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M I N I S T RY C O N TAC T S Bookstore Jeff Baker, 614.259.5323 Church Planting Stephen Van Dop, 614.259.5303 Community Center Regina Smith, 614.259.5503 Community Life/Small Groups Deb George, 614.259.5358 Connect Cinnamon Doran, 614.259.5235 Counseling Center Yolanda Zellars, 614.259.5409 Empowered Life Kristi Webster, 614.259.5482 Financial Ministry Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 Global CafĂŠ 614.259.5400 Hospitality Casey Knight, 614.259.5292 International Ministries Jackie Williams, 614.259.5369 Marriage & Family Life Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365 Phase III Ron Schmidt, 614.425.7284 Singles Paige Goslin, 614.259.5477 Support for Life Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 Urban Ministry Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 Value Life Diane Bauman, 614.259.5318 VC High School Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 VC Middle School Michael Doom, 614.259.5517 VineyardKids Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 Vineyard Institute Andy Saperstein, 614.259.5358 Vineyard Men Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303 Vineyard Women Liz Ward, 614.259.5335 Volunteer Diane Bauman, 614.259.5318 Worship Arts Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

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Congregational Letter



Does the Bible Forbid Women from Holding Any Position in the Church?


Help & Wellness


Vineyard Growth Classes


Spiritual Development


New To Vineyard


Volunteer & Serve


Families & Marriage


Give & Donate

Adult Ministries


Women in Ministry:


Those Who Followed The Call

Labor Day, Monday, September 4 - Closed

MINISTRY RESPONSE TEAM If you’ve contacted one of our ministries and did not receive a response within a couple days, please reach out to our Ministry Response Team at 614.259.5371 or Please include your name, phone number with area code, and the ministry or person that you contacted. We appreciate your interest in Vineyard Columbus.

V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S PA S T O R S Senior Pastor, Rich Nathan Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Lane Avenue Campus Pastor, Andrew Oswalt 614.259.5302

Associate & International Ministries Pastor, Bill Christensen Admin. Asst. Jackie Williams, 614.259.5369

Leader Development Pastor, Andy Saperstein Admin. Asst. Deb George, 614.259.5358

Children’s Pastor, April Murphy Admin. Asst. Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486

Marriage & Family Life Pastor, Ron Hitchcock Admin. Asst. Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365

Children’s Pastor, Mike Szlapak 614.259.5361

Outreach & Connect Pastor, Eric Pickerill Admin. Asst. Cinnamon Doran, 614.259.5235

Church Extension & Evangelism Pastor, Stephen Van Dop Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Sawmill Campus Pastor, Scott Engebretson Admin. Asst. Allyse Huey, 614.259.5439

Community Center Pastor, Daniel Nathan Admin. Asst. Regina Smith, 614.259.5503

Support For Life Pastor, Lorie Kaufman-Rees Ministry Asst. Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Community Life Pastor, Amanda Nash

Urban Ministry Pastor, Dan Franz

Admin. Asst. Marsha Martin, 614.259.5305

Admin. Asst. Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

Community Relations & Special Projects Pastor, Kwesi Kambon Admin. Asst. Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452

Visitation & Pastoral Care, Anthony Cannon 614.259.5364

Discipleship Pastor, Paige Goslin 614.259.5477

Volunteer & Value Life Pastor, Diane Bauman 614.259.5318

East Campus Pastor, Charles Montgomery Admin. Asst. Jamie Frisbey, 614.259.5245

Women’s Pastor, Marlene Nathan Admin. Asst. Liz Ward, 614.259.5335

Empowered Life & Youth Pastor, Kerry Davis Admin. Asst. Kristi Webster, 614.259.5482

Worship Arts Pastor, Craig Allen Admin. Asst. Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

Executive Pastor, Craig Heselton Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Young Adult Pastor, Christian Root Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Financial & Career Ministries Pastor, Kent Irwin 614.259.5505 La Viña Campus Pastor, Irene Casale-Petrarca Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Pastors may be reached by contacting his/her assistant at the extension listed. All staff members are listed at


f you talk with secular people who are upset with

to women by creating a system that only allows men to

Christianity, one of the charges that’s frequently hurled

preach and to lead in church.

against Christianity is that the Bible oppresses women!


A woman named Rita wrote to me and said that from the

How can you believe in a book that denies the full equality

moment she came to Christ, she believed she was called

of women and men? How can you in the 21st century

to ministry. The day after she received Christ she led

believe in a book that says that women are not allowed to

someone else to Jesus. She went to a seminary and was

lead in the church or be ordained or preach to men? What

trained for pastoral ministry, but the church she joined

a Neanderthal viewpoint! How backward can you be?

would not permit women to be pastors. They strung her

It would be a lot easier to deal with this anti-church

along for years allowing her to teach in youth ministry, to

objection except that many conservative Christians who

be an administrator, and to work with other women. They

love God and believe in the Bible also believe that the

even gave her a ministry license, but they refused to give

Bible forbids women from leading in the church, from

her the title of “pastor.” She was a “licensed minister of

being ordained as pastors or from preaching, at least to a

the gospel,” but not a pastor.

mixed group of men and women. In this strange alliance –

Rita wrote that the new pastor of her church says that he

secular opponents of Christianity and many conservative

might permit women to have the title of “pastor,” but he is

Christians both agree that the God of the Bible created

still deciding on that. She’s been waiting for the past year

a hierarchy of men and women - denying full equality

for him to make a decision. My heart breaks for women like


Rita who are rejected from church leadership not because

Paul would be saying to the church, “Don’t do what I do,

of any character defect or want of gifting or calling, but

do what I teach.” Like the parent who has a cigarette in

simply on the basis of gender.

their mouth, telling their kids smoking is bad, Paul would

The one problem text for those who would ordain women

be hypocritical if he forbade in teaching what he allowed

to senior leadership in the church is 1 Timothy 2. Many

in practice. Where does Paul approve of women teaching

people who have read 1 Timothy 2 have concluded that

men or leading in the church?

the Apostle Paul is not just speaking to a local situation in Ephesus and giving particular temporary counsel to a church in crisis. Rather Paul is forbidding every church for all time whatever their culture from allowing women to preach or lead in the church. For many reasons, I believe 1 Timothy 2 should not and cannot be read as prohibiting

In Romans 16:1 Paul commends: “Our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon of the church in Cenchreae.” Some translations call Phoebe a servant of the church, but every other use of the Greek term diákonos in the book of Romans refers to a leader in the church, a deacon.

women for all time from leading or teaching in the church.

And then there is Junia, a woman apostle in the New

First, if 1 Timothy 2 forbids women from teaching or

Testament. Here’s what we read:

leading men then it contradicts Old Testament examples.

Romans 16:7

In other words, if God who inspired the entire Bible is


offended by women leading and teaching men then we should find no example in the Old Testament of God giving

Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who have

been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and became Christians before I did.

leadership over men to a woman. After all, God doesn’t contradict himself. Here’s what we read: Micah 6:4 4

I brought you up out of Egypt and redeemed you from

John Chrysostom who is looked to by the Eastern Orthodox Church as the greatest of the early church fathers said this back in the 4th century:

the land of slavery. I sent Moses to lead you, also Aaron

“Even to be an apostle is great, but also to be prominent

and Miriam.

among them – consider how wonderful a song of honor

Miriam was sent by God to lead Israel! And then there’s

that is. For they were prominent because of their works,

Deborah. She was one of the judges whom God raised up

because of their successes. Glory be! How great the

to lead all of Israel. Here’s what we read:

wisdom of this woman that she was even deemed worthy

Judges 4:4-5 4

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was

of the apostle’s title.” My own reading of church history suggests that whenever

leading Israel at that time. 5 She held court under the

the Spirit of God is poured out in the church, women are

Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill

liberated to be and do everything that God has called

country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to

them to do. Whenever the activity of the Holy Spirit

have their disputes decided.

recedes and the church becomes more institutionalized,

I could list many other women who were prophetesses

women are pushed into the background. The bottom line

who led and instructed Israel through their prophetic

is this: nothing in the spiritual gifts passages that we


read about in the New Testament – in 1 Corinthians 12, in

Here’s the second thing: If 1 Timothy 2 forbids women

Romans 12, in Ephesians 4, in 1 Peter 4 – ever restrict any

from teaching or leading men, then it contradicts Paul’s

spiritual gift, including gifts of teaching or leadership or

own apostolic practice.

apostleship or evangelism or prophet or pastor or teacher

The Apostle Paul was the author of 1 Timothy 2. If Paul

simply to men. The gifts of God and the call of God are

thought that for all time in all situations women couldn’t

not gender-based any more than they are race-based or

preach or lead men in the church then he contradicted this

age-based. The Bible permits women today to hold any

teaching by his own practice. In other words, the Apostle

position in the church! V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G




Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Senior Pastor Rich Nathan Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership. No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare (ages 1-12). Next Class: Sunday, November 5

Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Pastor Scott Engebretson Whether you’ve followed Jesus for a short time or many years, discover practical ways to mature and thrive. We’ll offer ways to read the Bible so that it comes to life, pray with more power, and live a life of holistic stewardship. Next Class: Sunday, November 5

Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Pastor Craig Heselton Get to know and experience the Holy Spirit, sent by God to bring the Kingdom of God and his presence into our lives and the world. You’ll also learn how to follow his lead in praying for healing in people’s lives. Next Class: Sunday, November 5 Learn about additional Meeting God classes on p. 21. Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Pastor Diane Bauman As followers of Jesus, we are all called to serve. Whether you have been around Vineyard Columbus for a week or years, you’ll find this class helpful in discovering where God wants you to serve and grow. Next Class: Sunday, November 5

Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Pastor Stephen Van Dop The purpose of this class is to train and encourage every Christian, to share Christ, everywhere, in every way, all the time. Next Class: Sunday, November 5 Learn about Mission 502: From Nations to Neighbors - Am I Called to Missions? on p. 15.

