GraceConnect E-News, No. 8, Week of August 12, 2013
The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
School starts this week in Indiana, the home of GraceConnect. Classes are gearing up next door at Grace College, too, as Welcome Weekend will see a new crop of students arrive in Winona Lake -- all anxious to learn more and to see how God will work in their lives. It's an exciting time of year! (See the calendar below for more events in the FGBC.)

This week's e-News features a story about a partnership between a racer and his local church. There's also news about personnel changes within Grace Brethren churches.

This week's featured product is Minefields in the Marketplace. Regularly priced at $10.99, the book is 50% off only for subscribers of GraceConnect eNews! While students head back to to school, Fall is also a good time for professional men and women to evaluate how they best serve Jesus Christ as they head off to their workplace. This book provides practical tips for avoiding minefields that might derail a career, reputation, or even marriage.

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(G)Race Car

Brian Smith comes from a legacy of racers. His great-grandfather raced motorcycles back in the 40s and 50s, and his father in the late 70s. Smith himself has been racing since 1991. “I think it’s the path that God had planned for me,” he explained. “Even back before I became a Christian. I’ve loved racing since I was two years old.”

Smith races a 410 sprint car out of Fremont, Ohio (home of the Fremont Speedway), and is partially sponsored by Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Fremont. Operating a high-maintenance, high-power racecar on a shoestring budget, Smith has snagged seven wins during his years of competing. He and his wife, Kimberly, started attending Grace Community Church in 2000 after experiencing turmoil in their marriage. (That's Brian and Kim in the photo at right.)

“Brian is a believer with sterling testimony for Christ both on and off the track,” says Kevin Pinkerton, lead pastor at Grace Community Church. “When he got saved, he developed a very good reputation and started attending our church. We had some advertising money set aside and we wanted to introduce more people to Christ. Sponsoring his car is just a conduit for that.”

Grace started sponsorship in 2011. “We were going for the biggest crowd of nonbelievers we could find,” Pinkerton explains. “Racing is very popular in Fremont and the crowd at the races is not generally church people. We’re a large church in a small town, so we have a significant presence in almost any crowd – but we targeted this one to try to make a greater impact.”

“It gives us an opportunity to invite people to church,” says Smith of the Grace logo emblazoned on the wing of his racecar. “It’s an easy way to bring up the ‘God’ conversation…we can always share our testimony and invite people to church, but this makes it really natural.” – by MariJean Sanders

Youth Pastors on the Move

Dan Costentino has been named youth pastor at Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, pastor). Rich Yauger, who has served as youth pastor at the church since 2002 is transitioning to the role of Connections, Care, and Discipleship Pastor at the church.

Paul Barna has joined the staff of Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. (Larry Humberd, pastor) as associate pastor/youth pastor.

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Events in the FGBC

August 14 â€“ Day of Caring, Fort Wayne TinCaps game (GCS)
August 16 – New Student Orientation at Grace College Fort Wayne (GCS)
August 17-19 – Welcome Weekend at Main Campus (GCS)
August 19 â€“ Classes start at 6 p.m. (GCS)
August 24 â€“ Student Activities Board Beach Day (GCS)
September 4-16 â€“ Argentine Ministry Trip (WGUSA)
September 18  â€“ Super Wednesday (GCS, CEN)
October 7-9 â€“ Central Focus Retreat (FGBC, location to be announced)
October 21-23 â€“ East Focus Retreat (FGBC, location to be announced)
November 5 – Super Wednesday (GCS, CEN)
November 15-16, 2013 – Women's Leadership Class, Wooster, Ohio (WGUSA)
January 27-29, 2014 â€“ Southwest Focus Retreat (FGBC, location to be announced)
January 29-31, 2014 â€“ Fellowship Council (FGBC, location to be announced)
July 17-21, 2014 â€“ Vision2020 DC (FGBC)
July 22-27, 2014 â€“ Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)

CEN – CE National
FGBC â€“ Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GCS  â€“  Grace College & Seminary
WGUSA â€“ Women of Grace USA
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