1035 E 11th Street
Houston, TX 77009


This Sunday,  
  • The series on Philippians will continue
  • The elementary children will be creating their own art pieces to coincide with the Arts Guild's upcoming exhibit, "Peace in the Storm."
  • There is an Arts Guild meeting Sunday evening from 6:30-8pm. Everyone who is an artist of any kind or interested in the arts is welcome!  
  •  Right after 2nd service, the Disability Support Group will meet in the Cafe to hear from Steve Rhatigan, a consultant who specializes in financial and legal aspects of special needs planning. All are welcome.  
 We have an extended update in the Ministry and Education section below on the continuing efforts post-Harvey. Be sure to read how you can be involved.
See you Sunday!
Upcoming Events
Weekly Church Events  
Wednesday:  M & Ms meet in Cafe at 10am
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Friday: Vineyard Moms meet in the Cafe at 10am
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Sunday: Prayer (2nd Floor Break Room) 9:30-9:45am

Clicking "more info" will take you to our calendar where you can read a description of the class, register to attend, and also sign up for childcare!  

3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tuesday Youth (6pm) more info 
8 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
    Disability Support Group Meeting (1pm) more info  
    Arts Guild Meeting (6:30pm) more info  
13- 14 Men's Retreat 7pm Friday - 5pm Saturday  
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15 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
     Vineyard 101 (1pm) more info  
21 Coaching Skills for Leaders (9am) more info  
22 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
      Wacky Wednesday Mentor Orientation (1:30pm)  
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29 Worship Services (10 & 11:30am)
     All Church & Member Meeting (5pm) more info   
5 Worship Service & Communion (10 & 11:30am)
7, 14, 21, 28 Youth (6pm) more info  
12 Worship Service (10 & 11:30am) 
19 Worship Service (10 & 11:30am) 
26 Worship Service (10 & 11:30am)    

Education and Ministry Highlights   
Vineyard Disability Support Group Meeting
Sunday, October 8th in the Cafe at 1pm  
We will be joined by Steve Rhatigan, a consultant who specializes in the financial and legal aspects of special needs planning. All are welcome.  
Arts Guild Meeting
Sunday, October 8, 6:30pm in the Cafe
The Arts Guild is a gathering of our community's dancers, musicians, artists, photographers, actors, and writers! Join us as we meet to support, encourage, and network with other artists. 
The Arts Guild presents...
a new art exhibit 
Peace in the Storm 
Cafe and Art Hallway
As we are all recover from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the Vineyard Church of Houston Arts Guild invites artists to give expression to our emotions and thoughts through the visual arts, writing, or music. We know we need the Lord's grace, his provision and daily mercies to bring restoration, healing and wholeness. 
The focus of the artwork should lift our eyes and hearts to the hope that we have in God's refuge through the storm. This fits well with the current sermon series on Philippians.
The children will also be participating in this exhibit with pieces that they create in children's church. 
Medium: Collage, sketches, written work, paint, photography, or music to play at the exhibit open house.
Process: Submissions can be from all ages, from all Vineyard congregations in the area.
Ideas to be submitted ASAP to Penny Robinson.  
Men's Overnight Retreat  -  
Carolina Creek Camp Huntsville, TX   
Friday 7pm - Saturday 5pm October 13-14
Right now is a stressful time for so many, and it can be hard to feel grounded and centered in Christ. This could be an important time to get away and reconnect with God and each other!   
Walter Linn, a well-known professional family counselor, will teach us to build better, healthy relationships with other men. He'll show us that laughter, joy and camaraderie are ways that Christ can be experienced.  

Price includes zip line, rock wall, and two Saturday meals. Register here or at the table in the lobby this Sunday!   
Women - let's pray for the men that this will be a time of renewal and refreshing. 
Sunday, October 15th -1pm in the Norhill Room  
Please register. Childcare is provided with 5-day advance registration.  
VCH Volunteer Night at HIM Food Pantry 
Thursday, October 19, 5-7pm
 As one of the churches that supports our local food pantry, we also provide volunteers on the third Thursday of each month. This is a great service opportunity for a small group of a chance for a family to serve the community together. Volunteer sign up here.   
Coaching Skills for Leaders
Saturday, October 21, 9am-3pm
Coaching Skills For Leaders is a program designed to train you to come alongside others, help them use their gifts, find their callings, and develop as leaders. Each session is comprised of short videos, discussion, and practice in small groups.                                                     
Breakfast at 8:30, boxed lunch, and snacks provided. Please Register. Childcare is provided with registration 5 days in advance.
Wacky Wednesday Mentor Training
Sunday, October 22, 2017  
1:30- 2:30pm on the 3rd floor
You are invited to join our Hogg Middle School mentoring program - Wacky Wednesday. Our church provides mentors to meet with students over their lunch break twice a month. The church provides pizza lunch and games, and you provide your presence! The hurricane has delayed our start date, but we should know soon when our first session will be.

