June 12, 2021 Note from PJ
When I was growing up, I knew my dad was serious about a piece of advice or a warning when he repeated it – several times on occasion! Looking back, I can see the love behind those statements–he really cared about us children.
We see this repetition for emphasis many times in the Bible. See 1 Corinthians 10, when Paul repeats a phrase about the value of learning from the mistakes of others. He says, “These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us…” He repeats the phrase (vs. 6 and 11).
This week we launch a new series that explores the messages of the prophets and how we can learn from the failures of others. The topics are remarkably relevant; I’m looking forward to the lessons we’ll learn together and the growth that will result.
COVID-19 update: the 9 AM worship service at Middleburg Heights will be changing beginning 6/13 in this way: masks are optional on the floor level and masks are required in the balcony. For the sake of those who have medical issues, we’ll ask folks to wear a mask unless they are seated. At this time other service times at our campuses are mask-optional.
Thank you for your regular giving so that our impact can grow. This week we get to make giving part of the worship service once more in passing an offering plate. You can still give online if you prefer, or using the boxes at worship center doors.
I’m praying that you might experience the Lord’s mercies this week, which are “new each day” (Lamentations 3:23).
– Pastor Jonathan Schaeffer