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[...]
Grace Institute seeks to partner in holistically training leaders By Kary Oberbrunner It might come as a surprise, but most Christians don’t think like Christians. According to the Barna Research Group, “Only nine percent of born-again Christians have a biblical worldview.” Leaders, both inside and outside the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, understand this problem. Thankfully, many pastors and churche[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Jan. 8-11 — National Youth Ministries Conference, Sandusky, OH (CEN) Jan. 9 – Spring Semester Classes Begin (GCandS) Jan. 11 — North of 55, Port Richey, FL, (CEN) Jan. 12 – North of 55, Sebring, FL, (CEN) Jan. 15 – VIP Campus Visit Day [...]
A fascinating new book presenting the spiritual biographies of 128 of the world’s greatest scientists, explorers, astronomers, mathematicians, and physical scientists has just been published by BMH Books and is now ready for shipping. Pioneer Explorers of Intelligent Design: Scientists Who Made a Difference was written by Dr. Don B. DeYoung, chairman of the Physical Science Department of Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind[...]
The 2007 FGBC Handbook is now available from the Fellowship Coordinator’s office. Copies have been sent to all official FGBC churches and to all individuals who are listed in the blue pages of the directory. Additional directories, at $6 per copy plus shipping, are available from the FGBC office at P.O. Box 384, Winona Lake, IN, 46590; by calling (574) 269-1269; or by e-mailing Sandy Barrett at email@example.com. Please do [...]
Making Our Mark is the theme for this year’s DRIVEN conference for young adults, which will be held on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, June 21-24, 2007. Keynote speakers for the conference include Kary Oberbrunner from the Powell, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church; Pastor Jeff Bogue of the Norton, Ohio, north campus; Pastor Jim Brown from the Goshen, Indiana, church; and Kondo Simfukwe from Christ’s Covena[...]
By Ron Dorner “Of course, I know where I live!” you say. But what’s important is not where you think you live, but where state governments determine you live. The issue is complicated. If you have always lived in one state, owned no property in another state, and intend to die in the state you have always lived in you don’t need to read further. However, many of us have lived in, or plan to live in, mor[...]
Brethren Missionary Herald Company is making a special offer to Grace Brethren churches and their missions committees who choose to use Tom Julien’s new book, Antioch Revisited, as a study and resource guide for missions committees and mission strategy planners. The book, which presents the fictional but true-to-life story of “John,” a missionary who comes to a ministry-changing conclusion, is written in two [...]
By Katy Devereaux Roy Snyder For more than 15 years, Roy Snyder, a resident of Grace Village in Winona Lake, Indiana, has been writing “The Missionary Veterans of Foreign Wars,” a four-page monthly newsletter for retired Grace Brethren missionaries. It helps veteran missionaries stay informed about active and retired missionaries. Snyder selects six or seven lines from each of the e-mails and newsletters he receive[...]
Bud and Rose Barger Harry (Bud) Barger of Hagerstown, Maryland, joined CE National’s staff beginning October 1, 2006, part-time in the area of financial and estate planning. Since 1998 Bud has led the Grace Brethren Financial and Estate Planning Ministry. He will continue to work from his home in Hagerstown. Barger’s experience includes being business administrator and director of development for The Salvation Army[...]
Karen Harper By Liz Cutler Gates A vacation to Europe more than 20 years ago cut short a successful teaching career while inspiring an up-and-coming author. “I didn’t start out to be a writer,” says Karen Harper, the teacher-turned-novelist who now has more than 40 mystery, suspense, and historical books to her credit. “I was an English teacher and a great reader,” she recalls. “But I came b[...]
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