July 2, 2021

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends.  Happy Independence Day weekend!  When July 4th comes around every year I like to reflect on some of the God-centered things our founding fathers said in the early days of our nation’s history.  For example, Thomas Jefferson offered this prayer for the United States in 1805:

“Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage. We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those to whom in Thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”

Patrick Henry wrote in 1776,

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”

Some years later in his History of the United States, published in 1832, Noah Webster wrote:

“Almost all the civil liberty now enjoyed in the world owes its origin to the principles of the Christian religion. . . The religion which has introduced civil liberty, is the religion of Christ and his apostles, which enjoins humility, piety, and benevolence; which acknowledges in every person a brother, or a sister, and a citizen with equal rights. This is genuine Christianity, and to this we owe our free constitutions of government.”

Those are just a few of many quotes from the founding fathers that remind us when we are thankful about our nation, that thanks ultimately goes to our Lord.  The Bible says it this way,

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights –James 1:17

Here’s some of the Grace Vineyard happenings you’ll want to be aware of:

Youth Movie Night Tonight

Tonight at 6:30, our Generation Grace youth group (High School and Junior High) is having a moving night in the Upper Room.

So, if you know a student, make sure they know there’s a fun and safe place to be on Friday night this week.

Contact our youth pastor, Lisa Rogers, at 760-696-1994 if you have any questions.

Galatians Study – The Gospel of Grace

On Sunday we’ll be back in Galatians.  This week I plan to read Galatians 3:15-29 with you, so you might want to open your Bible between now and Sunday morning an read Chapter 3 (or just verses 15-29, or better yet, the whole book of Galatians!).  In my prayer and reading time I was drawn to the phrases, “The promises were spoken to Abraham and his seed…” and “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”   I want to explore the idea that along with the rights and benefits that come from this promise we also have a calling and a responsibility to live out the main thrust of the promise to Abraham – “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  That promise was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ, but by being made one with Christ through faith, we become partakers and participants in that promise.  We are called to be a blessing.  Let’s talk about it on Sunday morning.

Bread of Life Tonight

Depending on when you get this email, you might still be able to join us at Bread of Life Rescue mission tonight!  Contact Nancy Beck at 760-696-2078 for more info.

Ladies Purse Sewing Event

Ladies, we have a great day planned for enjoying some sweet fellowship while we work on an important project together.

On Saturday, July 17th, from 9am to 1pm we are going to meet at Treina’s home (936 Sierra Court, Vista) to sew purses.  The purses will be filled with sanitary products before sending them along to girls in Zambia, Africa, along with cards that we will also be making.  One of the effects of extreme poverty is that girls without access to sanitary products often miss school and lose their jobs.  Our simple act of love will make a positive change in the life of every girl who receives one of our purses.  Please join us!  If you’d like more information, please contact Kim Ohst at 760-519-4558, or kimohst@gmail.com

Launching Sunday Nights with a Party!

We’ll be launching our Sunday Night service on July 25th.  This seemed like a great opportunity to throw a party, so we’re going to make it a Summer Celebration.  We’ve asked our great friend and chef Todd Hannan to cater for us, so we’ll have some amazing food!  We also thought it would be fun to have a BAKING CONTEST for desserts, so dust off your favorite recipes and let’s see who will win the Best Baker.  Of course, we’ll also end our evening with some worship.  We also plan on inviting the neighborhood on Saturday, July 24th, so we’ll have plenty of opportunities for “Holy Hello’s”.  Let’s make it an awesome weekend.  The fun  will all start at 5pm on Sunday, July 25th.  You can join us in laying the groundwork with prayer this Sunday night, July 4th, at 6pm.  Hope to see you there!

And that’s all I wanted to tell you about this week.   Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you Sunday morning for another beautiful time together in the Presence of the Living God!!

Blessings and love,

Ron Ohst


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