This past weekend Rich and I spent with Oasis Vineyard in Hermiston, Oregon. We were invited to spend time first with the Leadership Team (LT). Friday evening we worked on clarifying Oasis’s vision and mission. We started with “Why does Oasis Vineyard exist?” The LT worked on understanding the story of their church, what God has done, is doing in the present, and what the Spirit might be inviting them toward in the future. After hours of listening to one another they were able to name in their words why they exist and what they are to be about. We fleshed out the “why” and the “what.” We know the “who” it is the current members of Oasis Vineyard, those in Hermiston and beyond who have yet to encounter the transforming love of God. Oasis is a church that exists for the sake of others.
We are excited to have two women's retreats this May 17-18! Women in WA and OR are gathering at the Vancouver Vineyard and women in northern California are gathering in Chico at Richardson Springs!
WA and OR is excited to have Di Leman as the guest speaker! Get more info and tickets here.
Northern California is excited to have Janet Strout as the guest speaker! Get more info and tickets here.
I am thrilled to introduce a series of blog posts for the Northwest Region! These blog posts will be written by folks from within the region. We will also have guest posts from people who have experience in topics we can all learn from!
The topics will vary. Some of what we are working on:
There will be weekly posts with comments open in order to interact and dialogue with one another. Our hope is we can learn, resource and spread the wealth of information and experience from people who live out the gospel every day in different contexts.
We want to hear from those around the region. God is moving and it creates faith, imagination and inspiration to hear the stories of how the gospel is making a difference in ordinary lives.
Our hope is this will be a space for encouraging and help equip people throughout the region on how to have healthy churches and ministries.
If you have topics you would like to see explored or if you would like to write for the blog, please send your ideas to JenniferATredbluffvineyard.church or contact us.
This is just a step in our continued effort to communicate, connect and care for our churches. I hope you will tune in weekly and contribute to the conversation.
All this for the King!