One of the main goals for the Gospel of God sermon series was for all of us to gain a new passion for sharing the Gospel with others. But how do we rekindle a passion for sharing the Gospel? What does this look like in our busy lives?
These questions led to a discussion between Rich Nathan's research assistant, Matt Shetler, and Pastoral Coordinator for Worship/Arts, Noelle Shearer. "Matt came to me and said, 'We want something that people can be a part of, something to be a visual reminder for those who don't yet know Jesus.'” Noelle states, “The passage of John 15:5 kept coming as a reminder. It says that we cannot accomplish anything apart from the Holy Spirit and that fruit only comes from Him when we remain in Him.”
Using this scripture and its imagery as a starting point, Noelle wanted to find a visual reminder for us to pray for friends and family who do not yet know Jesus. “I knew that with this many people however, it couldn't be a painting," she adds. After much discussion and planning, Noelle and her team of volunteer artists settled on the concept of a mosaic.
The idea was to have people at each campus think of three people who don't know Jesus and write down their names. They would then pick a colored tile to represent these three people, come forward, and give it to the artists creating each mosaic. Noelle emphasizes, “Anything we can do to love the Lord with our heart and mind and soul, anything we can do with our whole body is life changing. Making an intellectual decision is good but adding a physical demonstration and coming forward is very powerful.”
On the weekend of September 7th & 8th, people prayed for their three people, selected a colored tile, and came forward with their tile for the mosaics. In the following weeks, Noelle and the other artists created the mosaics using the thousands of tiles presented by the congregation. “As I helped finished the mosaics, I prayed over these people and saw the names and ethnicities of these people. It was valuable to me personally,” says Noelle.
We would encourage you while seeing the completed mosaics, both here and during worship services, to continue praying for those who don’t yet know Jesus and that God would open their hearts to the Gospel of God.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5
We would especially like to thank the artists who helped create the mosaics for each campus:
Cody Miller Kirsta Benedetti Jessica Schultek
Julie Ream Erin Roddy Janelle Dethloff
Laura Wallace Jeaneen Eckhardt
The Visual Sanctuary Community from Cooper Road who served as “Gatherers”
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El pasado domingo, 13 de Octubre del 2013, inauguramos La Viña, nuestro servicio en español. Aunque durante años habíamos ofrecido traducción al español mediante el uso de equipos electrónicos, nos dimos cuenta de la necesidad de servir de una mejor manera a la comunidad de habla Hispana.
On Sunday, Oct 13, 2013, we launched our Spanish-speaking service, La Viña. Though we have offered Spanish interpretation through the use of electronic headsets for years, we realized we needed to better serve those who primarily spoke Spanish.
Compartí unos momentos con Irene Casale-Petrarca, Pastora de la Viña, para conocer un poco mas acerca de la inauguración, lo que significa para nuestra iglesia y para la difusión del Evangelio. “Ese domingo hubo más de 170 personas de todas las edades. Fui sorprendida de ver el increíble resultado de algo que hace unos meses parecía imposible, pero nuestro Dios lo hizo posible, un grandioso servicio de adoración, maravillosa gente disfrutando de un servicio en español, un ambiente calido de bienvenida, voluntarios sirviendo con amor; fue un día de celebración. Le agradezco a Dios por todo lo que El está haciendo en la Viña.”
I spent some time with La Viña pastor, Irene Casale-Petrarca, to learn more about the launch, what it means for our church, and spreading the Gospel. “On Sunday, there were more than 170 people of different ages. I was surprised by watching the amazing result of something that a few months ago, looked impossible, but Our God made it possible - great worship, wonderful people enjoying a Spanish Speaking service, a welcoming and warm environment, and volunteers serving with love. It was a day of celebration. I am very thankful to God and for what He is doing in La Viña.”
Irene se apresura a decir porqué es importante alabar a Dios con otros en nuestra lengua materna. “Alabar a Dios es siempre una experiencia muy hermosa, pero es aún más hermosa cuando alabamos a Dios en el lenguaje que brota de nuestro corazón, en nuestra lengua materna. Es como un pedazo de cielo aquí en la tierra! La presencia de Dios estaba allí, en ese salón la gente estaba llena de gozo y de amor, llenos del Espíritu Santo.”
Irene is quick to say why it is important to worship with others in our native tongue. “Worshiping God is always a beautiful experience, but it is even more beautiful when we worship God in the language that comes from our hearts, in our native language. It is like a piece of heaven on the earth! God’s presence was there, the people in that room were filled with a sense of joy and love, and it was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Si estás interesado en asistir a la Viña, por favor únase a nosotros en Vineyard en “Cooper Road”, en la capilla, los domingos a las 11:30am. Si te gustaría servir en la Viña o tienes preguntas, por favor visita nuestro sitio Web aquí. En los próximos meses, les pedimos que por favor oren por La Viña y que como iglesia, podamos servir a la diversidad del Reino de Dios.
If you are interested in attending La Viña, please join us at the Cooper Road campus, Sundays at 11:30am. If you would like to serve with La Viña or have questions, please visit our website here. In the coming months, we ask that you please pray for La Viña and that as a church, we would serve God’s diverse kingdom.
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This weekend, we held Make Your Mark weekend for VineyardKids and our Middle and High School Fusion ministries. This however was more than an opportunity to sign up and volunteer in God's kingdom. It was also an opportunity for youth of all ages to welcome us into His house and worship Jesus Christ.
If you'd like to learn more about volunteering with Vineyard Kids or Fusion, please contact . Oh, and while you're at it, check out a few photos!
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