Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Upcoming Series Details

Hi All,
I love to keep you guys up to date with all the latest hub-bub, skinny, low-down, scuttlebutt etc etc, but this is what I know about the upcoming few weeks up until the holiday:

A new series is upon us kicking off this weekend, November 1 and 2 called “Holy Spirit”. Team 1 you’ll be getting your reminder here soonJ
Joe will lead off with a message discussing the Holy Spirit as Guide.

Next weekend November 8 and 9 Joe will continue on the discussion of the Holy Spirit as One Who Convicts

Third week of the series November 15 and 16, Dave will discuss the Holy Spirit as Source of Power. This weekend will accompany the Current Conference on Friday November 14 and 15, Friday night, and 3 early sessions Saturday overlapping into Celebration Saturday night.

Last weekend of the series November 22 and 23 will be Turkey Fest weekend and Dave will be discussing the Holy Spirit as Comforter and Counselor.

The December series is called “Salvage” and will kick off November 29 and 30(a fifth weekend by the way-please volunteer if you canJ) Joe will head up the series by sharing how Jesus came to save(salvage) us from sin.

The next installment of “Salvage” December 6 and 7 is called Recycle and will continue the series by illustrating that God does not simply erase those less desirable parts of us, but he recycles/reuses them.

The following episode on December 13 and 14 is titled Recovered and discusses how Being saved (salvaged) is a journey from near-death fatal illness to complete marathon running health.

And the final weekend of “Salvage” is named “Released” and talks about God releasing us to tell our own radical salvaged story to share with others.
The series continues with performances of the VCC Play “THE RE: GIFTER”, a modern parable of redemption. A good event to bring a friend to INTRODUCE them to VCC and the basic idea that God salvages lives.

I look forward to serving with you all during this time. See ya!


Thursday, October 23, 2008

Carolyn Stoll Prayer Request

Hey Y'all,
This past weekend Carolyn Stoll asked for prayer regarding her upcoming surgery on November 12th. The docotor's found a cyst and they said it is probably benign but as a precaution they will be performing a hysterectomy.
Let's be in prayer for a safe surgery, healing and quick recovery for Carolyn, but let us also pray that it is indeed benign and nothing else.

I thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for each of our team members.

Your Brother in Christ

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tech Story - Grace Point Church Article

Hey Gang!
I love to read up on what other churches are doing tech wise. I found this article in Church Production magazine it is pretty interesting the kind of production that this small church must do out in Vegas. Anyway, here is the link:

This was in the September issue, in the October issue (which is not online yet) it has an article about this same church’s Technical Director. I also found this one very interesting. I’ll forward it along when it is available online.

Reading this article makes me very thankful that we don’t have to “set up” every Sunday AM. That would be CRAZY!

I hope you enjoy.


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Matt McCoy - News

Big news Tech Team. Student Union worship leader Matt McCoy has accepted a position at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. This is very exciting and at the same time sad news. It is awesome to see Matt move on to such a big stage, but he will be missed by many here at the Vineyard including me.

You can read Matt's blog here at:

Anyway, feel free to drop Matt an encouraging word if you feel led to. I'm sure he would appreciate it.

Pete Bryant made the announcement this morning to staff. The Student Union will hire an Interim worship leader for the time being and in the meantime begin a longer search for just the right canidate to fill that role long term. Pray for the VSU to have wisdom and discernment to hire the right person for this position.

Your Brother in Christ!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Ron McCaslin Prayer Request

Ron's daughter is 7 months pregnant. She was carrying twins but lost one recently. She is still experiencing complications and may have to deliver early maybe as early as this weekend, but the doctors hope to have her carry until full term.

Ron is also busy taking care of the house right now as his wife Robin is very busy with work. So just keep the McCaslin family in your prayers right now, for a healthy grandbaby, and for peace and comfort for the whole family during this time.

These are definitely the kind of times that we really have to lean on and trust in Jesus

Cindy Dean Prayer Request

I found out late yesterday that long time tech team member Cindy Dean is in the hospital with abdominal discomfort. The Doctors aren't quite sure what is going on so keep her in your prayers for a healing and quick recovery.

Thanks! I'll try and keep you guys up to date with what is going on...


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Team member Prayer Request and Help Request

Team 3 members Dean and Amy McKenzie have requested our prayers. Amy has a couple of surgeries schedule in the coming months. First is a surgery on her foot Friday October 17th. And Second is a hysterectomy on November 11th.