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Exploring Community



Beginning Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:30pm

Childcare: $3/child or $5/family each week

Cooper Road Campus

(for ages 1–5; must pre–register)

Beginning September 13, 6:30-8:30pm


Sawmill Campus

Exploring Community is a series at our Cooper Road Campus

Contact: Adrienne Ash,

that provides a great opportunity to experience small groups

Are you new to Christianity or do you know someone who

on-campus while creating new relationships and learning

is interested in exploring faith? If so, come check out our

what small groups are all about with the goal of joining an

Alpha Kickoff and hear why nearly 30 million people have

off-campus group.

experienced Alpha. There will be live music, a bite to eat, and

Membership 101

a conversation about life and faith.

Beginning Thursday, August 17, 7-9pm

Sunday, September 10, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Baptism Classes

Teacher: Senior Pastor Rich Nathan

Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, after services

Childcare: Register for free at

Sundays, August 6, 13 & 20, after services

Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs

If you’re a new follower of Jesus, getting baptized is an

of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership.

important next step. It’s a public proclamation of your

No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare

decision to follow Christ. In order to participate in baptism,

(ages 1–12).

you must attend one of the required classes listed above. Find

Next Class: Sunday, November 5

more info online or at the Info Counter in the Lobby.

Learn about all of our Vineyard Growth Classes on p. 7.

Youth Baptism Classes


Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, after services Sundays, August 6, 13 & 20, after services Contact: Pastors Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 or Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317 If you’re a new follower of Jesus between the ages of 10 and 18, please take one of these required classes.

Family Chosen4Love Contact: Julie Pierce (614.625.7335,, Abigail Shaw ( or Peggy Steinbower (

Baptism Celebrations

Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for

Saturday, August 26, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

adoption and foster care. We serve as a resource for adoptive

Sunday, August 27, 9am & 11:30am, Cooper Road Campus

families and for people who are considering becoming foster

Next Baptism: Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8

or adoptive parents. Please connect with one of us for support

Get Connected: Join A Small Group

and encouragement in this area.


Vineyard Homeschool Network


Contact: Martha,

Life is better together, and we believe this kind of life

Our mission is to support and empower families who

happens in a Vineyard Columbus small group. Small groups

homeschool their children. Our vision is that each family

bring people together from different cultures, life stages,

involved will feel supported as we all contribute our unique

and experiences for a rich community of worship, friendship,

gifts to benefit and build up one another, and to provide

growth, and service. Stop by the small group area at your

support to children and parents through classes, field trips,

campus to learn more!

and social engagements. Find us on Facebook at Vineyard Columbus Homeschool Network.




Journey to Oneness: Married Couples

All-Church Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration

Vineyard Columbus Sawmill Campus

Friday, August 25, 7-9pm

Childcare: Childcare is included, ages 1-12, (must register a

Register: Mindy Layman,

week in advance)

(register by Wednesday, August 9)

Cost: $25 per couple (includes required reading material and

Contact: Mindy,

online relationship inventory)

This event is a great opportunity for couples to have a pastor


bless the renewal of their wedding vows. It will allow couples

Contact: Mindy Layman,

to celebrate their love with children, friends and family

This is our foundational marriage class for couples looking to

in a special way. Each couple that participates will have a

enrich or restore their relationship. This class will encourage

private, personal ceremony performed by a Vineyard pastor.

and equip you to honor God in your marriage. By attending,

Following the ceremonies, we will have a cake and punch

you will be eligible to participate in Begin Again or be coached

reception for everyone to celebrate together. Couples will be

by a married couple. Join us at our new Sawmill Campus

allowed to bring a limited number of guests, as well as simple

location for this session!

mementos to make their ceremony more personal.

VC Students

Pre-registration is required for this event.

Journey to Oneness: Committed Dating & Engaged Couples (formerly How2Become1) Thursdays, September 7 – October 12 (7-9pm) Additional two weeks for stepfamilies on October 19 & 26 (7-9pm) Cost: $20 per person (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory) Register: Contact: Mindy Layman, Open to all couples in committed dating relationships, those considering engagement and engaged couples! Come learn

Tuesdays, August 22 – September 12, 7-9pm

VC Students (Middle & High School) Weekend Services: Saturdays, 6pm & Sundays, 9am & 11:30am Contact: Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or VC Students is the name of our community of students from all across the city seeking to experience God and grow deeper in their faith. We'd love for you to see what God is doing in the lives of students just like you.


how to have the kind of marriage God intended. Open to all,


but required for those getting married at Vineyard Columbus.

Tuesdays, 7-8:30pm (September – May)

Couples creating a stepfamily will be encouraged to attend

Cost: $30 per child (includes a T-shirt and workbooks)

the two additional classes—come and get equipped to create

Contact: Ryan Hatfield, or

a family plan that will prepare both you and your children for

Mike Szlapak,


Our AWANA program here at Vineyard Columbus is for kids in grades 1 through 6. It helps them shape values, build character and grow in their faith…all while having a REALLY good time! Children will be discipled through biblical teaching, scripture memorization, relationships and fun! Register and pay online at

AWANA Carnival Sunday, August 20, 2-4pm, Cooper Road Campus To kick off the 2017-18 season right, everyone is invited to the AWANA Carnival! There will be games, candy, a grand prix track, door prizes, a photo booth and a visit from a special guest. Parents and kids will also have the opportunity to learn more about this fun program that helps kids memorize scripture, make friends and encounter Jesus.

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Baby Dedication

Kingdom Seekers Group

Saturday, October 28

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Check-In: Registration window, 5:30pm

Contact: Ray Beaumier,

Sunday, October 29

2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays, 7–9pm, Upper Arlington

Check-In: Registration window, 8:30am (for 9am service)

Contact: Theresa Wilson, or

Check-In: Registration window, 11am (for 11:30am service)

Roger Crawfis,

Contact: Beth Best,

We welcome all singles 40+ seeking first the Kingdom of God

Baby Dedication Classes Saturdays, October 7 & 14, 7:45pm Sundays, October 8 & 15, 1:15pm

Vineyard Men

Dedication Application Deadline: Sunday, October 15

180 Men’s Recovery Group

Contact: Beth Best,

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

Attendance is required on a one–time basis. If you have

(not meeting September 4)

previously attended a class for another child, you do not have

Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or

to attend again. Applications are available at the Information

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

Counter and online. Please bring your completed application

This ministry is open to all men. We emphasize both the

to the class.

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

A D U LT M I N I S T R I E S Seniors Phase III: A Ministry for Retirees 1st Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am Contact: Ron Schmidt,


for Bible study and fellowship.

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Vineyard Women Social Media Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out what’s happening with Vineyard Women!

This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to

2017 Summer Series: Winning the War Within

flourish in the Kingdom of God during the third phase of their

Wednesday, August 16, 7-9pm, Speaker: Naja Robinson

lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep

Childcare: $3/child or $5/family

relationships with other Christians of the same age; grow

(for ages 1–12; must pre–register)

personally and spiritually, and give back by serving (typically

Register: (childcare only)

involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

Contact: Liz Ward, or

Singles Ministry


Journey to Oneness: Singles (formerly, Dating without Drama)

desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16, NASB

Saturday, September 9, 9am-1pm

don’t want to do? Many of us believe our problem is a lack of

Cost: $10 per person

willpower. We just aren’t trying hard enough because (after all)


we really do know better! But the Bible says the root problem

Contact: Mindy Layman,

is “the flesh”—a power inside each of us that inclines us, bends

The Journey to Oneness brings a fresh and new approach to

us, pulls us toward sin. The Bible is brutally honest and very

relationships, dating, and marriage. In Journey to Oneness,

realistic about this battle—one we all must fight—but one God

singles, will receive practical information on how to begin

intends for us to win through the power of his spirit. Join us

and navigate a healthy dating relationship, including the

this summer as we together explore “winning the war within.”

qualities to look for in a dating partner and how to set healthy

Spanish translation will be provided. Please join us afterwards

relationship boundaries.

for “Happy Hour” in the café—music, food and fun!


But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the Have you ever asked yourself why you say and do things you

International Women’s Breakfast

Soul Provider

1st Saturdays, 9:30–11:30am (next meeting: August 5)

2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm (Next meeting is September 8)

Contact: Flo Gimei, or

Soul Provider will not meet August 11, but will attend the

Nicole Gonzalez–Angulo,

Women's Summer Series instead.

We are a group of women from all over the world that meets

Childcare Free childcare available

monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our

(for ages 1–12; must pre–register by September 6)

diversity. We share a meal, listen to a brief teaching, discuss,

Register: (childcare & event)

and pray for one another. Please bring a dish to share, but if

Contact: Myiesha,

you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

Soul Provider is a ministry for moms who are single with

Mom’s Refresh 3rd Fridays, 9:30–11:30am (Next meeting: September 15) Childcare: $5/child or $10/family (ages 1-5; must register in

children up to 18–years–old, living at home, and still in high school. Join us for free dinner, special kids’ programming, and a time for spiritual encouragement and renewal.


Vineyard Women: Event Team

Register: (by Monday, September 11)

Contact: Liz Ward,

Contact: Erica Roof, or

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving

Emily Wilkins,

others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team.

Join other moms to experience God and build friendships

Some of the ways you can help include promoting the event,

through worship, teaching and service. Infants are welcome in

administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and

the room with moms. Toys and mats are provided. Moms are

more. We have a great time serving together and would love to

welcome to pack a lunch and stay after from 11:30am-12:30pm

have you join us!

Priscilla Shirer Bible Study “The Armor of God”

Young Adults

Evening class: Begins Wednesday, September 13, 7-9pm Morning class: Begins Thursday, September 14, 9:30-11:30am

VC Twenty All Campus Gathering

Childcare: $5/child or $10/family per week

Sunday, August 6, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

(ages 1-12, must pre-register)

Contacts: Christian Root, christian.root@vineyardcolumbus.

