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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 Café 614.259.5400 Hospitality Casey Knight, 614.259.5292 International Ministries Macy McPeek, 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 Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 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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Congregational Letter The One Thing Our Country (and Every Organization) Needs

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Vineyard Growth Classes

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New To Vineyard

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Families & Marriage

Ministry Center doors close at 5:30pm.

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Adult Ministries

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International

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Help & Wellness

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Spiritual Development

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Volunteer & Serve

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Give & Donate

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Cover Story A Heart For People

Please enter at Worship Center doors.

Closed Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day

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 ministry.response@vineyardcolumbus.org. 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

Lane Avenue Campus Pastor, Andrew Oswalt

Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Associate & International Ministries Pastor, Bill Christensen

Leader Development Pastor, Andy Saperstein

Admin. Asst. Macy McPeek, 614.259.5369

Admin. Asst. Deb George, 614.259.5358

Children’s Pastor, April Murphy

Marriage & Family Life Pastor, Ron Hitchcock

Admin. Asst. Myra Gaiters, 614.259.5486

Admin. Asst. Mindy Layman, 614.259.5365

Children’s Pastor, Mike Szlapak

Outreach & Connect Pastor, Eric Pickerill

Admin. Asst. Liz Gee, 614.259.5361

Admin. Asst. Cinnamon Doran, 614.259.5235

Church Extension & Evangelism Pastor, Stephen Van Dop

Sawmill Campus Pastor, Scott Engebretson

Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Community Center Pastor, Daniel Nathan

Support For Life Pastor, Lorie Kaufman-Rees

Admin. Asst. Regina Smith, 614.259.5503

Ministry Asst. Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Community Life Pastor, Amanda Nash

Urban Ministry Pastor, Dan Franz

Admin. Asst. Marsha Martin, 614.259.5492

Admin. Asst. Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

Community Relations & Special Projects Pastor, Kwesi Kambon

Visitation & Pastoral Care, Anthony Cannon

Admin. Asst. Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467

614.259.5364

Discipleship Pastor, Paige Goslin

Volunteer & Value Life Pastor, Diane Bauman

614.259.5477

Admin. Asst. Jeannine Panovich, 614.259.5316

East Campus Pastor, Charles Montgomery

Women’s Pastor, Marlene Nathan

Admin. Asst. Calah Todd, 614.259.5245

Admin. Asst. Liz Ward, 614.259.5335

Empowered Life & Youth Pastor, Kerry Davis

Worship Arts Pastor, Craig Allen

Admin. Asst. Kristi Webster, 614.259.5482

Admin. Asst. Danielle Evans, 614.259.5310

Executive Pastor, Craig Heselton

Young Adult Pastor, Christian Root

Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

Financial & Career Ministries Pastor, Kent Irwin 614.259.5505

Pastors may be reached by contacting his/her

La Viña Campus Pastor, Irene Casale-Petrarca

assistant at the extension given. All staff members

Admin. Asst. Joyce Shuster, 614.259.5303

are listed at vineyardcolumbus.org.


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f someone was to come up to me and ask, “What is the

companies. Forced resignations at the world’s largest

one thing, apart from salvation, that our nation needs at

companies was up 300% in the last decade.

this particular moment” or if someone was to ask you that question – “If you were to give our nation one gift or this world one thing apart from a relationship with God, what would that one thing be?”

most troubling aspect of life today is an absence of great leadership – in politics, business, and religion. It seems that there are fewer and fewer leaders who possess

For me, the desperate need of America and the desperate

vision and strength, and who are living lives of integrity

need of the world today is leadership – wise, humble,

based on eternal values. Think of your own work history,

principled, competent leadership. The greatest need

or even your own church history. If you’ve worked only

today, indeed the greatest need in every age and in every

for great bosses, or great managers, if you’ve only been

organization, is leadership. I know that this is the greatest

in churches with excellent pastors, thank God because

need at Vineyard Columbus, and it is the greatest need

you’ve experienced a rare gift of strong leadership. But

in every church. Churches need great leadership – godly,

most organizations just kind of muddle through.

faithful, Spirit-led, servant leadership.

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It is not by any means a stretch to say that the single

For those of you who enjoy history and politics, you

Our problems today, and in every age, are the result of

may wish to read Martin Meridith’s The State of Africa: A

a failure of leadership. Virtually every week the news

History of Fifty Years of Independence. The question asked

carries a story about an individual who has been removed

by the author is this: why are so many African countries in

from power in a church, a company, or the government

such a desperate state?” Certainly, part of the answer has

because they’ve either been caught in a web of deceit, or

to do with the lingering impact of colonialism, which drew

they lack the ability to effectively address the problems

national boundary lines that made absolutely no sense.

faced by their particular organization. There is an annual

Tribes were divided across multiple countries and nations

study done of CEO succession at the world’s 2500 largest

were cobbled together in ways that made economic and

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political viability nearly impossible. And certainly, part

Christian virtues, to pray for those around you, and to bear

of Africa’s condition can be laid at the feet of natural

witness to Jesus.

catastrophes – droughts and disease that have regularly struck parts of Africa. But according to the author, an enormous issue for many African nations – seen in short life expectancies, high infant mortality rates, the lack of public services, terrible infrastructure, illiteracy, the absence of adequate healthcare, the inability of countries to feed themselves – is summarized by the great Nigerian novelist, Chinua Achebe, when he wrote about Nigeria saying:

Years ago when I first began pastoring, there was a young art student, a diminutive teenage girl named Paige, who came to the church. She was a freshman at CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design). One day, Paige came up to me very meekly and said, “Pastor Rich, I’m thinking about starting some teas in my dormitory at art school. I was going to invite some of the other girls in my dorm. I wonder if you would pray a blessing over my teas.”

The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of

I saw this little girl and I thought, “Oh, my goodness! Poor

leadership.

thing! Paige is going to be eaten alive by these other art

He went on to say:

There is basically nothing wrong with the Nigerian character; there is nothing wrong with the Nigerian land, or the climate, water or air, or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness, or inability, of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example, which are the hallmarks of true leadership. The failure of leadership is not just a Nigerian problem or an African problem. It’s an American problem and an

students.” She was so innocent and so sweet. I thought that the other art students were going to devour her. But I prayed blessing on her. Over the next six months to a year, nearly every other week Paige brought to church another young woman or another young man. She would introduce them saying, “Pastor Rich, this is someone from my class. I wonder if we could sit down and talk with them about Jesus.” Over the course of the year, Paige must have led 15 fellow art students to Christ. I used to think, “How in the

English and German and any other nationality you can

world is she doing this?”

think of problem! Every single follower of Jesus Christ

Years later another young woman named Sue came to

ought to want to be a leader. I’m not suggesting that

the church. Sue came to Christ at Vineyard Columbus.

