It was my first trip to Alaska, and I was deeply disappointed. We landed in heavy fog, and for the next two days I strained my eyes trying to see where I was going. I started to wonder whether the scenic views I´d heard about actually existed! A friend had invited me to her home, and as I wound my way up what was obviously a mountain, deep insecurity set in. The fog felt heavy and threatening. I really didn´t like this place a[...]
Grace College history professor, Jared Burkholder, has written a guest post at patheos.com about the purity movement of the 1980s and 1990s. A portion of that post appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Before “true love waits” there was Josh McDowell and Petra Those of us who experienced the evangelical youth group subculture of the 1980s and 90s are now in mid-life, and some of my fellow mid-lifers are refle[...]
More than a year ago, Rod Finster, pastor of Echo Valley Grace in Tremont, Pa., was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer. This morning comes an update and another request for prayer: Rod’s cancer has progressed rapidly in the past few weeks. He is on a new treatment but so far it appears to not be working very well. Please pray for Rod, as he is weary and in a lot of pain. Please also keep his wife, Patty, their daughter, Al[...]
An Expansion Bootcamp hosted by Assist Church Expansion is scheduled for March 27-30, 2019, at York Grace Brethren Church, York, Pa. The three-day event will include intensive coaching, strategic planning, peer mentoring, and training that will help church leaders and their teams develop a great plan, establish tangible action steps, and connect with ongoing coaching to reach expansion goals. Five tracks will be available: new[...]
Jerry Michael, who served many years as a board member at the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation, and has been a leader in the Rosemont Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, W.Va., has been admitted to care at the Hospice of the Panhandle. The family asks for prayer during this time.[...]
Zach Doppelt had pastored in Virginia for over ten years when, without much warning, God called him to pastor a Charis Fellowship congregation in Ohio. It’s meant a transition for his family that came out of nowhere. But to the Doppelts, this was a call worth following. Zach moved to Dayton, Ohio, to pastor Basore Road Grace Brethren Church on September 1. Zach had been in pastoral ministry since 2003, and after earning [...]
Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., is reaping the financial benefits of energy-saving projects completed on campus in 2017 and 2018. Kirby Dipert, field engineer at Lockheed Martin Energy, recently presented a check for $32,392.09 to Grace College from NIPSCO. Lockheed Martin Energy administers NIPSCO’s energy efficiency programs. According to Dipert, the check’s value represents the energy efficiencies gained from four projec[...]
Willetta “Willie” Edmiston of Warsaw, Ind., died at home at 12:23 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the age of 93. She was formerly a resident of Grace Village Retirement Community of Winona Lake, Ind. Willie was born on April 14, 1925, in Los Angeles County, Calif. to Albert Fred Hanson and Blanche Hester (Tahash) Hanson. She was married on January 22, 1946 in Long Beach, Calif., to Sibley Marvin Edmiston. They shared 64 [...]
A fire at the end of the morning service yesterday at First Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Dayton, Ohio (Bruce Jackson, pastor), caused a few moments of excitement at the end of the service and apparently caused minor damage to the church. It also forced a change in location for a meeting by the Montgomery County Republican Party. The Dayton Daily News reported on the incident. A portion of the stor[...]
Today is the last day to order the 2019 Charis Fellowship Handbook at the special advance price of $8. After today, the Handbook will be $10 a single copy, and $9 each for 10 or more. The 2019 Handbook, which is being produced by BMH Books and GraceConnect, provides up-to-date information that will enhance your relationships within the Fellowship. It’s something that you’ll want to have on your desk for ready reference. It inc[...]
Retired Charis Fellowship pastor, Bernie Simmons, is downsizing and moving. He’d like to find a home for some of the books he no longer has use for. Some of them are from the collection of his father, Philip Simmons, who also pastored in the Fellowship. Among them are Brethren annuals dating back to 1925, Grace Brethren Sunday school quarterlies, Grace Brethren Boys manuals, a variety of teacher’s resources, and nu[...]
The Southwest Focus Retreat, the annual gathering of Charis Fellowship leaders in the southwestern U.S., takes to a new location later this month. The retreat will be held at the Camp Lawrence Daley Conference Center at Camp Mt. Crags in Calabasas, Calif. The area was recently impacted by wildfires, but the conference center itself remained untouched. The accommodations are hotel-style and located within the beautiful Malibu S[...]
As a new year begins, Dan O’Deens is sharing a planning tool that is used by the teams at Breathe Partners, the Charis Fellowship ministry that he founded and continues to direct. (He is also author of the BMH Books title, ABS of Faith.) His 2019 Life Planner walks individuals through the coming year, providing opportunities to identify a vision, set goals, and plan for the future. It encourages people to set prayer goal[...]
Fight Club, the innovative men’s ministry founded by Pastor Jim Brown at Grace Community Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Goshen, Ind., is featured in Multiply Magazine. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Fight Club is Bringing Back Manhood The first rule about Fight Club is that you don’t talk about Fight Club. But in Goshen, Indiana at Grace Community Church, a fai[...]
Since 1981, Susquehanna Grace Community Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Wrightsville, Pa., has held a “Road to Bethlehem” live nativity. A few women from the church lead 70 volunteers with the goal of bringing the entire community an experience that will teach them about Scripture and the birth of the Savior. People drive the Road to Bethlehem on the church’s property through each step of Luke 2, including sc[...]
News of God’s work in the Charis Fellowship dominated the most accessed stories on graceconnect.us in 2018. From the opening of new ministries and changes in leadership, to requests for prayer, reports of meetings, and other activities, the site once again formed the centerpiece for news and information in the Charis Fellowship (formerly known as the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches). More than 69,747 page views were reco[...]
Donald George Hocking, 87, died December 24, 2018 at 10:40 p.m. at Vista Del Mar Senior Living in Long Beach, Calif. He was born on July 15, 1931, in Long Beach, Calif., to George and Ethel Hocking. After graduating from Poly High, Don attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, where he received his call for missions. He then went to Bob Jones University (where he met his wife, Betty) and afterwards graduated from Grace Semi[...]
The Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams was featured yesterday on WNDU-Channel 16, the NBC station in South Bend, Ind. Click here to view the story. The new facility which houses the center not only provides educational opportunities for college students, but programming for local school students as well. Dr. Drew Flamm, vice president of advancement, and Dr. Nate Bosch, director of the Lilly Center, were both interviewed.[...]
Retired Charis Fellowship pastor, Ron Thompson, has released his second self-published book, a collection of 50 devotionals based on some of his favorite sermons he preached. Sermons in Song is laced it with hymns that he would lead the congregation in singing during the sermon. “Many of my messages already included lyrics from hymns that related to some particular point,” he said. “For the book, I simply pic[...]
Former missionary to the Central African Republic, Don Hocking, 87, died December 24, 2018, in Long Beach, Calif. He and his wife, Betty, served for many in Africa and are also the parents of Jim Hocking, founder of Water for Good, and Tom Hocking, Charis Fellowship pastor at Bellflower, Calif. Services will be led by his brother, Dr. David Hocking, and are as follows: Visitation: Room A/B, Forest Lawn Long Beach, 1500 E. San [...]
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