GraceConnect E-News, No. 30, Week of January 16, 2014

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Groups to Provide Relief to Central African Republic

Three groups affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches have locked arms to help the people of the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) – a country where the Grace Brethren have ministered for nearly 100 years. The partnerships were announced Sunday evening at the Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church (Bruce Barlow, lead pastor) as first-hand reports from the country were presented by Dr. François Ngoumape, Barb Wooler, Mike Taylor, and Jim Hocking.

Encompass World PartnersThree Strands, and Water for Good are joining to provide humanitarian assistance — food, medical care, and sanitation — in the C.A.R. A common website, www.relief4thecar.com, is the go-to site for making donations to the effort, which will be administered by the church in C.A.R. In addition, Encompass is encouraging believers around the world to set aside January 20 as an International Day of Solidarity for the C.A.R.

The Central African Republic is currently involved in an extremely complex state of bloody violence, with many different forces involved. In March 2013, Seleka rebels toppled the former president François Bozizé and replaced him with Michel Djotodia, who resigned last Tuesday. Throughout December there were many clashes between rival groups and last month more than one thousand people are believed to have been killed.

The fighting has led to a dire humanitarian situation. The number of internally displaced people has more than doubled to 935,000 since December, the U.N. says.

“It’s emotional for those who work there because our friends are being hurt,” said Hocking, who is the founder and executive director of Water for Good (ICDI), an organization that helps the country through water wells, agricultural consulting, and radio broadcasting.

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From Around the Web

Here are a few links from Grace Brethren churches that you might find of interest…
 

Leadership Development

Building an Enduring Legacy: Bearing the Load on a Strong Foundation (Nehemiah 1) -- Dr. Randall Smith, Grace Church, Sebring, Fla.
 

Integrated Ministries

Give It Away Blog Volunteer Spotlight (Grace Church, Akron and Norton, Ohio, Jeff Bogue, senior pastor) Meet Andy Pearcy – husband, father, Boy Scouts of America volunteer, Life Group member/leader.. and the Celebrate Recovery’s ministry leader at Grace Church.
 

Church Planting

Learn about Twin Cities Church, a multi-site church of city churches and house churches in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. Their vision is to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the Twin Cities and beyond by preaching the gospel, equipping households and leaders, and planting churches that engage the city in love and good deeds.
 

News of Interest

Worship in Song: A Biblical Philosophy of Music and Worship
This week's featured book

Worship in Song

A Biblical Philosophy of Music and Worship

Get your free ebook copy of Worship in Song before time runs out! Grab your copy before midnight, Saturday, January 18, 2014.

“Few books have been written that carefully distinguish between secular music that we listen to every day, and sacred music,” Scott Aniol says. “After discussing some foundational matters, the first section considers how to make God-pleasing choices regarding the secular music we listen to, and the second deals more narrowly with sacred music.”

Contending that much of the confusion about the music issue is primarily a theological misunderstanding, Aniol discusses such issues as what Sola Scriptura really means, the nature of biblical affections, the essence of biblical worship, and the purpose of music in the church. Cultural issues discussed include meaning in music, the nature of pop culture, and different kinds of emotion.

Each chapter concludes with aids for discussion so that the book may be used in small groups and classrooms. Further resources are available at worshipinsongbook.com or at the website for Aniol’s music and consulting ministry, religiousaffections.org.

Now available for KindleNook, and iTunes.

Download it for free for a limited time. Click here to claim your copy. This is the only link where you'll find your complimentary copy.

Events in the FGBC

January 27-29, 2014 â€“ Southwest Focus Retreat, Oaks Conference Center (FGBC)
January 24-25, 2014 â€“ Biblical Foundations of Leadership, Long Beach, Calif. (WGUSA)
January 29-31, 2014 â€“ Fellowship Council Meeting, Seal Beach, Calif. (FGBC)
March 16, 2014 â€“ Prayer Sprint Begins (EWP)
March 17-19, 2014 â€“ South Focus Retreat, location to be announced, (FGBC)
April 25-26, 2014 â€“ Women's Leadership Studies: Equipping Others (WGUSA)
May 19-21, 2014 – Northwest Focus Retreat, Camp Clear Lake, Wash. (FGBC)
June 27-July 3, 2014 – Encounter ATL (EWP)
July 17-21, 2014 â€“ Vision2020 DC (FGBC)
July 22-27, 2014 â€“ Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)
October 28-November 9, 2014 â€“ Cambodia GO Team (WGUSA)

CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC â€“ Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
WGUSA â€“ Women of Grace USA
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