Every church has strengths that fit perfectly into the Body of Christ as a whole. Spindle City Vineyard Church is a significant piece of that puzzle. Pastor Brittney Moore, who is expecting a child next month, came over to greet us. Instantly I sensed her genuineness and felt a connection to her. She and I had first met well over a decade ago, and it is such a blessing to see how God has us both in very different places today. Back then she was the church secretary, but now she was standing before me as the lead Pastor. She had worked diligently and was faithful to the call God had on her life. No doubt the Lord is saying to her, “Well done my good and faithful servant!” And it’s beautiful to see her husband, Tim Moore, serving here as Children’s Pastor. Britney and Tim met at this church serving alongside each other. Today they continue to serve God together, now as husband and wife.
Housed in the historic First Methodist building, the atmosphere in this church is casual with a modern feel. As I was making my way back from the kitchen area, it was 10:30 am and the service was about to begin. Chris Milkins introduced himself from behind the keyboard. He played beautifully as he poured himself into the worship. The sound of just his keyboard with the voices of the saints was so intimate, enabling me to hear the Father’s voice with such clarity. Every note played was exactly perfect. Every song sung had new depth and meaning.
Pastor Brittney shared a plethora of church announcements before beginning her message entitled “Ditching Bad Habits”. Her message was powerful, practical and so applicable to my own life. She began by stating that our lives are made up of our choices. We have small choices to make (i.e., what clothes should we wear) and some that are much bigger (i.e. whom shall we marry). John Maxwell states, “Life is a matter of choices, and every choice you make makes you”. We all have to make choices that either lead to life or lead to death. In Second Samuel, David made a bad decision when he called for Bathsheba and committed adultery. Bad decisions lead to even more bad decisions. Are we willing to remove those things in our life that are not God’s desire for us? Can we let go of those things that didn’t work before? His ways are better than our ways. We cannot allow bad habits to trap us. We need to lay them down and let God show us a better way. “Come as you are, but don’t stay the same” is a motto for all Christians! A good way to ditch our old habits is to create a “clean up crew” of people to help us. So often we want to hide when we have sin in our life, but bearing each other’s burdens is going to help us “own our stuff” and we can grow through it together. As we align to God’s will, He will “provide a way of escape” (1 Corinthians 10:13). “God is calling us to BETTER, but it means we will have to give up the old.” ~ Pastor Brittney
We then had ministry time as Pastor Brittney prayed for the Holy Spirit to help us. She invited people to come up for prayer, and there were several intercessors available at the altar. As we prayed from our seats, Chris began to lead us with the song “Lord, I Need You” (the modern version by Matt Maher). Simple, pure, powerful and free were all words God was speaking to me as we raised our hands in sweet surrender. As I looked around and saw the sincerity of the congregation, I thanked God for this wonderful work at Spindle City Vineyard.
There is a full staff of dedicated people here. They, along with the congregation, are doing wonderful things to reach their community and beyond. Street clean-up is an awesome way to shine God’s light. Other summer events include “Create Night”, “Baptism & BBQ Sunday” and a Women’s Book Study. Sunday morning Bible Study begins at 9:30 am, with service following at 10:30 am. Be sure to arrive early to get a cup of Pure Vida coffee or Stash tea from their café. Their “Kingdom Kids” program runs from 10:15 am until 12:00 pm each Sunday where kids have their own full church service. And every month they hold a “Newcomers Lunch” which is a great way for YOU to get to know the leadership better and share a bit of your own story with them.
As we were leaving, I wondered how many “bad habits” Pastor Brittney had to give up in order to be raised up and into the place she is now. I thought about how many others would be raised up through her obedience. Then I thanked God for her faithfulness. Consider sewing into Spindle City Vineyard and be part of a church that is threading their community with God’s love.
Church Website – http://spindlecityvineyard.com
By Donna Hansen Munafo