September 17, 2021

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends,

I’m writing this email from our hotel room in Santa Barbara.  This morning we helped our daughter Charissa move into her new room in the undergraduate apartments  at UC Santa Barbara.

UCSB has a beautiful campus, right on the coast in Santa Barbara – here’s a pic we took while walking around the campus.  We’re going to miss our daughter, but are also very happy to see her launch off on her adventure of studying to be a high school English teacher.  She’s transferring from Mira Costa Jr College, so she’s already a junior.  As I mentioned last Sunday, her going off to school highlights an opportunity to serve at Grace Vineyard – Charissa has been loving serving in our children’s ministry since she was quite young, and we really need some more of us to volunteer to fill her shoes.  If you’re ready to dive into service, contact our Children’s Ministry Director Debby Gidley at debby@gracevcf.org or 760-754-2974.

Here’s some important info about what’s happening at Grace  Vineyard

Better Together Part 2

Last week we began a 2 part series called Better Together.  This Sunday pastor Steve Rogers will bring the 2nd part.  If you missed part 1, or would like to hear it again, you can listen to it on our podcast at gracetalks.org

We’re talking about the Biblical principle that it’s not only better for us to serve Christ together, it’s essential! God has chosen to fulfill His purposes in us and through us in the context of serving His mission together.

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:

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 it has been a beautiful time week after week as we experience the rich presence of the Lord in intimate worship, and are being empowered in the Word together. 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.

New Baseboard Coming in October

Of course you’re all getting used to the beautiful flooring in the lobby and terrace.  If you’re wondering about the baseboard, I wanted to let you know that our contractor should be installing it the first week of October, so get  ready for it to look even nicer.  The next phase in the flooring will be replacing the carpet down the aisles and in front of the stage.  We still have the need to receive donations for the building fund as we keep moving forward. If you’d like to contribute, just mention “Building Fund” in the notes if you are using online giving (see the donate button at the end of this email), or on the envelope, or check memo if you are giving in person.

That’s all for now.  See you soon!

Blessings and love to each of you,

Ron Ohst


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