August 28 2020 – Update from PJ + Mary
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of our Grace family in person this weekend and also connecting with many of you via Livestream! We’ll be continuing our series, “Running Together.”
If you haven’t had the chance to come to a service in-person this month, we’d love to have you join us. You can have as little contact as you feel comfortable with. You can choose to sit socially distanced from others while also enjoying worship together. Or for the outdoor service, you can sit in your car to watch and listen on the radio. If you visit the Grace website, you will find the information you need to know about what to expect, what to bring, and how you can engage with each service.
Did you know that we have groups for all ages at Grace, including our Kids’ ministry? They have new groups beginning this coming week.
0-2 year olds – Mondays at 7pm
3-5 year olds – Tuesdays at 7pm
1st-3rd graders – Wednesdays at 7pm
4th-6th graders – Thursdays at 7pm
Also, our new Adult Classes begin the week of September 13th! We’re happy to announce that there will be both ONSITE and ONLINE classes to choose from this quarter. Check out the full list and register here.
This past week marked the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote in the USA. If you haven’t registered to vote, you can do so here.
This week we grieve as a nation as we’ve seen another evidence of the need for healing in our nation’s racial tensions. We are called to be bridge builders and peacemakers. Could I encourage you again to lean in…to lament, listen, and learn, and to love like Jesus loves. The enemy wants to make us defensive and divide us; the Heavenly Father wants to make us like Jesus, who described himself as humble and gentle.
In our polarized nation we are pushed to choose sides, but we as Christians are called to live out the truths of Ephesians 2 and 3. We have the opportunity and the responsibility to be people who bridge the gap of racial division in our country, honoring the priceless value of God’s image in every person we meet. We must stretch as we seek to better understand perspectives different than our own and gain tools to be leaders in unifying our church and our communities.
A great place to start is by reading Pastor Miles McPherson’s book Third Option. He believes that instead of choosing one of two sides, there is a third option-one that’s proven to bring people together, mend relationships, and promote genuine peace in communities. Miles exposes common misconceptions that keep people at a distance and encourages us to engage with those who look different from us and expand our world. Full of practical takeaways and exercises to help us understand the points of view of others, this book inspires, encourages, and equips us to make positive changes in our country-starting with ourselves.
My desire, and I’m persuaded it’s God’s desire that Grace Church be known as a church that uses our voice to push for justice for all. If you have not read Third Option, I highly recommend it. We have copies at Grace that we got at a bulk rate; feel free to stop by to pick one up ($10). Or if you prefer, here’s a video with some of the highlights from the book.
Mary and I leave you with a blessing today.
Grateful to be on this journey toward Jesus along with you,
Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer
Senior Pastor, Grace Church