The Charis Fellowship, also known as the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, is included in the most recent census of Anabaptists in the United States, according to an article today (May 27, 2019) in the Mennonite World Review. It also notes that the census results reveal inconsistency between both how Anabaptists are typically portrayed in the media and how they see themselves. The survey conducted by the Lancaster (Pa.) M[...]
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts th[...]
A new community playground was dedicated Sunday, May 26, at Grace Church, Osceola, Ind. Dubbed Grace Community Park, the 75 x 90-foot playground is open to the public at 58343 S Apple Road. The playground includes structures for preschoolers and older children, including swings, drums, chimes, and benches. The well-lit facility will be available throughout the day and evening hours. “Our last 16 years have been about trying to[...]
Kary Oberbrunner, who served for 11 years on staff at Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Powell, Ohio, was featured Friday in the Community News section of the Naperville, Ill., Sun. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Kary Oberbrunner’s Annual Igniting Souls Conference Draws Authors, Coaches, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs from around the World What’s the mos[...]
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4: 6-7 NIV) Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. (Psalm 143:8 NIV[...]
How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7 NIV) When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. (Exodus 17:12 NIV) Pray for cared [...]
Seniors at Worthington Christian High School are just days away from receiving their hard-earned diplomas. The class of 82 students registered an average composite ACT score 26, a full five points higher than state and national averages. Members of the class will attend 31 different colleges and universities. Learn more about the class of 2019, as shared on the school’s website. Worthington Christian High School is a mi[...]
But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the [...]
The recent newsletter for Inspire Charis Pastors Fellowship noted new leaders in two churches and recommendations of ordination for a number of men in the Florida and Southern Districts. Congratulations to these men! Ministry Moves Eric Holtrop has been called as the pastor of the Bowling Green, Ohio, Grace Church. Bruno R. Giamba has been named pastor at Grace Church, Waldorf, Md. Congratulations! In the Florida and Southern [...]
After a lengthy battle with cancer, Beth Webb, wife of Pastor Gary Webb at Grace Polaris Church, Westerville, Ohio, was released from her earthly suffering and passed into the presence of Jesus on Wednesday afternoon. (Gary is Adult Ministries Pastor at the church.) Visitation will be Tuesday, May 28, from 5:00–8:00 p.m. at Schoedinger Worthington (6699 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085) and the funeral will be on Wednesday, Ma[...]
A 1985 graduate of Grace College is scheduled to appear on “Jeopardy!” on Friday. Dr. Susan Waller is an administrator at The Christian Academy in Brookhaven, Pa. A story from the online news site, Patch, tells the story. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read it in its entirety. Delco School Administrator Appearing On ‘Jeopardy!’ Friday A Delaware County woman is set to appear on [...]
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 NIV) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lo[...]
Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. (Ephesians 6:19-20) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12) Pray for brave leaders in loca[...]
Glen Sykes, pastor of Grace Brethren Church, San Diego, Calif., underwent heart surgery today in Visalia, Calif. His wife, Cora, reports: “Doctor was able to put in two by-passes. He said it went as well as he would expect it.” Glen has been hospitalized since late last week following an episode while attending family camp in the mountains. Continue to pray for Glen, Cora, and their family as he recovers.[...]
What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed,Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7) God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have hel[...]
Celebrating 75 Years of God’s Faithfulness The church is a place for Christ-followers to come together and experience the Lord’s presence, a privilege that Grace Community Church of Seal Beach, Calif. has enjoyed for 75 years. In order to celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary, the staff and congregation held a fun-filled church event on Sunday, March 24, 2019. With about 268 people in attendance, the celebration began [...]
UPDATE: Open heart surgery for Glen Sykes is scheduled for today (May 21) at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time. Glen Sykes, pastor of Grace Brethren Church, San Diego, Calif., is reporting that he will have open heart surgery on Tuesday. He has been hospitalized in Visalia, Calif., since late last week following an episode while attending family camp in the mountains. Here is his message, shared with his permission: The official verdict [...]
A building that once served as the Grace Brethren Church in Denver, Co., has been sold, according to a story at businessden.com. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Vacant church along South Federal sells for double 2017 sale price A vacant church along South Federal Boulevard has sold for more than double the price it fetched 1 1/2 years ago, and is likely to be demolished. BTS Expo [...]
The Eagle Commission serves as a strategic link between the people of Charis Fellowship congregations and its representative military chaplains around the world. The Eagle Commission offers the means to express support of the chaplains and their ministry and to keep updated on their latest news and prayer requests. The Eagle Commission is producing a series of videos for use in churches and on its website about the ministry of[...]
Prayer is requested for Glen Sykes, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in San Diego, Calif. He is currently in the hospital in Visalia, Calif., after experiencing shortness of breath while at a camp nearby. Here’s a report this morning from Glen (and shared with his permission): We were up in the mountains at Christian family Camp last week. Wednesday I became very short of breath and my oxygen saturation level dropped.[...]
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