October 1, 2021
Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends! It’s time for our weekly Grace Vineyard Update.
Welcome to October. I’m excited to launch into a new month with you. I hope you had a great September; I know I did. Kim and I were out of town both of the last 2 weekends, but we’re happy to be home with you this week. Big thanks to Steve Rogers and Brian Sliffe for bringing the Bible teaching those 2 weeks. If you would like to hear their talks again, you can hear them at gracevcf.org/sermons.
I’ve got just a couple things to share with you in this update. First – I’ll be launching a new teaching series this Sunday. We’re going to be studying the Old Testament book of Nehemiah.
I’m calling this study “Taking Your Place When It’s Time To Build”, and you may recognize a couple phrases in that title that we’ve hit this past year. The first is an echo of the sermon I preached on Easter Sunday called “Take Your Place”, where we looked at how Jesus’ death on the cross, resurrection, and outpouring of the Holy Spirit has equipped us, His followers, with everything we need to take our place in His mission for our world. The 2nd is connected to the title of a sermon Steve Rogers preached 2 weeks ago called “Better Together Part 2: A Call to Rebuild the Temple of God”. In that talk he included a look at the prophetic book Haggai, where the prophet exhorts the people of Israel to get back to work rebuilding the Temple of the Lord that had been destroyed by the King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. I won’t get into all the details, but Nehemiah was a man who lived in the time of Haggai, and was called by the Lord to rebuild the broken walls of Jerusalem, and his memoirs tell the story of how he responded to God’s plan to rebuild what was broken down. I believe we’ll find some practical lessons that are very applicable to our lives today as we respond to God’s call to take our place in His building projects – rebuilding and restoring broken lives and broken society by the power of His Spirit. I’m still working out the details of this week’s teaching, but I think we’ll probably cover Nehemiah 1:1-2:6. (you can click on that reference if you’d like to read it right now!)
We’ll be live and in-person in our building at 9:30 on Sunday, and for those of you who can’t make it in person, you can join us online via Zoom at Zoom Meeting ID 153 112 432, Passcode 684814. We’ll also be broadcasting the service on Facebook Live at http://facebook.com/gracevcf.
Women’s “Created For Community” Retreat November 6th
Saturday, November 6th from 9am to 4pm, we’ll have a women’s retreat at Grace Vineyard. Our theme is that we are Created for Community. Blair Fabry will be our speaker and Ammee Huzil will lead worship. This retreat will integrate many experiences in our journey toward life-giving community: teaching, worship, personal reflection, processing groups, creative expression. Cost for the day is $60 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. If you have questions, please contact Kim Ohst at 760-519-4558, or email@example.com.
Flooring Project Continues on Monday
I also wanted to give you a quick update on our flooring projects – there was a slight delay with the lumber yard, and we are now planning on beginning this coming Monday. I love how our building improves with each new step. Hopefully we’ll soon be able to launch the next phases which are to replace the carpet in the sanctuary aisles and around the stage, and then to refresh the front entrance. Thanks to all of you who continue to give offerings to provide the funds necessary for this refurbishing project.
And with that, I’ll say good evening. Have a wonderful weekend. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday morning.
Blessings and love,
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