Register: (childcare only)

org or Shane Huey,

Contact: Liz Ward,

VC Twenty is the young adult community of Vineyard

All day, everyday, an invisible war rages around you—unseen,

Columbus. Whether you're a college student or a young

unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A

professional, we'd love to see you at our All Campus

devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything

Gathering where we’ll worship together and look at what it

that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your

means to follow Jesus as a twenty-something in Columbus.

children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your

Stick around for the after-party and meet new friends, make

destiny. The enemy always fails miserably when he meets a

connections, and grow together as a community. Invite a

woman dressed for the occasion. But his battle plan depends

friend! Come as you are!

on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, The Armor of God study is for you. Meets for seven weeks. Workbooks are

available at the Cooper Road bookstore.

I N T E R N AT I O N A L Immigration Services Immigration Intake and Consultation Clinics Thursdays, 10am–12pm, Vineyard Community Center

Contact : Beth Watkins, 614.259.5322 or

Cost : $20 payable at the time of intake We are currently not accepting new applicants at this time.

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International Ministries

La Viña Servicio en Español

VC International Teams

Cooper Road Campus

For more information about our teams sharing Jesus overseas,

Para más información, contactar a Irene Casale–Petrarca,

email us at

614.259.5254 o

East Campus Missions Prayer Group 3rd Mondays, 7pm, East Campus

Contact : John Olver, If you live on the east side of Columbus or in the Reynoldsburg/ Pickerington area and have a heart for the nations, join us to pray for the nations and Vineyard Columbus’ missionaries in

La Viña es un servicio completamente en Español y nos reunimos en la capilla (Chapel) en Cooper Road. Nuestra visión es servir a la comunidad de Columbus, presentándoles el amor de Jesús y ver sus vidas ser transformadas por el poder de Dios. No somos solamente una iglesia además somos una familia en Cristo. ¡Bienvenido como eres!

various areas of the world.


Mission 502: From Nations to Neighbors - Am I Called to Missions?

Vineyard Columbus Visitation Care Team

Wednesday, August 9, 7:30-9:30pm Jesus is always calling his church into action, inviting us to be a part of what he is already doing. Vineyard Columbus strives to missionally engage the world around us both locally and

Contact : Visitation Care Team, 614.259.5239. We want to come alongside our church and their families who are hospitalized, in long–term care, or homebound. If you or a family member would like to be visited, please contact us.

globally. Come discover how to discern God’s calling in your

Funeral Needs

life, embracing the words of John Wimber, “Everybody gets to

Contact : 614.259.5372


If you are a member of Vineyard Columbus and need funeral

Missions Prayer: Amsterdam Night with Brooke

and pastoral care services, please call us.

Monday, August 14, 6:45pm

Helping Hands


Contact: 614.259.5326 or

Please join us for a night of prayer and celebration of all that

Helping Hands is a ministry that will do minor repairs and

God is doing in and through Vineyard Amsterdam. We have the

upkeep in your home if you cannot complete them on your

privilege of having Brooke home from Amsterdam. You don’t

own. If you are in need of some help around your home, please

want to miss it!

leave a message for an assessment at 614.259.5326 or email

Vineyard Columbus Missions Prayer Group 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:45–8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact : Tim Hart, 614.557.0395 or Pray for our international ministry work. We typically worship, share updates on our missionaries, and pray for special areas of the world and our VC missionaries.

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus La Viña Service Sundays, 11:30am, in the Chapel, Cooper Road Campus

Contact : Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or La Viña is a service that is completely in Spanish and meets in the Chapel (la capilla) at Cooper Road. Our vision is to serve the Hispanic community of Columbus, showing them God’s love and seeing their lives transformed by the power of God. We are not only a church, but also a family in Christ. You are welcome as you are!


Domingos, 11:30am, en la capilla (Chapel),


Career & Financial

Designing Your Legacy: Estate Planning Workshop

Career Acceleration Class

Saturday, October 21, 9:30-11:30am

Mondays, October 2-December 4, 6:30-8:30pm

Cost : Free

(not meeting November 27)


Vineyard Community Center


Cost: $40

Contact :


Childcare: Not available

Childcare: not available

Preparing for the future reflects good stewardship and

Class Max: 25 people

protects the things that mean the most to you. Learn how


to pass on your values, not just your valuables. Learn from

Resumes? Interviewing? Networking? This class will help you tackle all of these and help better position you to get the job you are seeking! We have a professional recruiter that leads the class, which provides a real world view of what employers are

experts how to establish your own living trust, as well as other important issues and documents. There will be no pressure, no commitments, no cost. Private meetings available by appointment during the month of August.

looking for. This is a fantastic hands-on class that has helped

Vineyard Career Elevation

people get new jobs right-away. Through learning, practice,

3rd Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm, Vineyard Community Center

and participation, you will learn a lot. The class also lends

Cost : Free

itself for networking and friendships to build with fellow class

Visit :

members over the course of the nine weeks together.

Childcare: Not available

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

Contact : Kent Irwin,

Thursdays, September 14-November 9, 7-9:05pm

Registration: Cost: Materials are estimated to cost $100, including shipping Childcare: Chris Newkirk, ($45 per child, $90 for two or more children). Please plan to pay at the door.

Contact: Kent Irwin, This class helps you understand and follow Jesus and biblical financial wisdom to gain control of your money, beat debt, increase generosity, and build wealth. During this class, we will cover the following: • Learn how to get and stay out of debt and save and build your financial resources. • Develop a cash flow plan and maximize money through smart buying. • Relate healthily with your spouse over money matters. A majority of couples report this class significantly improved their marriage. • Lay a foundation for responsibly purchasing a home and invest for retirement and college expenses. • Develop a life of generosity, apply biblical wisdom, and enjoy less stress.

Offering one-on-one employment coaching, with the four most key areas of gaining new employment or making a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview, networking, and how to set up an effective job search. Please bring a laptop if you have one, your most recent resume, pen, and paper. Childcare not available.

Community Center The Ohio Benefit Bank Saturdays, 8–11am, 5th Avenue or Northside Food Pantries

Call : 614.259.5441 for an appointment. The Ohio Benefit Bank helps moderate-to-low income families apply for over 20 public benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and HEAP. Veterans can get assistance in accessing records and applying for educational benefits, too.

Empowered Life Open Prayer for Healing Sessions Cooper Road Campus • Saturday, August 12, 9-11am • Wednesday, August 16, 7-9pm • Thursday, August 24, 7-9pm • Saturday, August 26, 9-11am Contact: Kristi Webster, Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance healing prayer. No appointment needed.

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• Vision Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only)

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments,

6000 Cooper Road: Mondays, 8am–5pm & Wednesdays, 1:30–5pm


(not meeting September 4)

We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those

171 E. 5th Avenue: Mondays–Fridays, 8am–5pm

who qualify.

(not meeting September 4) Appointments: Call Lower Lights, 614.274.1455 (Option 1). LLCHC is a faith–based, non–profit community health provider ministering the love of Christ through full–service cradle–to– grave medical care focused on whole–person wellness. They see patients with Medicaid, Medicare, CareSource, Molina, and private insurance as well as uninsured patients. Services are offered for the whole family on a sliding fee scale based upon income. However, all patients are seen regardless of ability to pay. Services offered include pre–natal care, immunizations, well–child checkups, physicals, routine care, and chronic disease management.

• Chiropractic Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428. We provide evaluation and chiropractic care for those with pain involving headaches, neck, back, or joints. Interested in volunteering in our clinics? See p. 23.

Mercy & Justice Orphan Care Contact: Diane Bauman,

Vineyard Free Health Clinics

Please contact Diane if you would like to receive updates and

6000 Cooper Road, Westerville

ways to help with our Orphan Care Ministry.

Contact: 614.259.5428 Free Medical, Chiropratic, Dental, and Vision Clinics Vineyard Clinics provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and vision care for patients (ages 18 and up) to those who qualify.

Our clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid or are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level. (No Medicare or other government– issued health care programs are eligible for services.) For more info, call 614.259.5428. Si usted sólo habla español, puede

Asia’s Hope: PreK Eng 6 Home Contact: Diane Bauman, Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Asia’s Hope by providing support for a home in Cambodia. Twenty children at high risk of sexual and economic exploitation have been rescued and now live together as a family. Staff provide individual care, education, a Christian environment, and job skills so each child can succeed as an independent adult.

comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906.

Support for Life

• Medical Clinic

10 Core Competencies

Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening Walk in, first come, first served. Sign-in begins at 4pm. Patient visits begin at 6pm. We provide diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. Basic work physicals available by calling 614.259.5428 (option 6) prior to coming to the clinic. No lab test, injections, or X-rays. • Dental Clinic

Thursdays, September 14-November 16, 7-9pm Cost: $25 per person (includes book) Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week (for ages 1 and up; must pre–register) Register: for childcare: Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or This 10-week class will help singles, husbands and wives, and

Cooper Road (appointment only)

parents of teens understand how to establish and maintain

Call Fridays, 9–9:45am to schedule appointments,

sexual purity. If you, your spouse, or teen struggle in this area,


this class will help you.

We provide dental exams, X–rays, fillings, extractions, and cleanings. (No wisdom teeth, bridgework, orthodontics, or dentures).

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180 Men’s Recovery Group

Circle of Love Group

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

1st Monday of most months, 7–9pm

(not meeting September 4)

(Final Meeting: September 11)

Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or

Contact: Fred & Nora Seeman,

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and

This ministry is open to all men. We emphasize both the

resources to the family and friends of people who have

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

same–sex attractions.

