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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 CafÊ 614.259.5400 Hospitality Casey Knight, 614.259.5292 International Ministries Jackie Williams, 614.259.5369 Marriage & Family Life Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365 Men’s Life Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303 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 Volunteer Diane Bauman, 614.259.5318 Women Liz Ward, 614.259.5335 Worship Arts Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

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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 614.259.5237

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 given. All staff members are listed at


re you facing a major decision in the next 6 months—a decision that will significantly impact the

course of your life? For example, if you are a teenager, you may be considering college or, perhaps, joining the military, or taking a year off to travel, or do ministry. If you choose college, which college should you go to? Should you start off in a community college or should you pursue a four-year degree? How much debt should you take on? When you go to college, what should your major be? Perhaps you already have a Bachelor’s degree and are wondering whether you ought to enroll in a Master’s program, or pursue your doctorate. Maybe the important decision in your life concerns ministry. Is God calling you to take a short-term mission trip? Is God calling you to longer-term missions? Should you start a small group? Perhaps, for a few of you, God is speaking about church planting. Where should you plant? When should you plant? Or maybe you are applying for jobs, or thinking about leaving your current employment because you are unhappy. Some of you may be deciding whether or not to purchase a home, or to build a home. Which home should you buy? What neighborhood should you choose? Should you get married? Whom should you marry? Should you have a child? Should you have another child? Maybe you’re in a situation where there are medical risks if you have a child. Should you try anyway? Perhaps your lifechanging decision concerns bringing a foster child into your home or choosing to adopt a child. And certainly it is not just young adults who are facing major decisions that may significantly impact the course of their lives. If you are middle-aged perhaps you are wondering about how to raise a teenager who is going through a difficult time. Or you have a 20-something who is really struggling. Maybe you are single and it appears that you need to plan for being single for an extended period. Is it time for you to buy a home and to C O N G R E G AT I O N A L L E T T E R J U LY 2 0 1 7 B Y R I C H N AT H A N 4

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plan for your financial future without having a spouse to help shoulder the burden? If you’re older and facing retirement, or you are retired,

how should you spend your retirement time? Should you

“Look, he’s on his cell phone. Look at her. She is putting on

get involved with a particular volunteer opportunity,

lipstick now in her rearview mirror. He’s drinking coffee.”

or a particular ministry? Some of you may be facing the

Then I shouted: “Look at that!” Driving next to us was a

possibility of running for office or being involved in

woman who had a bowl of cereal on her steering wheel

politics in a significant way. Should you do that?

and she was eating the bowl of cereal while driving 75

For those of us who are followers of Christ, we believe

mph! She was flying by us and she was eating a bowl of

that we shouldn’t make important life decisions

cereal with a spoon, steering the car with the bottom of

independently. When followers of Christ try to make

her bowl of cereal. You are not going to hear the voice of

decisions, we earnestly want to hear what God thinks

God very well when you are driving 75 mph steering your

about what we’re doing. After all, we believe that God is

car with a bowl of cereal, and trying not to dump your

awfully smart! He knows us. He knows what we need and

cereal onto your lap.

what will bless our lives. God knows the future. He knows the other people with whom we’re thinking of becoming involved. God knows everything that’s coming down the road. He knows what our health will be like. So, for the person who believes in God and has a relationship with

Our first calling as followers of Christ is fellowship with Christ. Our first calling is not activity for Christ. Our first calling—your first calling is fellowship with Jesus Christ. We do and do, and then we burn out. We hit a wall. We

him, the most sensible thing in the world is to try to figure

try a million things to succeed in life, to succeed in our

out what God thinks before we make a life-changing

parenting, to succeed in our relationships, to succeed in


ministry, instead of simply taking the time to listen to God.

The greatest obstacle to hearing God’s voice in the 21st century is simply busyness. We Americans live

If you need to hear from God, if you are frustrated, if

overstuffed, over filled, over-stimulated lives. We eat too

you have an important decision to make and you need

much. We shop too much. We own too much. We watch

wisdom, why not slow the rpm’s down long enough to

too much TV and spend too much time online. We cram

listen for God’s voice? Ask God, “What do you have for me?

too much into our houses and into our schedules. If we

What’s your plan for my life? How should I think about

were to be honest with ourselves, we would say that

the future?” The Lord really is smarter than you and me.

there is simply no room in our lives for the voice of God.

God is infinitely more creative than we are in coming up

We are, as a culture, addicted to busyness. It’s no wonder we struggle to hear God’s voice concerning our future.

with solutions. He sees what we cannot see. He can see around the curve. He knows the future. He knows the

Everyone multi-tasks. Just look at what people do in the

consequences of our decisions. He sees the heart. He

cars next to you on the highway. Here we are hurtling

sees below the surface. God sees what we cannot see.

down the highway at 75+ mph in a 3000-4000 pound car

He has answers for your life, especially when you are at a

and what are we doing? We are talking on our cell phones.


A woman is putting on mascara in her rearview mirror. Someone else is texting.

Take time to slow down this summer! In an unhurried way, ask God what he thinks about a decision you are facing.

One day—true story—my wife, Marlene, and I were

Take time to listen in your heart for the voice of God!

driving on I-270 on the north side of town. I was in the passenger seat—watching people pass by us in their cars. I noticed that every single driver that drove by us was doing something in addition to driving. I said to Marlene: V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Sunday, July 30, 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, September 10

Sunday, July 30, 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, September 10

Sunday, July 30, 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, September 10 Learn about Meeting God 302: Discerning God's Voice on p. 18. Sunday, July 30, 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, September 10

Sunday, July 30, 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, September 10 Learn about Mission 502: From Nations to Neighbors - Am I Called to Missions? on p. 11.


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Membership 101

Baptism Celebrations

Teacher Senior Pastor Rich Nathan

Saturday, August 26, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

Childcare Register for free at

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

Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs

Next Baptism Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8

of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership.

Baptism Classes Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, after services Sundays, August 6, 13 & 20, after services If you’re a new follower of Jesus, getting baptized is an important next step. It’s a public proclamation of your decision to follow Christ. In order to participate in baptism, you must attend one of the required classes listed above. Find more info online or at the Info Counter in the Lobby.

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.

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

Sunday, July 30, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare (ages 1–12). Next Class Sunday, September 10 Learn about all of our Vineyard Growth Classes on p. 10.

