Chuck Winter, retired Charis Fellowship pastor in the Pacific Northwest, writes regularly for the The Good Life, a monthly publication in Central Washington that focuses on faith and community. In January, he wrote about the importance of knowing Jesus. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article, on page 12, of the PDF of the free publication. Don’t I know you? We were hastening through a cro[...]
The watershed abortion case “Roe v. Wade” was decided 46 years ago, on January 22, 1973. Two facts for sure: (1) it remains “the law of the land” on abortion and (2) it is as controversial as ever. Later court decisions have clarified “Roe” (whether the government can refuse to pay for abortions, “notification” rules, “waiting periods,” protest-free zones around abortion clinics, etc.) but its core decision stands. Nominees fo[...]
The Grace College Department of History and Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Black Student Association and Council for Diversity and Inclusion are pleased to welcome Dr. Drew Hart, author and professor of theology and religion at Messiah College, to campus this February. The event, entitled “400 Years of Black History: An Evening with Drew Hart,” will take place at 7 p.m.on Monday, Feb. 4, in Westminster Hall. T[...]
Every Saturday men — from high schoolers to 80-year-olds — meet in the locker room of the Columbus Crusaders, the youth sports ministry in central Ohio. Called 222 Men’s Fellowship, each session begins with a short video, usually featuring Mike Stanley or Brian Elder, the executive director of the Crusaders. Then participants gather in small groups and discuss the video or share what is on their minds and hea[...]
Yesterday’s observance of Martin Luther King Day at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., included a keynote by Chris Singleton, an outfielder for the South Bend Cubs who lost his mother in 2015 to a hate crime. The local online news site, InkFreeNews, reported on the event. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Christian Athlete Uses Love To Thwart Hate Chris Singleton, a tall and la[...]
Lindsay Schuster has joined the staff of GraceConnect as an intern during spring semester, 2019. A native of Brownsville, Tex., Lindsay is an English major with minors in marketing and creative writing at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. She anticipates graduating in May 2019. During her internship, she is serving as the editorial assistant for GraceConnect. Among her duties are writing stories for the GraceConnect eNews and g[...]
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., will welcome notable speakers to campus this winter, including Cokeisha Bailey Robinson and Dr. D. A. Carson. All Grace College chapels are free and open to the public. They take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:30 – 11:20 a.m. in the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center, 610 Wooster Rd., Winona Lake. “Chapel is an opportunity for the Grace community to seek God together. We wor[...]
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will kick off its 10th year of service to Kosciusko County, Ind., with a public reception on Wednesday, January 23. Since 2010, VITA in Kosciusko County has completed thousands of free tax returns totaling more than $2.5 million in refunds to residents of Warsaw, Winona Lake and surrounding communities. Warsaw, Ind., Mayor Joe Thallemer, Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip[...]
Dr. John Henry Stoll of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., died at 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Grace Village Health Care at the age of 93. He was born on February 22, 1925 in Oxford, Pennsylvania to Lula Irene (Beckley) Stoll and Dr. Ralph Henry Stoll. He was married in 1946 to his first wife, Irene (Parsons) Stoll, who passed away in 2010. John married Irma Ilsa (Dreipelcher) Stoll on Oct[...]
Dr. John Henry Stoll of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., died at 8:50 p.m. on Thursday, January 17, 2019, at Grace Village Health Care at the age of 93. Arrangements are pending with Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, Warsaw, Indiana. Dr. Stoll served as a faculty member at Grace College.[...]
Grace College and Theological Seminary is seeking comments from the public about the College in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The college will host a visit March 18-19, 2019, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Grace College and Theological Seminary has been accredited by HLC since 1994. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Crite[...]
The century-old upright piano was gorgeous to look at. As I sauntered through the privately-owned war museum, I was struck by the stories the instrument obviously told in its worn keys, beat up wood, and fragile seat. I wondered how many war widows had sat at the piano to play their loved one’s favorite tune when their hearts really only wanted peace to show up again. As my imagination drew me closer to the ivory keys, I asked[...]
A promise has been kept. After 32 years, the Grace Brethren ‘Promise of Honor’ program is complete. The recipients, retired pastors and their widows, have all been fully honored by the churches. In 1986, the Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retirement Benefits for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (now Charis Fellowship) crunched the numbers and knew the then-current retirement fund was not sustainable. In response, [...]
The young woman looked like my former student. She acted like my former student. She even sounded like her. But she couldn’t be. It had been fifteen years since I had seen her. I remembered her as a quiet middle-schooler who seemed painfully uncomfortable even answering a question in class. So even though I saw the name of my former student on the program, and heard her voice, it was hard to believe it was really her. When I h[...]
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Dave Bogue, former Charis Fellowship pastor, to raise money for he and his wife, Elaine, to purchase a new Mobility Conversion Van. Dave most recently led the Grace Brethren Church, Upper Arlington, Ohio, and was a popular speaker at Momentum Youth Conference. (He is the brother of Jeff Bogue, senior pastor at Grace Church, Akron, Ohio.) On January 27, 2017, Dave was injured during a sche[...]
The Troy, Ohio, Daily News carries a story about the swearing in of a new state representative from their area, who also happens to be a member of a Charis Fellowship congregation. Jena Powell, who is involved at Grace Brethren Church, Greenville, Ohio (Danny Wright, teaching pastor), is representing Ohio’s 80th District. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Powell sworn in as st[...]
Operation Barnabas 2019 tour planning is taking place now with a number of interesting and exciting ministry stops already planned for two different tours on two different coasts! The administrative leaders for each team has been announced. Both have much experience working with youth and ministry tours! The East Coast OB team, June 15–July 8, will be led by Cody Ray, the youth pastor and children’s director of Connection Chri[...]
Grace College is kicking off Sunset Tours this semester. On most Thursday evenings through April, Grace faculty and staff will host prospective students and their families for Sunset Tours from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Students and parents will learn about the admissions process and financial aid opportunities. They will receive an evening campus tour and the opportunity to see the sunset over beautiful Winona Lake. A complimentary dinne[...]
Jerry W. Michael, 75 of Martinsburg, W. Va., went to be with the Lord on January 10, 2019. Born April 11, 1943 in Martinsburg, he was the son of the late Lewis B. and Viola Mae Michael. He was a 1962 graduate of Hedgesville High School and attended University of Missouri at Kansas City. He married the love of his life, Linda Yohn Michael, on June 2, 1979. Jerry retired from the IRS after 39 years as Chief of Information Return[...]
Word has been received of the death this morning of Jerry Michael, a member of the Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W.Va. (Matt Plott, pastor), who had also served many years on the board of the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation. Continue to pray for his wife, Linda, and their family during this time. An obituary and funeral information will be posted here when it becomes available.[...]
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