Registration for DRIVEN ’07, the annual conference for young adults, is now open. The conference will be held June 21-24 on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. An “early bird special” is available for those who register before April 1. The deadline to sign up is June 11. See www.drivenconference.com for information, including group, weekend, and day rates, or to register. Questions? Send an email t[...]
In an effort to use resources for its maximum impact, Grace Brethren North American Missions (GBNAM) has restructured staff and moved administrative offices to Souderton, Pa. “Our desire at GBNAM is to be a ministry that produces fruit for Christ at the highest level possible,” said Executive Director Dr. Tim Boal in a late November announcement to donors and corporation members. Boal, who has served as executive d[...]
Japanese gather at a Southern California beach on Sunday morning to learn to surf and, perhaps, meet God. If you want to start a surfing school as a tool to reach unbelievers, Sunday morning is the best time, it turns out. That way Christians-who are already in church-will not fill the classes, thus leaving room for unbelievers. This strategy for reaching young Japanese is working. Nao Makino, 31, a wiry, athletic Japanese man[...]
The “Boot Scoot” at Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw (Ind.) was an opportunity for women to not only pamper themselves and build relationships, but to draw closer to God. (Photo by Classique Image Photography) see also Making Friends and Link Up! by Katy Devereaux Cowboy hats and bandannas, live chickens in a crate, an authentic back porch[...]
Grab a hammer and a paint brush! In the spirit of television’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Momentum 07 (Brethren National Youth Conference) will assist with special “makeover” projects during the conference, which will be held July 21-27 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Following the theme, Xtreme Makeover: Heart Edition, the conference will encourage teams of students, staff, and other guests to spread into the com[...]
In Kristine Pappas’ book, Widow for a Season, she writes that in order for one to find their identity in Christ, one must find surrender and receive Him as Lord and Savior. God has accomplished our salvation with the peace and power that accompanies it through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. But we must choose whether we want His salvation. We choose salvation because we want to spend eternity with Jesus Christ. If [...]
Roland Maust checks out his book on Civil War medicine at a local bookstore. In one life, Roland Maust is pastor of the Grace Brethren Churchof Millersburg, Ohio, a congregation whose worship facility sits in a meadow deep in the bucolic Amish countryside of northeastern Ohio. In another life, he is Roland Maust, Civil War medicine expert and author, specializing in the Second Corps Hospital at the Battle of Gettysburg. HeR[...]
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[...]
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