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Equipping for Excellence and Expansion

E3 – Equipping for Excellence and Expansion is a series of six meetings across the United States with all three Free Methodist Bishops and other denominational leaders. The presentations by Bishops Thomas, Roller and Kendall are posted below. You can see the other presentations at E3 Resources. Another interesting document is the Multiplication Plan. (more…)

A Fisherman’s Story

On Friday, April 7, Pastor Paul Nilsen presented one-man show outlining the story of Peter the disciple of Jesus at the Cornerstone Church in Grooville. This first person dramatic retelling told the story of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of the fisherman who became a “fisher of men”. Peter was often brash and headstrong and more than once challenged Jesus. He even denied his Savior while standing in courtyard where Jesus was being interrogated before his death. Pastor Paul conveyed all of the motions, doubts and fears of Peter as well as his final understanding of the Master’s purpose.

It was nice to see that the church was full with representatives from the Free Methodist churches in Grooville, Liberty Walton and Windsor. This was despite a sudden snowfall that left the ground white. A few “fish stories” preceded the main presentation. Music was provided by a duet of Mary and Sheri from the Grooville Church. Refreshments were provided after the presentation which allowed those who attended to have fellowship with each other.

Holy Week Services

Join us for a week of services beginning with Palm Sunday on April 9thand ending with Resurrection Sunday on April 16th. Here is the schedule of services:

Palm Sunday – 10:30 AM – Jesus triumphantly enters Jerusalem
Holy Thursday – 7:00 PM – Services based on a Passover Seder – Jesus eats a Last Supper with his disciples
Good Friday – 7:00 PM – Jesus is crucified for the forgiveness of our sins
Easter Sunrise – 6:15 AM – main parking area at Walnut Mt Town Park – the tomb is empty! Hallelujah!
Resurrection Sunday – 10:30 AM – He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! (No Sunday school)

BOA Meeting postponed

The Board of Administration meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 has been postponed due to the blizzard which is forecast to persist through the evening. The most likely new time for the meeting is after church on Sunday, March 19. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Concert for Wednesday, March 15 Cancelled

Unfortunately, the Roberts Wesleyan Chorale Concert for Wednesday night was cancelled by the college. The Chorale cancelled its remaining tour concerts and returned to the college onMmonday to avoid the blizzard which is upon us. We are sorry the concert had to be cancelled but grateful that the students made it home safely.

Mission Team Returns from Kenya

Pastors Ed and Robin and Grace and Ben Dowe returned from their trip to Kenya. So far they have presented a short children’s message and Pastor Robin preached a sermon based on some of the their expeiences. Her sermon emphasized the differences between America and Kenya. The theme centered on the fact that Americans are rich in material things but poor in spiritual ones. In contrast, Kenyans are poor in material possessions but rich in their faith and in spiritual things. They are planning a more in-depth presentation in the future as they sort through the hundreds of pictures they took. It is obvious that their 18 day trip had a profound impact on them.

Iron Sharpens Iron on March 18

Fourteen men from the Vine and Branch Church will be attending the Iron Sharpens Iron conference on Saturday, March 18 in Hartford, CT, The conference focuses on men’s issue and the keynote speaker is Darryl Strawberry. Some sessions are for men of all ages while others are targeted at men in a specific age range, Topics include

  • Choosing To Follow Jesus Now
  • Engage: Building Your Church Based Ministry To Men
  • Faith & Freedom In The 21st Century
  • How To Do Better Study In The Digital Age
  • Take A Knee: Winning Plays For The Game Of Life

Roberts Wesleyan Chorale on March 15

The Roberts Wesleyan Chorale will perform at the church on Wednesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. This group of 23 talented college students is sure to entertain and inspire all who attend. This will be the Chorale’s only performance in the area this year, The Church has a special relationship with the college which makes this performance possible. Admission to the concert is FREE!

The Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale is the college’s select vocal ensemble devoted to the study and performance of choral works from all major artistic periods. Bonded by a passion for compelling musical performance and a desire for meaningful Christian fellowship, the Chorale is an ensemble of talented singer-artists who combine their gifts to cultivate excellence in choral singing.

Listen to the Music

Christian concerts are a great source of inspiration and enjoyment for many people. Those who attend are encouraged to sing along with their favorite artists. Concerts are often held in churches which makes the events more intimate and personal. Most concerts are LOUD and many times people STAND for all or at least a good part of the performance. The Vine and Branch Church does not endorse any particular group or promotion. Click here for a list of concerts.

Merry Christmas!

Join us for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day!

Saturday, December 24 @ 7:00 PM – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Sunday, December 25 @ 10:30 AM – Christmas Day Service – No Sunday School

Sunday, January 1 @ 10:30 AM – New Years Day Service at 10:30 AM – No Sunday School