Can We Have Confidence in Life's Surprises?

Can We Have Confidence in Life's Surprises?

The emotion of surprise is different from the emotions we’ve discussed in our “All the Feels” series so far. Surprise is a bit more complex. The emotion of joy is consistently a comfortable emotion, while fear is consistently an uncomfortable emotion. Surprise, however, can be both comfortable and uncomfortable.

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Facing Your Fear

Facing Your Fear

Fear. This is an emotion of which I am all too well acquainted. Now look, I am not talking about awe and reverence of God in this post, which is the way “fear” is sometimes used in Scripture. I am talking about a kind of emotion that is intense, sometimes paralyzing. I am talking about the heart-racing, sweating, shaking-in-your-boots kind of fear. Merriam-Webster defines it this way: “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” 

The common denominator in all our fear moments is our thoughts. Our thoughts are sitting in the control center of our bodies—the brain. When we experience a situation that could trigger fear, our bodies go into a Fight, Flight, or Freeze mode. Our brains tell our bodies to tackle the source of the fear, run from it, or stay paralyzed by it. 

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Goodbye & Thank You to Pastor Robert Hargrove

Goodbye & Thank You to Pastor Robert Hargrove

Pastor Robert has been an incredible part of Vintage Church leading our church both musically and creatively. He has faithfully served as an incredible shepherd to so many people within the life of Vintage Church, including his Music Arts Team.

Over the past couple of months, Pastor Robert Hargrove, Vintage Church’s Music Arts Pastor has been processing his calling to Vintage Church as well as New Orleans. After considerable prayer, Pastor Robert Hargrove and his family have accepted a call to become the Minister of Worship and Arts at First Baptist Church Frisco, TX. 

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Vintage Church Pittsburgh—Sending Pastor Sean & Family

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We celebrated the sending of Sean and Tiffany Englert to Pittsburgh to join Pastor Rob Wilton and the launch team this week. The Englerts have faithfully served at Vintage Church New Orleans in many different roles since 2008. Over the last year Pastor Sean has transitioned out of education and into pastoral ministry. Sean will serve as one of the pastors for Vintage Church Pittsburgh. This new Vintage Church will be planted in strategic partnership with the North American Mission Board’s SEND Network and Long Hollow Baptist Church.

"The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest" (Matthew 9:37–38).

Of all the things that Sean and Tiffany would like prayer for as they transition the most important thing is for the “first salvation in Pittsburgh.” We’re dreaming of and asking for a harvest of 1,000’s in Pittsburgh, but at this time one of the most important things we can lift up over the next few months is for that 1st salvation. Will you join the Vintage Pitt Launch Team in praying for that 1st salvation?

If you’re interested in Pittsburgh, or partnering with Vintage Pitt, the upcoming Catch The Vision Tour July 31–August 2 is an incredible opportunity.

Vision Tour Purpose

  • Explore the city in-person to gain a better understanding of what it means to plant churches in an urban environment.
  • Meet church planters and see their ministries first-hand to explore potential partnerships.
  • See communities that are in need of churches to send a planter.

Register at Pittsburgh CTV.

We are amazed at all that the Lord has done over the last decade in New Orleans and are excited to see all He is going to continue to do in New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and beyond in the next decade. We believe that the best is yet to come!

What Is Joy?

What Is Joy?

A quick google search provides these descriptions of joy:

  • “a feeling of great pleasure and happiness”

  • Synonyms: delight, great pleasure, joyfulness, jubilation, triumph, exultation, rejoicing, happiness, gladness, glee, exhilaration, exuberance, elation, euphoria, bliss, ecstasy, rapture.

We can agree there’s a difference between “joy” and “happiness," but how are they different? We’re not going to necessarily talk about those differences in this post, but I will be writing about happiness in a couple weeks, so hopefully the differences will be communicated between the two posts. 

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Baptist Friendship House Opportunities

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Vintage Church just finished a two week ServeNOLA series, looking at how we can continue to serve our city. This past Sunday, we had the Baptist Friendship House with us sharing about the ministry that they do in New Orleans. They specifically minister to the needs of homelessness and sex trafficking. We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kay Bennett in our worship gatherings, who is the Executive Director of the Baptist Friendship House. The stories that she shared were both eye-opening and powerful. You can watch the sermons and interviews from the past two weeks HERE. 

Our prayer as a church family, is that our awareness has been raised of the needs in our city, and that our hearts have become burdened and ready to step in and partner with these ministries.  

Here are some specific next steps and ways to serve with the Baptist Friendship House: 

  • They are always taking donations for their Snack Pack bags that they give to those in need. The donations they take are protein bars, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups and vienna sausages. They can be dropped off at their location on 813 Elysian Fields Ave. New Orleans, LA 70117. 
  • They are also making backpacks to give away on Friday July 13th at their location at 10am. The next day, on Saturday July 14th at 9am, they will be hosting the event where they will be giving away 5,000 backpacks. 2,000 of them will go towards students going back to school in the Fall, 1,500 will be going to the homeless, and another 1,500 to sex trafficking victims. You can call them to volunteer in any capacity. 
  • An ongoing opportunity for women to serve other women in need takes place every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9-11am. On Tuesdays they provide hot showers and skills training for women. Wednesdays they provide breakfast, group therapy and also pottery classes, and on Thursdays they have a Bible Study with lunch afterwards. They are also always taking frozen meal donations to go towards those lunches. 
  • Trafficking training and prayer walking is also available upon request, with flexible days and times for those who want to have more understanding and awareness. 

A few ongoing ways to stay connected to them is through their website, social media and saving their contact information:

  • Check out their website at HERE. 
  • Like their Facebook page at Baptist Friendship House to receive weekly updates on prayer requests and follow them on Twitter at @BFH_NOLA
  • You can also give them a call at 504-949-4469 to reach out about more serving opportunities throughout the year, and if you ever notice anything that seems to be suspicious towards sex trafficking, please call 888-3737-888.

How can you make an impact with foster care in South Louisiana?

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Interested in learning more about foster care and how you can make a difference in a child's life by becoming a foster parent or supporting foster families? Join Crossroads NOLA this Sunday at Vintage for an Interest Lunch. 

Sunday, May 20th at 12:30pm

Vintage Church (3927 Rayne St. Metairie, LA 70001)

RSVP to Pastor Matthew Weaver at mweaver@vcnola.com

Watch some stories from other foster families: 

Resources for Parenting: Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Resources for Parenting: Parenting Beyond Your Capacity

Hey Parents! Over the next few weeks, we want to share some resources we have been researching for you. We hope that these materials will provide an outlet for you to learn, grow, and be encouraged in your unique role as a parent. Know that Vintage Church is here to partner with you. 

First up! Parenting Beyond Your Capacity: Connect Your Family to a Wider Community (The Orange Series) by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof. 

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GO ServeNOLA

GO ServeNOLA

We often associate missions and outreach as a separate area of our Christian lives and not something that is holistic and all-encompassing. We think to ourselves that we will go on mission if the church announces a mission trip somewhere, or even more, we will do outreach in our community if the church puts an outreach day together. Although mission trips and outreach days are not in themselves bad and they should happen, we should not be dependent on them in order to live on mission.

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