everyone ought to aspire to become a pastor. Few are

We began talking and I discovered that Sue had been the

called to be pastors or church planters or serve God overseas as missionaries. God is certainly not calling the vast majority of people to paid ministry. But if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that God is calling you to leadership. By leadership I mean each of us is called by God to influence and impact whatever environment we find ourselves in for Christ. Our workplaces, our extended families, our teams, our

roommate of Paige. She said, “Years ago I was Paige’s roommate. Back then I was tough. I was drinking and I was mean. I remember Paige was having these teas. I told everyone else in the dorm, ‘You better leave her alone! You better be nice to her, because you will have to deal with me otherwise!’” God provided an unlikely supporter for Paige.

dorm floor, our roommates, our neighborhoods, and our

Sue said, “I used to hear Paige praying for me at night. We

coworkers ought to be influenced toward the purposes of

had bunk beds and I could hear her in the middle of the

Christ for that particular group.

night praying that I would come to know Jesus. A decade

If you have a relationship with Christ, God has put you in

later I’ve come to know Jesus.” That’s influence! That’s

your particular environment, not simply to occupy space,

leadership! And that’s what our world desperately needs –

but to influence your environment toward the purposes of

leadership that moves people toward God’s purposes for

Christ – to do your work with grace and integrity, to model

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

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Sunday, May 7, 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, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 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, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 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, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 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, July 30

Sunday, May 7, 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, July 30

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FAMILIES & MARRIAGE

Baptism Celebrations

VineyardKids

Saturday, June 17, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus Sunday, June 18, 9am & 11:30am, Cooper Road Campus

Baby Dedication

Next Baptism Saturday & Sunday, August 26 & 27

Saturday, May 20

Baptism Classes Saturdays, May 27, June 3 & 10, after services Sundays, May 28, June 4 & 11, 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,

Check-In: registration window, 5:30pm Sunday, May 21 Check-In: registration window, 8:30am (for 9am service) Check-In: registration window, 11am (for 11:30am service) Contact Beth Best, beth.best@vineyardcolumbus.org Next Baby Dedication October 28 & October 29

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

Baby Dedication Classes

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

Saturdays, April 29 & May 6, 7:45pm

Youth Baptism Classes Saturdays, May 27, June 3 & 10, after services Sundays, May 28, June 4 & 11, 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 vineyardcolumbus.org/groups Contact smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org 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!

Membership 101 Sunday, May 7, 2:30–5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher Senior Pastor Rich Nathan Childcare Register for free at vineyardcolumbus.org/vgc. 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, July 30 Learn about all of our Vineyard Growth Classes on p. 10.

Sundays, April 30 & May 7, 1:15pm Dedication Application Deadline Sunday, May 7 Contact Beth Best, beth.best@vineyardcolumbus.org 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.

VineyardKids Mother’s Day Choir Saturday & Sunday, May 13-14, Cooper Road Campus Cost $8 (T-shirt) Grades K-8 Register vineyardcolumbus.org/vineyardkids Children and youth interested in rehearsal schedule and singing in VK Choir are encouraged to register vineyardcolumbus.org/vineyardkids.

VC Students VC Students (Middle & High School) Weekend Services: Saturdays, 6pm & Sundays, 9am & 11:30am Contact Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or shane.huey@vineyardcolumbus.org 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.

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Marriage

Family

Marriage & Family Relationship Coach Training: Become a Dating, Premarital or Marriage Coach (East Campus)

Blueprints for the Family: Foundations for Parenting

Saturday, May 20, 9am-4pm, East Campus

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

Follow-ups Tuesdays, June 6 & 13, 6:30-9:00pm

(must register a week in advance)

Contact/Register Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org

Register vineyardcolumbus.org

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding way to serve

Contact Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org

together with your spouse, in your own home, around your

Do you believe that parenting is a sacred endeavor? What if

own schedule? Our relationship coaches receive training and

God isn’t as concerned about us raising perfect children as he

resources (including an online relationship inventory) to pass

is about us becoming more like him? This class is designed to

along to other couples the grace God has given them in their

encourage parents to walk faithfully with God as they parent

own relationship. Relationship coaches meet 4-6 times with

their children. This class is required for those interested in

dating, engaged, or married couples. Attend this one-day

being coached as a parent or becoming a parent coach.

training and follow-ups to join our community of coaches and experience a new sense of God’s love, grace, and truth in your own marriage.

Journey to Oneness: Married Couples Saturdays, June 3-24, 10am-12pm, Cooper Road Campus Childcare Childcare is free, ages 1-12 (must register a week in advance) Cost $25 per couple (includes required reading material and online relationship inventory) Register vineyardcolumbus.org Contact Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org 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. By attending, you will be eligible to participate in Begin Again or be coached by a married couple.

Marriage Seminar: Celebrate Marriage Monday, May 15, 7-8:30pm Childcare $5 per child or $10 per family, ages 1-12 (must register a week in advance) Register vineyardcolumbus.org Contact Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org Learn how to appreciate and understand your spouse’s strengths. Those planning to attend should go to

Tuesdays, May 16–23, 7-9pm

Chosen4Love Contact Julie Pierce (614.625.7335, jasandjul95@netscape.net), Abigail Shaw (abigailjoyshaw@yahoo.com) or Peggy Steinbower (chucklipeg@sbcglobal.net) Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for adoption and foster care. We serve as a resource for adoptive families, and for people who are considering becoming foster or adoptive parents. Please connect with one of us for support and encouragement in this area.

Parent Coach Training Sunday, June 4, 2:30-5:30pm Childcare $5 per child or $10 per family, ages 1-12 (must register a week in advance) Contact/Register Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org Join our team of single parents and couples serving other parents through coaching. There are many individuals and couples seeking to grow in their parenting skills, who would love to learn from a more experienced parent. We can give you the training and resources needed to share the grace that God has placed on you as a parent. Parent coaches meet individually or as a couple, 4-6 times in their own homes, around their own schedule. You don’t need to be a “perfect” parent to bless others who are walking through their own parenting journey!

limri.org/activate before the seminar to take a free

Side by Side

Relationship LIMRI-DISC inventory. Enter Account Name:

Monday, May 8, 7–9pm

vc1, Activation Code: seminar2017, and your names and email

Visit Facebook (search: Vineyard Homeschool Network)

addresses. IMPORTANT: Only register for ONE inventory per

Registration Not Required

couple . You should receive a confirmation email with your

Contact Martha, sidebysidehomeschoolmom@gmail.com

login information and instructions to take the inventory.

Side by Side is a night of refreshment for moms who

Results will be reviewed at the seminar.

homeschool. We meet in the Community Center once a month throughout the school year.

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Vineyard Homeschool Network

International Women’s Breakfast

Contact Martha, sidebysidehomeschoolmom@gmail.com

1st Saturdays, 9:30–11:30am (next meeting: May 6)

Our mission is to support and empower families who home

Contact Flo Gimei, fgimei@gmail.com or

educate their children. Our vision is that each family involved

Nicole Gonzalez–Angulo, niclin77@hotmail.com

will feel supported in their efforts to homeschool their

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

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

monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our

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

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

parents through classes, field trips, and social engagements.

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

Find us on Facebook at Vineyard Columbus Homeschool

you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

Network.

