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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 614.259.5503 Community Life/Small Groups Deb George, 614.259.5358 Community Outreach 614.259.5441 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 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


Congregational Letter Generous People Bless Themselves


Vineyard Growth Classes


New To Vineyard



Families & Marriage

Monday-Friday | 8:30am-10pm Ministry Center doors close at 5:30pm. Please enter at Worship Center doors.


Adult Ministries




Holiday Hours Saturday, December 23: Building closed, no service Monday, December 25: Building closed Monday, January 1: Building closed


Help & Wellness


Spiritual Development


Volunteer & Serve


Give & Donate


#LoveEpidemic: Seeking Faith Solutions to Ohio's Drug Crisis

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

La Viña Campus Pastor, Irene Casale-Petrarca Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

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

Lane Avenue Campus Pastor, Andrew Oswalt 614.259.5302

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

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

Children’s Pastor, Mike Szlapak 614.259.5361

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

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

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

Community Center Pastor, Daniel Nathan 614.259.5503

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

Community Life Pastor, Amanda Nash

Support For Life Pastor, Lorie Kaufman-Rees

Admin. Asst. Marsha Martin, 614.259.5305

Ministry Asst. Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Community Outreach Pastor, Daniel Nathan 614.259.5441

Visitation & Pastoral Care, Anthony Cannon 614.259.5364

Community Relations & Special Projects Pastor, Kwesi Kambon Admin. Asst. Debi Evans, 614.259.5467

Volunteer & Value Life Pastor, Diane Bauman 614.259.5318

Discipleship Pastor, Paige Goslin 614.259.5477

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

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

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

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

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

Executive Pastor, Craig Heselton Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313 Financial & Career Ministries Pastor, Kent Irwin 614.259.5505

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


t Christmas, we are urged to be generous – by

But what is generosity? The word “generosity” has an

countless commercials, newspaper editorials, and

interesting origin. It comes from an old Latin word

especially by seeing the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales

“generosus,” which means “of noble birth.” To say someone

pulling a sleigh filled with presents. Of course, our model

was generous in the Middle Ages was to say that this person

for generosity is God himself. God was generous in creation

belonged to nobility. In the 17th century, a shift started

by giving human beings the earth. God is generous in caring

happening with the word “generous.” More and more,

for the earth. God was generous in giving us his Son, Jesus

generosity referred to “nobility of spirit.” Generosity became

Christ, to teach us about who God is, to show us the way


a call to a higher state, a higher standard, a noble spirit.

to live, and to die on a cross for our sins. God is generous

So much of contemporary culture calls us to a low state, to

in giving eternal life to every person who trusts in Christ.

a low standard, to be rude and crude on Twitter. There is so

God is generous in giving us other human beings so that

much trolling going on in social media. But generosity calls

we wouldn’t be lonely. God is generous in answering our

us to a nobility of spirit, to a higher standard.

prayers. God was generous in sending us his Spirit. God

Generosity is a learned habit

is generous in healing us when we hurt and filling our

Being generous is not haphazard or impulsive. Generosity is

hearts with hope when we think we can’t go on. If there

not simply a feeling or a tug on our hearts at seeing a dog

is one quality about God that stands out, it is that God is a

at an animal shelter or an orphan who is hungry. Generosity

generous God!

can come from that, but over time we can develop habits


of open-handedness with our time, our money, our possessions, our compliments, our encouragement, our

We flourish when we are generous Again, Proverbs 11.24-25 reads:

emotional availability, and our service. Generosity is a The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the

learned habit of being open and available with all that we

world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one

are and all that we have.

who blesses others is abundantly blessed; Those who

Because we are made in God’s image, we human beings are

help others are helped.

designed to be generous. In other words, we don’t do well when we are ungenerous! Proverbs 11:24-25 says:

Generosity is like a boomerang. We give and it comes back to us. By spending ourselves for others, we bless ourselves! As we open our hands, we find ourselves flourishing.

The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; Those who help others are helped.

This Christmas, be generous! 1.

Do one act of service (with your family) beyond your normal activities. Why not volunteer at one of Vineyard

The world of the ungenerous is like the Grinch’s heart in

Columbus’ two food pantries? Contact Rhodie at

How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His heart was two sizes to volunteer

too small. Ungenerous people shrink their own hearts and

or just show up on a Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Invite an

shrink their own worlds.

international student over through International

There is a fabulous book written by Notre Dame Professor

Friendships. To find out more about International

Christian Smith titled The Paradox of Generosity, in which

Friendships, contact Jessica Burchett at 740.816.6518.

he collected an enormous array of social science data about

Do you like talking on the phone? We are calling

the benefits of generosity. He then asked: “If generosity is

every member of our church, and we need your help

so good for us, why are we so bad at it?” For example, why

to reach out. Contact Denise at denise.birkhoff@

do only 3% of Americans give away at least 10% of their if you would like to help.

incomes? Why do 6 out of 7 Americans give away less than 2% of their incomes? Certainly, one reason we are stingy is that we are afraid to be generous. We’re afraid to open our hands and give away our time or our money. We’re afraid to make ourselves available to others. We’re afraid of being vulnerable. Instead of vulnerability, we become self-protective. We hoard. We

2. Pick one charity you don’t normally give to and donate to that charity. 3. Be generous to the church. Like many churches and charities, Vineyard Columbus relies on year-end giving to meet our budget. Give over and above your normal tithe or year-end gift.

cocoon. We close in ourselves. The result of that, according

4. Be generous to those who serve you through the year –

to researchers, is we become even more anxious about the

hairdressers and barbers, paper deliverers, mail carriers,

future. When we are ungenerous, when we don’t open our

waiters, your children’s teachers and coaches. Give

hands, we end up clinging not just to our stuff, but to our

them a tip they will remember!


Generous people imitate our generous God! And generous

Jesus knew this one well. He said if you want to get free of

people don’t just bless others. Generous people bless

anxiety, give! If you are in a prison of fear regarding what’s


going to become of you or your family, the worst thing you can do is shut down and become less available to others.

Congregational Letter

The best research agrees with Jesus that the more selfish

December 2017

you are, the more fearful you’ll become!

By Rich Nathan V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Sunday, January 28, 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, April 8

Sunday, January 28, 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, April 8

Sunday, January 28, 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, April 8

Sunday, January 28, 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, April 8

Sunday, January 28, 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, April 8




Membership 101


Teacher: Senior Pastor Rich Nathan

Thursday, January 11, 6:30-8:30pm

Childcare: Register for free at

Vineyard Community Center

Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs

Registration: or

of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership.


No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare

Are you or someone you know new to Christianity? Or maybe

(ages 1–12).

you’re not new to Christianity, but you desire to have better

Next Class: Sunday, April 8

understanding of the Christian faith. If so, you should come

Learn about all of our Vineyard Growth Classes on p. 6.

check out our Alpha Kickoff and hear why nearly 30 million people have attended Alpha. Join us for music, dinner, and a conversation about life and faith.

Baptism Classes

Sunday, January 28, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus


Saturdays, January 27, February 3, & 10, after services


Sundays, c after services

Contact: Julie Pierce (614.625.7335,,

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

Abigail Shaw ( or Peggy Steinbower

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


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

Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for

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

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

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

families and for people who are considering becoming foster

Youth Baptism Classes Saturdays, January 27, February 3, & 10, after services

or adoptive parents. Please connect with one of us for support and encouragement in this area.