FAMILIES & MARRIAGE VineyardKids AWANA Carnival Sunday, August, 20, 2-4pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact Ryan Hatfield, Join us for our 2017 AWANA Carnival! There will be games, candy, prizes, and much more! Parents and kids will also have the opportunity to learn more about this fun program! AWANA helps shape values, build character and grow the faith of kids in grades 1-6.

Baby Dedication Saturday, October 28 Check-In: registration window, 5:30pm Sunday, October 29 Check-In: registration window, 8:30am (for 9am service) Check-In: registration window, 11am (for 11:30am service) Contact Beth Best,

campus to learn more!

Baby Dedication Classes

Exploring Community

Saturdays, October 7 & 14, 7:45pm

Thursdays, August 17-September 21, 7-9pm Register Childcare $3/child or $5/family each week (for ages 1–5; must pre–register) Contact Exploring Community is a series at our Cooper Road Campus that provides a great opportunity to experience small groups on-campus while creating new relationships and learning

Sundays, October 8 & 15, 1:15pm Dedication Application Deadline Sunday, October 15 Contact Beth Best, 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.

what small groups are all about with the goal of joining an off-campus group.

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


VC Students VC Students (Middle & High School) Weekend Services: Saturdays, 6pm & Sundays, 9am & 11:30am Contact Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or VC Students (Middle and High School) is the new 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.

VC Middle School Summer Camp (students in grades 5–8) July 30-August 4, Camp Cotubic Cost $325 (earlybird, due Sunday, July 9), $340 full-price Register Contact Laura Weiant, Refocus Summer Camp is the place to be for middle school students this summer. Time and time again we have watched as God weaves life-changing and incredible truths into our student’s hearts as they immerse themselves in the camp experience. Financial aid is available. Don’t miss out—this is the event of the year!

Marriage All-Church Wedding Vow Renewal Celebration Friday, August 25, 7-9pm Cost $25 per couple (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory) Register Mindy,

(register by Wednesday, August 9) Contact Mindy, We believe it’s important to support and celebrate healthy marriages. This is why we’re holding a wedding vow renewal celebration. Here, married couples will renew their wedding vows and celebrate their love with children, friends, and family. Each couple will have a private ceremony performed by a Vineyard pastor followed with a reception for everyone to celebrate together. Pre-registration is required for this



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Singles Ministry

Chosen4Love Abigail Shaw (, or Peggy Steinbower

Before You Begin the Journey: Becoming Relationship Ready (formerly Before I Become a Spouse)


Saturday, July 8, 9am-1pm

Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for

Cost $10 per person

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

(includes class materials & online inventory)

families, and for people who are considering becoming foster


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

Contact Mindy,

and encouragement in this area.

Journey to Oneness brings a fresh and new approach to

Contact Julie Pierce (614.625.7335,,

Vineyard Homeschool Network

relationships, dating, and marriage. Rather than assisting you in finding “the one”, this class will equip you to stand firm in

Contact Martha,

your identity in Christ and bring your best self to current and

Our mission is to support and empower families who home

future relationships. Open to singles and dating couples.

educate their children. Our vision is that each family involved will feel supported in their efforts to homeschool their

Kingdom Seekers Group

children, as we all contribute our unique gifts to benefit and

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

build up one another, and to provide support to children and

Contact Ray Beaumier,

parents through classes, field trips, and social engagements.

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

Find us on Facebook at Vineyard Columbus Homeschool

Contact Theresa Wilson, or


Roger Crawfis,

A D U LT M I N I S T R I E S Men's Ministry 180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus (not meeting July 3) Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or

We welcome all singles 40+ seeking first the Kingdom of God for Bible study and fellowship.

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

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

2017 Summer Series: Winning the War Within

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

Wednesday, July 19, 7-9pm, Speaker: Hannah Engebretson

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

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

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

Childcare $3/child or $5/family

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

(for ages 1–12; must pre–register)


Register (childcare only)

Phase III: A Ministry for Retirees


1st Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am (not meeting July 4) Contact Ron Schmidt, This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to flourish in the Kingdom of God during the third phase of their lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep relationships with other Christians of the same age; grow personally and spiritually; and give back by serving (typically involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

Contact Liz Ward, or

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16, NASB Have you ever asked yourself why you say and do things you don’t want to do? Many of us believe our problem is a lack of willpower. We just aren’t trying hard enough because (after all) we really do know better! But the Bible says the root problem is “the flesh”—a power inside each of us that inclines us, bends us, pulls us towards sin. The Bible is brutally honest and very realistic about this battle—one we all must fight—but one God intends for us to win through the power of his spirit. Join us this summer as we together explore “winning the war within.” Spanish translation will be provided. Please join us afterwards for “Happy Hour” in the café! V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


International Women’s Breakfast

Vineyard Women: Event Team

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

Contact Liz Ward,

Contact Flo Gimei, or

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving

Nicole Gonzalez–Angulo,

others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team.

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

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

monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our

administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and

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

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

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

have you join us!

you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

Mom’s Refresh - Playdate in the Park

Young Adults

Friday, July 21, 9:30–11:30am, Clintonville (Whetstone Park)

VC Twenty Campus Connect Events

Contact Cinnamon,

Cooper Road Campus: Saturday & Sunday, July 22-23

We will be meeting at the Playground at Whetstone Park in

All Campuses: Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30

Clintonville. This is a great opportunity to stay connected

If you’re a young adult at Vineyard Columbus, we want to

during the summer months. Please bring everything you will

connect with you! Find us after the services to meet and

need for a morning in the park. Please note: This event will be

connect with other young adults at your campus and hear a bit

cancelled if rainstorms occur.

more about what God is doing in VC Twenty. We’ll have

Run for God

pour-over coffee and a few other refreshments to make it worth your while. Stop by, be known, and get connected!

Saturdays, 8-10:30am Register or

VC Twenty All Campus Gathering

Sunday, August 6, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

Contact Cooper Road: Farrah Langlois, or

Contacts Christian Root,

Julie Franks, (women)

or Shane Huey,

Contact Sawmill Campus: Maria Seaman, merinparis@yahoo.

VC Twenty is the Young Adult community of Vineyard

com or Angie Caplinger, (men &

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


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

The Run for God program provides a practical guide to

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

running and a 12-week training plan aimed at completing a 5k

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

race, while maintaining a Christian focus. Meetings include

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

discussion, walking/running, and a fellowship time afterwards.

connections, and grow together as a community. Invite a

All levels of walking/running are welcome!

friend! Come as you are!