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Mark your calendars! 2017 Summer Series: Winning the War Within Wednesday, June 21, 7-9pm

Men's Ministry

Wednesday, July 19, 7-9pm

180 Men’s Recovery Group

(followed by social time)

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus (not meeting May 29)

Childcare $3 per child or $5 per family, ages 1-12

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or doyel53@gmail.com

(must register a week in advance)

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

Register for childcare at vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Contact Liz Ward, liz.ward@vineyardcolumbus.org or

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

614.259.5335

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

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 NASB

Vineyard Women

Wednesday, August 16, 7-9pm

Vineyard Women are planning another great summer series—a time for us to come together for worship, teaching

Social Media

from scripture, prayer, and fellowship. Have you ever asked

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

yourself why you say and do things you don’t want to do? Many

what’s happening in Women’s Ministry!

of us believe our problem is a lack of willpower.

Beth Moore Bible Study “Entrusted”

We just aren’t trying hard enough because (after all) we really do know better! But the Bible says the root problem is “the

Evening session began Wednesday, April 19, 7-9pm

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

(not meeting May 10)

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

Morning session began Thursday, April 20, 9:30-11:30am

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

(not meeting May 11)

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

Childcare Childcare (ages 1 – 12) is available, but you must

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

register online in advance. The cost for childcare is $18/child or $30/family for this study, payable online only.

Mom’s Refresh

Register vineyardcolumbus.org

3rd Fridays, 9:30–11:30am (next meeting: May 19)

Contact Liz Ward, liz.ward@vineyardcolumbus.org or

Childcare $3 per child or $5 per family for children ages 1–5

614.259.5335

(must register in advance)

Final words can be compelling. In Paul’s final letter, he

Register vineyardcolumbus.org (childcare & event)

charged Timothy, his beloved son in the faith, to not be

Registration Deadline Monday, May 15

ashamed to fulfill God’s call on his life. We were never meant

Contact Erica Roof, roof.erica@gmail.com or Emily Wilkins,

to take this journey of faith alone or in secret. God has

emilywilkins81@gmail.com

entrusted us with the great and mighty gift of the gospel,

Join other moms to experience God and build friendships

something too precious and life-giving to keep to ourselves.

through worship, teaching, and service. Infants are welcome

In this 6-session Bible study, Beth Moore will challenge you to

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

do the same.

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

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Soul Provider

Kingdom Seekers Group

2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm (next meeting: May 12)

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

Soul Provider will not meet on the 2nd Fridays

Contact Ray Beaumier, rbeaumie@gmail.com

during the summer, but will attend Summer Series in

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

June, July, & August instead.

Contact Tim Quinian, quinlan.4@osu.edu

Childcare Free childcare available for ages 1–12

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

(must register in advance)

for Bible study and fellowship.

Register vineyardcolumbus.org (childcare & event) Registration Deadline Wednesday, May 10 Contact Zandra McEntie, zandra.mcentie@gmail.com or Kristina Green, KristinaGreen@att.net

Immigration Services

Soul Provider is a ministry for moms who are single with

Immigration Intake and Consultation Clinics

children up to 18–years–old, living at home, and still in high

Thursdays, 10am–12pm, Vineyard Community Center

school. Join us for free dinner, special kids’ programming, and

Contact Beth Watkins, 614.259.5322 or

a time for spiritual encouragement and renewal.

beth.watkins@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Vineyard Women: Event Team Contact Liz Ward, liz.ward@vineyardcolumbus.org

Cost $20 payable at the time of intake Vineyard Immigration Counseling Services (“ICS”) provides family based immigration legal representation to persons

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving

at 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and below. ICS

others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team.

responds to requests for representation and legal questions

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

from the public through its Intake Clinic. Consultations will

administrative help, decorating, greeting, registration, and

be available for those who complete the intake process;

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

however, representation decisions will be made on a case

have you join us!

by case basis and are subject to ICS availability. Intake is the

Seniors Phase III: A Ministry for Retirees 1st Tuesdays, 9:30–11:30am Contact Ron Schmidt, rjsgar@gmail.com This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to flourish in the Kingdom of God during the third phase of their

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 the first five persons on a first come, first serve basis.

International Ministries

lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep

VC International Teams

relationships with other Christians of the same age; grow

For more information about our teams sharing Jesus overseas,

personally and spiritually; and give back by serving (typically

email us at international.ministries@vineyardcolumbus.org.

involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

Singles Ministry Free Social Dance Classes 1st Fridays & 3rd Sundays through May, 7:30–9:30pm

Childcare Not available Visit vineyardcolumbus.org

Contact Kerry Davis, Kerry.Davis@vineyardcolumbus.org These free dance classes are followed by practicing and socializing. Adult singles and married couples are welcome. No partner is necessary. Dress is casual.

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

Contact John Olver, johnolver.vc@gmail.com 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.


Save the Date! International Ministries: A World Fully Alive Conference

HELP & WELLNESS

Thursday, June 8–Saturday, June 10

Vineyard Columbus Visitation Care Team

• Thursday, 7-9pm

Contact Visitation Care Team, 614.259.5239.

• Friday, 8am-9pm

We want to come alongside our church and their families who

• Saturday, 8am-12pm

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

Childcare (1-Pre-K) and children’s programming (K-5) available

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

(must register in advance) The International Missions Ministry is planning an exciting

Funeral Needs

Missions Conference. This free conference is for individuals

Contact 614.259.5372

and families of all ages! Children included! We will look at

If you are a member of Vineyard Columbus and need funeral

what God is doing among the nations, your role in his plan,

and pastoral care services, please call us.

and what Vineyard Columbus is doing to partner with Jesus to heal the world. Multiple sessions will be held on Friday, June 9, including the Around the World Trip, which will include children and families traveling to various stations to experience a variety of cultures throughout the world.

Empowered Life Open Prayer for Healing Sessions Cooper Road Campus Monday, May 8, 7-9pm

Vineyard Columbus Missions Prayer Group

Saturday, May 13, 9-11am

2nd & 4th Mondays, 6:45–8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus

Saturday, May 27, 9-11am

Contact Tim Hart, 614.557.0395 or

Contact Kristi Webster, Kristi.webster@vineyardcolumbus.org

vcmissionprayer@gmail.com.

Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance

Pray for our international ministry work. We typically worship,

healing prayer. No appointment needed.

share updates on our missionaries, and pray for special areas of the world and our VC missionaries.

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus

Career & Financial Business Owners Group Contact Rita Itsell, ritsell@pdsplanning.com

La Viña Service

If you are a fellow business owner looking to expand your

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

knowledge in overall business management, this new

Contact Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or

program may be for you. If you're interested in this group,

irene.casale@vineyardcolumbus.org.

please contact Rita.

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

Career Acceleration Class

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!