This orientation/training lunch is for new mentors.  
If you were a mentor last year. you are not required to attend, but you are welcome to join us. All mentors will need to complete an application and background check form. Contact Cynthia Loya to sign up for the lunch training, and she will send you the forms.
Annual All-Church Member Meeting (5-6pm)  
Sunday, October 29, 2017 
In order to successfully do life together, we all need to know what we are doing! Therefore, everyone is invited to join together in the Café as we discuss important changes that will affect both our budget and staffing. It is essential that we all understand the impact of these changes and the resourcefulness required of each of us to continue on a healthy and fruitful path. This will also function as our annual member meeting. Childcare is provided.
Volunteer Training & Orientation
Houston Welcomes Refugees
Would you or someone you know like to learn more about the refugee process or how to volunteer?  Then please attend one of these upcoming orientations! Please use this link to RSVP
Sunday, October 1st, 1:30-2:30pm
Sugar Creek Baptist Church in Sugar Land 
Monday, October 16th, 7-8pm
Sojourn Heights in Houston
Monday, October 23rd, 7-8pm
Houston's First Baptist Church 

Check out the latest from HWR's Welcome Kit Collection Day here!   
Harvey Response -
We are a little over a month past Harvey, and your response has been awesome! From giving financially to helping all over the city, our folks have been participating in the work of Jesus - recovery and restoration.
Here at home base, we are still distributing the huge number of donations that we received. We have been able to supply a number of local non-profit organizations, as well as individual families, with essentials during this month. It has been a joy to connect goods with people in need.  
Harry and Megan have been working on distributing the generous financial donations to families as they rebuild. We will continue with that in the months to come, as needs come to light.  
Many are wondering how they might continue to serve in these days, since much of the immediate need has passed. Below are a few ideas to keep in mind. We'd love to hear how you are staying involved!
* Vineyard Mercy Response continues to respond to the need for gutting and mucking homes. If you have a family that needs this service, fill out this request help form. They have teams coming from around the country ready to help!  
To volunteer to go out on a crew, fill out this simple form
* HIM Food Pantry, of which we are a partner church, needs food donations. Although we had a successful Food Fair last Saturday, the pantry is not receiving their weekly delivery from the Houston Food Bank and is functioning with an extremely low inventory. You can drop items in the red shopping cart by the nursery any Sunday, and we will get those donations straight to the pantry. When shopping, keep in mind the items needed: canned soups, beans, peanut butter, pasta, powdered milk, and cereal. Folks who are already in vulnerable situations (with little safety net) tend to suffer the most after natural disasters due to lost wages, loss transportation, and the higher demand on social services. Let's continue to help where we can.
* Do you know a family that has been directly affected by Harvey? Consider serving them in some simple way this month. Although much of Houston is getting back to normal, we know that the thousands of families who are in the midst of reconstruction are experiencing anything but normal life. Their budgets are strained and many are still living in modified conditions or have been completely displaced. Consider dropping off a home-cooked meal one evening, putting together a gift basket with household essentials, sending an encouraging note in the mail, giving a gift card for groceries or other necessary items, offering to cut their grass or babysit for a few hours. Be creative!
* Our Harvey giving link is still up if you'd like to donate financially.
 For questions about our participation or how to get involved, email Megan. 
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For more information about the children's department or to volunteer, please contact our children's pastor, Jill Lively 

Facebook page for parents, teachers, and guardians of Vineyard Church of Houston children!
We have created a closed group for those who want to keep up on what is happening in our nursery and children's department on Sunday. It is called Vineyard Church of Houston Kids. If you'd like to be added to the group, email Jill Lively 

This Sunday
This Sunday our kids will finish part twoof the art project entitled, "Peace in the Storm." These art pieces will be displayed in the Art Hallway as part of the new Arts Guild's exhibit. 

Attention all youth!  
As young followers of Jesus, one of the transitions that some of our teens struggle with is when they graduate high school. The transition from attending youth classes to joining the adults in service on Sunday mornings can seems strange, odd and maybe a little boring.

Over the past several years we have used Communion Sunday (first Sunday of every month) to host our Bella Girls meetings and Cross Trainer meetings for the guys. These classes have been fun and engaging for or teens. However one of the draw backs is that it has taken away an opportunity for our young people to make a gradual transition into our regular Sunday service with the adults. After talking with Michael about it, we think Communion Sunday is an ideal way for our teens to get a taste of life as an adult follower of Christ.

Beginning in October, we will discontinue Bella Girls and Cross Trainers and ask all the youth to join the adults in Sunday service. I made an announcement to the youth to make them aware of the change, but we will need your help. If youth classes don't meet, some teens will go to the Cafe or to a 2nd Cup. The youth should only go to the children's department if they have cleared it with Veronica or Jill. Please help us by encouraging your teen to stay in the service!
Thank you for your help as we make this transition.
Tuesday night youth gathering is weekly at 6pm.
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