VINEYARD CHURCH OF HOUSTON
This is by far the largest church I've ever been connected to.
The group is thriving and has planted a number of offshoot congregations.
There are about 300 members and the pastor is Michael Palandro. Sermons (when I listened to them anyway) seemed down to earth and worship music was good if a bit loud.
People there are quite friendly. I don't believe in God anymore but this is a decent church as churches go.
They also do a lot to help people. On the evening of December 17, 2016, they had an Art Market, and I attended that, selling a few handcrafted artworks with 40% of the sale amount (at my booth, anyway) going to charities helping provide clean water for poor villages.
This event was worth attending for anyone feeling a desire to give back during the holiday season.
There were free drinks and food there (refreshments) and carols and a live nativity. There were also a lot of vendors selling artworks to visitors.
10% of the sale value normally goes towards Advent Conspiracy's goal of providing clean drinking water to impoverished areas of the world.
Some of the vendors give more than the baseline 10%; I was giving 40% of all sale amounts I raised to this cause.
I ended up selling three items in all, totalling $65 in sales, of which I kept $39. If the church does this again next year (2017) definitely keep an eye out for my booth.
I'm pricing my work about 35-40% lower per square inch, than most comparable items sold on eBay, which is to say my biggest items are still under $100 (yes even the one that is a staggering 36" x 54".)
All of the handmade items I actually sold were oil pastel this year. Again, next time this happens you really should show up to this if you're in the Houston Texas area, it was awesome.
I am also likely to play a role in a video production group at the Houston Vineyard (a life group in Q2 2017) so keep an eye out for more news on that when we've gotten to that point.
LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING A FEW FRIENDS DROP BY TO THIS.