November 28, 2021

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A Note from Pastor Jonathan

"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." - Hebrews 11:6

Dear Friends,

In this year of upheaval and chaos in our world, I wonder what gifts and mercies from the Lord are prompting thanks for you? For sure we can say with the psalmist (136:1), “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.”

On a personal note, I want to say again how grateful Mary and I are for you. We thank the Lord for you and count it a great privilege to be locking arms with brothers and sisters in Jesus as we follow him. We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. May you have that deep inner sense that the Lord’s love for you “endures forever.”

– Pastor Jonathan and Mary

– Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer

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When you serve, you’ll discover what it means to be the Church. You learn a lot. You learn about how God has uniquely wired and gifted you for his amazing purposes. You witness how God provides: filling needs and even answering dreams that no team is equipped to fulfill. You also get the opportunity to glimpse just how much God loves and cares for people. If you’re interested in being part of all this, just stop by the Welcome Desk before you head out, or visit the link below.

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Winter Classes

Sunday Classes begin Next Week

Each quarter, gifted teachers donate their time to break out books of the Bible, biblical approaches to life skills like budgeting or parenting, and other topics that can be life-giving to your walk with Jesus! Classes are free, and no registration is needed. Sunday classes begin next week, December 5, and Wednesday classes will begin on January 5

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Christmas Groove

The Groove has moved!

This wild and memorable holiday benefit concert will be hosted at Parma High School on Friday, 12/3 at 7 PM, and Saturday 12/4 at 3 PM and 7 PM. Admission is free, however, donations are accepted to benefit Family Promise of Greater Cleveland.

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Blue Christmas

12:45 – 4:00 PM at MH Campus

As we enter the holiday season, it’s healthy to acknowledge the presence of grief in the absence of a loved one. Come and spend some time reflecting on memories with your loved one, and acknowledging that loss before you step into Christmas. It’s a time of prayer and worship that will remind you of your hope in Jesus. If you’d like to participate in the service and have your loved one acknowledged with a photo or by name, register at the link below.

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Senior Adult Christmas Dinner

5-9 PM at MH Campus

Tickets are on sale today in the lobby for our Senior Adult ministry’s Christmas Dinner! Join Forever Young for a family-style celebration on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 5:00 in the Activity Center. Dinner tickets are just $15/person and include a holiday dinner with all the trimmings. After dinner, relax and enjoy a holiday concert featuring Michele Jacobson. While dinner requires a ticket, the 7 PM concert in the Worship Center is free admission.

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Young Adult Christmas Party

7 PM at MH Campus

If you’re 18-30, come enjoy a free Christmas meal, music, games, and other surprises as you spend time with others. The Christmas party will be in the Venue at Middleburg Heights campus on December 22.

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Upward Basketball

Basketball fan? Sure. Champion of Kids? We need you.

Our next season of Upward Basketball begins in January! We’re now building a team of people who enjoy basketball and also care about kids. The ideal team members want to see kids develop character through team sports and an understanding of how much God loves them. Stop by the table in the lobby today at Olmsted Falls campus to chat about opportunities, or visit the link below.

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Grace Kids Book Drive

Books due before next Sunday!

Grace Kids has been holding a book drive of new and gently used Children’s books throughout the month of November. Thank you for sharing your love of learning with others! This week is the last chance to donate books at Grace. We’re excited to share the results of how many books were given on December 5th!

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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.

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The Message of Romans

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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.

SIN
A friendship shattered

SALVATION
A friendship restored

SANCTIFICATION
A life filled with God

6:1-23 Sin: No Longer Our Boss
6:15-23 The Choice is Yours
7 – Your Lifeline in the Battle
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!

SOVEREIGNTY
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

SERVICE
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

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