September 12, 2021

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A Note from Pastor Jonathan

encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
- 1 Thessalonians 2:12

Dear Friends,

Does it feel like summer is winding down and you’re gearing up for fall…and some Browns’ games?

This is a great time to consider what kinds of habits and investments you’ll make that will shape the kind of person you’re becoming. There are many different ways to grow in your faith and your relationships at Grace. Here are just a few I wanted to make special mention of:

Kingdom Men Saturdays at 7:30 AM (Middleburg Heights): guys of all ages encouraging each other to make Jesus number one in every area of their lives. Learn more

Men’s Fall Kickoff Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6 PM (Olmsted Falls): All men are welcome to join for an evening of homemade pulled pork and lots more great food, fun games and fellowship, and impactful stories from several guys at Grace. Learn more

Ladies Latte this Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 PM (Middleburg Heights): A monthly gathering where women can safely invite friends and enjoy great teaching and community. (While our mom’s event MUMS has been discontinued, we look forward to sharing details on Moms Connect, launching this Winter!). Learn more

Women’s Bible Studies Wednesdays at 9:30 AM (Middleburg Heights): For a complete list of all the studies offered, click here. Childcare is available with preregistration (just $2/child or $4/family). Contact april.curtain@gracecma.org to start your registration. Learn more

Keys to Recovery (Tuesdays at 7pm) and Galvanized (Fridays at 7:30pm), both at Middleburg Heights. You’ll see a few other groups in today’s bulletin that are likewise safe spaces for you at Grace to share struggles with others in the same situation of life, or to take your next step toward healing with Christ-centered teaching and prayer-filled support. Learn more

Grace Kids and Grace Youth each week (both campuses): The impact of these groups has been profound for hundreds of young people; the same was true for my own spiritual journey. By the way: the Middle School ministry has a high-energy retreat coming up September 17-19! Learn more

On the journey together,

– Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer

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Child Dedications

Today at Both Campuses

The kids in our lives are a precious gift from God. Today we get to witness parents publicly dedicating their little ones to the Lord. As a church family, everyone gets to participate! together we will promise to set an example for these kids in what a living relationship with God looks like, and encouraging their parents as they raise their family to know Jesus. If this is something you’d like to do with your own growing family, our next service is November 21.

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Ways to Grow

Fall Classes

Sundays and Wednesdays

Go deeper into God’s word as you study different subjects with gifted teachers. Most classes don’t require registration, so grab a friend, get a coffee from Global Grounds, and try one out!

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ALPHA Online

Starts Tuesday from 6:50-8:30 

If you’re just exploring, not really ready to commit to faith yet, you’ll feel welcome in Alpha. This free online course addresses some of life’s biggest questions, and shares the answers Christianity would give. Meet 1x/week with people from all different backgrounds to watch a video about one question, discuss the possible answers, and share your thoughts. Explore life, spirituality, and faith – all from the comfort of your own home.
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Mental Health Support Group

Saturday from 10 AM – Noon at MH Campus

Mental illness doesn’t just impact the person who receives the diagnosis, it impacts the entire family. We all can use encouragement and support. Living Hope Mental Health Ministry offers encouragement, assistance, and hope for those living with a mental illness or caring for a loved one who is.

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JobSeekers

6:45 – 8:30 PM Online

If you’re currently in the midst of a job search, you’re in good company! If you’re craving some professional advice on how to get your resume interview-ready, this group will help you to prepare for your next job and pray for you as you search. Employers are also welcome to network with this ministry.

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KOINOS Race + Unity

Starts Thursday from 6:50-8:30 at MH Campus 

Want to learn how to step gracefully into the topics of racial and biblical justice? This weekly discussion progresses through a series of talks and discussions guided by truth, wisdom, and the Holy Spirit. It’s a safe space to learn, ask questions, and bond cross-culturally with others on the way to unity and racial reconciliation through your shared commitment to Jesus Christ.

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Upward Basketball and Cheer

Register by October 30

Upward Basketball and Cheer will be here January 2022!
This youth sports program for K-6th focuses on developing young players: spiritually, athletically, mentally, and socially. Volunteer spots are also available for coaches, MC, prayer partners, and more.

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Ways to Serve

GRACE KiDS at Middleburg Heights Fall Fest

12 – 8 PM 

In the past, our go-to Fall event for families in the community was the Tricks and Treat event at our Middleburg Heights campus. This year, we’re partnering with the city of Middleburg Heights who’ve asked us to lend our help for their Fall Fest event! Serve as a family, then spend time enjoying the rides, games, food, and… wait for it… fireworks!

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New Series

BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY

The definition of 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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