Soul Provider


2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm

Soul Provider will not meet on the 2nd Fridays during the summer, but will attend the Women's Summer Series in July & August instead. Childcare Free childcare available (for ages 1–12; must pre–register)

Immigration Intake and Consultation Clinics Thursdays, 10am–12pm, Vineyard Community Center

Contact Beth Watkins, 614.259.5322 or

Register (childcare & event)

Cost $20 payable at the time of intake

Contact Liz Ward,

We are currently not accepting new applicants at this time.

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 time for spiritual encouragement and renewal.


Immigration Services

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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 and have a heart for the nations, join us to pray for the nations and Vineyard Columbus’ missionaries in various areas of the world.

Mission 502: From Nations to Neighbors - Am I Called to Missions? 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 globally. Come discover how to discern God’s calling in your

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 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.

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

Funeral Needs


Contact 614.259.5372

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

Contact Tim Hart, 614.557.0395 or

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

Career & Financial

Pray for our international ministry work. We typically worship,

Business Owners Group

share updates on our missionaries, and pray for special areas of

Contact Rita Itsell,

the world and our VC missionaries.

If you are a fellow business owner looking to expand your

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus La Viña Service

knowledge in overall business management, this new program may be for you. If you're interested in this group, please contact Rita.

Contact Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or

Designing Your Legacy: Estate Planning Workshop

Saturday, July 29, 9:30-11:30am

La Viña is a service that is completely in Spanish and meets in

Cost Free

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

Childcare Not available

as you are!

Learn how to pass on your estate at death, how to obtain a

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

good estate plan, and receive documents done at no cost to you. Seminar is informational, one-on-one private meetings scheduled in August with estate planners, documents done at no cost to you.

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Job & Intern Opportunities Visit


Vineyard Columbus is an exciting place to work with great

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

benefits and a dynamic atmosphere centered on God’s

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

mission. We have full–time, part–time, and internship

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

positions available. We are committed to diversity and the

Appointments Call Lower Lights, 614.274.1455 (Option 1).

mission of the church.

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

Featured Positions:

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

• Assistant Pastor Residency VC Twenty

grave medical care focused on whole–person wellness. They

• Assistant Pastor Residency VC High School

see patients with Medicaid, Medicare, CareSource, Molina, and

• Assistant Pastor Residency Singles Ministry

private insurance as well as uninsured patients. Services are

Vineyard Career Elevation

offered for the whole family on a sliding fee scale based upon income. However, all patients are seen regardless of ability to

3rd Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm

pay. Services offered include pre–natal care, immunizations,

Cost Free

well–child checkups, physicals, routine care, and chronic


disease management.

Childcare Not available Contact Kent Irwin,

Vineyard Free Health Clinics

Offering one-on-one employment coaching with the four

6000 Cooper Road, Westerville

most key areas of gaining new employment or making

Contact 614.259.5428

a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview,

Free Medical, Chiropratic, Dental, and Vision Clinics

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

Vineyard Clinics provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and

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

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

pen, and paper. Elevation is held in the Vineyard Columbus

Our clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid

Community Center. No childcare will be provided.

or are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of

Community Center

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

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

comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906. • Medical Clinic Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening (not meeting July 4) 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

Cooper Road Campus

Cooper Road (appointment only)

• Saturday, July 8, 9-11am

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

• Saturday, July 22, 9-11am


• Wednesday, July 26, 7-9pm

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

Contact Kristi Webster,

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

Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance


healing prayer. No appointment needed.

• Vision Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428. We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those who qualify.


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Cooper Road (appointment only)

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

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

Starting Sunday, June 25, 2-4pm (ongoing through the



We provide evaluation and chiropractic care for those with

Contact Deva, to register

pain involving headaches, neck, back, or joints.

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

Interested in volunteering in our clinics? See p. 22.

continue their journey of healing and freedom through

• Chiropractic Clinic

Mercy & Justice Orphan Care Contact Diane Bauman,

the Lord. We will be exploring how we can apply the word through movement and creativity as worship. No experience is necessary. Christ meets us where we are, regardless of health. Expect to receive the love and forgiveness of Jesus...expect a miracle. "Let us praise his name with dancing" Psalm 149: 3

Please contact Diane if you would like to receive updates and ways to help with our Orphan Care Ministry.

Asia’s Hope: PreK Eng 6 Home

Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Childcare $3/child or $5/family each week

Contact Diane Bauman,

(for ages 1–12; must pre–register)

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

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery

now live together as a family. Staff provide individual care,

fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive,

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

compulsive, or destructive behavior—“hurts, habits, or hang-

can succeed as an independent adult.

ups.” At Celebrate Recovery you will find a safe place to share

Support for Life

pain, struggles, victories, and hope with others focused on

10 Core Competencies

teaching, sharing, and fellowship. Come experience God’s love

Christ-centered recovery. Meetings include a time of worship,

Thursdays, September 14-November 16, 7-9pm

and power to transform!

Cost $25 per person (includes book)

Circle of Love Group

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or This 10 week class will help singles, husbands and wives, and parents of teens understand how to establish and maintain sexual purity. If you, your spouse, or teen struggle in this area, this class will help you.

1st Monday of most months, 7–9pm, (next meeting July 10) Contact Fred & Nora Seeman, This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and resources to the family and friends of people who have same–sex attractions.

180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus (not meeting July 3) 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 healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Groups beginning Fall 2017 New SFL-led groups starting in the fall; Community Life groups may sign up to borrow the DVD sets at any time for their groups. Cost $30 for EHS course materials (book, workbook, and devotional) Contact/Register Debbie, Do you yearn to be emotionally alive? Support for Life invites you to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a plan for discipleship that can deeply change your relationship with God. The 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.

The Emotionally Healthy Relationship Groups beginning Fall 2017 Cost $30 for EHR course materials (book, workbook, and devotional) Contact/Register Debbie,

The Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course is a prerequisite for this course. This powerful 8-week course will equip you with practical 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 8 skills.

The Emotionally Healthy Woman Groups beginning Fall 2017 Cost $20 for EHW course materials (book, workbook, and devotional) Contact/Register Debbie, The Emotionally Healthy Woman provides a way out of an inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This book is for every woman who thinks, ‘I can’t keep 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.


