Upcoming Events: Art, Poetry, Snoopy, and a Block Party

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Here’s a quick heads-up on some great upcoming events in and around VC:

Sacred Seasons: An Art Show (link)
at the Speckled Bird Cafe

Friday, April 23, 6:00-9:30pm

This weekend only – Come view the artwork of Laura McNeel and fellowship with folks from the neighborhood. All pieces will be for sale with proceeds going to benefit Laura’s upcoming trip to the Northeast to live and learn the art of organic farming. All are welcome!

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Poetry + Art: A Gathering (link)
at the Speckled Bird Cafe
Sunday, April 25, 7:30-9:30pm

Come and listen to poets Joanna Vance and Nathan Swartzendruber read from their work. Please join us! Superb coffee and other delectables will be provided.
(This event is co-sponsored by the Speckled Bird and 1801 Mills.)

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Let’s Meet Snoopy: June 5th, 3pm-5pm

We are excited to have a special guest with us. Arrangements have been made for the world’s most popular beagle, Snoopy, to visit our church and spend time with families in the community. Admission is free, but there will face painting, games, food and drinks available with proceeds going to the restoration of St. E’s.

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VC Block Party: June 22nd, 1:30 – 3:30pm

You are cordially invited to an afternoon of FREE entertainment and fun activities for the entire family. 500 hotdogs to be given away! FREE popcorn, snow cones, bottled water, and several games with cool prizes. Kids can jump in the MoonBounce and a DJ will be playing great music. Parents can even register to win a FREE microwave.

We’re looking for a few more volunteers. If you are interested in helping with either of these last two events, please contact Christiane at


Reminder: YMCA discounts – Need to Fill 6 Slots Immediately!

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Original Post Here.  To get these discounted slots, we had to pay the YMCA for all of them upfront, and we have to resell all of the slots to our members just to break even.  Please consider taking advantage of this discount!

The local Norwood YMCA has been offering discounted memberships to 30 VC members for several years. There are still at least 6 openings left for 2010. The cost is $150 per person for the year. This is only $12.50 per month. (As opposed to the usual $56/ month plus $125 joining fee).
Membership includes:

  • Gym with elliptical machines, treadmills, stationary bikes, nautilus and free weights.
  • Access to indoor pool, outdoor pool, racquetball courts, basketball court, and sauna.
  • Free classes including yoga, aerobics, weight training, spinning, Pilates, water aerobics, group swimming lessons etc),
  • Free childcare for children 6 weeks to 8 y/o for 90 minutes at a time.
  • Discounted classes like gymnastics, karate & private swim lessons’

Payment can be made in full right away (the sooner the better since it’s already March April) or in two payments of $75.

If you are interested in one or several memberships, please email Beth Reed ASAP.  For other ways to get in touch, email the communications team.

You can also check out the YMCA website.


Latest PC Meeting Notes (March 28th)

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March 28, 2010

Present:  Jeremy Eyre, Dave Nixon, Mandy McLaughlin, Sarah Ross, Janet McNeel, Christiane Sears, Owen Brock, and Josh Hanauer.

Meeting led by Josh Hanauer.

Brief updates shared by each member.

Mandy (Communications) – Reports 172 people are on the VC email list (about 50% regularly open the message).  Recent addition of the PC minutes on website was most popular page.  Plan to encourage joining email list.

Christiane (Orientation) – Kenny Havens has stepped down from co-leadership of this area.  Christiane is in the process of setting specific dates when the orientation group will be offered.

Dave (Pastor – Internal Focus) – Has been working on House Church Handbook.  Also plans to offer opportunity for 15 weeks of discipleship teaching on Sunday evenings – venue will be either Speckled Bird (or possibly 1801 Mills).  To start this on April 25 and continue until early August, then break for few weeks, resuming next 15 weeks (repeated topics) in late August and run until December.

Sarah (Finance) – Stewardship Committee is going to meet in next 1-2 weeks, looking at ways to strengthen financial status.

Jeremy (Facilities) – Two house churches have taken on room remodeling/improvement Projects.  Mills HC is doing children’s room; Hearth has selected room at front left (formerly S. Brock’s area).  Planning to set up yearly maintenance schedule for St. E’s.

Considering fundraising concert with local group for the fall.

Janet (Admin/Support) – Assisting Dave in reviewing HC Handbook and planning for discipleship group meetings.  Has reviewed bylaws and will assist Bd. of Trustees with revisions.  Trying to be informed in all areas and available to help as needed.

Josh (Pastor – External Focus) – Shared that he has recently sold his home in Cheviot and will soon relocate to Norwood.  Will involve two moves due to timing—first move to Speckled Bird apartment on April 30 and second move into newly acquired home on Spencer Ave. on May 27.  (Side note:  Jill and Jonathan Hicks have recently moved to Red River Gorge area).  Josh has attended meetings of the Cincinnati Faith and Justice Group.  There will be a workshop/conference soon on April 30 and May 1st at the First Christian Assembly Church.  Topic is Re:Discovering Biblical Justice with special speaker coming to present.  More information will be shared soon.

Easter update – Hispanic mass will not be happening.  Attempts to reconnect with individual at Su Casa have largely been difficult, not as warmly received.  Decision has been made to look for other ways to extend outreach to our Hispanic neighbors.

Josh has been working on a mission idea/project which will involve selecting a school in South America that does not have a library.  Plan will be to fill a large shipping container with books and sent this to the school (e.g. children’s books available in Spanish to be purchased — available fairly inexpensively).

AGENDA  (Reviewed by group, all but one selected by voting)

1) Way to Present Items to PC in the Future

Josh has recommended book Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott, will start using format suggested there,  members complete form beforehand and share via email or bring to next meeting with information filled in.  Josh will put this form on Google Wave.

2)  Who is a Member/Who is a Friend of VC

Owen explained how this issue arose a few months ago when this PC model was implemented.  Discussion followed regarding how various other churches address the matter of membership and what if any of those elements would be valuable to consider.  General consensus is that this is a very important topic and that membership needs to be delineated in some manner.  Owen volunteered to complete form referenced above as a way to capitalize on important aspects.  He will bring this to next PC meeting.

3)  Hospitality Committee

Unable to discuss due to PC member not present today.

4)   Building Issues

—Need to remove this from responsibility of either pastor
—There had been a committee looking at options. Options such as selling, retaining ownership but involving another entity (leasing?), tearing down bldg. and rebuilding.
—Wedding business and how this would be related to building needs to be clarified   (This item generated discussion as to status—Owen and Dave and Greg will discuss this as Board of Trustees, will meet soon).

Mention was made of need to catalog what is going on at VC.  Mandy will explore and together with Sam determine how to present this on the website with brief sentences and photos.

Josh gave an update about Norwood Rugby and his goal to have volunteers (at least 6-10) involved in tutoring (Rugby players must maintain 3.0 grade point average).  This rugby will be co-ed.  It will be primarily through Norwood Middle School.  Will be 6 week long program probably in the summer.  The tutoring relationship will continue throughout the year.  This is flag rugby (noncontact).  PC gave support to Josh to continue his involvement as a outreach ministry for VC.

Dave mentioned that the Regional Conference for Vineyard Churches will take place in Columbus, Ohio, May 11-14 if anyone is interested in attending.

Next meeting of Pastoral Council will be Sunday, May 2 from 1:00 – 4:00 (at Tilden Ave. – Brocks’ home).