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15-week series starting May 2nd: Conversations on Following Jesus

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To whom and to what have we actually committed when we say yes to following Jesus? What are the non-negotiables of allegiance to Christ and how do we express our faith? What are the attitudes of mind and concrete behaviors that distinguish Christian community other communities?
If you wrestle with these questions or simply want to understand better what discipleship is all about, please join us for a 15-week series beginning May 2nd, from 6-8pm, that will cover the following themes among others:

simplicity: the radical root
community: the new and prophetic society
prayer: the primary grammar
forgiveness & reconciliation: living in the generosity of God
servanthood: the level playing field
non-violence: the War of the Lamb

the least and the last: minding the margins of life
This 15-week series would be especially ideal for those who are newer Christians, but we’re not checking I.D. at the door. Come one, come all. If you have any specific questions you’d like answered before committing, please contact me (Dave Nixon) at: dave.vineyardcentral@gmail.com
Peace to you,
Dave Nixon

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VC Kids and Adults Trip – Sawyer Point Earth Day

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VC Kids and adults trip to the Sawyer Point Earth Day *Admission is FREE
April 17  11:30 a – 3 p (half hour drive each way, caravan from St E’s starting at 11:30 a.m. Departing from Sawyer Point whenever you like.)

Bring a bagged lunch and drinks or some will be available for purchase at the ED celebration.

Earth Day Celebration activities this year will include: exhibitors with hands-on displays representing environmental groups, government agencies and businesses; Rock-Climbing Wall, Kayak Paddle Safety Pool, ORSANCO’s aquarium; baby animals from Farmer Frank’s Sunrock Farms; Mother Earth and story telling; an environmental puppet show; a children’s fashion show with creations made with recycled material; entertainment from local bands throughout the day, and the 1st annual Planet Protector Parade where young ones can create their very own 40th Earth Day flag, and much, much more.

Please RSVP to Steve Novotni at stevenovotni@yahoo.com. This is for families or adults without kids. I think it would be nice to bring kids whose parents cannot attend if possible. Beck and I have room for one such well-behaved passenger.

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Toys and Books for the Kid’s Room

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A message from Mills House Church:

Our house church is finishing our project of sprucing up the kid’s room in the next couple weeks, and we would love to add to the current toy collection. We’ll be putting together a large shelf on Wednesday, April 28 and hopefully filling it with toys. We wanted to put the call out to the community to see if anyone had any new or gently used toys or books on hand they’d like to donate to help make the space extra fun for our little ones.

This probably goes without saying, but if you have toys to share, please make sure that they are non choke-able, don’t have lead paint, fleas, bed bugs (no donations from a thrift store without sterilization), nothing plush, like stuffed animals.

Ideal toys would have few parts and be easy to clean, hard plastic or wood and have few or no removable parts. Think about what you might find at a pre-school or children’s museum. Examples might be stack and nest blocks, dump trucks, a telephone that is all one piece, a cash register without removable parts, musical instruments, moving gear sets that are attached to a base, baby dolls that are solid plastic, a play cube/ bead maze, a magna doodle, puzzles with only 4 or five large pieces.

Please email Elizabeth to make arrangements for donated toys before April 25.