By Melody Pfaffenberger Grace Community Church (GCC) is setting a new trend for Grace Brethren churches. It is joining with the congregation of the former Grace Brethren Church in South Bend to become one church with two campuses. On March 11, GCC, a Grace Brethren Church in Goshen, will broadcast a service for the first time to its new South Bend campus, a half an hour away. Worship services will be held both at the Goshen fa[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from the sponsoring organizations or at www.fgbc.org. March 3-11 – Spring Break (GCandS) March 5-9 – MI700 Course on Church Planting in Dublin, OH (GBNAM and GTS) March 17 — NexGen, Grace Community Church, Goshen, IN (CEN) March 18-19 – VIP Campus Visit Days (GCandS) April 13 – North of 55,[...]
Fifteen Years Ago – 1992 — Bobbette Osborn Ridenour retired from the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. after 38 years of service at BMH and the National Sunday School Board and Brethren Youth Council (the latter two now combined as CE National). — Tim Boal accepted the pastorate at the Penn Valley church in Telford, Penna. Twenty Years Ago – 1986 — Tom Julien, FGBC moderator, convened a three-day con[...]
Pastoral Changes and News Grace College and Seminary Receive $250,000 Grant Church Merge Hawkins Reissues Book on Marriage Richmond Marks 40th Anniversary With the Lord – Mary Lois Miller – Wayne Guthrie – Mary Anna Meyer – Minnie Elizabeth Mensinger Pastoral Changes and News Andy Brightbill At Lititz Grace Brethren Church (Pennsylvania), Andy Brightbillhas been named Pastor of Connections, with respons[...]
CE National, Winona Lake, Indiana, announced this week that Carmen Franchino (pictured) will join the CE National staff to assist with Momentum youth conference (formerly BNYC) and to work in general marketing. Carmen and her husband Scott, recently moved to the Warsaw, Indiana, area from Soldotna, Alaska, where Carmen served in the worship and youth ministries of Peninsula Grace Brethren Church under pastor Dan Thornton. Prio[...]
Pastor Dan Thornton, who recently concluded his 20-year ministry as pastor of the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna, Alaska, this week posted the following on his blog. You can read more of Dan’s postings at http://www.xanga.com/longhikes I’m in a real recording! You can hear it at www.myspace.com/darkroommusic ! Here’s what’s up. David is in an excellent band in Winona Lake, Indiana. The grou[...]
Debt-Free Living Seminar CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Jeff Davis, a local self-employed businessman, will teach Crown Ministries’ “Free & Clear – A Roadmap to Debt-Free Living” course, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 10. Classes for the free six-week course will be held Wednesdays from 6:45 to 8 p.m. in Room A-5 of Grace Brethren Church at 315 Edwards Ave. in Chambersburg. The course is intended to help peo[...]
By Katy Devereaux Building Authentic Community, a new book on the church by FGBC moderator Tim Boal, has been released by BMH Books and is available for shipping. The book is being used as a text for the five regional Focus Retreats this year and next. Do you find fulfillment in your local church? Many Christians in North America do not, and some even hate the church in general because of its cultural form. Building Authentic [...]
(Coming Next Issue: Dangers If You DO Use a Computer) By Ron Dorner Did you know that even those who do things the “old-fashioned way” face some serious financial dangers? In Matthew 10:16 Jesus described those disciples whom He sent out with the gospel message as being among wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. The world you and I live in today is much the same. It is important for us as believers to understa[...]
A ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, November 3 marked the official public opening of the new Tree of Life bookstore and cafe in the old Herald Bookstore space at 1104 Kings Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana. Board members of both Grace College and Seminary and Brethren Missionary Herald Company were among the 100-plus who participated in the grand opening. Cutting the ribbon is Christi Mann, a Grace C[...]
With the Lord – Wanita Faith Ogden – Angie Garber – Jamie Lynn Fahning Pastoral News and Changes The Nightingale Sang (for the 49ers) Whitcomb Book on ’50 Most Influential’ List Seal Beach Church Provides Heart Units With the Lord Wanita Faith Ogden, 79, of Winona Lake, Indiana, died October 18, 2006, in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Wanita Ogden Warsaw, Indiana. A native of Ithaca, Michigan, she [...]
By Terry White, Executive Editor As the calendar turns over to January 1 each year, it is always a good time for self-reflection and self-assessment. As many readers know (see Bits ‘n Pieces), our 35-year-old daughter died at the end of October this past year. A sudden and unexpected death like this jolts many of us into asking the question “Am I ready to go?” We know from Scripture there are no guarantees on[...]
The new CE National training center in Winona Lake, Indiana, was dedicated Saturday afternoon, November 11, with about 140 guests attending. Ed Lewis, executive director of CE National, made introductory remarks about the organization and its mission to impact the church by serving as a catalyst for biblically accurate and culturally relevant ministries to children, youth, and adults. A special welcome was given to all in atte[...]
By Katy Devereaux Squeezed into a tiny one-room house with roughly 30 other people, Elise Rabatin closely watched the brown, nimble fingers of the Filipino woman beside her. Like hummingbird wings, the fingers rapidly wove bright, multicolored threads into a bracelet. The woman’s white t-shirt with orange lettering read, “Woven Joy,” but her smile seemed an even better advertisement than her t-shirt. Grace Co[...]
On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, members of the Cornerstone Grace Brethren Church, Miamisburg, Ohio, descended on two local retailers, Best Buy and Toys-R-Us, at 4 a.m. for an outreach activity. Pastor Tim Nixon says the church, which just began holding public services on October 1, targeted these stores specifically because the group wanted tCornerstone Grace Church of Miamisburg, Ohio, distributed free doggie bag[...]
John Davis BMH Books of Winona Lake, Indiana, has announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement with one of BMH’s premier authors, Dr. John J. Davis. Davis is a widely-known author, lecturer, scholar, and former president of Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. A number of his works are already among BMH’s best-selling products, including Moses and the Gods of Egypt, Birth of a Kingdom, [...]
Jonathan Carey, pastor of the Ellet Grace Brethren Church in Akron, Ohio, recently shared an idea that has impacted his church, community, and the world. Carey received $50 from a distant relative for officiating at a family funeral. He didn’t feel comfortable using the money personally. At the same time, he was mulling over the conclusion to a message he was preparing on service and using resources to reach people for C[...]
By Katy Devereaux The doctor pointed his finger at one of the newborn twin girls and told Angie Garber’s parents, “That one won’t live.” With complications from the multiple birth, he saw little hope for Frank and Emma Garber’s youngest of nine children. Not only did Garber live, but she spent most of her 94 years serving others. Although her left hand became permanently crippled from polio when s[...]
Equip07, the summer annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, will be held July 29 through August 2, 2007, in Winona Lake, Indiana. Registration is now open through the Fellowship Coordinator’s office. Following the every-other-year cycle of celebration and educational conferences, the 2007 gathering will focus on “The Pursuit of Wisdom” with learning being seen as a lifelong journey. Mo[...]
Elizabeth “Liz” Cutler Gates, an experienced journalist with deep roots in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, will join the staff of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company on January 1 as editorial director. Since 1996 she has been director of communications for the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her previous experience includes working in communications with the Grace[...]
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