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


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Help & Wellness

Continuing to Believe Even When We’re Not Healed

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Spiritual Development

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Vineyard Growth Classes

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Volunteer & Serve

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New To Vineyard

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Give & Donate

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Families & Marriage

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Cover Story

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Adult Ministries

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International

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C O O P E R R O A D W E E K D AY BUILDING HOURS Monday-Friday | 8:30am-10pm Ministry Center doors close at 5:30pm. Please enter at Worship Center doors. Thanksgiving Hours Wednesday, November 22 Building closes at 6pm Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24 Building closed

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Volunteers: The Heart and Soul of Community Outreach

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 Executive Asst. Denise Birkhoff, 614.259.5313

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

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

Lane Avenue Campus Pastor, Andrew Oswalt 614.259.5302

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

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

Children’s Pastor, Mike Szlapak 614.259.5361

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

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

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

Community Center Pastor, Daniel Nathan 614.259.5503

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

Community Life Pastor, Amanda Nash

Support For Life Pastor, Lorie Kaufman-Rees

Admin. Asst. Marsha Martin, 614.259.5305

Ministry Asst. Debbie Johnson, 614.259.5289

Community Outreach Pastor, Daniel Nathan 614.259.5441

Visitation & Pastoral Care, Anthony Cannon 614.259.5364

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

Volunteer & Value Life Pastor, Diane Bauman 614.259.5318

Discipleship Pastor, Paige Goslin 614.259.5477

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Vineyard Columbus recently hosted a conference titled

incredible experiences of God, suffered for years with

“Light the Fire” with Jordan Seng, a pastor from Hawaii.

intense migraines. Martin Luther, the great Protestant

Many people were encouraged to believe God would

Reformer who personally healed the sick, died a difficult

give more of his presence and power. Many, many people

death following a long string of debilitating illnesses. St.

experienced God’s Spirit in a powerful way. We also have

Francis of Assisi loved to look at nature as a way to adore

received testimonies of several remarkable healings that

God but was almost completely blind when he wrote his

spontaneously occurred during the conference sessions.

famous “Canticle of the Creatures” whose famous lines ask

Nevertheless, there is one stubborn fact that we cannot

Brother Sun and Sister Moon to praise God with him. All of

gloss over or just sweep under the rug: the vast majority

these people were certainly loved by God. They believed

of people we pray for don’t get healed by prayer alone.

God for healing. And yet the Lord did not heal them.

It is not just because we don’t know how to pray, or because we lack faith or spiritual gifting. The majority of people that anyone prays for—whether prayed for by John Wimber, who was the founder of the Vineyard movement and who had an unusually strong healing gift, or any other healer, such as Katherine Kuhlman or Oral Roberts – most people and most illnesses do not get healed through prayer alone. That is the stubborn truth.

We read of many people in the Bible who were not healed. The great prophet Elisha – a miracle-worker who raised the dead – died of a protracted illness. And this doesn’t even begin to cover all of the disappointments and hurts that people in the Bible experienced in their lives. Hosea, the prophet, married an adulterous woman. Job lost everything in his life. The godly woman, Hannah, suffered through years of infertility.

This has been true throughout the history of the Christian

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church. The great St. Augustine, who saw many miracles

Billy Graham has been suffering from Parkinson’s disease

and spontaneous healings in his church in the 5th century,

for years even though thousands of people have prayed for

died of a wasting disease while his city was under siege

him to be healed. Pope John Paul II likewise suffered for

by barbarian attack. Teresa of Avila, who was a Christian

over a decade with Parkinson’s while millions prayed for

mystic and writer in the 1500's, and who had many

his healing.

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The author of Hebrews helps us to understand why it is

kingdom – when every disease will be healed, when nature

that we often don’t experience healing. The author tells us

will obey us, and when no one will ever again be addicted.

that God created human beings to experience his favor and

One day, when Christ returns, “the kingdom of the world

care:

will become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,

Hebrews 2:6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What are mere mortals that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Human beings were given incredible dignity. We read:

and he will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) But that day is not yet here! How do we maintain Christian faith and hope while we wait for Christ’s return? The author of Hebrews says just don’t look at the world; you won’t see God’s intention fulfilled there right now. If you want to see God’s

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intention, then look at Jesus.

You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor. We were made just a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor. And we read that all of nature was designed to be in subjection to us. Hebrews 2:7,8 You crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet. Yet, as we look at the world, it is not as God designed it to

Hebrews 2:9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. Keep your eyes on Jesus! There is the purpose of God. There is the evidence of God’s activity – in Jesus. How should we look at Jesus right now? Not only as healer

be, is it? We’ve despised God’s favor and abused the gift of

and miracle-worker. We also ought to look at Jesus the

freedom that God gave us. We’ve lost the dignity of being

way a cancer-survivor looks at other cancer-survivors or

made just a little lower than the angels. Our dominion and

the way a parent in a grief support group who lost a child

authority over this creation has become limited by our sins.

looks at other parents in the group who have also lost children. We ought to say to ourselves, “When I look at

The writer of Hebrews reminds us about the current state of our existence in this present world.

Jesus I am looking at someone who gets my life. I don’t have to explain myself to him.” We can say to Jesus, “You

Hebrews 2:8b

get it. You’ve been there. You don’t give me superficial glib

In putting everything under them, God left nothing

simplistic answers for my problems. I don’t have to explain

that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not

my confusion or my doubts to you. You get it. You are a

see everything subject to them.

friend who really understands.”

We were given rule over nature, but because of our

If you are sick and your prayers are not answered, if your

rejection of God during this present fallen age we have

loved one is sick and your prayers for them have not been

become severely limited in our rulership. At present (in

answered, if your marriage still isn’t healed, if the deepest

this age), nature doesn’t usually obey us. Our bodies don’t

desire of your heart still remains unfulfilled, is that it?

usually obey us. Cancer goes unchecked and diabetes

Absolutely not! We are going to spend eternity with a

ravages our bodies. Even our own psyches don’t obey us. What we wish for and hope for in our marriages often doesn’t happen. We are subject to addictions. In this present fallen age, we live in a world outside of our control.

healed body and restored hearts! And in the meantime – while we wait – we see Jesus! He is the understanding, compassionate One we cling to when our prayers for healing are not yet answered.

Why don’t we always see healing when we pray? Because

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this present age is not the age to come – the age of the

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Sunday, November 5, 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, January 28

Sunday, November 5, 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, January 28

Sunday, November 5, 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, January 28

Sunday, November 5, 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, January 28

Sunday, November 5, 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, January 28

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N E W T O V I N E YA R D

Membership 101

Baptism Classes

Teacher: Senior Pastor Rich Nathan

Saturdays, November 11, 18 & 25, after services

Childcare: Register for free at vineyardcolumbus.org/vgc.

Sundays, November 12, 19 & 26, after services

Meet pastors and learn more about the history and beliefs

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

of Vineyard Columbus. This class is required for membership.

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

No preregistration is necessary, unless you need childcare

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

(ages 1–12).

