November 12, 2022

Hello Grace Vineyard and Friends!

Welcome to another Grace Vineyard Email Update.  I hope you’ve had a great week.  This is a very special week and day for me: Today is my father’s 90th birthday!   We have about 90 friends and family from all over the place visiting this weekend for his big birthday party this afternoon.  I’ve been spending hours going through decades of photo albums, scanning pictures to make a video slideshow for the party.  What a walk down memory lane!  Yet another experience to remind me of what is really important in life — sharing life with others!  Of course, that’s essentially what Jesus said was the greatest commandment — Love God and Love your neighbor.  It’s always good to remind ourselves of what’s eternal and what isn’t, and to choose a life that prioritizes the eternal.  I encourage you to slow down, especially as the holiday season kicks into gear, and prioritize relationships.  Slow down and enjoy the experience of your relationship with the Lord.  Slow down and enjoy the experience of the myriad of relationships you have all around you.  There is so much richness in … here’s that funny greek word … koinonia (remember, it sounds like “gonna need ya”) — rich, sharing of life with God and with others.

This Sunday – CJ Orndorff

This Sunday we have a very special treat for you:  CJ Orndorff of 2nd Chance Outreach Ministries is in town and he’ll be speaking at Grace Vineyard in the morning.  Most of you know him by now, but for those who don’t know him, CJ is a dear friend and ministy partner of Grace Vineyard and me personally for over 3 decades. A highly gifted preacher and singer, CJ’s primary ministry focus is ministering to those who are incarcerated around the nation.  Whenever he’s in town we love to see him at Grace.  Prepare to get fired up!

Time to Prepare For Christmas

It’s that time of year already!  This year, Christmas falls on Sunday, so we’re going to be celebrating Christmas together on Christmas Eve, and taking Sunday as a day of rest.  That’s right, no church on Sunday, December 25th.  And this year Ammee Huzil is planning a Christmas Eve service with a place for just about anybody to participate.  Here’s the info she’d like you to know:

Please email Amy: to book your spot for an audition and to sign up to help.

Also, check out these other events from our Worship Community:

Worship Community Small Group

Our Monday Evening Worship Small Group has been going strong and we have been able to work on our voices, and our instruments, and even do some songwriting exercises.  Our dates in November are the 14th and the 28th. 

We will be pausing through the month of December to work on Christmas Eve preparations. No RSVP is required and this is open to All ages and skill levels. If you have any questions please email

Vocal Workshop December 3, 1-5 P.M.

Attention singers and those who want to sing!

We are having our (rescheduled from the summer) Vocal Workshop on Saturday, December 3rd, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the church. This vocal training will be led by Jaime Nicolaisen, a professional Voice Instructor and Music Educator since 1986.

You can read more about Jaime on her website:

Even if you are not on the worship team, but want to learn how to use your voice, this is for you!

The cost is $65/person and scholarships ARE available.

RSVP is required so we can get a headcount for the day.

Email, Subject: Vocal Workshop RSVP

And from our Women’s Ministry we have the following announcements:

Stories in the Garden Epilogue: Friday, November 18th from 6:30-8:30pm at the church lobby or terrace, we’ll have a time of worship and stories from the retreat.  If you’d like, bring a snack to share.  Please let Kim Ohst know if you plan to attend (text 760.519.4558 or email  Hope to see you there!  We will also offer this via Zoom.
We’ll have a Walk at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park: 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Ln, Carlsbad, CA 92009 on Saturday, November 19th, 9am.  We’ll meet in the parking lot.  Call Kathy Green if you plan to attend at 760.583.1779.
Stay Tuned For:
Decorating the Church for Christmas after the service Sunday, December 4th
Christmas Luncheon Saturday, December 10th
I love all the koinoia building events we have around the holiday season!  Don’t forget that this coming Sunday we are having an all church potluck right after the service.
If you have any questions about what you should bring, please contact Susan Franke at (760) 419-2273‬.
It’s time for me to get back to prepping for my dad’s big party today.  I looking forward to worshiping with all of you Sunday morning at 9:30.  See you then!
With love and blessings,

Ron Ohst

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