2019 has been a great year. From baptisms to ministry events to guest speakers, to outreach events within our community. our Sunday morning experiences have also been amazing. There has been so much to celebrate. But as we look at the things that happen in the life of our church, let’s never forget that the […]
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As I’ve been sharing over the past couple weeks, great things are happening in Oelwein. Our Community Night is happening there on Saturday night at 6:00pm at the Coliseum. We are praying for a great turnout. We hope you will consider making the trip with us. This will be such a great opportunity to meet […]
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Hi church family! Last week, I wrote about our heart for multiplication and how our Holy Spirit breathed vision for planting/launching 30 vibrant and spirit filled Vineyard churches is beginning to take root. Last week I introduced Jake and Julie Shepard to you and shared their excitement around Oelwein. By the way… when our vision […]
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Happy New Year! This is the last time I’m going to say that. We are 10 days into 2019 after a busy holiday season… which means I am back to blogging after a short hiatus. The last time I wrote, I mentioned that we are experiencing breakthrough with our church planting vision. Today, I’m going […]
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I have a question for us to ponder today. Why does it feel like we are always waiting on God? God is slow in many ways. Afterall, one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one […]
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A little bonus blog this week as we get ready to move into the weekend. I have been encouraged BIG TIME this week as I’ve talked to many of you who’s eyes are so set on those who who you know need a special touch from Jesus this Christmas. Not only are you talking about […]
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Our Business Advisory Team met on Sunday. We meet quarterly to discuss the business of our church. It’s a meeting that I look forward to, not so much because I enjoy looking at budgets, profit loss statements and account balances… but because being in a room for several hours with a team that loves our […]
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When I was thinking about my upcoming baptism, I couldn’t help but remember the very first time that I ever attended Heartland Vineyard Church. It was the beginning of March about three years ago. At that point in my life I was residing in The Waterloo Women’s Center for Change. I rode on one of […]
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As we get ready to embark on a new adventure by moving back to Waterloo and into a smaller more intimate building, I can’t help but get excited about our future. The funny thing is… I’m not really thinking much about the building. I’m grateful that we will have a nice place to gather but […]
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We’ve been talking a lot lately about the church gathered and the church scattered. God has really been giving us new language for what our mission is and why we exist. We’ve been talking a lot about our desire not to be the best church in our city but the best church for our city. […]
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Story 1: For those of us present, we thought God was leading us through Lawrence. We gathered in the parking lot of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and a few small groups joined our small group and set out to be Jesus’s emissaries in the local community. We felt led to head down a particular […]
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My name is Jodi, I am a believer in Jesus Christ who has struggled with addiction, depression and co-dependency. This is my story… I grew up in Waterloo, oldest of 4 and our family went to church every Sunday. The only thing I learned from that was how fighting after church was the typical Sunday […]
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