August 11, 2023
Hi Grace Vineyard and Friends of Grace Vineyard.
What a great time we had together last Sunday morning! I invited Michael Aplikowsky to share a little bit of his Jesus Story with us. We were continuing with our series called “Witness: Stories of the 1st Jesus Followers”, only we changed the title temporarily to say “Witness: Stories of Today’s Jesus Followers”. It was such an inspirational moment hearing about the incredible Grace of God who loves us regardless of our mess ups. We followed it up with a ministry time centered around people responding to God’s call on their lives to take their place in the Lord’s mission of making all things new. I quoted Rick Warren’s words, “In God’s garden, even broken trees bear fruit.” If you missed it, or would just like to hear it again, or share it with a friend, we’ve put it up on Youtube. Check it out right here:
This coming Sunday I plan on showing you the conversation between Jay Pathak and Rick Warren that I told you about last week. I’ll then share with you my understanding of the simple concept of Growth through Multiplication.
God’s plan for making all things new, for bringing restoration to our broken world, is so simple, it’s almost hard to believe. Please do your best to be with us on Sunday morning by 9:30 or earlier. The Lord has been so gracious to manifest His Presence when we gather together, and I’m anticipating another encounter this Sunday with you!
Fellowship Lunch after Church This Sunday
While we’re talking about this Sunday, don’t forget that we have an all-church fellowship lunch after church this coming Sunday. It’s a potluck, and you’ve probably already signed up to bring something to share, but if you haven’t yet, just bring whatever you’d like — salad, side dish, main dish, dessert, some chips…all I know is you guys are great at potlucks, and we always have a great variety. The important thing is we get to share lunch together, and building relationship with each other is one of the most important things we can do, so please, everybody, come to church this Sunday prepared for a wonderful time enjoying each other and enjoying the Lord!
Men’s Breakfast This Saturday
Of course, before Sunday comes Saturday, and Men, we have a great morning planned together with Tim Parlier from Generation Church and the men from both of our churches at 8AM Saturday morning. We’ll meet at Ty’s Burger House for a great breakfast, fellowship, worship, and an inspiring word from Tim. Hope to see you there!
Ladies Saturday Morning Walk
It’s also the Saturday for our monthly ladies walk. This month, the ladies will meet at 9am by the Oceanside Pier on the sidewalk across the street from 333 Pacific Restaurant. They’ll be walking on the Oceanside strand. Please text or call Kathy at 760-583-1779 if you plan on joining the ladies.
Let’s keep this week’s update short and end it right here so I can get it to you on Friday evening!
With love and blessings to each of you,
See you Sunday!
Tithes and Offerings Online
THANKS for taking ownership in the life and ministry of Grace Vineyard! And thanks to all of you who are stepping into a lifestyle of generosity with your tithes and offerings. It really does take all of us doing our part with the income God has entrusted to us for His church. If you’d like to give your tithe or offering online, click the donate button below.
Don’t forget we’re needing to build up our building fund for some important improvements around our Grace Vineyard home. If you’d like to give a special offering, just make sure to mention “building fund” in the “what’s this donation for” section of the online giving system. Thanks!