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

Next Class: Sunday, January 28

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

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

Youth Baptism Classes

FAMILIES & MARRIAGE

Saturdays, November 11, 18 & 25, after services Sundays, November 12, 19 & 26, after services Contact: Pastors Kerry Davis, 614.259.5502 or

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

Family

Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

Chosen4Love

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

Contact: Julie Pierce (614.625.7335, jasandjul95@netscape.net),

and 18, please take one of these required classes.

Abigail Shaw (abigailjoyshaw@yahoo.com) or Peggy Steinbower

Baptism Celebrations

(chucklipeg@sbcglobal.net) Chosen4Love is a community of families with a passion for

Saturday, December 2, 6pm, Cooper Road Campus

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

Sunday, December 3, 9am & 11:30am, Cooper Road Campus

families and for people who are considering becoming foster

Next Baptism: Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18

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

Get Connected: Join A Small Group

and encouragement in this area.

Visit: vineyardcolumbus.org/groups

Vineyard Homeschool Network

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!

Contact: Martha, marthahawthorne@gmail.com Our mission is to support and empower families who homeschool their children. Our vision is that each family involved will feel supported as we all contribute our unique gifts to benefit and build up one another, and to provide support to children and parents through classes, field trips, and social engagements. Find us on Facebook at Vineyard

GroupLink

Columbus Homeschool Network.

Tuesday, November 14, 7-9pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org

VC Students

Childcare: Available. Please register at vineyardcolumbus.org.

VC Students (Middle & High School)

GroupLink is a two-hour event where you can meet people in

Weekend Services:

a similar stage of life and area of town with the goal of joining

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

or forming a small group. Our Community Life Ministry team

Contact: Shane Huey, 614.259.5341 or

will be on hand to help you navigate the process of meeting

shane.huey@vineyardcolumbus.org

others and forming a group, but we do not assign you to a

VC Students is the name of our community of students from

group. GroupLink gives you the opportunity to meet others

all across the city seeking to experience God and grow deeper

and decide which group you would like to join. Come and join

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

us for a fun evening with food and free childcare! Please make

lives of students just like you.

sure you register for childcare. To register stop by the lobby counters or email smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org.

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VineyardKids

Singles Ministry

AWANA Cost: $30 per child

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

Register: vineyardcolumbus.org

Saturday, November 11, 9am-1pm

Contact: Mike Szlapak, mike.szlapak@vineyardcolumbus.org

Cost: $10 per person (includes class materials & online

AWANA stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed”.

inventory)

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

Register: vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Contact: Mindy, mindy.layman@vineyardcolumbus.org

build character, and grow kids' faith through memorizing

Before You Begin the Journey brings a fresh and new

scripture, making friends, and encountering Jesus.

approach to relationships, dating, and marriage. Rather than

Tuesdays, 7pm (ongoing through May 8)

Baby Dedication Saturday, May 12 Check-In: Registration window, 5:30pm Sunday, May 13

assisting you in finding “the one”, this class will equip you to stand firm in your identity in Christ and bring your best self to current and future relationships. Open to singles and dating couples.

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

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

Contact: Beth Best, beth.best@vineyardcolumbus.org

Saturday, December 9, 9am-1pm

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

Cost: $10 per person

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

Baby Dedication Classes

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

Saturdays, April 21 & 28, 7:45pm

The Journey to Oneness brings a fresh and new approach to

Sundays, April 22 & 29, 1:15pm

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

Dedication Application Deadline: Sunday, April 29

Singles, you’ll receive practical information on how to begin

Contact: Beth Best, beth.best@vineyardcolumbus.org

and navigate a healthy dating relationship, including the

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

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

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

relationship boundaries.

to attend again. Applications are available at the Information Counter and online. Please bring your completed application

Free Social Dance Classes

to the class.

Friday, November 3, 7:30-9:30pm

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

Sunday, November 19, 7:30-9:30pm Childcare: Not available Contact: Natalie Struttmann, nataliestruttmann@yahoo.com These free dance classes are followed by practicing to music and socializing. Adult singles and married couples are welcome. No partner is necessary. Not a dancer? Come hang out and make new friends. Dress is casual.

This ministry is for people of retirement age who want to

Kingdom Seekers Group

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

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

lives. We have opportunities to have fun and develop deep

Contact: Ray Beaumier, rbeaumie@gmail.com

relationships with other Christians of the same age, grow

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

personally and spiritually, and give back by serving (typically

Contact: Teresa Wilson, teresaalsara@gmail.com

involves supporting other Vineyard Columbus ministries).

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

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Vineyard Men

International Women’s Breakfast

Volunteer

Contact: Flo Gimei, fgimei@gmail.com or

We have multiple volunteer opportunities for men at Vineyard

Julie Franks, julie.franks@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

our Prison Ministry. Learn more on p. 25 & 18.

monthly to experience unity in Christ while we honor our

180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or doyel53@gmail.com

1st Saturdays, 9:30–11:30am (Not meeting November 4)

diversity. We share a meal, listen to a brief teaching, discuss, and pray for one another. Please bring a dish to share, but if you are unable to bring food, come anyway!

180 exists to help men who struggle with sexual brokenness.

Mom’s Refresh

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

3rd Fridays, 9:30–11:30am (Next meeting: November 17)

healing power of God and the personal responsibility of men

Childcare: $5/child or $10/family (ages 1-5; must register in

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

advance)

accountability, mentoring, and healing prayer.

Register: vineyardcolumbus.org (by Monday, November 13)

Authentic Manhood: A Man and His Fatherhood Wednesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 7-8:30pm Registration: Not required Contact: Joyce Shuster, joyce.shuster@vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5303 Open to all men whether you are a father, step-father, father

Contact: Erica Roof, roof.erica@gmail.com or Emily Wilkins, emilywilkins81@gmail.com Join other moms to experience God and build friendships through worship, teaching, and service. Infants are welcome in the room with moms. Toys and mats are provided. Moms are welcome to pack a lunch and stay after from 11:30am-12:30pm.

to be, or father of the future. Authentic Manhood from 33 The

Soul Provider

Series is a video series that gives men a vision for manhood

2nd Fridays, 6:30–9pm (Next meeting: November 10)

as modeled by Jesus in his 33 years on earth. This six week

Childcare Free childcare available

class will be led by Stephen Van Dop. For information about

(for ages 1–12; must pre–register by Wednesday, November 8)

Authentic Manhood, visit authenticmanhood.com.

Register: vineyardcolumbus.org (childcare & event)

Workbooks will be available at the first class. You may join at

Contact: Myiesha McCrary,

any time.

myiesha.mccrary@vineyardcolumbus.org

Men’s 12 x 12 Spiritual Formation Group Contact: Joyce Shuster, joyce.shuster@vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5303 Are you a man who has a desire to participate with God and become increasingly conformed to the person and ways of

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.