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Groups beginning Fall 2017

Amazing Grace: Praise, Dance, Prayer, Creativity and Healing

New SFL-led groups starting in the fall; Community Life groups

New session starts Sunday, September 10, 2:30-4:30pm


(summer session still ongoing)

Cost: $30 for EHS course materials (book, workbook, and

Contact: Deva, to register


This class is for women age 25 and above who want to

Contact/Register: Debbie,

continue their journey of healing and freedom through

Do you yearn to be emotionally alive? Support for Life invites

the Lord. We will be exploring how we can apply the word

you to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a plan for discipleship

through movement and creativity as worship. No experience is

that can deeply change your relationship with God. The

necessary. Christ meets us where we are, regardless of health.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course directly addresses

Expect to receive the love and forgiveness of Jesus...expect a

the reality that emotional maturity and spiritual maturity

miracle. "Let us praise his name with dancing" Psalm 149: 3

are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature

Amazing Grace Workshop: Praise, Dance, Prayer, Creativity and Healing Sunday, August 27, 2-5:30pm Contact: Deva, to register

may sign up to borrow the DVD sets at any time for their

while remaining emotionally immature. Learn through eight powerful life changing sessions how to incorporate daily life rhythms that lead us to a healthier relationship with Jesus and with others.

This introductory workshop is for women age 25 and above

The Emotionally Healthy Relationship

who want to Celebrate and Worship the Lord through Praise

Groups beginning Fall 2017

Dance. We will be exploring Dance as Prayer and Worship as

Cost: $30 for EHR course materials (book, workbook, and

we learn to apply the Word through creativity and movement.


Christ meets us where we are regardless of health and no

Contact/Register: Debbie,

experience is necessary. Expect to receive the love and

The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course is a prerequisite

forgiveness of Jesus...expect a miracle. "Let us praise his name

for this course.

with dancing" Psalm 149: 3

This powerful eight-week course will equip you with practical

Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Childcare: not available Register: Contact: Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive, compulsive, or destructive behavior—“hurts, habits, or hangups.” At Celebrate Recovery you will find a safe place to share pain, struggles, victories, and hope with others focused on Christ-centered recovery. Meetings include a time of worship, teaching, sharing, and fellowship. Come experience God’s love and power to transform!


Emotionally Healthy Spirituality


tools to really love people in difficult situations and mature into an adult follower of Jesus. You will learn eight powerful, biblically-based, relationship-changing skills in a group setting with reading, questions, and practical discussion to reinforce each of the eight skills.

The Emotionally Healthy Woman


Groups beginning Fall 2017

Beginning, Wednesday, August 23, 7-9pm

Cost: $20 for EHW course materials (book, workbook, and

Contact: Chuck Clark,


GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk

Contact/Register: Debbie,

alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.

The Emotionally Healthy Woman provides a way out of an

You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. This

inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in

13-week co-ed discussion/support group is for those grieving

Christ. This book is for every woman who thinks, ‘I can’t keep

the death of a loved one and can be joined at any time.

pretending everything is fine!’ The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. When you quit for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way, you’re on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.

Healed from the Inside Out Thursdays, September 7—November 2, 7-9pm Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week (for ages 1 and up; must pre–register) Register for childcare: Contact/Register: Rhonda Bates,

Free for Women: Finding Freedom and Healing from Your Past

A group for women of all ages seeking healing from your past

Wednesdays, September 6–December 6, 7-9 pm

spiritual), habits gone wild, rejection, abandonment, and the

Cooper Road Campus

negative thoughts the enemy wants you to play over and over

Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week

in your mind. Let’s learn together how to understand what it

Register for childcare:

truly means and feels like to be a daughter of the Most High

Contact/Register: Brenda Bixler at or

and allow him to heal us from the inside out.

Shara Collier at

(must register by Tuesday, August 15) Cost: $15 for materials (The Invisible Bond by Barbara Wilson,

required reading prior to the study) This study provides forgiveness, freedom, healing, and hope to those who've been wounded by their sexual past, whether through choices of their own or choices others have forced upon them. Discover the truth about sexual bonding, how it impacts us, and can continue to impact our current and future relationships. Learn to reverse the lies we've ingrained and replace them with God's truth.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 1st Tuesdays of every month except January, July, and September, 7–9pm Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week (for ages 1 and up; must pre–register) Register for childcare: Register: Kris Garwood,, 614.259.5472 This group allows grandparents to share the joys and the struggles of parenting again with those who understand. Each month speakers address a relevant topic.

hurts of any type of abuse (mental, physical, verbal, sexual,

Healing for the Survivors of Domestic Violence Mondays, September 11–October 16, 7-9pm Contact: Teresa, This is an eight-week support group for those who are walking out of and/or have survived domestic violence situations. This support group will help you feel safe and secure, trust, forgive, set boundaries, and be kind to yourself again all through the love of the Lord.

Hearts Restored Class: Recovery from Sexual Betrayal Tuesdays, September 5-October 24, 7-9pm Registration:

(pre-registration is required) Contact: Hearts Restored is a ministry for women who have been wounded by their spouse’s sexual sin. Find healing, hope, and strength to move forward with your life in community with other women who are committed to experiencing God in the midst of the crisis. Hearts Restored runs both an eight-week

class that repeats two times throughout the year and an ongoing support group meeting every Tuesday.

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Hearts Restored Support Group: Recovery from Sexual Betrayal Tuesdays, 7–9pm Contact: Hearts Restored Support Group is a faith-based outreach where you will find a safe, confidential place to share with other women who understand the devastating effects of sexual betrayal. We are engaged, married, separated, and divorced women who do not judge each other but rather embrace that we are all on a similar journey with a common goal. Support is a huge part of our recovery. We have seen God do amazing things in our lives, bringing healing and restoration. We are here to help you as others have helped us. This group is for and about you, not your spouse or partner. Sexual betrayal, whether it be pornography, emotional or extramarital affair(s), is traumatic and disorienting. Come let us reassure you that it is not your fault, that you will make it through this, and that there is hope. We will share/discuss topics on some of the core areas for healing such as anger, identity, disclosure, setting boundaries, detachment, triggers, self-care, his repentance, forgiveness, and trust.

Hungry Beginning Tuesday, September 12, 7-9pm Contact/Register: Dana,

(space is limited, pre-registration required) This is a nine-week closed support group offering hope, healing, encouragement, and accountability for women who want to be more hungry for God and less dependent on food (compulsive or emotional eating) or dieting (obsession with weight or exercise) to meet emotional needs. Meetings will include a short teaching, group discussion, and prayer.

Integrity for Women Tuesdays, September 5-October 31, 7-9pm Contact/Register: This group is for women who desire healing for sexual

CARNIVAL Sunday, August 20, 2-4pm Cooper Road Campus To kick off the 2017-18 season right, everyone

brokenness while finding freedom from addiction, shame, and

is invited to the AWANA Carnival! There will

rejection. Pre-registration is required. This group is cyclical—no

be games, candy, a grand prix track, door

new participants after the first class.

prizes, a photo booth and a visit from a special guest. Parents and kids will also have the opportunity to learn more about this fun program that helps kids memorize scripture, make friends and encounter Jesus.

Learn more at



Lay Counseling

Redefining Christ


Tuesdays, October 3-November 21, 6:30-8:30pm

Contact: Support for Life, 614.259.5289 or

Registration: Gina Harding,

Contact: Gina Harding,

Register: If you're a member or regular attender and would

This closed, cyclical support group is for women who have

like to meet with a lay counselor, please fill out an online

come from a high control or cult background and now desire

application or contact Support for Life.

a close personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is not a

The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer

theological debate group. Our purpose is to support these

“lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult

women and come alongside of them. Our goal is to springboard

seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual

into a praying small group for further discipleship.

growth in a one–on–one, non–clinical environment. Lay

No participants may join after the first class and pre-

counseling is not professional counseling, nor is it “free”

registration is required. Each meeting will include worship and

counseling. Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short-

teaching, but the main focus will be on sharing and prayer.

term basis and are trained to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. Interested in becoming a lay counselor? See p. 25.

Redefining Christ-One Night Event Thursday, August 31, 6:30-8:30pm Register: (required)

Loving Someone with Mental Illness

Contact: Gina Harding,

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm

Have you or someone you know ever been involved in a high

Contact: Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475

control group? Have you ever wondered if God sees the

This is a support group for families and friends of people

negative impact these groups can have? Well he does see

with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major

and he cares! Redefining Christ, a Christ-centered ministry,

depression, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Each meeting

is hosting a special one-night event for folks just like you!

includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

Come learn more about the life-changing tools and resources

Moving on with Jesus Fridays, 7-9pm Contact/Register: Sue, This group is for women with unwanted same sex attraction. It is designed to help you connect with Jesus and find your

offered in this dynamic support group for folks trying to escape the negative impact of high control groups (commonly referred to as cults). We are not a theological debate group; we are a group of God-fearing people encouraging relationship with Jesus Christ. You don’t want to miss what God is doing.

identity in him. We use the Taking Back Ground teaching.


During our meetings we will recap what was shared in the

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm

video teachings, discuss how God is moving in our lives, and

Contact: Tom, or Support for Life,

spend time praying together. Sue is also available to meet and

614.259.5289 or

pray with people interested in praying for those impacted by

This is a substance (drug/alcohol) abuse recovery group for

unwanted SSA, the LGBT community, our SSA ministries here,

young men.

and those the Lord would draw in for healing and restoration.

Sisters of Sarah

Professional Counseling Center

Usually meets 1st Thursdays, 7:15-9:15pm

Contact: 614.259.5409

Contact: Melissa,, 614.353.1792 or

The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors

Jeannine, 614.578.7094 or

offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness

Sisters of Sarah is a hope and support group for women facing

in all aspects of their lives. We also have male and female

the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you

Graduate Candidate Interns, $20/session, with experience in

with open arms for a time of sharing food, socializing, open

seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

discussion, and prayer together.

