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...

Getting Connected @ the Vineyard

One of the core values that we have as a church is that we want to see people at the Vineyard forming strong, vibrant relationships.  More than simply a quick, “Hey, how’s it going?” “Great, you?” type of relationships.  But...

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...

Our New Severe Weather Policy

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but the weather has turned a bit colder over the past few weeks.  And while the storm that hit the east coast missed Ithaca, we can count on getting hit at least a couple times this year. When we were meeting downtown, we said that...

Must…have…coffee…(part 2)

Earlier in the week we asked people to vote for their choice of coffee to replace the blend we have been serving, Platinum Blonde, and the people’s choice for the new Gimme! Coffee blend is …drum roll please…Piccolo Mondo.  We are not sure...

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...

What’s in a name?

During the month of December, we are working through a series of messages based on Isaiah 9 called “what’s in a name?”  Three of our Ithaca College students (Jay Salbert, Amy Ginsberg & Lisa Zulawski) put together 4 man in the street...

Party Like It’s 1999!

The Ithaca Vineyard held its first service on February 7th, 1999 in downtown Ithaca.  It is a day that has always stuck in my head for a couple reasons.  The obvious being that it was a pretty big step in our lives, and secondly, it was 3 days after the...

Discipleship @ the Vineyard

One of the most common questions we’ve gotten since we started the Vineyard back in 1999 is how discipleship works/happens here. Most of the time as we dig into the question a bit more, what we find is that the person is asking about a class system where younger...