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Seven Months Later: Tracking Ebola in the Congo

Posted by Chris Hsu on

The following story is from a recent email communication from Chris Hsu. Chris attended our church for nearly 4 years before taking a job with the CDC in Atlanta earlier this year, a fascinating story he told to the church one Sunday morning in March.   As a preface to the update...

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Tags: ebola, disease, africa, leap of faith

"Stand Tall," He Said

Posted by Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula on

My job involves a lot of work with children. For a while I thought I was doing a really good job -- until one day, after a disagreement with my boss, she began criticizing my work ethic. Her harsh words indicated that she believed I never went above and beyond for her and the kids. She belittled...

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The Big Sunday Field Trip

Posted by Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula on

On Sunday, March 30, under threat of rain, we canceled our regular church service and took to the streets. Aptly named "Taking Church to the Streets," the idea was to practice what we preach and get out into our neighborhoods to serve. So we contacted a variety of organizations and cities, found...

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Tags: taking church to the streets, service day, service, project, neighborhood, community, city

A Bittersweet Exit from Work

Posted by Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula on

On a recent Tuesday, I found out that a co-manager on my team had to let a contractor go by that Friday. It was a bit of a shock for the contractor since the contract was supposed to go till October. But we lost the funding, so we had to let him go. That Friday, my co-manager was not in the...

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Disturbed...

Posted by Karen Ratzlaff on

This is a story re-posted from the blog "Vintage Karen." The original post lives here: http://vintagekaren.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/disturbed/ It’s not often that a trip to the grocery store pierces my heart. I was happily pushing a cart around the store and tossing in...

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Tags: being challenged, feeling disturbed, homeless man, shopping, sir francis drake

Teatime with Punchinello

Posted by Josefina Tso-Guillen on

Editor's note: the Feast of Giving is an experiment in generosity that our church's small groups participated in last fall/winter. The results, as you'll read in this story, are often quite creative and inspiring! It all started with an image of God serving us tea. Our small group had been...

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Tags: feast of giving, tea, hope, recovery, women

Handing out Money at the Farmer's Market

Posted by Jedd Bloom on

Imagine a couple approaches you at the local Farmer’s Market while you are shopping. They inform you that they are doing an experiment with generosity. They would like you to use some money they’re about to give you in any way that you deem generous. They hand you an...

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Tags: feast, of, giving, generosity, money, parable, farmer's market

Hot Chocolate at the Bus Station

Posted by Vineyard Christian Fellowship of the Peninsula on

As part of our "Feast of Giving" the church gives our small groups some resources in order to go out and take a risk. Read below how one small group took a risk to go to the Palo Alto bus station where many homeless spend the nights riding the buses. They took supplies and hot chocolate.... here...

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Tags: blog, feast, giving

A Letter from Germany

Posted by Jan Teichmann on

This letter is from Jan Teichmann and his family who were part of our church and moved back to their homeland, Germany, earlier this year. Read how he decided to take a risk back in Germany based on what he experienced with God here... On July 31st, we left Mountain View with 23 pieces of...

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Tags: blog, germany, jail

Cafe for Friends: A Luke 14 Party

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This past summer in small group we studied the passage from Luke 14:12-14, in which Jesus says to the host of a party:  “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite...

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