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Sister Sister

Art Exhibit: Kirsta Niemie Benedetti

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm (not meeting in August)

Currently on display through August 13

Contact: Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or

Cooper Road Campus, North Hall Gallery

We are a group of women who have all survived multiple tragic

The North Hall Gallery is open after the 6pm & 11:30am

events and are able to help other women as we share as sisters

services for viewing.

in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying

Kirsta Niemie Benedetti has been making art since she was

God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

a child. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art and finished her BFA at Columbus College of Art and Design in Fine

Understanding Life and Conflict God's Way

Arts. After spending time in India, she started painting portraits

Wednesdays, September 6-November 15, 7-9pm

of the women she was serving and discovered that making art

Cost: $10 per person or $15 per couple

could be about more than just her creative thoughts. From

(covers the cost of handouts)

then on she had a passion for combining her love of people

Contact: Walt,

with her love of art and desires to use her art as a voice for the

Life and conflict go hand in hand; it's woven into the human

voiceless. She is the mother of two young daughters and also

fabric of each individual. Yet, many do not understand the

runs a resource center in Columbus that serves refugees and

dynamics of life and conflict from a biblical point of view


as they live life with their spouse, family, and interact daily

Art Exhibit: Women of the Bible

with people. Where does conflict in life come from, and how can we resolve conflict so we can live in peace with God, ourselves, and others? Come and equip yourself biblically in understanding how to live life as we look into what God has to

Currently on display through August 21 Cooper Road Campus, 2nd floor ministry center In collaboration with our women’s ministry series, we are featuring this beautiful 22 piece art collection in collaboration

say about these basic yet misunderstood issues of life.

with Mr. John Kohan, the Sacred Art Pilgrim. He has provided


unique art selections primarily from American female artists of

Art Exhibit: Karen Campbell

Worship Service Interpretation: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays,

August 19-September 17 Cooper Road Campus, North Hall Gallery & Café Exhibit Wall

faith depicting various women of the Bible.

Deaf Ministry Events 9am Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9–10:30am Contact: Angela Moore,

Opening, Saturday, August 19 after the 6pm service.

The Vineyard Columbus Cooper Road Worship Service is

Karen has been serving at Vineyard Columbus as an artist

interpreted in ASL for the Deaf. We also offer a Deaf Bible Study

for nearly two decades doing everything from designing

for the Deaf.

curriculum to painting walls with her very personal version of

Decision Prayer Team Training

the universe. The exhibit offers some of Karen’s new work that is part of an ongoing series of pieces she calls, “Whose Sleeves Have Brushed Past?” Karen’s work is a combination of art quilts, prints, and paintings. Karen is married to Drew Campbell and has two grown children, Joe and Peter.

Saturday, August 19, 7:30-8pm, Cooper Road Campus Sunday, August 20, 10:30-11:00am, Cooper Road Campus Prerequisite: must be a member of our Prayer Ministry Team Contact: Kristi Webster, This 30 minute class will guide you in praying at the end of our weekend services for those who stand giving their lives to Christ. If you have not taken this class but would like to pray for others in this way, or if you would like a refresher, please attend one of these two classes.



A Deeper Understanding of the Parables of Jesus (Maturity Teaching Intensive of the 5Ms)

Meeting God 305: Releasing Freedom

Saturday, August 12, 9-11am

Teacher: Nancy Davis

Sawmill Campus, 4140 Tuller Road, Dublin

Prerequisite: Meeting God 301

Teacher: John Cook

Childcare: Free childcare available if registered in advance

Contact: Deb George,


Have you ever wondered why Jesus taught in parables? Do

Register: by Thursday, August 24

you understand the parables and how to apply them to your

Contact: Kristi Webster,

life today? John Cook, retired Pastor of Adult Education at

Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and freedom for the

Vineyard Columbus, leads a three-week intensive teaching

captives, creating conflict with the present evil age. This class

study of Jesus’ parables and explains how you should interpret

will equip you to obey Jesus’ command to partner with him to

them, how to understand them, and how best to apply them to

set people free from the powers of darkness.

your life as a disciple in today’s world. • Week One: “Parables of God’s Grace & Our Response”   • Week Two: “Parables of God’s Kingdom & Our Participation” • Week Three: “Parables of God’s Judgment & Our Accountability” 

Sunday, August 27, 2:30-4:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Joyful Noise Worship Service (Special Needs) 2nd Sundays, 5:30–6:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: Pam Newman, Join our Accessible Worship Service for people affected by

Each class stands alone; you may attend any one-session or

disabilities and their families, friends, and neighbors. We have

all three. There is no charge for these classes; no childcare is

a worship band, brief message, and prayer time. Bring your

provided; and no preregistration is required.

tambourines and streamers.

Holy Spirit Encounter

The Book of Judges

Wednesday, August 9, 7-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

1st, 2nd & 3rd Mondays beginning August 7, 7-8:30pm

Childcare: Free childcare available if registered in advance

Cooper Road Campus (not meeting September 4)


Teacher: Michael Karoly

Register: by Sunday, August 6

Michael Karoly, a longtime Vineyard Columbus member,

Contact: Kristi Webster,

gives in-depth teaching on one of the Old Testament's most

All Vineyard campuses with a special invitation to our La Viña

challenging books, explaining how to apply God's Word to our

campus, are invited to come together to encounter the Holy

lives today. Detailed class notes will be handed out/sent by

Spirit. This will be a night of extended, bilingual worship, a

email each week. Each class stands alone; no need to attend

brief teaching with Spanish translation, and ending with more

each session. Classes are 90-minutes in length in lecture

worship along with prayer ministry time. This evening will be

format. In August we will study Judges 1-2 as well as some

informal, relaxed, and very open to the movement of the Holy

background material to the book. No childcare is provided; no


pre-registration necessary.

Meeting God 303: Power Healing and Evangelism

Vineyard Artists Open Studio

Wednesday, August 23, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact: Holly Toenges-Messerall,

Teacher: Pastor Kerry Davis

Prerequisite: Meeting God 301

Stop by and enjoy some creative time with other adult

Childcare: Free childcare available if registered in advance

artists. Bring your own art project to work on during the time


together and be inspired.

Wednesdays, 7:15-8:30pm, Vineyard Community Center

Register: by Sunday, August 20 Contact: Kristi Webster, Do you want to see God heal others? This class will explore New Testament healings and encourage you with stories of healing today. You will receive practical training and inspiration to pray for physical healing at church, work, school, or the community.

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Engage: Intercessory Prayer Meeting (Cooper Road Campus)

Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, August 9, 7-9pm

Contact: Jeff Baker, or



If you have a heart to see the kingdom come upon our church,

• Volunteer once a week: 2-3 hours anytime from 12-5pm

city, and nation, come out to our intercessory prayer session.

• Volunteer twice a month: 15 minutes before and 20 minutes

Engage (Sawmill) 1st Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm Contact: Dustin Jasinski, Engage is a service of meditation on scriptures and listening to what the Lord is saying to each person attending. Prayer is also available for special needs, congregational leaders, and programs.

Sawmill Campus - New Location

Cooper Road Campus

after the service you attend, operating cash register half hour. • Volunteer Sunday morning: (every other week) Audio/media volunteer.

Career Career Ministry Volunteers Contact: Kent Irwin, The Career Ministry is in great need of new volunteers that

Sundays, 9 & 11:30am

can volunteer in a number of different roles: job coach, career

4140 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017

expert, administrator, database manager, networking pro,

We have moved to our new location on the northwest side of town for weekend services. This is an exciting season for

workplace navigator, and liaison between searchers and job providers.

Sawmill Campus! We can’t wait for what God has in store for us. Join us as we continue being a community of disciples who experience God, love one another, and partner with Christ to heal the world.

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus)

Community Life Start a Small Group Contact: If you have a heart for people, can provide a space for people

Contact: Klodiana Tedesco, or

to meet, serve a snack, and turn on a video, then you can start

a small group! For more info, send us an email or stop by the

There are many ways you can serve in prayer at Lane Avenue

small group area of your campus.

Campus. For more info, contact Klodiana.

VOLUNTEER & SERVE If you are not sure where to serve, or want to explore other opportunities, check out the list of volunteer opportunities at, or stop by the Ministry Counter in the Main Lobby for a Volunteer Catalog. Contact: Diane Bauman,

Small Group: Leader Training 1 Saturday, August 26, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: or call 614.259.5358 Register: Small Group Leader Training 1 is an introductory class to become a small group leader at Vineyard Columbus. If you’ve recently HOSTed a small group and want to continue or you’re new to leading an existing Vineyard Columbus small group, this is your next step. Small Group Leader Training 1 will give you the basic tools you need to keep up the good work God is doing in you and your group. Please register online.



Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts Visit:

Health Clinics

Did you know that we have a resource page just for our small

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers

group leaders? Short on time this week to prepare a small

Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

group discussion? Wondering how you can get more training

after LT1? Need some tips on how to make hosting easier? The

Current opportunities available for dentists, dental assistants,

Community Life Team wants to help you make the most of your

dental hygienists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301

time as you pray and prepare for your small group gatherings,

required for prayer teams).

so we’ve created, a website with several Bible study options as well as other helpful tools. If you have questions, write us at or visit our how to use video at–to–use–vcsmallgroups–org/.

Security Ministry Medical Response Team Contact: Jason Pierce, or 614.625.6216 The Medical Response team is looking for volunteers that

One Child One Community: Adopt A School

would be willing to help out with medical emergencies that

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614-259-5452,

occur during our weekend services. If you are a doctor or nurse

with hospital or ER experience, or an EMT (Basic or Paramedic)

If your small group is looking for a place to serve together,

and are interested in learning more about the Medical

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us

Response Team please contact Jason Pierce.

to support Columbus schools. Please consider mentoring, cooking/baking for teachers at our events, donating school supplies or holiday gifts. For additional info on how your group can serve, contact Anna Fullen.