Please note: After November, we will meet Friday, December 1

Jesus in every aspect of your life? Stephen Van Dop is looking

Vineyard Women: Event Team

for 12 men to participate in 12 monthly meetings to grow in

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

spiritual formation. Based on response we will determine

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people, serving

specifics (day, time, etc.).

others, and offering hospitality to join our Event Team.

Vineyard Women Social Media Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out

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!

what’s happening with Vineyard Women!

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Young Adults

East Campus Missions Prayer Group

VC Twenty All Campus Gathering

Contact : Edna Wright, ewright3@att.net

Sunday, November 5, 6pm, Sawmill Campus

If you live on the east side of Columbus or in the Reynoldsburg/

Childcare: Available for ages 0-5.

Pickerington area and have a heart for the nations, join us to

Registration: Not required

pray for the nations and Vineyard Columbus’ missionaries in

Contacts: Christian Root, christian.root@vineyardcolumbus.

various areas of the world.

org OR Shane Huey, shane.huey@vineyardcolumbus.org

3rd Mondays, 7pm, East Campus

VC Twenty is the young adult community of Vineyard

Global: Short-Term & Long-Term Teams

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

Visit: vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Vineyard Columbus is partnering with Operation Mobilization in

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

Athens, Greece to serve refugees. Visit vineyardcolumbus.org

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

for more info about upcoming short-term and long-term

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

mission trips.

connections, and grow together as a community. Invite a

Perspectives 2018

friend! Come as you are!

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

I N T E R N AT I O N A L

Rosedale International Center 2120 E Fifth Ave

Immigration Services

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

Immigration Intake and Consultation Clinics

Register: perspectives.org/Columbus2018

Saturdays, 9am–1pm, Vineyard Community Center

A 15-week life changing course on God’s heart for the Nations

Contact: Jeanine Winfrey, 614.259.5322 or

for believers from every walk of life: high school students,

jeanine.winfrey@vineyardcolumbus.org.

professionals, retirees, business leaders, college students,

Cost: $20 payable at the time of intake

homemakers, church leaders, and many more. Fifteen different

Vineyard Immigration Counseling Services (“ICS”) provides

speakers, different perspectives, one main point: God made

family-based immigration legal representation to persons

you for more!

at 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines and below. ICS responds to requests for representation and legal questions from the public through its Intake Clinic. Consultations will be available for those who complete the intake process; however, representation decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis and are subject to ICS availability. Intake is the mandatory first step to receiving services. We will provide low-cost consultations for individuals interested in applying for immigration. We will meet with the immigrant after the formal

Columbus, OH 43219

Contact: ColumbusPerspectives2018@gmail.com

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

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

La Viña: Spanish–Speaking Campus

intake process. Intakes are limited to a first-come, first-serve

La Viña Service

basis within the weekly clinic hours.

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

International Ministries

Contact : Irene Casale–Petrarca, 614.256.5254 or

VC International Teams

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

For more information about our teams sharing Jesus overseas,

the Chapel (la capilla) at Cooper Road. Our vision is to serve the

email us at international.ministries@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Hispanic community of Columbus, showing them God’s love

irene.casale@vineyardcolumbus.org.

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!

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La Viña Servicio en Español

Career Elevation

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

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

Cooper Road Campus

Cost : Free

Para más información, contactar a Irene Casale–Petrarca,

Visit : vineyardcommunitycenter.org

614.259.5254 o irene.casale@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Registration: Not required

La Viña es un servicio completamente en Español y nos

Childcare: Not available

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

Contact : Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org

es servir a la comunidad de Columbus, presentándoles el amor

Offering one-on-one employment coaching with the four

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

most key areas of gaining new employment or making

No somos solamente una iglesia además somos una familia en

a change: resume writing, preparing for your interview,

Cristo. ¡Bienvenido como eres!

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

HELP & WELLNESS Vineyard Columbus Visitation Care Team Contact : Visitation Care Team, 614.259.5239.

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

Community Center

We want to come alongside our church and their families who

The Ohio Benefit Bank

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

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

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

Call : 614.259.5441 for an appointment. The Ohio Benefit Bank helps moderate-to-low income families

Funeral Needs

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

Contact : 614.259.5372

Medicaid, and HEAP. Veterans can get assistance in accessing

If you are a member of Vineyard Columbus and need funeral

records and applying for educational benefits, too.

and pastoral care services, please call us.

Career & Financial Career Acceleration Class Mondays, through December 4, 6:30-8:30pm (not meeting November 27) Vineyard Community Center

Cost: $40 Childcare: not available Class Max: 25 people Registration: vineyardcolumbus.org Contact: Kaydian.Comer@VineyardColumbus.org Resumes? Interviewing? Networking? This class will help you tackle all of these and better position you to get the job you are seeking! We have a professional recruiter that leads the class, which provides a real world view of what employers are looking for. This is a fantastic hands-on class that has helped people get new jobs right away. Through practice and participation, you will learn a lot. The class also lends itself for networking and friendships to build with fellow class members over the course of the nine weeks together.

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Empowered Life Open Prayer for Healing Sessions Cooper Road Campus • Saturday, November 4, 9-11am • Saturday, November 11, 9-11am • Wednesday, November 15, 7-9pm • Saturday, November 18, 9-11am

Not meeting Saturday, November 25 Contact: Kristi Webster, Kristi.webster@vineyardcolumbus.org Open to anyone needing physical, emotional, or deliverance healing prayer. No appointment needed.


Health

• Vision Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only)

Lower Lights Christian Health Center

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

6000 Cooper Road:

614.259.5428.

• Mondays, 8am–5pm

We offer eye exams and vouchers for free glasses to those

• Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1:30–5pm

who qualify.

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

Vineyard Free Health Clinics 6000 Cooper Road, Westerville Contact: 614.259.5428 Free Medical, Chiropractic, Dental, and Vision Clinics Vineyard Clinics provide free medical, chiropractic, dental, and vision care for patients (ages 18 and up) to those who qualify.

Our clinics serve those who are uninsured OR have Medicaid or are Medicaid–eligible with incomes below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty level. (No Medicare or other government– issued health care programs are eligible for services.) For more info, call 614.259.5428. Si usted sólo habla español, puede comunicarse con la clínica latina al 614.293.9906. • Medical Clinic Cooper Road: Every Tuesday evening Walk in, first come, first served. Sign-in begins at 4pm. Patient visits begin at 6pm. We provide diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. Basic work physicals available by calling 614.259.5428 (option 6) prior to coming to the clinic. No lab test, injections, or X-rays.

• Chiropractic Clinic Cooper Road (appointment only) Call Fridays, 10–10:30am to schedule appointments, 614.259.5428. We provide evaluation and chiropractic care for those with pain involving headaches, neck, back, or joints. Interested in volunteering in our clinics? See p. 20.

Mercy & Justice Orphan Care Contact: Diane Bauman, diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org 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 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.

Support for Life 180 Men’s Recovery Group Mondays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus Contact: John Doyel, 740.649.6050 or doyel53@gmail.com 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.

• 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).

