Last Sunday (May 26), a CE National Honor was given to Grace Community Church in Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor). This specific award was given to the church for the Idea of the Year for The Park at Grace. The church uses the by-line “in the community—for the community” and that in a nutshell is the purpose of The Park. This huge playland, while meant for the children and families of the church, is also an effective to[...]
When a person’s pay increases, their standard of living often surges. Yet generosity doesn’t follow the same pattern. Giving to churches, mission organizations, or nonprofit agencies stays the same or even wanes. Roger Stichter, author of The Principle of Maximums: Living With Enough to Give Away More, believes it doesn’t have to be that way. The book is available beginning this week from bmhbooks.com, online retailers, or you[...]
A Grace College student is asking the question on a recent podcast, The World And Everything In It, as the World Journalism Institute wrapped up in Iowa. John Stonestreet answers questions beginning about 8:30. At 15:34, Brittany, a student a Grace College, asks for advice to making a good decision when voting in 2020. Listen to the podcast by clicking here.[...]
Remembering Those Who Have Served The Eagle Commission serves as a strategic link between the people of Charis Fellowship churches and its military chaplains around the world. As we observe Memorial Day this week, here is a story of how chaplains provide pastoral care and ministry in the midst of difficult situations. LTC Billy Graham (U.S. Army) shares an experience from 2003 during a tour in Iraq. It is a reminder to pray fo[...]
Jack Brown, executive director of Grow New England, the Charis Fellowship church planting ministry in the northeast United States, has sent his June prayer letter. A portion of it is included below. “Seeing the people, He (Jesus) felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore, besee[...]
Jan Bell, wife of Jay Bell, who served as director of Internationals USA at Encompass World Partners, fell hard on Saturday while attending the art fair in the Village at Winona, Winona Lake, Ind. She hit her head and left hip on the sidewalk, breaking her hip, Jay reports. She had hip replacement surgery on Sunday morning at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw, Ind. Jay reports the procedure went well and the doctor is ple[...]
A report in the VC Star on the annual Ventura County Football Coaches Hogs Tournament in Simi Valley, Calif., includes quotes from and photos of members of Simi Valley’s Grace Brethren High School football team. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, Simi Valley (Jordan Bakker, pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete story. County’s linemen put their strengt[...]
The Simi Valley Acorn carries photos of last Friday’s graduation at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, Calif. (The school is a ministry of Grace Church, Simi Valley, Jordan Bakker, pastor.) The class of 83 included nine students who had attended the school since preschool or kindergarten. Click here to see all the photos and learn more about the Class of 2019.[...]
The Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union on Thursday carried a report on the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, which was held over Memorial Day weekend and sponsored by The Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams at Grace College. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Northern Ind. Lakes Festival Drew Thousands To Kosciusko County At the 11th annual Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, more than 6,400 commu[...]
Grace College athletic office manager Kelly Sharp was recognized at the annual NCCAA National Convention on Thursday night. Sharp was given the Game Plan 4 LIFE Character Award by the NCCAA; she is the first administrative professional to receive the national award. Sharp oversees and directs many of the daily operations for all 17 varsity programs at Grace. She serves more than 300 student-athletes on a daily basis and has al[...]
Natalie Revesz and Lea Belcher are interning for the summer at Urban Hope Philadelphia. Natalie is from Moody Bible Institute and Lea is from Cedarville University. Natalie I came to be an intern at Urban Hope this summer through a significant answer to prayer. Ever since I began studying urban ministry, I knew I desired to return to Philadelphia for the internship portion of my degree’s requirements. I have been here several [...]
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25) May this be always true of our Fellowship… We declare that Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God a[...]
Rick Hartley, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Brookville, Ohio, has sent an update on tornado cleanup in his community. Brookville was one of the hardest hit when a series of tornados hit southwest Ohio on Monday evening. We are doing pretty well here in Brookville, considering. Maybe 50 or so homes have been severely damaged. One of those homes belongs to a dear older lady in our church. I was in her house in the biggest[...]
Word has been received of the death of Dennis Beach, a former Grace Brethren pastor, who died in January in Florida. His obituary appears below. Dennis A. Beach joined the choirs of heaven on January 28, 2018 in Bradenton, Fla. Born and reared in Martinsburg, Pa., he was a life-long learner earning multiple degrees, beginning with a B.A in English from Grace College (1963) and a M.Div. from Grace Theological Seminary (1966).[...]
The online news site, InkFreeNews, reports on a new sculpture placed along Winona Lake, Indiana’s Heritage Trail that honors Billy Sunday, who was, arguably, Winona Lake’s most famous citizen. Sponsored by Terry and Sharon White in memory of their daughter, Jamie, the piece is placed near the Grace College baseball field in a nod to Sunday’s experience as a professional baseball player. (Terry formerly served[...]
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. (2 Corinthians 4:1-2 NIV) Pray that as a Fellowship of believers, we would excel at speaking and acting in trut[...]
Heavy damage is reported around Dayton, Ohio, after a series of tornados blew through the region on Monday evening. The Associated Press is reporting that the storms were among 53 twisters that forecasters said may have touched down Monday across eight states stretching eastward from Idaho and Colorado. In Brookville, Ohio, west of Dayton, the storm peeled roofs off schools, destroyed a barn and heavily damaged houses, accordi[...]
A story in Saturday’s VC Star reports that the football program at Grace Brethren High School has been placed in Division 3 for tournament play next year. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church (Jordan Bakker, senior past0r), a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley, Calif. Grace Brethren takes another step up in footb[...]
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25 NIV) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17 NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be t[...]
Small Contributions Turned into Huge Blessings “We think a lot of people feel like they don’t have the means to make an impact, or at least they don’t know how to go about it,” says Cassy Spivey, a member of Western Reserve Grace Church, Macedonia, Ohio, Jason Haymaker, lead pastor. “The Five Dollar Club is a way that everyone can play a little part in something that is bigger than themselves.” The idea of the Five Dollar Club[...]
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