Urban Hope Philadelphia is blessed with people from various churches who come to help. The team from Martinsburg, Pa., came to Urban Hope Philly the weekend of February 8-10. The group joined people from Urban Hope Community Church to do manual labor on Saturday. The group from Martinsburg got to love on the homeless people in the Kensington area by giving them soup they had prepared and praying with their new friends. Some of[...]
George Swain, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Homerville, Ohio, authored a short piece in Friday’s Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Happiness is taking a trip that leads to heaven Being happy. It’s on everyone’s bucket list. Some people never seem to get there. For them trying to be happy is like trying to be taller. Impossible. Can’t be bought.[...]
Putting together a commemorative scrapbook might not seem a likely way to be launched into a new ministry focus, but that’s exactly what happened for Anne Brown. Anne has ministered with her pastor husband, Jim, at Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind., for almost 23 years. The church has grown from a congregation of about 65 to current attendance of about 2,500. They’ve been through three building projects and seen amazing a[...]
The following ministry moves have been noted in the recent Inspire Charis Pastors Network (formerly Association of Grace Brethren Ministers) newsletter: At the Penn Valley Multi-Site Church, Telford, Pa., Andrew Saunders is pastor of shepherding and Telford campus leadership team coordinator, and Dave Allem is pastor of peaching at the Telford campus. Rick Conrad, is the pastor at Davidsville Community Church, Johnstown, Pa. [...]
Regional media reported yesterday’s news of Coach Jim Kessler’s impending retirement as the long-time men’s basketball coach at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. Below is a round-up of news reports, with links to complete stories. Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal-Gazette Longtime Grace coach to retire after 42 years It’s the end of an era at Grace College. In a conference room overlooking the court where he has[...]
Serving in the U.S. Army was more than a job for Chaplain (Col.) James Schaefer and his wife, Elizabeth. As he retired from active duty at the end of January after 28 years, the couple reflected on what to them had been a calling. It was the end of another chapter in Charis Fellowship ministries, that included serving as missionaries in Mexico and leading a local church. “We remember so well the Sunday that our home church pra[...]
Human sex trafficking is a growing epidemic in our country, in our state and yes, even in our community. The nature of this modern-day slavery is that it is performed in secret, often in the dark, and therefore usually goes unnoticed. Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., in partnership with the Bethel College School of Nursing, will host a forum to equip students, faculty and staff, and the general public with tools to recognize [...]
After 42 years and over 1,300 games, Jim Kessler is ready to step down. Kessler announced his plans to retire as the head coach of Grace’s men’s basketball team during a press conference on Monday morning. The legendary coach is currently No. 1 in NAIA Division II among active coaches with over 780 career victories. He has led the Lancers to 10 conference championships over his 42-year career. Kessler will hand off[...]
A seventeen-year-old who attends the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), was crowned Miss Kosciusko on Saturday night. Naevenya Moore is the daughter of Steve and Princene Moore and entered the pageant for the first time because of the scholarship opportunities. She will represent the region in the Miss Indiana pageant in June. A portion of the story from InkFreeNews appears below. Click here [...]
Pray for the Republic of Haiti and the Charis Fellowship ministries that work there. Violence has continued to erupt, forcing the cancelation of one ministry trip scheduled there last week, and the temporary evacuation of staff at Breathe Partners. Below are reports from the various ministries. Caribbean Vision Ministries director, Chuck Davis, sent this report Sunday evening: Violence in Haiti continues particularly in Port A[...]
A post at victorysportsnetwork.com reports that Grace College’s longtime soccer coach, Matt Hotchkin, has accepted the head men’s soccer coaching position at Bob Jones University, his alma mater. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace’s Hotchkin accepts coaching job at Bob Jones University Longtime Grace men’s soccer coach Matt Hotchkin has accepted the hea[...]
Online registration for the South Focus Retreat for Charis Fellowship ministry leaders is now available. The retreat will be held March 11 through 13 at the Florida FFA Leadership Training Center, Haines City, Fla. Like the other retreats this year, the regional retreats are led by Clancy Cruise, executive director of the Charis Fellowship. The Retreats provide opportunities for Charis Fellowship leaders to refresh, reflect, a[...]
Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF) recently completed an annual audit for the fiscal year 2018, setting a new record net income at $1,705,865. Also, the GBIF board of directors approved a total of more than $745,000 in goodwill contributions to help a variety of Charis Fellowship ministries. “God has once again blessed the GBIF ministry, shares Ken Seyfert, president and CEO. “We have been able to maintain our rate p[...]
Momentum Youth Conference has announced that Christian rapper Lecrae will be a main session speaker at this summer’s conference. Lecrae Devaughn Moore, or simply Lecrae, is also a songwriter and record producer who performs both as a solo artist and as the leader of a group named ‘116 Clique’. He had a troubled beginning in life but all that changed after he found his faith at 19. Heavily influenced by 2Pac Shakur, and m[...]
Grace Theological Seminary’s new dean, Dr. Freddy Cardoza, has a surprising heritage. The grandson of a Portuguese immigrant, Cardoza was raised in his earliest years by a single mother in a home with no indoor plumbing in the remote Appalachian hills of Eastern Tennessee. Cardoza and his twin brother, Teddy, were the only minorities within the surrounding counties. At the age of 13, Cardoza was invited to hear NFL football st[...]
Colleen (Trent) Abshire, 89, of Boones Mill, Va., passed peacefully from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Monday. February 11, 2019. Colleen was born to the late Alonza and Nellie Trent on January 8, 1930. She grew up in Southeast Roanoke, having many fond memories of her childhood and often telling stories that began with, “When I was a little girl in Riverdale…” Colleen married her only love J. Donald Abs[...]
Grace College president, Dr. Bill Katip, is the author of an op ed piece about the value of a private college education that is published in today’s Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette. A portion of the column appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Independent thought: Private colleges prove worth of their public investment Is higher education worth it? It’s a question our society is trying valiantly[...]
A new group of Charis Alliance churches has developed in the Republic of Haiti. Called the Fraternite Charis d’ Haiti, they are planning their first ever national conference in March 2019. This new network of 90 congregations from throughout the country is committed to sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and working together to support and encourage each other in their desire and abilities to disciple a new generation [...]
Like-minded people come together. That was the idea behind the first Kalahari event. This year was no different; this year it was called ‘Kalahari One.’ The annual winter youth retreat, held at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio, from January 5 to January 7, was focused on oneness. Speaker David Nasser articulated the theme at each of the four sessions: Friday night is was ‘one choice,’ Saturday ‘one team’ and ‘one life,’ and S[...]
At least two congregations in the Charis Fellowship played host to the special needs community over the weekend as they were the site of Night to Shine events. Grace Church, Wooster, Ohio (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor), was the site of Friday night’s Night to Shine in Wayne County. Click here to see coverage from the Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record. A portion of the story appears below. In Pickerington, Ohio, Grace Fellowsh[...]
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