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Free for Women: Finding Freedom and Healing from Your Past

Healing for the Survivors of Domestic Violence

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

Contact Teresa,

Cooper Road Campus

This is an eight-week support group for those who are walking

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

out of and/or have survived domestic violence situations. This

(for ages 1 and up; must pre–register)

support group will help you feel safe and secure, trust, forgive

Contact/Register Brenda Bixler at or

set boundaries, and be kind to yourself again all through the

Shara Collier at

love of the Lord.

(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.

Beginning September 2017

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

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midst of the crisis. Hearts Restored runs both an 8-week class

1st Tuesdays of every month except January, July,

that repeats two times throughout the year and an ongoing

and September, 7–9pm

support group meeting every Tuesday.

Childcare available (must register in advance) 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.

Hearts Restored Support Group: Recovery from Sexual Betrayal Tuesdays, 7–9pm (not meeting July 4) Contact Hearts Restored Support Group is a faith-based outreach


where you will find a safe, confidential place to share with

Beginning, Wednesday, August 23, 7-9pm

other women who understand the devastating effects of

Contact Chuck Clark,

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

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

divorced women who do not judge each other but rather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Healed from the Inside Out Thursdays, September 7—November 2, 7-9pm Childcare $3/child or $5/family each week (for ages 1 and up; must pre–register) Contact/Register Rhonda Bates, A group for women of all ages seeking healing from your past hurts of any type of abuse (mental, physical, verbal, sexual,

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.

spiritual), habits gone wild, rejection, abandonment, and the negative thoughts the enemy wants you to play over and over in your mind. Let’s learn together how to understand what it truly means and feels like to be a daughter of the Most High and allow him to heal us from the inside out.

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Moving on with Jesus

Beginning Tuesday, September 12, 7-9pm

Fridays, 7-9pm

Contact/Register Dana,

Contact/Register Sue,

(space is limited, must pre-register)

This group is for women with unwanted same sex attraction.

This is a nine-week closed support group offering hope,

It is designed to help you connect with Jesus and find your

healing, encouragement, and accountability for women who

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

want to be more hungry for God and less dependent on food

During our meetings we will recap what was shared in the

(compulsive or emotional eating) or dieting (obsession with

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

weight or exercise) to meet emotional needs. Meetings will

spend time praying together.

include a short teaching, group discussion, and prayer.

Professional Counseling Center

Integrity for Women

Contact 614.259.5409

Tuesdays, September 5-October 31, 7-9pm

The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors


offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness

This group is for women who desire healing for sexual

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

brokenness while finding freedom from addiction, shame, and

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

rejection. Pre-registration is required. This group is cyclical and

seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

no new participants after the first class.

Redefining Christ

Lay Counseling

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


Registration Gina Harding,

Contact Support for Life, 614.259.5289 or

Contact Gina Harding,

This closed, cyclical support group is for women who have

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

come from a high control or cult background and now desire

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

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

application or contact Support for Life.

theological debate group. Our purpose is to support these

The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer

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

“lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult

into a praying small group for further discipleship.

seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual

No participants may join after the first class has begun, and

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

preregistration is required. Each meeting will include worship

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

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

counseling. Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short 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) Contact Gina Harding,

Loving Someone with Mental Illness

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

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm

control group? Have you ever wondered if God sees the

Contact Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475

negative impact these groups can have? Well he does see

This is a support group for families and friends of people

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

with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major

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

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

learn more about the life changing tools and resources offered

includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

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 won’t want to miss what God is doing. Registration is required.


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Roots Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm Contact Tom, or Support for Life, 614.259.5289 or This is a substance (drug/alcohol) abuse recovery group for young men.

Sisters of Sarah Usually meets 1st Thursdays, 7:15-9:15pm Contact Melissa,, 614.353.1792 or Jeannine, 614.578.7094 or Sisters of Sarah is a hope and support group for women facing the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you with open arms for a time of sharing food, socializing, open discussion, and prayer together.

Sister Sister 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm (not meeting July 4) Contact Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or We are a group of women who have all survived multiple tragic events and are able to help other women as we share as sisters in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

Understanding Life and Conflict God's Way Wednesdays, September 6-November 15, 7-9pm Cost $10 per person or $15 per couple (covers the cost of handouts) Contact Walt, Life and conflict go hand in hand; it's woven into the human fabric of each individual. Yet, many do not understand the dynamics of life and conflict from a biblical point of view as they live life with their spouse, family, and interact daily 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 say about these basic yet misunderstood issues of life.

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SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Art Exhibit: The Joy of Watercolor Art June 10-July 9 Cooper Road Campus, North Hall Gallery, and Global Café The North Hall Gallery is open after the 6pm & 11:30am services for viewing. The Joy of Watercolor will feature paintings by Howard Van Cleave, a VC member along with his wife, Debbie. They have four adult children and five grandchildren. Howard is on staff with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship working with faculty at OSU and the Ohio Valley. He has sold work featured at the OSU Faculty Club, Columbus Arts Center, and through his website. He is a member of the Worthington Art League. This gallery is located to the right of the north entrance as you exit the main lobby across from the café.

Worship Service Interpretation: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays, 9am Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9–10:30am Contact Angela Moore, The Vineyard Columbus Cooper Road Worship Service is interpreted in ASL for the Deaf. We also offer a Deaf Bible Study for the Deaf.

A Deeper Understanding of the Parables of Jesus (Maturity Teaching Intensive of the 5Ms) Saturdays, July 29, August 5 & 12 from 9-11am Sawmill Campus, new church located on Tuller Road Teacher John Cook Contact Deb George, Have you ever wondered why Jesus taught in parables? Do you understand the parables and how to apply them to your life today? John Cook, retired Pastor of Adult Education at Vineyard Columbus, leads a three-week intensive teaching

Art Exhibit: Women of the Bible

study of Jesus’ parables and explains how you should interpret

June 21-August 21

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

Cooper Road Campus, 2nd floor ministry center

your life as a disciple in today’s world.

In collaboration with our women’s ministry series, we are featuring this beautiful 22 piece art collection in collaboration with Mr. John Kohan, the Sacred Art Pilgrim. He has provided unique art selections primarily from American female artists of faith depicting various women of the Bible. Hope you can stop

• 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” 

by and enjoy this series. You might be surprised to see how

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

these characters have been represented in unexpected ways!

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

Art Exhibit: Kirsta Niemie Benedetti

provided; and no preregistration is required.