Sundays, January 28, February 4, & 11, after services

Vineyard Homeschool Network

Contact: Pastors Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 or

Contact: Martha,

Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

Our mission is to support and empower families who

If you’re a new follower of Jesus between the ages of 10

homeschool their children. Our vision is that each family

and 18, please take one of these required classes.

involved will feel supported as we all contribute our unique

Baptism Celebrations Saturday, February 17, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus Sunday, February 18, 9am & 11:30am, Cooper Road Campus Next Baptism: Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6

Get Connected: Join A Small Group Visit: Contact: Life is better together, and we believe this kind of life happens in a Vineyard Columbus small group. Small groups bring people together from different cultures, life stages, and experiences for a rich community of worship, friendship, growth, and service. Stop by the small group area at your campus to learn more!

gifts to benefit and build up one another, and to provide support to children and parents through classes, field trips, and social engagements. Find us on Facebook at Vineyard Columbus Homeschool Network.

Marriage Journey to Oneness: Committed Dating & Engaged Couples Saturdays, January 6–February 10, 10am-12pm

Additional two weeks for stepfamilies, February 17 & 24, 10am-12pm Cost: $20 per person (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory) Registration: Contact: Mindy, Open to all couples in committed dating relationships, those considering engagement, and engaged couples! Come learn how to have the kind of marriage God intended. Open to all, but required for those getting married at Vineyard Columbus. Couples creating a stepfamily will be encouraged to attend the two additional classes. Come and get equipped to create a family plan that will prepare both you and your children for success. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Newlywed Marriage Seminar

Winter Weekend VC Students (grades 8-12)

Monday, January 22, 7-9pm

Saturday, January 13–Monday, January 15

Childcare: $5 per child or $10 per family, ages 1-12 (must

Recreation Unlimited, 7700 Piper Road, Ashley, OH 43003

register a week in advance)

Childcare: None


Cost: Early Bird: $135.00; after December 18: $150.00

Contact: Mindy,

Registration: or fill out an application

Join us for a fun and interactive evening! We’ll have a panel of

(Applications are in the high school room or at the information

couples discussing topics applicable to newlyweds who have


been married 5 years or less.

Contact: Sarah, or

Journey to Oneness: Married Couples Tuesdays, January 23–February 13, 7-9pm Childcare: Childcare is included, ages 1-12, (must register a week in advance) Cost: $25 per couple (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory) Registration: Contact: Mindy, This is our foundational marriage class for couples looking to enrich or restore their relationship This class will encourage and equip you to honor God in your marriage.

VC Students

614.259.5390 Winter Weekend is our annual winter retreat and THE BEST place to kick off 2018! This year we’re headed to the awesome camp, Recreation Unlimited and it’s guaranteed to be one of the best weekends EVER! Winter Weekend is for students in grades 8-12 and jam packed with hilarious team competitions, phenomenal worship, and, most importantly, life-changing encounters with God. Winter Weekend is the place to be—you don’t want to miss out! Scholarships are available.

VineyardKids AWANA Tuesdays, 7pm, ongoing through May 8 (Not meeting in December)

VC Students (Middle & High School)

Cost: $30 per child

Weekend Services:


Saturdays, 6pm & Sundays, 9am & 11:30am

Contact: Mike Szlapak,

Contact: Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or

AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”.

This is a discipleship program for kids grades 1-6 (Grades 7-12

VC Students is the name of our community of students from

can be student leaders). This program helps shape values,

all across the city seeking to experience God and grow deeper

build character, and grow kids' faith through memorizing

in their faith. We'd love for you to see what God is doing in the

scripture, making friends, and encountering Jesus.

lives of students just like you.

Baby Dedication

Rally Night

Saturday, May 12

Wednesday, December 6, 7pm

Check-In: Registration window, 5:30pm

Childcare: None

Sunday, May 13

Cost: FREE

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

Registration: None

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

Contact: Laura Weiant, or

Contact: Beth Best,


Next Baby Dedication: Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned root beer float? YUM! So good! Come check out our root beer riot at our next Rally

Baby Dedication Classes

Night in the high school room! Rally Night is a time for middle

Saturdays, April 21 & 28, 7:45pm

school and high school students to come together for a night of

Sundays, April 22 & 29, 1:15pm

games, incredible worship, an amazing message given by Rudy

Dedication Application Deadline: Sunday, April 29

Alexeeff, and of course, root beer floats! Don’t forget to invite

Contact: Beth Best,

your friends to this fun-filled night. See you then!

Attendance is required on a one–time basis. If you have previously attended a class for another child, you do not have to attend again. Applications are available at the Information Counter and online. Please bring your completed application to the class.




Holiday Mixer (ages 25-45)


Cost: $5 per person

Phase III: A Ministry for Retirees

Childcare: Cost: $5/child or $10/family

1st Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am

(must register online by Wednesday, December 13)

Contact: Ron Schmidt,


This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to

Contact: Kristi,

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

Join us for an evening of food, games, and an opportunity

lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep

to fellowship with other singles for friendship and fun.

relationships with other Christians of the same age, grow

Appetizers and some Christmas desserts will be provided.

personally and spiritually, and give back by serving (typically

Bring along a gift for the white elephant gift exchange and

involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

a few vegetable canned goods to donate to Vineyard’s food

Singles Ministry

Friday, December 15, 7:30-10:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Age Range: 25-45ish

pantries. Feel free to invite your single friends to come and join in the fun! Childcare is only available until 9:30pm.

We are happy to introduce new events for targeted age

Journey to Oneness: Singles (all ages)

ranges for our Singles Ministry. We will hold events that are

Saturday, December 9, 9am-1pm

geared specifically for ages ranging from 25-45 and 40+, and

Cost: $10 per person

of course events for singles of all ages.


All Church Christmas Dance (all ages) Friday, December 8, 7:30-10:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Cost: $15 if paid online by Wednesday, Dec. 6, or $20 at the door Childcare: Not available Registration: Contact: Kristi, Please join us for fun, connecting, light refreshments, and music by DJ Steve Ransom. Singles and married couples in the

Contact: Mindy, The Journey to Oneness brings a fresh and new approach to relationships, dating, and marriage. In Journey to Oneness: Singles, you’ll receive practical information on how to begin and navigate a healthy dating relationship, including the qualities to look for in a dating partner and how to set healthy relationship boundaries.

Vineyard Men

community are welcome. Bring your adult friends, neighbors,


co-workers, and family to our most elegant dance of the year!

We have multiple volunteer opportunities for men at Vineyard

What a great way for them to experience Vineyard Columbus!

Columbus. Whether it's helping our community or serving in

Free Social Dance Classes (all ages)

our Prison Ministry. Learn more on p. 26 & 20.

Friday, December 1, 7:30-9:30pm

180 Men’s Recovery Group

Sunday, December 17, 7:30-9:30pm

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

Cooper Road Campus

Meeting Tuesdays, December 26 & January 2 due to holidays

Childcare: Not available

Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or

Contact: Natalie Struttmann,

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

These free dance classes are followed by practicing to

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

music and socializing. Adult singles and married couples are

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

welcome. No partner is necessary. Not a dancer? Come hang

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group

out and make new friends. Dress is casual.

