Dr. Jerry Young, standing right, led the recent AGBM “Certification Summit” held at the Grace Brethren Church in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Participants represented the licensure and ordination examining boards from districts around the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. (Jay Fretz photo) Twenty-six members of the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers, representatives of national organizations, and the chairs of t[...]
There is still time to register and participate in either or both of this summer’s adult conferences in the FGBC. DRIVEN06, geared mainly for young adults, will be held June 22-26 on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. The conference theme is “Alert and Oriented,” and it will focus on helping twenty-somethings answer basic questions about their identity and mission in life. Speakers, workshops, rou[...]
More than 30 years ago, a special financial gift was made from Dayton, Ohio, First Grace Brethren Church to help a new church purchase property. That church is now Centerville Grace Brethren Church, pastored by Steve Makofka. At a recent Tri-States District conference, Makofka presented a gift of $5,000 to Tim Nixon to assist in Nixon’s new church plant. Nixon, who until recently was youth pastor at the Basore Road churc[...]
BMH’s online editor’s weblog, or “blog,” is now two years old. The first entry was Friday, May 14, 2004. Many people back then had not heard of blogs and weren’t familiar with how to utilize them. That first day’s entry, incidentally, told of former BMH executive Charlie Turner conducting a fundraiser for Grace Village–Charlie is now with the Lord. In Charlie’s day, the “up[...]
Four Laws for Effective Communicators, a pamphlet designed to illustrate and reinforce the “SALT Principles” being taught by author Tom Julien, is now available from BMH Books. The four-color 12-page pamphlet is based on Colossians 1:28-29 and is designed both as a standalone publication and as the framework text for SALT seminars teaching the four basic principles of spiritual reproduction. They are The Law of the[...]
The exterior of the Brethren Missionary Herald building in Winona Lake, along with the interior, will be significantly redesigned and renovated under the new lease agreement with Tree of Life Bookstores, Inc. Brethren Missionary Herald Co. of Winona Lake, Indiana, and Tree of Life Bookstores, Inc. of Marion, Indiana, jointly announced on April 5 that they have arrived at an agreement in principle for Tree of Life (TOL) to leas[...]
The Wooster, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church was helpful in packing and shipping relief supplies to Katrina victims. By Crystal Ludwig When the calls for help came after the devastating hurricanes of summer and fall 2005, Grace Brethren congregations were quick to answer. The Grace Brethren community raised more than $210,000 for a disaster relief fund from which resources were distributed to individual churches as their projects [...]
By Crystal Ludwig The Leesburg (IN) Grace Brethren Church is going wild. Since the church wanted to expand its ministry to its neighborhood, former pastor Chris Hay suggested hosting a Wild Game Dinner, a ministry that Dr. John The “Stovepipe Holler Band” which performed for the Leesburg Wild Game Dinner included (from left), J. D. Woods, Lowell Dobbs, and Dr. John Davis. (Art Davis photo) Davis conducts all around[...]
A couple from the Ellet Grace Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio (Jonathan Carey, pastor) have been attracting wide attention from the Akron area. Last week the Akron Beacon-Journal newspaper ran a four-part series on Sue and Chuck Minick and the handicapped little Russian girl they have adopted. Some of the donations that have come in response to the story will be used to make the Ellet church building more handicap-accessible. H[...]
The following article on Emma Fretz appeared on the front page of the March, 2006, edition of Senior Life newspaper, published in Milford, Indiana. It is used by permission of the editor-article and photos are by staff writer Tim Ashley. Mrs. Fretz’ late husband, Walter, was for many years the head of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation in Winona Lake, IN. She is also the mother of Pastor Jay Fretz of the Maranatha [...]
Twenty-seven leaders among Grace Brethren clergy are meeting yesterday, today, and tomorrow at the Grace Brethren Church of Lititz, Pennsylvania, for a “Certification Summit” to discuss issues relating to the licensure and ordination procedures for the FGBC. The group includes district examining board personnel and AGBM officers representing churches from Soldotna, Alaska, to Fort Myers, Florida. Dr. Jerry Young, w[...]
Debbie Wingard, daughter of Miriam Uphouse Christiansen, was featured last Thursday in the Daytona Beach (FL) News Journal. Here is a substantial portion of the article–to read the remainder click here. SOUTH DAYTONA — If you need Debbie Wingard to find a bunch of pictures of herself coaching over the past three decades, good luck. And if Debbie Wingard’s career record is something you’re curious about,[...]
The lives of 43 adults from East Side Grace Brethren Church in Columbus, Ohio, will never be the same. They just returned from the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina as they ministered for a week in Slidell, Louisiana, a northeastern suburb of New Orleans near Lake Pontchartrain. Before Katrina, 30,000 people called Slidell home. Today, the number of residents is far, far less, nobody really seems to know for sure. Howeve[...]
The Chambersburg (PA) Public Opinion newspaper today has a wrapup article featuring several churches which have a non-traditional, more contemporary style of worship. One of those featured is affiliated with the Grace Brethren Church. Here is an excerpt–to read the full article click here. Solid Rock Community Church meets in a former office suite at 338 Lincoln Way East. Affiliated with Grace Brethren Church on Edwards [...]
If you died tonight, do you know for sure you would go to heaven? This simple but powerful question has confounded many people for ages. But the answer can be a simple, confident “yes.” The Bible says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life” (John 3:36). That “Son,” is Jesus-God’s Son. “Believes in” is simple. It means t[...]
The Brethren Missionary Herald Company (BMH) was informed on Valentine’s Day, 2006, that Send The Light, the British-based company that has owned and operated the Herald Bookstore in Winona Lake for the past four years, is closing the store effective April 30, 2006, and is ceasing operations in Winona Lake, Indiana. BMH Executive Director Terry White noted that a Christian bookstore has been operated continuously in the [...]
Ten Years Ago – 1996 About 1000 people, all in some way touched by Ralph’s life, attended a memorial service for Pastor Ralph Colburn. He had served as the first National Youth Director in the Fellowship; had taught an early Bible class in Seal Beach, CA, planted the first GBC in Florida, and served several churches in southern California. (Read more about him in Heroes Who Live On, Vol. 2 published by BMH Books.) [...]
Marguerite Gribble Dunning, daughter of pioneering Africa missionaries James and Dr. Florence Gribble, died on December 28, 2005. Her husband, Dr. Harold Dunning, died in 1997. Mrs. Dunning self-published a book of memoirs in 1994 entitled Live in God’s Kindness. A limited number of the books are available for $10 each plus shipping by calling BMH Books (toll-free) at 1-800-348-2756. In this excerpt from that book, Mrs. [...]
John Leonard (right) was honored recently at an open house by the Brethren Missionary Herald Company for 27 years of consecutive service with the company. John Leonard was honored recently at an open house by the Brethren Missionary Herald Company for 27 years of consecutive service with the company. Leonard has worked for BMH since 1978, both as a printer and as distribution manager for BMH Books. BMH publisher Terry White (l[...]
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