Cooper Road Campus, North Hall Gallery

Joyful Noise Worship Service (Special Needs)

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

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

services for viewing.

Contact Pam Newman,

Kirsta Niemie Benedetti has been making art since she was

Join our Accessible Worship Service for people affected by

a child. She attended Maryland Institute College of Art and

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

finished her BFA at Columbus College of Art and Design in Fine

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

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

tambourines and streamers.

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of the women she was serving and discovered that making art could be about more than just her creative thoughts. From

Meeting God 302: Discerning God’s Voice

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

Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

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

Teacher Nancy Davis

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

Prerequisite Meeting God 301

runs a resource center in Columbus that serves refugees and

Childcare free childcare available (pre-registration is required)

immigrants, so, needless to say, her art making has had to slow

Register (must register by Sunday, July 9)

down significantly in this season of life. When her daughter

Contact Kristi Webster,

was a newborn, she started painting abstracts again and found

You will learn practical ways God spoke to his people in the

it to be a very freeing format and has slowly built up a body of

Bible and today. You will also practice methods to sharpen your

work whenever she gets the chance. Her husband, Kyle, is on

ability to discern his voice.

staff with Vineyard Institute. Come by and meet Kirsta at the opening, Saturday, July 15, after the 6pm service!


Deaf Ministry Events

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

Engage: Intercessory Prayer Meeting (Cooper Road Campus)

Cooper Road Campus

Wednesday, July 12, 7-9pm

Teacher Michael Karoly


Michael Karoly, a longtime Vineyard Columbus member,

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

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

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

challenging books, explaining how to apply God's Word to our lives today. Detailed class notes will be handed out/sent by email each week. Each class stands alone; no need to attend each session. Classes are 90 minutes in length in lecture format. In August we will study Judges 1-2 as well as some background material to the book. No childcare is provided; no preregistration necessary.

Engage (Sawmill) - not meeting in July 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.

Vineyard Artists Open Studio

Sawmill Campus - New Location Opening

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

Sunday, July 9, 9 & 11:30am

Contact Holly Toenges-Messerall,

4140 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017

We’re ready to move back to the northwest side of town

Stop by and enjoy some creative time with other adult

for weekend services. This is an exciting season for Sawmill

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

Campus! We can’t wait for what God has in store for us. Join us

together and be inspired.

as we continue being a community of disciples who experience

Vineyard Institute: Fall Quarter Interest Meetings

God, love one another, and partner with Christ to heal the

Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30, August 5 & 6, Cooper Road

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus)

Campus, after the services

Contact Klodiana Tedesco, or

Contact Andy Saperstein, 614.259.5358 or

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

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

Campus. For more info, contact Klodiana.


missionary, join us to learn how to enroll in the growing VI community at Vineyard Columbus. Hear from current and

Twenty–Something Campus

former VI students and from Vineyard Columbus Site Pastor

Sundays, 12pm, Lane Avenue Campus

Andy Saperstein.

The Ohio 4–H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus


If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30, join us to be part of what

Alpha at East Campus

during our services for infants two–years–old and younger.

Beginning July 25, 7-9pm, East Campus Contact Micah, or 614.259.5306 Alpha is a series of 10 sessions exploring life and the basics of the Christian faith. Alpha is held in a safe and relaxed

God is doing with young adults in our city. We offer childcare Throughout the week, we host small groups that meet across the city. For more info, contact Pastor Christian Root, For info on small groups, contact Jessica Gatton, 614.259.5288 or

environment. There's no pressure, no catch, and no charge. Each Alpha session includes food, a short talk explaining an element of the Christian faith, and an opportunity at the end for you to freely share and discuss your thoughts. The Alpha series runs all around the globe and is a great experience for anyone at any point in their spiritual journey—from "questioning" to the "seasoned Christian". Join us! We can't wait to share this journey with you!

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Small Group: Leader Training 1

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

Small Group Leader Training 1 is an introductory class to

Counter in the Main Lobby for a Volunteer Catalog.

become a small group leader at Vineyard Columbus. If you’ve

Contact Diane Bauman,

recently HOSTed a small group and want to continue or you’re

Bookstore Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities Cooper Road Campus

Contact or call

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. 

Contact Jeff Baker, or

There is only one session left! Please register online at


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

• Saturday, August 26, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus

• Volunteer twice a month: 15 minutes before and 20 minutes after the service you attend, operating cash register half

Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts



• Volunteer Sunday morning: (every other week) Audio/media volunteer.

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

Career Ministry Volunteers

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

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

Contact Kent Irwin,

so we’ve created, a website with several

The Career Ministry is in great need of new volunteers that

Bible study options as well as other helpful tools. If you have

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

questions, write us at or

expert, administrator, database manager, networking pro,

visit our how to use video at

workplace navigator, and liaison between searchers and–to–use–vcsmallgroups–org/.

job providers.

Community Life Start a Small Group

One Child One Community: Adopt A School Contact Kwesi Kambon, 614.259.5237 or If your small group is looking for a place to serve together,


One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to

If you have a heart for people, can provide a space for people

support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group

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

can serve, contact Kwesi Kambon.

a small group! For more info, send us an email or stop by the small group area of your campus.

Deaf Ministry Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities 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.


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Early Childhood

ESL Conversation Partners

Early Childhood Worship Ministry

Contact Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486 or

Our ESL students are eager to meet with English speakers

to improve their conversational skills and form friendships.

Share your love for Jesus with children through music!

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

Volunteer to lead children in worship once a month during our

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

weekend services.


Global Café

International Friendships (IFI)

Global Café Volunteers


International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus

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

to promote friendships and show hospitality to international

our family of believers who get to experience God through

students at OSU.

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

• IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner

Contact Carli Snyder, 614.259.5511 or

Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or

made–from–scratch food connects the community with the


love of Christ.

Become a conversation partner and help students practice

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

Security Ministry

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. • IFI Internship Program Contact Estera Pirosca, Visit (financial donations) IFI would like to place interns (20 hours/week) in the chemical industry, actuarial science, finance/accounting, statistical analysis, web design/media, and marketing. • Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies

Medical Response Team

Contact Tiria,

Contact Jason Pierce, or 614.625.6216

IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and

The Medical Response team is looking for volunteers that

distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students

would be willing to help out with medical emergencies that

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

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

your small group are interested.

