The Vineyard Church in Hopewell Junction, NY was started as a Bible Study/Home Group in 1995 by Lou and Patti Federico. As it grew it became clear that the Lord was establishing a vibrant community to proclaim His Kingdom here in the Hudson Valley. In August of 1996 a facility was given to us, and because of the Lord's faithfulness, we have continued to grow and see the Lord do some marvelous and wondrous things. Many of those who come to this Vineyard were not "church-goers" before, and that was our aim. They found faith and renewed hope as they connected in some way with us, not because we are so great, but because we are connected to Jesus. We began to have many ways people could connect with what God was doing through us, whether it became a small group studying the Bible, a women or men's group, a group which cares for the hungry or reaches out to the least, or even an interest group such as bikers, parent or marriage groups. All were initiated to enhance people's lives and experiences with God. We developed a statement about ourselves which simply says our goal is "To grow in our relationship with God both as individuals and together, and to reflect Him to those around us and to each other.
We see our mission coming directly from Jesus' comments concerning the greatest commandment found in Matthew 22:34-40. We hold as our highest purpose to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. As followers of Jesus, we consider relationship with Him, and our reflecting His likeness, to be our ultimate aim (Psalm 17:15, 27:8, Ephesians 5:1). As branches attached to the vine, we recognize we can do nothing without him, especially of any "eternal" value (John 15:5). As understudies of Jesus, we are about fulfilling His purposes on earth, which He said was to "seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 4:18-19). Therefore we see ourselves not as establishing a name for ourselves, or the Vineyard, but to continue that which Jesus is still doing today! Our mission is His mission, and we endeavor to make His model our model, in word, deed, attitude and relationships.
If you have any questions about any of this please feel free to contact us or simply come by and visit. We'd love to meet you!