Parent/Youth Meeting, February 12 2022 - Parent Q&A, Pastor Jace

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Update for Sunday, February 7

Update for Sunday, February 7


Sunday Sermon

Matthew 5:1-5 The Blessed Life part 1


Multiply 2021

Thank you for praying about how you will participate in the 2021 Multiply Vision! You may still record your pledge at Just look for “Multiply Pledge” in the menu.


Gathering, Social Distancing, and bearing with one another

We are so glad to see more returning to our Sunday gathering! At the same time, we are grateful to offer the livestream for those who remain at home. Our attendance in the second service is growing beyond the space afforded by just using every other row. Let’s work together to find ways to accommodate everyone.

  • If we need to expand seating to every row, we will open rows on the left side. Please wait for the ushers to pull the ropes.
  • If you prefer to always have an empty row in-between, please sit on the right side.
  • Note to moms: please make all your crew aware of these seating preferences.


Exploring Membership – Saturday March 20 – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

If you are considering church membership at Covenant of Grace, we are humbled and delighted! We are convinced by Scripture that Jesus calls all Christians to be active members of a local church, but you should consider carefully before deciding which church to join.


To help you in that decision we are offering a one-day class to provide an overview of our church's beliefs, mission, and values. The class is exactly as described – a time to explore membership after which you can make a Spirit informed decision.


You will have the option to attend in person or virtually. Should you choose the online option an Exploring Membership notebook will be sent to you and a Zoom link will be emailed. Lunch and childcare are provided. Please click here to register.


COGC Events Calendar

You can always go to to find info for events like the COGC Saturday Morning Winter Runs. Scroll down for the calendar. Scott Hulet is inviting all to come run on Saturdays. Please add your community events to the calendar by emailing Keel at


Sunday Service

  • Two services: 8:30 & 11:00 – the 11:00 am service will be livestreamed.
  • In keeping with the Health Department’s order for churches, we request that those attending services wear facial coverings.
  • If you have a medical condition that precludes wearing a mask, you may take a sticker to indicate that. The stickers are available in a holder on the back wall.
  • Childcare will be available for children ages two years to four years old.
  • The nursing mothers’ room will be available.

Tent Meeting and Picnic - June 4th 2023

Tent Meeting and Picnic - June 4th at 10:00 am

We love gathering the whole church in our combined tent service on the lawn! Here’s what we’ll be enjoying together:

    • Baptisms during the service
    • Picnic after the service (including hamburgers, hot dogs, gyros salads, fruit, desserts, and drinks)
    • Bounce house and obstacle course
    • Activities

You are invited to join us Sunday, June 4th, 10:00 am, at 3400 Copley Road, Copley, Ohio!

Tent Meeting and Picnic - July 24th 2022

Tent Meeting and Picnic - July 24th at 10:00 am

We love gathering the whole church in our combined tent services out back! Here’s what we’ll be enjoying together:

    • Baptisms during the service
    • Picnic after the service (including pulled pork, barbecued bone-in chicken, pierogis and onions, salads, desserts, fruits, and drinks)
    • Bounce house and obstacle course
    • Concert - Mission IV, a gospel quartet that exists “to glorify God and to share a new sound and approach to gospel music”

You are invited to join us Sunday, July 24th, 10:00 am, at 3400 Copley Road, Copley, Ohio!

Announcing a special Worship & Ordination Service – 10 am Sunday, January 10th

Announcing a special Worship & Ordination Service – 10 am Sunday, January 10th

Sunday, January 10, we will not be meeting at the church. Instead, we will hold one Worship Service at 10:00 am at the Fairlawn Hilton. We will combine our weekly Worship Service with an Ordination Service for Jacob Wilson. All are welcome!

Fairlawn Hilton

3180 West Market Street

Akron – across from Summit Mall

Sunday Service for July 26, 2020

Dear Covenant of Grace Community,

After meeting for five Sunday under the big tent, we are resuming Sunday services at 8:30 am and 11:00 am in the church building. We will also livestream the 11:00 am service to our YouTube channel (here). We look forward to you joining us on Sunday!

In compliance with the most recent order from the Ohio Department of Health (here), we are asking all that attending Sunday Services wear a mask at all times while inside the building. There are some exceptions explained below.

