A Note from Pastor Jonathan
For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. - 1 Peter 2:21
Who inspires you?
In this last 18+ months of upheaval, is there a person whose life and faith have inspired and encouraged you? I’ve frequently contemplated that question. What does it look like to live in a way where your faith is attractive? That’s the topic of my message this weekend; I hope you’ll be able to join us onsite or online!
Speaking of inspiration… For many years, Mary and I have considered leading a tour to Israel. It will happen, Lord-willing, in 2022! If that’s a trip you’ve also thought about taking, we’d love to have you join us! We’ll experience firsthand the locations where many biblical events took place: from the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem to Jericho.
The 10-day Israel Trip will be April 26 – May 5, 2022, and will be hosted by Mary and me, Pastor Joel and Elin Bubna, and Pastor Kajavius and Patricia Wilson. Maybe you’ve had this as a goal for a long time and don’t want to wait any longer. We expect the 44 spaces to fill up quickly. For more info on the places we’ll visit and pricing, please contact Luann.
Hope you’re enjoying the beauty of God’s creation these days. Mary and I keep commenting on the beauty of fall colors!
Have a blessed week!
– Pastor Jonathan SchaefferSubscribe
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Welcome New Members!
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Alvaro and Erin Gonzalez
Philip Fas and Deb Harcar
Matt and Amber Hejl
James and Sarah Stratton
Ways to Grow
Keys to Recovery
Tuesdays 7:30 PM @ MH Campus
Join a safe space of encouragement for your journey to recovery. If you struggle with keeping boundaries in your life for food, chemicals, relationships, alcohol, or other habits, you’re invited to come to this free weekly group.
Youth: The MOVE
Wednesday 6:30 PM @ OF Campus
Students 7-12 grade are invited to check out our Grace Youth ministry for a fun indoor/outdoor event at our Olmsted Falls campus. The event features special guest-led worship, food trucks, and games.
Thursdays 7 PM @ MH Campus
Join crucial conversations about race and biblical justice. Through a series of talks and discussions, you and your other classmates will be guided by truth, wisdom, and the Holy Spirit. It’s a safe space to learn, ask questions, and bond with others through your shared commitment to Christ. The next session begins October 28th and runs through December 9th.
Investment and Retirement Seminar
9 AM @ MH Campus
Planning for the future is a part of living with wisdom! This one-day seminar will take the mystery out of investment terms and retirement planning. Whether you’re new to investing, or you want to learn how you can plan for your retirement to have the greatest kingdom impact, this seminar will help you make informed decisions (and save yourself some fees!)
Forever Young Potluck
5 PM @ MH Campus
Sunday, November 21 at both campuses
Ways to Serve
Care Kit Packing Night
Monday 6 PM @ MH Campus
Upward Basketball & Cheer
Last Chance to Register!
Operation Christmas Child
October 24 – November 7 @ OF Campus
Once Upon a Christmas Craft Show
November 12-13 @ MH Campus
A Legacy Left
for the Lord
In her late twenties, Mabel Francis felt the Lord calling her to missions, to serve Him by going to the unreached places of the world and sharing the Good News of Jesus. It was the early 1900’s when Mabel wrote a letter to A.B. Simpson (founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance). In her letter, she asked to be sent as a missionary to Japan. At the time, single women weren’t permitted to travel for mission work internationally. In 1909, she was given permission to go.
Your identity is the facts that make you who you are. It's your background, your behavior, and your very being as a person. As we study the book of Romans together, we'll be looking at some identity-shaping truths that are essential for every follower of Christ. In a world that pressures us to work on becoming a better person, we can find joy in the process of sanctification: God shaping us into his good likeness as we spend time with him. As Paul will tell us, if you're in Christ, who you are is because of who he is.Series Videos
The Message of Romans
Want to get more out of the book of Romans? Follow along as we move through the book in chronological order, or read ahead topically.
A friendship shattered
1:1-17 The life-transforming Gospel
1:18-32 The cost of a life without God
2:1-16 Before you point fingers
2:17-3:20 The final verdict
A friendship restored
3:21-31 The greatest gift ever
4:1-25 How vital is faith?
5:1-11 Reasons to live a joy-filled life
5:12-21 The significance of one person
A life filled with God
6:1-23 New life, new lifestyle
7:1-25 Overcoming the struggle of sin
8:1-17 Who is the Holy Spirit?
8:18-28 God’s reward for people who suffer
8:28-39 God is for us!
God’s plan for the nation of Israel
9:1-29 Is God fair?
9:30-10:21 God’s sovereignty, your responsibility
11:1-36 The future of Israel
Living in friendship
12:1-2 Responding to God’s kindness
12:3-21 Valuing differences among Christians
13:1-7 To obey or not obey government
13:8-14 The right kind of debt
14:1-15:13 When Christians disagree
15:14-33 Worth living (and dying) for
16:1-27 More than a list of things to do