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G




Vineyard Men: Wise Guy Winter Series

Vineyard Women: Event Team

Wednesdays, January 24, 31, & February 7, 7-9pm

Contact: Liz Ward,

Registration: Not required

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving

Contact: Joyce Shuster,

others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team.

or 614.259.5303

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

Being a wise guy is not generally a compliment in today’s

administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and

world. The Book of Proverbs offers a different perspective. This

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

book was written to create men of great wisdom. Mark your

have you join us!

calendars for the Wise Guy Winter Series, hosted by Vineyard Men. Three speakers, three Wednesday nights, and three opportunities to sit with other Vineyard men and discuss the topic of doing life with wisdom.

Young Adults VC Twenty All Campus Gathering Sunday, December 3, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

Vineyard Women

Childcare: Available for ages 0-5.

Social Media

Contacts: Christian Root, christian.root@vineyardcolumbus.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out

org OR Shane Huey,

what’s happening with Vineyard Women!

VC Twenty is the young adult community of Vineyard

International Women’s Breakfast 1st Saturdays, 9:30–11:30am Registration: not required Contact: Flo Gimei, or Julie Franks, We are a group of women from all over the world that meets monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our diversity. We share a meal, listen to a brief teaching, discuss, and pray for one another. Please bring a dish to share, but if you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

Mom’s Refresh 3rd Fridays, 9:30–11:30am (Next meeting: December 15) Childcare: $5/child or $10/family (ages 1-5; must register in advance) Register: (by Monday, December 11) Contact: Erica Roof, or Emily Wilkins, Join other moms to experience God and build friendships

Registration: Not required

Columbus. Whether you're a college student or a young professional, we'd love to see you at our All Campus Gathering where we’ll worship together and look at what it means to follow Jesus as a twenty-something in Columbus. Stick around for the after-party and meet new friends, make connections, and grow together as a community. Invite a friend! Come as you are! Save the date! Next All Campus Gathering: Sunday, January 7

I N T E R N AT I O N A L Immigration Services ICS Walk-in Clinics Saturdays, 9am–1pm, Vineyard Community Center

(No clinic on December 23 or December 30) Contact: Jeanine Winfrey, 614.259.5322 or Cost: $20 payable at the time of intake Vineyard Immigration Counseling Services (“ICS”) provides

through worship, teaching, and service. Infants are welcome

family-based immigration legal representation to persons

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

at 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and below. ICS

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

responds to requests for representation and legal questions

Soul Provider

from the public through its Intake Clinic. Consultations will be

2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm Childcare Free childcare for ages 1–12 (must pre–register) Register: (childcare & event) Contact: Myiesha McCrary, Soul Provider is a ministry for moms who are single with children up to 18–years–old, living at home, and still in high school. Join us for free dinner, special kids’ programming, and a

available for those who complete the intake process; however, representation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and are subject to ICS availability. Intake is the mandatory first step to receiving services. We will provide low-cost consultations for individuals interested in applying for immigration. We will meet with the immigrant after the formal intake process. Intakes are limited to a first-come, first-serve basis within the weekly clinic hours.

time for spiritual encouragement and renewal.

V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


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 : Edna Wright, 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 various areas of the world.

Perspectives 2018 Wednesdays, January 17–May 2, 2018, 6:30-9:30pm

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

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!

HELP & WELLNESS Vineyard Columbus Visitation Care Team

Rosedale International Center 2120 E Fifth Ave

Contact : Visitation Care Team, 614.259.5239.

Columbus, OH 43219

We want to come alongside our church and their families who

Cost: $250. University credit is available for $550.

are hospitalized, in long–term care, or homebound. If you or a


family member would like to be visited, please contact us.


Funeral Needs

A 15-week life changing course on God’s heart for the Nations for believers from every walk of life: high school students, professionals, retirees, business leaders, college students, homemakers, church leaders, and many more. Fifteen different speakers, different perspectives, one main point: God made you for more!

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

(Not meeting Monday, December 25)

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.

Contact : 614.259.5372 If you are a member of Vineyard Columbus and need funeral and pastoral care services, please call us.

Career & Financial Career Elevation 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm, Vineyard Community Center

Cost : Free Visit : Registration: Not required Childcare: Not available Contact : Kent Irwin, Offering one-on-one employment coaching with the four

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus

most key areas of gaining new employment or making

La Viña Service

networking, and how to set up an effective job search. Please

a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview,

Sundays, 11:30am, in the Chapel, Cooper Road Campus

bring a laptop if you have one, your most recent resume, pen,

Contact : Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or

and paper.

Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University (Sawmill Campus)

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!

Thursdays, January 4-February 14, 7-9pm

Registration: Contact: Kyle Mielke 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. Cost for the materials is about $100 including shipping and childcare may be available for entire class at an affordable rate.



Community Center

Vineyard Free Health Clinics

The Ohio Benefit Bank

Contact: 614.259.5428

Saturdays, 8–11am, 5th Avenue or Northside Food Pantries

Free Medical, Chiropractic, Dental, and Vision Clinics

Call : 614.259.5441 for an appointment.

Vineyard Clinics provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and

The Ohio Benefit Bank helps moderate-to-low income families

vision care for patients (ages 18 and up) to those who qualify.

apply for over 20 public benefits, such as food stamps,

Our clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid

Medicaid, and HEAP. Veterans can get assistance in accessing

or are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of

records and applying for educational benefits, too.

the Federal Poverty level. (No Medicare or other government–

Empowered Life Open Prayer for Healing Sessions Cooper Road Campus

6000 Cooper Road, Westerville

issued health care programs are eligible for services.) For more info, call 614.259.5428. Si usted sólo habla español, puede comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906. • Medical Clinic

• Saturday, December 2, 9-11am

Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening

• Saturday, December 9, 9-11am

Walk in, first come, first served. Sign-in begins at 4pm.

• Saturday, December 16, 9-11am

Patient visits begin at 6pm. We provide diagnosis and

• Wednesday, December 20, 7-9pm

treatment of illnesses. Basic work physicals available by

Contact: Kristi Webster,

calling 614.259.5428 (option 6) prior to coming to the clinic.

Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance

No lab test, injections, or X-rays.

healing prayer. No appointment needed.

Health Lower Lights Christian Health Center

• Dental Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 9–9:45am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428.

6000 Cooper Road:

We provide dental exams, X–rays, fillings, extractions, and

• Mondays, Wednesday, & Thursdays, 8am–5pm

cleanings. (No wisdom teeth, bridgework, orthodontics, or

• Tuesdays, 8am-3pm


• Fridays, 8am-1pm 171 E. 5th Avenue:

• Vision Clinic

• Mondays–Fridays, 8am–5pm

Cooper Road (appointment only)

Appointments: Call Lower Lights, 614.274.1455 (Option 1).

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

LLCHC is a faith–based, non–profit community health provider


ministering the love of Christ through full–service cradle–to–

We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those

grave medical care focused on whole–person wellness. They

who qualify.

