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Hello Haugens

February 24, 2011 — Leave a comment

Paul, Jenn, Grace and soon-to-be-born Baby Haugen have moved to Santa Rosa to work with New Vintage Church in building God’s Kingdom in NorCal. Here’s a little insight into Paul’s personality. Fun guy.

Background.
We went to High School together.
We were in a boy band together.
Our lives have been intertwined.
He’s a great man of God with a great sense of humor.
I encourage you to get to know him and his family.
Also, his baby is due on this Sunday.

Beating Cystic Fibrosis

February 23, 2011 — 5 Comments

My friend Joe Sinnaeve has battled Cystic Fibrosis his entire life.
Joe has been a model of what it means to be a great son.
Yesterday was his biggest fight with the disease and he was victorious.
Not victorious in the worldly sense of the word.
But victorious in the eternal sense.
He lost the physical battle.
But his faith and trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
And Jesus won the war.
Joe is in heaven. No more pain. No more fighting.
No more worrying about blood-sugar levels.
No more dealing with the broken nature of this world.

He is finally disease-free…

So our prayers are no longer for Joe and his health.
They are for Jerry and Wende, his parents.
They are for Brit. They are for those of us left to deal with the grief.
But let’s not forget the miracle that Joe lived this long.
And let’s not forget the miracle that he lives again… disease-free.

Enjoy.

Pssst… you may need to let this load for a couple of minutes before you play it.

Seth Naumann is on location discovering who exactly attends New Vintage church (newvintage.org). The working title of this project was “Awkward Moments with Seth.” Watch to find out why.

In this episode Seth finds Kelli (aka Kelly on the hit reality show “Meet The VomSteegs” – youtube.com/​thevomsteegs) VomSteeg getting her hair cut by Jen Galovich. They were completely surprised.

Fox at Church

February 20, 2011 — Leave a comment

There was a fox at New Vintage this morning! The cold weather is driving all these wild animals down the mountains.

Church in the Peripheral

February 19, 2011 — 2 Comments

The Church is a living organism, the body of Christ, that can not be snuffed out. It is breathing, full of people who have issues. People with pain, scars and dysfunction-galore. But it is still the beautiful and holy body of Christ. One of our biggest issues is being the Church in the peripheral and letting everything else be our focus. The Way, the Christian path, the Church wasn’t mean to be a part-time-when-it’s-convenient-gig. It was meant to be a life-gig. It was meant for every follower of Christ to live in and to be the Church all the time.

I’m not just talking about meeting together on Sundays and in homes for community groups. I’m talking a whole life-style. But we tend to live the Church life in the peripheral. Not even prioritizing the most basic of Christian practices, the Sunday morning gathering of the body of Christ. How can a part of the body of Christ function without communicating with the rest of the body? How can an arm be any good without the hand? How can a foot make any difference without a hip?

Let’s get basic. Let’s begin to prioritize the body and the mission of building the Kingdom of God by Investing in our non-Christian friends and family and Inviting them to join the gathering of the body of Christ.

This is the season finale for season one of “Meet the VomSteegs.” We’ll be shooting a second season, but the release date is TBD. Be on the look out for a new short video series called “On Location with Seth” premiering next week.

Yesterday a student came up to me and told me to check out his friend, who is a Christian rapper, on YouTube. I did. And this is him…

Enjoy the fourth installment of Meet The VomSteeg’s, produced by New Vintage Church. We have fun.

Thoughts from Amy

February 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

I recently saw this blog by Amy Blackmore, a volunteer at New Vintage. Just passing along what one person is thinking and feeling at the beginning of our Game Plan series.

When all else fails- laugh. That’s what I do. Especially since the last two weeks have been filled with failures (on my part) of epic proportion. Well… Sometimes I laugh. Lately I’ve been crying. A lot. Like the snot in your hair, eyes bulging, headache inducing kind of sobs. Big, fat, messy tears. That’s been my last two weeks.

I’m doing everything that everyone else tells me God wants me to do. I work in ‘ministry’ to the poor, I go to church, I give at church, I serve at church, I listen only mostly to Christian music, I blah, blah, blah. You get the point. And some of that makes sense. Some of it is what God wants me to be doing. I don’t want to toss the baby with the bathwater, especially since my church is awesome and my family there keeps me from going completely insane.

But sometimes I wonder what ‘ministry’ is supposed to look like. I have people who keep telling me that ‘ministry’ is different than having a ‘job’. But I’ve never seen my job as anything less than ministry. My life is my ministry, and that includes where I work, how I interact at church, where I shop, how I treat the environment, how I vote, everything. But apparently that’s not right? I don’t know. It kind of reminds me of David trying on Saul’s armor and realizing how it wouldn’t work. I tried to go out with someone else’s armor and it just isn’t working.

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks at New Vintage. Hoping to get some direction on what it is that God wants me to be doing.
But in the meantime, I will laugh. So…

You Might Be a Baptist If:
-You think God’s presence is strongest on the back three pews.
-You have ever put an IOU in the offering plate.
-You think Jesus actually used Welch’s grape juice and saltine crackers.
-You ever wake up in the middle of the night craving fried chicken and interpret that feeling as a call to preach.
-You know who Andy Vomsteeg is.

Family Portrait

February 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

Seth cut this out over the weekend. Pretty cool eh? Need an artist, he’s your man.