For the first time since 2010, Grace’s cross country team will have a new coach leading the team. Jake Poyner, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, will coach the Lancers in 2019 for his first season. Jeff Raymond transitioned into a new position as Grace’s Director of Cross Country and Track and Field starting this school year. Poyner has high hopes for the Lancers this fall as he seeks to place his imprint on[...]
Grace College is expanding recruitment efforts to international students in Southeast Asia. The initiative aims to reflect a biblical worldview, enrich the student experience on campus and enhance enrollment. “Grace has an amazing opportunity to move to the next level in fulfilling our biblical and educational potential by reaching beyond our borders to include students from other countries and cultures on our campus,” said Gr[...]
If you were a Christian in Communist China or Nazi Germany on a national holiday (and had the freedom to meet), what might be different from a worship service in the United States on the Fourth of July? Would you be pledging allegiance to the Communist or Nazi flag or singing that country’s national anthem along with other hymns of the faith, like “Faith of Our Fathers” with words appropriate to the histories of those nations?[...]
Physical brutality. Destroyed property. Cast out from society. These are the realities of countless Christians within the global Charis Alliance movement. On Sunday, November 3, thousands of churches around the world will join together to pray for those in the Charis Alliance who are facing such atrocities. Encompass World Partners is encouraging North American churches to take a few moments during worship services on that day[...]
Registration is now open for the Central Focus Retreat, the first of five regional gatherings for ministry leaders in the Charis Fellowship. The retreat will be held October 07 – 09, 2019, at The Lodge in Syracuse, Ind. The Lodge is a ministry of Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor). Led by Phil Sparling, executive director of the Charis Fellowship and pastor of Auburn Grace Community Church, A[...]
“It takes a conscious effort to put people and their needs before programs,” says Bud Olszewski, pastor of Rittman Grace Brethren Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Rittman, Ohio. Bud has been pastoring his congregation for 36 years and values the impact of long-term ministry in the local church. The city of Rittman, Ohio, is self-described as “a small town with a big heart,” and has a population of 6,000 residents. T[...]
I didn’t know what to say or do. I just sat there, staring at the wall, breathless. I had just ended a phone call that blindsided me and threatened to completely change the direction of my life. I looked down at the ring on my finger. Though it remained, its promise became dim in light of the giant that stood before me. My fiancé had made some major theological changes that shook the foundation of our relationship. I didn’t kn[...]
Grace College’s men’s tennis team is poised to continue its climb in the Crossroads League in 2019 under head coach Andy Lewis. Grace will be led by its two returning All-League performers. Max Rozas was Grace’s No. 1 singles player and posted a 9-2 singles record as a freshman. Pavle Popovic picked up 12 wins across singles and doubles play. Jacob Gray returns for his sophomore season after winning 11 matche[...]
Christian artist Josh Garrels will perform on the Grace College campus Friday, September 6, at 7 p.m. on the lawn at the corner of King’s Highway and Wooster Rd. in Winona Lake, Ind. Part of the Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music, the free, outdoor concert will take place during Grace’s annual “Sibs Weekend” as students enjoy a weekend with their siblings. Resting between accessibility and honesty, Garrels’ [...]
Sometime between 1969 and 1970, during my second tour in Vietnam, I met a man who tried to commit suicide at my post in Kontum, located in the northern part of South Vietnam. My ministry was to care for the American military advisors to the Vietnamese forces in the entire province, the largest province in South Vietnam and close to the DMZ between the north and south sections of the country. I regularly traveled in a quite dan[...]
The Women’s Leadership Studies classes sponsored by Women of Grace USA and Grace Theological Seminary have been updated and rebranded. Now known as Ignite 31:26, the expanded program has more opportunities for growth and spiritual development than ever before. It is named Ignite 31:26, drawing from the spirit of Proverbs 31:26, which ignited in the hearts of women across the nation: “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and kind i[...]
Charis Fellowship pastor, Robert Soto, who made headlines several years ago when he successfully challenged a law that limited the use of Indian feathers only to those Indian groups recognized by the federal government, is mentioned in a related article in the Salt Lake Tribune this week. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Feds make it easier for Native Americans to collect eagle fea[...]
The new boat that was recently gifted to Grace College received some coverage on Monday in a story broadcast Monday on the South Bend, Ind., television station, WNDU-16 (NBC). A portion of the story, and a link to the video, appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Grace College gifted boat to get students out on Winona Lake For family-owned business Splendor Boats, it is important that everyone has an opportunity[...]
Blue-green algae is one of the most notable threats to a lake’s health, as well as to humans and their pets. In Northern Indiana and in lakes across the United States, microcystin, one common toxin produced by blue-green algae, is known to cause harm. Researchers at the Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams are actively monitoring this health threat in Kosciusko County, Ind., with applications for those throughout the region. B[...]
Grace College will once again offer the Silver Scholars Program this fall semester. Adults 55 and older may audit approved on-campus classes at a reduced rate of $25 per class, much lower than the standard auditing fee. These courses are offered to enrich the lives of both the Silver Scholars and the undergrad students at Grace. The courses cover a variety of topics and are each eight weeks long. An open house will be held at [...]
Henrik Söderström, an artist, designer, and idea enthusiast, will present his mixed media artwork on Sept. 13, 2019, during the opening reception for his exhibit, “Dreaming of linear tunnels in the sky, thousands of permanently underground rabbits pushed and prodded the dirt until their feet were sore,” in the Art Gallery of Mount Memorial Hall, 200 Seminary Dr., Winona Lake. Söderström will give an artist talk at 7 p.m., wher[...]
Jim Brown, senior pastor of Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind., underwent a heart catheterization on Friday, August 16, and during the process, it was discovered that the LAD, or the widow maker artery, was 99 percent blocked. “My body [had begun] to make new capillaries to make up for blockage,” he shared on Facebook (and repeated here with his permission). “All my other arteries were completely clear. So[...]
“We want to work together,” Jonathan Carey, the pastor of mobilization and care at Grace Church (Norton, Ohio, Dan Gregory, campus pastor) says as he shares about the city-wide alliance called, “Norton United,” which aims to connect the schools, community, and families in the city of Norton. Since its founding in 1961, the city has had a long history of disunity. It wasn’t until 2015 that the city found a way to work together.[...]
Alicia Blosser, a part of the family at Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor), and the story of her recent heart transplant was featured in the August 16, 2019, edition of the Goshen News. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Alicia Blosser: Hope, a new heart and continued life On March 12 at 7 p.m., Alicia Blosser and her family cried tears of joy as they sat[...]
Oliver Edwards, a former Charis Fellowship pastor who is now serving as a Charis Fellowship chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), had the opportunity this summer to serve in the Bold Eagle program as a temporary assignment. Bold Eagle is a unique way of engaging indigenous youth in the possibility of a military career, but it was mostly started as a partnership between a group of Indian bands and the CAF to give youth t[...]
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