Our posture through the COVID-19 pandemic is to follow the directives and guidelines set forth by Governor DeWine and the Director of Health for the state of Ohio. It is clear from passages like Romans 13:1-7 that Christians ought to respect the human governments to which they are subject, as long as submission to those governments doesn’t contradict our submission to the lordship of Christ.

1 Peter 2:13-17 - 13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

The order allows for several exceptions. Most notably:

  • The individual is under ten years of age.
  • The individual has a medical condition or disability that contraindicates the wearing of facial coverings.
  • The individual is an officiant in a religious service. We understand this to mean anyone on the stage for ministry purposes.

These are trying times. Jesus said we would go through them. These times are an opportunity to trust in Christ’s care for us. Times to draw near to God and to each other.

John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.

Sunday Service for June 28, 2020

Dear Covenant of Grace Community,

We are delighted to be able to offer the opportunity to meet open-air in a large tent on the back lawn of the church at 10:00 am each Sunday from June 28 to July 26!

Whatever your decision about regathering – whether you plan to attend Sunday or watch the livestream – let these oft quoted (by me) scriptures be your guide:

Ephesians 4:1-3 (NIV)

…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Please note these points:

  • You are not required to wear a mask, but we ask everyone to practice social distancing – keep 6 feet from non-family members, avoid hugs and handshakes.
  • Whether or not you choose to attend Sunday you will not be judged!
  • Whether or not you choose to wear masks you will not be judged!
  • If you are in a higher risk category, we urge you to be very careful, but we are not mandating that you stay home. Count the costs, know your risks, talk to your family, but if you decide to come, you are fully welcome!
  • Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. Romans 14:5b

Important details:

  • We will try to park everyone onsite. If the parking lot fills up, we will shuttle to the school parking lot.
  • Arrive early. If the parking lot does fill up, you will have time to take the shuttle and not miss anything.
  • You may bring your own coffee and water. There won’t be a beverage service.
  • Grace House and the Church building will be open for bathroom use only. Feel free to walk through the auditorium to see the new look! However, please don’t linger inside or allow your children to play inside the buildings.
  • We will sing! However, be aware that singing increases the spread of moisture droplets. Singing has been compared to a cough or sneeze.
  • We will take Communion! We will use individually wrapped cup and bread. Singles and one person from each family will pick up the elements at the break – please wait for more direction.
  • Children will stay with their parents during the service. Child care will not be available.

Much love in Christ!

Pastor Bert

Plans for Regathering

Plans for Regathering

  • We are committed to measured steps toward regathering that are informed by governmental guidelines
  • We are working toward allowing limited increase in attendance on Sunday morning

I have talked to a lot of people about when and how we can get back to the full expression of the gathered church – exuberant singing of praise, sitting together under God’s word specifically for us as a church community, participating in communion, intimate fellowship with holy hugs & kisses and all the rest. Ah! How we long for that!!

Our longing isn’t just for a familiar cultural experience. The gathering I describe above is what we are graciously invited to and solemnly commanded by Scripture to participate in regularly (Acts 2:42-47, I Corinthians 10:16-17, I Corinthians 14:26, Colossians 3:15-17, Hebrews 10:23-25). Livestream services and video chat community groups are helpful, but they are not the same thing.

So, until how to get from here to there becomes clearer, we need to look at our hearts. Brett McCracken in his excellent article, “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You,” calls us to some countercultural heart responses:

  • Countercultural Sacrifice
    • We will be called to social distance, wear masks and do other things that may be difficult and frustrating. You may feel they are totally unnecessary. Rather than complaining or judging others who do feel these precautions are necessary, God will be most glorified by us sacrificing our rights and preferences in deference to and respect for others.
  • Countercultural Humility
    • Six months ago, everyone on social media was an expert on North Korea and Impeachment. Now they are experts on infectious diseases and willing to fight about it. God calls us to something different. We may not be remarkable in our knowledge, but we can be remarkable in our humility. The Bible calls us to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. So, let’s be willing to humbly embrace the best efforts that we can come up with.
  • Countercultural Patience
    • I’ve been meeting with 15 executive pastors and administrators from church in our area. We’ve been wrestling with how to begin to regather. One of them said something that stuck with me, “There are so many reasons we for us to want to gather again. Let’s don’t let impatience be one of them.”
    • In that meeting I learned that some churches are opening to around 35% capacity this weekend, but with no singing. Others are looking at July or August and some are considering that it may be sometime in 2021 before they begin to gather again
    • We don’t have a date yet, but we are looking for ways to begin moving in that direction. It will be important for us to set our expectations knowing that intermediate steps still won’t be that full experience that we are longing for. So, we need patience.

