Dan Thornton (pictured), pastor of Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna, Alaska, and board chair of the Brethren Missionary Herald Co., keeps an interesting blog on Xanga.com. His current entry is about a recent moose-hunting trip. Here’s a sample: Wind had died down so we moved early to the Moose Creek Trail. The cabin has long since burnt down leaving only the Sauna and the outhouse. Set up camp tarps. Started t[...]
Dan O’Deens, shown here conducting training in Shreveport, Louisiana, is the “point person” for a first-responders team to the Katrina tragedy from the FGBC. O’Deens is pastor of the Grace Brethren church in Parkesburg, PA. Kathleen Allison, communications director for GBNAM, has sent this report on the First Responders team: This past weekend, our First Responders Team, a group of 13 men from around th[...]
Brethren Missionary Herald Co. has outfitted the FGBC Katrina relief team going to Shreveport, Louisiana, with several hundred copies of the popular BMH tract “Life’s Most Important Question.” The tract, which is available in NIV, KJV and Spanish versions, has now sold more than four million copies and is highly-respected for its clear, concise presentation of the Gospel message. For more information log onto[...]
The following article appears in today’s Kittanning, PA, Daily Leader-Times newspaper: WEST KITTANNING, PA — Meet McGruff the CrimeDog, watch a magician and a juggler, go on a buggy ride, or climb a rock wall. All this and more is part of Community Spirit and Drug Awareness Day Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Grace Hall, Grace Brethren Church, Authur Street. Organizers Cliff and Chrissy Smith and Jim Childs said that the Ma[...]
Pastor Jim Brown from Goshen, Indiana (foreground left, with chainsaw), is leading a team of men from his church helping with Katrina cleanup in Mobile, Alabama. Here is his Thursday-morning report: We had another great day serving here in Mobile, Alabama. We were dispatched to Gulf Dale subdivision and Bayou-LaBartre. I’ve never seen such devastation in my life. Homes were blown off the foundations, clothes everywhere i[...]
Dr. Keith Shearer, pastor of the New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, PA, and incoming moderator of the Fellowship, delivered the Moderator’s Address Wednesday night of the Equip05 conference in the Rodeheaver Auditorium in Winona Lake, IN. Dr. Keith Shearer, pastor of New Beginnings Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, PA, is the moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC) for the year 200[...]
Todd Proctor and his band led the enthusiastic praise and worship for many of the main sessions of BNYC, held in the Jeremiah Auditorium on the campus of Cedarville University in Ohio. (Jenna Hollinger photo) Steve Galegor, Jr. (burgundy shirt) manned his display Tuesday afternoon at the City Fair to explain his ministry to Albanians in New York City to teens who were interested in his ministry. Brethren National Youth Confere[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Sept. 16-17 – Sibs Weekend (visit days for brothers/sisters), Grace College Sept. 18 – Mid-Atlantic District CE Celebration, Hagerstown, MD (CEN) Sept. 19 – Northern Atlantic District CE Celebration, Smoketown, PA (CEN) Oct. 7-9 – Evangelists[...]
By Liz Cutler Gates Crusader Football’s roots are in a challenge issued during a Sunday morning sermon. It has grown into a region-wide program which now involves nearly 300 families and includes a football team, cheerleaders, and a marching band. But Crusader Football is more than sacking opponents, rooting for a team, and leading the fight song. It’s about encouraging young men and women to develop biblical chara[...]
Ed Lewis Ed Lewis, Howard Mayes, and Robert Wagner were honored by the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers (AGBM) at the recent Equip05 national conference for Excellence in Ministry (Lewis), Lifetime Achievement (Mayes), and Pastor of the Year (Wagner). Pastor Bud Olszewski, a board member for CE National, presented the tribute for Lewis, who was unable to attend the meeting because of an allergic reaction. Lewis is the e[...]
