Jerry Bridges Holiness in the 21st Century is the theme of the discipleship conference to be held at the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, OH, on February 17-18, 2006. Keynote speakers are Jerry Bridges and Mark Dever. Attendees will learn how to pursue holiness and live as authentic Christians in the culture where God places them. Conference sessions will be held at the church’s Westerville campus, located at 8225 Wort[...]
By Jim Boggan Lori Ellifritt (standing, left) is one of the volunteers in the Grove City church’s English as a Second Language outreach program. Most of what Pastor Carlo Corral does isn’t considered cross-cultural ministry. Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Corral is now teaching and coordinating volunteers in an ESL (English as a Second Language) program based at Southwest Grace Brethren Church, in Grove City,[...]
The FGBC Handbook The 2006 Handbook of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, compiled and produced by the office of Fellowship Coordinator Tom Avey, is now available. Copies have been mailed to Grace Brethren churches. The 174-page spiral bound handbook contains a wealth of information for those interested in the Fellowship. In addition to annual reports, financial reports, and updates from all national organizations, the[...]
The following article on Buck Summers (pictured) appeared this week in the Chambersburg, PA, Public Opinion. The organization Summers joined was founded by former Grace College and Seminary professor, Dr. John Stoll. Pastor joins mentoring group The Rev. Earl L. “Buck” Summers, MS, owner of Balanced Living Resources, a counseling, consulting and speaking service in Chambersburg, was recently invited to join ASKMent[...]
Six men from the Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church (Jim Laird, pastor) left the church parking lot on October 29 bound for Gulfport, Mississippi. Their caravan consisted of an RV donated by a church member, two skid loaders and chainsaws and other tools. One of the skid loaders was loaned to the team by a church member and the other by a business in the community. The Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church family ral[...]
With the Lord Elaine Bearinger, 87, passed away August 5, 2005, in Bradenton, Florida, after a brief illness. She was the widow of Rev. Ernie Bearinger, former National Youth Director, pastor in Southern California and missionary to Brazil. She is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Bearinger Solomon, retired missionary living in the Bradenton Missionary Village, and son Dr. Charles Bearinger, retired pastor living in Houston, Tex[...]
DeWitt and Caroline Powell, of Hagerstown, Maryland, use their unique car, ‘Born Again II,’ as a means of sharing the gospel with car-lovers at shows and cruise-ins. DeWitt Powell, of the Hagerstown, Maryland, Maranatha Brethren Church (Jay Fretz, pastor), has found a perfect way to combine his love of cars and body work with a way to share Christ with others. Powell and his wife, Caroline, have a heavy schedule of[...]
Roger Peugh (left) and Tammy Schultz (right), both faculty members at Grace College and Seminary, have authored a significant new book on the need for prayer in counseling. By Theresa Clark When Dr. Tammy Schultz asked Roger Peugh-both faculty members at Grace College and Seminary–to speak to her graduate students about the importance of prayer in counseling, Peugh was shocked by what he did not find as he prepared to sp[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Nov. 4-6 – Grace College and Seminary Homecoming Nov. 4-6 – Women of Grace Leadership Summit, Berlin, OH Nov. 10 – Micropolitan Church-Planting Summit, Columbus, OH, SW Nov. 16 – Operation Barnabas 2006 and OBI application deadline (CEN) Dec.[...]
Dr. Keith Shearer A significant new book by this year’s Moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) on interpreting the Bible “as it reads” has just been released by BMH Books of Winona Lake, Indiana. Childlike Faith, subtitled “Hearing God in Your Bible,” is authored by Dr. Keith Shearer, senior pastor of New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, Pennsylvania, and Moder[...]
The final chapter of the new BMH Book Childlike Faith by Dr. Keith Shearer is entitled “Reading Someone Else’s Mail.” Shearer points out that the Bible is primarily the message from God to those who have trusted exclusively in His Son, Jesus Christ. Anyone else who tries to understand the Bible is, essentially, “reading someone else’s mail” because the reader must first be tuned in to God[...]
Pastor Dan O’Deens of Gateway Community Church in Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, played a key role from the start in the Grace Brethren response to Hurricane Katrina. As the Fellowship’s “point man on the ground,” he recruited, trained, and deployed managers from all over the Fellowship. Here is an edited version of a report he recently gave his church. Hurricane Katrina had hit, the worst disaster on Americ[...]
Archer Baum, pastor emeritus of the San Diego (CA) Grace Brethren Church, went to be with the Lord Friday, September 23, 2005, after a three-year battle with cancer. Several years ago a personal memoir he wrote at age 77 was posted on the Internet. Because it involves so many Grace Brethren historical places and people, we share here an edited version. Baum’s memoir is followed by a brief narrative, apparently written by[...]
Goshen, Indiana, pastor Jim Brown (left) leads his blue-shirted chainsaw gang in helping Katrina victims clear their properties of trees and brush. This team assisted 145 homeowners on one trip. (photo courtesy Jim Brown) The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, though it has fewer than 300 churches in the U.S. and almost none in the deep south, responded heroically during August and September, 2005, to the upheaval caused b[...]
By Ron Dorner This winter will be difficult.Your heating bills may increase by 75 percent. Now is the time to address the issue. Act now to avoid busting your budget. The dynamics of heating a home require a look at the amount of space heated, insulation factors, temperature maintained, and the heat source. Analyze your home. Can you reduce the space you heat during the winter? If you have electric heat, be sure to optimize th[...]
Leo Boyer, of Winona Lake, Indiana, has designed and is distributing this Christmas lawn display designed to draw attention to Christ, the true meaning of Christmas. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will provide scholarships to African Bible and pastoral students. by Theresa Clark When Leo Boyer of Winona Lake, Indiana, searched for a yard display that would make a public statement for Christ during the Christmas seaso[...]
Gerald Polman points to the photo of Billy Graham that triggered an unusual discovery during one of his guided tours at the Reneker Museum of Winona History in Westminster Hall on the Grace College and Seminary campus. Retired Grace Brethren pastor Gerald Polman was giving tours of the Reneker Museum of Winona History in the historic Westminster Hall in Winona Lake, IN, recently, as he does every Thursday afternoon from noon t[...]
Rich and Kathy Barnhart of Winona Lake, Indiana, have found a way to combine an 8,000-light Christmas display in their yard, synchronized with FM radio transmission to car radios, with distributing a presentation of the gospel and and invitation to attend church. (photo courtesy Rich Barnhart) By Ashley Woodworth Presenting the gospel at Christmas has never been easier or more fun! Kathy and Richard Barnhart have done all the [...]
Fred Plastow By Ashley Woodworth and Theresa Clark How much do Christians really know and understand about Muslims and Islam? Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, has sought to break down the barrier of ignorance that surrounds the Islamic faith by bringing known Muslim experts Fred Plastow and Jay Smith to speak to students and the community and to teach courses on the importance of understanding this rapidly-growing religion[...]
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