Word has been received of the death of Ken Balmer, an active member of Penn Valley Church, Telford, Pa. Until recent years, he and his wife, Ruth, were a fixture at the national conference of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches). They were generous supporters of a number of ministries within the Fellowship. His obituary appears below. Z. Kenneth (Ken) Balmer, 89, beloved husband of Ruth (Fretz) Balmer [...]
CE National has unveiled a new brand for the organization. It will now operate under the name Momentum Ministry Partners. The new brand reflects a targeted focus in partnering with churches to provide ministry experiences. Momentum Ministry Partners strive to be champions of the local church. They want to see local congregations and youth groups flourish by coming alongside them to provide experiences they might not otherwise [...]
An item in Wednesday’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union noted that the Kosciusko County Convention, Recreation, and Visitors Commission had approved the request of Chad Briscoe, director of athletics at Grace College, for a grant to promote the March 2021 NCCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Visitors Commission Reorganizes, Reviews Grant[...]
I thought I was done with Christmas for another year. As I drove up to my house the other day, though, I realized the Christmas decoration on the front door had been overlooked in packing up. Boldly it proclaimed, “Joy to the World.” My first thought was, “It doesn’t belong there now.” My next one was, “Why not?” I had been feeling like the year had gotten off to a rough start. Suddenly, the responsibility of truly bringing jo[...]
The online news site, InkFreeNews, is reporting that Grace College will implement regular COVID-19 testing for students when they return to class on January 25. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace To Implement Regular COVID-19 Testing For Students Grace College has stepped up its COVID-19 testing requirements for students. In an email to students and parents sent on Wednesday, J[...]
Over the past six months, Trey Gilmore has been leading the Contrast Church launch team in laying the groundwork for opening this spring. Contrast Church will be a new Charis Fellowship church in Grandview, Ohio, one of the innermost suburbs of Columbus. Because of its proximity to the downtown metro area, the demographic is a younger, professional crowd. Gilmore spent a year as a resident at two central Ohio Charis Fellowship[...]
Grace College and John Patrick University of Health and Applied Sciences in South Bend, Ind., are partnering to offer Grace College students a bachelor of science in medical imaging degree. Grace students can enroll in the program accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology this spring. Grace’s addition of the degree comes in response to an increased need for medical imaging technicians in th[...]
Edna Wonderly, the widow of former Grace College professor, Daniel Wonderly, has died. Her obituary appears below. Edna Giese Wonderly, 96, of Black Mountain, N.C., formerly of Oakland, passed away on December 31, 2020. Born on July 7, 1924 on a homestead in Campbell County, South Dakota, she was a daughter of the late Friedrich and Christina (Fehr) Giese, both German immigrants from Russia. She was preceded in death by her hu[...]
After a year as interim vice president of academic affairs, Grace College named Dr. Laurie Owen the permanent vice president of academic affairs. Owen has accrued nearly 20 years of experience at Grace College, including ten as the dean of the School of Education. She earned her B.S. from Eastern Illinois University, her M.A. from Ball State University, and her Ph.D. from Walden University. “Laurie has been a beloved and dynam[...]
The Republic, Mitchell, S.D., made note of Grace College’s streak-breaking win over Indiana Wesleyan Wednesday night. The men’s basketball upset No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan 91-87. The victory snaps IWU’s 26-game win streak, propelling the Lancers (9-4, 2-2 Crossroads League) up the league standings. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Also, see Lancers topple No. 1 IWU fo[...]
Phil Sparling, Charis Fellowship executive director, and Tim Hodge, Charis fellowship coordinator, have issued a joint statement regarding the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol. It is included below and may also be found by clicking here. As followers of Jesus Christ and leaders within the Charis Fellowship we are personally saddened by the course of events of January 6 at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. W[...]
Last summers We Are One Breakout entitled, “Redeeming Social Distance; Toward and Beyond Racial Reconciliation After Years of Separation,” has become a series of conversations on the topic. Carlos Tellez led last summer’s Breakout and offered an outline of steps to take in application. Encompass World Partners sponsored the breakout session and has hosted these Zoom meetings in the months that followed. In November[...]
A new update has been posted for fan policies and procedures at home events for Grace College basketball. The update will be in effect beginning Jan. 5 and will continue until further notice. Kosciusko County recently transitioned to “red” status, per the state’s COVID-19 data. These changes are a direct reflection of that county update. All information is subject to change based on state and county guideline[...]
Our New Year didn’t come in the way I had hoped. Although our plans hadn’t been huge, New Year’s was potentially the last holiday my husband, Peter, and I had before our son, Judah, arrives in early April. Ideas of games, movies, junk food and laughter were all I had thought about for days. Instead, there were bowls strategically placed between the bathrooms so I would be prepared any time my nausea hit. Peter militantly chec[...]
Mark Penfold, the Charis Fellowship endorser for military chaplains has sent a review of 2020 activities for the Eagle Commission. Among the items: The year 2020 has also been a significant year for the Eagle Commission. With the advice and full support of GBIF, the Eagle Commission drafted bylaws and was incorporated in the state of Indiana. Over the summer and into the fall, committed several committed pastors and individual[...]
Sarah Harman has decided to step aside as the head coach of Grace’s softball team. Harman cited the desire to pursue professional endeavors outside of athletics as the reason for stepping down as well as the ability to spend more time with her family. She leaves Grace after three seasons. The Lady Lancers were NAIA Scholar-Teams (3.0 overall team GPA) in each of Harman’s seasons, and she also secured strong recruit[...]
For many of us, 2020 not has been the year we expected or planned. Across the country people have lost jobs, faced hunger, and accrued debt while trying to stay afloat. It can be hard for us to look back over the past 12 months, especially the last nine, and see anything good. But as believers, we have hope. We serve a God who has plans and purposes we can’t always see and don’t always understand. Despite the pandemic, believe[...]
It was an historic year in many ways. In the U.S. in 2020, there was a disputed national election and racial tensions, not to mention a world-wide pandemic which disrupted lives in many ways. But it was also a significant year in the Charis Fellowship, as evidenced by the top stories accessed on graceconnect.us, the only site devoted completely to news and information in the network of congregations in North America. Stories i[...]
In this edition of Charis Beliefs, Dr. Randy Smith explores the history of baptism, why it matters, what it symbolizes, and why we practice trine immersion of believers today. A deeper understanding of baptism will deepen your understanding and appreciation of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Click on the image above or go to vimeo.com/489886834. Dr. Smith is executive director of the Great Commission Bible Institute, [...]
Community Grace Brethren Church, Goldendale, Wash. (Greg Howell, pastor) is among the businesses, churches, and “folks around town” who expressed their New Years wishes yesterday in The Goldendale Sentinel. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read all the resolutions. Resolved: Let’s have a better year Community Grace Brethren Church – We need each other. During the pandemic, it has b[...]
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