August 20, 2021
Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends!
Welcome to the weekend. It’s certainly beautiful here in San Diego, and we have a very enjoyable weekend in store. But we are also thinking and caring about the tragedies unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti right now. We received an email from Bubba Justice, Missions Coordinator and National Coordinator at Vineyard USA, this week regarding the situations in those 2 countries, and I’d like to share with you an excerpt from that email:
Sometimes I believe that we underestimate the effectiveness of our prayers. We forget or do not take seriously what Paul wrote to the Corinthians concerning his difficulties.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11: “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”
Our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Haiti feel that great pressure. Many are concerned about their lives and their ability to endure. They are relying on God as their only hope. But Paul makes an interesting assertion. He told the Corinthians that they helped him by their prayers.
Join with me in crying out to God for our brothers and sisters in Afghanistan and Haiti.
- Ask God to reveal the fellowship with Him that is experienced in suffering. Philippians 3:10
- Ask God to give them the words to speak when they are confronted about their faith. Luke 12:11-12
- Ask God to provide financially, spiritually, and in every other way for our brothers and sisters. Philippians 4:19
- Ask God to show our brothers and sisters how they are to respond in their difficulties. Acts 4:23-31
- Ask God to show us what we are to do to help them.
Bubba also noted:
We are so grateful for the partnership that we have with Convoy of Hope. They are able to quickly respond to natural disasters because of their infrastructure.
Our Vineyard representative with Convoy of Hope, Brian McClees shared with us:
- There are already 3 million Meals in Haiti and distribution has begun
- They also already have 2 containers of tarps in the queue, which will provide shelter for 2000 families
- There have 2,500 lanterns in the queue and an additional 4 million meals expected to be added to the queue
- They have established a shipping lane that avoids Port Au Prince and already established “In Country” transportation lanes that avoid gang activity
- They had 5 programs centers near the epicenter. They still don’t know how bad they were affected, but structures are likely un-usable in the near future
- Local Convoy of Hope team members are leading the response
If you want to help in right away, go to https://convoyofhope.org
I believe we do well to thoroughly enjoy the abundance in our lives while at the same time helping to carry the burdens of those who are facing difficulty, both by our prayers and our practical help with our hands and feet and wallets.
Bubba mentioned that we have a contact for helping men and women working directly with the Vineyard in Afghanistan, but we must be careful what we say publicly so as not to put people’s lives at risk. If you feel a burden to learn more about that, contact me directly (email@example.com) and I’ll reach out to our contact on the Vineyard Missions team on your behalf.
BBQ and Ocean Baptism Sunday at Noon
We had such a wonderful time of fellowship at the Block Party on July 25, and we’re going to have another opportunity to hang out and eat together THIS Sunday at Noon at Tyson Street Park. Tyson Park is on the strand, at (you guessed it) Tyson Street, right in front of Lifeguard Tower 5. Here’s Satellite photo from google maps, if you’re unfamiliar with the area:
We’ll meet in the park at noon. We’ll have a grill with hamburgers and hotdogs to cook and coleslaw. It would be great if you could bring a side dish to share and your own drink and chair to sit on. From the park, we’ll walk over to the ocean where will be doing the baptism. Please make plans to join us, cuz it just won’t be the same without you!
Grace Filled Relationships – Sunday Morning
On Sunday morning I’ll be back to continue learning about the Gospel of Grace with you in the Bible book of Galatians. Our focus will be on how the Gospel of Grace can fill our relationship with Grace. Will be looking at Galatians 5:16-6:5. You might take a look at that passage before Sunday morning to prepare your hearts.
Sunday Nights at Grace
We’ll wrap up our weekend with Sunday Nights at Grace. This is a more intimate gathering for sharing in Worship, The Word, Fellowship, and Spirit Empowered prayer ministry. Pastor Steve Rogers is leading this service, so if you’d like to know more about it, or find out how you can serve, please contact Steve at 760-500-4324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Steve will be bringing the third message in our study of who we’ve been called to be – “Real God, Real People, Restoring Lives”. “Restoring Lives” means we freely share the truth, love and power of Jesus to heal and restore broken lives. A key Bible verse for this part of our calling is, 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 “For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you…”
Face to Face Women’s Group – Friday August 27
This month, the ladies will be meeting in Treina Nash’s backyard, at 936 Sierra Court, Vista. Ammee Huzil will be leading worship, and Robin Spillman will be speaking. That’s next Friday, August 27, at 7pm!
Finally, I’ll remind you guys once more that we have Big Texas BBQ coming up on September 13th.
If you can come, please send a quick note to Ron Hartnett at email@example.com to let him know you’re coming. He’d also appreciate your name and mobile number in that email so he can let you know about future regional men’s ministry events. Men, while I have your attention, please remember that we are making plans for a return to Palomar Mountain for our Men of Grace Retreat, March 18-20. It’s still some months away, but we need to know soon if you’ll be going so we can reserve your space at the conference center. Contact Snake (Richard) Ertel for more info at 760-622-4572 or firstname.lastname@example.org for all the details. Note that if you send the church $20 every month starting now, when you get to March you’ll have the retreat registration already paid for! Just mention “Men’s Retreat” in the memo line of a check, or in the notes area of an online donation.
That’s all for now! See you Sunday morning.
With love and blessings,
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