Mondays and Wednesdays, May 1–June 5, 6:30-8pm (not meeting May 29) Cost $10 Contact Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org Resumes? Interviewing? Networking? This 9-week class will

La Viña Servicio en Español

help you tackle all of these and be in a better position to get

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

that job you are seeking! We have a Professional Recruiter

Cooper Road Campus

that leads the class, which provides a real world view of what

Para más información, contactar a Irene Casale–Petrarca,

employers are looking for. This is a fantastic hands-on class

614.259.5254 o irene.casale@vineyardcolumbus.org.

that has helped people get new jobs right away. Through

La Viña es un servicio completamente en Español y nos

learning, practice, and participation you will learn a lot. The

reunimos en la capilla (Chapel) en Cooper Road. Nuestra visión

class also lends itself for networking and friendships to

es servir a la comunidad de Columbus, presentándoles el amor

build with fellow class members over the course of 5 weeks

de Jesús y ver sus vidas ser transformadas por el poder de Dios.

together. Class size is limited to 20 individuals. No childcare

No somos solamente una iglesia además somos una familia en

available.

Cristo. ¡Bienvenido como eres!

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Financially Alive Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

Vineyard Career Elevation

Thursdays, April 27-June 22, 7-8:45pm

Cost Free

Registration vineyardcolumbus.org/FPU

Visit vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Cost Materials are estimated to cost $100, including shipping

Childcare Not available

Childcare Chris Newkirk at VCFinancialPeace@gmail.com

Contact Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org

($30 per child, $50 for two or more children)

Offering one-on-one employment coaching, with the four

Contact Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org

most key areas of gaining new employment or making

This class helps you understand and follow Jesus and biblical

a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview,

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

Job & Intern Opportunities Visit vineyardcolumbus.org/jobs Vineyard Columbus is an exciting place to work with great benefits and a dynamic atmosphere centered on God’s mission. We have full–time, part–time, and internship positions available. We are committed to diversity and the

3rd Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30pm

networking, and how to set up an effective job search. Please bring a laptop if you have one, your most recent resume, pen, and paper. Elevation is held in the Vineyard Columbus Community Center. No childcare will be provided. Interested in volunteering with the Career Ministry? See p. 20.

Community Center 2017 Vineyard Summer Program: Rooted June 12 – July 28 (closed July 3-July 7), 9am-4pm

Grades Children currently enrolled in K-5. Cost $600 (includes lunch and snack) Before/After Care Available for the first 30 children to sign up! Fee is $175 per child. Hours are 8-9am and 4-5pm. Our Vineyard Community Center staff are excited as they prepare for summer camp. The program will include worship and devotion, new off-site trips, dance, sports, outdoor recreation, special interest classes, and much more. Limited discounts are available and applied at registration. Verification of income may be required for discounts.

mission of the church.

Featured Position: Director of Communications

Ohio Association of Foodbanks Wednesday, May 24, 10am-1pm

Cost Free Contact Gina Harding, gina.harding@vineyardcolumbus.org Register vineyardcolumbus.org (by May 15) Have you ever thought about some of the challenges people in lower income communities face, and how they deal with those challenges? Our Financial Ministries team in conjunction with Urban Ministries will be hosting a poverty simulation experience that you won’t want to miss. We’d like to encourage everyone to get involved in this dynamic, interactive simulation—we will need as many as 80 participants to play a role in the simulation.

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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.


Health

• Vision Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only)

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

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

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

614.259.5428.

(not meeting Monday, May 29)

We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those

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

who qualify.

Appointments Call Lower Lights, 614.274.1455 (Option 1). LLCHC is a faith–based, non–profit community health provider ministering the love of Christ through full–service cradle–to– grave medical care focused on whole–person wellness. They see patients with Medicaid, Medicare, CareSource, Molina, and private insurance as well as uninsured patients. Services are offered for the whole family on a sliding fee scale based upon income. However, all patients are seen regardless of ability to pay. Services offered include pre–natal care, immunizations, well–child checkups, physicals, routine care, and chronic disease management.

• Chiropractic Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428. We provide evaluation and chiropractic care for those with pain involving headaches, necks, back, or joints. Interested in volunteering in our clinics? See p. 21.

Mercy & Justice Orphan Care

Free Medical, Chiropractic, Dental, & Vision Clinics

Contact Diane Bauman, diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville

Please contact Diane if you would like to receive updates and

We provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and vision

ways to help with our Orphan Care Ministry.

care for patients ages 18 and up to those who qualify. Our clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid or are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level. (No Medicare or other government– issued health care programs are eligible for services.) For more info, call 614.259.5428. Si usted sólo habla español, puede comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906. • Medical Clinic Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening

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

Walk in, first come, first served. We can see 10–12 patients

Support for Life

(dependent upon staffing). Sign–in begins at 5:30pm;

May is Mental Health Month

line forms earlier. We provide diagnosis and treatment

This month we are focusing on a fact we often prefer not

of illnesses only. Basic work physicals available by calling

to discuss: Mental illnesses are common. Every year, 9.8

614.259.5428 prior to coming to the clinic. No lab tests,

million Americans experience a mental illness so severe that

injections, or X–rays.

it substantially limits their activities of daily living. Mental

• Dental Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 9–9:45am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428. We provide dental exams, X–rays, fillings, extractions, and cleanings. (No wisdom teeth, bridgework, orthodontics, or dentures).

illnesses also are treatable. Engaging in early identification and appropriate treatment can relieve much suffering. Yet, for many, the burden of mental illness is intensified by silence and isolation. Through Support for Life, we seek to bring God’s light and love into this darkness. We help struggling individuals and families understand they are not alone, learn more about the illnesses and ways to deal with them, and walk with Jesus under these difficult circumstances. For more information about our Loving Someone with Mental Illness group, contact Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475. Find a list of Support for Life groups at vineyardcolumbus.org or at the Small Groups Counter in the Lobby. Interested in volunteering with Support for Life? See p. 25. V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G

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10 Core Competencies

GriefShare

Tuesdays, May 2–July 11, 7–9pm

Wednesdays, August 23-November 15, 7-9pm

Register doyel180@gmail.com

Contact Chuck Clark, benaiah2.0@gmail.com

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050

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

Cost $50 per couple or $30 per person (book included)

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

This 10-week class will help singles, husbands and wives, and

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

parents of teens understand how to establish and maintain

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

sexual purity. If you, your spouse, or family member struggles

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

in this area, this class will help you.

Hearts Restored Support Group

180 Men’s Recovery Group

Tuesdays, 7–9pm

Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus (not meeting May 29)

Contact djlvman@att.net

Contact John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or doyel53@gmail.com

Hearts Restored is a ministry for women who have been

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

wounded by their spouse’s sexual sin. Find healing, hope, and

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

strength with others by experiencing God in the midst of crisis.

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men to pursue purity. We include worship, teaching, small group accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7–10pm, Cooper Road Campus Childcare $3/child or $5/family each week (for ages 1–12; must pre–register) Register supportforlife@vineyardcolumbus.org Contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 Celebrate Recovery is a safe, biblical, Christ–centered recovery fellowship to help us heal from any addictive, compulsive, or destructive behavior. Meetings include worship, teaching,

Lay Counseling Application vineyardcolumbus.org Contact Support for Life, 614.259.5289 The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer “lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual growth in a one–on–one, non–clinical environment. Lay counseling is not professional counseling, nor is it “free” 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.

sharing, and fellowship.