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. 22.

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Mercy & Justice

Celebrate Recovery

Orphan Care & Anti-Human Trafficking

Childcare: not available

Contact: Diane Bauman,


Please contact Diane if you would like to receive updates and


ways to help with our Orphan Care Ministry and our efforts to

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery

end human trafficking.

fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive,

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,

Fridays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

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!

education, a Christian environment, and job skills so each child

Circle of Grace Group

can succeed as an independent adult.

3rd Tuesday of most months, 7–9pm

Support for Life 180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

Meeting Tuesdays, December 26 & January 2 due to holidays Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or 180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness. This ministry is open to all men. We emphasize both the

(not meeting in December) Contact: Linda Parker, Circle of Grace is a discussion group seeking to explore how the church can be a safe place for people with same-sex attraction to explore their relationship with Christ in a loving, biblicallyfaithful environment. Discussions are focused around books, videos, and other resources. We also seek to be in dialogue with church leadership to this end.

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

Circle of Love Group

to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group

1st Monday of most months, 7–9pm

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Contact: Linda Parker,

Blue Christmas Wednesday, December 13, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact:

This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and resources to the family and friends of people who experience same–sex attractions.

Christmas can be difficult for those who are grieving or in

Dealing with Difficult People, Part One

some type of pain. Blue Christmas services, also commonly

Saturday, January 6, 9am-1pm

called "Longest Night" services, are traditionally held on the

Contact/Register: or

longest day of the year, acknowledging the darkness in which

614.259.5256 (registration required)

we often wait during a season of Advent while encouraging

As a leader, you encounter a lot of the “mess” in people’s lives—

us to hold out hope for the coming of Emmanuel, the Light

and often may not feel equipped to handle it! This class—which

we are promised will dawn into our deepest darkness. Join

will also include “lab time” to practice what you’re learning—

us for a sacred service of scripture, music, meditation, and

will give you some basic skills on how to handle things like

remembrance as we wait in hope and certainty for God’s light.

self-harm, suicidality, difficult emotional situations, mental illness, and the exposure of sin issues as a group leader.



Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

1st Tuesdays of every month except January, July,

Healthy Spirituality may sign up to borrow the DVD sets at any

and September, 7–9pm

time for their groups.

Childcare: $5/child or $10/family each week (for ages 1 and up;

Cost: $30 for EHS course materials

must pre–register)

(book, workbook, and devotional)

Register for childcare:

Contact/Register: Debbie,

Register: Kris Garwood,, 614.259.5472

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

This group allows grandparents to share the joys and the

you to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a plan for discipleship

struggles of parenting again with those who understand. Each

that can deeply change your relationship with God. The

month speakers address a relevant topic.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course directly addresses the reality that emotional maturity and spiritual maturity are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature 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.

Hearts Restored Support Group: Recovery from Sexual Betrayal Tuesdays, 7–9pm

(not meeting December 26) Contact: Hearts Restored Support Group is a faith-based outreach where you will find a safe, confidential place to share with

The Emotionally Healthy Relationship

other women who understand the devastating effects of

Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

sexual betrayal. We are engaged, married, separated, and

Healthy Spirituality may sign up to borrow the DVD sets at any

divorced women who do not judge each other but rather

time for their groups.

embrace that we are all on a similar journey with a common

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

goal. Support is a huge part of our recovery. We have seen God


do amazing things in our lives, bringing healing and restoration.

Contact/Register: Debbie,

We are here to help you as others have helped us. This group is

This powerful eight-week course will equip you with practical

for and about you, not your spouse or partner. Sexual betrayal,

tools to really love people in difficult situations and mature

whether it be pornography, emotional or extramarital affair(s),

into an adult follower of Jesus. You will learn eight powerful,

is traumatic and disorienting. Come let us reassure you that it

biblically-based, relationship-changing skills in a group setting

is not your fault, that you will make it through this, and that

with reading, questions, and practical discussion to reinforce

there is hope. We will share/discuss topics on some of the core

each of the eight skills.

areas for healing such as anger, identity, disclosure, setting

The Emotionally Healthy Woman Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

boundaries, detachment, triggers, self-care, his repentance, forgiveness, and trust.

Healthy Spirituality may sign up to borrow the DVD sets at any

Lay Counseling

time for their groups.


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

Contact: Support for Life, 614.259.5289 or


Contact/Register: Debbie,

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

The Emotionally Healthy Woman provides a way out of an

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

inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in

application or contact Support for Life.

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

The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer

pretending everything is fine!’ The journey to emotional

“lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult

health begins by quitting. When you quit those things that are

seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual

damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up

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

to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in

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

love and lead to life. When you quit for the right reasons, at the

counseling. Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short-

right time, and in the right way, you’re on the path not only to

term basis and are trained to provide a listening ear, supportive

emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.

encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. Interested in becoming a lay counselor? See p. 25.

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Loving Someone with Mental Illness

Sisters of Sarah

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm

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

Contact: Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475

Contact: Melissa,, 614.353.1792 or

This is a support group for families and friends of people

Jeannine, 614.578.7094 or

with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major

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

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

the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you

includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

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

Moving on with Jesus

discussion, and prayer together.

Fridays, 7-9pm

Support for Life 101

Contact/Register: Sue,

Sunday, January 21, 2-5:30pm

This group is for women with unwanted same sex attraction

Contact/Register: Joyce,

(SSA). We use the Taking Back Ground teaching. During our

or 614.259.5256

meetings we will recap what was discussed in the Taking Back

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

Ground videos, discuss what was learned and how God is

a biblical framework for understanding people, their needs,

moving in our lives, and end by spending time praying together.

and how to move compassionately toward helping them. It is

Moving on with Jesus: Prayer Group Fridays, 7-9pm Contact: Sue, A regular prayer meeting for people interested in praying for those impacted by unwanted SSA, the LGBTQ community, our SSA ministries here, and those the Lord would draw in for healing and restoration. Please contact Sue if you're interested in this group.

the foundational class for this ministry and is required to be a leader.

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Deaf Ministry Events Worship Service Interpretation: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays,

Professional Counseling Center

9am Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9–10:30am

Contact: 614.259.5409

Contact: Angela Moore,

The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors

The Vineyard Columbus Cooper Road Worship Service is

offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness

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

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

for the Deaf.

Graduate Candidate Interns, $20/session, with experience in seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

Joyful Noise Worship Service (Special Needs)


2nd Sundays, 5:30–6:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm

Contact: Pam Newman,

(not meeting December 21 & 28)

Join our Accessible Worship Service for people affected by

Contact: Tom, or Support for Life,

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

614.259.5289 or

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

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

tambourines and streamers.

young men.

Sister Sister

Meeting God 303: Power Healing and Evangelism

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm

Sunday, December 3, 2:30-4:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact: Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or

Teacher: Pastor Kerry Davis

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

Prerequisite: Meeting God 301

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

Childcare: Register at

in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying

Childcare Cost: $5/child or $10/family

God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

Register: (by Thursday, November 30) 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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Meeting God 305: Releasing Freedom Wednesday, December 6, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Invitation to VC Artists for North Hall Gallery Exhibits 2018

Teacher: Nancy Davis

Contact: Holly Messerall,

Prerequisite: Meeting God 301

If you are interested in exhibiting your work as one of our

Childcare: Register at

featured artists in the North Hall Gallery during 2018, contact

Childcare Cost: $5/child or $10/family

Holly Messeral. A minimum of 10 pieces required (more than 10

Register: (by Monday, December 4)

can be considered) Please submit a portfolio for review.