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Blue Christmas

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

Wednesday, December 13, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus

Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

Contact: supportforlife@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Christmas can be difficult for those who are grieving or in

time for their groups.

some type of pain. Blue Christmas services, also commonly

Cost: $30 for EHS course materials

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

(book, workbook, and devotional)

longest day of the year, acknowledging the darkness in which

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

we often wait during a season of Advent while encouraging

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

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

you to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a plan for discipleship

we are promised will dawn into our deepest darkness. Join

that can deeply change your relationship with God. The

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

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality course directly addresses

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

the reality that emotional maturity and spiritual maturity

Celebrate Recovery Fridays, 7pm, Cooper Road Campus, (not meeting November 24) Childcare: not available Register: supportforlife@vineyardcolumbus.org Contact: celebraterecovery@vineyardcolumbus.org

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.

Celebrate Recovery is a biblical, Christ-centered recovery

The Emotionally Healthy Relationship

fellowship for those desiring to heal from any addictive,

Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

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

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

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

time for their groups.

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

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

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

devotional)

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

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

and power to transform!

This powerful eight-week course will equip you with practical

Circle of Grace Group 3rd Tuesday of most months, 7–9pm Contact: Linda Parker, circle.of.ministry@gmail.com Circle of Grace is a discussion group seeking to explore how the church can be a safe place for people with same-sex attraction

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

to explore their relationship with Christ in a loving, biblically-

The Emotionally Healthy Woman

faithful environment. Discussions are focused around books,

Community Life Groups that have completed Emotionally

videos, and other resources. We also seek to be in dialogue

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

with church leadership to this end.

time for their groups.

Circle of Love Group 1st Monday of most months, 7–9pm Contact: Linda Parker, circle.of.ministry@gmail.com This confidential group meets to bring hope, support, and resources to the family and friends of people who experience same–sex attractions.

Cost: $20 for EHW course materials (book, workbook, and devotional) Contact/Register: Debbie, debra.johnson@vineyardcolumbus.org 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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Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Loving Someone with Mental Illness

1st Tuesdays of every month except January, July,

1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7–9pm

and September, 7–9pm

Contact: Karen Twinem, 614.439.8475

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

This is a support group for families and friends of people

must pre–register)

with mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major

Register for childcare: vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Register: Kris Garwood, Garwood.2@osu.edu, 614.259.5472

includes a short teaching, discussion, and prayer.

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.

Moving on with Jesus Fridays, 7-9pm Contact/Register: Sue, movingonwithJesus@gmail.com

Hearts Restored Support Group: Recovery from Sexual Betrayal

This group is for women with unwanted same sex attraction

Tuesdays, 7–9pm

meetings we will recap what was discussed in the Taking Back

Contact: heartsrestored@icloud.com

Ground videos, discuss what was learned and how God is

Hearts Restored Support Group is a faith-based outreach

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

where you will find a safe, confidential place to share with other women who understand the devastating effects of sexual betrayal. We are engaged, married, separated, and divorced women who do not judge each other but rather embrace that we are all on a similar journey with a common goal. Support is a huge part of our recovery. We have seen God do amazing things in our lives, bringing healing and restoration. We are here to help you as others have helped us. This group is for and about you, not your spouse or partner. Sexual betrayal,

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

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

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

Professional Counseling Center

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

Contact: 614.259.5409

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

The Vineyard Counseling Center’s clinically–trained counselors

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

offer a biblical approach to help people achieve wholeness

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

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

boundaries, detachment, triggers, self-care, his repentance,

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

forgiveness, and trust.

seeing children, teens, adults, and married couples.

Lay Counseling

Roots

Application: vineyardcolumbus.org

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30pm

Contact: Support for Life, 614.259.5289 or

Contact: Tom, brankamp@aol.com or Support for Life,

laycounseling@vineyardcolumbus.org

614.259.5289 or supportforlife@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

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

young men.

application or contact Support for Life. The Support for Life Ministry has a trained team of volunteer

Sister Sister

“lay” counselors who come alongside people in difficult

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7–9pm

seasons or situations to minister insight, healing, and spiritual

Contact: Elizabeth, 614.397.7764 or elzbthhwrd@aol.com

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

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

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

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

counseling. Lay counselors meet with individuals on a short-

in Christ. We focus on outreach and discipleship, studying

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

God’s Word, worshiping, and prayer.

encouragement, empowered prayer, and biblical guidance. Interested in becoming a lay counselor? See p. 23.

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

Vineyard Institute Winter Quarter Interest Meetings

Contact: Melissa, meladams617@gmail.com, 614.353.1792 or

Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10, after the services

Jeannine, 614.578.7094 or jmanderson30@gmail.com

Cooper Road Campus

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

Contact: Andy Saperstein, 614.259.5358 or

the hardship of primary or secondary infertility. We invite you

andy.saperstein@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

discussion, and prayer together.

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

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT Deaf Ministry Events Worship Service Interpretation: 1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays, 9am Bible Study: 2nd & 4th Sundays, 9–10:30am Contact: Angela Moore, deafvineyard@gmail.com. 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) 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.

The Book of Judges 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Mondays, 7-8:30pm, Cooper Road Campus Teacher: Michael Karoly Childcare: Not available Registration: Not required Michael Karoly, a longtime Vineyard Columbus member, gives an in-depth teaching on one of the Old Testament's most challenging books, explaining how to apply God's Word to our

community at Vineyard Columbus. Hear from current and former VI students, and from Vineyard Columbus Site Pastor Andy Saperstein. 

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

Sawmill Campus - New Location Sundays, 9 & 11:30am 4140 Tuller Road, Dublin, OH 43017 We have moved to our new location on the northwest side of town for weekend services. This is an exciting season for Sawmill Campus! We can’t wait for what God has in store for us. Join us as we continue being a community of disciples who experience God, love one another, and partner with Christ to heal the world.

Serve in Prayer (Lane Avenue Campus) 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.

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

Community Life

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

All Leader Gathering

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

Tuesday, November 28, 7:30pm

In November, we will be studying the story of Gideon

Registration: Not required, RVSP encouraged

(Judges 6 & 7).

Childcare: Free childcare available for ages 1-12 (must register by November 20) Contact: Deb George, deb.george@vineyardcolumbus.org Come out for an exciting evening as our Senior Pastor Rich Nathan shares his vision and theme for the 2018 All Church Campaign! This event is for every leader in every area of ministry at Vineyard Columbus. You don’t want to miss it.  There will be great worship, snacks, and even some giveaways!

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VOLUNTEER & SERVE

Attention Small Group Leaders & Hosts

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

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

opportunities, check out the list of volunteer opportunities

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

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

group discussion? Wondering how you can get more training

Counter in the Main Lobby for a Volunteer Catalog.

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

Contact: Diane Bauman, diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Visit: vcsmallgroups.org

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

Bookstore & Library

so we’ve created vcsmallgroups.org, a website with several

Cooper Road Campus Library Volunteers

questions, write us at smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org or

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

Contact: Jeff Baker, jeff.baker@vineyardcolumbus.org or

visit our how to use vcsmallgroups.org video at

614.259.5323

vcsmallgroups.org/how–to–use–vcsmallgroups–org/.

