No one told us bonding with our son would feel impossible during pregnancy. Our first pregnancy resulted in our daughter being stillborn. To say we were cautious and hesitant to invest in our second child’s development would be an understatement. We wanted to be excited for our son, who we decided to name Judah, but what if he wasn’t placed in our arms, either? Talking to Judah throughout the pregnancy often felt hollow as I b[...]
Registration for two west coast Focus Retreats for Charis Fellowship ministry leaders is now open. The Northwest Focus Retreat will be held May 23-25, 2021 (Sunday-Tuesday), at Camp Clearlake, White Pass, Wash. The Southwest Focus Retreat will be held May 26-28, 2021 (Wednesday-Friday), at Camp Lawrence Daley, Calabasas, Calif. Click here to register for the retreat of your choice. As with the other regional retreats, Phil Spa[...]
Grace College and Theological Seminary’s annual commencement will be held over three separate ceremonies on May 14 and 15 this year. All three ceremonies will take place in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. Overall, the 2021 Commencement will honor 467 graduates, including more than 100 2020 graduates who did not have the opportunity to participate in a formal graduation ceremony because of [...]
When the basement of Crossroads Community Church in Wissinoming, Pa., flooded last year, Pastor Peter Forshtay was at a loss of how to move forward. “I was overwhelmed and stressed with the issue that seemed to be ongoing and endless,” Peter said. Although the church had been dealing with water in the basement for the past 10 years, they always caught the issues in time to fix them. Since they were not meeting in person due to[...]
On April 2, 2021, Bill Byers, longtime Charis Fellowship pastor, evangelist, and church planter, turns 90 years old. His family is encouraging those who have known him over the years to reach out to him. “Throughout the years, my Dad has shared Christ with so many and has had a part in so many lives that I wouldn’t know how to reach here on earth or that can only see this from heaven now,” his daughter, Chery[...]
In the middle of a global health crisis, Kathryn Joachim managed to increase the revenue of her boutique design agency by 24%. Even more impressive, Joachim is already on track to more than double last year’s revenue. Joachim’s successful career as a self-employed artist began many years ago with a graphic design degree from Grace College. A Graphic Design Degree Designed to Unleash Creative Passion In 2004, when Joachim start[...]
A story published online yesterday at VC Star reports that the football program at Grace Brethren High School, Simi Valley, Calif., will not be participating in spring season play. A portion of the report appears below. Click here to read the complete article. (Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley.) Grace Brethren cancels football season, citing insufficient [...]
Suffering Servants, Meet Your Once- Suffering Savior Revelation 1 Are you a servant of Jesus? If not, stop reading now. Are you suffering as a servant for the Lord? Then the message of Revelation is definitely for you. Keep reading. God gave this drama to Jesus Christ, who gave it to His angel, who showed it to me, John, so I could describe it for the servants of Jesus, servants who are suffering. Long-suffering brings doubt; [...]
Registration is now open for Access 2021, which will be held July 27-29, 2021, at Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor). The location is a change from previously announced. Grace Community is an exciting, innovative Charis Fellowship church and Pastor Jim Brown and his staff are pleased to welcome you to their campus. Celebrations will take place daily and are where we worship in song and in the chall[...]
Women of Grace USA has announced their first online class as part of their Ignite 31:26 program for women leaders. Essentials of Prayer – Covid Edition, will be held May 5, May 12, and May 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. Prayer may be seen as a mystery, because it involves a relationship with Someone we cannot fully understand. This class explores what the Bible teaches about the purpose of prayer, the role of prayer for the believe[...]
Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip recently announced his intention for campus operations — classes, sports, and residence life — to return to their pre-pandemic procedures in August. He made the announcement in a campus-wide chapel service on March 26. “As a college, we pride ourselves in what makes us unique, but in this case — we’ve never been so excited to return to ‘normal,’” said Katip. “While we have worked extremel[...]
This morning, Phil Sparling, executive director of the Charis Fellowship, sent information regarding the Equality Act (HR5) which is currently before the U.S. Senate. He is encouraging people to contact their senators and ask them to vote against this bill. Phil’s letter and a link to additional information are included below. Dear Charis Leaders, As I’m sure you know, there is a piece of legislation passing throug[...]
Grace College has announced the sixth annual Grace College and The Village at Winona Festival of Music. Running from March through December this year, the festival will feature local choruses, returning ensembles and brand new musicians. Sweetwater Sound will join Grace College, The Village at Winona, and Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts in sponsoring the 2021 Festival of Music. “We are thrilled to be back in full swing this ye[...]
Grace College junior environmental studies student and basketball player, Eddie Gill, recently secured a $137,000 boat sponsorship with Parker Boats for “Journey for a Cause,” a 10-day, 700-mile trip from Evansville, Indiana, to Navarre Beach, Florida, to promote inclusion in outdoor sports. Gill will begin his journey on June 1 in a Parker 2520 XLD boat. “I am incredibly grateful for their sponsorship, and I have the greatest[...]
The Grace Shooting Sports Club (GSSC) won several awards this past weekend during the Scholastic Clay Target Program Collegiate National Competition at the Cardinal Shooting Complex in Marengo, Ohio. The GSSC competed against more than 200 athletes from over 20 colleges and universities across the country and took part in five different events (Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Bunker Trap, and 5-Stand). Each Grace student shot 800[...]
She wasn’t really my aunt, but all my childhood I called her Aunt Bertha, a common courtesy for missionaries who worked together. Her apartment was always open to my family. She especially took an interest in me. When I was young and fighting health problems, our family traveled to her city and stayed with her for treatments and my surgery. When there were complications with the surgery, she was like a second mother to me, let[...]
Justin Kimbrell grew up in long term care — sort of. When he was in elementary school his mother began working as the director of nursing in a care facility, and he spent much of his free time there, often volunteering to serve. He says it was like having an “extended family of grandparents.” It only seemed natural that he enter the family business. At 23, Justin received his license to be a nursing home administrator. He serv[...]
You’ve been asked to interview the incoming pastor, the retiring executive, or the new principal at your children’s school. You want to know when the new round about is going in and how it will impact the community. What do you do? What do you ask? The next Writers’ Workshop for Charis Fellowship creatives will look at the interview. Whether you are writing a feature story or on a fact-finding mission to learn exactly when th[...]
A roundup story about Worthington Christian’s trip to the Ohio Division III state championship basketball game is included today at thisweeknews.com. A portion of the story is include below. Click here to read the complete article and view photos of the team’s journey. (Worthington Christian High School is a ministry of Grace Polaris Church, Westerville, Ohio, Mike Yoder, lead pastor.) Worthington Christian Roundup[...]
Waynesboro Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Waynesboro, Pa. (Timothy Clothier, senior pastor), is mentioned in an article at heraldmailmedia.com as the church comes alongside the PMI Pregnancy Resource Centers. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Waynesboro pregnancy resource center nearing completion The Waynesboro location of PMI Pregnancy Resource Centers is planni[...]
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