A Note from Pastor Jonathan

By October 14, 2023A Note from PJ

A Note from PJ

Hi friend–

Like so many around the world, we have been following the tragic events that are unfolding in Israel and the Palestinian territories. Our hearts ache over the senseless attacks last week, the ongoing loss of innocent lives, the lack of essentials for many who have been displaced, and more. As I’ve reflected on this, I found this helpful piece by the editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, Russell Moore.

A team from Grace took a trip to Israel in April of this year, walking in the footsteps of Jesus and learning about the geography and history of the Bible. You’re welcome to hear about our experience at a gathering tomorrow (Sunday) at 6pm in Room 209 at Middleburg. We’ll also take time to pray for the crisis in the Middle East.

Below is a list of people who have recently experienced the passing of a family member, or welcomed a new treasure into their family. Would you take a moment and ask the Lord to show his kindness to each one?

Also, we’re grateful for how the Lord continues to draw people to himself. The Young Adults Conference is happening right now at our Olmsted campus (over 250 registered for the event) and I received this update an hour ago: “It is going so wonderfully! These young adults are hungry, there have been many Spirit-led moments during the sessions, and people seem to be very comfortable making new friends.” Then, Mary & I leave in an hour for the wonderful Homecoming at Middleburg campus, sponsored by our Friendship Ministry for those who have disabilities. So many good things happening!

We have communion in our services tomorrow and I’ll be giving the message. I’m grateful to be part of our church family with you, a family that is reaching out in so many ways, reflecting the compassion and kindness of Jesus!