So Amy is going to have a tough time with her mobility this fall. So let's pray for her quick recovery and healing. But also with this Dean and Amy are going to need a helping hand here and there. If you can help out contact Dean and Amy and let them know by contacting them at:

Amy -
Dean -
home 791-7833
Amy's cell 504-4772
Dean's cell 262 3453

Dean and Amy live in Reading OH 45236

Here is Amy's email she sent me. It has alot more detail.

It's a beautiful fall day and I'm hoping you are enjoying the change of seasons as much as I. I love the cool mornings that turn to comfortable afternoons and end in just the right temperature that you can sleep w/ the windows open and still sleep without freezing!
Along with the change of seasons our family will be experiencing a few
challenges this fall/winter. After an appointment this week with my
podiatrist today we scheduled a foot surgery for me to be done next
Friday, Oct. 17th at 1:00p.m. After this surgery I will not be able to
put any weight on my left foot for 2 weeks, after that I will be on crutches and increase mobility as much as tolerated and the total
recovery time is 6-8 weeks. BUT, I already have my hysterectomy
scheduled for Nov. 11th so I'll be down for the count a few days for that and then again on 2 weeks strict no lifting and limited activity and then adding another 6-8 weeks til I am healed from that and able to
resume a normal schedule and activity level. (the 6 week day after
the hysterectomy is just in time for Christmas!)
Dean has some time off left to use but we want to best utilize that and make sure he's here when needed most, like the days right after each surgery which means he'll need to divide up his time off as much as
possible. We are in desperate need of help with the kids(and maybe
light household chores like dishes and keeping up w/ laundry) on the
days Dean has to work. His schedule is 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Fridays
w/ some flexibility to come home if needed since his work is less than
10 minutes away. Unfortunately we can't afford to pay a sitter while
he is at work, since I don't work theres no extra money laying around
right now. This is where you come in, we are hoping if any of you have
some free time and/or maybe are looking to get out for a playdate for your kids we'd love to have you come over and hang out w/ the boys and I
while Dean is at work. The first two weeks after each surgery will be
the most critical time of need so from Oct 17th-31st and again from Nov.
11th-25th. Depending how each surgery goes will depend how much I'll
need help after those first two weeks but I imagine managing an almost 4
year old and 2 1/2 year old while on crutches will be fun! Eventually
we may just need help w/ household chores and grocery shopping help since I wont be able to do that by myself for a while, and I am trying to find help so Dean isn't too overwhelmed with having to work and come home to do it all by himself since it's going to be hard enough already!
I know we're asking a lot but I know that God is a big God and Dean and I believe that sometimes He doesn't always provide healing the way we want but that He uses the doctors and medicines He provides. I don't know how many of you were at the VU night of worship(For those of you
that go to Vineyard) but something said then really hit home for me. I
think it was Joe who said it, that a time was coming when we would need to rely on each other and that we'd have to get over our pride to do so. I am one of those people who hates to ask for help and knowing I'm going to be unable to take care of my family for months means I have to rely on God and those He's blessed us by placing in our lives. This is hard no matter what the circumstance, and I am sure some of you knows how this feel.
If you aren't able to help please pray for us during this time, it's the
best thing we could have you do for us! Also, if you know of any
teenagers or college students who might be available to help during the day, or anyone for that matter who is free during the week during Dean's work hours who might be willing to help please forward our info to
them!! We really only need one person a day to help, the boys are
pretty easy to care for and we've got a huge playroom set up for them so
they are rarely bored! there are some evenings we may need help too as
Dean and Caleb got roles in a Christmas play as well as they have cub scout obligations.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and if anything please pray for peace during this time of healing and recovery!!!
More details on our family schedules below!
Amy will be recovering from bed or the sofa as time goes on!
Dean will be working as much as he can or at home helping as much as he can!
Caleb (7 years old) he is in school from 8-2:40p.m and he has play rehearsals and cub scouts in the evenings 3-4 days a week with Dean accompanying him so I may need help in the evenings too!! but the boys go to bed at 8 otherwise (Bo and Zeke always go to bed at 8) Bo (will be 4 in Nov.) and is home w/ me all day but has to get to speech therapy somehow every Monday at 1:00p.m. in Mason during this time?!?
Zeke (2 1/2 years old) home w/ me all day normally - he's the only one
in diapers but we're working on that! :-)
Sorry for all the details but it's easier for me to see what we need when I know what we're dealing with !! :-)
If you can help or know someone who might be able to call or email us!
Amy -
Dean -
home 791-7833
Amy's cell 504-4772
Dean's cell 262 3453
oh yeah, we live in Reading OH 45236
Thanks so much for your time and prayers!!