Contact: Kristi Webster, Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and freedom for the captives, creating conflict with the present evil age. This class will equip you to obey Jesus’ command to partner with him to set people free from the powers of darkness.

Vineyard Institute Winter Quarter Interest Meetings Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, after the services Cooper Road Campus

Engage Intercessory Prayer Meeting (Cooper Road Campus) Wednesday, December 20, 7-8:30pm Contact: If you have a heart to see the kingdom come upon your church, city, and nation, come out to our intercessory prayer session. We will have worship and intercessory and prophetic prayer.

Contact: Andy Saperstein, 614.259.5358 or

Engage (Sawmill Campus)

1st Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm

If you feel called as a disciple, leader, church planter, or

Contact: Dustin Jasinski,

missionary, join us to learn how to enroll in the growing VI

Engage is a service of meditation on scriptures and listening

community at Vineyard Columbus. Hear from current and

to what the Lord is saying to each person attending. Prayer is

former VI students, and from Vineyard Columbus Site Pastor

also available for special needs, congregational leaders, and

Andy Saperstein.


Art Ministry

Sawmill Campus - New Location

Advent Art Exhibit: We Three Kings

4140 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017

Open through Monday, January 8, Second Floor Ministry

We have moved to our new location on the northwest side

Center Gallery

of town for weekend services. This is an exciting season for

We Three Kings, is on loan from John Kohan’s Sacred Art

Sawmill Campus! We can’t wait for what God has in store for

Pilgrim Collection. It is inspired by the famous 19th-century

us. Join us as we continue being a community of disciples who

American Christmas carol written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.

experience God, love one another, and partner with Christ to

The works of art selected for this exhibit invite the Christian

heal the world.

pilgrim to ponder the journey of the three kings as they searched for and encountered the baby Jesus described in Matthew 2:1-12. Their response was to bow down and worship, offering royal gifts to this lowly baby in a manger. This exhibit highlights a rich diversity of 20th and 21st century depictions with a variety of mediums of painting, sculpture, woodcut print, etchings, and even a fresco on canvas.

Christmas Themes by Vineyard Artists Open through Monday, January 8, North Hall Gallery/Café Gallery These two gallery areas, in and across from the café, will be sharing original work from our own Vineyard Columbus artists for this seasonal exhibit. We have many gifted individuals in different mediums. Stop by and see some of the creativity with the visual arts that we are blessed to have in our midst.




Sundays, 9 & 11:30am

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus) Contact: Klodiana Tedesco, or There are many ways you can serve in prayer at Lane Avenue Campus. For more info, contact Klodiana.


Community Life

The Songs of Christmas: Join us for advent at Vineyard Columbus

The Book of Judges

The spirit of Christmas is not captured by “Jingle Bells” or

Teacher: Michael Karoly

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”. We hear the spirit of

Childcare: Not available

Christmas in the song Mary lifted to God as she celebrated

Registration: Not required

the gift of the Savior in her womb. We hear it in the words

Michael Karoly, a longtime Vineyard Columbus member, gives

Zechariah sang after his wife Elizabeth gave birth to their long-

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

awaited and God-given son, John the Baptist. And we hear it

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

especially in the song the angels sang at Jesus’ birth, “Glory

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

to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on

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

whom his favor rests.” You are invited for this Advent Series as

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

we hear The Songs of Christmas.

In December, we will study the stories of Gideon and

• December 9 & 10: Experiencing Christmas Through Mary’s Song of Praise • December 16 & 17: Experiencing Christmas Through Zechariah’s Hymn • December 24: Experiencing Christmas Through the Song of the Angels

No service Saturday, December 23

Christmas Eve: Times & Locations Sunday, December 24 (no service Saturday, December 23) Cooper Road Campus 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH 43081 • 9am (children’s programming for infants–grade 5) • 11:30am (children’s programming for infants–grade 5) • 4pm (children’s programming for infants–grade 5) • 7pm (hosted by VC Twenty; no childcare) East Campus 333 Jericho Road, Pickerington, OH 43147 • 9am & 11:30am Sawmill campus 4140 Tuller Road, Suite 122, Dublin, OH 43017 • 9am (children’s programming for ages 6 months–K) • 11:30am (children’s programming for ages 6 months–K)

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Abimelech (Judges 8 and 9).

New Year's Eve Never Would Have Made It: New Year's Eve Service (family-friendly) Sunday, December 31, 10:30pm-12am Speaker: Charles Montgomery Join us this New Year’s Eve for our special service, entitled “Never Would Have Made It!” Celebrate with us the promise of Jesus’ return! We will have worship along with a teaching, followed by a short after party. Please bring a dessert to share. We hope to see you this New Year’s Eve!

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,

Bookstore & Library Cooper Road Campus Library Volunteers Contact: Jeff Baker, or

Lane Avenue Campus


2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, OH

Volunteer once a week restocking books, contacting those

• 10am

with overdue books, and adding new inventory.

La Viña (Spanish-speaking) 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, OH 43081 • 11:30am (located in Chapel)

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Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities Cooper Road Campus Contact: Jeff Baker, or

The following outreach opportunities are a bridge between


our church and the people of Columbus. We want to bring hope

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

to prisoners, feed the hungry, care for the homeless, and visit

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

those in nursing homes. Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

after the service you attend, operating cash register for half

or for general questions


or contact the person designated for the outreach.

• 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 can volunteer in a number of different roles: job coach, career expert, administrator, database manager, networking pro, workplace navigator, and liaison between searchers and job providers.

Community Life Start a Small Group Contact: If you have a heart for people, can provide a space for people 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 small group area of your campus.

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

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

Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project: Volunteers at Franklin County Jail, Franklin County Medical Center, and The Ohio Reformatory for Women Days and times vary (2 hours every other month) Contact: Deborah Scott, We are continually receiving requests for AMSB in the local jails and prisons. Volunteers record parents reading to their children, then our small group wraps the books and CDs and

Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts

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


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

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

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

group leaders? Short on time this week to prepare a small group discussion? Wondering how you can get more training after LT1? Need some tips on how to make hosting easier? The Community Life Team wants to help you make the most of your time as you pray and prepare for your small group gatherings, 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/.

Franklin Medical Center Parenting Class Volunteers Contact: Deborah Scott, We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms at the Franklin Medical Center, the prison hospital. We will provide class materials and necessary training.

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

One Child One Community: Adopt A School


Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452,

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

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

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

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

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us

Contact: Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

to support Columbus schools. Please consider mentoring,

cooking/baking for teachers at our events, donating school

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

supplies or holiday gifts. For additional info on how your group

Contact: John, 614.578.8371 or

can serve, contact Anna Fullen. 20

Community Outreach


Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project

• Pantry Drivers & Donation Pick-up Helpers

Days and times vary (One day every three months)

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

Contact: Deborah Scott,

We need men to help record father’s reading to their child(ren)

We are in need of strong volunteers to help pick up food

at the Franklin County Jail.

from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for pantries. Ability to drive a box truck and/or use a forklift is helpful, but not necessary.

