On Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan river, the event that marks the beginning of his ministry. In the coming weeks, we will invite youth and adults who have not been baptized to explore their own faith in a small group setting and discern whether or not they want to be baptized. In the Disciples tradition, baptism is often practiced during the early teenage years, but we encourage this discernment process as a significant part of our faith formation and discipleship for believers of all ages, as well as those who were baptized as infants. Please talk to Allison or Thomas if you have any questions about this, be it for yourself or your child. The small group will meet during Lent, and we will baptize new disciples in worship on Easter Sunday, April 21.
Prayer for Christian Unity
Christians from many Nashville congregations will gather on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church to join churches around the globe in prayer. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual event in response to Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between January 18-25, between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. Coordinated by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, congregations and parishes all over the world arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The theme for the week of prayer in 2019, “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue ...” is inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in Indonesia. Read more
Ashley Halstead is pursuing a new career opportunity and will no longer be able to serve on our nursery staff. Sunday will be her last day in the nursery. We thank Ashley for her work with our children and wish her the best in her new endeavor! Until we hire a new staff member, we will need some nursery volunteers to assist Mina with childcare during worship (10am-11:15am). If you would like to volunteer, please contact Katie McLaughlin with your availability.
Making plans for ministry
Our Ministry Council will meet on Monday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. This monthly event allows our leaders to plan and coordinate current ministry projects; in addition, significant time is set aside at each gathering for in-depth discussion of a single area of ministry. At our January meeting, we will discuss our community ministries, a.k.a. local outreach. Ministry Council meetings are open forums, and we not only allow, but encourage, participation by all congregants.
This Sunday: Children & Youth Summit
After worship on Sunday, Allison will gather children, youth, parents and grandparents for a meal, conversation, and intergenerational fellowship. She’ll listen to their answers to questions like:
What do you as children and youth want to learn in the coming year? What do you want to do, see, and/or experience?
In 3-5 years, at its best, what will our children’s “program” look like? How might children and youth be part of Vine Street’s life and ministry?
What might be meaningful faith formation activities for children and youth from your perspective as parents and grandparents?
The answers and possibilities generated in this conversation will directly shape activities and faith formation opportunities at Vine Street in the year ahead.
Life Group to read Angie Thomas novel
Kalie’s Life Group starts back on Sunday, January 13, 1pm-3pm, and will meet each Sunday until April. They will be reading the acclaimed The Hate U Give (read a sample) as well as planning events for a congregational conversation in a couple of months. The group deals with contemporary issues and how the church should be involved in those issues. Please email Kalie if you are interested in joining. They would love to have you!