Grace Vineyard Update 12-25-2020
Merry Christmas, Everybody!
I hope you are having a wonderful day celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Messiah! Last night’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service was so wonderful. Thank you to all who worked to bring that together, and thank you all for coming and celebrating Jesus with us. We are blessed!
I want to give you just a quick update to let you know what’s coming up this weekend at Grace. On Sunday (December 27) we will be having an online only worship service via zoom (and Facebook Live). Many of you will remember a few years back when we had a guest speaker named Michael Cohen from Chosen People Ministries. Michael will be joining us again this coming Sunday with a special message about “Christmas through Jewish Eyes”. Chosen People Ministries began way back in 1894 when a Jewish immigrant to the United States read a copy of the New Testament in Hebrew and came to realize that Yeshua (Jesus) really is the Messiah, and entered into a saving relationship with Him. It became his life mission to share the good news of Yeshua with fellow Jews. Chosen People Ministries continues today with that same mission – their mission statement is: “Chosen People Ministries exists to pray for, evangelize, disciple, and serve Jewish people everywhere and to help fellow believers do the same.” You’re going to love Michael Cohen! If you have any Jewish friends who might be interested, be sure to invite them. In fact, I encourage you to invite friends from all backgrounds to join us online.
About Michael Cohen
A native of the San Fernando Valley, California, Michael Cohen was raised in a conservative Jewish home. He attended Hebrew School as a boy, and after his Bar Mitzvah, he went on to excel as a student of history. However, during his late teens and early twenties, he banished all thoughts of God and began a life that included many self-destructive behaviors. For a number of years, Michael occasionally returned to his Jewish roots but could find no comfort or guidance there.
After his graduation from college, Michael went to work for a car rental company. There, through a series of unlikely circumstances, he met a young Jewish believer named Lisa. He was curious about her faith, and after reading a copy of the New Testament she had given him, he accepted the Lord.
Since then, Michael has served as deacon, elder, and teacher in a Messianic congregation. He later married Lisa, who has also served in ministry to Jewish people. They are presently raising support. Michael completed his Masters of Arts in InterculturalStudies with a Jewish emphasis. Currently, Michael and Lisa are in the Los Angeles area and serving as missionaries with Chosen People Ministries. They are building the children’s program at their local Messianic Congregation, Shuvah Yisrael, discipling both Jewish seekers into the faith as well as new Jewish believers, and communicating the gospel to the interfaith community through specifically sensitive outreaches.
Here’s the Zoom info (same as always):
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Meeting ID: 153 112 432
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For the Facebook live stream, go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/gracevcf
Thank you for your Christmas Gifts
A huge THANK YOU! to all who gave donations for our Christmas Benevolence. This week we were able to give away $4750 in Christmas gifts to people in our congregation who could really use a financial boost at Christmas time. You are a very generous congregation, and that makes you a lot like Jesus! I’m a happy pastor!!
And that’s it for this email; I’m gonna get back to enjoying this holiday. God bless each of you richly. Hope to see you Sunday online at 9:30!
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!