Dr. Kris Farwell, mathematics program director at Grace College, was elected the Indiana Chair of Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the world’s largest community of mathematicians, students, and enthusiasts. Farwell will serve as chair for a three-year term. Farwell received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He has taught math at Grace for eight years and got involved with M[...]
Tim Hodge is being recommended by the Fellowship Council to serve as the assistant director of the Charis Fellowship from 2019-2022. Tim is the lead pastor of Grace Family Church in New Holland, Pa. He is married to Heidi and is father to three boys (14, 12, and 5) and one girl (8). Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Tim worked as a mechanical engineering tradesman for General Motors for six[...]
Grace College’s women’s soccer program has announced David Andersen as its next assistant coach. Andersen returns to Grace as a former soccer student-athlete, where he played for the Lancers from 2008-11. “I’m very pleased that the Andersen family is moving to Winona Lake. David is an accomplished and experienced coach,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “He is very familiar with the NAIA [...]
The Winona Lake Jazz Festival will take place on Saturday, July 27, from 1 – 7 p.m. under a large tent on Tabernacle Lawn, 801 Park Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. Part of the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music, the free, outdoor concert is sponsored by Sweetwater Sound. The lineup includes a fantastic array of groups throughout the day, including Marty Becker and the Dockside Dixieland Band, the Alicia Pyle Quartet[...]
Sharon R. (Witzky) Koser Matthes of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Indiana died at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at Lutheran Hospital of Ft. Wayne, Ind., at the age 74. She was born on September 8, 1944 in Mansfield, Ohio to Leila Mae (Seymour) Witzky and Harold Eugene Witzky. On May 15, 1965, she was married to Eugene “Gene” Richard Koser. They were married for 43 years before he died on October 5, 20[...]
Steve Koontz, who serves at CE National as IT developer and is a member of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor), made a presentation about tower gardens at the Kosciusko County Fair this week. His talk, given with nine-year-old Justus Lommel, was reported by the Times-Union newspaper. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Fairgoers Get An Up-Close-An[...]
Knute Larson says he’s not a very good runner, but he’s kept at it. When he was struggling through a marathon someone told him to “Lean over, take shorter steps, one at a time.” That advice is the foundation of his book, The Great Human Race, which was just re-released this month by BMH Books. Larson said, “…One step at a time is the only way to live life.” Larson is a pastoral and personal coach who draws on 43 ye[...]
Join the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams and ACRES Land Trust for a memorable woodland expedition at Bock Nature Preserve near Akron, Ind., on Saturday, July 27, from 9-10 a.m. Casey Jones, director of land management at ACRES, will guide visitors through both woodland and prairie ecosystems. Bock Nature Preserve was acquired by ACRES in 2007. Since then, ACRES has opened a 1.3-mile trail and maintained the property. The [...]
“I am in it for the long haul. If God called me to care for these people, I was going to be faithful,” says Eric Durso, who is now the lead pastor of Grace Rancho, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., as he reflects on God’s faithfulness to the revitalized church over the last year. The congregation of Grace Rancho (formally known as Grace Fellowship of Alta Loma) is a product of what churches within t[...]
Gary and Becky Kent Woolman recently paid a visit to Washington, D.C., where they stopped by the church building which formerly housed the First Brethren Church at 12th and E Streets. Her grandfather, Homer Kent Sr., was the pastor there from 1925 to 1940 when he took a faculty position at Grace Theological Seminary and the family moved to Winona Lake, Ind. Becky’s father, Homer Kent Jr., was 14 years old when the family[...]
Operation Barnabas East Team spent some time at Manheim Grace Brethren Church in Manheim, Pa. TK, director of Operation Barnabas, and Cody Ray, administrative leader for OB East Team, received this email from the secretary of the church. I immediately had to reach out and say how BLESSED we were as a church through Operation Barnabas! Their park program was fantastic. Their teens attentive and caring. They helped us take out o[...]
The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF), Charis Fellowship’s church extension fund, has announced that Kenneth A. Seyfert has communicated his plans to retire effective May 31, 2020. Mr. Seyfert joined the staff of GBIF in 1997 as managing director and officer of operations. In 2004, he was appointed vice president and executive director of operations. In 2013, Mr. Seyfert assumed his current role of president and chi[...]
Community play in the annual Wifflefest tournament sponsored by the Southview Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, was held on Thursday, with the event’s adult tournament fielding 57 teams. A portion of a report on the day from the Ashland Gazette is included below. Click here to read the complete story. ‘Merican Made’ wins 57-team adult tournament Although the 20th anniversary of Ashland Fourth of July staple Wifflefes[...]
The Nominating Committee of the Charis Fellowship has nominate the following people to the 2019-2024 term of the Fellowship Council of the Charis Fellowship: Delegates at the annual corporation meeting of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Inc (doing business as Charis Fellowship) conference will select one representative from each region from this list. Region A: Arctic, Hawaii, Mountain Plains, Nor-Cal, Pacific North[...]
“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” my friend told me. She had recently turned 50 and was struggling a bit with what that milestone means. One day, she found a co-worker in tears. When my friend asked what was wrong, the co-worker blurted out, “I’m turning 25 next week. Half my life will be over!” My friend added with a slight grin, “I’m thinking maybe I should just give up and go climb in my grave.” Our society fights th[...]
An announcement of the 65th wedding anniversary of former Charis Fellowship missionaries, George and Jane Peters, is included in yesterday’s Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch. The Peters’ served for a number of years in the Central African Republic. A portion of it appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Anniversary: F. George and S. Jane Peters 65th F. George and S. Jane (Johnson) Peters, 1033-3 Country Clu[...]
A report on WFMD-Mansfield, Ohio, includes an interview with Ben Malcolmson, special assistant to the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He was the speaker on Sunday as the 20th annual Wifflefest kicked off in Ashland, Ohio. The Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland (Mark Abel, senior pastor) sponsors the event. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article and view the video interview. Se[...]
As Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio (Mark Abel, senior pastor), marks its 20th annual Wifflefest, the event is being featured in the Ashland, Ohio, Times-Gazette. Below is a portion of a third article in a series of three, which was published on June 28, 2019. Click here to read the complete article. 20th Wifflefest features Seahawks’ Malcolmson as guest speaker Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part [...]
Wifflefest, the annual tournament around the backyard game that is played with a perforated plastic ball and plastic bats, is underway in Ashland, Ohio. Sponsored by Southview Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in that community, the first round of games in the Business Tournament was played with proceeds going to the Ashland Pregnancy Care Center. Yesterday’s Times-Gazette included a gallery of phot[...]
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