A Note From Pastor Jonathan

By October 5, 2023A Note from PJ

A Note from PJ

Hi friend–

Have you found that parts of the Bible are challenging to interpret? We looked at one of those passages last week (see the message at the 32-min mark here) and will have Part 2 tomorrow, highlighting a key principle of Biblical hermeneutics that helps us handle what might appear to be a contradiction.

We are a church family who wants the love of Jesus to be the compelling force for how we treat others and prioritize our lives (2 Corinthians 5:14). We pray for that in our daily interactions, and we also take opportunities to invest locally and globally with others. Two ways to connect right now:

  • Remember the homeless. We are once again partnering with Love In the Name of Christ to collect coats for the homeless and disadvantaged in Cuyahoga County. You can bring coats to the Middleburg or Olmsted campus October 1-15. Coats can be dropped off at the lobby table on Sundays or the front desk during the week. Children’s and men’s & women’s coats (1X – 4X) are the most needed. Thank you! Questions, contact dennis.barta@gracecma.org.
  • Consider the hard places.  When Alliance missionaries first entered Senegal in 1932, the work was hard and the people were resistant…and missionaries moved on to other places. In the early 2000s, Alliance international workers re-entered Senegal. Although the work remains hard, it’s worth the cost because Jesus is worthy—and He loves these people dearly. Click here to watch a 4-minute video that will help you know how to best pray for outreach in Senegal.

God is at work, and we get to join him in that! And one day, we’ll see the full impact of His faithfulness…and ours.

Grateful to be on mission with you,

Jonathan