By Jim Brown, Moderator Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Jim Brown Melvin the Squirt found his way to our home after weekend services at Grace Community Church. Everything within me said, “Don’t bring him home because he will just take up space and all he does is eat and sleep.” I also knew he would need his water cleaned regularly and that he would beg for food every day. Besides, I was way too busy to [...]
Why are gender-specific ministries important when ministering to children? That was a question addressed by members from the GBB (Grace Brethren Boys) National Board and the National SMM (Serving My Master) Cabinet as they met on April 12, 2008, to discuss their respective ministries. GBB is a ministry of men mentoring boys, while SMM is a ministry of women mentoring girls. Both organizations are affiliated with the Fellowship[...]
Bernie Schneider, Angie Garber, Marguerite Dunning, Elizabeth Tyson, and Christopher Sower are among the Grace Brethren pioneers featured in Heroes Who Live On, Volume 3, a collection of character-trait vignettes that will be released in July by BMH Books (Winona Lake, Ind.) at the annual conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. The conference will be held in Tampa, Fla. The book, which also includes Floyd Tabe[...]
By Pete Semple For many students across the country, September spells the death of summer and compels a return to textbooks, teachers, and classrooms. But for the high-school classes at Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton, Md., the transition is made easier as the school leads fall retreats for each of its high school classes. “Our goals are threefold: to introduce non-Christians to the gospel while challenging be[...]
Integrated Community Development International has announced that Dan Thornton (pictured) from Soldotna, Alaska, has agreed to become ICDI’s new Chief of Operations. Thornton, who is currently vice-chair of the Brethren Missionary Herald Company board and its previous chairman, recently resigned from a long-term pastorate at the Peninsula Grace Brethren Church in Soldotna. Most recently Thornton was manager for his broth[...]
Fellowship Coordinator Tom Avey has announced that the Fellowship Council of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is pleased to announce that six churches are seeking membership this summer in the FGBC. They are: Brighton Chapel of Howe, Indiana Grace Connections Church of Englewood, Ohio Catalyst Church of Kent, Ohio Life Spring Church of Brownsburg, Indiana Spring Valley Grace Brethren Church of Elyria, Ohio Community o[...]
A revised, updated, and expanded edition of Dr. John Davis’ Conquest and Crisis: Studies in Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, is scheduled to be released this summer by BMH Books. The book is a concise analysis of Israel’s conquest and settlement of Canaan. Davis uses recent archaeological discoveries, the Hebrew text, and a thorough understanding of the ancient Near Eastern culture to interpret the history and theology of[...]
On March 1, young people and adults involved in Student Ministries at the Grace Brethren Church of Aiken, S.C. held a walkathon called M’Baikithon. The purpose was to raise money to build student housing at the M’Baiki Bible Institute in the Central African Republic. Thirty-eight youth and family members raised more than $9,000, enough to build about three houses. Don Soule, pastor of youth and families at the chur[...]
BMH Books has just released new versions of two highly-acclaimed books on prophecy by the late pastor and Bible teacher Lehman Strauss. The Book of the Revelation contains outlined studies of the last book of the Bible. In his introduction, Strauss says, “Genesis is the book of commencement; Revelation is the book of consummation.” The author identifies three distinct systems of interpretation of Revelation-The Pre[...]
“Churches have a biblical responsibility to provide a good wage and benefits for their pastors,” says Don Shoemaker, long-time pastor of the Grace Brethren Church at Seal Beach, Calif. “In our contemporary culture, provision for retirement is important,” he adds. “A church’s willingness to contribute to a pastor’s retirement shows proper respect and gratitude.” It’s one of [...]
Gaining a Return on an Eternal Investment Jim Brown By Jim Brown, Moderator Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches So what can $1.59 buy these days? Here are a few things: half a gallon of gasoline, a pack of gum at the airport, small fries from Wendy’s, and 13 of the 26 breath mints in an Altoids container. As you can see, you can’t buy much, unless you are standing in a market in Cambodia. I like to think that I a[...]
Stanley M. Dick, 83, of Blairstown, N.J. died February 14, 2008. He was a lifelong Elder at Grace Brethren Church of Hope, N.J., now known as Grace Community Church (Chet Barokski, pastor). Prior to the church being built in 1975, the congregation met in his home. His impact for Christ in the community of Hope was enormous. Orville Flora, 105, died March 23, 2008. He was a member of the Grace Brethren Community Church, West Al[...]
“Grace to Go” is the theme for Women’s Celebration ’08 in Tampa, Fla., July 27-31. The theme focuses on how God’s grace equips individuals to fulfill the Great Commission. Cindy Landry, a pastor’s wife who has served as evangelism consultant for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be the keynote speaker Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Cindy Landry “[...]
Camp Albryoca Allegheny District Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches Manager: Leigh E. Squier 2801 Greenville Road, Meyersdale, PA, 15552-8409 (814) 634-0023 Established in 1970 and managed independently as a cooperative venture between district congregations in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches and the Conservative Grace Brethren Churches, International. The name is a condensation of Allegheny Brethren Youth Camp. L[...]
The Grace Brethren Investment Foundation (GBIF), Winona Lake, Ind. has recently approved two new loans totaling $392,168 for the following churches in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches: — $292,168 to Eglise Evangelique de la Paix (Pastor Elysee Joseph) to purchase a building in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. They had previously worshiped in a rented facility. — $100,000 to the Community Grace Brethren Church of Gol[...]
This year marks the anniversary year of significant events in the heritage and history of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC). 1708 (300 years ago) – The Brethren Movement began with the baptizing of eight in Schwarzenau, Germany, with a clear separation from the established churches of that time. 1883 (125 years ago) – A “Progressive” group withdrew from the movement, becoming The Brethren[...]
New Western Maryland delegate Andrew Serafini is sworn in by Maryland Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch. Serafini’s wife Diana looks on. (Herald-Mail photo by Kevin Gilbert) Andrew Serafini, the moderator of the Maranatha Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md. (Jay Fretz, pastor), has been chosen from 19 candidates to fill a vacant house seat in Maryland. A businessman in Hagerstown, he is an advocate of [...]
By Jonathan Walter “Because these men share the burden of teaching the Word to us, there has been a marked freshness. Their varying personalities give an added breadth to Bible studies.” “We like hearing the different styles and backgrounds of the team. Everyone brings something fresh.” These were responses to an anonymous survey on speaking teams conducted at the Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Churc[...]
By Ron Dorner “It is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.” (Proverbs 19:2) Great changes are taking place in the U.S. economy. Each of us will be affected. The financial decisions you make in the near term could be devastating if not thought through carefully. Most important is that you should get good counsel prior to making any financial decision. It is amazing[...]
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