The Vine Weekly: March 4, 2018

Here are our announcements for the week of March 4, 2018.


Preparation for Baptism Continues

Water is a sign of Christ’s presence, and in baptism’s waters we experience the nearness of Christ, preparing us to live in the ways of Jesus. Our 2018 baptism class continues with Duke, Kyla, and Calin. Through scripture and personal accounts, leaders and this class will explore the meaning of baptism. Later, during Holy Week, the class will engage in additional preparatory activities. Between now and Easter Sunday, April 1, please be especially mindful of these three young people in your prayers as they anticipate making a confession of faith and being baptized.


Get Ready: Spring Workday

Vine Street is having a spring outdoor workday at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15. We will prepare for Easter by trimming bushes, collecting sticks & trash, and working in the front flowers beds, among other things. Help spruce up the grounds and see your church friends at the same time. Don’t forget to bring your gloves and yard tools. And please let Greg Rumburg know you’re coming (


Elders to Hear from Thomas

Elders, we will have our regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Lydia Grubb. Thomas Kleinert will discuss his doctoral thesis, “Incarceration and Reconciliation: Exploring How Face-to-Face Encounters with Prisoners Impact Non-incarcerated Congregants.”


New Series Set in March

Make plans to enhance your Lenten practices by joining adult Christian education March 11, 18 and 25 (Palm Sunday). Author and Belmont University professor Dr. David Dark will dig into Lenten spirituality and the arts. Meet together at 9:00 a.m. in Fellowship Hall.


Men to Meet on Monday

Senior Minister Thomas Kleinert and the Monday Men will meet at 6 p.m. for beer, food and banter on March 5 at M. L. Rose, located at 4408 Charlotte Avenue. This monthly, casual gathering stands as a helpful way to connect and have fun. Contact Thomas to be in on the email reminder list (


Women Gathering, Too

Serenity Circle will meet on March 13. Ladies, please join us at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We are a varied group who meets the second Tuesday of most months to share dinner, conversation, or maybe discuss a book. We keep our ears open for ways to serve the church and our community, too. If you’d like to be added to the email list, contact Kathy Zamata (


A Note of Thanks

Dear Vine Street, thank you very much for your gift of $2021 to the Tennessee Disciples Mission Fund. It is great to have your support for Regional church ministry, and we rejoice in your gift. Donations like yours help us sustain the ministries that we do in the Christian Church in Tennessee. Your gifts are incredibly significant to the ministry we share together.

Thank you! Christal L. Williams, Regional Minister and President, The Christian Church (DOC) in Tennessee


Chili & Games Night Deals In Good Times

No secret ingredients were revealed, yet 10 of Vine Street’s top chefs were lauded for offering a tasty array of red and white chili dishes—along with corn bread, cheese and, of course, Fritos—during last Sunday night’s first Chili & Games night. Martha Bishop took top honors for her chili recipe, as certified by judges Meadow Wilson, Elijah Wilson and Stephen Moseley.

The all-ages gathering was not only well fed, but also highly entertained. Game tables were spread throughout Fellowship Hall as folks enjoyed Yahtzee, Clue, Dinosaurs Extinct, Rummikub, Rack-O, Mystery Date and more. Several batted ping-pong balls, while others enjoyed Bridge, thanks to a primer provided by Eva Evans.

The Membership Committee sponsored the evening, thanks to Jeff Miller, Pam & Jim ClenDening, Melissa Freeman, Laura Miller, Linda & Tim Crenshaw, Martha Bishop and Alec Miller.


Expect the Unexpected

Join Vine Street at the Movies March 7 for the film Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! (PG-13). Byomkesh Bakshy is the protagonist introduced in the 1930s mystery novels of Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopdhyay. In this 2015 feature, we follow Bakshy’s start as a sleuth as he mixes it up with scoundrels, spies and femme fatales during World War II. Everyone will meet in the Bride’s Room at 7 p.m. Jim Carls is the host.