Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's New at New Vintage Church?

What's new at New Vintage Church?

This week we're kicking off our new series called "It's Personal."

Every first weekend of the month we have KidStuf Live.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

The iBible Commercial

In case you missed this at Catalyst West Coast last week, here's the video you've been waiting for. Thanks Tripp!

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

Atone(ment) in Santa Rosa, Ca

Yesterday the Student Ministries of New Vintage Church hosted some of my friends from Fresno. They played a strong, heart-felt worship set at an event called Rush Hour. It's the first of several events like this. We'll continue them in the fall. But here's the set list:

Broadcast (Fee)
Light of Salvation (Desperation Band)
Break Free (Hillsong United)
We Shine (Fee)
Awaken Us (Casey Darnell)
-Testimony from Haylie Royce (Bass Guitar/Vocals)-
Your Love Never Fails (Chris Quilala)
-Testimony from Micah Foster (Vocals)-
Glory to God Forever (Fee/Beeching)
From the Inside Out (Hillsong United)
Glorious One (Fee)
-Testimony from Kaleb Smith (Drums)-
How He Loves (Eddie Kirkland)
-Testimony from Chris Hudiburgh (Electric Guitar/Vocals)-
Lift High (Eddie Kirkland)
Hosanna (Hillsong United)

After the event we went to Carmen's Burger Bar and had a great time unpacking the evening. We each had students come up to us and talk about how they appreciated our honesty and our stories. It was a very fulfilling night for everyone. Thank you Atone(ment) for coming up and helping us out!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Recap

Easter Sunday has come and gone again at New Vintage Church (web/twitter). I don't want to say too much, but rather leave you with some iPhone pics and a video I took from my flip mino. Not great quality, but that's okay.

Production Team: Who was on?
Pro Presenter- Greg C.
Stage Right- Wes
Stage Left- Don F. & Dan
Sound- Kelsey
Stage Setup- John I. & Duane
Producer- Micah

WINS from this past weekend:
  • We packed out two services a the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts!
  • The production crew was lightning fast-despite the 6:45am call time!
  • There was a huge energy in the room, especially during first service! People were moved. I heard about people "laughing, crying and being impacted."
  • The song "Overcome" along with the video was a huge hit! People cheered after the video faded out and the band did a great job leading us into worship.
  • I saw people really responding in worship. It's great to see surrender in worship. People were prasing God by singing out, dancing around, raising their hands and their hearts!
  • Jack Blades, of Night Ranger, did a great job with his orginal song, "Long to be Close to You" and people really enjoyed the "My Sweet Lord" song as well. (Watching Wes and Dan act as the choir was possibly the most humorous moment of the morning)
  • The old hymn, "Jesus Paid It All" revamped was a big hit. People told me after the service that they loved it!
  • Randy Waller stepped up and took care of a little tech. emergency. We left an in-ear monitor at the old building and he found a way to get it for us! Thanks Randy!
  • Dan Fisher programmed out two moving lights that sit on the ground at the back of the stage. Don and Dan had fun building an incredible lighting experience for us from backstage!
  • After Jack Blades played the first service without his acoustic plugged in we had a revelation - he needs a roadie - pretty funny.
  • Dan Fisher is also responsible for getting a live video feed to the screens in the lobby as well as lowering our projector screens so that people's necks don't hurt while looking at them! Thanks Dan!
  • I also heard about a little girl in the bathroom singing the song "One Way" after the service. So great to see people connecting with lyrics and melodies that praise Him!
Here are some quotes I've seen on Facebook over the past few hours:

"Wow Easter Service was SO good!!!!! I laughed, I cried I danced!!!!"
"Such a great Easter service experience!"
"Wonderful Easter Service, my son was visiting from NY and loved it so did my daughter and her bf."
"This morning was awesome. Thanks so much....I'm sure it took a huge about of thought, time, energy, and prayer to put it all together."
"Hey Andy, Church was AMAZING today! Thanks!!!! Happy Easter to you and your family."
"God was using you, Andy! The service was great!! God is faithful!!"
"Awsome service today!! I was speechless and that is hard to do!"

We'd love to hear your stories about Easter. Were you impacted? Did you bring people that were impacted? Share with us on facebook here.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Easter Video Invite

Here's a quick video from Andy VomSteeg (twitter/blog) inviting people to New Vintage Church for Easter. Pass this invite on to everyone you know in Sonoma County! Services are at 9:30am and 11:15am at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.

RSVP on Facebook here.

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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Easter @NewVintageWFC

Easter is right around the corner ~ This Sunday, April 12.

We're looking forward to seeing you and your family celebrate with us this weekend. Our Saturday evening service will be cancelled, just this once ... but we'll be adding a second Sunday morning service at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Come early for the 9:30am service, or sleep in a little and join us at 11:15am.

We're thrilled to announce that  JACK BLADES of NIGHT RANGER will be singing for us, too, so don't miss this weekend! Most importantly, don't come alone! Easter is the perfect time to invite your family and friends that don't have a regular church home, and we want to meet them.
Click on the link below for a special Easter Invitation from Andy.
Pass it along to at least 10 of your friends and ask them to do the same.  Don't forget to post it to your twitter blogs, myspace and facebook profiles, too!

