May 2018

California Bill Now Before State’s Senate

Don Shoemaker, chair of the Social Concerns Committee in the Charis Fellowship, reports that AB-2943, Unlawful Business Practices: Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, has passed the California State Assembly and is now before the California Senate. He encourages ministry leaders in California to register opposition with the state senator in your area. More important, ask that …

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AGBM Comes Alongside Pastors in Charis Fellowship

The Association of Grace Brethren Ministers (AGBM) is an organization within the Charis Fellowship that comes alongside pastors as the minister in local churches. They have also been instrumental in developing a standardized procedure for licensing and ordaining pastors in the Fellowship. Recently, Mark Lingenfelter, director of AGBM and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church (Leamersville), …

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Jeff Gill Resigns at Grace Seminary

Dr. Jeff Gill, vice president of the School of Ministry Studies at Grace College and dean of Grace Theological Seminary, has submitted his resignation effective July 31, 2018. Jeff assumed leadership of the seminary in 2002 at a time when the school was struggling. Since then, he has assembled a highly-regarded faculty, helped craft a …

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Grace Race

On Memorial Day, Grace Church, Bath Campus, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Akron, Ohio (Jeff Bogue, senior pastor), hosted the 8th annual Grace Race, dedicated to feeding starving children. The Grace Race has grown in impact and popularity over the years. Last year, 1,500 runners and 40 sponsors (including GraceConnect) participated, with more than $43,000 raised …

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Don’t Run From Ignorance

“If you don’t like how they treat you, take the time to teach them a different way.” The advice seemed so simple. Despite my disabilities, my parents always tried to make sure I could operate in mainstream culture. To help people grow comfortable with my differences, I learned to make jokes about my limp, my …

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Register for Access 2018 Before the Fee Increases

The fee to register for Access 2018, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship (Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches) will increase on June 1, from $95 to $115 for individual registration and from $150 to $170 for couples registration. Group rates will also increase. The conference will be held July 24- 26, 2018, at Grace …

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Operation Barnabas Participants Announced

The names of students who will be serving this summer on the Operation Barnabas 2018 tours in California have been announced by CE National. Orientation starts June 23 at the Norwalk Grace Brethren Church, Norwalk, Calif., which is also the site of the new Urban Hope Training Center Los Angeles. After orientation, one team will …

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East Side Church and School Names Gym in Honor of Pastor Chip Heim

The gymnasium at Grace Christian School, a ministry of the East Side Grace Brethren Church, Blacklick, Ohio, has been named in honor of Pastor Chip Heim, who is stepping down as senior pastor of the church after 35 years. Below are remarks made by Dawn Naylor, Grace Christian School director of curriculum, as Cindy Phillips, …

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Festival of Music Kicks Off Summer Concert Series at Art Fair

The third annual Grace College and Village at Winona Festival of Music continues this summer with several free concerts in Winona Lake, Ind. The first will take place on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. during the Village Art Fair. The concert will feature chamber music from the Wally Brath Jazz Trio …

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Worthington Christian Student Behind “First Responders’ Day”

A student at Worthington Christian High School in Ohio is behind the establishment of Ohio’s “First Responders’ Appreciation Day.” Daniel Patmon is a graduating senior who worked with his grandfather, an Ohio House member from the Cleveland area, to draft what would later become House Bill 44. A report on WBNS-10TV tells more of the …

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