Do you know the difference between a thermometer and a thermostat? Both tools measure temperature but while a thermometer adjusts to the temperature around it, a thermostat sets the temperature. The difference is simple, but if applied to how we act in a room full of people it can be convicting. During the four years I worked at a GM manufacturing plant, I behaved like a thermometer. I used the language my coworkers used, told[...]
A preacher’s reflection on the attacks on our country on September 11, 2001 — Rich Schnieders, pastor of Friendship Grace Brethren Church, Fort Myers, Fla., shared these thoughts on his Facebook page this morning. It is reproduced here with his permission. This morning as I work in my study with TV news on, keeping an eye on the memorial events around the country, I reflected on that day 18 years ago. Eighteen years ago,[...]
“God put everything on earth that we needed to not only survive but thrive,” says Carolyn Johansen, a member of Community Grace Brethren Church (a Charis Fellowship congregation in Goldendale, Wash., Greg Howell, senior pastor). Carolyn became interested in natural health at the age of 40 years old when she developed leaky gut syndrome after being prescribed an array of antibiotics. She then developed headaches, which lasted f[...]
This fall, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., welcomed 400 new undergraduate students to its campus. Grace’s incoming class is nearly 11 percent larger than last year and one of the most diverse student bodies in Grace’s history, including 24 percent more Hispanic students. In all, Grace enrolled 1,957 students this semester. Several key academic programs are growing at Grace. The school’s blended degree program, which allows s[...]
Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, has presented Thomas Theodore Julien, D.Div., with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Julien celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Ma[...]
Over the weekend, Grace Church, Osceola, Ind. (Greg Serafino, senior pastor) noted it’s 90th year with a special service. The bulletin included a reproduction of a cover from a 1951 Brethren Missionary Herald magazine announcing the self-supporting status of the church. Dan and Rachel Jackson, Timothy (TK) Kurtanek, and Tom and Sharon Stallter were special guests. Rachel is the daughter of the late Pastor Gordon and Agn[...]
Grace College recently announced that Ben Miles would be leading international recruitment efforts for the school from a base in Thailand. (See Grace College Expands International Recruitment Efforts.) Here’s the back story of Ben and his wife, Asia, who is the daughter of Encompass World Partners staff members, Jason and Doni Weimer, who serve in Bangkok, Thailand. This first appeared on the news blog at grace.edu. How [...]
Grace College’s men’s golf team may have one of the youngest teams in the Crossroads League, but the Lancers have high hopes for the 2019-20 season. The Denny Hepler-coached team has no seniors on the eight-player roster, and five of the players are freshmen or sophomores. But despite that youth, Hepler believes that “this could be one of the finest teams assembled at Grace in quite some time. We could be ver[...]
The Grace College School of Business will offer Kauffman FastTrac classes in Spanish for individuals who want to start or grow a business. Classes will meet from 6-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays starting September 26. The program will be seven weeks long and will be instructed by Grace business professors at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd, Winona Lake, Ind. The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the pro[...]
“Mommy will go to the hospital and be there for several nights, then come home with our new baby,” I told my two-year-old daughter enthusiastically. She had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of “her baby,” but it was the first time I had explained to her that I had to go away for a while. My goal was to break the hard parts of the experience into small sections for her to digest. “Will I go with you?” she asked. I explaine[...]
When I first met “Stephen,” I noticed that he had an interesting “birth mark” on his nose and that he walked with a limp. As I got to know him, I discovered that the stain was no birth mark, but was a battle scar from his active duty service. Stephen was a Korean War vet who served in the United States Marine Corps, first as an enlisted Marine and eventually as an officer. Stephen would attend worship services at a chapel wher[...]
Echo Valley Grace Brethren Church in Tremont, Pa., is seeking a new senior pastor. Below is the job posting. Due to the ill health, resignation and now passing of our beloved lead shepherd; we are seeking a new senior pastor to oversee our flock. Echo Valley Grace Brethren Church is in a rural setting at the base of a mountain. The church is located between Pine Grove and Tremont in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. The buildin[...]
“What if you were born like this for someone else?” A friend once asked me that question as I bemoaned the fact that I didn’t think I was strong enough to live a disabled life anymore. I’d been run ragged with terrifying changes to my diagnoses, the medically overwhelming theory of “pre-mature death,” and an overarching soul desire to just be myself, rather than being caged by my body’s inabilities. I was angry. But my friend [...]
Pavle Popovic and Natalie Bontrager, both juniors and mechanical engineering students at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., have taken the Engineering Department’s slogan: “use your skills to improve lives,” to heart. While other students around the nation spent their summers relaxing at the pool and resting their brains, Popovic and Bontrager had another idea in mind. “I wanted to take the opportunity to learn from scratch wha[...]
Even as Hurricane Dorian works it’s way up the southeastern coast of the U.S., steps are being taken throughout the Charis Fellowship to provide aid in its aftermath. Barb Wooler, director of crisis response for Encompass World Partners, is marshaling volunteers to help with cleanup and recovery efforts. She is assessing needs in the Bahamas, where there are a number of Charis Alliance churches, and along the east coast of Flo[...]
Grace College women’s golfer, Sydney Abbott, is featured in her hometown newspaper, the Daily Journal in Franklin, Ind. Sydney, who joined the fledgling golf team as a freshman, is about to graduate. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Abbott finishing up golf career at Grace Years from now, those researching the humble origins of Grace College’s women’s golf program won’t be ab[...]
Registration is now open for the East Focus Retreat, the second of five regional gatherings for ministry leaders in the Charis Fellowship. The retreat will be held October 21-23, 2019, at Ocean City, Md. As in the past, sessions will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 1301 Philadelphia Avenue, in Ocean City, while participants will stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocean City, 1701 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean Cit[...]
Tony Webb, executive director of Vision USA, a cooperating ministry in the Charis Fellowship, recently sent an update. A portion of it is included below. Click here to read his complete report. Last week finally came! What I mean is Cathy and I have been waiting for last week to come since the car accident in February. Last week was the first week since the car accident that I have felt close to the proverbial ‘ok’ or well, ma[...]
“I had to be willing to let Jesus change my mindset,” says Matt Neal, a member of Grace Fellowship in Pickerington, Ohio (Keith Minier, lead pastor) as shares his story about breaking his addiction to pornography. “I would have given anything to not have walked this road,” he says, “but God has brought me through this and I’m here today to be able to tell this story.” Take a few moment[...]
For the first time since 2010, Grace’s cross country team will have a new coach leading the team. Jake Poyner, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, will coach the Lancers in 2019 for his first season. Jeff Raymond transitioned into a new position as Grace’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field starting this school year. Poyner has high hopes for the Lancers this fall as he seeks to place his imprint on[...]
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