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august 28, 2023 by pastor chip freed

Today is the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington and the delivery of one of the greatest speeches / sermons in the history of the human race. Very similar to the Revelation given to John as an oppressed person exiled on the Island of Patmos, a modern prophet named Martin burdened under the persecutions of American apartheid gave us a Dream, a Vision and a Charge to work together for the “New Heaven, New Earth and New City” (Revelation 21). On Sunday, I preached about the last of the “Seven Daily/Deadly Sins” called sloth. I described spiritual sloth as falling asleep or becoming apathetic to the mission and calling of Jesus. I pray that the mission and ministry of Garfield Memorial Church is a headquarters for keeping this dream and this mission alive in Greater Cleveland as we seek to “Widen the Circle” by “Connecting people who share a common brokenness, with Jesus.” Here is a lineup of events as the “church year” kicks off for you to invite your friends to:

Sunday, September 17th: Fall Fun after worship. We will be having food and fun and a “Blessing of the Pets” in our Pepper Pike parking lot from 11:30 AM-1:30 PM. Bring your furry friends after worship as we pray for households and families!

Saturday, September 30th: “Hidden Gems” is a celebration of the Arts and kick off of our holiday push to provide coats and boots for many of our homeless brothers and sisters in Cleveland. See “Happenings” below to learn more about how you can participate.

Sunday, October 22nd:   KidzBlitz returns to Garfield with a new ministry called FamBlitz at 4:30 PM! This is an amazing, high energy event for an October Family Event! This event will be free with a canned good or non-perishable food item for food pantries serving Greater Cleveland.

Sunday, November 19th: 4:30 PM “FriendsGiving” – an event for youth and families to celebrate the table as a center of Christian community!

Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9th: “Holiday Joy” is an amazing two nights of music by our own Dre & Leah and other area artists celebrating God’s widening of the circle at Christmas!

Sunday, December 17th: 9:00 AM at our Heritage Service – a Celebration with Chancel Choir & Orchestra of the joy of Christmas.

Mark your calendars now. Go and invite friends, colleagues and family to live into God’s Beloved Community together. Let’s keep dreaming and walking, working and worshipping together and close out 2023 with a resounding “Yes” to love and “No” to hate!