The Vine Weekly: June 4, 2017

City faith leaders will consider a challenge of politics and faith today during a panel discussion Tuesday; Thomas Kleinert will be on the panel. That and much more this week! Read on....

People and Prayers

If you would like to send a note to campers at Bethany Hills this summer, you can mail them to: Camper’s Name, Bethany Hills Camp, 1080 Bethany Hills Road, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082.

Sarah and Molly will be attending CYF Camp this week at Bethany Hills!

Greg Rumburg’s father, Al, is very ill. Please hold this family in your prayers.


Guiding Faith Communities in Challenging Times: Where Personal Beliefs & Congregational Expectations Collide

Join us Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. for a candid interfaith conversation with clergy facilitated by Nashville Public Radio’s Emily Siner!

The Temple (5015 Harding Pike; 615/352-7620)

Opening and closing remarks by Rabbi Mark Schiftan (The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom)

Panelists include:

Imam Ossama Bahloul, Ph. D. (Resident Scholar of the Islamic Center of Nashville)

Rev. Matthew W. Charlton, Ph. D. (Gen. Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church)

Cantor Tracy Fishbein (The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom)

Rev. Thomas Kleinert (Senior Minister, Vine Street Christian Church)

Rabbi Shana Mackler (The Temple, Congregation Ohabai Sholom)

Rev. Brian Marcoulier (Pastor, Bellevue United Methodist Church)

Rev. Amy Mears, Ph. D. (Pastor, Glendale Baptist Church)


Walking in Memphis June 25-29

Dust off those blue suede shoes! It’s time to get dirty for Jesus! A mission trip to Memphis, Tennessee is the second part of a summer filled with exploration and service for our teenagers. (What’s the first part? Counseling children at m&m camp!) Youth who have completed 7th-12th grade are invited on this Spirit-filled adventure:

• serve with area non-profits

• experience the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Hotel

• rest and worship at Decatur-Trinity Christian Church

For more information, contact Hope Hodnett (


Meeting to Vote on Budget, Nominations

On Sunday, June 11 we will have a congregational meeting to vote on the 2017-18 leadership roster and to approve the church budget for the new fiscal year. But more, these decisions will affirm our commitment to living our call to ministry. Please make plans to join us following the 10 a.m. worship service.


Come Together, Ladies

Serenity Circle meets Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. All ladies of the church are welcome! To be on the group’s email list, contact Kathy Zamata (


Settling the Books

June is here, marking the last month of Vine Street’s fiscal year. Please double check you are current with your 2016-17 pledge. Your donations empower the ministries of our church. Please contact our bookkeeper Linda Bussey if you are unclear about your balance (


Special Summer Series Shining Bright

The adult Christian education class kicked off a summer book series June 4 featuring Faith: Stories: Short Fiction on the Varieties and Vagaries of Faith, edited by C. Michael Curtis. This is the companion volume to God: Stories, the popular collection we read last summer. As we continue, a leader will pick a story to read and present it for discussion with the group. As people volunteer, we will post the story titles for each week. You can purchase a copy of Faith: Stories at your favorite retailer. A few copies are available for purchase from Jim Zamata. As always, everyone gathers for this series Sundays at 9 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Join us!


Casablanca: Diamond Anniversary

This year is the 75th anniversary of one of the most famous movies in the world: Casablanca, the classic tale of a cynical American expatriate who must choose between bitter memories, rekindled romance or honor in a world upended by monomaniacal dictators. Vine Street at the Movies invites you to watch it uncut and uninterrupted by commercials this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Bride’s Room. Jim Carls is our host.