Starbucks work day

We were blessed to be the recipient of our local Starbuck’s first community service project!

They helped with heavy yard work in Vassalboro and rebuilding a roof in Norridgewock.

Here are a few of the pictures:

Action overcomes inertia

We passed out dozens more Peeps tonight.

“We ‘peeped’ the neighborhood.” ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a blast. Our kids were so excited to help. People were blessed.

But it almost didn’t happen. I almost cancelled it.

You see, I really didn’t feel like going to the church. I really didn’t feel like making the effort to reach out to our neighbors. I really didn’t even want to walk up to the first door.

I almost cancelled it. And I probably would’ve been thanked.

I’m so glad I didn’t.

Not caring about people is so much easier than reaching out. But showing God’s love in practical ways is so much more rewarding!

Peeps Outreach



“Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.”

Last year, VCW families went up and down streets passing out Peeps.

This year, Easter’s early. So our Peeps outreach was done in the snow!

We were able to give out 120 trays of Peeps to area businesses and a college. It’s so much fun doing nice things for people! People were so excited to get them!

You learn new things as you do servant evangelism. For instance, today I learned that a “Mud Duck” was a Peep in hot chocolate. And a “Drunken Duck” is a Peep in spiked hot chocolate.

Apparently, Duck’s are fond of peppermint liqueur.

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!!!

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™‚