Deaf Ministry Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities Contact: Angela Moore, We need skilled volunteer ASL interpreters to sign for adults

VC International Teams & Ministries English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteers Contact: Ximena Lozada, If you have a heart for internationals and enjoy teaching, we need volunteers to teach and assist our daytime and evening ESL classes.

and children on a rotation at our Sunday, 9am Cooper Road

ESL Conversation Partners


Contact: Carli Snyder, 614.259.5511 or

Early Childhood

Our ESL students are eager to meet with English speakers

Early Childhood Worship Ministry

We ask for a one hour/week commitment with your student.

Contact: Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 or

Timing will be determined by you and your ESL student’s


Share your love for Jesus with children through music! Volunteer to lead children in worship once a month during our weekend services.

to improve their conversational skills and form friendships.

International Friendships (IFI) Contact: Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or

Global Café

International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus

Global Café Volunteers

students at OSU.


• IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner

to promote friendships and show hospitality to international

New to the church or want to get connected? Be a part of


our family of believers who get to experience God through

Become a conversation partner and help students practice

service and fellowship. The Café is an atmosphere where fresh,

English, learn about American culture, and more. Individuals

made–from–scratch food connects the community with the

and families can be friendship partners who meet with

love of Christ.

an international student or couple monthly for a meal or activity.

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Visit: (financial donations)

Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project: Volunteers at Franklin County Jail, Franklin County Medical Center, and The Ohio Reformatory for Women

IFI would like to place interns (20 hours/week) in the

Days and times vary-2 hours every other month

chemical industry, actuarial science, finance/accounting,

Contact: Deborah Scott,

• IFI Internship Program Contact: Estera Pirosca,

statistical analysis, web design/media, and marketing.

jails and prisons. Volunteers record parents reading to their

Contact: Tiria,

children, then our small group gift wraps the books and CDs

IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and

and send them to the children. We need both men and women

distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students

for this program. The AMSB wrapping group meets every 3rd

and volunteers share a meal together. Contact us if you or

Monday at the church from 6-8pm. Training is available.

your small group are interested. • Small Group Outreach for IFI Contact: Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or jondavidhawks@ Sign up: International Friendships (IFI) has opportunities for small groups to help “reach the world” together including prayer, preparing food for a Bible study, making welcome bags, greeting new students, and hosting a used furniture sale.

Women Serving Women: Prison Ministry Contact: Deborah Scott, There are different ministry opportunities for women to serve at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Franklin Medical Center – Zone A.

Franklin Medical Center Parenting Class Volunteers Contact: Deborah Scott,

Missions Care Team

We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms

Contact: Dotty Christensen,

at the Franklin Medical Center, the prison hospital. We will

If you enjoy hospitality, encouraging others, hearing how God’s

provide class materials and necessary training.

working, or want to give gifts, time, energy, or money, then get involved with missionary care. Use your creativity to help expand care to those we as a church send to the nations.

Men Serving Men: Prison Ministry We minister to men during worship services at multiple facilities. Volunteer with worship, prayer team, or help at the

Media Arts


Video, Audio, & Lighting Support

Franklin County Jail: 3rd Saturdays, 8–10:30am


Jackson Pike: 3rd Saturdays, 6:45–8:45pm

We’re looking for passionate, quick–thinking people who

Contact: Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

service. If you love to use technology to help people encounter

Franklin County Jail: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8–10:30am

God, contact us to start making a difference in your church.

Contact: John, 614.578.8371 or

Prison Ministries

Vineyard Prison Ministry Training: Prison Basics

Help inmates grow into disciples of Christ. To join us serving those in prison, contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

Delaware County Jail: 1–2 Saturdays/month, 10–11:30am

Saturday, August 5, 9am-12pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus. org or Chuck Fisher, This training is the first step in a basic understanding of the

Art for Self-Awareness Instructor

culture, rules of the institutions, and how we build a bridge of

Contact: Ellice,

friendship in the context of prison.

We are looking for women interested in teaching an art class in the women’s prison. There are two training classes being facilitated by Ellice Park. The training will be facilitated in the prison setting. Learn art techniques that assist us in opening ourselves to God and others within the context of the prison environment. RSVP to Ellice to plan for supplies or if you need additional information. 24

We are continually receiving requests for AMSB in the local

• Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies


Special Needs

Caring for People One on One

Bridge Builders

Contact: or

Contact: (children/middle schoolers)


Contact: (teens/adults)

Application: available at

Befriend a child, teen, or adult with special needs who wants

Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short-term basis

to be part of our church community.

to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement,

Body Builders Class (Special Needs)

Thursdays, September 7-October 12, 7-9pm

empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. This training, taught by Support for Life Staff, gives leaders actual tools and

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

activities to use with others on a one-on-one basis to facilitate

Contact: Deb, 614.259.5418 or

healing, growth, and a deeper personal relationship with God.

An application to become a lay counselor can be found on

Adults who are VC members are needed for our Middle School

or Teens/Adults classes with special needs. Can you be kind, laugh, sit at a table, color, listen, pray, and sing worship songs?

Caring for People in Group Settings

Join us twice a month.

Mondays, October 2-November 6, 7-9pm

Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus Contact: Christy Smith, 614.374.4859 or Befriend a child who needs an extra hand getting used to church and children’s ministry. If their special needs interfere with learning Jesus loves them, maybe they can meet Jesus through your guidance and love. Become a mentor buddy in our nationally–known program called the Sensory Break Room. Serve on a rotation.

Special Needs Intervention Support Team

Contact: Application: available at Taught by Support for Life staff in a small group format, this training provides a general model for working with group members, which includes how to use prayer, listening and empathy skills, the Bible, and group dynamics in the group setting and includes plenty of role-playing scenarios. Required to become a support group leader. An application to become a support group leader can be found on

Support for Life 101

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

Sunday, August 27, 2-5:30pm

Contact: Deb, 614.259.5418 or

Contact/Register: Debbie, debra.johnson@vineyardcolumbus.

org or 614.259.5289

If you have training in behavior intervention, special education,

This class is taught by the Support for Life Ministry. It gives a

autism, and/or mental health support, consider being on call

biblical framework for understanding people, their needs, and

to help us create a safety net when the Special Needs ministry

how to move compassionately toward helping them. It is the

needs extra help.

foundational class for this ministry.

Support for Life

Become a Support for Life Group Leader

Become a Lay Counselor

We are looking for leaders who can create groups that offer a

Contact: or

safe environment for those who are struggling to experience


the love of Jesus and the care of his community. If you've

We're looking for leaders to meet with individuals on a

benefited from support and healing during a difficult life

short-term basis to provide a listening ear, supportive

season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom,

encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. If

you may wish to help others by leading a support or recovery

you've benefited from support and healing during a difficult

group related to the same issue.


life season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom, you may wish to help others by providing similar support on a one-on-one basis.

Urban Ministry Urban Ministry is a bridge between our church and the people of Columbus. We feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bring hope to prisoners and the homeless. For ways to volunteer, visit or contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Food Pantries

Pantry Help Needed!

Our Urban Ministry has two food pantries that serve the

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

community of Columbus. For more info, contact Rhodie

Shreve, 614.259.5441 or,

We are in need of men to help deliver food from the Mid-Ohio

or visit

Foodbank to our food pantries. Ability to drive a box truck (stick

Opportunities to Serve: • 5th Avenue Food Pantry 181 East 5th Avenue

ups are on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the daytime (depends on order). Approximate time commitment is 4 hours

Saturday, 8am–12pm

every other week. Please contact Rhodie if you can help!

Small groups need to be scheduled to serve at the pantry,

Helping Hands

so contact Rhodie. Carpool if possible, parking is limited. • Northside Food Pantry 4664 Cleveland Avenue To serve, park along Chester Road to allow guest parking around the building. You can also help once a month to sort food at Vineyard Columbus. • Monday Night Service

Saturdays, 9am–12pm Contact: 614.259.5326 or email Helping Hands is a ministry supported by men who serve families in our community that need help with minor repairs and upkeep around their homes. If you can do simple home repair projects you are welcome to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering to serve those in need, please

Mondays, 6pm

leave a message at 614.259.5326 or email

5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

Contact: Jenney, 614.259.5370 or

Homeless Backpack Program

Small groups can plan, prepare, and serve a meal (we can

Contact: Jenney Rice,

provide meal ideas).

We are looking to fill 90 backpacks for men and women who

• Check-in Volunteers

are homeless in our community. We will accept donations

Saturdays (two per month), 8am-12pm

for the following items: backpacks, thermal underwear

5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

(tops and bottoms in sizes L – 3X), winter gloves, hats, socks,

Contact: Chris Blosser,

sweatshirts, flashlights, all size batteries, personal care items,

Could you help out twice a month checking in people at our

hand and feet warmers, and cards of encouragement. Please

downtown 5th Ave. pantry? If so, we would love your help!

label donation packages with “Homeless Backpack Program”.