Volunteer once a week restocking books, contacting those with overdue books, and adding new inventory.

Bookstore Volunteer Opportunities

One Child One Community: Adopt A School Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452, anna.fullen@vineyardcolumbus.org

Cooper Road Campus

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

Contact: Jeff Baker, jeff.baker@vineyardcolumbus.org or

One Child One Community needs groups to partner with us

614.259.5323

to support Columbus schools. Please consider mentoring,

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

cooking/baking for teachers at our events, donating school

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

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

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

can serve, contact Anna Fullen.

Community Outreach

volunteer. The following outreach opportunities are a bridge between

Career

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

Career Ministry Volunteers

those in nursing homes. Contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

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

Contact: Kent Irwin, kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org

or rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org for general questions

The Career Ministry is in great need of new volunteers that

or contact the person designated for the outreach.

can volunteer in a number of different roles: job coach, career expert, administrator, database manager, networking pro,

Prison Ministry Opportunities

workplace navigator, and liaison between searchers and

Contact: Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

job providers.

deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Community Life Start a Small Group

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

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

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

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

Days and times vary-2 hours every other month

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

Contact: Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

small group area of your campus.

We are continually receiving requests for AMSB in the local

Contact: smallgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org

jails and prisons. Volunteers record parents reading to their children, then our small group wraps the books and CDs and sends them to the children. We need both men and women for this program. The AMSB wrapping group meets every 3rd Monday at the church from 6-8pm. Training is available.

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Women Serving Women: Prison Ministry

• Monday Night Service

Contact: Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

Mondays, 6pm

There are different ministry opportunities for women to serve

5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

at the Ohio Reformatory for Women and Franklin Medical

Contact: Jenney, 614.259.5370 or

Center – Zone A.

jenney.rice@vineyardcolumbus.org

Franklin Medical Center Parenting Class Volunteers

Small groups can plan, prepare, and serve a meal (we can provide meal ideas). We are looking for families and small groups to help us purchase and prepare our holiday meals

Contact: Deborah Scott, deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org

at the Monday Night Service in November and December.

We would like to offer parenting classes for pregnant moms

Please contact Jenney for more details and to sign up!

at the Franklin Medical Center, the prison hospital. We will provide class materials and necessary training.

• Check-in Volunteers Saturdays (two per month), 8am-12pm

Men Serving Men: Prison Ministry

5th Avenue Food Pantry, 181 East 5th Avenue

We minister to men during worship services at multiple

Contact: Chris Blosser, cblosser4@att.net.

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

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

service.

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

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

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

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

him about this opportunity to serve.

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

• Licensed Barbers and Cosmetologists

Contact: Scott Osborn, 740.244.6528 or

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

thescottrock@hotmail.com.

rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

We are looking for licensed barbers to offer free haircuts for

Contact: John, 614.578.8371 or seymour1546@yahoo.com.

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

Food Pantry Opportunities

licensed cosmetologists to volunteer services at our

Our church has two food pantries that serve the community of Columbus. Please contact Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441

Northside pantry. • Pantry Drivers & Donation Pick-up Helpers

or rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org, for important

Contact: Rhodie Shreve, 614.259.5441 or

information about each location before serving.

rhodie.shreve@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

We are in need of strong men to help pick up food from the Mid-Ohio Foodbank for pantries. Ability to drive a box truck and/or use a forklift is helpful, but not necessary. Pickups are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Approximate time commitment is 4 hours every other week. If you are free to pick up donated items from local grocery stores/bakeries, we could use help with that too, usually on Fridays.

• Northside Food Pantry 4664 Cleveland Avenue

Homeless Outreach Opportunities

Saturday, 8am–12pm If possible, please carpool or park along Chester Road to

Backpack Holiday Program

keep parking available for guests around and behind the

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

building. Small groups do not need to schedule at this

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

location but please contact Rhodie for an info sheet.

are homeless in our community. We will accept NEW 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” and place in wire bins before Friday, December 1.

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YWCA Family Shelter Breakfast 900 Harvey Court, Columbus, OH 43219

Health Clinics

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

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers

Contact: Rhodie Shreve

Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

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

carol.achmoody@vineyardcolumbus.org

Great outreach for the kids too!

Current opportunities available for doctors, chiropractors,

Friends of the Homeless Shelter 924 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43205

nurse practitioners, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer teams).

1st Thursday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm Contact: Rhodie Shreve Help prepare and deliver a meal to 150 homeless individuals. Leave from 5th Ave. pantry to the shelter.

Nursing Home Outreach Opportunities

Outreach Call Ministry Contact: Adrienne Ash, 614.259.5494 or adrienne.ash@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Contact: Chris Flores, 614.263.0606

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

Heartland of Westerville (worship & bible study service)

welcomed, then you should join the Outreach Call Ministry!

1060 Eastwind Drive

Each Monday our team calls everyone that turned in a connect

Fridays, 1pm

card or decision prayer card during one of the weekend

Edgewood Manor (bedside visits)

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

140 N. State Street

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

Sundays, 10:30am

information about ways they can get connected in our church

Deaf Ministry

and upcoming events they can attend. Most importantly, we

Deaf Ministry Service Opportunities

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

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.

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want them to know that in our large church, they were seen, your home or come to the church and make your calls. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Adrienne Ash.

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.


ORPHAN CARE

NIGHT OF P R AY E R A N D SHARING T H U R S D A Y, N O V E M B E R 1 6 , 6 : 3 0 P M COOPER ROAD CAMPUS

Join us for a night of prayer and sharing for our Orphan Care ministry. We will hear from a number of Orphan Care ministries, including the director of Asia’s Hope, a family home we support in Cambodia and a number of other orphan and foster care ministries supported by Vineyard Columbus. For more information, contact Diane Bauman at diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org. ORPHAN CARE V I N E YA R D C O L U M B U S . O R G

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VC International Teams & Ministries English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteers Contact: Ximena Lozada, ximena.lozada@vineyardcolumbus.org We are seeking volunteers to serve in the following areas: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10–11:30am Tuesdays, 7pm–9pm • Greeters: Our ESL students are eager to interact with people who enjoy giving warm smiles and speaking welcoming words as they enter the classroom. • Teachers: If you have a heart for internationals and enjoy teaching, we need volunteers to teach and assist our daytime and evening ESL classes. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10am Conversation Table Leader: We have a vibrant ESL program and are always in need of volunteers to assist us as Conversation Table Leaders. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-10am

• Small Group Outreach for IFI Contact: Jessica Burchett, 740.816.6518 or burchettjes@gmail.com Sign up: ifipartners.org/groups 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, 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.

