Back at the Vine

Dorothy was the first person this morning at the Vine Church other than staff that I recognized. I walked up and said, "You're still here!" I actually meant that she was still attending....but in her mid-eighties she said, "Yep, I'm still kicking"..... :o) It's been 4 and a half years since I left The Vine Church to head off for the school of worship in Colorado. With Restoration launching NEXT SUNDAY, I took a morning to visit the old turf, to lead worship and catch up with some old friends.  Little ones are much taller, hair styles are different, and there are a few more babies thrown in the mix....but oh so good to see familiar faces! I love seeing how God is moving through that community on Gallows Rd....

I started blogging back in the early days of The Vine's launch, it's been fun to read back through them, see what I chose to share about our telephone campaigns, learning tech, working on the parking lot.  I wish that blog was still active, but alas....

I did find this gem of some responses from the "telemarketing for Jesus" campaign we did before opening....we called over 10,000 residences to talk with people, ask if they were interested in our mailings, etc. Nothing like hours of sitting at a desk dialing people's phones and waiting to see their response:

 

The mantra of these days: When everything's the same and everything is different. While so much of life is familiar, there is much that has evolved and shifted and my own perspective has grown in the absence.  It is a beautiful and sometimes heart pulling season. It is transition, resettling, charging forward....things get real starting Sunday.....!!!!

too many ellipses and no real pictures...classic......