Food Pantry Opportunities

Pick-ups are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Approximate time commitment is 4 hours every other week. If you are

Our church has two food pantries that serve the community

free to pick up donated items from local grocery stores/

of Columbus. Please contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

bakeries, we could use help with that too, usually on Fridays., to receive an important information about each location before serving. Children ages 7 and older are welcome with parents.

Homeless Outreach Opportunities

Opportunities to Serve:

Homeless Wednesday Night Outreach

• 5th Avenue Food Pantry

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

181 East 5th Avenue

Saturday, 8am–12pm

Help us bring food and supplies to the homeless living

Small groups of 10-15 need to be scheduled to serve at this

outdoors. We travel together as a team to various outdoor

pantry. Carpool if possible, parking is limited.

stops. Serve with a small group or individually. Groups must be

• Northside Food Pantry

scheduled through Rhodie and children ages 10 and older are

4664 Cleveland Avenue

welcome. If you or your small group would like to make a meal

Saturday, 8am–12pm

for this outreach, we can cover the cost. Just email for details!

If possible, please carpool or park along Chester Road to keep parking available for guests around and behind the building. Small groups do not need to schedule at this location but please contact Rhodie for an info sheet. • Monday Night Service Mondays, 6pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

Church Service Drivers Sundays, 7:15am-12:15pm or Wednesday evenings, 6-9pm. Contact: Jenney, 614.259.5370 or Help transport our friends to the 9am Sunday service and/or help drive on Wednesday evenings in our 15-passenger van.

Contact: Jenney, 614.259.5370 or

YWCA Family Shelter Breakfast

900 Harvey Court, Columbus, OH 43219

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

2nd Saturdays of the month, 6:30-9:30am

provide meal ideas). We are looking for families and small

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

groups to help us purchase and prepare our holiday meals

at the Monday Night Service in November and December.

Help cook and serve breakfast to the 50 families at the shelter.

Please contact Jenney for more details and to sign up!

Great outreach for the kids too!

• Check-in Volunteers Saturdays (two per month), 8am-12pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue Contact: Chris Blosser,

Nursing Home Outreach Opportunities Contact: Chris Flores, 614.263.0606 •

1060 Eastwind Drive

Could you help out twice a month checking in people at our downtown 5th Ave. pantry? If so, we would love your help! Please email Chris Blosser, our pantry manager, and talk with him about this opportunity to serve.

Heartland of Westerville (worship & bible study service) Fridays, 1pm

Edgewood Manor (bedside visits) 140 N. State Street Sundays, 10:30am

• Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or We are looking for licensed barbers to offer free haircuts for 2–4 hours at our pantry locations on Saturday mornings and licensed cosmetologists to volunteer services at our Northside pantry. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Ohio Benefit Bank Opportunities Saturday mornings, 8-11am, 4664 Cleveland Avenue Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or Help connect low and moderate income Ohioans with free tax preparation and access to potential public benefits and work supports. We are always looking for volunteer counselors and training is provided. Contact Rhodie to make an appointment to meet with a counselor or be trained.

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or Current opportunities available for doctors, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer teams).

Arawak Garden

Outreach & Connect


Outreach Call Ministry

We are looking for volunteers year-round to help tend our

Contact: Adrienne Ash, 614.259.5494 or

downtown garden at 1455 N. 4th St. in the Short North area

where produce is grown and then donated to our 5th Avenue

If you are a person who loves to talk and make people feel

food pantry. We have experienced gardeners who oversee this

welcomed, then you should join the Outreach Call Ministry!

project and there are year-round opportunities.

Each Monday our team calls everyone that turned in a connect

Pray for Community Outreach

card or decision prayer card during one of the weekend

Contact: Jenney, 614.259.5370 or

we are excited they visited our church home, and we give them

information about ways they can get connected in our church

Contact Jenney Rice to sign up for our prayer newsletter and

and upcoming events they can attend. Most importantly, we

intercede for this ministry area.

want them to know that in our large church, they were seen,

Deaf Ministry

and that they are important to us. You can make calls from

Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities

are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Adrienne

Contact: Angela Moore, We need skilled volunteer ASL interpreters to sign for adults and children on a rotation at our Sunday, 9am Cooper Road Service.

Early Childhood Early Childhood Worship Ministry Contact: Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 or Share your love for Jesus with children through music! Volunteer to lead children in worship once a month during our weekend services.

Global Café Global Café Volunteers Contact: New to the church or want to get connected? Be a part of our family of believers who get to experience God through service and fellowship. The Café is an atmosphere where fresh, made–from–scratch food connects the community with the love of Christ.


Health Clinics


services. We make them feel welcomed and let them know that

your home or come to the church and make your calls. If you Ash.

Membership 101 Volunteer Opoortunities Contact: Cinnamon Doran, • Data Entry Volunteer Opportunities Hours are flexible. 2-4 hours a week. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to enter data from our Membership 101 class. Vineyard Columbus membership is required. Computer literacy is preferred. Hours are flexible. This opportunity is best for those who don’t mind serving on a small team.  • Class Volunteer Opportunities  12:30–2:30pm every Sunday there is a Membership 101 class, 5 times a year We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help set up for Membership 101 classes at Cooper Rd. This opportunity is best for those who don’t mind serving on a small team. 

Security Ministry

• IFI Internship Program Contact: Estera Pirosca,

Medical Response Team

Visit: (financial donations)

Contact: Jason Pierce, or 614.625.6216

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

The Medical Response team is looking for volunteers that

chemical industry, actuarial science, finance/accounting,

would be willing to help out with medical emergencies that

statistical analysis, web design/media, and marketing.

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

• Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies

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

Contact: Tiria,

and are interested in learning more about the Medical

IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and

Response Team, please contact Jason Pierce.

distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students

VC International Teams & Ministries English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteers

and volunteers share a meal together. Contact us if you or your small group are interested. • Small Group Outreach for IFI Contact: Jessica Burchett, 740.816.6518 or

Contact: Ximena Lozada,

Sign up:

We are seeking volunteers to serve in the following areas:

International Friendships (IFI) has opportunities for small

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10–11:30am

groups to help “reach the world” together including prayer,

Tuesdays, 7pm–9pm

preparing food for a Bible study, making welcome bags,

• Greeters: Our ESL students are eager to interact with people

greeting new students, and hosting a used furniture sale.

who enjoy giving warm smiles and speaking welcoming

Missions Care Team

words as they enter the classroom.

Contact: Dotty Christensen,

• Teachers: If you have a heart for internationals and enjoy

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

teaching, we need volunteers to teach and assist our

working, or want to give gifts, time, energy, or money, then

daytime and evening ESL classes.

get involved with missionary care. Use your creativity to help

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10am

expand care to those we as a church send to the nations.

