Grow New England, the Charis Fellowship church-planting ministry based in the Boston, Mass., area, recently sent an update. It is included below. In 2018 we will be increasing our ministry to the men of our congregation (in Essex, Mass.). A new men’s fellowship will start on January 13. We will be studying the character of Jesus and how we can be more like Christ. We are also looking forward to the continued training of men fo[...]
Brian Winter, the son of former Charis Fellowship pastor Chuck and the late Marilyn Winter, has announced he has recently been diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Brian has served as Yakima County, Wash., sheriff since 2015. (Chuck pastored the Grace Brethren Church in Harrah, Wash., for 25 years.) A story in the Yakima, Wash., Herald, reports his announcement. A portion of that report appears below. Click here [...]
Grace Theological Seminary is now accepting applications for Deploy – the first competency-based seminary program in the country accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and granted five-year experimental status by the Association of Theological Schools. The new, modern seminary program at Grace uses a competency-based theological education (CBTE) model delivered online and onsite within a ministry context at local churche[...]
Over the weekend, the Grace College Athletic Department sponsored its first-ever Champions of Character Classic. (Read about it here.) Roger Grossman, a Warsaw sports personality and writer, shared his thoughts about the event in a column Wednesday in the Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union. A portion of it appears below. Click here for the complete article. First Classic Was Great, But What’s Next? OK, so occasionally I have to [...]
Community of Hope Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Surrey, B.C. (Phil Bryant, pastor) is a church family of about 100 people. This Christmas season, the entire church put their heads and hearts together to put on a dessert theatre production for their community. “I think most of our audience was from outside the church primarily because most of the church was helping put on the show,” said Jason Strain, worship pas[...]
Registration for the third Focus Retreat in the 2017-2018 series for pastors and leaders in the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) is now available online. The Southwest Focus Retreat is January 29-31 at The Oaks, Lake Hughes, Calif. As with the retreats in the Central and East regions, the retreat will focus on “Creating a Culture of Apprenticeship for Leadership Development.” Clancy Cruise,[...]
A highly respected Indiana basketball coach was honored Saturday night at Grace College during the inaugural Champions of Character Classic at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The local online news site, InkFreeNews, carried a report. A portion of that report appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Rhodes Right At Home In Spotlight WINONA LAKE – It’s hard to be anonymous in Warsaw when you are Al Rhodes.[...]
Julia Peterson has joined the GraceConnect.us team as newsletter coordinator. In that capacity, she’ll be writing stories, selecting links of interest, and coordinating the production of the GraceConnect eNews, a free weekly newsletter that shares news and information in the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches). Julia’s byline is not unfamiliar to GraceConnect. In 2013, as a college sophomore, [...]
Ruth Etta Gillis age 85 of Grove Hill, Alabama, died December 26, 2017, at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital. She was born August 13, 1932 in California to James Richard and Ruth Leota Keepers. She was a retired elementary school secretary and a lifelong member of Grace Brethren Fellowship. She is survived by her husband, Eldred John Gillis, Jr.; three children, Erin Kathleen Kelley, Eldred John Gillis, III, and Kelly Maureen Whita[...]
Word has been received of the death of Ruth Gillis, wife of Pastor John Gillis, who last led the Grace Brethren Church in Eagle River, Alaska. Below is information from the Clark County Democrat. Complete obituary information will be published when it is available. Ruthie Gillis passes away at GH hospital Ruthie Gillis died Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 26 at Grove Hill Memorial Hospital, just across the street from her home. Mrs. G[...]
One again, the “family news” aspect was represented in the themes of the articles that were most accessed on graceconnect.us in 2017. After all, the website is the center of news and information in the Charis Fellowship (formerly known as the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches), a family of congregations in North America. More than 70,086 hits were recorded at the site during the year (as of Friday, December 29[...]
The Mayfield West campus of Renew Church in Ontario, Canada (Bartley Sawatsky, lead pastor; Wade Rininger, campus pastor) started around the same time as Butter and Cup, a local coffee shop and bakery run by Mike and Genevieve Amaral, who attend Renew Church. It wasn’t a coincidence. “One of the reasons we planted Mayfield West in this neighborhood is because we had a relationship with the family and wanted to work together to[...]
Hurricanes for God – Impacting Our World!, the book by retired Charis Fellowship pastor, Ron Thompson, is now available as an e-book on Amazon.com. The book is about evangelism, evangelists, evangelizers, and witnesses. Recognizing God’s power working in and through each individual Christian, it is based on the observation that when individuals truly come to Christ in salvation, it is easy and natural for them to t[...]
Christmas Season is a good time to ponder an interesting verse. “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” – 1 Timothy 4:9-10 The Christian tradition I know puts great emphasis on how God saves all who believe. It’s as clear as the best-known verse of the Bibl[...]
Robert James Cover, Sr. of Grace Village Retirement Community in Winona Lake, Ind., died at 6:05 a.m. on Friday, December 22, 2017, at Grace Village Health Care at the age of 85. He was born on May 19, 1931 in Modesto, Calif., to James David Cover and Elizabeth (Wagner) Cover. On July 3, 1953 he was married to Joene Ladeen (Toon) Cover, who survives. Robert served in the U.S. Army from 1954 – 1957 during the Korean Conflict. H[...]
Lillian B. Teeter of Warsaw, Ind., was called home by her Heavenly Father at 8:30 p.m. on December 21, 2017, at her residence at the age of 90. She was born on October 7, 1927, in Richmond, Va., to Everett Beazley and Eva (Davis) Beazley. On June 11, 1949, she was married to Pastor Gerald Wilfred Teeter. They shared 34 years of marriage together before he died on April 5, 1983. Lillian was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind.,[...]
Wonder. I’ve heard that word throughout my entire life in reference to Christmas. I remember as a child seeing commercials showing delighted kids receiving just what they wanted, or being surprised with a superbly decorated tree, and the announcer saying something like, “give them the wonder of Christmas.” Wonder is a very good word to use in reference to Christmas. But our world has stopped far short of the real wonder of Chr[...]
A number of members of the championship Grace Brethren High School football team in Simi Valley, Calif., have been named to the Tri-Valley League all-league team. A story in the VS Star carries the details. A portion of it appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren High School is a ministry of Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Simi Valley. Grace Brethren well-represented on [...]
Four Indiana powerhouses will converge at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., on December 30 for the first annual boys’ basketball Champions of Character Classic. Teams from Zionsville, Valparaiso, Warsaw, and Fishers high schools are the inaugural participants in the Champions of Character Classic, held at Grace’s Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center. The four-game, two-session event features all 4A schools including [...]
William “Bill” W. Burby, 81, beloved husband, father, grandpa and friend met his Lord face to face on Monday morning, December 18, 2017. He was born February 21, 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pa., and came to know his Savior at the age of 38. Bill’s greatest desire was that others would know Jesus as their personal Savior. He was a pastor at Grace Polaris Church, Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor) for 27 years un[...]
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