The Vine Weekly: Oct. 29, 2017

We've got a big game coming up Saturday while we get ready to host Room in the Inn on Sunday. Service and joy—grateful responses to God's love for us!


Homelessness & Hospitality: A Conversation

John Vaught, from Room in the Inn, will be our guest speaker this afternoon from 2-3:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. You can be part of the conversation as we explore the ministries of Room in the Inn and discuss how to share hospitality in richer ways with our guests who are homeless. Mr. Vaught is the manager of the education and workforce development programs at RITI and he oversaw the weekly young adult shelter last season. This will be a strong way to prepare for our upcoming Room in the Inn season! See the lobby bulletin board for available volunteer opportunities.


Anchor Down with Vanderbilt and Vine Street

Come out Nov. 4 to watch the Vanderbilt Commodores tackle Western Kentucky in gridiron action! Bring your friends, too, as we tailgate prior to the football game just outside Vanderbilt Stadium beginning at 10 a.m. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 per person; $30 max per household. Please make plans to bring a snack or dessert to share, too. RSVP to Jeff Miller ( This all-church event is sponsored by the Membership Committee.


Love Well, Help a Neighbor

Room in the Inn volunteer opportunities remain available as Vine Street hosts guests Sunday, Nov. 5 through Thursday morning, Nov. 9. Sign up today. How can you pitch in to offer hospitality?


Creating a Circle of Trust

As part of Vine Street’s loving community, the Membership Committee is looking for ways to offer support and help at challenging times. The group wants to be a link between those who need extra care and those who are in a position to offer it. If you are facing a trying time (such as a surgery or a loss in your family) and there are ways folks can help (providing meals, arranging rides, taking care of errands), please contact Jeff or Laura Miller (; Or, contact a minister, who will work with the Membership Committee toward next steps. You do not need to be a Membership Committee member to help. To be on call to provide help, please contact Jeff or Laura. As author Ram Dass said, “We're all just walking each other home.”


In the News

• To bring Mary Poppins to the screen, Walt Disney needed to work his magic. That’s what’s behind Saving Mr. Banks (PG-13), the feature title of the next Vine Street at the Movies! Join host Jim Carls on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Bride’s Room.

• Senior Minister Thomas Kleinert and the Monday Men will meet for beer, food and banter on Nov. 6 at M.L. Rose (4408 Charlotte Ave.). This monthly, casual gathering stands as a helpful way to connect and have fun. Contact Thomas Kleinert to be on the email reminder list (

• We’ll mark All Saints Sunday Nov. 5 during the 10 a.m. worship service. It’s our custom to remember those who have died since we last gathered for All Saints, plus we’ll give thanks to God for all who have influenced us in Christian faith.


Next Week in Adult Christian Education

Join us Nov. 5 and 12 as Thomas Kleinert leads a discussion of Martin Luther’s treatises. It’s part of our study marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Glenn Sunshine’s book, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, is our guide. Everyone gathers at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.


Youth Update

Gather up your sleeping bag and your hiking shoes—we’re headed to Bethany Hills. From Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5 the youth will be headed to the Chi Rho Retreat for 6th –8th graders. Registration forms are available at


Harvest Luncheon Sunday Includes Food Drive

It’s one of the most anticipated events of the year! The annual Harvest Luncheon is set for Sunday, Nov. 19. It’s a fun way to give thanks and to connect with one another. Further, the Elders are sponsoring again this year a food drive benefiting a local pantry. Save the date! Details coming next week!


Small Group Set for November                 

Our ministry partner Insight Counseling Centers is offering “Dating with Dignity: Boundaries in Dating for Young Women.” This 12-week group for young women (aged 18 – 23) will utilize the curriculum, “Boundaries in Dating” to help participants explore their own dating patterns and grow their relational skill sets. Workbooks, snacks, and drinks will be provided. Go to for more information.