Mark your calendars for Momentum, the annual event formerly known as Brethren National Youth Conference. In 2008, participants will be challenged to live a Micah 6:8 life, one of justice, mercy, and humility. Momentum West will be at Biola University in California, June 23-28, and Momentum East will be at Cedarville University in Ohio, July 21-28. Visit www.buildmomentum.org to learn more.[...]
Yohan Y. Auraham (second from right), the first Brethren missionary in Persia. In the morning session on September 4, 1900, Jacob Cassel polarized the delegates of the conference with his address: “Are we ready to enter the foreign mission field?” Discussion regarding the formation of a foreign missions organization within the conference itself met with resistance. In response, the moderator suggested that those wh[...]
Ministry Moves Harald Bjerga is the senior pastor at the Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown, Md. He was formerly the associate pastor at Grace Community Church in Fremont, Ohio Daron Butler Daron Butler has been named pastor of cross cultural missions at the Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio. Dave Marksbury is providing interim pastoral leadership at the Grace Brethren Church, Millersburg, Ohio. He is seniors pastor at the[...]
Dr. James Childs (pictured), a pathologist and leading layman in the Grace Brethren Church of West Kittanning, Pennsylvania (Mark Cornwell, pastor) continues his rehabilitation from a horrendous 250-foot fall last April. A recent update by his daughter, accompanied by this photo of Dr. Childs listening to scripture while exercising on a bike, said, “Jim uses the bike about an hour a day–just on his legs and then mo[...]
These expectant moms (with their prayer partners) were honored at the November 2007 baby shower at the Marysville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. When the Marysville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church began five years ago, many young families were attracted to the solid Bible teaching and the upbeat atmosphere of the young congregation. It seemed only natural that one way to help them get to know other parishioners was to honor them w[...]
By Pastor Ed Jackson Columbus, Ohio The Columbus Crusaders football team, a ministry of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, finished their 2007 season in the style of the sawdust trail. Sure, the varsity and junior varsity squads played a total of 19 games, with the varsity team seeing six wins and three loses. They played games with teams from Canada, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and of course Ohio. But the team also[...]
GBIF Approves Loan for Sebring GBC Alta Loma, Calif. Church Burns Mortgage Grace Professors Co-Author Book GBIF Approves Loan for Sebring GBC The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF) has approved a $250,000 loan for the construction of a new worship facility for the Sebring Grace Brethren Church, 3626 Thunderbird Road, Sebring, Fla. (Randy Smith, pastor). The new building will encompass 7,800 square feet of space and wi[...]
Former Grace Brethren pastor, Howard H. Gelsinger, 64, of Robesonia, Pa., died on Sunday, September 30, 2007, at the Reading (Pa.) Hospital. Click here to see the complete obituary. Richard Coldren, long-time member of the Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, and father-in-law of Bruce Barlow, lead pastor at the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church, died on November 27. Click here to see the complete obituary. Howard H[...]
John McCollum is a co-founder of Asia’s Hope.As a teen growing up in the late 60s, Dave Atkins felt Southeast Asia was the last place anyone would want to be. “It was a place of death.” He remembers watching friends leave to fight an unpopular war in the region, some of them never returning. Until God changed his heart. Today, after 30 years in the Grace Brethren ministry, Atkins, 54, is executive director of[...]
FGBC World is an all-Fellowship, all-Grace Brethren newspaper that is published six times a year. We’d like to know what is happening in your church. Do you have a unique ministry? How are you effectively reaching your community? Have you just hired someone to work with the youth, lead worship, or be senior pastor? We’d like to know. Send your news to Liz Cutler Gates, managing editor, via e-mail (lcgates@bmhbooks.[...]
Tom Avey By Tom Avey Fellowship Coordinator It’s all about “Reaching Everyone, Everyday, Everywhere!” The annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches will focus on iGo and will get you pumped about telling people about Jesus. Held July 27-31, 2008 at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa, Fla., the sessions will be targeted to the various aspects of the iGo theme. Moderator Jim Brown has a uniq[...]
For a closer look at the Brethren Heritage center, click here. The Brethren Heritage Center is located donated space in a Brookville, Ohio, shopping center Tucked away in a shopping center in Brookville, Ohio, is a repository of all things Brethren. Founded in 2001, opening in 2003, the Brethren Heritage Center is a haven for the various historical records and artifacts of Brethren groups that trace their spiritual roots to 17[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from the sponsoring organizations or at www.fgbc.org. January 2-7 – Youth Ministry Module at Norton, Ohio (GCandS) January 7 – Day Away, North of 55, Sebring, Florida (CE) January 8 – Day Away, North of 55, Port Richie, Florida (CE); Second Semester begins (GCandS) January 21 – VIP Campus Visit D[...]
Bible Truths, a catechism of biblical truth compiled by Grace College and Seminary founder Dr. Alva J. McClain has been reissued by BMH Books of Winona Lake, Ind. The booklet was first compiled to help children understand the essential message of scripture while McClain was a busy pastor in Philadelphia. It has become a classic elementary guide for use in adult Bible classes and a succinct handbook of Christian doctrine for th[...]
Fifteen Years Ago – 1993 – The January Brethren Missionary Herald reported on a November 1992 meeting of missions representatives from 17 districts of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Called Coalition Task Force II, the meeting was sponsored by Grace Brethren North American Missions and led by Larry Chamberlain, Bill Snell, and Dave Marksbury. – The appointment of Jeff Carroll as the new publisher a[...]
By Dr. Todd Scoles The Brethren movement was born into a hostile environment. The Elector of the Palatinate region in Germany had declared that anyone who broke from the authorized church would be guilty of heresy and subject to harsh punishment. He called it a “gracious decree,” but its terms were hardly gracious. They are to be put in prison, and as many of them as there are must be locked to wheelbarrows and kep[...]
Do you seek peace with God and a personal relationship with Him? In How to Start a Kingdom Conversation, 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 all have sinned [...]
When Alexander Mack and his seven fellow believers baptized each other by trine immersion in the Eider River near Schwarzenau, Germany, in August of 1708, it was the beginning of a movement that gave birth to today’s Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, among other Brethren groups. The 300th anniversary of that event will be marked August 1 and 2, 2008, with the gathering of more than 1,000 Brethren descendants in the [...]
Ryan Bowell has been appointed the Chief Financial Officer for Grace Brethren International Missions. He has been a staff member since 1998. Chris Brenneman is the youth pastor at Grace Brethren Church, New Holland, Pa. Timothy Clothier is the youth director at Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. Chuck Davis Chuck Davis (pictured) is the pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Ocala, Florida. Brad Deetscreek is the new [...]
By Jim Brown Moderator, Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Have you ever been lost? Well, let me rephrase that. Have you ever had your wife say, “Do you know where you are going?” I can’t put a number on the times I have circled the block looking for a specific address, not wanting to ask for directions. Well, modern technology has men all over our world busting their piggybanks to get help. Plain and simp[...]
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