lucien’s Mobil on KMD.

On Friday, May 16 at 6 a.m., the Vineyard Church of Waterville is paying 25 cents of every single gallon of gas. We’ll keep it going for the first 1000 gallons sold!

Would you help us get the word out?

To see what we mean by servant evangelism, go to http://watervillevineyard.org/servantevangelism.htm

Barna research

Thanks to Church Leader Insights for pointing me to this Barna Research posting relating to various groups, particularly the “unattached.”

1 in 4 adults fit the “unattached” label. These are what I’d call the “unchurched.” Interestingly, about 60% of them consider themselves Christians, many “born again” Chrisitians. But they revel in their independence and see little need for regular attendence in a community of faith.

Barna lists these characteristics:

Compared to regular churchgoers, the Unattached are:

  • more likely to feel stressed out
  • less likely to be concerned about the moral condition of the nation
  • much less likely to believe that they are making a positive difference in the world
  • less optimistic about the future
  • far less likely to believe that the Bible is totally accurate in its principles
  • substantially more likely to believe that Satan and the Holy Spirit are symbolic figures, but are not real
  • more likely to believe that Jesus Christ sinned while He was on earth
  • much more likely to believe that the holy literature of the major faiths all teach the same principles even though they use different stories
  • less likely to believe that a person can be under demonic influence
  • more likely to describe their sociopolitical views as “mostly liberal” than “mostly conservative”

This is the group I think the Vineyard Church of Waterville is here to reach. But these are the least likely to actually come to a church service! Ironic, don’tcha think? ๐Ÿ™‚

I will tell you, we’re a worshipping community that is passionate about Jesus but not hung up on things like politics or the moral condition of our nation.

Rather than nit-picking about the other points, we’re definitely committed to giving people an opportunity to experience God’s hope and his promise of “a future” for us.

One of the greatest parts of this type of church plant is that we can’t really take credit for any growth or success! It’s all from God!

Read the entire Barna article here.

Salad Bowl Party

Last year I wrote a post on alternative names for a Super Bowl party. It seems the NFL is going after churches and organizations calling their parties “Super Bowl Parties.” They claim it’s copyright infringement!

Get a life.

Well, in order to not have to deal with a cease-and-desist letter, I’m pleased to announce that we’ll be having a Salad Bowl Party on February 3 starting around 6 p.m.

We’ll probably have a TV on and tuned to an athletic event involving a ball that is in a person’s hand more often than on their foot. We may even have some Pats on the back but not for any Giants.

We already have some chips and salsa. But feel free to bring any drink or chips or, yes, salads.

And feel free to invite your friends!

“That must be the Vineyard!”

We’re always looking for new (and even quirky) ways to show our community God’s love in practical ways.

Sam’s Club sells a box of 28 packets of this microwave popcorn for about $6.40. So a couple weeks ago I bought 10 boxes! And this week, I got my outreach card order from OvernightPrints.com. So last night, I attached the cards to 140 packets (5 boxes).

Now a local party store has a box to give away, the library has a box to give away, and the local homeless shelter has a couple boxes.

At the shelter, I asked if the popcorn would be a blessing. They immediately said “Yes!” As I passed it to them, I explained that we believe lots of people have heard of God’s love but very few have actually seen it in practical ways.

Before I could even finish that brief explanation, a woman I’d never seen before blurted out, “You must be the Vineyard!”

Wow. I was about 6 inches off the ground when I walked out.

Everybody’s going to have a rep. I’m glad serving people in practical ways is ours!!