GraceConnect eNews, No. 160, Week of July 11, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

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As pastors and leaders in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches gather next week in Toronto, Ontario, for Margins|2016, the national conference of the FGBC, it’s appropriate to take a look at a video that was shown at national conference several years ago in Washington, D.C. It features Mark Artrip, who is planting Movement Church in Hilliard, Ohio, and traces the importance of relationships in the Grace Brethren movement.
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Community Grace Brethren Church in North Long Beach, Calif. (Dale Workman, pastor), is celebrating 50 years this weekend! Click here to send them a letter of encouragement as they enjoy a weekend full of spending time together as a church family and rejoicing in what God has done over the last 50 years.

[Read:]

"We get so bogged down in the day to day battle of exercising the truth by faith Spirit empowered that we get weary of the fight. We get discouraged at the defeats and the seemingly small victories that we forget how far the Spirit of God has already taken us."

Pastor Chris Suitt of 
New Hope Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Canyon Lake, Calif., blogs about discouragement in a recent blog post. Click here to read the rest. 

[Listen:]

Grace Brethren Army chaplain CH (CPT) Pete Stone publishes a podcast entitled Word for the Week. In his most recent episode, Stone interviews TJ Ashcraft, who experienced the death of his brother Andrew three years ago to a wildfire. Andrew worked as a firefighter as a part of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of local, highly trained firefighters. Stone writes,

"On June 28, 2013, lightning struck the mountains near Yarnell, AZ, a tiny community about 80 miles northwest of Phoenix, igniting a raging wildfire that came to be known as the Yarnell Hill Fire. Ongoing drought conditions and erratic wind patterns caused the wildfire to quickly grow out of control. 

...Two days after the wildfire began, 19 of the 20 Granite Mountain Hotshots were overcome and killed by the blaze. This was the largest loss of life for firefighters in a wildfire since 1933, and the greatest loss of firefighters in the United States since 9/11.  Andrew Ashcraft, husband and father of four, was one of the members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who was killed. 

Andrew’s brother, TJ, had just returned from a 12 month deployment in Afghanistan as a crew chief on a medevac crew and had just spent Father’s Day with Andrew and their father, just days before Andrew was killed. This past June 30, while deployed to Iraq, TJ and members of his company remembered the 3 year anniversary of Andrew’s death. 

I had a chance to hear about the tragedy from TJ’s perspective while with him in Iraq, and learned how TJ’s faith in God sustained him through that time, and continues to encourage him three years later."

Click here to listen to the interview.
 

Events in the FGBC

July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference Toronto, Canada (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference Cedarville, Ohio (CEN)
August 26-27, 2016   WLS: Principles of Effective Bible Study, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
September 9-10, 2016   WLS: Soul Care in Leadership, Eagle River, Alaska (WGUSA)
September 26-28, 2016  ​Central Focus Retreat (FGBC)
September 30-October 2, 2016   Soul Cry: Prayer Summit, Auburn, Ind. (WGUSA)
October 7-8, 2016   WLS: Soul Care in Leadership, New Holland, Pa. (WGUSA)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio (WGUSA)
October 17-19, 2016  ​East Focus Retreat (FGBC)
November 11-12, 2016   WLS: Equipping Others for Ministry, Marysville, Ohio (WGUSA)
November 20, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
 
CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA
GC – Grace College

Send events for the calendar to lcgates@bmhbooks.com.
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