Circle of Love Group 1st Mondays, 7–9pm Contact Fred & Nora Seeman, circle.of.love@sbcglobal.net This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and resources to the family and friends of people who have same–sex attractions.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren 1st Tuesdays, 7–9pm Childcare available (must register in advance) Register Kris Garwood, Garwood.2@osu.edu, 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.

Loving Someone with Mental Illness 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm Contact Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475 This is a support group for families and friends of people with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, borderline personality disorder, etc.). Each meeting includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

Professional Counseling Center Contact 614.259.5409 The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness in all aspects of their lives. We also have male and female Graduate Candidate Interns, $20/session, with experience in seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

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Sisters of Sarah

Vineyard Artists Open Studio

1st Thursdays, Beginning September 7, 7:15-9:15pm

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

Contact Melissa, meladams617@gmail.com, 614.353.1792 or

Contact Holly Toenges-Messerall

Jeannine, jmanderson30@gmail.com, 614.578.7094

vineyardcolumbusartists@gmail.com

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

Stop by and enjoy some creative time with other adult

the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you

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

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

together and be inspired.

discussion, and prayer together.

Sister Sister

Campuses

Contact Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or elzbthhwrd@aol.com

Engage: Intercessory Prayer Meeting (Cooper Road Campus)

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

Wednesday, May 10, 7-9pm

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

Contact kristi.webster@vineyardcolumbus.org

in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying

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

God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

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

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Art Exhibit Featured Art from the Youth Education Art Show May 13–June 4 Cooper Road Campus, North Hall Gallery, and Global Café The North Hall Gallery is open after the 6pm & 11:30am services for viewing. Opening Night, Saturday, May 13, after the 6pm service, KidzQuest Worship Club Group, Sean & Steffi Sam with Friends, will be providing music in the Global Café. We have select pieces of artwork done by kids involved in our community

Engage (Sawmill) 1st Wednesdays, 7–8:30pm

Sawmill Campus will meet at Cooper Road Campus temporarily. Contact Dustin Jasinski, djasinskivcsc@gmail.com. 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.

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus) Contact Klodiana Tedesco, klodiana@gmail.com or bit.ly/serveatlaneavenue There are many ways you can serve in prayer at Lane Avenue Campus. For more info, contact Klodiana.

center programs to share with our church family. Our kids love the arts! Hope you enjoy their creativity!

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

Twenty–Something Campus Sundays, 12pm, Lane Avenue Campus 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

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

God is doing with young adults in our city. We offer childcare

Contact Angela Moore, deafvineyard@gmail.com.

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

The Vineyard Columbus Cooper Road Worship Service is interpreted in ASL for the Deaf. We also offer a Deaf Bible Study for the Deaf.

Joyful Noise Worship Service (Special Needs)

Throughout the week, we host small groups that meet across the city. For more info, contact Pastor Christian Root, christian.root@vineyardcolumbus.org. For info on small groups, contact Jessica Gatton, 614.259.5288 or jessica.gatton@vineyardcolumbus.org.

2nd Sundays, 5:30–6:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact Pam Newman, pmnewman7@gmail.com Join our Accessible Worship Service for people affected by disabilities and their families, friends, and neighbors. We have a worship band, brief message, and prayer time. Bring your tambourines and streamers.

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Community Life

Community Life

Fully Alive Small Group Leader & HOST Celebration

Start a Small Group

Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm

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

Contact smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Come and celebrate all that God has done through the

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

hundreds of Fully Alive small groups! There will be great food

small group area of your campus.

and drinks, live worship, testimonies shared, and we will hear from our Senior Pastor Rich Nathan. You don’t want to miss this! All small group leaders and new hosts are invited! This is also where you can pick up the next small group series created by Pastor Rich.

Contact smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org

Small Group: Leader Training 1 Contact smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org or call 614.259.5358 Register vineyardcolumbus.org Small Group Leader Training 1 is an introductory class to

VOLUNTEER & SERVE

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

If you are not sure where to serve, or want to explore other

new to leading an existing Vineyard Columbus small group, this

opportunities, check out the list of volunteer opportunities

is your next step. Small Group Leader Training 1 will give you

at vineyardcolumbus.org/volunteer, or stop by the Ministry

the basic tools you need to keep up the good work God is doing

Counter in the Main Lobby for a Volunteer Catalog.

in you and your group.

Contact Diane Bauman, diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org

You only need to attend one of the following sessions. Please

Bookstore Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities Cooper Road Campus Contact Jeff Baker, jeff.baker@vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5323 • Volunteer once a week: 2-3 hours anytime from 12-5pm • Volunteer twice a month: 15 minutes before and 20 minutes after the service you attend, operating cash register half hour. • Volunteer Sunday morning: (every other week) Audio/media volunteer.

Career Career Ministry Volunteers Contact Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org 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 navigation, and liaison between searchers and job providers.

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

register online at vineyardcolumbus.org/smallgrouptraining1. • Saturday, May 6, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus • Mondays, May 8 & 15, 6-9pm, Cooper Road Campus (childcare available) • Saturday, May 20, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road, East, and Sawmill Campuses • Sundays, June 4 & 11, 2:30-5:30pm, Cooper Road Campus (childcare available) • Mondays, June 5 & 12, 6-9pm, Cooper Road Campus (childcare available) • Saturday, August 26, 9am-2pm, Cooper Road Campus

Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts Visit vcsmallgroups.org 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 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 vcsmallgroups.org, a website with several Bible study options as well as other helpful tools. If you have questions, write us at smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org or visit our how to use vcsmallgroups.org video at vcsmallgroups.org/how–to–use–vcsmallgroups–org/.

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One Child One Community: Adopt A School Contact Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467 or abby.fahmi@vineyardcolumbus.org 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 Abby Fahmi.

Deaf Ministry Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities Contact Angela Moore, deafvineyard@gmail.com 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 myra.gaiters@vineyardcolumbus.org 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 vineyard.cafe@vineyardcolumbus.org 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 Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers Contact Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or carol.achmoody@vineyardcolumbus.org We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer team).

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Security Ministry Medical Response Team Contact Jason Pierce, jp6797@gmail.com or 614.625.6216 The Medical Response team is looking for volunteers that would be willing to help out with medical emergencies that occur during our weekend services.  If you are a doctor or nurse with hospital or ER experience, or an EMT (Basic or Paramedic) and are interested in learning more about the Medical Response Team please contact Jason Pierce.

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

ESL Conversation Partners Contact Carli Snyder, 614.259.5511 or carli.snyder@vineyardcolumbus.org Our ESL students are eager to meet with English speakers to improve their conversational skills and form friendships. We ask for a one hour/week commitment with your student. Timing will be determined by you and your ESL student’s schedule.

