Sunday, February 23


There is a part of us that wants to think that the ‘laying down of our lives’ is going to be easy, or quick. It is neither. Jesus points to the great love He has for us, marked by the laying down of His life, and then says that ours will be marked by the same. What does it look like to lay down your life for Him as you lay it down for others? Do you expect approval from the world when you keep His command to love?

Ash Wednesday
Join us for a special service in observance of Ash Wednesday. All Midweek programming for adults and students will suspend; Kids Ministry will meet as scheduled. Contact Laura for more details.

Discipleship Pathway: Wired
Are you still trying to figure out the best place for you to serve? This 2-week course, beginning Sunday, Mar. 1, at 10:40am, will help you understand how God has wired you and will help you to identify what gifts you possess that can be used to build His Kingdom. Learn more here.

Baptism Class
Are you interested in being baptized? Join us on Sunday, Mar. 8, at 9am to learn what baptism is all about. Advance registration is required. Got questions? Contact Billie or call 330.315.5466 to learn more.


26 | Ash Wednesday Service


01 | Wired Class Begins

07 | Father-Daughter Dance

08 | Baptism Class

15 | Connect Class Begins

15 | Perry Interest Meeting


Local Outreach – Work with our team as we partner with various local ministries to reach outside our church walls.

Kids Ministry – Point the next generation to Christ! Disciple kids by serving as a small group leader or assistant.

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Servant Ministry Month
Last call! Stop by the kiosk in the Atrium to write a note of appreciation to someone who serves! Give them their note to let them know how much they mean to you or how they’ve impacted your life.

Discipleship Pathway: Connect
Learn why God calls each of us to live in community with other believers in our Connect class. This 2-week course begins on Sunday, Mar. 15, at 10:40am in Rm. 123. Register at

Perry Campus Interest Meeting
We’re launching a new church campus in Perry! If you missed last week’s interest meeting, you’ve got another chance to meet church-planter Pastor Colin Mattoon and learn more about our plans for the Perry Campus. Join us on Sunday, Mar. 15 at 12pm in Rm. 123. Snacks provided; children welcome.

Assistive Listening Devices
Need help hearing the sermon? Grab a sound enhancer at the Atrium Welcome Desk. Is the volume too loud? Pick up ear plugs at the Atrium Welcome Desk or at the entrance to the worship center on your way in.

Building Tours
Want a tour of our building? Join us today at 10:15am at the North Welcome Desk, near Door A, for a 15-minute tour. Tours are offered every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.

Hard Times Coming | Mike Castelli

John 15:12–16:4

Great Love

Life Laid Down
John 3:16, 13:34; Romans 5:2; 2 Corinthians 5:14; 1 John 4:19

Chosen to Love
Psalm 25:14; Matthew 22:37-40; 1 John 4:21

In Me, Expect This

Matthew 10:22; John 7:5-7, 17:14; Philippians 3:10-11; 1 Peter 4:12

Avoiding Disapproval
Luke 6:26; Galatians 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:15; James 4:4; 1 John 2:15

Matthew 5:11-12, 10:24-26; Acts 9:4, 26:9-11; Revelation 2:3, 12:11

Bearing Witness
Psalm 35:7, 35:19; Acts 9:15-16, 14:22; Colossians 1:24; 1 John 1:2, 4:14

Stand Firm
Exodus 14:13; Romans 5:2; Ephesians 6:13; Philippians 4:1

Read John 16:5-15 for next week.


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I Will Wait For You (Psalm 130) (Shane & Shane)

Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me (Cityalight)

The Sending (Leeland)

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