I remember a pastor telling me once that he hoped that the world would rush toward evil sooner so we could expedite the Rapture. Crassly put, we should wish for more evil and suffering in the world so we Christians can escape sooner. I was a bit speechless when he said it so matter-of-factly, but as I’ve gotten older and seen deep human suffering, I find a range of emotions come to the fore. Certainly, God never intended our t[...]
The Gold Country Media is reporting on the efforts of boys and girls at Auburn Grace Community Church, Auburn, Calif. (Phil Sparling, senior pastor) to make quilts for an orphanage in Guatemala. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article and to see additional photos. Jr. Sewers & Rippers of Auburn make quilts for orphanage in Guatemala Forty-nine girls and boys with the Jr. Sewers & R[...]
Grace Community Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, lead pastor), is opening its doors Sunday evening to allow church and community members to cheer on one of its own in the Tokyo Olympics. Jacob Wukie, a silver medalist in the 2012 London games, is competing with Team USA archery on Sunday night. Wukie, a long-time attender at Grace Community Church is also the son-in-law of lead pastor[...]
Have you ever looked in the mirror and not recognized the face staring back at you? Have you ever gone so far down a path that you start to lose who you really are? It’s in those moments of dissonance that we have to make a choice. Who am I? And what am I about? For Cassadi Colbert, this choice came in the midst of her college journey after landing an opportunity of her dreams. But was it worth it if it meant losing what matt[...]
The Summer-Fall issue of GraceConnect magazine, the publication for the Charis Fellowship, is in the mail this week. This issue takes a look at the topic of hope as a follow-up on the last issue, which looked at the end times. You won’t want to miss the articles by Charis Fellowship pastors Jeremy Wike and Tim Sprankle. Retiring Fellowship executives Tom Avey and Liz Cutler Gates are featured. Incoming Fellowship Coordin[...]
Here is the most recent report on long-time Charis Fellowship pastor, Don Rough, who has been hospitalized with COVID. His son, Tim, shared this on Facebook. Update on our wonderful Dad, Pastor Don Rough. Tuesday July 20, 2021. 10:25 pm. Tonight our report is that Dad continues to make slow progress. This is a praise report! The medical staff at Meyersdale Hospital continue to reduce the amount of supplemental oxygen he is rec[...]
The list is long. Name after name; people who need prayer. Sometimes I look at the list and want to not even start. One of those times happened the other day. I forced myself to pray for the first few but couldn’t keep going. I found myself thinking, “If only God would let me know which people and circumstances are worth praying about.” I felt inside that if I prayed for 100 people, only two or three of those prayers would be [...]
In early June, middle school youth groups from four Charis Fellowship churches in Ohio gathered at Camp Cotubic in Bellefontaine, Ohio, for the inaugural Ignite Camp. The theme for the camp was based on Matthew 5:11–16 and focused on igniting students’ faith in Jesus and igniting them to do ministry where the Lord has placed them. Churches that attended were Bellefontaine Grace Church (Daniel O’Kane, pastor) led by Nick Mazza,[...]
Long-time Charis Fellowship pastor, Don Rough, continues to be hospitalized with COVID. Here’s an update from his son, Tim. Update on our precious Dad, Pastor Don Rough. Sunday, July 18, 2021, 11:45 pm: Dad’s condition has improved slightly and has not deteriorated over the last couple days. Praise God! He is back on high-flow oxygen, and they continue to try to reduce the levels required to maintain good blood levels of[...]
Carleda May Hutton, who led choirs at Brethren Christian High School in Southern California for 52 years, died June 28, 2021, at the age of 88. She also was the choir director at Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, for 20 years, and later directed the choir at Los Altos Grace Church, also in Long Beach (Phil Helfer, pastor), for 24. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., July 31, 2021, at Grace Church of Long Beach, 360[...]
Here’s an update from Tim Rough on the condition of his dad, Don Rough, retired Charis Fellowship pastor, who has been hospitalized since July 5 with COVID. Yesterday (7/15) Dad was transferred back to Meyersdale Hospital from Conemaugh Hospital. Not sure why, but it seems he was receiving pretty much the same services both places. Today (7/16) Dad had a new X-ray of his chest. The COVID pneumonia is worse than the scan [...]
Grace College’s baseball team has announced that it will hold two Prospect Camps this fall. Each camp is limited to the first 60 participants to register; one will be held Aug. 28 with the final camp on Oct. 23. The price per camp is $100 for each participant. The Prospect Camps are open to high school students from the class of 2022-25. The camps will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Grace’s Miller Athletic [...]
Grace College president, Dr. Bill Katip, was interviewed recently by Gerry Dick on Inside Indiana Business. In the interview, he detailed affordability efforts and the push for online education. The new affordability measures will help Fall 2021 incoming Indiana students attend the school tuition-free! Plus, the college is celebrating success with its online program! Dr. Bill Katip has more on the strong demand for online and [...]
Last year, Barb Wooler and Judi Orme embarked on a cross-country trip on their bicycles to promote Hand-in-Hand Schools in Central African Republic. This year, they are doing it again — only on their motorcycles. Barb, who is director of Crisis Response for Encompass World Partners, explains in a recent email to supporters: It’s hard to believe that exactly a year ago today Judi and I (Barb Wooler) started our tre[...]
Women of Grace USA, the national women’s ministry of the Charis Fellowship, has announced a new name and a new brand. In their Grace Touch newsletter this morning, they unveiled Charis Women with a mission to connect and equip women in Charis Fellowship churches. That announcement is included below. Check out their new website at chariswomen.com. If you have questions, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. New Name, Same[...]
The second stop of the Momentum on the Road conference was held at Grace Church of Greater Akron – Bath Campus, where Momentum Ministry Partners’ President Jeff Bogue is the senior pastor. Similar to the first conference in Lititz, Pa., nearly 300 students participated in a 36-hour conference with speakers, worship, specialized training tracks, as well as afternoon sports, games, and crafts. Below are a few photo highlights. J[...]
Prayer is requested for Sherie Howell, who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (Her husband, Steve, is a former Charis Fellowship pastor and is now vice president of Strategic Partnerships at ZimZam Global.) Since late June, she has been hospitalized regularly for chemo treatments. Her treatments are generally four days straight with three weeks off. Here’s an update posted yesterday and shared with per[...]
Continued prayer is requested for long-time Charis Fellowship pastor, Don Rough. Here’s a report posted on Facebook yesterday by his son, Tim. Today’s update Tuesday, July 13, 2021: Dad’s supplemental O2 has been reduced a little, and he is maintaining acceptable blood oxygen levels, so this is a positive small step. He is also having very basic physical therapy where he walks a few steps and does individual movements of[...]
In a brief online meeting Tuesday night, Charis Fellowship executive director Phil Sparling, incoming fellowship coordinator, Tim Hodge, and assistant executive director, Andrew Saunders walked delegates through issues that will be considered during an official business meeting on August 31, 2021. There were 38 callers logged in, including several churches who had people gathered around a conference table. Tom Avey, outgoing f[...]
“When I look back at the last few months I can’t believe I couldn’t see Him weaving it all together,” said Sarah McMahon, who recently launched a women’s ministry at her church, Western Reserve Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Macedonia, Ohio (Jason Haymaker, lead pastor). Sarah, a former coordinator for the GraceConnect eNews, has been on staff at Western Reserve Grace Church (WRGC) for almost nine years. She[...]
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