January 2005

Mitch Cariaga (left) of Grace Community Church in Rialto, CA, shares fellowship with Pastor Dan Allan (right) of the Ashland, OH Grace Brethren Church at the Southwest Focus Retreat. Allan is attending and help lead all four of the Focus Retreats this year as part of his duties as moderator of the Fellowship of Grace

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You Won’t Do THIS in Indiana in January!

Good coffee…warm fellowship…and a gentle warm breeze in the courtyard by the fountain…you won’t do THIS in Indiana in January! Today I visited Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach (Lou Huesmann, pastor) and had a wonderful time of fellowship with the congregation there. Tomorrow begins the Southwest Focus Retreat at San Juan Capistrano, followed by

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The welcome tent in the courtyard of Long Beach Grace Brethren Church is well-stocked with literature and friendly folk to tell you about the ministry of the church. And a free mug or water bottle is offered to visitors, along with a free cup of flavored coffee–Starbucks could do no better! 

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Hagerstown Teen is ‘Called to Dance’

Today’s Herald-Mail newspaper from Hagerstown, MD, carries a story by Wanda T. Williams entitled “Called to Dance” featuring a young dancer from the Valley Grace Brethren Church in Hagerstown (Dan Pritchett, pastor). The lead paragraphs are reproduced here–to read the entire article, click here. (Herald-Mail photo by Joe Crocetta) Like a minister who teaches from

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Ashland University Reverses Hiring Decision

Trustees of Ashland University, a private Ohio college, have reversed their decision to hire only Christians and Jews as teachers and administrators. Ashland University trustees agreed Monday to drop the hiring policy that they put in place last October. Instead, faculty members and administrators will be required only to express support for the school’s commitment

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Prayer Vigil for Iraqi Elections Planned

As insurgents in Iraq pledged to greet the nation’s historic democratic election with violence and bombings, Christians in the U.S. vowed to pray for God’s peace and protection for the Iraqi people. In a statement released Thursday, the Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition said several top evangelical bodies are planning to partake

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John Pearson Leaving CMA Next December

Jerry White, chairman of the board of directors of the Christian Management Association, announced this month that John Pearson, CMA’s president/CEO since 1994, is resigning his position, effective Dec. 31, 2005. Pearson is launching a new consulting firm in 2006 to serve ministries, churches and associations. He has served as CEO of three associations for

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