Patriotism is the theme of the Summer issue of GraceConnect magazine. The publication is in the mail to subscribers and is available online by clicking here. You may also read it at issuu.com. rticles include a look at how the early Brethren viewed their support of their new found country, and how that really hasn’t changed. Former U.S. Army chaplain Mark Penfold looks at how we are shaped by the land in which we live. Two sto[...]
The past ten days or so have shaken us as a nation as we watch news of one mass shooting after another. We’re horrified, and the outcry for gun control is becoming louder in the wake of such tragedies. As politicians, pundits and the population debate gun control, there’s a huge factor that no one seems to be paying much attention to. Something has changed about us as a society. I remember as a child that my siblings and mysel[...]
Dr. Nate Bosch, director of Lilly Lakes & Streams at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., reported on the health of Syracuse Lake in northeastern Kosciusko County, Ind., recently at a meeting of property owners and others interested in the lake. His presentation was reported yesterday on the online news site, InkFreeNews. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Health Of Syracuse Lake An[...]
The Grace Brethren Church in Clinton, Md. (Irv Clark, senior pastor) began as a mostly caucasian congregation in its early days. After being faced with the reality of their congregation becoming a dying church, they decided to take a step of faith and make changes to minister to the people in the community around them. In this video, Irv Clark gives more of the story of how Clinton Grace became one of the many racially diverse[...]
The board of directors of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation is in the process of searching for a new president/chief executive officer that will lead the organization when Ken Seyfert, current president/CEO, retires early next year. A position announcement has been posted at charisfellowship.us/jobs. The president/ceo is responsible for the strategic leadership of the organization so that its mission is accomplished and[...]
The latest edition of CE National’s Pastorpedia looks at the hazards of being a pastor. Click on the link below to hear the discussion between veteran pastors Knute Larson, Jeff Bogue, and Jim Brown, or click here to read the transcript of their discussion. What Are Job Hazards Pastors Face? What are our job hazards? It is true that pastoring a church is not a hard-hat job. It is correct to say that there are not physica[...]
When thirty-six-year-old Jerry Koontz of Elkhart, Ind., found himself volunteering at his sons’ martial arts academy two nights per week for several hours, he was struck with an idea. The excuse of a lack of time would not suffice anymore. He was going back to school. He would finish his degree. Koontz graduated high school with a job selling pagers in 1996. This led to a job offer with a salary that was too good to pass up, b[...]
Two new brochures are now available for local Charis Fellowship churches to use with membership classes, visitor’s centers, guests, and other occasions to reinforce a connection with the Charis Fellowship. They are available at no charge for the cost of shipping and handling. The brochures were produce by the Charis Fellowship office, in partnership with GraceConnect/BMH Books. The Charis Commitment to Common Identity br[...]
The GOAL (Grace Opportunities for Adult Learners) program at Grace College is featured in a story at the online news site, InkFreeNews, this week. A portion of the story, which features Susanna Metzger, is included below. Click here to read the complete story. Stepping Out Of Hard Seasons With Hope In 1995, eighteen-year-old Susanna Metzger eagerly began her second semester of college at IPFW, planning to study accounting. But[...]
Shelly Parker, a member of East Side Grace Brethren Church, Blacklick, Ohio (Beau Stanley, senior pastor), was honored last week during the Young at Heart festival, which is sponsored by The Columbus Dispatch and ThisWeek Community News. He and his wife, Miranda, coordinate the food pantry at East Side GBC. An article about the couple appeared in the This Week Community News paper and online. A portion of it appears below. Cli[...]
Hannah Deblois’ parents, Michael (BA 89) and Sue (Herbert BS 88) Deblois, have been ministers most of her life, pastoring a small church in Michigan while also holding down part-time jobs in the school district. “We didn’t always know where the money was going to come from,” remembers Deblois, “but the Lord has always been faithful to provide.” Attending Grace College like her parents did had always seemed like an improbable p[...]
After visiting a slew of colleges in 2011, high school senior, Jamin Parker, decided to attend Grace College. For the Indiana native, offered a full-ride scholarship for academics and athletics, the choice was a no-brainer. While he studied at Grace, he took advantage of the blended program, allowing him to receive a degree in Accounting and an MBA in just 4 years. On the other side of his 2015 graduation ceremony, came a gold[...]
I used to like the game of limbo. In junior high gym class (long before I knew what back pain was) I enjoyed the challenge of bending backward just enough to get my whole body under the bar without touching it. I enjoyed the music and the cheers of the onlookers as slowly but surely I passed from one side to the other. I especially liked that one moment of staring up at the bar from my awkward bent position right before I stoo[...]
Phil Sparling, incoming executive director of the Charis Fellowship and pastor of Auburn Grace Community Church, Auburn, Calif., closed the final celebration of Access2019 with a challenge to learn a new dance. He told the story of the three charises, or graces, in Greek culture that pictured three ladies, not looking at each other, holding hands, connected to each other, but not looking at each other. He described three chara[...]
Grace College Associate Professor of Communication Mike Yocum calculates 2019 as his 36th year at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in Warsaw, Ind. He has performed almost every summer since 1983. Yocum has been a part of 80 shows, and recently participated in the musical, “Oklahoma!” as Andrew Carnes. Yocum looks forward to other productions this summer such as “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Hands on a Hardbody.” His involvem[...]
Grace College’s cross country team is excited to debut its fall schedule. The Lancers will be running under first year head coach Jake Poyner in 2019. Grace has six regular season meets before plunging into the postseason. The fall season starts with the nearby Manchester Hokum Karem on Aug. 30. Following that meet, Grace will run at Indiana Wesleyan (Sept. 6), Olivet Nazarene (Sept. 20), Louisville (Oct. 5), Bethel (Oct[...]
Grace’s men’s and women’s tennis teams unveiled their 2019 schedules. Both teams play the majority of their schedules in the fall, focusing heavily on the month of September. The squads start the year with the same two opening dates. Grace will play a warmup with the Marian Doubles Tournament in Indianapolis on Aug. 24. The Crossroads League portion of the schedule starts on Aug. 27 when the men and women pla[...]
Grace’s men’s and women’s golf teams announced their schedules for the upcoming fall season. The programs are coming off a landmark 2018-19, a year which saw both teams qualify for NCCAA Nationals simultaneously for the first time. The teams are planning on a return trip to NCCAAs this fall, held Oct. 21-23 at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla. Women’s Golf will start with the Trine Invitational o[...]
Marion Forrest, 96, of Powell, Ohio, died on July 27, 2019. He was born on June 23, 1923, to the late Marion and Luvanda (Adkins) Forrest. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandchild, Jonathan Forrest. Upon graduation, Marion joined the United State Navy where he proudly served as a submariner in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Marion met his first wife, Dorothy, and had four children togeth[...]
Grace College completed its first Engineering Camp for middle school students. The week-long camp, held July 15-19, welcomed 20 local students to explore the world of engineering from 8 – 5 p.m. in an interactive and engaging setting. The week was sponsored by several community partners, including Zimmer Biomet. Campers worked alongside Grace engineering students to build CO2 race cars, heard from industry professionals, learn[...]
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