Please email Chris Blosser, our pantry manager, and talk with him about this opportunity to serve. • Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

Visiting the Elderly Contact: Chuck Fisher, 614.259.5403 or (to learn more

information before you go)

We are looking for licensed barbers to offer free haircuts for

• Heartland of Westerville

2–4 hours at our pantry locations on Saturday mornings and licensed cosmetologists to volunteer services at our Northside pantry. • Pantry Drivers & Helpers Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

1060 Eastwind Drive 2nd Saturdays, 12:30pm • Edgewood Manor 140 N. State Street 3rd Sundays, 10:30pm • Villa Angela

Drivers and helpers needed for MidOhio Food pick–up for

5700 Karl Road

Northside pantry. Take a Budget rental truck to MidOhio

4th Saturdays, 2pm

Foodbank every other week. You pick the day and time. Need to be strong enough to unload. • Food Sorting Contact: Jenney Rice,, 614.259.5370 If you have one or more hours during the week, please consider helping sort food donations for our pantries. 26

shift) and forklift is helpful, but not necessary. Deliveries/Pick-


• Bryden Place 1169 Bryden Road Thursdays, 7:20–8:30pm

VC Students

One Child One Community: Adopt A School

VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders

Contact: Shane Huey,

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to

(VC High School)

support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group

Contact: Michael Doom, michael.doom@vineyardcolumbus.

can serve, contact Anna Fullen.

org (VC Middle School) Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups and Weekend Services. We’ll be sure to train you before leaving you alone with teenagers!

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452, If your small group is looking for a place to serve together,

VineyardKids Be an AWANA Leader! Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 6:15-9pm

Vineyard Community Center

Cooper Road Campus, Multi-Purpose Room

Artists Needed

desk or the KQ welcome center


Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the

We are accepting applications for people who desire to invest

church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

in our kids to help us make disciples of them. We have a

Artists Small Group (New) Contact: Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth beginning with a book study. All artists are welcome. Send us an email if you're interested in being a part of this group.

Blood Drive Wednesday, October 4, Vineyard Community Center Visit: sponsor code: VineCommCtr. Give the Gift of Blood. The need for blood donations is ongoing, and every donor makes a difference

Application: Pick up an application from the children’s info

curriculum, ongoing training, and a team to work with. We are flexible when you need time off and offer the fringe benefit of being loved by the kids and leaders. To make disciples we focus on scripture memory, friendship, and fun. Consistency is one of the keys where the kids will come regularly and we need leaders who will too. Pray about being part of the team and see where God leads.

Kids’ Worship: Campus Volunteer Recruitment We are looking for teens and adults who would like to help lead kids in worship at our campuses. Each campus handles kids’ worship differently and needs people who want to help the

Coaches and Referees Needed for Vineyard Athletics!

little ones connect to God through the worship arts. No need

Contact: Jerome Smith, 614.259.5395 or

materials, and include you in a volunteer rotation. Help with our Youth Basketball, Cheerleading, or NFL Flag Football leagues. We need coaches and referees for grades K-6.

to play an instrument! We offer training, provide all necessary

Kidz Quest Leaders Weekend Services at all campuses Application: Pick up an application from the children’s info

Vineyard Free Health Clinics Volunteers

desk or the KQ welcome center

Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

We are accepting applications for qualified people to help us

We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists,

make disciples out of our elementary age kids and bring them

pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301

to Jesus. Our objective is to partner with parents and inspire

required for prayer team).

the kids to follow Jesus through our model and teaching. We

Volunteer with After–School Program Monday–Friday, 3:30–6pm, August–May

offer curriculum, training, and an AWESOME team to work with. We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes where your 5 loaves and 2 fish are enough. Interested? Let us know.

Contact: Nikki Mills, Volunteers can serve as classroom helpers, homework helpers, reading buddies, and tutors with grade school, middle school, or high school students. A few hours a week can make a big difference in the life of a child. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Vineyard Women

Welcome Ministry Volunteer Opportunity

Vineyard Women Event Team

If you love to talk and make people feel welcome, then you

Contact Liz Ward,

should join the New Visitors Call Ministry! Each Monday

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people,

our team calls the visitors who turned in a connect card or

serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event

decision prayer card during one of the weekend services.

Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting

We make them feel welcomed and give them information

the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting,

about ways they can get connected at Vineyard. Most

registration, and more. We have a great time serving

importantly we want them to know that in our large

together and would love to have you join us!

church, they were seen and that they are important to us.

Worship Arts Serve with Worship Arts Contact

The Worship Arts Ministry is looking for experienced musicians (all instruments and vocalists) for all worship teams. We are also looking for bilingual vocalists. Email Danielle for more information.

Join the Choir at Vineyard Columbus Contact

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16.

You can make calls from your home or come to the church and make your calls.

G I V E & D O N AT E Aunt Mary’s Story Book Project: Donations (Prison Ministries) Contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or Our women’s prison ministry offers a program to incarcerated moms that enables them to record themselves reading a book to their children. We wrap the CD and book to send to the children. We accept donations of new infant and toddler board books. Drop off in bins at entrances and label “Aunt Mary’s.”

Our desire is to join together and sing praises to him. If you

Automobile Donations

are musically gifted, sense God’s calling, and would like to

Donate used cars to Vineyard Columbus to bless others in

be a part of the Choir at Vineyard Columbus, please email

our congregation. We accept all kinds and conditions and

Danielle Evans.

provide a receipt for your tax purposes. If a car or small–to–

Other Opportunities Baker’s Delight Contact Mia Byrne, 614.751.5083 or

We bake for the women’s shelter, single moms, children’s volunteers, women’s ministry events, nursing homes, and others. Great for friends, families, and small groups who are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed Visit

Guide clients through a user–friendly, web–based computer program to access public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, free tax filing, etc. If you are a church member, contact Rhodie Shreve, rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.

org or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue or Northside Food Pantries), or Maria Broeckel, maria.broeckel@ or 614.259.5296 (for the Vineyard Community Center).


Contact Adrienne Ash,


medium sized SUV is well–maintained, we check it over and provide it to a person or family. High mileage cars are O.K., as long as vehicles have been maintained and are in fairly good condition. Other cars, not suitable due to condition or needing expensive repairs, will be sold, and the funds used for the car ministry. To donate a car, contact Mandi, 614.259.5384. If you’re a member of Vineyard Columbus and in need of a vehicle, call 614.259.5408.

Homeless Ministries Donations (Urban Ministries) Please donate men’s T–shirts (sizes L–3XL) and any size of men’s sweatshirts, socks, and jeans. Also, used/clean or new blankets and propane. Please mark and place donations in the Urban Ministry bins located near the church entrances.

La Viña Back-to-School Fair - Donations

Planned Giving

Sunday, August 6, 2-5pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 or

Contact Irene Casale, or


If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent

School is right around the corner and we want to bless the


children in our Hispanic community with school supplies and backpacks for the new year. Please drop off donations in the bins located outside of the La Viña chapel on or before Sunday, August 6. For more information or if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Irene Casale. We truly appreciate your giving!

Project Venezuela Contact Irene Casale,, 614.259.5254 There is a severe shortage of food, medicine, and other basic needs in Venezuela. We want to offer some relief to this country by sending some of these necessary items.

One Child One Community: Donations

There will be designated containers at the entrance of the

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452,

church where you can donate items to ‘Project Venezuela’

for the next several months. These items will then be sent

We partner with six Columbus City schools for mentoring

to Venezuelan churches that can distribute them to the

and support and are collecting school supplies for the

populations in greatest need. Please consider participating in

2017-18 school year. Please drop off donations in the One

this demonstration of God’s love.

Child One Community bins at the Worship Center & Ministry

Specific items needed:

Center entrances.

• Nonperishable foods: Rice, sugar, pasta, dry beans,

Supplies we’re collecting:

corn flour, powdered milk, salt, peanut butter, ketchup,

• Backpacks

mayonnaise, and mustard.

• 2-pocket folders • Binders

• Medicines: Tylenol/Motrin, antibiotics, allergy relief, and First Aid supplies.

• Paper (loose & notebooks)

• Babies: Diapers, infant formula, baby food, and wipes.

• #2 pencils

• Hygiene: Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair

• Pens • Erasers • Pens • Highlighters • Basic calculators • Student planners • Art supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue, safety scissors)

conditioner, toothbrush, and deodorant/antiperspirant.

Transitions Ministry Contact Cooper Road Donation Drop–off: Ministry Center lobby

throughout the week. Campus Donation Drop–off: During weekend worship

services. Help us replenish our supplies for those in transition from

Online Giving & TEXT to Give

homelessness. This month we are collecting pots and pans

Contact 614.259.5443 or

sets, new pillows, queen–sized sheet sets in package, and

serving dishes.

You can make a one time offering or you can schedule regular giving by visiting You can also TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts. For more info, contact our Finance department.

Value Life Donations Contact We are completely out of newborn and size 0-3 month boy and girl onesies, T-shirts, and sleepers. We also need all brands

Pantry Donations (Urban Ministries)

of Gerber and Similac formulas and size 3, 4, and 5 diapers.

We always need personal care items like soap, shampoo,

Drop off items in the Ministry Center lobby. There are bins

deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Drop off in the metal bins by the

marked “Value Life”. For more info on ways to serve, like Value

Cooper Road Campus entrances.

Life on Facebook or visit value–life.

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Vineyard Columbus is fortunate to have dozens of women in various leadership positions throughout our church. These women, each with unique gifts and unique callings, walk a path that is not always smooth. Some of them are single and some are married. Many are new to ministry, while others have years of experience behind them. Often, they have an office to go to, or sometimes they have kids at their feet while they do their work. Whatever their life-stage or circumstance, being a woman in ministry is rewarding... but difficult. Some of our leaders took time to share their challenges and how they navigate through them.

Naja Robinson

Naja Robinson joined Vineyard Columbus in 2008 and

Another challenge of being a woman in pastoral leadership

joined Vineyard Staff four years ago, currently serving

is just feeling comfortable “owning” the title. Vineyard

as the Assistant Pastor in women’s ministry. She has

Columbus is very supportive and empowering to women

a BS in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Biomedical

living out God’s calling on their lives, whatever those gifts

Engineering and worked 10 years at General Electric in

may be. But church history, tough passages in the Bible, and

product design and management. After becoming a stay-

even the opinions of friends and strangers who question

at-home mom, she was a self-employed Interior Designer

if women should hold the title “pastor” make it difficult.

before moving to Columbus. Naja is a 2012 graduate of VLI

Fortunately for me, my previous churches also embraced

(Vineyard Leadership Institute). Naja has been following

women in leadership in pastoral roles; the church I was

Jesus for almost 40 years, and over that time has served

raised in has had a woman as senior pastor for the last

in lay leadership in church, including children’s ministry,

7 years. But I think most women in pastoral leadership

as a small group leader for both women’s and co-ed small

have been “questioned” somewhere along their journey

groups, and in marriage ministry. Married for 24 years,

– everything from “isn’t what you’re doing unbiblical?” to

Naja has three teenagers.