International Friendships (IFI) Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or jondavidhawks@yahoo.com International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus to promote friendships and show hospitality to international students at OSU. • IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner Visit ifipartners.org/culture–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. • IFI Internship Program Contact Estera Pirosca, e.pirosca@ifiusa.org Visit ifipartners.org/interns.php#give (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.

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• Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies

• Coffee/Tea & Conversation

Contact Tiria, exec_assistant@ifiusa.org

Sundays (men), 7-9pm

IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and

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

distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students

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

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

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

your small group are interested.

are looking for male volunteers to come and start building

• Small Group Outreach for IFI Contact Jon–David Hawks, 740.258.4042 or

relationships with the men at Hyde Park. • Tuesday Night Homework Help

jondavidhawks@ yahoo.com

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm

Sign up ifipartners.org/groups

Contact Kelly Wagaman at kelly@wagaman.org for more

International Friendships (IFI) has opportunities for small

information

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, dbchristensen77@gmail.com 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.

Volunteer Opportunities with Refugees Local: Hyde Park ministry apartment Contact: Carli Synder, carli.snyder@vineyardcolumbus.org or

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! • Saturday Afternoon Activities

614.259.5511

Saturday afternoons (times may vary), currently we have

In partnership with World Relief, Vineyard Columbus has

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

opened a ministry apartment at the Hyde Park apartment

We are looking for individuals and small groups to come to

complex where fifty percent of the residents are refugees from

the ministry apartment on Saturday afternoons to engage

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

with the residents in activities ranging from art at the

through various programs held at the ministry apartment. Here

ministry apartment with young women, soccer games,

are a list of ways you can get involved:

barbecues, etc.

• Drop-In Center:

• ESL (English as a second language classes)

We are opening up the ministry apartment at consistent,

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

specific times to help Hyde Park residents practice

We have English as a second language classes for women

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

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

help with other easy tasks that significantly help refugees

provide childcare at the ministry apartment, and use the last

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

half hour of the class time to engage in group conversation

education system. We are looking for volunteers to shadow

and talk about important subjects.

current volunteers at the times listed below to eventually create additional drop-in center hours. Mondays (women), 3-5pm Tuesdays (men), 3-5pm Thursdays (men), 3-5pm

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Global: Short & Long Term Teams

Women Serving Women: Prison Ministry

Contact: Carli Synder, carli.snyder@vineyardcolumbus.org or

Contact Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

614.259.5511

There are different ministry opportunities for women to serve

Visit vineyardcolumbus.org

at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Franklin Medical

Short Term Mission Trips - Interest Meetings:

Center – Zone A.

• North Africa Sunday, May 7, 10:45-11:45am, East Lobby 3 • Greece Sunday, May 7, 10:45-11:45am, East Lobby 2

Contact Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Operation Mobilization

We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms

in Athens, Greece to serve refugees. Visit vineyardcolumbus.

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

org for more info about upcoming short and long term mission

provide class materials and necessary training.

trips.

Men Serving Men: Prison Ministry

Media Arts

We minister to men during worship services at multiple

Video, Audio & Lighting Support

service.

Contact media.arts@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

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

value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

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

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

Contact Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

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

thescottrock@hotmail.com.

Prison Ministries

facilities. Volunteer with worship, prayer team, or help at the

Franklin County Jail: 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 8–10:30am Contact John, 614.578.8371 or seymour1546@yahoo.com.

Help inmates grow into disciples of Christ. To join us serving

Vineyard Prison Ministry Training: Prison Basics

those in prison, contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

Saturday, May 6, 9am-12pm, Cooper Road Campus

deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Contact Lisa Ernst, 614.259.5248 or

Art for Self-Awareness Instructor

lisa.ernst@vineyardcolumbus.org or Chuck Fisher,

Contact Ellice, Ellice@pathwaysWesterville.com 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

chuck.fisher@vineyardcolumbus.org This training is the first step in a basic understanding of the culture, rules of the institutions, and how we build a bridge of friendship in the context of prison.

Special Needs

environment. RSVP to Ellice to plan for supplies or if you need

Bridge Builders

additional information.

Contact christy2311@att.net (children/middle schoolers)

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Franklin Medical Center Parenting Class Volunteers

Contact deb.petermann@vineyardcolumbus.org (teens/adults) Befriend a child, teen, or adult with special needs who wants to be part of our church community.

Contact Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

Body Builders Class (Special Needs)

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

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

Storybook program to all residents. Volunteers record parents

Contact Deb, 614.259.5418 or

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

deb.petermann@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Adults who are VC members are needed for our Middle School

men and women volunteers to commit two hours every other

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

month. We also need a volunteer to lead and coordinate the

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

small group. Training is available.

Join us twice a month.

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Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection

Food Pantries

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

Our Urban Ministry has two food pantries that serve the

Contact Christy Smith, 614.374.4859 or christy2311@att.net

community of Columbus. For more info, contact Rhodie

Befriend a child who needs an extra hand getting used to

Shreve, 614.259.5441 or rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org,

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

or visit vineyardcolumbus.org.

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

Opportunities to Serve: • 5th Avenue Food Pantry 181 East 5th Avenue Saturday, 8am–12pm Small groups need to be scheduled to serve at the pantry, so contact Rhodie. Carpool if possible, parking is limited. • Northside Food Pantry

deb.petermann@vineyardcolumbus.org

4664 Cleveland Avenue

If you have training in behavior intervention, special education,

To serve, park along Chester Road to allow guest parking

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

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

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

food at Vineyard Columbus.

needs extra help.

Support for Life Become a Lay Counselor Contact Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289 or debra.johnson@vineyardcolumbus.org We're looking for leaders to meet with individuals on a 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.

Become a Support for Life Group Leader Contact/Register rhonda.bates@vineyardcolumbus.org or

• Monday Night Service Mondays, 6pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue Contact Jenney, 614.259.5370 or jenney.rice@vineyardcolumbus.org Small groups can plan, prepare, and serve a meal (we can provide meal ideas). • Check-in Volunteers Saturdays (two per month), 8am-12pm 5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue Contact Chris Blosser, cblosser4@att.net. 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. • Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists

614.259.5472

Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

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

rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org

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,

Northside pantry.

you may wish to help others by leading a support or recovery group related to the same issue.

Urban Ministry Urban Ministry is a bridge between our church and the people of Columbus. We feed the hungry, care for the sick, and bring hope to prisoners and the homeless. For ways to volunteer,

• Pantry Drivers & Helpers Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org Drivers and helpers needed for MidOhio Food pick–up for Northside pantry. Take a Budget rental truck to MidOhio Foodbank every other week. You pick the day and time. Need to be strong enough to unload. • Food Sorting

visit bit.ly/servewithurbanministry or contact Rhodie Shreve,

Contact Jenney Rice, jenney.rice@vineyardcolumbus.org,

614.259.5441 or rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org.

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Pantry Help Needed!

