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The Wine List is currently on hold while we reorganize some of the staff priorities and finish some bigger projects. Don't worry, it will reappear soon. In the meantime, you can take a look at the calendar to get a feel for what has been happening at BVC.

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The Wine List April 2016

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Hello My Vineyard Family,

Allen here.  As I write this, I have just come from the garden where the trees are exhibiting signs of surviving the winter.  The rain has stopped, the air smells of spring and I am mindful of God’s incredible wisdom in that seasons come and seasons go.  If He had asked me, I wouldn’t have thought to create the world that way, but I am so glad He did. Every season change is a chance to start fresh and every time that season comes back around I have the opportunity to apply what I learned the last time it was spring, or winter… It seems to me this is from where wisdom comes. Psalm 90:12 says, “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.” Every passing of every season is a chance to grow and to learn, to try again, to sink roots a bit deeper in the Love of God. And every passing of every season is one less in front of me, which is a wonderful motivator to learn now!

With the coming of spring, we are wrapping up Alpha, the first of our Core Four classes. The second will be the five Tuesdays of May.  Brad Hudson will be teaching a conduct and practices class.  We have had an opportunity to help Independent School build their new outdoor classroom and even to take coffee to the entire faculty and staff.  I absolutely love being neighborly!  We have all of the parts we need to install the irrigation system at The Garden and are gearing up for work there to begin again.  My plan is to spend April, May and June working in the Garden and then July and August simply growing and enjoying.  Plan on just about any Saturday as a chance to come help.  Bring a friend when you can. It makes life more fun to live it with friends.  Jesus commissioned us to disciple the Nations, being a good friend is an ideal way to begin that process— not as a project, but as someone to love. This is what the church is called to, isn’t it?

As a church we are entering a new season as well, a season of making friends and welcoming people to our family, just as we ourselves were welcomed not so long ago. “We get to give,” isn’t just about money. So as I look ahead, I see God bringing us into a new season to do primarily two things.  One, to search for and rescue those who are lost.  Secondly, to respond to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to stop and wait for Him as He forms Jesus’ likeness in us.  Don’t be afraid to talk with one another about what He is doing in you— we weren’t meant to go it alone, we start to stink when we are isolated, and it builds our faith and other’s when we see what God is up to.

Press into this season with everything you have for it is one less from the total we have been given in our lifetime.  I can’t imagine a more beautiful way to grow…

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GOD STORIES

Snapshots of what God is doing in our community and beyond.
Dave's Story: Jesus and His Law Firm
Jesus’ work in my life is demonstrated by two simple stories, which I view as miracles.  The first example is the story of how Jesus prepared Paige and me to start our law firm in 2002.  The second example is the story about how He completed our most recent trial in 2015.  In both stories, Paige and I recognize Jesus and the Holy Spirit leading us through a process to achieve God’s purpose. CONTINUE READING
 
 
Do you have a God Story you'd like to share? Please tell us!
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UPCOMING EVENTS
The Alpha Course Ends: Tuesday, April 5th @ 6:30pm
Vineyard Institute Begins: Thursday, April 7th @ 7pm
Volunteer Appreciation Gala: Friday, April 22nd @ 6:30pm
Get the details at www.BillingsVineyard.org
 
A note from EquipNepal

In 2001, Bud and Jan Viren traveled to Nepal with a friend who introduced them to Babu and Sabitri Varghese.  At that time, they were caring for 18 children in a rented building with little support.  Bud and Jan were touched by the great love and care the children were receiving, along with the contrast of how little the family really had to physically survive. Because of the impact of trip, EquipNepal  was founded in 2003 and administers a sponsorship program for Blessed Children’s Home (BCH) and Nepal Evangelical Mission (including Hetauda Evangelical Seminary and outreach to churches and families), and fundraises for them, forwarding on 100% of the funds. EquipNepal’s purpose is to links with ministries and missionaries in Nepal to encourage and support their efforts in evangelism, church planting, discipleship, and meeting physical needs. We do this in obedience to two specific mandates in the Bible. 1 Chronicles 16:8 tells us to “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name, make known among the nations what He has done.”  And in Isaiah1:17, we read, “Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.”  
 