Conversation Table Leader: We have a vibrant ESL program and

Refugee Ministry Opportunities

are always in need of volunteers to assist us as Conversation

• Cross Cultural Friendships

Table Leaders. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10am

International Friendships (IFI)

Contact: Carli Snyder, Throughout scripture it is evident that God loved the foreigner, and calls his people to love them, too. If you love

Contact: Jessica Burchett, 740.816.6518 or

meeting new people, and you would enjoy coming alongside

International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus

a refugee in their transition to Western culture, please

to promote friendships and show hospitality to international

contact Carli Snyder for more information on how to serve

students at OSU.

our local refugee population through the gift of cross-

• IFI Holiday Hosting

cultural friendship.

Sign up:

• Tuesdays 6:30–8:30pm

Want to add international flavor to your Christmas

Contact: Carli Snyder,

Celebration? Invite international students to join your

We’re looking for committed volunteers to tutor refugee

family Christmas celebration. Share hospitality and the

children on a weekly basis for the Winter-Spring school

true meaning of the holiday with an international(s) from

semester. Come join the fun! Volunteers will be required

different cultural/religious backgrounds. This opportunity is

to complete a training and consent to a background check.

in partnership with International Friendships, a ministry that

Please contact Carli Snyder for more information.

reaches out to internationals at OSU. • IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner Visit:–cuisine–church–small–groups.pdf Become a conversation partner and help students practice English, learn about American culture, and more. Individuals and families can be friendship partners who meet with an international student or couple monthly for a meal or activity. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G




• Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30pm Contact: Carli Snyder, carli.snyder@vineyardcolumbus.or

Support for Life

We’re looking for committed volunteers to tutor refugee

Become a Lay Counselor

children on a weekly basis for the Winter-Spring school

Contact: or

semester. Come join the fun! Volunteers will be required


to complete a training and consent to a background check.

Application: available at

Please contact Carli Snyder for more information.

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

Media Arts Video, Audio, & Lighting Support Contact: We’re looking for passionate, quick–thinking people who value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

short-term basis to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. If you've benefited from support and healing during a difficult 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.

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

Become a Support for Life Group Leader

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


Special Needs Bridge Builders Contact: (children/middle schoolers) Contact: Amanda Fessehazion, (teens/adults) Befriend a child, teen, or adult with special needs who wants to be part of our church community.

Application: available at We are looking for leaders who can create groups that offer a safe environment for those who are struggling to experience the love of Jesus and the care of his community. If you've benefited from support and healing during a difficult life season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom, you may wish to help others by leading a support or recovery group related to the same issue. We are currently looking for leaders for the following subjects:

Body Builders Class (Special Needs)

• Parents of children/teens on the autism spectrum

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

• Female chemical dependency recovery group

Contact: Amanda Fessehazion,

• Families impacted by the opioid crisis

• Male victims of sexual abuse

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?

VC Students

Join us twice a month.

VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders

Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection

Contact: Shane Huey,

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

(VC High School)

Contact: Christy Smith, 614.374.4859 or

Contact: Michael Doom, michael.doom@vineyardcolumbus.

Befriend a child who needs an extra hand getting used to

org (VC Middle School)

church and children’s ministry. If their special needs interfere

Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups

with learning Jesus loves them, maybe they can meet Jesus

and Weekend Services. We’ll be sure to train you before leaving

through your guidance and love. Become a mentor buddy in

you alone with teenagers!

our nationally–known program called the Sensory Break Room. Serve on a rotation.

Vineyard Community Center

Special Needs Intervention Support Team

Artists Needed

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus


Contact: Amanda Fessehazion,

Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the

church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

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Artists Small Group (New) Contact:


Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth

Be an AWANA Leader!

beginning with a book study. All artists are welcome. Send us

Tuesdays, through May, 6:15-9pm

an email if you're interested in being a part of this group.

Cooper Road Campus, Multi-Purpose Room

Blood Drive

Application: Pick up an application from the children’s info desk or the Kidz Quest welcome center

Wednesday, December 20, Vineyard Community Center

Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

Visit: sponsor code: VineCommCtr.

We are accepting applications for people who desire to invest

Give the Gift of Blood. The need for blood donations is ongoing,

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

and every donor makes a difference

curriculum, ongoing training, and a team to work with. We are

Coaches and Referees Needed for Vineyard Athletics!

flexible when you need time off and offer the fringe benefit

Contact: Jerome Smith, 614.259.5395 or Help with our Youth Basketball, Cheerleading, or NFL Flag Football leagues. We need coaches and referees for grades K-6.

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or Current opportunities available for doctors, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer teams).

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

of being loved by the kids and leaders. To make disciples we focus on scripture memory, friendship, and fun. Consistency is key. 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 little ones connect to God through the worship arts. No need to play an instrument! We offer training, provide all necessary materials, and include you in a volunteer rotation.

Kidz Quest Leaders Weekend Services at all campuses Application: Pick up an application from the children’s info desk or the Kidz Quest welcome center Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317 We are accepting applications for qualified people to help us make disciples out of our elementary-age kids and bring them to Jesus. Our objective is to partner with parents and inspire

One Child One Community: Adopt A School

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

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452,

offer curriculum, training, and an AWESOME team to work

with. We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes where your

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

5 loaves and 2 fish are enough. Interested? Let us know.

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group can serve, contact Anna Fullen.

Vineyard Men Helping Hands Contact: Joyce Shuster, or 614.259.5303 Are you a guy who can fix things? Our Helping Hands ministry helps people in our community who are in need of minor home repairs such as leaky faucets, screen door repairs, etc. The families are usually single parent homes, elderly, or those who can’t afford repairs on their own. If you’d like to use your repair skills to help, please contact Joyce Shuster.



Vineyard Women

G I V E & D O N AT E

Vineyard Women Event Team

Aunt Mary’s Story Book Project: Donations (Prison Ministries)

Contact Liz Ward,

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and more. We have a great time serving together and would love to have you join 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 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 children's books. Drop off in bins at entrances and label “Aunt Mary’s.”

Automobile Donations Donate used cars to Vineyard Columbus to bless others in our congregation. We accept all kinds and conditions and provide a receipt for your tax purposes. If a car or small–to– 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

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you

car ministry. To donate a car, contact Mandi, 614.259.5384.

teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through

If you’re a member of Vineyard Columbus and in need of a

psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God

vehicle, call 614.259.5408.

with gratitude in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16.

One Child One Community: Annual Christmas Toy Drive

Our desire is to join together and sing praises to him. If you are musically gifted, sense God’s calling, and would like to be a part of the Choir at Vineyard Columbus, please email Danielle Evans.

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452, As a community partner since 2008, we look forward to

Other Opportunities

blessing those in grades K-5 for the holidays. Consider

Baker’s Delight

hats, or gloves. Please no swords, guns, or video games.

blessing those in need with a donation of new toys, winter

Contact Mia Byrne, 614.751.5083 or

Please drop-off donations in the One Child One Community

We bake for the women’s shelter, single moms, children’s

bins at the Worship Center or Ministry Center entrances.

volunteers, women’s ministry events, nursing homes, and

Accepting donations through Sunday, December 10.

others. Great for friends, families, and small groups who

Online Giving & TEXT to Give

are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed

Contact 614.259.5443 or


You can make a one time offering or you can schedule regular

Guide clients through a user–friendly, web–based

giving by visiting You can also

computer program to access public benefits such as

TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts.

food stamps, Medicaid, free tax filing, etc. If you are a VC

For more info, contact our Finance department.

member/attender, contact Rhodie Shreve, rhodie.shreve@

Pantry Donations (Community Outreach) or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue or Northside Food Pantries), or Maria Broeckel, maria. or 614.259.5296 (for the Vineyard Community Center).

