September 11, 2021

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends,

If the saying is true – “better late than never” – then I should be in good standing with this email!  I always like to send you all a greeting and a reminder of upcoming events around Grace Vineyard, but usually a bit earlier in the weekend.  It’s about 7pm right now on Saturday, and I just got back from officiating at a beautiful wedding celebration.  Congratulations to Michelle Dilley and Gary Lee, the new Mr. and Mrs. Ernst!  What a joy to see 2 people united in the Lord!

Here’s a quick update today about this weekend and some upcoming events you’ll want to keep in mind:

I hope you’ll join us tomorrow for our time together in worship and the Word.  I’ll be launching a short 2 week series called “Better Together”.  We’ll look at why we who follow Jesus are not only better together, but it is essential that we work together in this life in Christ.  We cannot accomplish the Mission that He’s called us to, and we cannot even grow in Christlikeness as He has planned for us unless we do it together.  We will be on Zoom for those who can’t join us in person.  Here’s the info you need: Zoom Meeting ID  153 112 432, Passcode 684814. You may also join us on Facebook Live at facebook.com/gracevcf.

Men’s Event This Coming Monday

Men, after weeks of reminders, our time has finally come.  We will be gathering with men from various men’s ministries around North County for an all-you-can-eat Big Texas BBQ on Monday night, September 13th, at 6:30pm.  Our event is outdoors at The River Gardens, 390 Mimosa Ave, in Vista.  If you can come, please send a quick note to Ron Hartnett at rhartnett@vistaassembly.com to let him know you’re coming.  He’d also appreciate your name and mobile number in that email so he can let you know about future regional men’s ministry events. Also Men, please remember that we are making plans for a return to Palomar Mountain for our Men of Grace Retreat, March 18-20.  It’s still some months away, but we need to know soon if you’ll be going so we can reserve your space at the conference center.  Contact Snake (Richard) Ertel for more info at 760-622-4572 or rertel777@gmail.com for all the details.  Note that if you send the church $20 every month starting now, when you get to March you’ll have the retreat registration already paid for!  Just mention “Men’s Retreat” in the memo line of a check, or in the notes area of an online donation.

Taking Care of Orphans

One of the missions that is very close to our hearts at Grace is Breath of Heaven Children’s Ministries in Zambia, Africa.  We have partnered with this organization since it’s beginning, and have watched through the years as little children were rescued from abject poverty and given a hope and a future.  Those first kids are now in college!  What a joy it has been to see this ministry flourish.  Coming up next Saturday, September 18th, we are having our annual fundraising event.  I hope many of you will come.  You’ll hear amazing stories of what is happening at Breath of Heaven, and be given an opportunity to support this ministry.

Two New Women’s Bible Studies

For the Women of Grace, we are excited to launch 2 new Bible Studies.

The first is a Monday Night Bible Study meeting on Zoom. Beginning Monday, October 4th, we’ll be going through Bible Studies for Life: Answers to Tough Questions.   We’ll have prayer at 6:30 and the study will begin at 7pm.   This study will help us as followers of Christ carefully consider what we believe, especially looking at the scriptures for truth and understanding. Cost for this 6 week study is $15.  Please sign up and pay by Sunday, September 26th. Here’s a link to pay women’s study payment please note that it’s for the women’s Monday study.   If you have any questions, please call Robin Spillman 760.583.3677.

The second one will be on Saturday Mornings from 10-11am beginning on October 2nd.  We’ll go through “When God Shows Up” by StoryTellers Live via Zoom.    In this study, we’ll listen to a podcast of a woman’s story and explore God’s truth in her story through a workbook with questions and scripture.  The cost of the study is $20.  Please sign up by Sunday, September 26th.   If you have any questions, please call Kim Ohst 760.519.4558.

For either of these new studies you can either bring the payment to the sign up table on Sunday morning at church, or you can click on the following button for our online payment system:

Women’s Batiquitos Lagoon Saturday Walk

One more women’s event to put on your calendars: We’ll meet at the Batiquitos Lagoon Nature Center (7380 Gabbiano Lane, Carlsbad) at 9am Saturday, September 18th.  This is such a pretty walk around the lagoon.  Please let Kathy Green know if you plan to attend 760.583.1779.

Join Us For Sunday Nights At Grace

Finally, we hope you’ll all check out our new Sunday Night Gathering!  We start at 6pm every Sunday Night and are having beautiful, intimate, encounters with the Lord in Worship, the Word, Prayer Ministry, and Fellowship.  This week Pastor Steve Rogers will be continue teaching in his series on Luke and Acts.  If you’d like to know more about it, or find out how you can serve, please contact Steve at 760-500-4324 or srogers@gracevcf.org.

That’s it for tonight.  See you all tomorrow.  Don’t forget to invite friends and family to join us on Sunday Mornings. (Maybe you should text an invite to someone right now!)

Blessings and love to each of you,

Ron Ohst


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