Refugee Ministry Opportunities Tuesdays or Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm (September 5-December 14) Contact: Carli Snyder, carli.snyder@vineyardcolumbus.org We are looking for committed volunteers to tutor refugee

International Friendships (IFI)

children on a weekly basis for the current fall semester. Come

Contact: Jessica Burchett, 740.816.6518 or burchettjes@gmail.com

join the fun! Volunteers will be required to complete a training

International Friendships (IFI) partners with Vineyard Columbus

and consent to a background check. For more information,

to promote friendships and show hospitality to international

please email Carli Snyder.

students at OSU. • IFI English Conversation Partner or Friendship Partner Visit: ifipartners.org/culture–cuisine–church–small–groups.pdf

Media Arts

Become a conversation partner and help students practice

Video, Audio, & Lighting Support

English, learn about American culture, and more. Individuals

Contact: media.arts@vineyardcolumbus.org

and families can be friendship partners who meet with

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

an international student or couple monthly for a meal or

value quality to support the sights and sounds of the weekend

activity.

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

• 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. • Meals for IFI Friday Night Bible Studies

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

Special Needs Bridge Builders Contact: christy2311@att.net (children/middle schoolers) Contact: Amanda Fessehazion, specialneeds@vineyardcolumbus.org (teens/adults)

Contact: Tiria, exec_assistant@ifiusa.org

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

IFI always needs people to help organize, prepare, and

to be part of our church community.

distribute food at our Friday night Bible study when students and volunteers share a meal together. Contact us if you or

Body Builders Class (Special Needs)

your small group are interested.

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus Contact: Amanda Fessehazion, specialneeds@vineyardcolumbus.org Adults who are VC members are needed for our Middle School or Teens/Adults classes with special needs. Can you be kind, laugh, sit at a table, color, listen, pray, and sing worship songs? Join us twice a month.

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Sensory Break Room/Buddy Connection Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus

VC Students

Befriend a child who needs an extra hand getting used to

VC Students Small Groups & Weekend Services Leaders

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

Contact: Shane Huey, shane.huey@vineyardcolumbus.org

with learning Jesus loves them, maybe they can meet Jesus

(VC High School)

through your guidance and love. Become a mentor buddy in

Contact: Michael Doom, michael.doom@vineyardcolumbus.

our nationally–known program called the Sensory Break Room.

org (VC Middle School)

Serve on a rotation.

Volunteer with VC Students in two special areas: Small Groups

Contact: Christy Smith, 614.374.4859 or christy2311@att.net

Special Needs Intervention Support Team

and Weekend Services. We’ll be sure to train you before leaving you alone with teenagers!

Sundays, 9am, Cooper Road Campus Contact: Amanda Fessehazion, specialneeds@vineyardcolumbus.org

Vineyard Community Center

If you have training in behavior intervention, special education,

Artists Needed

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

Contact: vineyardcolumbusartists@gmail.com

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

Contact Vineyard Columbus Artists if you are a member of the

needs extra help.

church and interested in teaching an arts or crafts class.

Support for Life

Artists Small Group (New)

Become a Lay Counselor

Come with ideas to share and plan a course of growth

Contact: laycounseling@vineyardcolumbus.org or

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

614.259.5289

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

Application: available at 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: supportgroups@vineyardcolumbus.org Application: available at vineyardcolumbus.org We are looking for leaders who can create groups that offer a

Contact: vineyardcolumbusartists@gmail.com

Blood Drive Wednesday, December 20, 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

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

safe environment for those who are struggling to experience

Vineyard Free Health Clinics: Volunteers

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

Contact: Carol Achmoody, 614.259.5512 or

benefited from support and healing during a difficult life

carol.achmoody@vineyardcolumbus.org

season or situation that has resulted in growth and freedom,

Current opportunities available for doctors, chiropractors,

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

nurse practitioners, dental assistants, dental hygienists, and

group related to the same issue.

prayer team members (Meeting God 301 required for prayer

We are currently looking for leaders for the following subjects:

teams).

• Parents of children/teens on the autism spectrum • Female chemical dependency recovery group • Families impacted by the opioid crisis • Male victims of sexual abuse

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L O V E M E R C Y.

W A L K H U M B LY.

Community Outreach Opportunities Learn more on p. 18

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Volunteer with After–School Program

Kidz Quest Leaders

Monday–Friday, 3:30–6pm, August–May

Weekend Services at all campuses

Contact: Nikki Mills, nikki.mills@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

Volunteers can serve as classroom helpers, homework helpers,

desk or the Kidz Quest welcome center

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

Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317

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

We are accepting applications for qualified people to help us

difference in the life of a child.

make disciples out of our elementary-age kids and bring them

One Child One Community: Adopt A School Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452, anna.fullen@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 Anna Fullen.

VineyardKids Be an AWANA Leader! Tuesdays, through May, 6:15-9pm Cooper Road Campus, Multi-Purpose Room Application: Pick up an application from the children’s info desk or the Kidz Quest welcome center Contact: Mike Szlapak, 614.259.5317 We are accepting applications for people who desire to invest in our kids to help us make disciples of them. We have a curriculum, ongoing training, and a team to work with. We are

to Jesus. Our objective is to partner with parents and inspire the kids to follow Jesus through our model and teaching. We offer curriculum, training, and an AWESOME team to work with. We have opportunities of all shapes and sizes where your 5 loaves and 2 fish are enough. Interested? Let us know.

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

Vineyard Women

flexible when you need time off and offer the fringe benefit

Vineyard Women Event Team

of being loved by the kids and leaders. To make disciples we

Contact Liz Ward, liz.ward@vineyardcolumbus.org

focus on scripture memory, friendship, and fun. Consistency

We are looking for women who enjoy meeting people,

is key. The kids will come regularly, and we need leaders who

serving others, and offering hospitality to join our Event

will, too. Pray about being part of the team and see where God

Team. Some of the ways you can help include promoting

leads.

the event, administrative help, decorating, greeting,

Kids’ Worship: Campus Volunteer Recruitment

registration, and more. We have a great time serving together and would love to have you join us!

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

Worship Arts

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

Serve with Worship Arts

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

Contact danielle.evans@vineyardcolumbus.org

materials, and include you in a volunteer rotation.

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.

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Join the Choir at Vineyard Columbus

Automobile Donations

Contact danielle.evans@vineyardcolumbus.org

Donate used cars to Vineyard Columbus to bless others in

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

our congregation. We accept all kinds and conditions and

teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through

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

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

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

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

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

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

long as vehicles have been maintained and are in fairly good

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

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

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

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

Danielle Evans.

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

Other Opportunities

If you’re a member of Vineyard Columbus and in need of a vehicle, call 614.259.5408.

Baker’s Delight

Backpack Holiday Program

Contact Mia Byrne, 614.751.5083 or mtjondro@hotmail.com

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

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

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

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

are homeless in our community. We will accept NEW donations

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

for the following items: backpacks, thermal underwear

are looking for outreach opportunities. Join us!

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

Ohio Benefit Bank Counselors Needed Visit ohiobenefits.org

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

sweatshirts, flashlights, all size batteries, personal care items, hand and feet warmers, and cards of encouragement. Please label donation packages with “Homeless Backpack Program” and place in wire bins before Friday, December 1.