Visiting the Elderly

Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

Contact Chuck Fisher, 614.259.5403 or

rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org

chuck.fisher@vineyardcolumbus.org (to learn more

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

information before you go)

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

• Heartland of Westerville

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

1060 Eastwind Drive

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

2nd Saturdays, 12:30pm

(depends on order). Approximate time commitment is 4 hours every other week. Please contact Rhodie if you can help!

Helping Hands Saturdays, 9am–12pm Contact Jenney Rice, jenney.rice@vineyardcolumbus.org. Helping Hands is a ministry supported by men who serve families in our community that need help with minor repairs and upkeep around their homes. These families are usually made up of single–parent homes, the elderly, or those who cannot afford to pay for the repairs on their own.

Homeless Backpack Program Contact Jenney Rice, jenney.rice@vineyardcolumbus.org. We are looking to fill 90 backpacks for men and women who 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”.

Ohio Association of Foodbanks Wednesday, May 24, 10am-1pm

Cost Free Contact Gina Harding, gina.harding@vineyardcolumbus.org Register vineyardcolumbus.org (by May 15) Have you ever thought about some of the challenges

• Edgewood Manor 140 N. State Street 3rd Sundays, 10:30pm • Villa Angela 5700 Karl Road 4th Saturdays, 2pm • Bryden Place 1169 Bryden Road Thursdays, 7:20–8:30pm

VC Students VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders Contact Shane Huey, shane.huey@vineyardcolumbus.org (VC High School) Contact Michael Doom, michael.doom@vineyardcolumbus.org (VC Middle School) Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups and Weekend Services. We’ll be sure to train you before leaving you alone with teenagers!

Vineyard Community Center Artists Needed Contact vineyardcolumbusartists@gmail.com Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

people in lower income communities face, and how they deal with those challenges? Our Financial Ministries team

Artists Small Group (New)

in conjunction with Urban Ministries will be hosting a

Contact vineyardcolumbusartists@gmail.com

poverty simulation experience that you won’t want to miss.

Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth

We’d like to encourage everyone to get involved in this

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

dynamic, interactive simulation—we will need as many as 80

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

participants to play a role in the simulation.

Blood Drive Wednesday, May 24, Vineyard Community Center Visit redcrossblood.org sponsor code: VineCommCtr. Give the Gift of Blood. The need for blood donations is ongoing, and every donor makes a difference

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Coaches and Referees Needed! Contact Jerome Smith, 614.259.5395 or

Vineyard Women

jerome.smith@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Vineyard Women Event Team

Help with our Vineyard Athletics/NFL Flag Football and

Contact Liz Ward, liz.ward@vineyardcolumbus.org

Cheerleading league. Vineyard Athletics Youth Basketball and

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people,

Cheerleading. We need coaches and referees for grades K–6.

serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event

Vineyard Free Health Clinics Volunteers

Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting,

Contact Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

registration, and more. We have a great time serving

carol.achmoody@vineyardcolumbus.org

together and would love to have you join us!

We need dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, pharmacists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer team).

Volunteer with After–School Program or LAUNCH

Worship Arts Serve with Worship Arts Contact danielle.evans@vineyardcolumbus.org

The Worship Arts Ministry is looking for experienced

Monday–Friday, 3:30–6pm, August–May

musicians (all instruments and vocalists) for all worship

Contact Nikki Mills, nikki.mills@vineyardcolumbus.org

teams. We are also looking for bilingual vocalists. Email

Volunteers can serve as classroom helpers, homework helpers,

Danielle for more information.

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.

One Child One Community

Other Opportunities Baker’s Delight Contact Mia Byrne, 614.751.5083 or mtjondro@hotmail.com

Contact Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452 or

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

anna.fullen@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Serve by mentoring a student or adopting one of six Columbus

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

Schools in the Northland Area. Mentors meet monthly with a

are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

5th grade student during school lunch and go on monthly field trips or other activities. Mentor training is required. We are also

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed

looking for groups and individuals to serve by adopting one of

Visit ohiobenefits.org

the schools to volunteer at or provide donations on a regular

Guide clients through a user–friendly, web–based computer

basis. For more info or to get involved, contact Anna Fullen.

program to access public benefits such as food stamps, Medicaid, free tax filing, etc. If you are a church member,

One Child One Community: Adopt a School

contact Rhodie Shreve, rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.

Contact Abby Fahmi, 614.259.5467,

org or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue or Northside

abby.fahmi@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5296 (for the Vineyard

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us to

Community Center).

support Columbus schools. For more info on how your group

Welcome Ministry Volunteer Opportunity

can serve, contact Abby Fahmi.

Contact Adrienne Ash, adrienne.ash@vineyardcolumbus.org

VineyardKids

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

Kids’ Worship: Campus Volunteer Recruitment

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

We are looking for teens and adults who would like to help lead

decision prayer card during one of the weekend services.

kids in worship at our campuses. Each campus handles kids’

We make them feel welcomed and give them information

worship differently and needs people who want to help the

about ways they can get connected at Vineyard. Most

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

importantly we want them to know that in our large

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

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

materials, and include you in a volunteer rotation.

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

should join the New Visitors Call Ministry! Each Monday

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

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G I V E & D O N AT E

Online Giving & TEXT to Give

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

Vineyard.Finance@vineyardcolumbus.org

Contact 614.259.5443 or You can make a one time offering or you can schedule regular

Contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

giving by visiting vineyardcolumbus.org/give. You can also

deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org.

TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts.

Our women’s prison ministry offers a program to incarcerated

For more info, contact our Finance department.

moms that enables them to record themselves reading a book

Pantry Donations (Urban Ministries)

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.”

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

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 kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org. If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent Irwin.

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

Project Venezuela

long as vehicles have been maintained and are in fairly good

Contact Irene Casale, Irene.casale@vineyardcolumbus.org,

condition. Other cars, not suitable due to condition or needing

614.259.5254

expensive repairs, will be sold, and the funds used for the

There is a severe shortage of food, medicine, and other

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

basic needs in Venezuela. We want to offer some relief to

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

this country by sending some of these necessary items.

vehicle, call 614.259.5408.

There will be designated containers at the entrance of the

Business Owners Contact Rita Itsell, ritsell@pdsplanning.com We are planning a new program for business owners looking to expand their knowledge in overall business management. Please continue to visit vineyardcolumbus.org/ financialministry. For more info, contact Rita Itsell.

Homeless Ministries Donations (Urban Ministries) Please donate men’s T–shirts (sizes L–3XL) and any size of men’s sweatshirts, socks, and jeans. Also, used/clean or new

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.

blankets and propane. Please mark and place donations in the

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

Urban Ministry bins located near the church entrances.

• Hygiene: Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair conditioner, toothbrush, and deodorant/antiperspirant.

One Child One Community: Donations Contact Abby Fahmi, abby.fahmi@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Transitions Ministry

We partner with six Columbus schools for mentoring and

Contact transitions@vineyardcolumbus.org

support. This month we are collecting donations for the

Cooper Road Donation Drop–off: Ministry Center lobby

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

throughout the week.

