The Vine Weekly: June 18, 2017

Vine Street joined faith communities across the country Sunday recognizing refugees and immigrants. Vine Street's elders are calling the church to a brief study. Read more below.


Welcoming Immigrants Study Continues Wednesday

“GA-1723 On Becoming Immigrant Welcoming Congregations” is one of the resolutions on the agenda of the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Indianapolis this summer, July 8-12. The Elders of Vine Street Christian Church will consider affirming this resolution at their meeting on June 26.

The Elders invite the congregation to study and discuss this resolution on Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This will be a follow up to introductory conversations we shared Sunday, June 18. The Elders wish to hear from you:

• What are your thoughts and feelings about immigrants and refugees?

• Where do you stand on the question of deportation of undocumented immigrants or in the debate about sanctuary cities?

The Elders will take into consideration what they learn from all of us when they meet on Monday, June 26 to discuss the resolution and its impact on Vine Street’s ministry.


In the News  

• Women’s Night Out will meet June 22 at 6 p.m. at ML Rose located at 4408 Charlotte Pike. Questions? Contact Jan Volk (

• Elders, our regularly scheduled meeting is on Monday, June 26 at 6 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.

• The Official Board will next meet on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.


Telling Summer Stories

Hey, kids! Beat the heat. Spend your Sunday mornings curled up on a comfy chair in the children’s wing. We’re introducing Summer Stories every Sunday from 9 to 10 a.m. Each morning, a storyteller will be present to share stories with the children and encourage them to share stories with one another. The Spark Bible will be available with dozens of other books for children. Paper and pencil will be handy for those who choose to write. Kids are welcome to bring their own books too. We look forward to seeing you at Summer Stories.


Serve With Luke 14:12

Volunteers are needed Monday, June 26 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.


‘Epic Themes’ and More

The Brass Band of Nashville will be in concert in our Sanctuary at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. The musical selections will consist of music that is pop in nature, patriotic and varied. (See Facebook for a tentative set list.) Invite your friends—it’s free and open to all! Can you help to welcome these guests? We need at least four greeters; contact Katie McLaughlin to help (


Congregation Readies for New Ministry Year

Last Sunday the congregation approved the proposed 2017-18 church budget supporting Vine Street’s ministries. It largely continues current ministries and creates opportunities for continuing implementation of our strategic plan related to the Living Our Call initiative.

The congregation also affirmed leaders for the new church year. Those folks include: Julia Keith (chair), Ed Cole (chair elect), Ted Parks (secretary), Jim Carls (treasurer), Carol Doidge (personnel), Pat Cole (nominating), Joe Keith (property), Martha Bishop (elders) and Linda Crenshaw (deacons). Serving as new elders are: Lydia Grubb, Jim Zamata, Linda Edwards and Jim Carls. New deacons include: Jack Wallace, Laura Miller, Kathy Zamata, Betsy von Dohlen and Roy Smith. Junior deacons will be Molly Lyons and Sarah Matthews. The group will be joined by committee chairs: Jim Zamata (adult education), Angie Wilson (children’s education), Stephen Moseley (communications), Randy Halstead (outreach), Lester McNatt (worship), Jeff Miller (membership) and Lydia Grubb (stewardship).


M&M Camp Performance Set for Next Sunday

Join our M & M campers in Fellowship Hall on Sunday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m. as they present In the Image! The musical features a group of children who have just experienced the story of the Creation. And now they’re starting to wonder what it really means to be created in the image of God. The children discover that being created in the image of God isn’t about physical appearance. It’s about creativity, faithfulness, responsibility, community, and the ability to find the good in things. A free BBQ supper will be served following the show.