Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Turkeys giving away turkeys

Here's what we have discovered:

  • people want to make a difference....this year over 300 Ikea Bags went out the first weekend in November. Yes we are ordering more.
  • people like simple...people grab a bag as they leave a weekend service. The instructions stapled to the bag help guide people as they purchase the food items.
  • people enjoy the sense of togetherness...We encourage participation: families packing the bag together, or joining with friends, or joining as a small group to fill the bag. Be creative by adding a worship set and breaking up into small groups for prayer...then introducing the team leaders, and receiving instructions and maps.
  • some people like to participate but don't want to go on the outreach...that's ok, participating at any level is appreciated. The 'no go but want to serve people' will bring their filled boxes at 9:30am. The others show up at 10:30am. Have a crew at both times to help people unload then load the dinners.
  • people like the fact that we go to the areas we have consistently served in the past...example: we will be divided up into three huge teams, caravaned to the locations in order to reach out to 3 low income apartments in different parts of the city.
  • people like the adventure... we go to apartments unannounced, offer the Thanksgiving meal and offer prayer. When we leave the home we place a small sticker on the door notifying the rest of the team that the stickered door is a home we have served.
  • people who serve begin to see life through an outward focused lense...One family went to a home and offered the Thanksgiving dinner. The single mom invited the family inside to place the dinner on her table. The family noticed...all she had in her apartment was the table. Their perspective changed. Their hearts were softened through the experience and began to view life through a different lense.
Going, serving, praying = caring for others ...an outward focused life.

Thanks so much for helping to make Thanksgiving possible.

This year’s date for Turkeys Giving Away Turkeys is Saturday, November 17th. We will meet at 10:30am and join team leaders to head out to three different locations.

How to participate: Join together as family, friends, or a small group to fill up the bag with items listed below.

Turkey’s Giving Away Turkey’s List.

  • 2 Cans Corn
  • 2 Cans Green Beans
  • 1 Large Can Yams
  • 1 Can Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 Box Au Gratin Potatoes
  • 1 Box Brownies
  • 2 Boxes Mac and Cheese
  • 1 Dinner Bag Rolls
  • 1 Box Stuffing Mix
  • 1 FROZEN Turkey
  • Roasting Pan


  • 1 Pie
  • Fresh Veggies
  • Fun Stuff

Important Instructions:
If you are going on the outreach... Please leave your dinner box in your car come in for instructions and to join a team.

If you only want to participate by filling a turkey dinner box and not go on the outreach...Please drop the filled box off at 9:30am.

It's on us!

It's On Us!

a great Idea by a church, Valleydale Church Birmingham AL, just branching into kindness outreach. I liked the idea so much I decided to use the concept.
It's on us!People from the Vineyard can now chose how they use this multipurpose connect card. It can be used to buy gas, purchase a meal, pay a bill, give a gift, use at an outreach, or any other service, kindness, or mercy we show toward the people in our community. That's what I like about Servant Evangelism...the ideas are unlimited to the creative mind. Experimenting also keeps the edge sharp.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Back to School Back Packs

kindness to go backpacks
Usually we begin to ramp up for school in July. I know that sounds early however, parents begin to shop for supplies early August. Our special Back to School Bash begins by the fourth weekend in July in order to ensure their return to the Vineyard in good time to deliver to the schools.
Here’s how it works.

We purchase back packs from www.sctb.org/(Somebody Cares Tampa Bay) They have been doing this for years and have networked literally hundreds of churches in the Tampa Bay area for this important project. I think last year over 150 churches of the Bay area gave 36,000 backpacks to the underprivileged kids.

I purchase the back packs for $6 each... then sell them to the Vineyard people for $5.* ($5 is just enough to remind people they have a pack to fill up) I usually purchase 500 backpacks. That’s about our limit.
Interestingly the packs usually sell out in just two weekends.

People then return the backpacks to the Vineyard we place them in a visible area in the building which generates buzz and a sense of accomplishment. Stacking up 500 backpacks makes a huge stack.

Here is the information flyer I use to help connect the dots.

Back to school backpacks ...
Under privileged children of Trottwood are not able to purchase their school supplies. Therefore, each year we partner with the Trottwood teachers to make a small, yet significant investment to help further a child’s education.

Why$5? Five dollars is really your commitment that says, ‘Yes I want to help.’

How? It’s simple.
Take the list on the back of this instruction sheet to any store that sells school supplies like Wall Mart, Target. Purchase the items then fill the back pack and bring it back to the Vineyard.

Tip: if you have children let them shop with you. As you are shopping talk about the project, why you are shopping for someone else and where the packs are going.

Tip: people often place some other exciting items in the backpack, key chains, to teddy bears. Be creative, be generous and put some fun in the project.

Supplies list:
3 3”X 3” postits
1 inch 3 ring binder
2 packs of wide ruled lined paper
2 Elmers glue stick
1 box of No.2 pencils
1 box of 2 erasers
1 box of colored pencils 12
1 box of Crayola Markers
1 Fiskar’s scissors
1 plastic folder 2 pockets blue
1 8 by 10 composition book
1 box of Crayola crayons 24 count
1 5 section divider
5 pronged 2 pockets folders
1 4oz school glue
1 dry erase markers low odor
2 pencil holders, zippers with grommets

Thanks for making a difference!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Peep People

a fun inexpensive outreach for Easter...

purchase wholesale peeps (snacc foods 513-723-1777) you know those funny looking yellow chicks that are marshmallows inside, have the peeps at the exits and hand to people as they leave the services the weekend before Easter.

Or plan an outreach to the local businesses the week before Easter.

Have a card that says. 'You've just been peeped.' with the Easter service times on the card. Encourage people to have some fun as they peep people.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Gee think you need to do some training?

Interestingly we have had hundreds of people helping us love our community into a relationship with Jesus Christ. We call it City Care...serving our way into the heart of our community. Most people serving have had little or no training... This just proves on the job outreach training works in most cases.

Now we are discovering we need to launch into some specific training to help people develop their outreach skills. We've looked at what's out there and have developed our e:training

gleaning from the best of the best. Our desire is to connect people to great resources that will help them grow as a self-study learning experience as they learn and then participate.

Saturday March 15th is the date for the training 9am to 1pmish.

e:training pdf

We will be learning:
Future/Past Lessons learned from our outreach e:history
Servant Evangelism Breaking down barriers, building bridges
I'm wondering?? How to ask great questions
Just walk across the room How to share your unique story.
The good news is still the good news How to lead a friend to Jesus Christ

Book list
Conspiracy of Kindness sjogren
Irresistible Evangelism sjogren, ping and pollock\
Just walk across the room hybels
Externally Focused Church swanson, rusaw
Jesus on Leadership cg wilkes
The Church of the Irresistible Influence lewis
An Unstoppable Force mcmanus


dave is a down to earth pastor who has more passion than anyone I know

steve sjogren has several sites that encourage the heart

this site is very encouraging healthy, encouraging, great resources


practitioners not theorist doin' the stuff in Dayton OH

the book I wanted to write

my friend doug who thinks often outside the box

leading someone to Jesus is relational

my web with many stories etc