National organization Open Houses were held Tuesday afternoon of Equip05, immediately after classes ended for the day. The Open House at Brethren Missionary Herald Co. hosted approximately 100 people for an autograph party that featured BMH Books authors Robert Cover and Viki Rife, Jesse Deloe, Dr. Homer Kent, Jr., and Dr. John Davis. When FGBC moderator John Teevan suggested several years ago that the national conference shou[...]
Do you seek peace with God and a personal relationship with Him? In How to Start a Kingdom Conversation, recently published by BMH Books (www.bmhbooks.com), author Duke Heller shows the “Romans Road” explanation to peace with God. It’s named that because all the essential verses are from one book in the Bible–the book of Romans, which is the sixth book in the New Testament. Romans 3:23 points out that a[...]
The following article is excerpted from the new BMH Book Heroes Who Live On, Vol. 2. Originated by CE National, the text was written by Robert Cover, Sr., and Viki Rife, with illustrations by Sarah Pratt. It features 13 Grace Brethren leaders from the past and is available for $9.99 at www.bmhbooks.com or by calling John Leonard at 1-800-348-2756. Orville Jobson, 1900-1974 Orville Jobson’s push-car raced through the Afri[...]
Ryan and Lori Rodeman, from the Grace Church North Campus in Norton, OH, are site coordinators for the 4:12 Commission program in the Akron area. An exciting new one-year program to help young people gain in-depth biblical knowledge and leadership experience is set to open in two locations this September. Entitled “The 4:12 Commission,” named for 1 Timothy 4:12 which encourages not looking down on young people beca[...]
By Mike Jentes A three-fold Grace Brethren communion service which included footwashing, the Love Feast, and the bread and the cup climaxed the young adult DRIVEN conference which was held on the historic Kenyon College campus in central Ohio in June of 2005. More than one hundred Grace Brethren gathered at Kenyon College in Gambier, OH, for the FGBC’s first young adult conference June 15-18, 2005. DRIVEN, as the confere[...]
Light in the Darkness: Studies in the Gospel of John, the second volume in The Kent Collection, has just been released by BMH Books of Winona Lake, IN. The collection, which includes the re-issued commentaries on 15 New Testament books by former Grace College and Seminary president Homer A. Kent, Jr., is upgrading and re-editing Kent’s commentaries into a color-coordinated matched set of handsome paperbacks. Listed at $1[...]
Grace Brethren are Oldest Twins Alice Garber Peer and Angie Garber (right) Twins Days in Twinsburg, OH, is the world’s largest annual gathering of twins. Every August since 1976, twins from around the world descend on this small town about 30 miles south of Cleveland for a weekend of socializing, celebration, and fun. Twins Days this year took place August 5, 6, and 7, with about 2,500 to 3,000 sets of twins participatin[...]
Ten Years Ago – September, 1995 Among the new churches received into the Fellowship at the National Conference in San Diego were ValleyLife GBC, Peoria, Arizona (Ed Waken, pastor), Brethren Bible Church, Hemet, California (William Kitchell), and Iglesia Evangelica de los Hermanos, Yakima, Washington (Abner Solano). Twenty-five Years Ago – September, 1980 The Pleasant Grove GBC in North English, Iowa, celebrated its[...]
This beautiful 16-page full-color magazine for parents of new students to Grace College is being given to parents of new students at Welcome Weekend. It is a joint project between the Student Development Department and the Publications Office. Edited by Judy Daniels (BA 72) and designed by Terry Julien (BA 80), the magazine helps to orient parents to campus and also gives them encouragement as they adjust to having a student i[...]
Keith Altig, retired Grace Brethren International Missions missionary to Brazil, died at 9:45 Wednesday morning, July 27, at the age of 94. Altig had pastored Grace Brethren Churches prior to his long service in Brazil and was a member of the Grace Brethren Church of Whittier, California. Memorial services will be held at Town and Country Manor Chapel, 555 E. Memory Lane, in Santa Ana, California. His wife Vivian preceded him [...]
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