A Note from Pastor Jonathan
Our hearts have been broken again these past two weeks as our nation has witnessed devastating murders of innocent people, from Buffalo to Uvalde.
What can we do in response? We grieve, we pray and work for change, and we once again turn to the One who will one day make all things right.
In our Bible plan this week, we read the declaration of Job:
I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth. – Job 19:25
In our broken world, we can look forward to that day. And, we can continue to share the new life that is offered in Jesus.
We can rejoice in the many ways that the Lord is at work; just a few examples from recent days:
- 8 guys at Lorain Correctional gave their lives to Christ this past weekend and were baptized!
- Saturday (5/21), the power went out at our Middleburg campus. Except for one room: the large room in the Atrium where 200 senior adults were at a Forever Young meeting. God was so gracious! The power came back on just a few hours before Sunday services were to begin. What a faithful God we serve, in joy and in sorrow…in the light, and in the dark.
On this Memorial Day weekend, may we give thanks for the sacrifice of those who have served our country. We are indebted to them.
Thankful that our Redeemer lives, and is coming again,
– Pastor Jonathan and Mary Schaeffer
Grace Album Release
Our first-ever full worship album releases on June 5! Yes, really! You’ll finally be able to listen to a full album of original songs written for you on your favorite music platform.
Grace Worship Night
Celebrate with us on June 8 with a special Worship Night at our Olmsted Falls campus! The night will debut original songs from the album, popular worship song covers, and feature talented student worship leaders. Will you come?
Ways to Grow
Meet the Harrington Family
Mission Trip Report 6:30-7:30 PM @OF Campus
The Harrington family just returned from a 3-month stint serving together in Africa. Come hear an update about what God has been doing in their family and their community!
The Basics Class
Beginning June 5
If you’ve recently made a commitment to follow Jesus, we’d like to invite you to a class that will introduce you to the basics of Christianity. You’ll learn some theology basics and practical tips and rhythms that will help you grow in your relationship day-to-day!
Effective Parenting in a Defective World
Wednesdays 7 PM @ MH Campus starting June 15
If you’re regularly asking yourself, “how do I raise these kids to love Jesus, while also understanding the kind of world they live in,” that’s the heart of this class being facilitated by Pastor Jonathan & Mary, Mike & Debbie Rush, and Pastor Kareem & Renelle Smith. We’ll be going through Chip Ingram’s video series Effective Parenting in a Defective World.
High Tea with Forever Young
3-6 PM in Global Grounds
Women 50+ are invited to enjoy a high tea hosted by the Forever Young Senior Adult ministry at Grace!
Bring your own teacup and saucer from home, along with a story about your set! Register by June 22!
We believe that all of Jesus, all he is and has done for us, is meant to be shared with all of the world.
That's why every time you give, you're supporting local, national, and global outreach.
Ways to Serve
Serve: West Virginia Trip
Info Meeting from 12-1 PM in Room 8 @ MH Campus
Whatever your skill and experience, everyone is welcome to apply to join the West Virginia trip team for August 9-14! The team will be working on a number of service projects in the Appalachian region of the state alongside local Alliance churches. Learn more about the trip at an Info Meeting on June 5 in Room 8 at Middleburg Heights Campus.
Serve: Cleveland Trip
Info Meeting @ MH Campus in the Fireside Room
Join our next Cleveland Mission Trip this Fall! You’ll get the opportunity to learn about the most pressing needs of people in our city alongside Envision Cleveland. You’ll be helping with service projects to show overlooked people and neighborhoods the love of Jesus. Learn more at a pop-up in the Fireside Room at Middleburg Heights campus after any service on June 5.
Serve: Cruisin Team
Thursday Nights June 2 – September 29
If you enjoy meeting people, BBQ, and classic cars, consider joining our Classic Car Show welcome team! You can help during the 4-hour event by serving up summer eats at our grill tent, getting to know other classic car aficionados, and answering any questions about Grace Church! If interested, contact Kim using the button below, or call 440-268-6360.
Serve: Beulah on the Road
Coming to Olmsted Falls Campus July 12-15!
Beulah on the Road is a summer day camp experience for kids who have completed Kindergarten – 6th grade. If you care about helping kids to get in the room and hear about Jesus, while making summer memories they’ll never forget: we want to invite you to help!
• Sponsorship – Offset the cost of camp for a family in-need.
• Check-in Team – Greet parents and kids each day
• Kitchen Team – Help prep daily snacks for kids
• Counselor Hospitality – Host a few amazing Beulah counselors in your home that week.
Donate: Loose Change for Life
Support the Cleveland Pregnancy Center
You can help support new moms in Cleveland by participating in the Cleveland Pregnancy Center’s annual fundraiser: Loose Change for Life. Pick up baby bottles and fill them with loose change, return them on Father’s Day, June 19.
Serve: Global Missions Family
July 18-22 @MH Campus
This summer we’re going to be hosting the Home Assignment Missions Seminar! During this week, we’ll be welcoming members of our Global Missions family, International Workers, and their families to Grace Church. The workers will be refueling together and sharing stories of what God has been doing in the global communities where they live and serve. You’ll get to hear from a few of them during the week, but you can bless them back by signing up to serve missionary kids during the week.
Serve: Mental Health Support Group
Help people looking for new direction and support for a mental health diagnosis.
Living Hope is a supportive group for people living with mental health diagnosis and their loved ones. If you’re interested in helping people looking for new direction and support for their diagnosis, we’d love to meet you!
Living Hope Support Group has been meeting for over 20 years. The group meets in-person 2x/month and averages 8-12 people/gathering. They meet outdoors in warm weather and offer attendance via Zoom during the winter months. The group has meetings at St. Joseph’s Church in Strongsville as well as Grace Middleburg Heights campus. The group is also featured on the NAMI website!
For more info, contact Karen Jarr (440) 239-9423, or click the button below to send her a quick email.
Help for Ukraine
Local Collection for Ukraine
Donate Critical Items
If you’d like to share care and love for our brothers and sisters in Ukraine, a local church is sending shipments regularly. The list of most-needed items is on their webpage, along with the address and contact information for their church.
Relief Work in Kyiv
Support Ongoing Care
The relief arm of our denomination, the Christian and Missionary Alliance, CAMA Services is partnered with pastors in Kyiv. They’ve been able to distribute food to those in need and provide financial assistance for those seeking to flee the war zone and resettle elsewhere.