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

Campus Donation Drop–off: During weekend worship

One Community bins at the Worship Center or Ministry Center

services.

entrances.

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.

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Value Life Donations Contact transitions@vineyardcolumbus.org. Thank you so much for your generous donations of baby clothing. Because of your support, our closets are full! We are in need of baby socks and bibs (new or gently used) all size diapers, and Similac brand formulas. 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 vineyardcolumbus.org/ministries/value–life.

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n a bright Wednesday morning in April, two Muslim

devotional life, but for 12 years, it was total silence—which

women walk into the Vineyard Community Center. The

was totally on me, but then God broke in and he was real

sun makes the silver detail on one of their hijab’s sparkle

and Scripture was real.” He continues, “I went from spending

amidst the other turquoise fibers. In the lobby, they pass

half-an-hour [with God] and now I don’t tell anyone how

under the sign welcoming them in several languages.

long I spend [with him] because it’s ridiculous. So that

Smiling and chatting, they climb the stairs—they are heading

started to get me back, and then I got drafted by Vineyard

to the ESL classes.

Early Childhood.”

Jeff Johnston has set up one of the classrooms and 25

That “drafting” is the part of his membership commitment,

students file in and sit down. The front row is filled with

which asks that members serve in an Early Childhood class

Muslim women, fully covered except for their faces, eagerly

two weekends each year. Jeff was assigned a classroom

anticipating the start of the class. This week’s lesson is

full of three-year-olds—the 3’s as he calls them. “I had no

medical instructions. Jeff reads vocabulary and acts out phrases. “Take your jacket off,” he says. They repeat in unison. “Roll up your sleeves,” he says while rolling up his sleeves. They repeat the phrase again. Then they move on to worksheets. Jeff energetically moves about the classroom, smiling, kneeling to their level when someone needs help. Their faces light up with pride when they figure something out, and Jeff’s does too. This retired editor never thought he’d spend his retirement teaching, but now he wouldn’t change a thing.

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interest in it,” Jeff explains, “and God gave me a heart for them and I was totally shocked.” When the ministry leaders asked him to continue serving, he remembers his response: “I told them I’d pray about it, thinking I was going to leave, and God said to stay, and I’ve been there ever since. I never left.” About 14 months ago, after 40 years of working, Jeff was dreading retirement. During his devotions, God gave Jeff the Scripture from Matthew 6 about not storing up treasures on earth but instead directing our lives toward storing up treasures in heaven, and it became a driving

“I had this great fear, having been a Christian for forty

force for his life. The week he retired from his job as Vice

years, that I wasn’t going to finish well,” says Jeff. At that

President and Editorial Director for Teacher Education at

point, he found himself disillusioned with himself, church,

Pearson Publishing, he attended one of the Vineyard Growth

and spiritually dried up. “[Then] two things happened,” he

Classes, Ministry 401. In this class, he took an assessment

explains. “God broke in to my devotional life. I always had a

of his natural gifting and abilities. The results surprised

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him. At the top of the list were teaching, encouraging, and helping, so Jeff considered the ESL classes offered through Vineyard’s International Ministries. When Jeff’s wife Marcia had taught ESL classes twenty years ago at another church, he was not interested, but he says this time was different. “[At the time] that group made me uncomfortable,” confesses Jeff. “But I wondered if maybe God would give me a heart for immigrants and refugees like he did with the 3’s.” He observed a class then jumped right in. He was assigned to Level 1. After the first class, the teacher asked him to take it over so she could do a Bible study with some of the immigrants during class time. “So the next class, I was the teacher!” exclaims Jeff. “What I experienced was that God had given me a heart for the people. I prayed, I did the lesson plan, I followed the curriculum faithfully, and it started to work.”

the address and they come here now and they love it.” As one of 36 volunteers working with the ESL classes, Jeff is quick to say that he is nothing special, that God is working through all of them. Kelly Oris started volunteering after Rich Nathan posted a challenge on social media to get to know more immigrants. She recently started helping in Jeff’s class. “Jeff connects one-on-one even when there are 25 people in the class and people really feel that connection,” she explains with a smile. These classes aren’t just transforming students, they’re transforming Jeff. “I experience first-hand every class that God loves Muslims,” Jeff says, “because I feel his love inside me, coming through me, and I feel his love touching the people and they respond. They probably don’t understand that it’s not me, it’s God.” He goes on, “Formerly I was uncomfortable with immigrants. Intellectually, I knew we should absolutely welcome the stranger… but not me.

And it’s still working. They’ve had seven people advance

Sometimes I’d see someone in full Muslim attire and there’d

to the Level 2 class in the last three months. But that’s not

be a neutral response or a little bit of irritation that they’re

what Jeff is most excited about. Jeff says “I’m the happiest

here but not adopting our culture. But the other day, I was

about [what’s happening with] the Muslims, especially the

coming into the community center and I saw a woman from

women. In September when we started this class, only 1/3

about 50 yards away in full Muslim attire and my immediate

of them were here,” he says. “They sat in the back, with

reaction, with no thought at all, was… friend. And I waved

blank looks on their faces. I hadn’t planned on this, but

and she waved. As I got closer, I recognized her and heard

in a very sensitive way, I invaded their space. The Spirit

her say ‘Teacher!’ It was one of my students. I know that

had me kneel down and help them. I started asking them

God loves them, because I’m 65 and I just didn’t wake up 6

to volunteer, and I could see their fear but I could also see courage. They started to do it more, and I started to encourage more…sometimes I would clap…and they started to spring to life,” Jeff says with a twinkle in his blue eyes. “Then, they started sitting in the front of the class, raising their hands, volunteering, and now they are bringing their friends!” Over half the Level 1 class is from Somalia, and it’s doubled in size. “The testimony that the church has with these Muslims is amazing,” exclaims Ximena Lozada-Rosales, Ministry Assistant/ESL Program Director. “They feel safe here and loved. It’s not about words, it’s about actions. Love is an action here.” Fatou T. is a Level 3 student originally from Gambia. She recently met an Egyptian couple and invited them to the classes. “I was sad,” says Fatou. “I know how they feel. It’s hard if you don’t speak and you want to say something but you can’t. So, I wanted to help them out. They are not Muslim but we are all immigrants. I got them

months ago and decide I’m going to have this love for these people…but I do.” It’s even transforming Jeff physically. He has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but says he experiences a miracle every class. “When I do ministry, either with the 3’s or ESL, I often don’t feel good,” he laments. “I’m tired, I have a headache, and I often feel like I have a low-grade flu. But I know when the class starts the Spirit is going to kick in, and I’m going to have the energy and wherewithal to do it. For the next hour and a half, I absolutely lose myself in what God is doing for the students and it’s wonderful. There’s a payback later in the day, but it’s worth it.” Jeff doesn’t take credit for anything, he’s just full of gratitude. He explains, “God has been so gracious to break that silence that was my own making, and he’s given me a heart to serve. I just feel grateful.” By Beth Bahe V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G

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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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