Here's the Facebook Event Invite!

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Monday, April 06, 2009

My Screaming Wife // 3

It's been a few months since Erica had a good scream. You may remember two previous posts about her screaming (first, second). Yesterday we broke that streak. Here's Erica's version of the story. Now it's time for mine.

We went to Fresno for the weekend to attend a funeral, spend time with Erica's family and hang out with Paul and Jenn before their baby arrives. We left Fresno yesternacht and started on our journey. We stopped for gas just off I-5 and Highway 33 and got some snacks as well. When we got back on the road I heard a strange noise coming from my side of the car. I wasn't sure what it was and it didn't sound like anything car-related so I thought nothing of it. A few minutes later I felt something on my neck. I reached to scratch and nothing was there. No big deal, right? Then I felt something again. This time when I reached - I felt a large bug (about 1.5 inches long). I grabbed for it and it climbed onto my hand. I then, very calmly said, "Erica, yawn, I'm going to roll down the window."

At this point in the story you may have one or two questions. The first one might be something like this, "Why did you tell her to yawn?" When you're traveling along a highway or interstate and you open the window - the air pressure changes and can sometimes hurt your ears. If you yawn it helps your ears adjust easier. The second questions might be, "Why did you calmly say that?" That's also easy. My wife does not like bugs!

So I opened the window and the bug jumped towards my face. I dodged it by doing the Night at the Roxbury headbop move.. At this point Erica is a little freaked out. "What are you doing?!" she exclaimed. I said, "There's a bug in here and I was trying to get it out." BIG MISTAKE. I should not have told her about the bug or that face that I had lost it INSIDE the CAR. I could see the panic in her face welling up. I tried to open the windows again and I could hear it making a strange noise somewhere by my head, but I didn't know where. I finally realized it was on my seatbelt where it connects to the side of the car. It then moved to my headrest. What I did next - you should not try at home, learn from my mistakes. I then told her exactly where it was. Erica took one look at it and then a large breath. Then it began. The scream. "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!" She yelled and yelled and yelled. She said, "I can't do it! I can't do this! Pull over, pull over, pull over!!!!!"

What happened next terrified me. She unbuckled and latched onto the door handle. Need I remind you that we are traveling on the I-5 North, in the middle of Nowhere, Ca and I have not slowed down yet? I could just imageine what sort of logic is going through her brain. "My chances are better doing a tuck-and-roll out of this moving car on the freeway than with this mutant insect!" I pulled over through the bumpity-bumpity wake-up call slites in the pavement and screached to a halt. Erica jumped out of the car screaming, crying - hysterical. I can only imagine what the drivers passing by thought was happening. I found the bug, grabbed a plastic bag and put it inside. I contained it. But Erica would not come back in until I threw it out the window.

She slowly stepped back into the car, shut the door - crying and I comforted her. "It's okay, it's okay, it's gone." She slowly calmed herself and began the after-screaming-stage. Laughing. (What I didn't mention above was that the way she was reacting was actually making me laugh the entire time. I don't recommend you laugh at your screaming wife.) I slowly pulled back out on the the 5 and we were on our way again. A few minutes later I said, "I feel another blog post coming on."

Honestly, the bug looked like a mix between the two bugs below. A true mutant bug. It was large.

Giant grasshopper (Tropidacris cristata), Caribbean coast of Panama by artour_a.
When was the last time you had a good scream?

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Production Team WINS // 3-28 & 3-29

Here are some WINS from last weekend:

The Team:
Saturday - Kyle, Jim, and Micah
Sunday - Kelsey, Sy Richardson, Wes, John Iervolino and Micah
Sunday Night (Special Service) - Kyle, Jim, Seth and Micah
  • Last weekend was what I call headache galore weekend. We had all kinds of technical problems - but despite our equipment or manual failures - God shines through!
  • Andy said he continues to see more and more people he has never met - this is huge. It is partially due to the fact that our visiting people are returning. They're having a great experience and coming back! That's huge!
  • People loved the interview with Ken Johnson ( on Saturday night and the special service on Sunday night. Andy said he's getting email after email telling him how much they enjoyed the experience. Thanks to Kyle, Jim and Seth for stepping up for that service.
  • I had several people ask for a recording of Sunday night's service - they connected with the material and wanted to share it with others.
  • GroupLink went great - lots of people signed up to be in small groups for the first time!
  • Our screens were a big issue on Sunday - sometimes God likes to stick his finger in the machine so that we don't forget...He is in charge, He makes it all happen - He just allows us to be a part of the process.
  • We're expecting 1800-2000 people for Easter! Wow - 2 Services and packin' it out! I'm excited.
  • John I. and the set up team actually talked about some biblical stuff on Sunday. That's the first time the WFCA guys have really show an interest in knowing what we believe about certain issues. Keep praying more opportunities to talk about the gospel present themselves.
  • Do you have some wins?
The first picture is from the Sun night service.
The second picture is from a moment I had with God this past week. Have you had any moments with God lately? Find time. This always humbles me - Ecc. 5:1-7.

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