“how does your husband handle your being a pastor?” to

“The challenges of being a woman in ministry leadership are varied. For one, being a mom of school-age kids and having left corporate America specifically to be a stay-at-home mom, it’s still been important to balance the roles and responsibilities at home with those at church. This includes holding fast to maintaining a part-time position, which means sometimes having to say no to certain opportunities or even not having certain opportunities presented. But it’s also a challenge in that the nature of being a mom and of being in ministry both require an emotional availability that can be taxing. It’s important to stay filled up personally, staying in the Word, and in prayer.



“how did YOU get that position in leadership?”. “Owning” it - filling out the cloak - takes time, conviction, support, and mentoring. And yet another challenge is when you as a leader in ministry are personally having a problem that needs ministry—it can be hard to come forward and say, “I need help, we need help.” There is sometimes that expectation, whether externally given or internally placed, but either way… there’s the expectation that we have it all together all the time. We have to be very careful about whom we confide in. And yet, we need the Body of Christ just like everyone else does.”

Hannah Engebretson

Hannah Engebretson was born and raised in Zambia, Africa

home life. Scott and I are both involved in various capacities

as a missionary kid. Hannah teaches in various capacities

of ministry at Sawmill, but I'm also a stay-at-home mom

at Vineyard Columbus, and she co-leads a small group

without any quiet office hours to get "ministry things"

and is involved in ministry at Sawmill Campus, where her

done. I often write teachings and sermons with kids pulling

husband Scott is the campus pastor. She is passionate about teaching God’s word and its power to transform lives. Married for 11 years, she has three kids, ages 8, 5 & 2.

at my legs and in between fixing lunches, running errands, etc. It gets crazy. I'm fortunate that I have an extremely supportive spouse, but every time I take on added ministry responsibilities something else has to give. So, I'm always

“As far as the challenges I face in ministry, the hardest thing

trying to find a way to keep them in balance without failing

for me is juggling all the responsibilities of ministry and our

at both. It's a challenge for sure!”

Irene Casale-Petrarca

Irene Casale-Petrarca is the founder and pastor of La

One of the challenges that I face is to find balance between

Viña, the Spanish-speaking campus of Vineyard Columbus.

all my roles: a pastor, mother, wife, and daughter. I believe

Irene was born in Venezuela where she worked for 15 years

that leadership involves sacrifices and I have had to make

as a pediatrician. She came to the United States in 2005 with her family. She graduated from Vineyard Leadership Institute (now Vineyard Institute) in 2013 and has been a member of Vineyard for over 10 years. Irene was the first female pastor for La Viña churches in the United States. Married for 29 years, Irene is the mother of three boys. “God called me into ministry in 2010 and my calling has been to obey him, to surrender, and to serve the Hispanic

sacrifices in order to serve the Lord through La Viña. As a pastor, I work every weekend and get limited time to spend with my family. However, I have learned to find creative ways to spend quality time with my husband and sons. As a family, we’ve managed to continue having dinner together, and we incorporate fun family activities and family prayer time into our routine especially during weekdays. I am

community through La Viña de Columbus at the Vineyard

blessed to have the support of my family who have adapted

church. I have found God’s purpose in my life while serving

to my unusual work hours. I am very thankful for them and

him as pastor and it brings me joy to preach every Sunday.

for this church that has helped me to fulfill my calling.”

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Amanda Nash

Amanda Nash has worked on staff at Vineyard Columbus

an internal divide about my own calling and what I had

since 2002 as an intern for Pastor Marlene Nathan then

been taught about women, so I decided to plunge into

for 3 years as Pastor Rich Nathan’s research assistant.

the theology of women in leadership. I found a lot of

Since then she has worked with our twenty-something

encouragement in what I studied, but more than theology,

ministry, women’s ministry, and our small group ministry.

it was the presence of advocates that helped me finally

In 2008 she moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands for

accept my call. The first pastor I met in the Vineyard

three years to plant a church with a team from Vineyard

Church I was attending told me he saw me as a leader

Columbus. Now she’s back at Vineyard Columbus and

and encouraged me to start a small group. I interned for

currently serves as the Community Life pastor. Married

another pastor on staff that took me under his wing. He

for 13 years, Amanda has three children ages 3, 6 & 8.

taught me the value of building a strong team, and he

“When I decided to start following Jesus in my teenage years, I gravitated toward leadership. I started a Christian group in my high school that grew to 40 people. I ended up going to a college that was near a Vineyard Church where I quickly got involved. I started another small group that grew to 50. Then something happened in my early college years. I got introduced to a Christian organization that taught that certain leadership roles were reserved for men. I also learned that I needed to find a man who could “lead me” if I wanted to date or marry. I grew up with a strong feminist mother in a liberal home who had abandoned her Christian faith in her 20s. I had aligned my mother’s liberal influence as a position incompatible with faith, so I adopted this new worldview as the “right” Christian viewpoint. I began trying to hold back my leadership. I looked for men to encourage and promote for leadership of my group. I refused to date guys who weren’t “strong enough” for my personality (which meant I didn’t date at all!), and I abandoned any intentional plans do to vocational ministry. I didn’t stay connected with that organization but its influence on me remained. The Vineyard Movement had a stance that embraced women at all levels of leadership, but I rarely saw a woman leading or preaching on the weekends. I still felt



gave me a lot of freedom to try ministry. He began to open doors for me to get connected with other pastors and leaders on staff. Eventually I joined the staff full time as a research assistant for our Senior Pastor, Rich Nathan. The three years I spent as a research assistant, I experienced even more advocacy. Rich mentored me theologically and encouraged me to read even more than I had in my undergraduate years. He encouraged me in my skills of writing, leadership, and preaching. I would like to say that, being a strong woman, I pulled myself up by my own bootstraps. But the truth is, I needed men in leadership to open doors for me and recognize pastoral calling on my life. They gave me the confidence I needed to respond to the call of God. I think that if our movement is going to see many more women step into influential positions of pastoral leadership, we will need advocates to help us get there.”

Lorie Kaufman-Rees

Lorie Kaufman-Rees has been on staff at Vineyard

mentor can be challenging, even for indirect mentoring,

Columbus for 16 years. Twelve of those years as a

because of our opposite gender policy.

counselor and four as a pastor over the Care Ministries at Vineyard Columbus with direct oversight of Support for Life. A licensed professional clinical counselor, she has dual master’s degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Clinical Counseling and over two decades of experience working with people. Married for almost 25 years, Lorie has two teenagers.

It trickles into social situations, too. I notice when we have pastor/spouse events, there are times I want to "talk shop" with some of the men (because we rarely get to do so at the church itself), and I often find myself in a group of wives. Which is not a BAD thing. I love all of them and many are strong and amazing leaders in their own right, and I value their friendships immensely. But when you don't

"There are definitely challenges as a woman in ministry.

really have any other opportunities to talk shop or talk

I joke frequently that I need a wife. Working full time, in

about ideas and issues with other pastors (most of whom

ministry, and running a household and parenting two

are men), that can be very frustrating. And, as a woman, it

active teens (one of which will start the college application

can really affect your trajectory, as well.”

process this year) is a LOT. Especially with chronic fatigue. Also, most of our leaders/pastors are men, so finding a

Adrienne Ash

Adrienne Ash is the assistant pastor for the Outreach and

have both. As a mom, a lot of times it feels like your child

Connect Ministry at Vineyard Columbus. In 2015, after

getting sick or going on a field trip is your responsibility.

being at the church for three years, she began working

It does for me at least. I had this guilt of staying home

with Lorie Kaufman-Rees as an intern in the Support

with my child, because I don't want to come off as

for Life Ministry. A few months later she became the

unprofessional or that I can't be counted on to get my

assistant pastor for the Outreach and Connect Ministry.

work done. It's taking some time for me to realize that's

Married for 9 years, Adrienne has a son who is soon-to-be

not true. And I can be a great mom to my son, a great wife

a Kindergartener.

to my husband, and a great leader at the church. It might

“A challenge for me being a woman in leadership is having

look different compared to someone else, and that's okay.”

a healthy work-life balance, and realizing that I can't

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Diane Bauman


Diane Bauman joined the Vineyard Columbus staff in 1999

“The challenges I face as a woman in ministry is often

as a Volunteer Ministry coordinator. In 2003 she became

mirrored in the lives of all women who work full-time and

part of the Pastoral staff where she has served over the

have children, too many things to do and not enough hours

past fourteen years as Pastor of Volunteer, Value Life,

in the day. Balancing ministry and family life are always at

Transitions, Orphan Care, and Anti-Human Trafficking

the forefront of what can cause anxiety and stress in life.

ministries. Prior to joining the Vineyard Columbus staff,

One of the challenges more specific to being a woman in

she was employed at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for 23

ministry is the fact that a female pastor is not the norm

years in Corporate Operations, managing multiple areas of

in our country. And I feel like we are still charting our

medical claims processing. She and her husband Roy have

course, sometimes traveling in waters which have not been

been married for 40 years, have four married children, 12

ours to travel in the past. This path takes much endurance

grandchildren, and two great grandchildren with another

and prayer to press into what you know you are Called to

granddaughter arriving in October.

do as a pastor.”


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