We always need personal care items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Drop off in the metal bins by the Cooper Road Campus entrances.

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Planned Giving

Vineyard Christmas for Kids

Contact Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 or

Contact Myra Gaiters,

As we approach the holidays, we want to remember God’s

If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent

generosity to us and extend generosity to others. Vineyard


Christmas for Kids is a ministry of our church that’s designed

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. There will be designated containers at the entrance of the church where you can donate items to ‘Project Venezuela’ for the next several months. These items will then be sent to Venezuelan churches that can distribute them to the populations in greatest need. Please consider participating in this demonstration of God’s love. Specific items needed: • Nonperishable foods: Rice, sugar, pasta, dry beans, corn flour, powdered milk, salt, peanut butter, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. • Medicines: Tylenol/Motrin, antibiotics, allergy relief, and First Aid supplies. • Babies: Diapers, infant formula, baby food, and wipes. • Hygiene: Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair 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 homelessness. This month we are collecting pots and pans sets, new pillows, queen–sized sheet sets in package, and serving dishes.

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 of Gerber and Similac formulas and size 3, 4, and 5 diapers. Drop off items in the Ministry Center lobby. There are bins marked “Value Life”. For more info on ways to serve, like Value Life on Facebook or visit value–life.



to help kids and families in our church who might not be able to celebrate Christmas without our support. If you are interested in donating, please make checks payable to “Vineyard Columbus” with “VCK” in the memo line. You may also text-to-give by texting the amount along with VCK in the message to 614.333.0330. For more info, contact Myra Gaiters.

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More than 200 faith leaders and members of church and

worse,” says Rich. “You don’t hear many people talking about

community organizations joined Ohio Gov. John Kasich and

despair. It’s a silent killer.”

Vineyard Columbus Senior Pastor Rich Nathan at the Love Epidemic conference held at the church on November 9. The first-of-a-kind event focused on collaborative, faith-based solutions to the epidemic problem with opioids and other drugs, which last year claimed 4,050 lives in Ohio. Tens of thousands more lives of family members and loved ones were ripped apart by the devastating effects of heroin, fentanyl, and other addictive and deadly drugs. Lorie Kaufman-Rees, who oversees Support for Life ministries at Vineyard Columbus, organized the conference to show the world even the greatest challenges are not impossible for our bigger-than-impossible God. Ultimately, we know that all the heartache we see in our world is a lack of real ‘love’ to those who

the Columbus Dream Center and director of the United School of Ministry at the Potter’s House Church of God of Columbus. The morning session included presentations from 10 speakers representing faith-based and community organizations. One presenter, Chad Kelly, co-founder and program director of Freedom Recovery, a faith-based treatment center, acknowledged his personal history of drug addiction and recovery. He said addiction gave him the “gift of desperation.” “Addiction is a life-long disease, but recovery is a life-long solution,” Kelly said. “When we have nothing to live for, it’s easy to find something to die for.”

are hurting, broken, or lonely. Love is an epidemic the church

Conference breakout sessions included topics like involving

encourages spreading.

schools in drug education, working with the Muslim community,

Gov. Kasich’s appearance capped a day of presentations and breakout sessions focused on the theme of partnership among

dealing with mental health first aid, and starting church-based, recovery housing and prison recovery programs.

faith, government, community, and non-profit organizations to

Among many outreach programs already offered by Vineyard

help bring people out of the shadow of addiction and into the

Columbus is Roots, a support group for men struggling with

light of the love of God.

addiction issues. The group of about 15 to 20 men of various ages

“This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” Pastor Nathan said, referring to the epidemic of people struggling with the ‘depths


The emcee of the Love Epidemic was Gerald Murphy, pastor of

meets at the church weekly at 7 p.m. Thursdays. A leader for a female recovery group is also being sought.

of despair.’ “We need to surround people with grace, love, and

One of the leaders of the Roots group is Brett Gannon, a 30-year-

faith,” he said, referring to Psalm 142, in which David prays for

old native of Westerville who has been in recovery from heroin

deliverance from lonely desperation. “Despair is simply the

addiction for nine years. Brett firmly believes he would be “either

feeling that life is not going to get better. It’s going to get

dead or in prison” without God’s grace in his life.


Brett’s story of healing from addiction is remarkable because

then. “There is no other way. I had tried every way. I just called

after two years of steady heroin use, he prayed to God for

up to God and he set me free.” Brett now works part-time in

deliverance and went “cold turkey,” meaning he gave up using

construction in addition to speaking in schools, prisons, and to

drugs without undergoing clinical rehabilitation or relapsing. Scientific studies show that heroin addiction is one of the most difficult of all drug habits to recover from, often requiring as

community groups. He is also involved in foreign missionary work and has visited 25 countries.

many as six or seven failed attempts before successfully putting

Without God in his life, Brett said he does not believe he would

drug abuse in the rearview mirror. Long-term treatment and

be alive, much less serving as a co-worker with God in the lives

counseling are usually required for effective recovery.

of others in recovery. “The things I was doing were leading

Brett said he began using marijuana as a young boy and was

nowhere,” says Brett. “A lot of my so-called friends died of

selling it by age 13. After he broke his hand and had to take

overdoses. Other friends of mine went to prison. I said, ‘Maybe

narcotic painkillers, Brett said he began to spiral down into a

you’re here for a reason.’ He saved my life several times. When I

habit of injecting heroin on a regular basis. His life became a trap

cried out to him, he set me free.”

of looking for drugs, taking drugs, and then looking for drugs all over again. “I was at the end of my rope. I was serious. I was desperate,” he said. “It was the worst time of my life.” Brett approached his mother, who was a recovering alcoholic, and asked her how she was able to give up drinking. “She said Jesus is the only way,” Brett recalled. Brett prayed to God: “You’ve got to set me free. You’ve got to take the desire away.

At the conference, Gov. Kasich, who has championed state programs to treat people facing addiction and mental health issues, sat on stage with Pastor Nathan. “This is the kind of religious institution that is appealing to people,” Gov. Kasich said of the Vineyard. “We’re losing a lot of young people to the issue of faith. If all we do in church is talk about all the rules, I don’t

Either put me in prison, take me to heaven, or set me free.”

think it works.” He said God must be a part of the solution to the

Almost immediately, Brett noticed the desire for drugs went

crippling opioid epidemic. “You’re not going to beat this from the

away. There was no sickness, and none of the ravaging hunger

top down. You’re going to beat it from the bottom up,” said the

to get high again, which he had felt before. A week later, in a

Governor. “We can do this, but it takes all of us.”

moment of weakness, he tried heroin again. To his surprise, Brett didn’t get high. God’s grace prevented him from experiencing the

For more information about getting involved with the Love

feeling of euphoria he felt in the past.

Epidemic or receiving help or support at Vineyard Columbus,

That was nine years ago. Brett has been clean and sober since

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