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

One Child One Community: Donations

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

Contact: Anna Fullen, 614.259.5452,

vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5441 (for the 5th Avenue

anna.fullen@vineyardcolumbus.org

or Northside Food Pantries), or Maria Broeckel, maria.

We partner with six Columbus City schools for mentoring

broeckel@vineyardcolumbus.org or 614.259.5296 (for the

and support and are collecting school supplies for the

Vineyard Community Center).

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

G I V E & D O N AT E Aunt Mary’s Story Book Project: Donations (Prison Ministries)

Child One Community bins at the Worship Center & Ministry Center entrances. Supplies we’re collecting: • Backpacks • 2-pocket folders

Contact Deborah Scott, 614.259.5348 or

• Binders

deborah.scott@vineyardcolumbus.org.

• Paper (loose & notebooks)

Our women’s prison ministry offers a program to incarcerated

• #2 pencils

moms that enables them to record themselves reading a book

• Pens

to their children. We wrap the CD and book to send

• Erasers

to the children. We accept donations of new children's books.

• Highlighters

Drop off in bins at entrances and label “Aunt Mary’s.”

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

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Online Giving & TEXT to Give

Value Life Donations

Contact 614.259.5443 or

Contact Diane.bauman@vineyardcolumbus.org

Vineyard.Finance@vineyardcolumbus.org

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

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

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

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

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

TEXT your amount to 614.333.0330 and follow the prompts.

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

For more info, contact our Finance department.

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

Pantry Donations (Community Outreach) We always need personal care items like soap, shampoo,

Life on Facebook or visit vineyardcolumbus.org/ministries/ value–life.

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

Vineyard Christmas for Kids

Cooper Road Campus entrances.

Contact Myra Gaiters, myra.gaiters@vineyardcolumbus.org.

Planned Giving Contact Kent Irwin, 614.259.5505 or kent.irwin@vineyardcolumbus.org. If you would like to discuss estate planning, contact Kent Irwin.

Project Venezuela

As we approach the holidays, we want to remember God’s generosity to us and extend generosity to others. Vineyard Christmas for Kids is a ministry of our church that’s designed to help kids and families in our church who might not be able to celebrate Christmas without our support. If you are interested in donating, please make checks payable to “Vineyard Columbus” with “VCK” in the memo line. You

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

may also text-to-give by texting the amount along with

614.259.5254

VCK in the message to 614.333.0330. For more info, contact

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

Myra Gaiters.

basic needs in Venezuela. We want to offer some relief to this country by sending some of these necessary items. There will be designated containers at the entrance of the church where you can donate items to ‘Project Venezuela’ for the next several months. These items will then be sent to Venezuelan churches that can distribute them to the populations in greatest need. Please consider participating in this demonstration of God’s love. Specific items needed: • Nonperishable foods: Rice, sugar, pasta, dry beans, corn flour, powdered milk, salt, peanut butter, ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard. • Medicines: Tylenol/Motrin, antibiotics, allergy relief, and First Aid supplies. • Babies: Diapers, infant formula, baby food, and wipes. • Hygiene: Soap, toothpaste, toilet paper, shampoo, hair conditioner, toothbrush, and deodorant/antiperspirant.

Transitions Ministry Contact transitions@vineyardcolumbus.org Cooper Road Donation Drop–off: Ministry Center lobby

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

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Dan Franz

BUILDING BRIDGES OF FRIENDSHIP Dan and Carol Franz first came to Columbus to take classes with the Vineyard Leadership Institute (now Vineyard Institute). Right around the time of completing VLI, an opening for Urban Ministry Pastor became available. Dan was hired to pastor what

In the past two years, the Lord led Dan to institute training for a Lay Chaplaincy and Visitation Care Ministry. One certified chaplain in the training program said it was better than her professional training! Even though health reasons prevented Dan from continuing in this ministry area, those touched by his pastoral example and instruction have been better equipped to care for the sick and dying.

was then called Fruit of the Vine, which had a small food pantry

John Wimber, founder of the Vineyard Movement, often said

and medical clinic located in a space on West 5th Avenue. That

that when you look at Christian leaders, they seem to lean.

was 19 years ago.

They don’t seem entirely upright. One leader might lean

Dan was given a large-scale challenge—to transform this ministry comprised of a small group of highly committed but overextended volunteers into an endeavor that would engage more members of the church in face-to-face respectful relationships among the poor in Columbus. In this calling,

toward sharing her faith with others. No matter the topic of conversation, she ends up referring to those who don’t yet know God’s love in Christ. Other leaders lean toward building community, hospitality, or justice. I have never seen Dan entirely upright. He always leans toward the vulnerable.

Dan did what we have seen him do time and time again here…

You cannot spend much time with Dan before he references

he went to the Lord and asked for his vision and wisdom on

Matthew 25. This energizes and directs Dan’s walk as he follows

how to proceed. The Lord was faithful, giving Dan a plan that

Jesus, the One who identifies with the poor, prisoner, foreigner,

involved inviting small groups to serve under the direction of

vulnerable. Anne Lamott once wondered if entering heaven

trained Fruit of the Vine volunteers. In time, this bore fruit as

would require a pass from the poor. If so, Dan certainly will have

small groups began to volunteer regularly at the food pantry,

many passes to hand to our Lord as humble offerings of his

medical clinic, and homeless camps. As this vision grew rapidly,

devotion to Jesus among the vulnerable. I personally have been

Dan had the challenge of groups not wanting to wait so long

stretched and blessed to serve the poor under Dan’s leadership

for openings! With this, he led the church into developing

for many years; nonetheless, if Anne is correct, I hope Dan will

more opportunities to, as Dan always says, “Build a bridge of

share with me one of the many passes he has!

friendship and let Jesus walk over it”. These ministry outreaches kept growing under Dan’s leadership and expanded to include Prison Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, an additional food pantry and clinic, and a Monday Night Service at our current East 5th Avenue pantry. Having been recruited, trained, and released by Dan, many church members have provided years of leadership in these outreaches.

We have many things to be thankful for in our fellowship. God is granting us the grace to engage in many ways to partner with Christ to heal the world. Some ministries are more visible than others, and we are thankful to have co-labored with Dan in ministry among those to whom our Lord’s heart is most inclined. We have seen the signs of this kingdom throughout Dan and Carol’s service.

God also blessed Dan in a trans-local mission through the Vineyard. Fifteen years ago, the Lord prompted him to develop relationships among Vineyard leaders in Zambia. From this small beginning, Dan led many short-term missions trips (STMs) to Zambia serving the poor, supporting a school, serving lepers as well as equipping and training Zambian pastors and leaders. The years of building relationships with these pastors and the Zambian people have grown into a strong partnership with our church and the Vineyard in Zambia. Zambia has now become its own Association of Vineyard Churches (AVC), and much of this

As Dan retires and he and Carol enter the next chapter of their lives, a legacy of influence through humble example and service, genuine love and full-scale lean toward the vulnerable in Central Ohio and Africa remains. Vineyard Columbus and countless prisoners, homeless, hungry, and hurting people experience more grace from our Lord through his working in and through the Franz’s. Well done, Dan and Carol! BY BILL CHRISTENSEN

has been due to Dan’s humble service and friendships there.

