February 23, 2024

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends of Grace.

Right now it is just after 7pm on Friday night, and I want to get this email to you ASAP so that I can give you a reminder about tomorrow’s outreach before it’s too late.  So I might cut this a little shorter than usual and just give you three things.  Let’s go…

Outreach Tomorrow (Saturday, February 24)

Our Missions Month has been over for a few weeks already, but I still have the theme “Jesus says, ‘GO!'” on my mind and heart.  That’s why I want to make sure none of you forget that we have really great opportunity right here in Oceanside to engage in Kingdom Ministry.  Convicted For Christ has partnered with Humanity Showers to put on a monthly Homeless Outreach and Shower Ministry. Humanity Showers provides mobile showers and so much more to serve basic needs of unsheltered people in our community. You would do well to check out the Humanity Showers website at https://www.humanityshowers.org/ Their founder, Jordan Verdin, has a remarkable story and has created a remarkable organization.  You’ll want to read the STORIES section of their website which has beautiful photos of local homeless people, and when you click on each photo you’ll get their personal story.

The Homeless/Shower Ministry runs from 7:45am to 11am on the last Saturday of every month.  Here’s some bullet points you’ll want to know:

  • Set up starts at 7am if you want to be part of the set up crew.
  • All volunteers, intake, safety talk, assignments, and prayer at 7:45 AM
  • Showers and food to start at 8 AM.
  • Cleanup and breakdown starts at 10:30 AM.
  • Final breakdown, cleanup, and end of service 11 AM.
  • Volunteer opportunities to Serve will be at:
  1. Hygiene, shampoo, soap, and towel distribution table.
  2. Clothing, intake, and distribution tables.
  3. Food prep, and distribution both.
  4. Shower trailer. Task will include intaking information for clients to take a shower/maintaining the list. Cleaning showers in between each shower and monitoring time management for each shower.
  5. Additional volunteers always welcome to help pray for, cleanup, pick up trash, serve, love on, all other volunteers and Homeless clients as a Romer/fill in a needed spot as needed.

The address is; 212 N Clementine Oceanside CA 92054 Park anywhere on the street and walk to the site. All volunteers requested to be there no later than 7:45 AM to get mandatory safety talk as well as the assignments for the day.

I really hope a bunch of us from Grace Vineyard will jump on this opportunity to join Jesus in His mission!  You will engage with people who have come under the oppression of Satan’s ruthless attacks, and you will counter those attacks with the simple and powerful love of Jesus.  You’ll probably have an opportunity to offer to pray for someone, and in that moment you’ll be engaging in The Good Fight of the Faith as we talked about last Sunday.  For some of us, we’re gonna have to “cross the chicken line”, but trust me, it’s worth it!  There’s no greater joy than participating in the advancement of God’s Kingdom!

Newcomer’s Luncheon on March 3

I’ve been meeting a lot of new people in the last month or two on Sunday mornings, and we’ve decided to put on a luncheon so we can get to know each other better.  If you are new to Grace Vineyard in the past two or three months, would you join me and some of the other ministry leaders for lunch after church on March 3rd?  I’ll tell you a little bit more of our church history and vision and try to answer any questions you might have about us.  We are so happy you are here, and want to help you get more connected with this family I have grown to love so much!  We’ll pass around a sign up sheet on Sunday morning so we can get a good count for the food.  You can also send an email to info@gracevcf.org, or send a text to 760-754-2974 to let us know you’d like to join us.

Fighting the Good Fight of the Faith, week 2

Last Sunday I began speaking on the theme “Fighting the Good Fight of the Faith”.  If you missed the message, or would just like to hear it again for a refresher, we uploaded the sermon to Youtube today.  You can watch it here:

All week long I had been planning on continuing the theme by looking at Ephesians 6 with you and talking about “Armor of God”. This is a passage of scripture that has helped literally millions of Jesus followers throughout the ages, and we just might get to it on a Sunday soon, but not this week.  The typical approach is to discuss the various pieces of armor and how they protect us when we are attacked spiritually.  Since I mentioned it, I’ll just drop the text right here:

Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

But just a few hours ago as I was praying I felt a leading to goin  a different direction this week.  I feel led that we are to look at the scriptural teaching regarding being on the offensive against the kingdom of darkness.  My attention was drawn to Luke 11 where Jesus sends out 72 unnamed disciples and when they come back from their ministry trip, Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.  I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 11:18-20).  In this passage, it’s the Kingdom of God that is forcefully advancing against the kingdom of darkness.  “Forcefully Advancing”: that language comes from another Biblical passage.   In Matthew’s gospel we read the words of Jesus: “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  (Matthew 11:12). 

In the “good fight of the faith” we are forcefully advancing like a liberating army setting free those who have been held captive by an evil force.  Yes, there are attacks against us as well, and we need the armor of God as protective gear in this spiritual fight, and we’ll learn what the Word of God has to say about that in the future, but this week, we’re going to study “Forcefully Advancing” in the good fight of the faith.

I’m gonna end this email right here so that I can get it to you while you still have time to read it on Friday night.

Try to show up tomorrow for the outreach, and I’ll see you all 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 blessing to each of you,

Ron Ohst


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