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

• Small Group Outreach for IFI

and are interested in learning more about the Medical

Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or

Response Team please contact Jason Pierce.


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.

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.

Missions Care Team Contact Dotty Christensen, If you enjoy hospitality, encouraging others, hearing how God’s 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.


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Volunteer Opportunities with Refugees

• Saturday Afternoon Activities

Local: Hyde Park ministry apartment

Saturday afternoons (times may vary), currently we have

Contact: Carli Synder, or

art afternoons from 3-5pm on a monthly basis.


We are looking for individuals and small groups to come to

In partnership with World Relief, Vineyard Columbus has

the ministry apartment on Saturday afternoons to engage

opened a ministry apartment at the Hyde Park apartment

with the residents in activities ranging from art with young

complex where fifty percent of the residents are refugees from

women, soccer games, barbecues, etc.

Syria, Iraq, and Somalia. We are serving the community there

• ESL (English as a second language classes)

through various programs held at the ministry apartment. Here

Mondays, 12:30-2pm & Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm

are a list of ways you can get involved:

We have English as a second language classes for women

• Drop-In Center:

at the ministry apartment on Mondays from 12:30-2pm. We

We are opening up the ministry apartment at consistent,

provide childcare at the ministry apartment, and use the last

specific times to help Hyde Park residents practice

half hour of the class time to engage in group conversation

conversation, read their mail, and make phone calls. We also

and talk about important subjects.

help with other easy tasks that significantly help refugees

Global: Short & Long Term Teams

as they navigate culture, language, social services, and the

Contact: Carli Synder, or

education system. We are looking for volunteers to shadow


current volunteers at the times listed below to eventually


create additional drop-in center hours.

Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Operation

Mondays (women), 3-5pm

Mobilization in Athens, Greece to serve refugees. Visit

Tuesdays (men), 2-4pm for more info about upcoming short

Thursdays (men), 2-4pm

and long term mission trips.

• Coffee/Tea & Conversation Sundays (men), 7-9pm

Media Arts

We will be opening up the ministry apartment for coffee/tea

Video, Audio & Lighting Support

and conversation for men on Sunday nights. This will be the


first formal ‘men only’ event at the ministry apartment. We

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

are looking for male volunteers to come and start building

value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

relationships with the men at Hyde Park.

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

• Tuesday Night Homework Help Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Contact Kelly Wagaman at for more information We are opening up the ministry apartment for a homework help night for grades K-12. Volunteers must attend a World Relief training, fill out a World Relief application, and consent to a background check. • Thursday Night Tutoring Program Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm Come help students grades Pre-K-12 complete their homework, learn English, and practice math skills. Volunteers must attend a World Relief training, fill out a World Relief application, and consent to a background check. Small groups are welcome on a rotating basis as well!

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

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

Art for Self-Awareness Instructor Contact Ellice, 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.

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Aunt Mary’s Storybook Project: Volunteers at Franklin County Jail

Body Builders Class (Special Needs)

3rd Mondays, 6–8pm

Contact Deb, 614.259.5418 or

Contact Deborah Scott,

The Franklin County Jail staff want to offer the Aunt Mary’s

Adults who are VC members are needed for our Middle School

Storybook program to all residents. Volunteers record parents

or Teens/Adults classes with special needs. Can you be kind,

reading a story to their children, then wrap and send a CD

laugh, sit at a table, color, listen, pray, and sing worship songs?

of the recording and the book to the children. We need both

Join us twice a month.

men and women volunteers to commit two hours every other

Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection

month. We also need a volunteer to lead and coordinate the small group. Training is available.

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, We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

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 Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus Contact Deb, 614.259.5418 or

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

If you have training in behavior intervention, special education,

provide class materials and necessary training.

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

Men Serving Men: Prison Ministry

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

We minister to men during worship services at multiple facilities. Volunteer with worship, prayer team, or help at the service.

needs extra help.

Support for Life

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

Become a Lay Counselor

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

Contact or

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


Contact Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

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

short term basis to provide a listening ear, supportive

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

encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. If

Contact John, 614.578.8371 or

you've benefited from support and healing during a difficult life season or situation that has resulted in growth and

Vineyard Prison Ministry Training: Prison Basics

freedom, you may wish to help others by providing similar

Saturday, August 5, 9am-12pm, Cooper Road Campus

support on a one-on-one basis.

Contact Deborah Scott,

Caring for People One on One

or Chuck Fisher, This training is the first step in a basic understanding of the culture, rules of the institutions, and how we build a bridge of

Thursdays, September 7-October 12, 7-9pm Contact or 614.259.5289 Application available at

friendship in the context of prison.

Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short term basis

Special Needs

to provide a listening ear, supportive encouragement,

Bridge Builders

by Support for Life Staff, gives leaders actual tools and

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

empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. This training, taught activities to use with others on a one-on-one basis to facilitate healing, growth, and a deeper personal relationship with God. An application to become a lay counselor can be found on V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


Caring for People in Group Settings

• Northside Food Pantry

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

4664 Cleveland Avenue


To serve, park along Chester Road to allow guest parking

Application available at

around the building. You can also help once a month to sort

Taught by Support for Life staff in a small group format, this

food at Vineyard Columbus.

training provides a general model for working with group

• Monday Night Service

members, which includes how to use prayer, listening and

Mondays, 6pm

empathy skills, the Bible, and group dynamics in the group

5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

setting and includes plenty of role-playing scenarios. Required

Contact Jenney, 614.259.5370 or

to become a support group leader. An application to become a

support group leader can be found on

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

Support for Life 101 Sunday, August 27, 2-5:30pm Contact/Register Debbie, debra.johnson@vineyardcolumbus. org or 614.259.5289 This class is taught by the Support for Life Ministry. It gives a biblical framework for understanding people, their needs, and

provide meal ideas). • Check-in Volunteers Saturdays (two per month), 8am-12pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue Contact Chris Blosser, Could you help out twice a month checking in people at our downtown 5th Ave. pantry? If so, we would love your help!

how to move compassionately toward helping them. It is the

Please email Chris Blosser, our pantry manager, and talk with

foundational class for this ministry.

him about this opportunity to serve.

Become a Support for Life Group Leader

• Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists


Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

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

safe environment for those who are struggling to experience

We are looking for licensed barbers to offer free haircuts for

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

2–4 hours at our pantry locations on Saturday mornings and

benefited from support and healing during a difficult life

licensed cosmetologists to volunteer services at our

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.

