The town of Winona Lake, Ind., the headquarters of many Grace Brethren organizations, was featured last month in the paper and InkFreeNews. It highlights the many changes in the community over the last 20 years, including the transition of the Winona Lake Park to Winona Lake Limitless Park. The park is located at the former site of Camp Bethany, where the first sessions of Brethren National Youth Conference, now known as Momen[...]
Urban Hope, Philadelphia, Pa., took 65 campers and 21 leaders to Camp Conquest in Denver, Pa., recently to experience nature and learn how to pray God’s way through “The Lord’s Prayer!” Among the numbers noted: 1 Downpour 15 First Time Decisions 30 Character Awards 45 Verse Champion 68 Forgiveness Decisions 99 People Total[...]
For many years, corporation membership for Encompass World Partners has been comprised of individuals who held membership in a Grace Brethren church and contributed at least $50 during the previous calendar year. These standards made sense before. They are not serving well now, however, according to officials at Encompass. It has become increasingly difficult to keep track of corporation members by these two standards. Some pe[...]
JohnMcCollum, executive director of Asia’s Hope International, a cooperating ministry in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, has alerted friends of a situation in areas where their six homes are located in India. Below is his letter, with a request to pray and links for helpful information. Since June 15, the areas surrounding our six children’s homes in India have been embroiled in deadly and destructive un[...]
Efforts among Grace Brethren churches to respond to needs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey moved forward today during a conference call led by Barb Wooler, director of crisis response for Encompass World Partners. “The clean-up will be mammoth,” she told those on the call. “It will begin as soon as the water recedes.” She also noted that teams will be needed by mid-September. “We don’t want t[...]
A new Grace Brethren congregation is getting ready to launch in central Ohio. Joel and Morgan Trainer, who will be planting Three Creeks Church in Gahanna, Ohio, were recently commissioned by their sending churches, Encounter Church, Dublin, Ohio (Sean Spoelstra, pastor), and Movement Church, Hilliard, Ohio (Mark Artrip, pastor). “Our Sunday, August 13 commissioning service for Pastor Joel and Morgan Trainer with Three C[...]
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., is pleased to welcome five new full-time faculty members for the 2017-18 school year: Melanie Eller, lecturer of communication and forensics coach; Dr. Brent Krammes, assistant professor of English; Dr. Ronnie Pace, Dr. Jill Brue, and Dr. Ashley Wildman, assistant professors of graduate counseling. “We’re thrilled these talented individuals will be teaching at Grace,” said Dr. John Lillis, pro[...]
Sometimes, God directs our lives through a still, small voice. But not always. Seventeen-year old Tiffany Tabor thought she had her life figured out. Tiffany is the daughter of Mike (and Connie) Tabor, pastor of The Happy Church, a Grace Brethren Church in Jackson, Ky. Currently a homeschool senior taking dual credit courses from Hazard Community Technical College, Tabor planned to attend the local community college and pursue[...]
Kings Kaleidoscope, an alternative Christian band based in Seattle, Wash., will perform at the sixth of seven concerts in the second annual Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music. This dynamic concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m., in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave, Winona Lake, Ind. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, will be available at the door. Grace College stud[...]
Jim McCleary, an architect who had a role in the development of Grace Brethren church buildings, has died. During his early years in the Warsaw-Winona Lake, Ind., area, he worked for the Brethren Architectural Service, an arm of the Brethren Home Missions Council which provided building plans and engineering services for Grace Brethren congregations in the U.S. His obituary appears below. William James “Jim” McCleary of Winona[...]
Carol R. Forbes of Winona Lake, Ind., passed into the presence of her Lord at 9:16 p.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017, at Parkview Hospital Randallia of Ft. Wayne, Ind., at the age of 81 after a 4 ½ year battle with breast cancer. She was born on July 13, 1936 in Painesville, Ohio, to Elizabeth (Sabo) and Fred George Rohloff. On June 28, 1963, she was married to Walter Merwin Forbes, who survives. Carol was a 1954 graduate of Wi[...]
One of the best players in Grace College’s softball history is joining the Lady Lancers’ coaching staff next year. Clarissa May (Knight) graduated last year as a decorated All-American infielder. She finished her stellar four-year career as the program’s all-time hits leader, racking up 275 hits from 2014-17. “This opportunity is a dream come true for me,” May said. “The first time I helped [...]
Wanting to reach kids who would not otherwise have a chance to play football, Grace Church, Osceola, Ind. (Greg Serafino, pastor), has begun a team. They recently had their first game of the season and a local television station reported on the event. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to see (and read) the complete report from ABC 57 News. Osceola Grace looking to prove “it’s not where you come from&[...]
Tom Roy, a name long-familiar to fans of Grace College baseball, was recently named assistant coach at the college under head coach Cam Screeton. The local online news site, InkFree News, featured Tom not long after the announcement was made. A portion of the story appears below. Click here for the complete story. New Grace Assistant Coach Uses Baseball to Share Christ Grace College’s baseball program will be welcoming a famil[...]
Barb Wooler, director of crisis response for Encompass World Partners, has posted the following at encompasscrisisresponse.org. As Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters continue to rise, we are watching and praying to know how to help. We pray for the people of Texas, many of whom are experiencing the loss of all their earthly possessions, and we are watching to determine how best to help. (“Ready…Shoot! Aim” is a poor strategy.) He[...]
Verna May Felts, age 88, of Mishawaka, Ind. (formerly of Warsaw, Ind.), died Friday, August 25, 2017 at 12:26 a.m. in North Woods Village at Edison Lake, Mishawaka, Ind. She was born December 15, 1928 in Stratton, Neb., to Gustaf and Hazel (Wollman) Miller. She was a Warsaw resident since 1957. On October 17, 1957, in Stratton, Neb., she was united in marriage to W. Roland Felts (who preceded her in death on June 14, 2012). Sh[...]
Verna May Felts, 89, Mishawaka, Ind., former Grace College music faculty member, died Friday, August 25, 2017, at 12:26 a.m. at North Woods Village at Edison Lake, Mishawaka. Arrangements are pending McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw, Ind., and will be posted here when they are available. Her husband, W. Roland Felts, who also taught at Grace, died on June 14, 2012.[...]
Mandy Heilman, a member of Southview Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio (Mark Abel, pastor), started out giving away a few unwanted items, but it has blossomed into a full-fledged operation. All she asks to “pay” for items is that “customers” either memorize a Bible verse or help tidy up or restock racks. (Check out their page on Facebook by clicking here.) A portion of a story from the Richland Sourc[...]
A memorial service for former Grace Brethren pastor, Tom Hughes, will be held at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin, Calif., according to information posted by his family and forwarded to GraceConnect.us. The military service starts promptly at 12:30 on September 1. It will be followed by a celebration of life at the Hughes home in Bakersfield. Tom, who pastored Grace Brethren churches in Long Beach and Whittier, Calif., a[...]
“Frederick County is home to over a quarter of a million people. Over half of them would consider themselves religious ‘Nones’, which means they have no religious affiliations whatsoever…There are around 20,000 people in our target area. 1,500 homes are being built that service young families and professionals, and there are very few culturally relevant, Bible-teaching, gospel-centered churches in the a[...]
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