Let’s BE the church

By March 12, 2020 A Note from PJ

Let’s BE the church

Dear Grace Family–
You may have heard that Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference this afternoon, instructing that public schools close for 3 weeks and that gatherings be limited to 100 people.  In light of that announcement, and out of love for people in our church family and the entire community, our leadership team has made the decision to close our building this Sunday and move our worship services to a livestream format.  We’d love to have you join us from your home as our worship team leads us to express our trust in the Lord, and I’ll give a message from God’s Word.  You can gather with us at 9, 10:30, 12, or 6pm on our Livestream page here or on our Facebook page this Sunday.
This is a fantastic opportunity to invite others to tune in for a relevant message of hope in these uncertain times.  To share our worship service with others, click the Facebook link or send the Livestream link above via email.  You could even invite your small group or a few friends to your home to participate in the service with you!
Many of you faithfully give, for which we are so appreciative. Because we will not be gathering this weekend, we’d like to encourage you to give online at gracecma.org/give.
To comply with state standards, many other large events at Grace will be cancelled.  Check our web calendar for event and ministry-specific updates. The facility will remain open during the week for small group gatherings, appointments, and other meetings that are under the 100-person threshold.
Let us know how we can be the Church!
If you are older and have chronic health issues or are in crisis on some other basis, let us know if we can help in some way.  Please contact Dennis.Barta@gracecma.org .  Likewise, if you’re able to deliver some groceries or contribute to the Emergency Relief Fund at Grace, you can contact KJ.Wilson@gracecma.org (to help) or make a gift here.  Let’s do what we can as a church family to assist one another in this time of need.
We will continue to send updates, and you can also check our website and

Facebook and Instagram. We’re in a situation none of us has been in before and things are changing day by day.

Have you seen the movie Apollo 13?  At one point in the film there is an incident where the flight director overhears two NASA directors discussing the low survival chances for the crippled spacecraft. One of them says, “This could be the worst disaster NASA has ever experienced.” The flight director Gene Kranz responds, “With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”  I’m praying the same will be true for every follower of Jesus as we reflect his love and compassion to those around us. The Lord is not surprised by any of these events; let’s be on mission with him!
Love from Mary and me!

Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer

Senior Pastor, Grace Church

Buildings closed for large events.