The Vine Weekly: Nov. 19, 2017

Especially this week, we turn to God with gratitude for all the ways our world is blessed. And we look forward to the day when all will share in God's goodness in equal and just ways.


Welcome to Harvest Sunday

Join us today in thanksgiving to God! This morning we are collecting food for The Little Pantry that Could. If you plan to donate items, we will collect them during the worship service.

Immediately after worship, let’s head downstairs to Fellowship Hall for our annual Harvest Luncheon, a turkey & dressing meal catered by Copper Kettle. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, but please eat with us if you’ve earmarked your money for elsewhere.


Interfaith Thanksgiving Concert Tonight

Vine Street’s Chancel Choir will unite with neighborhood choirs to present “Together in Gratitude, Together in Song: An Interfaith Thanksgiving Concert” tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Temple (5015 Harding Pike).

This free event features choral and liturgical music showcasing the shared ideologies of thanksgiving and gratitude. A festive reception follows the concert.


It’s Time for Poinsettias

We are now taking poinsettia orders to help decorate our Sanctuary during Advent. These locally-grown plants are $10 each and may be purchased in memory or in honor of friends and loved ones. Forms are in the Sanctuary windowsills by the doors. Deadline: Noon, Monday, Dec. 11.


In the News

• No Christian education next Sunday—please attend the waffle breakfast and enjoy a lot of food and fun!

• The church office will be closed Thursday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving.

• Please note that the Official Board meeting has meeting changed from Nov. 29 to Wednesday, Dec. 6.

• The Brass Band of Nashville will have it’s Christmas concert in our Sanctuary on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. It will feature the Alfred Reed masterpiece “Russian Christmas Music” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus”.

• Volunteers are needed Nov. 27 as we serve with Luke 14: 12. Can you join us? We will serve lunch with this ministry from 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. To sign up, contact Jeff Miller ( We’ll meet on the Room in the Inn campus, 705 Drexel Street, 37203.


Teens Retreat Nov. 21

This Thanksgiving retreat is laughable. That's right. The 7th-12th graders will be exploring the idea of Jesus’ sense of humor. To do this, they must also laugh. Come prepared to tell jokes, pull pranks and continue with the Brown Bag & Bible series. On Wednesday morning, the youth will have a practice Waffle breakfast to prepare for the following Sunday. Teens need to eat supper before they arrive.  The times will be 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening Nov. 21 to  1 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Please RSVP to Hope Hodnett.


Waffle Breakfast Sets Table for Mission

The youth group will prepare and serve waffles Sunday, Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. This is a terrific opportunity to get out of the kitchen and support the mission work of our teenagers. For just $5 you’ll have unlimited waffles, a toppings bar and fairly-traded coffee from Bongo Java. We look forward to seeing you at the Waffle Breakfast!


The Vine Street Inn Crowd

Many thanks to all who volunteered recently as we hosted Room in the Inn guests.  We are blessed to have many caring and compassionate individuals willing to give their time, talents and donations.

  • Lise and Sarah Matthews   
  • Joan Fleming
  • Rachel & Bryce Dixon
  • Nancy Kleinert & Eva Evans           
  • Jane Bivans
  • Caitlin Kavoosifar
  • Junia. Lukas, Amanda & Alec Miller
  • Randy & Jackie Halstead
  • Julia Callaway
  • Meda, Dominic, Laura & Jeff Miller
  • Bruce Oulson & Hope Hodnett
  • Erica Hayden
  • Joanne Jewett & Jack Wallace
  • Julia & Joe Keith
  • Allison & Sarah Hutton
  • Julia DeHart  
  • Brooke Hall & Raz Armstrong        
  • Barbara Snell
  • Roy & Emily Smith  
  • Linda Edwards
  • Lydia Grubb
  • Alice Cannon
  • Serenity Circle
  • Betsy von Dohlen
  • Melanie & Grant Gao
  • Martha Bishop          
  • Kathy & Scott Perry
  • Kathy & Jim Zamata
  • Joyce Stewart          
  • Joyce Crowell
  • Marjorie Taggert
  • Kevin Clark, Johanna Keith & Kara Reed
  • Angie & Greg Wilson
  • April Hefner & Greg Rumburg
  • Jim Carls       
  • Julie Chenault
  • The Seekers Class