GraceConnect E-News, No. 37, Week of March 3, 2014

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches



Two-Wheeled Tune-up Meets Needs

It was during Vision2020South in Atlanta, Ga., that the staff at Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Orange, Calif. (Mike Sciarra, pastor), caught the vision for a ministry that could impact lives in their own community.
 
As part of a Learning Lab, they visited Communicycle, a bicycle co-op that helps with cycling related needs in low income areas on the northeast side of Metro Atlanta. Right away it was apparent the program could work in Orange, particularly in the barrio area that is home to many individuals who depend on their bicycles for transportation to and from work.
 
“It gave us the opportunity to share the love of Jesus in a practical way,” noted Doug Roller, who is associate pastor at the Orange church. A useful service could be provided while showing people how to do repairs on their own.
 
Beginning in the fall, volunteers from Grace Church have set up “shop” once a month in the parking lot of a Mexican market. They erect a portable tent, set up some bike stands, and lay out gear on a table or the ground. They’ve done everything from fixing flat tires to helping with more extensive repairs, always with an eye to allowing the individual to do their own work. Occasionally, they are able to present someone with a nearly new bicycle at little cost or for work equity, thanks to the generosity of members of the church.
 
Doug recalled one morning when a little boy showed up with a bicycle that was beyond repair.
 
“We had just gotten a boy’s bike that morning, but it was dirty and the tires were flat.”
 
After looking at the bike brought by the little boy, the group offered him the used one. “We helped him pump up the tires and clean it up,” he said. “You’d have thought he’d gotten a brand-new bike.”
 
The church is building relationships with local bike shops that donate items or provide significant discounts on the purchase of parts or inner tubes.
 
They are also getting to know the people they meet each Saturday morning as people wait their turn or work with one of the repair team on their bicycle.
 
“It’s a privilege to be used by God in such a seemingly simple, practical way,” Doug stressed. “It’s marvelous to connect with people while doing His work.”

People

Nathaniel and Christine Foote will again be the Administrative Leaders for City Life, CE National's 15 day ministry experience for high school students. He is a full time youth pastor at the Grace Brethren Church of Lexington, Ohio, and Christine actively works alongside him in his ministry. Click here for more information.

Virginia DePina Faulkner, wife of Pastor Michel Faulkner of the New Horizon Church, a Grace Brethren church in New York City, died on February 28. A celebration of her home-going will be held Monday, March 10, 2014 at the Trinity Baptist Church at 250 E 61st St, New York, NY 10065. Click here for more details.

From Around the Web

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

Leadership Development

The latest book from Grace Brethren pastor and author, Neil Cole, has been released. In Primal Fire, he shares the surprising truth about the five gifts of Jesus—what they mean, how they reflect Christ, and the remarkable power and synergy that comes when we all work together to ignite the church’s full potential and passion. The book was written with Dezi Baker, Paul Kaak, and Grace Brethren pastors Ed Waken (Valley Life Church, Peoria, Ariz.),  and Phil Helfer (Los Altos Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.).


Integrated Ministries

God is in the business of answering prayers. Real Life, Greg Serafino, pastor, Grace Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind.
 

Church Planting

Check out one of the newest Grace Brethren congregations. Lifesprings Church is a missional community in Twinsburg, Ohio. It was accepted into the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches in 2013.
 

Links of Interest

Contentment a blessing of living life in the moment, Megan Snyder, a senior at Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., writes in the Fort Wayne, Ind., Journal Gazette's "People of Praise" column.
Worship: The Golden Thread
This week's featured book

The Epistle to the Hebrews

By Homer A. Kent

Dr. Kent's commentary on Hebrews is an extensive work that is geared for the average parishioner as well as the student or scholar. He begins ear of the three sections (Doctrinal Discussion, Practical Exhortations, Personal Instructions) with his own literal translation. He takes the reader well beyond the well-known "heroes of the faith" passages into a discover of the grand argument of the book and its stirring challenge to believers.

Simply enter the code "heroes" in your shopping cart at bmhbooks.com. (Price is good only until midnight, March 11, 2014.)

Events in the FGBC

March 16, 2014 â€“ Prayer Sprint Begins (EWP)
March 17-19, 2014 â€“ South Focus RetreatFlorida FFA Leadership Training Center , (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)
June 29-July 5, 2014 â€“ The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (GBCC)
July 17-21, 2014 â€“ Vision2020 DC (FGBC)
July 22-27, 2014 â€“ Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)
November 11-24, 2014 â€“ Cambodia GO Team (WGUSA)

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