Sarah McMahon has joined the GraceConnect team as newsletter coordinator. She will be responsible for the weekly production of the newsletter, from initiating stories to pushing the “send” button. She’ll be working from her home in northeast Ohio. Her other part-time job is director of marketing for Western Reserve Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Macedonia, Ohio (Jason Haymaker, pastor), whe[...]
Jason Geiser, who was featured in this week’s GraceConnect eNews, and his company, Deco-Crete Supply, was recognized Thursday by the Orrville, Ohio, Chamber of Commerce. Jason is involved at Grace Church, Wooster, Ohio (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor). A portion of a story from the Wooster, Ohio, Daily Record, appears below. Click here to read the complete article and view photos. Deco-Crete Supply Wins Community Impact A[...]
Barb Wooler, director of Crisis Response for Encompass World Partners, has sent this update. Rain had been falling for a full week before Cylone Idai made landfall on March 4th, 2019. By the time the cyclone (hurricane) struck, there was no place for the water to go, so it spread laterally. One such inland “river” was reportedly 31 miles wide, carrying along and depositing millions of tons of mud and debris. Though people in n[...]
Winona Lake, Ind., a community that is steeped in the history of the Charis Fellowship and is home to a number of Charis Fellowship organization, is featured in an article posted today at the online news site, InkFreeNews. Included is an interview with Terry White, former executive director of BMH/GraceConnect and a faculty member at Grace College. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. [...]
Fraternite Charis d’ Haiti, the group of churches in Haiti affiliated with the Charis Alliance, began their first national conference yesterday. The conference are meeting on the campus of House of Hope Orphanage in Cap Haitian, Haiti, through Sunday, March 31, 2019. This new network of 90 congregations from throughout the country is committed to sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and working together to support and e[...]
Word has been received of the death of Wander Heller, wife of Dr. Duke Heller, a BMH Books author who has served as an elder at Grace Polaris Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation on the north side of Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor). Her obituary appears below. Wanda Lee Heller, age 82, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at Kobacker House, surrounded by her family. She wa[...]
A report of the NAIA All Star game, which featured long-time Grace College men’s basketball coach, Jim Kessler, as the East team coach, is found on the Victory Sports Network site. A portion of that report appears below. Click here to read the complete article. 2019 All Star Game Features Legends and Scoring This year, the NAIA conducted their All Star game on Tuesday evening as a kickoff for the National Championship ga[...]
Like so many missionaries in closed countries, Aaron and Beth’s* daily lives look different from those of traditional church planters in other parts of the world. The challenges are monumental, and the work can seem to progress at a slow pace. But their consistent effort and creative approach are steadily making inroads into their community. The path to missions Growing up in the northwestern United States, Aaron thought that [...]
We had planned to mourn our daughter’s death in private. At 26-weeks gestation, our perfectly-healthy baby girl stopped breathing, and we were told the operation to deliver her would take mere minutes, leaving us with the hearts of parents, but no child to raise. We knew we’d mourn her passing, but we planned to do it alone. That’s what we planned, but that’s not what happened. We ended up telling our pastoral teammates about [...]
Longtime Grace College men’s basketball coach, Jim Kessler, coached the final college basketball game of his career Tuesday night as he coached the NAIA East all star team. The East team lost to the West, 111-107. Stats from the actual game were not immediately released by the NAIA. Below is a portion of a report from the online news site, InkFreeNews. Click here to read the complete story. Kessler, Godfrey Say Goodbye A[...]
Warsaw Christian School will be closed the next three days due to the increased cases of illness among students and staff, according to a report issued yesterday at the online news site, InkFreeNews. Warsaw Christian School is sponsored by Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. (Tiberius Rata, interim pastor). A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Warsaw Christian School Closed D[...]
Generosity is the theme of the Winter-Spring issue of GraceConnect magazine. The publication is in the mail to subscribers and is available online by clicking here. You may also read it at issuu.com. Articles include how to better manage your funds in order to bless the kingdom, lessons in biblical generosity, and how to encourage good stewardship in your children. There are also features on a ministry in Auburn, Calif., that [...]
Last week marked the 300th issue of GraceConnect eNews! Since the first newsletter in June 2013, we have told a new story each week of what God is doing in and through the people and churches of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches). With last week’s issue, we took a look back at a few of the stories we’ve told over those 300 weeks and provide an update. (Click on the gray header to read the[...]
In three of the four Gospels, two stories are always told together. The first is where the little children came to Jesus but the disciples tried to keep them away. For some reason, the disciples must have thought their leader, Jesus, was too important to entertain children. In biblical times, children were not generally held in high esteem. We are told, however, that Jesus rebuked the disciples, stating that the kingdom of God[...]
Chuck Davis, executive director of Caribbean Vision Ministries, has sent a reminder to pray for this week’s first national conference of the Charis Alliance churches in Haiti. God has told us to “pray without ceasing” (KJV) or “pray continually” (NIV) because “this is God’s will for you in Christ,” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18). Prayer is a necessary part of the Christian’s life not just an option. I would like to ask you to[...]
The date for the Northwest Focus Retreat has changed. It will be May 20 – 22, 2019 at Camp Clear Lake near White Pass, Wash., rather than what was previously posted (May 13-15). As the retreat did last year, it will begin at Iglesia De Los Hermanos, 202 West Mead Ave., Yakima, Wash., on Monday evening then move on to Camp Clear Lake for the rest of the time. This allows pastors in the region who are bi-vocational to part[...]
An article in Friday’s Washington Post reports the decision of Grace Brethren Christian school to leave its athletic conference early because of the league’s allowance of transgender athletes to compete on teams consistent with their gender identities. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace Brethren Christian School is a ministry of the Grace Brethren Church, Clinton, M[...]
This Sunday, Jim Hocking, founder of Water for Good, will be speaking at the Grace Brethren Church in Martinsburg, Pa., according to a story in the Morrison’s Cove Herald. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Water Driller, CEO to Speak March 24 at Martinsburg Church The community is invited to hear Jim Hocking, founder and CEO of Water for Good, a water-drilling ministry in the [...]
Mark Pifer, a member at Grace Polaris Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), is completing 50 years in the classroom this year. Most of them have been as a teacher at Worthington Christian School, which is a ministry of Grace Polaris. He is featured in this month’s Worthington Christian Alumni News. A portion of that story appears below. Click here to read the complete artic[...]
Grace College will welcome Dr. Georgia Purdom, ministry content administrator for Answers in Genesis, to campus on Thursday, March 28. Purdom will present an apologetics lecture entitled “Were Adam and Eve Real People?” at 7 p.m. in Westminster Hall. The event is free and open to the public. “In an increasingly secular world, we need to get back to basic, biblical truth,” said Dr. Tiberius Rata, associate dean of the School of[...]
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