Urban Ministry

Northside pantry. • Pantry Drivers & Helpers Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or Drivers and helpers needed for MidOhio Food pick–up for Northside pantry. Take a Budget rental truck to MidOhio

Urban Ministry is a bridge between our church and the people

Foodbank every other week. You pick the day and time.

of Columbus. We feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bring

Need to be strong enough to unload.

hope to prisoners and the homeless. For ways to volunteer,

Contact Jenney Rice,,

614.259.5441 or


Food Pantries Our Urban Ministry has two food pantries that serve the

If you have one or more hours during the week, please consider helping sort food donations for our pantries.

community of Columbus. For more info, contact Rhodie

Pantry Help Needed!

Shreve, 614.259.5441 or,

Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

or visit

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


• Food Sorting

visit or contact Rhodie Shreve,

We are in need of men to help deliver food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to our food pantries. Ability to drive a box truck (stick shift) and forklift is helpful, but not necessary. Deliveries/Pick-

Saturday, 8am–12pm

ups are on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the daytime

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

(depends on order). Approximate time commitment is 4 hours

so contact Rhodie. Carpool if possible, parking is limited.

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

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Helping Hands Saturdays, 9am–12pm

Vineyard Community Center

Contact Jenney Rice,

Artists Needed

Helping Hands is a ministry supported by men who serve


families in our community that need help with minor repairs

Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the

and upkeep around their homes. These families are usually

church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

made up of single–parent homes, the elderly, or those who cannot afford to pay for the repairs on their own.

Artists Small Group (New) Contact

Homeless Backpack Program

Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth

Contact Jenney Rice,

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

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

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

are homeless in our community. We will accept donations for the following items: backpacks, thermal underwear (tops and bottoms in sizes L – 3X), winter gloves, hats, socks, sweatshirts, flashlights, all size batteries, personal care items, hand and feet warmers, and cards of encouragement. Please label donation packages with “Homeless Backpack Program”.

Visiting the Elderly Contact Chuck Fisher, 614.259.5403 or (to learn more information before you go) • Heartland of Westerville 1060 Eastwind Drive 2nd Saturdays, 12:30pm • Edgewood Manor

Blood Drive Wednesday, July 19, 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

Coaches and Referees Needed for Vineyard Athletics! Contact Jerome Smith, 614.259.5395 or Help with our Youth Basketball, Cheerleading, or NFL Flag Football leagues. We need coaches and refrees for grades K-6.

Vineyard Free Health Clinics Volunteers Contact Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

140 N. State Street

3rd Sundays, 10:30pm

We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists,

• Villa Angela 5700 Karl Road 4th Saturdays, 2pm • Bryden Place

pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer team).

Volunteer with After–School Program

1169 Bryden Road

Monday–Friday, 3:30–6pm, August–May

Thursdays, 7:20–8:30pm

Contact Nikki Mills, Volunteers can serve as classroom helpers, homework helpers,

VC Students

reading buddies, and tutors with grade school, middle school,

VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders

difference in the life of a child.

or high school students. A few hours a week can make a big

Contact Shane Huey,

One Child One Community - Mentor Training

(VC High School)

Saturdays, July 29 & August 5, 10am-12pm

Contact Michael Doom,

Contact Kwesi Kambone,

(VC Middle School)

or 614.259.5237

Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a child? Become

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

a mentor with “One Child One Community” and partner with

you alone with teenagers!

Columbus City Schools. Mentors meet with mentees during school lunch and one Saturday a month for a field trip. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, please join us for this training. For more information about volunteer requirements and the training, please contact Kwesi Kambone. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


One Child One Community: Adopt A School Contact Kwesi Kambone, or 614.259.5237 If your small group is looking for a place to serve together, One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group can serve, contact Kwesi Kambon.

VineyardKids 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 Fall Leaders Application You can get an application from the Children’s Info Desk or the Kidz Quest Welcome Center. Contact Mike Szlapak, or 614.259.5317 We are looking for people who want to help us partner with parents in making disciples of their children. Kidz Quest is a ministry to kidz who are in grades 1-5. It is as simple as hanging out with kids, talking to them about a lesson/Bible story, praying with them and having fun. If you have a heart to make a difference and want to make an impact in the life of a child, we’ll show you how. We provide training, curriculum, and an AWESOME team to work with. Our fall season begins Saturday & Sunday, September 2 & 3.

Vineyard Women Vineyard Women Event Team 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!


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Worship Arts

G I V E & D O N AT E

Serve with Worship Arts

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


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

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.”

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

Automobile Donations

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

Donate used cars to Vineyard Columbus to bless others in

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

our congregation. We accept all kinds and conditions and

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

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

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

medium sized SUV is well–maintained, we check it over and

Danielle Evans.

provide it to a person or family. High mileage cars are O.K., as

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

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.

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

Business Owners

are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

Contact Rita Itsell,

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed Visit

Guide clients through a user–friendly, web–based computer program to access public benefits such as food stamps,

We are planning a new program for business owners looking to expand their knowledge in overall business management. Please continue to visit financialministry. For more info, contact Rita Itsell.

contact Rhodie Shreve, rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.

Homeless Ministries Donations (Urban Ministries)

org or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue or Northside

Please donate men’s T–shirts (sizes L–3XL) and any size of

Food Pantries), or Maria Broeckel, maria.broeckel@

men’s sweatshirts, socks, and jeans. Also, used/clean or new or 614.259.5296 (for the Vineyard

blankets and propane. Please mark and place donations in the

Community Center).

Urban Ministry bins located near the church entrances.

Welcome Ministry Volunteer Opportunity

La Viña Back to School Fair - Donations

Contact Adrienne Ash,

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

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

Contact Irene Casale, or

should join the New Visitors Call Ministry! Each Monday


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

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

decision prayer card during one of the weekend services.

children in our Hispanic community with school supplies

We make them feel welcomed and give them information

and backpacks for the new year. Please drop off donations

about ways they can get connected at Vineyard. Most

in the bins located outside of the La Viña chapel on or before

importantly we want them to know that in our large

Sunday, August 6. For more information or if you’re interested

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

in volunteering, please contact Irene Casale. We truly

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

appreciate your giving!

