This summer, we’re focusing on the Gospel of John. I would invite you to read through it this month to get a sense for the themes and flow. John is one of the most eloquent books in the Bible. The other three Gospels are largely chronological and are focused on the events and teachings of Jesus. John, however, focuses mostly on a handful of themes. Pay special attention anytime you read “light” and “word” for instance. John writes to answer the question: who is Jesus? And he records seven (or eight depending on how you count) statements Jesus makes about himself that have the words, “I Am”. Each one reveals a different characteristic. Each gives us a clearer picture of who Jesus is.
But that’s not all! Jesus tells us that he shows us the Father and he does what the Father teaches him. John 1:12 tells us that “to all who did receive [Jesus], who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,” (ESV). As children of the Father, we become more like him the more time we abide in his word and allow him to teach us. Knowing the Father shows us who we are. And we can know the Father because Jesus shows us who he is. Follow along with us as we answer the questions: who is Jesus? and who are
Be sure to catch up on any messages you missed of this series exploring where God wants to take us as a church in these uncertain times.
In the Vineyard, we sometimes say that we are a community of communities. We believe that Jesus didn’t just save us, but brought us into His family. The book of 1 Peter says that when we are made alive in Christ we become part of a royal priesthood and a holy nation. We have a new place to belong. We are in a partnership together. We share a purpose. We do things together. We help each other grow and we collectively act in love toward God and the people around us.
So much of scripture only makes sense in the context of community–just read Romans 12 for instance. In this era of “social distancing”, I believe that it’s more important than ever to focus on being the community that Jesus desires us to be. A community that is not just a social club but is the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven coming together to love and restore the world. This series will explore the ways Kingdom Communities are distinctive.
We are a:
- Healthy Community – We are committed to being churches who practice emotional health through strong relationships.
- Healing Community – We have always prayed faithfully for the sick – in our church services and in the everyday workplaces and neighborhoods we inhabit.
- Biblical Community – We are committed to the careful study and interpretation of the Bible, and to the faithful preaching of its message.
- Outward-Focused Community – We aim to be outposts of the kingdom of God, bringing hope and help from Jesus to anyone who wants it.
- Worshiping Community – Worship is an environment in which we experience God – so we make it a priority in our gatherings.
- Multiplying Community – As a church planted by a church planted by a church, we aim to continue to grow one small group at a time.
- Pentecost Driven Community – We have a rich heritage of spiritual wisdom summarized in such phrases as “Do What The Father Is Doing” and “Faith Is Spelled R-I-S-K”.
In accordance with the Larimer Country Stay-at-Home Order, we will no longer host a formal service at our church building. Instead we will meet virtually using Zoom, a video conference service. For more information, check out our blog post here.
The Loveland Vineyard Food Pantry and Kids Cloths Closet will continue to be available during the Larimer County Stay-at-Home Order. Essential business that stay open include “businesses that provide necessities of life for economically disadvantaged individuals and shelter facilities.” We have already seen an increased need, and will continue operating for as long as there are people to help. We have already begun implementing changes to ensure a healthy and safe environment. Here is what you can expect to be different.
- New Hours.
- To keep up with the increased need we will be open on Tuesday. Our hours are now: Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am -12:00noon.
- Pre-packaged groceries.
- Now all of our food will be pre-sorted and packaged, including our produce section. If you are unable to use an item from your box or bag, offer it to someone else you know that may be in need. We are unable to re-use items from opened boxes at this time.
- Verbal Questioner
- We already keep our forms to a minimum, but will be making small changes to keep everyone safe. Everyone coming in will be asked to verbally answer answer our questioner, and our volunteers will write it down for our records. This is to reduce contact with shared surfaces like pens and clipboards.
- Social Distancing Conducive Layout
- We are now monitoring the number of people let inside the building at a time. We have also rearranged our lobby, maximizing the distance between people. We ask that everyone be respectful of space and keep the recommended distance from each other.
We have an amazing group of volunteers working hard to keep the space as clean and inviting as possible. If you would like to volunteer or are interesting in learning more about our volunteer opportunities please call our office at (970) 667-8668. We are also accepting financial donations to replenish our food and cleaning supplies. If you would like to contribute to this ministry you can give through the Givelify app and choose the “Food Pantry” envelope.
Here are some great tips from Alternatives to Violence on how to support victims of violence during quarantine.
Victims of violence are some of the most vulnerable members in our community right now. Being at home isn’t a safe haven for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Here are just a few ways to help someone in need right now.
