Though most knew that anything might happen on Super Tuesday, residents of Nashville never expected to wake up that Tuesday morning, March 3, to the devastation of an F3 tornado! This team! These gals and guys! They did all this work, clearing debris and felled trees from homes, cars and yards – a monumental task that can only be fully appreciated by folks who have themselves onetime stepped out of their homes after a storm to[...]
Tim and Brenda Jank have unquestionably earned the title of “seasoned parents.” Not only are they the parents of their own five kids, Josh (26), Sam (25), Joe (23), Anna (21), and Noah (19), but Tim and Brenda are both executive directors of Christian nonprofit organizations where they respond to the call to love, exhort, and disciple Christ’s church. Their road has not been an easy one, but the Jank’s story has been sprinkled[...]
Three online Corona Discussions for Charis Fellowship pastors and ministry leaders were well attended and appreciated. Based on the discussion, a follow-up discussion will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Charis Fellowship Conversation Leading Through Crisis Tue, Mar 31, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Online: https://www.gotomeet.me/tomavey/leading-through-crisis Phone: (872) 240-33[...]
Grace College elementary education students partnered with Baker Youth Club (BYC) in Warsaw, Ind., for the second academic year to help elementary students learn, exercise, build relationships, and have fun doing it. Although the school year ended sooner than expected, Grace students look forward to reconnecting with students at BYC when school resumes. “We are blessed to have such an engaging partnership with Grace College fo[...]
A special prayer wall for churches, leaders, and others in the international Charis Alliance has been posted by Encompass World Partners. Already, Charis Alliance leaders are posting prayer requests and updates in this space. Click here to access the Prayer Wall. Feel free to post a request of your own, while praying for those already posted. The Charis Alliance represents churches and outreach efforts in 33 countries, includi[...]
When crises arise, such as this season of illness, death, and uncertainty generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, we all too easily succumb to fear. We let it take over our hearts, influence our decisions, and control our actions. We isolate ourselves for protection. We hoard emergency supplies. But there is another way we can respond to this global crisis. There is an attitude of hope, truth, and light that our global team member[...]
Dr. Alberta (Bertie) M. Hanson was born on March 11, 1928, in Long Beach, Calif., to Albert Hanson and Blanche (Tahash) Hanson. Her three sisters, Winifred, Willetta, and Edisene preceded her in death. She played a vital role in the lives of her sister’s families leading the way in fun, adventure, a sense of family, and provided great personal support in times of need. She was a life-long educator. She received her diplo[...]
A story in the Saturday, March 28, 2020, edition of The Sentinel, Lewiston, Pa., includes a report from Doug Sabin, pastor of Kish Valley Grace Brethren Church, Reedsville, Pa. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Sanctuaries are empty, but church is thriving Churches have long been looked to as safe places for people to go in times of distress and pastors are often among those on the [...]
Word has been received of the death of Alberta “Bertie” M. Hanson, who most recently lived with her niece and husband, Linda and Richard Dilling, Warsaw, Ind. She died at 9:16 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at the age of 92. She is known to many in the Fellowship as she once served on staff at the North Long Beach Brethren Church in Long Beach, Calif. Arrangements are pending with Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Roa[...]
The Charis Alliance website, first developed for the global meetings of Alliance networks, has been redesigned to serve as a global communications and prayer platform. New features include daily access to the 30 Days to a More Resilient Faith devotional select resources (more to come soon; feel free to submit more) direct link for churches soliciting assistance from our Crisis Response Network a global prayer wall for posting [...]
The final online conference call with Charis Fellowship pastors and ministry leaders on Thursday afternoon provided numerous ideas for how to minister in the age of COVID-19. It was the third online event that provided an opportunity for those from around North America to connect for encouragement and networking. As with the calls on Tuesday and Wednesday, Phil Sparling, executive director of the Charis Fellowship, opened with[...]
What will I do with my toilet paper? Strange as it may seem, this has suddenly become the most pressing theological question of our day. The coronavirus has turned our world upside down, and now, as Christians, we must determine how we will respond to this pandemic and the panic it has caused. How do we respond to medical professionals who tell us of risks and potential mass fatalities? How do we respond to government official[...]
As Kosciusko County, Ind., confirmed its first case of coronavirus on Thursday, the Public Health Officer, Dr. William Remington, expressed confidence that the community is prepared to combat the virus, according to a story in he Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union. (Dr. Remington is a member of Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church, Bruce Barlow, lead pastor.) A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the compete arti[...]
A story in today’s Goshen News recounts how a donation made to an effort sponsored by Grace Community Church (Jim Brown, senior pastor), a Charis Fellowship congregation in Goshen, has come full circle. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Approximately 30,000 N95 masks find their way back home An act of compassion has returned home. About five years ago, Beacon Health donated ab[...]
A Grace College professor, who chairs the board of directors of the Baker Youth Club in Warsaw, Ind., was interviewed about the organization recently on the news site, Input Fort Wayne. A portion of the story, featuring Dr. Rachael Hoffert, appears below. Click here to read the complete article. This innovative youth club in Winona Lake has been serving the community for nearly 100 years For 94 years, the Baker Youth Club (BYC[...]
About 35 pastors and ministry leaders in the Charis Fellowship gathered online Wednesday afternoon as the second of three calls designed for collaboration and encouragement as they navigate church life in a world impacted by the Coronavirus. Let by Phil Sparling, executive director of the Charis Fellowship and senior pastor at Auburn Grace Community Church, Auburn, Calif., discussion centered around practical ways to help peop[...]
Grace College officials announced Tuesday that on-campus classes are suspended through the end of the spring 2020 semester. Grace’s courses will continue to be delivered remotely, and the Commencement ceremony scheduled for May is suspended. “This is one of the hardest decisions of my 40-plus years in higher education,” stated Grace College President Dr. Bill Katip. “While we all deeply desire to be together on campus, hold cl[...]
March Madness: Canceled Disney World: Closed Classes: Online Travel to Europe: Suspended Canceled. Closed. Online. Suspended. Is anyone else tired of hearing these words? It’s inevitable that you are a victim of canceled events, postponed trips, remote classes, and accomodating plans. Maybe it’s your senior year of college, and the last semester you thought you had with your friends has been significantly shortened. Maybe you [...]
In Thursday’s online chapel at Grace College and Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind., Dr. Bill Katip, president, announced changes in campus life for the rest of the semester, including continuing remote learning, closing residence halls, and suspending the 2020 commencement because of the coronavirus pandemic. His complete announcement, sent to the campus community, is included below, as is the video from the chapel service. As[...]
About 35 or 40 Charis Fellowship pastors and ministry leaders gathered online this morning for collaboration and encouragement as each discussed how they are conducting ministries in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting was the first of three scheduled gatherings called by Phil Sparling, executive director of the Charis Fellowship, to help pastors with ideas and resources for helping their congregations connect wit[...]
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