August 20, 2014
Dear Friends of the Vine:
Thank you for your support of the Vine Church of Petaluma. Your prayers and gifts continue to sustain us in our third year as a church. Enclosed you’ll find a giving report for the year to date (Jan. 1 – Aug. 10). Please let us know if you have questions or see any inaccuracy.
The tragic death of Robin Williams, thirty miles south of Petaluma, is a reminder that someone can be successful, wealthy and surrounded by winners and still be desperately sad and lonely. People in the North Bay Area need a place to “belong, be loved and believe.” Our mission is bring people together for loving fellowship, spiritual growth and service by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and welcoming God’s Kingdom in our lives, our families and our city.
We’re now implementing Fall plans. Our small groups are coming together and meeting regularly. We’re re-starting DivorceCare with a new team of leaders – alumni from the last two sessions. We’re also mobilizing Petaluma leaders in prayer for our city. And, as always, we’re holding Sunday worship services for Viners and joyfully welcoming visitors.
I’ve been living off the carpet cleaning business almost exclusively through the summer and I’m blessed to have that. However, as we’re entering into the prime season of ministry, I want to put my focus more on the church and ministry. It’s the giving of visionary people like you that makes it possible.
Would you kindly help us with a special financial gift to get our fall season off to a great start? A self-addressed envelope is enclosed for your convenience. You can also give quickly and easily online: www.thevinepetaluma.org/giving/.
You are a blessing to us – both those who we see week-to-week and those who support us from afar. May God continue to bless you.
Dave Weidlich, Pastor