Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Happening at ECV

Building Update

ECV is on the move!  Listen to Josh's two talks on vision last week here and here to find our where God is taking us next.  ECV is also on the move in another way.  As we have announced the last two Sundays, we are looking for a new building given the recent scheduling overlap with our current host church.  We want our new location to welcome our growing number of adults and to be a fantastic space for our more than 30 kids in Sprouts.  We want God to guide us and you can help.  Please fill out this survey if you haven't already to help us discern what is a great space for ECV.  The deadline for the survey is Thursday, 8/28. 

A team of staff, elders, and leaders has looked at over 40 churches, buildings, and organizations.  From that, we have narrowed it down to a few possibilities.  We also have transition locations that we might use if negotiations with a potential space look like they will require a longer time for relationship building.  Please pray for us as we finalize our plans!  For your planning purposes, please note that ECV's first Sunday in a new space will be September 14th, 2014!

Kingdom Café
This Friday, August 29 

The Kingdom Cafe is an open mic outreach event to provide a safe space for the youth of New Haven to express themselves through poetry and song.

Ways you can help:

-Bake something great for the kids to eat
-Help with set up, break down and pre-event prayer (be there at 3pm)
-Come and interacting with the kids that are present
-Present a piece of art (poem, drawing, song)
-Invite teenagers that you know

Contact George to get involved.

ECV Potluck
Next Sunday
August 31, 2014

The much-awaited potluck is this Sunday immediately following the service downstairs. Come hungry and ready to spend quality time meeting new people!

Wondering what to bring?

The Breakdown:
Last names beginning with A-J Hot Main Dish or Side Dish
Last names beginning with K-S Salad or Soup
Last names beginning with T-Z Dessert or Drink

If you would like to volunteer to sign up to make a gluten free option, please emailjessy@elmcityvineyard.org

If you are visiting, just bring yourself!

Come REST next Sunday!

Next Sunday, 8/31, Matt Croasmun is preaching on the Sabbath and the power of rest.  In New Haven, it is easy to get caught up in a culture of busyness - this time of year, in particular.  If you've wondered why rest is important or found yourself not knowing how to rest lately, come and be inspired to make time in your life to rest well.

Matt is one of the pastors on staff at ECV and this teaching will mark the beginning of Matt's sabbatical for the Fall of 2014.  Matt co-planted the Elm City Vineyard in 2007 and has been part of the leading the church ever since.  He has had seven very fruitful years of ministry at ECV (along with a fruitful experience receiving a Ph.D from Yale in Religious Studies at the same time!), and we are looking forward to many more when he returns in 2015.

In the new year, he will help ECV expand its offerings beyond the church to the academy (religious and non-religious) and young and old professionals through exploring what makes a life worth living and discovering how to engage the big questions of life through the person of Jesus.  The community at ECV is very thankful for Matt's service, grateful for this time for him to rest, and expectant for what God will do come 2015!

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