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VOLUNTEERS: THE HEART AND SOUL

teenagers Gideon Chapin and Jonathan Hanson were younger

OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH

they helped with small things like setting out butter, salt, and

Every day of the month, volunteers from Vineyard Columbus find the people in our community who frequently get overlooked. Our volunteers often aren’t pastors. They are young adults, retirees, singles, parents, grandparents, and even teens and children who know that everyone gets to use their gifts, time, and talents to serve the Lord, not just people who work at the church. These faithful servants are loving the unlovable, seeing the hidden, and reaching those who often seem out of reach. They are the heart of our Community Outreach Ministry, formerly called Urban Ministry. This ministry—a mobilization of God’s love, justice, and mercy—

like the interaction with people,” says Gideon, age 16. “I know they are in a hard spot so being able to be a warm smile and offer them a cup of fresh orange juice makes my day.” He continues, “It’s helped me see the inviting side of God’s heart. He doesn’t see us as a percentage of a population. He sees us as his. It opens my perspective of God’s love to be introduced to people who are different than me.” Gideon also regularly promotes the need for volunteers to their co-ed high school small group and as a result, other teens are showing up to serve.

was pastored by Dan Franz for more than 18 years and represents

“People are really appreciative that we are there giving them the

our church’s desire to be the best friend the City of Columbus has

hot meal since they normally have cold breakfast cereal,” explains

ever seen. Here’s a small taste of this expansive ministry.

Michael Hanson. “They often come back up to the serving window

Y W C A F A M I LY S H E L T E R Sherry Chapin and her family started serving homeless families breakfast at the YWCA on Saturday mornings. Along with the Hanson family and other members of their small group, they were looking for a place to live out their faith where their children had the opportunity to do ministry too. That was 15 years ago. Now,

or the dish window to thank us.” Michael’s wife Karen points out there’s ministry happening to the staff as well. “A couple of women in charge at the YWCA have shared their lives with us,” Karen says. “There is one woman whose husband died, and we prayed with her and supported her. Because we see them regularly we have more of a chance to do that with them.”

their children don’t remember a time when they didn’t get up at

When they have enough volunteers, they get to spend time at

4am on the second Saturday of the month to serve. Even Sherry’s

the tables with the families who are staying at the shelter. Sherry

youngest son who is non-verbal with autism gets to participate.

enjoys how they mutually encourage each other. “What we

“Something I’ve noticed [at the breakfasts],” says Sherry “is that

have been able to experience is the Holy Spirit coming in,” says

parents are parents and kids are kids. They are not a faceless group

Sherry, “and we get to experience firsthand how just being kind to

of people. They are moms and dads. And even though they are

someone makes a big difference.”

struggling with their own problems, they aren’t going to let those problems stop them from being kind to my son.”

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pepper. Now they independently run the beverage station. “I really

PRISON MINISTRY The prison population is often feared and/or forgotten. Once a

A full, hot breakfast including pancakes, bacon, eggs, and sausage

month, paired with another volunteer, Sue Fetchero goes into the

is served from 7-8:30am and volunteers all use different gifts

Ohio Reformatory for Women with the Aunt Mary’s Storybook.

throughout the morning. Some of them are organizers, some are

In Central Ohio, Aunt Mary’s Storybook is coordinated through

more comfortable behind the scenes, and those who are more

the Community Outreach Ministry, but it’s a program offered in

extroverted get to walk around and connect with people. When

correctional facilities throughout the country. Through this unique

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program prisoners get to record audio of themselves reading a book to their child. Then the book is wrapped and delivered to the child with a CD of mom’s voice reading it to them.

non-perishable food items, get breakfast, and receive prayer. The effect of God’s love is apparent when Tara talks about one woman who has been there on Saturday mornings for many of

After 38 years as a flight attendant and a hotel concierge for

the last 5 years. “When I first started coming, she was always

seven, Sue found herself with extra time in retirement since her

snippy,” Tara explains. “She didn’t want to be bothered by [any

grandchildren live out of town. “I had to get a life,” explains Sue.

interactions]. I can clearly see how the Lord is working though

“I looked at Aunt Mary’s in the MIX for a number of years, but it’s

because now she responds. The biggest difference is that she

intimidating to think about going into a prison. So I sat on it way

smiles now—and those used to be very rare. The Lord is softening

too long. But there was no need for me to be afraid.”

her heart, and she now opens up in conversations.”

Sue continues, “I’m privileged to be involved in this. [These

On Monday nights Tara returns to the Fruit of the Vine to help

women] are all suffering and regretful. This gives them some

serve dinner and lead a worship service for the guests. She just

hope. I try to love them, and they are all extremely grateful.” The

taught at the service for the first time this past October. That

books all come from donations and according to Sue, the best

particular night, she realized how her perspective has changed

ones say “I love you” in them.

over the years when she responded to the Lord’s leading to give one of the men all the leftover bread. “We’re so quick to make

One of the women Sue met with has a terminal cancer

assumptions about why someone is homeless or why somebody

diagnosis. She is serving a sentence because of drugs and was so

is struggling,” Tara shares. “But the way that the Lord showed me

appreciative to get the opportunity to record a personal message

is, he died for them as much as he died for me. It’s not my place

and then the story. She shared with Sue that she wasn’t sure how

to think about why is that person homeless or not. My place is to

long she had left to live, and this would be a keepsake for her

show them the love of Christ and be obedient to what the Lord

children.

says.”

Something Sue didn’t expect to come from her work with Aunt

The Community Outreach Ministry of Vineyard Columbus

Mary’s Storybook is the reaction from her children. They told her

represents the heart of the Lord toward the people Chuck Fisher

they were impressed at how she is spending her retirement. Sue

calls “the least, the last, and the lost.” Chuck, recently retired, has

is excited that her service in this Community Outreach Ministry

worked for the staff of Vineyard Columbus for the last 8 years

might inspire the generations that follow in her family. “You

following 20 years of volunteer work with another area church.

always get more than you put in when you give to God,” says Sue.

He coordinated the nursing home visitations, Bible study in the

FRUIT OF THE VINE Tara Davis was introduced to the Fruit of the Vine food pantry by her sister. She wasn’t looking for a place to volunteer at the time but found herself drawn in by her sister’s encouragement. The 29-year-old from Westerville started serving on Saturday mornings five years ago and hasn’t stopped. Along with 15-20 other volunteers, she helps men, women, and children receive

men’s prisons, and often teaches at the Monday night Fruit of the Vine service. Chuck explains, “The command is in Matthew 25. The Lord says don’t forget those folks. Is it intimidating? Of course! But the call is to do what you can. Serve somewhere. And Vineyard is special. It’s a great joy for me to go to a church that tries to do what the word says to do.” 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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