Hebrews 6:11-12 

11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

So, for now, hang it there! Don’t grow weary in well doing. Make attending your Community Group a priority. While we are still asking CG’s to meet virtually and to not meet indoors in homes, some Community Groups are looking to meet outdoors, while respecting social distancing. That’s a great idea.

Also, make the Sunday service livestream a top priority. Plan to tune it at 10:00 am to participate and receive from God’s word. You may be able to hear and see gifted preachers somewhere else, but this is the only place you can hear the word God gave to your pastor for you and your church right now.

Church Gatherings & Meetings – update 3/27/2020

We have been carefully following the updates from President Trump’s COVID-19 Task Force, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor DeWine’s COVID-19 Task Force. Considering their recommendations, we have moved our Sunday worship service online at least until after May 10th. We will change that date as needed based on the best information available. Please see updates from those sources below.

Please plan to join at 10 am for our Sunday service at Each week we will sing, pray, hear, and respond to God Word together. This is a great opportunity to share the live-stream link every week with friends and family. Resource: Sermon Notes For Kids.

Additionally, all Community Groups are encouraged to meet via video chat at least until after May 10th.

Please plan to join us for live-stream Good Friday Service at 7:00 pm on April 10.

Thriving in this season

  • Take extra time to be with God through the Bible and prayer.

Psalm 16:8-9 (ESV)

I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices;
my flesh also dwells secure


  • Think Biblically about our Sunday live-stream service. This is helpful: To Stream or Not to Stream: Considering Sundays in Seclusion
  • Join us Wednesdays at noon on Facebook for prayer. Our first FB prayer meeting has reached 326 people, 251 views, 196 engagements, 16 comments, and 3 shares!
  • Look for opportunities to care for those in need. Here’s a shout out to John and Angie Hogan & family: not only are they hosting Felicia Jones, but they arranged to bring in a neighbor’s RV to shelter Emily Jones during her 14-day quarantine from travel abroad!
  • Carefully follow the best practices to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19. Take it seriously. See below.


COVID-19 dates & updates

  • 15 Days to Slow the Spread announced March 16, 2020 from President Trump (ends March 30)
    1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
    2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
    3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
    4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
    5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
    6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung problem—stay home and away from other people.
  • CDC recommends canceling event of 50 or more for eight weeks starting March 16 (ends May 10)
  • Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH issued a Stay At Home order from March 24 to April 6
    1. The order requires residents to stay at home but allows exceptions for essential needs, such as medical care, going to work at an essential government service or business, going to the grocery store, getting restaurant carryout and attendance at weddings and funerals. DeWine said playgrounds are closed but parks remain open and he encouraged people to get outside — with the proper social distancing.
    2. Dr Acton predicts the spread of COVID-19 will peak around the beginning of May with 6,000 to 8,000 new infections per day.



Last Updated: 3/27/2020

Church Gatherings & Meetings – update 4/3/2020

Palm Sunday

The next two Sundays carry great traditions for Christians.  This Sunday, April 5, is Palm Sunday, which remembers and celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus was recognized as the son of David, rightful king and prophet of God.

Matthew 21:8-11 (ESV)

8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.

One of our traditions is to provide palm branches for our children to wave as they march and dance around the sanctuary. This year we invite families to create homemade palm branches so they can wave and dance at home as they participate in the live-stream service at 10:00 am this Sunday. Here is an easy way to make one:

Good Friday

We will broadcast via YouTube a pre-recorded Good Friday service at 5:00 next Friday, April 10. This is a change from the announcement last week. The service will be available for view at anytime after 5:00 pm. We encourage you to find a good time to view the service.

Covenant of Grace YouTube channel

Follow this link to find all of the COGC video postings: