June 14, 2024

Hello Grace Vineyard Family and Friends,

Happy Friday to you!

I feel full.  Full both in the physical sense (cuz I just ate a delicious salmon dinner made by my daughter), and full in the metaphorical sense because I’ve had so many wonderful interactions with people this week.  I hope you all are making it a point to have some kind of interaction with other people during your week.  It could begin as simply as sending someone a text and saying you were thinking about them and wondering how they’re doing and seeing if there’s anything you can support them in prayer about.  A text like could lead to a deeper conversation.  It could even turn into a “Holy Hello”. 🙂

Last Sunday we opened up the 2nd chapter of 1 Thessalonians together, and there were some thoughts about having meaningful connections with other people.  But the best part was the beginning, when Mark Newell shared his story of how he became a follower of Jesus.  If you missed it, you gotta watch it! His story is so good!!

You can watch it right here on YouTube:

Father’s Day at Grace Vineyard

This coming Sunday is Father’s Day.  Our Men’s Ministry has prepared a gift for every man in the building.  And Steve Rogers will be preaching a message called “The Strength of a Father” that will be an encouragement not only to fathers, but to all of us who have suffered disappointment but learned how to stay steadfast in our trust that God will still bring our situation to a good end.  The Strength of a Father lies in his commitment to trust God no matter what.  The message is built on the story of a deathly ill little girl and her father’s pursuit of Jesus to heal her.  You can read about the story in Matthew 5:21-43.  I’d recommend we all take a few minutes to read that story as we prepare our spirits to receive what God has for us this Sunday morning.

True Valor Men’s Conference

Here’s something cool for the men to put on their calendars.  On August 23-24 we are joining with Men from all over North County for a Men’s Conference at Oceanside Calvary Chapel.  If you don’t know, we live in a county that has unusual levels of unity and relationship amongst churches.  In fact I was just with a pastor from New York who is working with a multi-church outreach we are planning for July, and he mentioned how unique it is here in San Diego.  So men, we’re going to get together with men from churches all over our county for a conference designed to help us confront the deadliest manslayers of our times.  Here’s the details from the webpage for the conference:

North County Men’s Conference
August 23-24, 2024

Friday 5:00pm- 9:30pm (Includes Dinner)
Saturday 8:00am – 3:00pm (Includes Lunch)

The Men of North County will be rallying for a two-day conference called True Valor: Confronting the Deadliest Manslayers of Our Times. This conference will intentionally address the most common vices and evils that attack men, while offering an armory of practical tools and weapons to equip you to be the Priest, Provider and Protector you are called to be.

This conference will be many churches, but one brotherhood. This is a charge to every man, and to neighboring and local churches to confront these manslayers with us as a united force. This is a call for men to stand and fight. This is a call for True Valor.

For more info, contact Snake (Richard) Ertel at 760-622-4572, or check out the conference website at: https://www.calvaryoceanside.org/truevalor.
Also, check out this video for the conference:
If you didn’t recognize them, those men speaking in the video were all local pastors from San Diego.  It is going to be so inspiring to gather with these pastors and men from churches all over our county to worship, learn, and get equipped to more fully pursue the Lord in our time.  Let’s see how many Men of Grace will come together in August!
And that’s it for today’s update email.  I know some folks look in this email for the online church links, so here you go: If you are not able to be with us in person this Sunday, you can always join online via the Zoom app with this info:  Zoom Meeting ID  153 112 432, Passcode 684814. You may also join us on Facebook Live at facebook.com/gracevcf.
Have a great Saturday!
Oh wait… one more thing you might be interested in:  I will be flying out to Denver on Saturday (so that’s why you won’t see me in church this week).  I’m heading out to the Vineyard National Conference which goes Monday – Thursday.  I’m leaving a couple days early so I can go visit my step mom and sister on Saturday and Sunday.  The Vineyard national conferences have always been a huge blessing to me.  Some of sessions will be live streamed, and the info for how to join us online is all right here: https://vineyardusa.org/live-stream-vineyardtlo/.
With blessings and love to each of you,
Ron Ohst

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