In 2015, we were blessed to raise and disburse $62,588.93 for the work of the ministry in Nepal. We thank you, our church family, for your amazing support of the ministry of EquipNepal, including sponsoring a child at BCH, being a part of the One Day offering, and much more!  We ask for your prayers, as Babu and Sabitri are attempting to get visitors visas to the US in June for another visit to Billings.   - Bud and Jan Viren
You are loved. We are so glad you are part of our community.
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The Wine List March 2016

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36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate. Luke 6:36 (NLT)
 
Hi all,
As I sat down to consider this letter, I had the opportunity to reflect on how unique my role is in our community. It occurs to me that I am a part of several learning communities in our Church as I work with Vineyard Institute folks, the Alpha course, Kids and Youth. Through this reflection I have the vantage point of what material and themes each of these communities are interacting with, and it is amazing to see how each is locked in step with each other and with what Allen teaches on Sundays. While we coordinate to a certain degree, the level of unity is still shocking. As our congregation moves through 1 John and grapples with the “how” of a relationship with Jesus, God’s love for us shines through the text each week. My thoughts on how almost all of our learning communities are dealing with the issue of the love God has for us, I am compelled to take the next step and ask, “what’s next?”
 Philip Kenneson, in his book Life on the Vine, identifies four characteristics of the Father’s love that points me in the “what’s next” direction. Evaluating the love of the Father and the call to love like the Father, I see our study pulling me out of what is easy. The four characteristics Kenneson gives for God’s love is that it is unmerited, steadfast, suffering, and knowing no bounds. This is not easy love. Love we do not deserve, love that remains regardless of what we do, love that enters our struggles with us, and a love that pushes beyond time, space and the boundaries that we put up between us and God.
So, what’s the point? Luke recorded in his Gospel the command of Jesus to love others the way God loves us. Ugh. Unmerited? They don’t and should not have to earn it? Ugh. Steadfast and suffering? So love continues even if they continue to not deserve it or if I disagree with how they live/act/eat/breathe/drive/vote/smell/fill-in-the-blank? Ugh. Knowing no bounds… That leaves me without comfortable wiggle room. Ugh. The nonsense you just read was a starting point for me, and I am so glad to be beyond it.
What I am finding, though, is that if I press into relationship with Jesus I understand that love a little more each day. In fact, I move from those U-G-H’s to not even noticing anything about them other than the fact the Jesus died for them. The social, cultural and personal barriers that I have carefully sculpted don’t seem to matter anymore as I work to see people as Jesus does. As my wounds are healed and as I gain understanding of the Love that God has for me, I realize that the love flows through me to those God places around me. As I am able to interact with the Love God has for me I find myself more able to love like him.
If this common thread of the love of God permeates through our Church and as we are pointed to the rational “what’s next,” I am excited to see what God has for us as we continue through 1 John and the rest of year.

Blessings to all,
Adam


 
STAY CONNECTED
• Join us on Sunday mornings. Face to face relationships are so important, and your presence will help us get to know you better and understand how we can serve you.
• Download our free app on your apple or android device. It gives you access to our calendar, sermons, events and more.
• Join a monthly dinner group. Get more information here
• Are you on Facebook? We have a page you can like.
 
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Registration Is Open • www.VineyardBigSkyRegion.org 

Are you looking for our God Stories section?

You know, like the stories you can read here.

To be honest, you are not seeing any God stories this month for two reasons:
  1. I (Jenna, your fearless office assistant) have one God Story in the editing pipeline that I simply didn't get to. You are free to tell me the next time you see me how disappointed you are in my lack of efficiency, although I will likely retort with an excuse about an unfortunate incident involving orange gatorade and my laptop and the subsequent loss of the draft I was working on.
  2. We need you to tell us what God is doing in your life. Recently, has God helped you make a hard decision? Has He healed a physical aliment? Did He guide you through a stressful situation? God is doing many things in our community, but we don't always know about them unless you tell us.
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

Kid's Conference Info Meeting: Thursday, March 10th @ 7pm
Communion Service: Thursday, March 24th @ 7pm
Good Friday Vespers: Friday, March 25th @ 7pm
Sunrise Service @ The Garden: Sunday March 27th @ 7:03am
Resurrection Day Worship Celebration: Sunday, March 27th @ 10am
Get all the details at www.BillingsVineyard.org
You are loved. We are so glad you are part of our community.
 


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