The Grace College golf teams are set to kick off their seasons. Below are two stories from grace.edu about the women’s team, coached by Denny Duncan, and the men’s team, coached by Denny Hepler. Women’s Golf has High Hopes for 2017-18 They are young, they are experienced, and they are ready to conquer the 2017-18 season. The Grace College women’s golf team, coached by Denny Duncan, is thrilled to be swinging the cl[...]
This story is shared by an anonymous donor, who is a member of Osceola Grace Church in Osceola, Ind., (Greg Serafino, senior pastor) and the brother of the young boy in the story. He shares it after the completion of Osceola’s recent initiative to build a new children’s wing and hire a family pastor. With the financial contribution of nearly $2 million from the donor, along with the donations of many others in the church, the [...]
An item in the Simi Valley Acorn notes that a local radio station will broadcast high school football games this year, including those of Grace Brethren High School. The school is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, pastor). A look at the station’s website also notes that their broadcasts are streamed via the internet, so you can catch a game from anywhere in the country. A portion of the sto[...]
How are we to respond to the situation last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia? A look at our history can give us some important clues. When the Civil War started, the Brethren, who were pacifists, remained committed to their refusal to wound another human. They did not enlist. This brought them under suspicion from both sides. However, they also had strong abolitionist beliefs. Many were already involved in the Underground [...]
After battling through a myriad of injuries last year, Grace College’s volleyball team is excited to welcome in the 2017 campaign. The Lady Lancers field an experienced roster, led by six seniors who are primed to end their careers on a high note. Grace’s senior class of Kari Feddema, Tori Bontrager, Sara Miller, Naarah Foster, Sierra Smith and Savannah Hartenjoyed a national tournament during their freshman season[...]
Delegates to Access2017, the national conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, approved this resolution on civility during the business meeting. It was among several other resolutions approved, which were presented by the social concerns committee. Click here to read those that were approved. Essential Civility Genuine civility moves past simple politeness or pragmatic concerns and sees those with whom we disag[...]
During the business meeting of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches on July 27, 2017, the following were elected to serve on the Fellowship Council of the FGBC for 2017-2022. Roger Holl is the pastor of Sterling Grace Brethren Church, Sterling, Alaska, and is an active long-time member of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. He is executive director of VisionAlaska, which is an FGBC cooperating ministry. Its vision [...]
Transferable Practices for Leadership and Vision is the topic of the next Pastorpedia Live at CE National. Pastor Keith Minier, lead pastor at Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio, will be the main speaker. Keith will discuss: How to follow-up with people who attend your church so they become faithful and loyal in their attendance. Ways to tie youth ministry to the leadership development of your church. The importance of dev[...]
Earlier this summer, Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, presented the CE National Honor Award, Impacting the Rising Generation, to Jon Rauch. Jon served previously as the director of the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia before joining the staff at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind. Jon has faithfully served in children’s ministry and gives oversight to the church youth program as just a few of his respo[...]
The staff at CE National, the sponsor of the summer discipleship program, Operation Barnabas, has announced recipients of the Faithfulness Award. Since participating on Operation Barnabas is not an end result but rather a step in the process, OB participants are encouraged to be involved in the OB Faithfulness Program. This discipleship program, completed in the five months immediately following the student’s OB tour, involves[...]
I was nine years old and attending Clear Lake Camp nestled in the Cascade Mountains of the Paci c Northwest. Sitting on a log positioned around a Friday evening campfire, I felt the heavy darkness of the nighttime mountains. It was decision-making time. I don’t remember who the pastor was, but he talked on the crucifixion of Christ. In my mind, I saw Jesus suffer and die. Barabbas was running through the streets of Jerusalem y[...]
Encompass World Partners has been seeking people who are interested in being the feet, hands, and voice of Jesus to refugees and immigrants in the UK and Western Asia. Called Hope Teams, the goal is to send two teams of roughly six people to each location for two years. The response to this initiative has been overwhelmingly positive from both churches and individuals. However, we realize that many are just beginning to hear a[...]
It has been almost a year since Barb Wooler and Wayne Hannah organized the 30 Days to a More Resilient Faith devotional, which helps make sense of suffering and pain in light of God’s divine plan. Since the release of the devotional, six videos designed for small groups were created to further bring out the Resilient Faith concepts. In order to provide this content to the masses, a new website was produced. Not only does the n[...]
“Through the Iris,” a touring art exhibition showcasing the work of 25 contemporary, professional female visual artists, will open on Monday, August 14. This exceptional, free exhibit will be hosted in the Mount Memorial Art Gallery at Grace College, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake, Ind. The opening reception will be held Friday, September 1, at 7 p.m., preceded by an Artist Talk at 6:30 p.m. Through a variety of mediums, “Throu[...]
Last week we heard the story of John Schumacher, former chaplain endorsing agent for the Grace Brethren Fellowship. This week, we hear from Mark Penfold, who is taking over the next chapter in the role long held by Schumacher. “I had the honor and privilege of serving as a pastor to some of the most dedicated and selfless people you could ever want to meet.” Mark Penfold, who recently replaced John Schumacher as Chaplain Endor[...]
Word has been received of the death of Kay Bellinger, the last surviving child of Grace Brethren missionaries Dr. Orville and Charlotte (Hillegas) Jobson, who served in the Central African Republic (formerly French Equatorial Africa). Her obituary appears below. Kathryn J. “Kay” Bellinger was born Feb. 19, 1924, in French Equatorial Africa to missionaries Dr. Orville and Charlotte (Hillegas) Jobson. She was raised by her Uncl[...]
The summer I was 15, a friend we were visiting took my family to the top of the incline overlooking Johnstown, Pennsylvania. As he was describing the disastrous flood that had once hit the city, I stood looking down at the homes below. “How many people in this town know Jesus?” I asked myself. “What would happen to them if another flood came?” My mind immediately went into problem-solving mode. “I could come back with a bunch [...]
Thirty years ago, John and Becky Pappas planted a church in Aalen, Germany, where they continue to serve. Their focus has been largely on developing and mentoring the leaders of the next generation. However, with the emergence of the Refugee Crisis, an additional focus has emerged. Attempting to engage the incoming refugee population, the Pappas and several others from their church have created a place of fellowship and learni[...]
Chaplain (1st Lieutenant) Cameron Michael, one of the newest Grace Brethren military chaplains, is writing as he transitions from serving as a Grace Brethren pastor to active duty chaplain. Cameron is a 2011 graduate of Grace College. Following his graduation from Grace Theological Seminary in 2014, he began leading the Pauling, Ohio, campus of Grace Community Church (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor). He currently is stationed at Fort[...]
The story of a Grace College graduate who is involved at Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. (Roy Chapin, pastor), is featured on the website of Silveus Insurance Group, where he works. It’s a story that also happens to be written by MariJean Sanders, GraceConnect’s editorial coordinator. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Also see the video story at the bottom of t[...]
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