February 16, 2024

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends.  Happy Friday to you!

It’s time for my weekly email update so let’s get started.

First of all, how about that Super Bowl Party?!  What a great time.  You guys know how to throw a party!  Big thank you’s to all the people who helped set up and tear down and brought tons of food. It was a really great time.  I love the way this community knows how to hang out and have a great time together. What a joy to be part of this church family with you all.

And how about that sermon that Snake brought in the morning?!  Great job, Snake!   If you missed it, or want to see it again, we just grabbed the sermon portion from the Facebook Live video and dropped it on Youtube, so you can watch it right here:

 

Fighting the Good Fight of the Faith

In the New Testament, the Christian life is often compared to one of the events at the Olympic Games.  That makes sense because all of the churches Paul planted had Greek Members, and the Games were a big part of their culture.  For example, in his letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul writes:

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 1:9:24-27)

A common metaphor compares our life in Christ to a fight, referring to both the wrestling match in the games as well as a military battle.  As we were finishing our focus on missions for the month of January I began praying what we should focus on next in our Sunday mornings, and I felt drawn to the phrase, “Fight the good fight of the faith”.  I’ll leave it as your assignment before Sunday to find some places where this phrase occurs in the Scriptures, but for this Sunday I’m going to focus on this phrase in 1 Timothy 6:12.   You would do well to read the beginning of chapter 6 (if not the entire letter) before Sunday.  I’m going to try to answer three questions that come up when I read this text: 1) What is “the faith”? 2) Who is our opponent in this fight?  and 3) What is the “Good” fight and how do we fight it?

I hope you’ll come prepared to worship the Lord at 9:30, and then to study His Word together as we grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Soaking Worship & Prayer Night

Everyone is invited for a special Sunday Evening worship service — join us for intimate unstructured worship and song, prayer and ministry 💕 Hope to see you this Sunday at 6 pm!

Finally, I’ll repeat what I’ve mentioned in previous weeks’ email updates:  we are collecting 2 different things – blankets, and women’s clothing.  Here’s the details:

Collecting Blankets for the Unsheltered

Here’s a recent note I saw from Convicted for Christ on social media:

Michael and I were out again this morning with supplies for a Bunch of cold, wet and tired folks. Beginning tomorrow our emphasis will shift to resupplying blankets that were rendered useless by the rain.
Temperatures are forecasted to drop and we are in dire need of blankets…Now!
If you have blankets to spare PLEASE contact us at C4C and we will arrange to get them.
Once again, this need is Now! Thanks for your support. ❤️
Sleeping bags and tents would also be Great…

The “Michael” in that note is, of course Michael Aplikowsky.  Please get your blankets, sleeping bags, and tent donations ready, then on Sunday look for Michael to find out how to get them to him.  AND perhaps more importantly, talk to Michael about joining the C4C team in taking these donations to our neighbors in need where you’ll find opportunities to minister the love of Jesus’ Kingdom in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Collecting Women’s Business-Casual Clothing

On Sundays we are still collecting women’s nice, business casual clothing.  We plan to do an outreach at a later date with these clothing items, so bring your clothing donations and look for the labeled bin in the lobby on Sunday morning. Please call Kim Ohst at 760.519.4558 for more details.

And that’s it for this week’s email.  Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you on Sunday morning.  If you have to be away for any reason you can still join us online via zoom with this info:  Zoom Meeting ID  153 112 432, Passcode 684814. You may also join us on Facebook Live at facebook.com/gracevcf.

with love and blessings to each of you,

Ron Ohst


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