I have heard it said that your real net worth is your network. If that is true than those of us in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) are wealthy beyond measure – or at least we have the potential to be. One of the greatest privileges and benefits of a network like the FGBC are the relationships that have existed, do exist, or could exist among those who call this tribe their home. Anyone who is willing to be int[...]
Grace Brethren pastor (and GraceConnect board member) Daron Butler, who is Next Steps pastor at Grace Church, Wooster, Ohio (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor), has been participating in the United in Christ conference in Bemidji, Minn., this past week. It is a conference designed to bring people together who are involved in Native First Nation ministries, or those who want to be involved. Daron, a Navajo, was also one of the spea[...]
R Dallas Greene, pastor of Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation Frederick, Md., is part of a group of pastors in his community who are seeking to bridge the racial divide in their community. A story in the Saturday’s Frederick News-Post reported on their efforts. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Desegregating Sunday morning: Pastors seek to bridge the racial divi[...]
Saturday evening’s session had an air of excitement as over 2,200 students returned from a day spent scattered across central Indiana, sharing the gospel and engaging in service projects for organizations in several cities. Students shared stories of not-so-chance encounters, answered prayers, and small acts of service adding up to big changes in their own lives and those they served. “God can use even the smallest things to b[...]
This Saturday morning at Momentum welcomed the sendoff of over 2,200 students into surrounding cities for ministry. “We want this to be a training ground so when we go home, you can do it there as well,” said Jeff Bogue, pastor of Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio. He reminded students that their most difficult ministry would be to their peers, once they returned to their homes and middle school and high school classrooms. H[...]
A story posted in today’s Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record details how a Wooster man found his biological mother and in the process, found a family connection with the father of his daughter’s good friend, Daron Butler, who is on staff at Grace Church (Nick Cleveland, pastor) in Wooster. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. Series of coincidences lead Wooster man to biological mothe[...]
During this morning’s Momentum session, Tiffany Tabor, daughter of Pastor Mike Tabor of The Happy Church, Jackson, Ky., performed a song she composed and wrote based on her testimony. Tiffany shared the background for the song, noting that God led her to write the song after experiencing heavy tragedy and loss. “He told me, ‘If you obey me, not only will I heal your wounds, but I can make the pain you went through worth someth[...]
A cold case detective who used his investigative skills to verify the truths of the Bible, encouraged the Momentum audience Thursday night to use similar methods to know what they believe. Noting that that cops see the world divided between two worlds – sheep and wolves, J. Warner Wallace said, “Sheep are dumb animals. They don’t even know they are hunted by wolves.” “There is a third animal in the yard,” he added, “a sheep do[...]
Longtime baseball coach Tom Roy will be an assistant coach for Grace College’s baseball team next season. Roy will be an assistant coach as well as the team’s chaplain, in collaboration with Unlimited Potential, Inc. “I am excited and blessed to have Tom Roy on staff. His knowledge of baseball and passion for Christ will be a great asset to our program,” said Grace head coach Cam Screeton. “Tom ha[...]
Margaret Murphy-Webb and New Millennium Jazz Orchestra will perform at the fourth of seven summertime concerts in the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music. The free, family-friendly concert will take place on Saturday afternoon, July 29, at the Winona Lake, Ind., Hillside Amphitheater, located on the hillside above Spring Fountain Park along Park Avenue. In case of rain, the concert will move to the Winona Her[...]
“It’s only when you‘ve thought through what you believe that you have the confidence and ability to engage with someone,” speaker Sean McDowell told a captivated audience Thursday morning at Momentum Youth Conference. The apologist and Biola College professor returned to the conference for the fifth time to challenge students to know what they believe and why. He spent the first twenty minutes of his presentation role-playing [...]
“When people comeback, they give back,” Jim Brown, senior pastor at Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind., challenged students at Momentum Youth Conference on Wednesday night. He told the story of Moses, a man who murdered an Egyptian and hid the evidence. When he was found out, he fled, harboring the sin and allowing it to haunt him. “Moses goes on this journey of hiding his sin,” he said. “We often disqualify ourselves with a[...]
A story posted today on InkFreeNews, the online news site, tells about the new Escape Room at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. The room is the brainchild of Dr. Kristin Farwell and his senior seminar math class. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article. A Great Escape Think of it as “The Breakfast Club” meets “CSI.” A group of people, consigned to after-school detention, needs to leave within t[...]
The feds are watching our barnyard. There’s actually a sign to let people know. The sign says, “Do not climb tower! Federally protected migratory bird nest.” It’s by the cell phone relay tower that sits in our barnyard. The endangered osprey first appeared about six summers ago. We saw them circling the tower with precious building materials, fighting to gain altitude because of their load. Soon, we heard the unmistakable cry [...]
Larry Richeson, long-time pastor of the Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church in Kokomo, Ind., has announced his retirement. He noted that July 1 ,2017, was his 38th year anniversary as pastor of Grace Brethren congregations in Winona, Minn.; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Covington, Ohio; and both North Kokomo Grace Brethren and Indian Heights Grace Brethren in Kokomo. “It has been a privilege to share in the lives of people who are [...]
A story in Friday’s Auburn, Calif., Journal reports on a creative effort by the Sewers and Rippers of Auburn Grace Community Church (Phil Sparling, pastor). The group joined with the Junior Sewers and Rippers to create quilts for Mexican orphans. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete article and photos. Local teens quilt for Mexican orphans Auburn Grace Community Church Sewers and Rippers rece[...]
“I don’t think the issue is that Jesus has lost his attention on us. We have lost our attention on him,” said Keith Minier as he wound up this morning’s main session at Momentum Youth Conference. Keith, who is senior pastor at Grace Fellowship Church, Pickerington, Ohio, encouraged students to not stop with a decision to follow Jesus. “The Comeback, simply put, is a person,” he said. “[...]
A story on Wednesday on WANE TV-15, Fort Wayne, Ind., brings up memories of the iconic sports movie, Hoosiers. Warsaw, Ind., dentist, Steve Hollar, played the role of Rade Butcher in the movie. Previously, he played on two state championship basketball teams while at Warsaw Community High School and went on to play basketball at DePauw University. He’s also a member of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce [...]
More than 225 young people crossed from death to life Tuesday evening during the first session of Momentum Youth Conference as speaker Clayton King challenged students to make faith in Jesus their own. Speaking from John 4, King, who is pastor of New Spring Church in Anderson, S.C., told the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. “Her whole life she was waiting for number seven,” he said, as he detaile[...]
Word has been received of the death of Harold Snively, former caretaker at Camp Clear Lake, the Grace Brethren camp in Naches, Wash., and the twin brother of the late Grace Brethren pastor Howard Snively. His obituary appears below. Harold Snively, age 90, of Sun Lake, Ariz., formerly of New Market, Iowa, area entered into peace Saturday, May 19 at Hospice of the Valley, Friendship Village, Tempe, Ariz. Funeral services were h[...]
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