- Don’t text–call. A voice often offers much more comfort than a text. Plus, a friend in need may be more likely to express concerns and emotions in an actual verbal conversation. You may even be able to detect if there is something wrong talking or Face Timing a friend.
- Encourage them to act fast: For victims who are still healthy or not yet in quarantine status, encourage them to move while they can–either to a friend’s house or shelter. Staying at home may become more violent as time goes by.
- Practice self-care: Initiate a little shared girl time, even if it’s online. Encourage your friend to think about their well being, whether that’s doing a free online yoga class or a facial. Keeping occupied and maintaining good wellness habits is important.
- Drop off necessities: It is very likely that an abusive partner will withhold necessities like hand sanitizer as a form of power or control. Offer to pick up essentials for your friend and personally deliver them to ensure they’ve been received.
SUPPORT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE BY SUPPORTING ATV! As we try to navigate the challenges we have been faced with during the COVID-19 outbreak, ATV is doing all we can to be there for those who need us most right now. The cancellation of the Purple Ribbon Breakfast is a great loss of revenue. We are uncertain on how to plan for even the next few weeks ahead. If you are able, please make a donation to ATV. However small, every bit of help is needed right now. It is so important that we maintain our shelter and 24-hour crisis hotline. So many people are looking to us for guidance and support. We are grateful for your consideration and generosity.
Updated March 21, 2020 with new Zoom links
The Vineyard is known for finding the “radical middle.” We strive to find a balance between reading the Bible, and doing the stuff; between learning about the Holy Spirit and engaging with the Holy Spirit. Looking at the vast reactions surrounding COVID-19 shutdowns, how can we find balance in our responses? We want to find the radical middle moving forward; honoring our local leaders and the guidelines given to us, but also honoring God and walking in His confidence. We hope to find the balance between safety and community.
This Sunday, we would like to try using Zoom, a video conference service, to hold our weekly gathering. This is different from live streaming or podcasts because it is interactive and community oriented. If you are comfortable, consider inviting a couple close friends over to watch together. If you aren’t able to, or are uncomfortable meeting in person with others, you can still follow along and participate from the comfort of your own home.
Here are the details for the Zoom service, please read everything carefully. If you are unfamiliar with how to use Zoom, watch this short instructional video.
Sunday, April 5 at 10:00am (join at 9:45 to say hi before the service)
For video, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/738076515?pwd=c1RxaE9RbU4wRkpWNEJHS0xlMDhPdz09
If you don’t have a smart phone or computer with a camera, you can call in using this number:
+1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 738 076 515
With schools and churches across the state closing in response to the Coronavirus pandemic we felt it wise to cancel our formal service this Sunday. We will be there at 10am with a pot of coffee for anyone who wishes to show up for a time of prayer. Check with your small group leader to see if they are meeting this week as well.
I encourage you not to give in to fear while still taking reasonable precautions as directed by health professionals. As you find yourself at home more in the next few weeks, look for the opportunities to grow closer to God. It’s easier to binge Netflix but I believe that Jesus is faithful to work good out of every circumstance. So during this time let’s do what we always do: Love God and Love People.
A day retreat for gals! This is an opportunity to take a break from the routines in which we so quickly find ourselves stuck. Spend the day deepening relationship, both with friends and spiritually.
For more details, contact the church office, or visit the information counter.
Hosted at a Private Home
Dust off your recipe books, break out your aprons, and prepare for the Loveland Vineyard’s most anticipated, annual competition. The Chili Cook Off is an event you and your taste buds won’t want to miss!
Sunday, March 15 – After the Service
From our beginnings, the Vineyard has been committed to the proclamation of the kingdom of God, and to bearing witness to the deeds of the kingdom through healing (physical, emotional, and social), doing justice and delivering those held captive by evil. We want to see what the Father is doing, and join Him in His transforming work.
Join us in a five week course as we look back to our roots and learn more about the Vineyard’s Core Values. These are five things that will never change and shape the way we do ministry.
This Sunday is a big day in the life of the Loveland Vineyard as we raise Marissa and Marshall Smith up to being Co-Pastors and install them into office. Vern, Marissa, and Marshall will all speak before we invite guest pastors to offer a word or two and then we will lay hands on the Smiths and pray for them as a church. Please join us at 10 AM for worship led by Francis Cutty and the invitation to follow our new leaders as they follow Jesus. The service will be followed by a pot luck dinner and an opportunity meet and have a Q&A with the new leaders.