Grace Polaris Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation on the north side of Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), is unveiling a new Christmas pageant this year. (Click here to read about the retirement of the church’s annual “Living Christmas Trees” program.) Yesterday, the Columbus Dispatch wrote about the new program, “Go Tell It.” A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read th[...]
The football team at Grace Brethren High School, Simi Valley, Calif., is headed for the CIF-State Division 2AA SoCal Regional championship game Friday night at Cal Lutheran. The Ventura Star reports that the team is focused on winning a state title. A portion of that story appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Va[...]
Jim McClellan, 89, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at Edward M. Poe Hospice Care Center in Titusville, Fla. Jim was born in Long Beach, Calif. He lived in California for 35 years, New Mexico for seven years, Washington state for 46 years, and moved to Titusville, Fla., two years ago. Jim graduated from Talbot Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1957 and served as a pastor for much of his life. He pastored church[...]
For the first time in program history, Grace’s women’s soccer team has won 20 games in a season. The Lady Lancers (20-4) continued their impressive play with a 3-0 win over Central Christian in pool play at the NCCAA National Championships. Former Warsaw Lady Tiger standout Liz Van Wormernetted two goals in the second half to propel the Lady Lancers past the Tigers (11-10). Grace has one match remaining in pool pla[...]
Grace’s women’s soccer team kicked off the NCCAA National Championships in style, routing Warner 5-1 on Monday, November 26. Cassidy Wasson scored two goals to lead the Lady Lancers (19-4) to victory in the opening game of pool play. The Lady Lancers continue pool play on Tuesday with a 2:30 p.m. match against Central Christian. Grace was the aggressor almost instantly after kickoff. The Lady Lancers made several d[...]
Two things could not be stopped during Grace’s NCCAA Pool Play match against Columbia International on Monday, November 26. One was the seemingly unending downpour of rain. The second was Cody Boerema. Boerema had a part in all three of Grace’s second-half goals, leading the Lancers to a 4-2 victory over Columbia International. The Lancers (14-3-4) sit atop Pool B at NCCAA Nationals after Monday night’s win w[...]
“Motorcycle Club” is not a typical Christian ministry. Seven years ago, Ted Rondeau launched Free Christian Motorcycle Club (Galatians 5:1) or FC Brothers MC (FCMC). The vision was and is to live out biblical community in front of other bikers for the sake of redeeming them to Christ. The club is like others across the country: riding many miles, attending parties, putting together fundraising events, and wearing ‘[...]
In many ways, #GivingTuesday marks the opening day of the giving season and an opportunity to remember the reason for celebrating the Christmas holiday — a sacrificial gift given so that others might have eternal life. On this #GivingTuesday, would you give generously to GraceConnect (Brethren Missionary Herald Co.) so that we can continue to share the stories of God at work in the Charis Fellowship and, ultimately, that peopl[...]
The Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music will conclude for the year with two Christmas concerts. This Sunday, Dec. 2, the Grace College Lancer Chorus and String and Guitar Ensemble, First United Methodist Church Choir, and the Lakeland Community Choir & Festival Orchestra will present “Christmas in the Village: God’s Breath in Man.” The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Par[...]
Joel Hawthorne is the new chairman of the CE National Board of Directors. Joel is the executive director of Specialty Steel Works where he oversees the company from their Hammond, Ind., location. He and his wife, Jodi, are committed believers and their home is in Tennessee. He is a devoted CE National Board of Directors member and led volunteers to Urban Hope in Philadelphia for more than eight years. He also led an Urban Plun[...]
Grace Brethren High School’s football team took it’s second consecutive CIF-Southern Section championship on Saturday night. Below is a portion of a report from the Ventura County Star. Click here to read the complete article. The school is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley, Calif. (Jordan Bakker, pastor). Grace Brethren wins Division 4 final for second straight CIF-SS foot[...]
As the football Lancers of Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif., headed to the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship last Saturday night, they were featured in the Ventura County Star on Friday. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. (Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, pastor). How [...]
Former Charis Fellowship pastor, Dan Travis, is recovering at home following an accident in Israel, after which he found himself hospitalized. He shared the story, to God’s glory, on Facebook, which is reproduced here, in its entirety, with his permission. Dan and his wife, Joanne, live in central Ohio, from where he frequently leads trips to Israel. Until his retirement more than a year ago, he served as pastor of Grace[...]
I drove in the driveway and a three-year-old shot out of the house like a bolt of lightning. After giving me an intense hug, he started dragging me toward the house. “Grandma, come see our tomato plant,” he urged as he pulled at my hand. “You know what? Daddy has a new bike,” he added. After about six months of not seeing me, he had a lot to show. He barely stopped to breathe as he took me on a whirlwind tour and described all[...]
Grace College invites the community to shop at the fifth-annual Night Market on Friday, November 30, from 2 – 8 p.m. in the Winona Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave., Winona Lake, Ind. Night Market is an alternative Christmas shopping experience that offers the public a chance to purchase hand-crafted gifts from local and international artisans while supporting charitable causes. “At Night Market, gifts for purchase give back. A por[...]
The Grace College Lancers will hope to leave their mark at the 2018 NCCAA National Championships later this month. Grace volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer each earned a berth to the national tournament, held from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1. The soccer tournament is held at the Austin-Tindall Soccer Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. The men’s soccer team earned the No. 2 seed in the nine-team field. Grace will play [...]
Josh Swafford, member of Grace Fellowship Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Frederick, Md. (Scott Avey, lead pastor), met Jesus on his knees. God brought him a hope like he never had before. “I prayed and I prayed on my knees, and it was very painful,” Swafford shares. “But when I stood up, it was like the weight was gone. I went from being a whiny baby about how unfair my life is, to ‘I have [...]
Kendall Lovejoy’s most vivid childhood memories took place on the farm owned and operated by his grandfather just outside his hometown of Archbold, a small farming community in northwestern Ohio. Now a freshman agribusiness student at Grace College, Lovejoy represents the best and brightest of agriculture’s future. Lovejoy and his peers in the Grace College School of Business are running hard after their education and career p[...]
Access2018, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) ended Thursday afternoon, July 26, 2018, with a lively business meeting which saw the addition of three new churches to the fellowship and the adoption of three position statements to be added to the fourth cluster of the Commitment to Common Identity. Churches added to the Fellowship are: Three Creeks Church, Gahanna, Ohio, Jo[...]
Ten families from Living Hope Fellowship, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Chico, Calif., have lost homes in the recent wildfire that nearly destroyed nearby Paradise, Calif., according to Pastor Phil Sparling, pastor of Auburn Grace Community Church in Auburn, Calif., some 80 miles away. The Chico church is 20 miles from Paradise. Among the families who lost their homes is the Associate Pastor Heath Jarrett, it is reported[...]
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