I was meeting with some of our staff yesterday morning, and I was sharing about our vision to leave Dayton better than we found it… It’s our desire to make long lasting, simple and spiritual differences throughout the city and beyond. When we first moved here to start the church, the Lord gave me a verse out of 1 Corinthians 3, “Paul planted, Apollos watered and God made it grow.” Our mission has always been to plant the seed of God’s love. That’s why we have a food pantry. That’s why we serve a community breakfast at our Riverdale location… That’s why we are doing LOVE DAYTON.
Love Dayton is:
A VISION to bring about lasting change to an entire city through a display of God’s power, kindness, and love healing many and leading multitudes to repentance and reconciliation.
A HOPE that a host of believers throughout the Dayton area will catch the vision, catalyzing an interdenominational movement to help facilitate the evangelistic crusades and community outreaches.
A CALL to action to the community, for the community. A call to love your neighbor as yourself. A call to all Christians who are willing to stand, shoulder to shoulder, with those who are looking to advance the Kingdom of God and exalt the name of Jesus.
Love Dayton is May 11-14, 2016. For more information or to watch the promo video, click on this link: https://globalawakening.com/lovedayton
We are helping to lead the charge for the outreach efforts all across the city… We need FIVE HUNDRED people willing to serve to effectively reach all the various neighborhoods. We will be providing you more information about LOVE DAYTON over the coming weeks. If you would like to go ahead and sign up to serve CLICK HERE.
Along with that, I wanted to let you know that we will be receiving an offering to purchase books for children K-3 in Dayton Public Schools in the next couple of weeks. This is a very practical way that we can show God’s LOVE to the children of our city, and make a very real and lasting impact on their future. Our goal is to purchase 10 new books for each child at a school. (Last year we adopted Louise-Troy Elementary School off Germantown Pike.)
This weekend we will be performing baptisms at each service. This is always a very exciting time for our church family. (For infants and younger children we do dedications, not baptisms.) We will be doing a dedication ceremony at each service Mother’s Day weekend, May 7-8.
If you would like to have your baby/children dedicated on Mother’s Day, CLICK HERE to register for the class that will help you get prepared you for this meaningful event. For more information about having your child dedicated, contact Joy Harvey, our Children’s Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Friday night (4/29) is our next Leadership Community gathering, 7 PM in the Lodge. This is an opportunity for our leaders from various areas of ministry around the church to connect and receive some ministry, training and encouragement. We will enjoy fellowship, worship together and share testimonies of what God has been doing in each of our areas. We also pass along information of interest specific to our leaders. If you are currently leading in some capacity, whether a small group or care group, DSSM group, men’s or women’s group leader or some other area of ministry (prayer, hospitality, prophetic, arts, children’s ministry, etc) you are welcome to join us. If you aren’t currently leading, but are interested in stepping into more of a leadership role, feel free to join us! Bring a salad, dessert or dish to share.
That same weekend, on Sunday night at 7 PM we are doing another Open Heavens night of worship. Open Heavens is a time for us to simply press into God’s presence.
Also, don’t forget that tomorrow (Saturday) morning we are hosting a Vineyard Church Campus Cleanup starting at 7:30 AM. (Coffee and doughnuts will be served!) If you would like to help us spruce up our facilities by cleaning, landscaping or doing some light maintenance, please join us. Bring your own tools, yard implements, gloves, etc. You can come for the entire time or stop by for an hour or two to pitch in. Ends at noon.
It’s going to be a great weekend!
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47