Medicaid, free tax filing, etc. If you are a church member,

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


One Child One Community: Donations

Transitions Ministry

Contact Kwesi Kambon, 614.259.5237 or


Cooper Road Donation Drop–off: Ministry Center lobby

We partner with six Columbus schools for mentoring and

throughout the week.

support. This summer we are collecting donations for the

Campus Donation Drop–off: During weekend worship

following: children’s hats and gloves, winter coats, pants,


socks, and underwear. Drop off donations in the One Child

Help us replenish our supplies for those in transition from

One Community bins at the Worship Center or Ministry Center

homelessness. This month we are collecting pots and pans


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

Online Giving & TEXT to Give Contact 614.259.5443 or

Value Life Donations


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

We are completely out of newborn and size 0-3 month boy

giving by visiting You can also

and girl onesies, T-shirts, and sleepers. We also need all brands

TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts.

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

For more info, contact our Finance department.

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

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

Planned Giving Contact Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 or If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent Irwin.

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.


serving dishes.

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marked “Value Life”. For more info on ways to serve, like Value Life on Facebook or visit value–life.

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usy, tired, overwhelming, and maxed-out are often

“The desire to be involved can quickly feel like another to-do

words the parents of young kids use to describe

item in the busy pace of the week. We have felt there is such

themselves and their stage of life. These families know

room to make small group as simple, open to change with

they should be involved in a small group, but their season

the seasons, and grace-filled as possible. The Fully Alive

of life can often feel too full of “shoulds.” William and Grace

campaign gave us a great opportunity to try out forming

Scott know this first hand. Married for 8 years, they have

a new small group without making a rest-of-our-lives

a 6-year-old, a 3-year old, and a 1-year old, and they both

commitment.” William adds, “We really felt the pull from

work outside the home. As members of Vineyard Columbus’

God to be the change that we wanted to see… to be the

Lane Ave campus, the Clintonville-based couple enjoyed

community that we wanted to see at Lane Avenue.”

seeing people at church every Sunday, but they didn’t feel as connected as they wanted. Despite just coming out of a stressful last year—William had not worked full-time and their third child was born—the Fully Alive campaign was approaching, so they took the initiative to talk to people about starting a small group.


They asked some families if they were interested and what time and day would work for them. The consensus was 4pm on Sundays—post-nap time and pre-dinner. They meet first and then they all eat together afterwards. “That made the on-ramp smooth, easy for people,” explains William. “It fell together. Everyone had kids so we really needed

Grace explains their decision. “There is a grace for every

to be flexible.” Echoing the feelings of many moms, Grace

season of life, and many in the raising-young-kid stage

confesses, “I’m as tired at 4pm on Sunday as I am at 7 o’clock

feel stretched on time and schedules. The idea of being in

on a Thursday. For my output level, the exhaustion is there

a small group sounds great, but the logistics, and adding

no matter what but the value of doing group is there. So,

another commitment, can seem exhausting.” She continues,

we’re figuring out a way to make it work.”

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During the Fully Alive series, the Scott’s led the weekly

marriage and family path. “It’s nice to be with older couples

group and hosted it at their home. Now they meet every

that have been together for a few years and have kids and

other week and they rotate locations, each couple taking

see that part of life. We can kind of glimpse into our future,”

turns hosting. That helps distribute the responsibilities to other group members. “There’s so much great truth in messy hospitality,” says Grace, “and this is the opportunity to do just that and stretch those muscles. I love that our kids get to see us coming together to worship and pray.” Matt and Kate Bentley also attend with their children, ages 8, 5, and 3, and they love it, too. “This is such a good fit—it’s

says Melody with a chuckle. Mike chimes in “It’s actually made us think about certain stuff that we’ve never thought about.” Melody is an Education Specialist at an after-school center for at-risk kids and being a part of this small group has had benefits for her at work, too. The “Relationally Alive” topic

totally Jesus because of the timing, and it’s with people

helped her work through some issues with her boss. Being

with families,” Kate explains. “You have to have relaxed

able to share her struggles in the group helped to keep it

people. You have to be okay being interrupted. There may

from just staying locked inside her thoughts. “It was a huge

be some parts you don’t get to… and that’s okay. For us it’s

weight off my shoulders,” Melody shares, “and it ended up

worked out and everyone is flexible. Six consecutive weeks

really changing the work dynamic for me at that time.”

was hard but every other week is good for the families.” Matt is happy with the group, too. “It’s something we felt like we should do for a long time,” he says, “but something always gets in the way. Life, kids, work… things are constantly moving and you feel like your time is really valuable when you get time as a family. But community is

Another priority for this group is serving together. As a group, they have recently “adopted” a single mom who sought help from Vineyard’s Value Life Ministry. They will provide guidance, care, and baby items that support the mom and new baby. It’s a great opportunity for multiple

really important… it’s probably the most important reason

people to help someone in need that might not be possible

we did this.” The authenticity of the group appeals to Kate.

for just one person or family.

“Life is just messy, and it’s good to know that other people

“I think we all want to make our time together intentional

are going through stuff too because it’s hard. It’s just really hard.” She continues, “I know not every group is going to click, but I think it’s worth a shot.” Matt agrees, “Everyone has been open and willing to share about things that you maybe don’t talk about on a daily basis. It’s a really safe environment.” Colin Bellantis also mentioned how much he appreciates the trust and support that this group provides. He and his wife Megan attend the group with their 3-year-old and 1-year-

in focus,” says Grace, “and people are showing up with a heart to make these few hours every few weeks valuable in our walk with Jesus and each other. Vineyard Columbus has a great resource available called “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and we are doing this deeply challenging and reflective course together.” She continues, “You can’t fast-forward intimacy and trust, but you can build it with vulnerability and intentionality. I have found such

old. “It’s been a good support system—being able to support

encouragement and hope in these few months together

each other in being good husbands and being able to be real

as a group with the shared heart to serve and grow. I don’t

with people and have them support and pray for you.”

think small group has to function as your best friends, but as

Not all the group members are parents. In fact, Mike and

a place with a foundation of collective openness to sharing

Melody Noss are newlyweds. They’re enjoying spending

honestly and serving Jesus together. And what a gift that

time with people who are a few steps ahead of them on the

we get to create space to do just that—together.” V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G


B O O K S TO R E 614.891.6440 M O N D AY Closed T U E S D AY 12-5pm W E D N E S D AY 12-5pm T H U R S D AY 12-5pm F R I D AY 12-5pm S AT U R D AY 5:30-8:15pm S U N D AY 8:45am-1:45pm Closed during services


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