Clearing Out My Head.

On Monday the first part of my sabbatical ended.  So one of the first things I did after catching up on my email was look over my calendar.  (While I was gone, I never once looked at my work email!) What I realized pretty quickly is that we have a lot of stuff coming...

A Great Way to Kill Your Church

When Liz and I were still in the pre-planting stages of the Ithaca Vineyard, we would go to any church planting conference we could find.  And while a lot of the stuff didn’t really make sense until we were actually starting the church, there was one thing that...

The Destination is Easier with a Map

Here we are at the final day of 2009, and just a year ago many of you probably decided “one of my goals for 2009 is to read through the bible next year.”  So how did you do? I’m going to go out on a limb and say those of you who made it had some...

Must…have….coffee…

If you’ve been around the Ithaca Vineyard much at all, one thing you’ve realized pretty quickly is we like coffee…& not your normal “big-silver-church-urn-overcooked-coffee…”  We’re talking good coffee. When the Ithaca...

The Kind of stuff I love

This past weekend I got to reconnect with one of the Cornell students who helped plant the Ithaca Vineyard way back in 1999. Dennis Liu began attending the Cornell Vineyard in the Fall 1998 semester, and immediately began attending the Syracuse Vineyard with us. When...

Andrea Celeste Morton

As many of you who read this blog probably already know, Andrea Morton, who has been part of the Ithaca Vineyard for the past 3 years passed away this morning (Wednesday, April 29, 2009)  You can read some of the specifics in The Ithacan (the Ithaca College...

Ithaca, NY…the City of Champions!

Weird…the Cornell basketball team is seeded 14 in their bracket…not only are they in the NCAA, they are not seeded 16th! The Cornell Men’s hockey team is still fighting for the ECAC tournament championship. And the Cornell wrestling team is #2 in the...

twitter

if you’ve been to my Facebook account recently you’ve seen that I am just about on the verge of shutting it down…it very quickly moved from a great way to keep up with contacts, find out how what’s up with people the church to noise.  there is...

Who Actually Uses the Yellow Pages?

For the past 6 years a nameless phone book company (vercoughizoncough) has listed the Vineyard Church of Ithaca in their directory under churches.  This year they did not.  And I am very happy about that! In the first place, come on, who actually uses the...

Vineyard Christmas Offering

This year we are trying something brand new at the Vineyard.  The Vineyard Christmas Offering. Our goal is to raise $12,000 by the end of the year, over and above our regular giving so that we can give to three different needs. We know that this is a time of year when...