SVC eBulletin - 1/10/20 - Be Strong and Courageous!
The new year is underway and I hope that if you are someone who sets goals at this time of year that you were able to get a little risky with your goals and set a few that will really stretch you and require you to lean into the Lord to make. Throughout scripture, there are only stories of risk-takers and people who needed to push themselves to the point that the only way they could succeed is to rely on God. As someone mentioned to me Sunday, they didn't always want to do it. Some went in the opposite direction of God's challenge, but eventually, with God's help, they succeeded.
The principle of God's encouragement to Joshua still applies to all of us today:
"This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
This is why one of the Vineyard Distinctives is, "Faith is spelled R.I.S.K." Playing it safe is putting yourself in a position to do it yourself and not need God to help you.
I pray that 2020 is an amazing year for you with our God. May He show Himself strong in every area of your life and continue to reveal Himself to you in new ways! If you missed Sunday's message, you can listen to it online
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Sharing in the joys and challenges of life with other people who care for us leads to a rich experience in our journey with God. We get to practice what God is teaching us with others who will listen, challenge, and nurture us. We get to practice new skills, use our talents and gifts, and serve people in our community with others who we know and trust. Life groups are great ways to connect with others in the church as well as a way to create a comfortable environment for you to invite friends who may not be comfortable yet with showing up on a Sunday morning. Great relationships make life better and richer! Check out one of our Life Groups for yourself and experience the difference relationships make.
Life Group - Our Riches in Christ
Join Marc Potocsky as he leads a life-changing, eye-opening 12-week bible study of the book of Ephesians, called, "Our riches in Christ."
This letter along with the letter to the Colossians is the pinnacle of God's progressive revelation of the mystery of the gospel to the church given to the apostle Paul, the "Apostle of grace." Its main theme is God’s gift to the church (you and I), which is His body and the foundational multifaceted Grace of God, establishing the believers calling, position, identity, and perfect union in Christ.
Tuesday evenings 7 pm
Tim and Jennifer Kearney's home
136 Pritchett Dr, Westbrook.
New Life Groups are forming for the New Year. Check back here for more information on new groups that are forming. If you have an idea for a new group, see Pastor Chris!
Thrive is a group for junior and senior high students. An atmosphere where literally anybody and everybody can come and feel included, loved, and heard. The focus is on helping young people learn how to connect with Jesus in a deeper and more personal way. They regularly tackle some very tough topics that are current in our world today.
More information about THRIVE will be in the upcoming E-Bulletins, like a video commercial and news about upcoming events like winter retreat. Don't miss any of it!
THRIVE meets every Wednesday at the Parish Center located in Village Walk, in Guilford. 6:30 - 8:30. For more information contact JJ Secki at 203.645.4054.
Youth Winter Retreat is coming!
We are excited for what God has in store for our teens this year! This will be a jam-packed weekend full of fun, prayer, worship, and teaching — and a great opportunity to build deep relationships in and outside of their youth group while they reignite their passion for Jesus. Contact JJ Secki.
Sat, Feb 15, 2020, 3:30 PM –
Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 12:00 PM EST
287 Owego Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Shoreline Soul Gospel Concert!
THIS SUNDAY 3 pm
"Shoreline Soul" is an amazing local gospel choir. This Sunday they will be performing their annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING CONCERT at the Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church in BRANFORD at 3 pm. ADMISSION IS FREE. That booming voice you hear on Sunday mornings coming from the front of the room is our very own James Cacopardo, who is part of this choir! Come on out!
Men's Breakfast - Saturday, January 18th - 8 am
Our next men's breakfast is Saturday, January 18th at Denny's in Westbrook. This is a great time to just casually get together with the other men in the church and catch up and enjoy a great meal. No RSVP necessary, just show up at 8:00! For more information about any of our men's ministries or events, please contact Don at 203-980-1716.
Oasis and Pre-Service Prayer
Every Sunday Morning 9:00-10:15
Do you need prayer? Do you enjoy praying for others? How about just taking a break and listening for God's still small voice?
Every Sunday morning we have a time of prayer and what we call Oasis. We start with Oasis, which is a time of sitting at the feet of Jesus. It is a Harp and Bowl style of worship featuring musical prayer. The name is derived from Revelation 5:8, describing heavenly creatures which each had harps and held golden bowls full of incense (which are the prayers of the saints.) Harp and bowl, soaking Praise and Prayer in an intimate setting, finding rest for your soul. After Oasis we try to be more intentional about praying for our community, area churches, and the needs of our church.
Oasis and Prayer meet in the Leete room down the hall from where we have our Sunday morning service. For more information, see Marc Potocsky.
Tithes and Offerings
At SVC we don't have a special time in the service set aside for collecting tithes and offerings. At a table located at the entrance door, you will find a small box with a cross cutout on the top. Please place your tithes and offerings in this box. There are envelopes that will be alongside the box that will allow you to designate how you may like your gift applied, or for you to receive a giving statement for cash donations. Please feel free to add your name to your gift, or to designate it toward Tithes and offerings, Missions, or our new Building Fund.
Alternatively, if you prefer to make your contribution online, you can find a link to our
on the website. There you can choose to make a one-time gift, or if it is more convenient you can set up a recurring gift. You can get to that page directly by clicking
God at Work
If you have something the Lord has done for you, we would love to share it with the church. Please let
I will praise you to all my brothers; I will stand up before the congregation and testify of the wonderful things you have done.
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Today, more and more people start the search for a new church family online, and the first stop is usually Google. People want to get a taste of the church from the privacy of their home before they venture out to see what it is like in person. That is part of the reason we have spent so much time making our website attractive, relevant, and up to date.
However, in addition to seeing what our website is like, people also want to hear from other people what their experience has been. They way they do this is through reviews. Shoreline Vineyard Church is on Google as well as Google Maps. If you can spare a minute, maybe you would feel comfortable sharing something about our fellowship that would help someone else who is looking for a new home church? If you click
you will be taken to our Google Maps page. There you can see what others have said and share your story as well. Just scroll down to where you see "WRITE A REVIEW."
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Shoreline Night of Prayer - Cancelled for January 12th. New date to follow!
Vineyard Eastern Conference - July 21-23 - North Jersey Vineyard, South Hackensack, NJ.
Everyone is invited!
Trunk or Treat - October 27th 2-4pm
Real God. Real Life.
Shoreline Vineyard Church
P.O. Box 383
Guilford, CT 06437
770 Boston Post Road
Village Walk Plaza
Guilford, CT 06437
Guilford Community Center
32 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 11:33AM