December 18, 2021

Hello Grace Vineyard and friends,

Can you believe it – Christmas is one week away!  I hope you’re starting to get into the “Christmas Spirit” and experiencing that wonderful feeling of expectancy this season fills the atmosphere with every year.  Here’s our weekly email update.

We have lots of Christmas events as a church family this year.    What a wonderful time we had at our all church Christmas Party last Sunday.  A big thank you to all of you who came out to celebrate and eat and enjoy sweet fellowship together.  It was a great!  The next party on the calendar takes place this afternoon for the Ladies at 2pm.

Ladies – you’ll have your own very special Christmas Party on Saturday, December 18th, from 2-5pm.  There will be Christmas Carols led by Ammee Huzil, a Christmas Devotional led by Treina Nash, finger foods, a $5 White Elephant gift exchange, a Christmas Craft… and just tons of joyful fellowship.  Contact Kim Ohst for more info at 760-519-4558 or kimohst@gmail.com.  Look for a table in the lobby of the church this Sunday for more info.

Then tomorrow for our Sunday worship gathering I’ll be bringing a message called “Making Advent our Story”.

I plan on reading a couple of the prophecies about the Messiah from Isaiah and looking at how those prophecies  can become our own story. If you’d like to prepare your hearts before Sunday morning, read these now:

Isaiah 9:1-7

1 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by the way of the sea, along the Jordan —2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death  a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as men rejoice when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

Isaiah 11:1-4

1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him —  the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord —  3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

We plan on taking communion together, so if you’ll be joining us online instead of in person, be sure to have communion elements available so you can join us. Here’s the online information for your convenience:  Zoom Meeting ID  153 112 432, Passcode 684814.   We’ll also be broadcasting the service on Facebook Live at http://facebook.com/gracevcf.

The Celebrating continues on Monday evening with a “Christmas Carol Jamboree”

Let the Christmas joy continue on Monday, December 20th, 6:30-8:30PM.  A bunch of us are gathering round the piano for indoor caroling at The Nash Home, 936 Sierra Ct, Vista. Join the fun with your clarinet, ukulele, tambourine, etc, or just come lend your voice—music and lyrics will be provided.  Dress for Christmas and bring a favorite holiday appetizer to share. Text your RSVP to Treina Nash @ 760.685.1901

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Our friends at The River Family Church have invited us to join them again this year for Christmas Eve at the River Gardens.  Join us for a beautiful evening under the stars, next to the giant waterfall (if you haven’t seen this place yet, get ready…it’s stunning in its beauty!) with a unique retelling of the Christmas story through song. Of course, we’ll end our evening with everyone  holding a candle while we sing “Silent Night.”  We are planning a 1 hour service from 5-6pm.  This is such a great way to begin your Christmas celebration.

Finally, I want to encourage you to look for the Christmas Tree with Child Sponsorship Ornaments on Sunday morning.  Forty-three of the approximately one hundred orphans living at the Breath of Heaven (BOH) Village in Lusaka, Zambia are not fully sponsored. The purpose of the Christmas Ornament Fundraiser is to find additional sponsors willing commit to ongoing monthly support for each of these children.  Lisa Steenberg will be sitting next to the tree after church on Sunday to answer your questions or help you get connected with a child to sponsor.  I can tell you from personal experience with Breath of Heaven Child Sponsorship that it is a wonderful experience!

And with that, I’ll close this week’s email update.  God bless you richly today.  I look forward to worshiping with you all tomorrow morning!

With blessings and love,

Ron


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