If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
– 1 Corinthians 13:1
A Note from Pastor Jonathan
Surely God is with us always.
Our church family recently read through Matthew’s account of Jesus’ life, and I was reminded again of how Matthew bookends his gospel with the promises of Jesus’ constant presence with us.
In chapter one, the promise is in the name given to Jesus:
“they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God with us'”
– Matthew 1:23
And Matthew’s account ends with this amazing promise from Jesus:
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”
– Matthew 28:20
Let that sink in for a moment; read those verses again.
Isn’t that an incredible privilege for us, to know that today–and every day–we are never alone?
Whatever you do, wherever you go…all day long, Jesus is with you. So, how do you welcome his presence?
What kind of followers and worshipers does he want us to be? That’s what we’ll be diving into this Sunday in our current series, What is Worship?
Just a reminder that Easter is in 2 weeks! Our Easter Services will celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave and the freedom that he purchased for you. Each service time will have the same uplifting worship, a gospel message, and an invitation to new life.
Grace Kids has opportunities for people to make an impact at both campuses during Easter. You can help by welcoming new infants and young children in our Birth – Kindergarten classes, or greeting new families at the Grace Kids Welcome Desk.
Glad we can know this for sure today: Jesus is with us…right now!
He loves us, guides us, forgives us, and empowers us.
What a Savior we worship!
– Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer
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Taste of Grace
If you’re new here, we’d love to get to meet you and answer any questions you have about Grace! Stop by after worship services next week to meet some of our ministry team and learn more about Grace.
MH Campus: Fireside Room
OF Campus: Activity Center
Special Prayer Experience
April 3-9 | in the Activity Center @Olmsted Falls
This interactive experience takes you through a self-guided journey reflecting on the last seven sayings of Jesus before he died on the cross. Several large pieces of art, prayer prompts, music, and prayer stations invite you to engage your senses, your story, and your creativity in a meaningful time of prayer. Plan to spend about 15-30 min. in the room. The art will be available for viewing before and after the Good Friday Service, but we highly recommend you come early in the week to take advantage of the solitude and have a meaningful time to yourself.
Good Friday Service
April 7 | 7 PM @Olmsted Falls
Share in a time of worship, communion, and remembrance, reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the cross, and his sacrificial love for you.
Celebrate Jesus’ victory over the grave, and the freedom that he purchased for you. All services have the same uplifting worship, a gospel message, and an invitation to new life. Activities for kids Birth-K are available during all services.
Easter Sunday, April 9 @10 AM
Easter Saturday, April 8 @5 PM*
New! Family Service in the Activity Center
Sit with other families during the 5 PM service time in a relaxed setting with livestream and activities for kids. No check-in needed!
Easter Sunday, April 9 @9/10:30/Noon*
*Also online at live.gracecma.org
Purchase an Easter lily in memory of a loved one.
Easter lilies may be purchased in memory or in honor of a loved one through Wednesday, March 29. Order online using the button below, or use order envelopes at the Welcome Desk. You can take your plants home with you anytime following the noon service (MH campus) or 10 AM services (OF campus) on Easter Sunday.
Join the Easter Choir!
Be part of the worship experience at our two campuses this Easter by joining one of our choirs! The choir will participate alongside the worship team during Easter services. Rehearsal is Tuesday, April 4.
Presenting Christ to Arabic Thinkers
Credologos shares a clear and influential presence in the Arab-speaking world so that Jesus is known, and people in the Middle East and North Africa region are invited to seek the truth of the gospel. The organization is currently working to fund an Arabic Evangelical Culture Center which will house its academic institute and training center. Credologos founder, Dr. Maher Samuel will be visiting Cleveland this month, and Grace Arabic Church is hosting a fundraising event on March 31.
Visit the lobby table next Sunday (3/26) to learn how Credologos is reaching hearts and minds in the Arab world.
Student Mulch Fundraiser
Youth Mulch Deliveries: Saturday, April 22
Let us take one thing off your Spring to-do list! Support students’ summer mission trip to Ensenada, Mexico and we’ll help you get your yard ready for Spring. Mulch will be delivered and shoveled by students on Saturday, April 22. Place your order online by April 14!
Ways to Grow
Forever Young Lunch + Bible Study
Thursday, 12-2 @MH Campus
Adults 50+ are invited to enjoy lunch and Bible study based on The Real Heaven by Chip Ingram.
Widows Spring Brunch
Saturday, 10 AM-Noon @MH Campus
Widows of all ages are invited to enjoy a lovely spring fling-themed brunch and activities hosted by our Widows of Worth ministry. This event is completely free (and that’s no April Fool’s joke), but please RSVP by March 29.
Walk by Faith Women's Group
Info Meeting Thursday, April 6 | 9:30 AM @MH Campus
Join other women for a monthly walking group! This group will be meeting at various Cleveland Metropark locations to walk together, bring a presence of prayer, and grow closer relationships with the Lord. Throughout the year, you’ll also be invited to participate in community walking events to represent Grace Church in the community.
Life hinges on the big questions.
Alpha is a space for honest, judgment-free conversations. Join a small group 1x/a week for 11 weeks to:
- Watch a video that shares how Christianity addresses one of life’s biggest questions.
- Enjoy friendly discussion about the topic.
It’s that simple. Come and learn together at Alpha! There are online and in-person options: connect in a way that works for you! Anyone exploring the Christian faith is welcome, and no questions are off-limits!
Serve: Renew the City
Saturday, April 29 @The Shop
Spend a Saturday connecting with a neighborhood and uplifting a community as you work on The Shop, Envision Cleveland’s new vocational training center on Kinsman Road. Register online by April 15.
Circle around what you share, and grow with others! Explore worship gatherings in other languages, start your journey to recovery or healing, or find life-stage ministries for your family.
Support + Recovery Groups
We’re all on different journeys, but you don’t have to go it alone. If you want to go further on the road to recovery, peace, or new beginnings, join a support group!
Guidance, career development, and prayer for your job search
Monthly: Mon, March 27 at 7 PM
Wise insight for how to love the LGBT+ individuals in your family or friend group
Monthly: Tues, April 11 at 7 PM
Support for those living with mental health issues and their caregivers
Monthly: Sat, April 15 at 10 AM
Hope and healing while processing your husband’s infidelity
Weekly: Wednesdays at 7 PM
Support group for parents and caregivers of children with long-term illness
Monthly: Sun, April 16 at 9 AM
Ways to Serve
Aliquippa Family Mission Trip
Make memories as a family while you make a difference together!
This trip is for families with kids 8+ up. You’ll join other families from Grace to love on a community in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania during 3 days of prayer, service projects, and summer campground fun.
Looking to use your gifts in a ministry setting?
If you are looking for a new role, or know someone who’d be a great fit for a ministry position, check out the links below!
New Listing: Shift Leader Barista, Global Grounds Coffee
Share your love for coffee and people in one ministry-oriented service role!
Lead: Grace Greenhouse Residency
Explore your ministry calling while you grow as a leader and a person!
Grace residents experience real-life ministry training and development both in Grace Church and alongside our local partners. Apply by May 1!