Grace Vineyard Update 11-06-2020

Hi Grace Vineyard and friends,

Welcome to November 2020!  What a week this has been.  We thought we might have elected a new president by now.  Election season can be long and exhausting, and it looks like it’s going to last a lot longer.  Aren’t you thankful that our provision, our hope, our peace and our joy aren’t tied to this world, or its economy, or its political systems?!  No matter who lives in the White House next year, no matter how long it takes for the decision to be made, no matter who is installed in the US Congress, or who leads our states’ governments, we look the to Lord.

Psalms 33:13-22
13 From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind;
14 from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth —
15 he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.
16 No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.

“In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name!”  How I love the strength we gain from  Psalms like this! I hope you all are finding time with the Lord and in His Word, where you can gain the strength and peace you need for life.

Here’s my weekly update with important information for our shared lives in Grace Vineyard.

“Family Service” has moved to our building

We were planning on another “Family Service” for the kids at Buddy Todd park tomorrow afternoon at 3pm, but due to the rain in the forecast, we’ve moved it inside.  We’ll be meeting on the Terrace at the back of our beautiful theater at the same time as planned – 3pm, Saturday, November 7th.  This service is targeted at children ages 2-10 or so, but EVERYONE is welcome!   We’ll have kid’s worship, a Bible story, a craft, and fun games.  Do you have a child somewhere in your life?  Bring them!  For info, contact Kim Ohst at 760-519-4558 or kimohst@gmail.com.

Partners in the Harvest

This month we are focusing on Missions, under the theme “Partners in the Harvest”.  I love this Bible passage from Paul’s letter to the church at Rome. It spells out in simple terms the necessity for churches to send missionaries.

Romans 10:13-15
13…”Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Followers of Jesus must go to every nation and people group to share the Gospel (that’s missions), and somebody has to send them (that’s churches sending missionaries).  In the coming year we hope to increase our involvement in both of these aspects.  We told you in the past weeks that we are very excited to be joining a Vineyard Missions partnership with the Honduras Vineyard churches. This Sunday we will have 3 guests from Vineyard Missions joining us via video to help us understand more fully what our new partnership will look like.

Most of you have already heard Mark Fields, the director of Vineyard Missions, as he has spoken to us on previous occasions.  Mark and his wife Karen have become precious friends over the years, and I look forward to you all getting to hear him again as he shares the heart of Vineyard Missions.  Jenny and Josue Hernandez are new friends from the North Phoenix Vineyard.  They are so excited that our Grace Vineyard is joining them in the Vineyard partnership.  Josue is from Honduras, and both of them lived there for a number of years.  You’re going to love hearing their enthusiasm and vision for serving the wonderful people of Honduras.  This is definitely a  don’t-miss-this-Sunday moment.

We are in building this weekend…but keep praying

This Sunday we get to be in our building again for worship, but keep the COVID-19 situation in your fervent prayers.  If you aren’t aware, I want to make sure you know that San Diego county has taken the first step back into California’s most restrictive “Purple” tier this last week with an increase in Covid-19 cases.  If the case numbers stay high through Tuesday, then San Diego will be moved back into the “substantial spread” purple category with more restrictions, including a prohibition against indoor worship services.  When people take the precautions of keeping at least 6 feet of distance from people we don’t live with, wearing a face covering, and frequent hand washings, viruses don’t spread (of course that means we not only avoid covid-19, but also colds and flus, which is pretty nice). So please do your part, and please pray for this virus to stop spreading!  We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear what happens on Tuesday.

We’ll also be on Zoom and Facebook Live this Sunday for those who will be worshiping with us from home.  Here’s the zoom info (same as before, but repeated here for your convenience):

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/153112432?pwd=WlJjbWZNeHo0NXBKM0VvbDkrYXV2QT09

Meeting ID: 153 112 432

Password: 684814

One tap mobile

+16699009128,,153112432#

For Facebook live go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gracevcf/

We’ve put the lyrics for songs we are planning to sing on Sunday right here – Lyrics for 11-8-2020 – Consider printing these out before Sunday morning.

Tech Team Volunteers Needed

You may have noticed a couple new guys in the tech area on Sundays even when we were meeting in the parking lot and the park.  Their names are Conner and Chuck Hand.  You may recognize them from the California Artist’s Academy.  They’re providing the technical expertise necessary for giving our worshipers on Zoom and Facebook live the best experience possible.   Their home church is North Coast Church in Vista, but they are graciously helping us out for a while until we can recruit, train, and deploy a volunteer team from Grace Vineyard.  If you would be interested in learning how to operate video cameras and run the computers for the online tech, or if you’d like to learn how to operate our sound system where we also need new volunteers, we could sure use you!  Send us an email at info@gracevcf.org and tell us about your interest, and we’ll get going on some training for you.  It’s really fun!  I’d do it, but I kinda have another commitment on Sunday mornings. 😉

That’s all for now.  I hope you have a Grace and joy filled weekend.  See you all on Sunday morning at 9:30!

Blessings and love,

Ron Ohst


Tithes and Offerings Online

Thank you for your generosity and faithfulness! We could not do what we do without you. We believe God has chosen to meet the material needs of His church through the tithes and offerings of His people. (Tithe means literally 1/10 or 10% of our income). We encourage everybody to be committed to a church family, and if Grace Vineyard is where you are committed, we’ve provided this online tool for you; click on the “donate” button below to get started. (Note: if you’re giving an offering for the building fund or the benevolence fund in addition to your tithe, please mention that in the notes section after you land on our paypal page). THANKS for taking ownership in the life and ministry of Grace Vineyard – it takes all of us!