GraceConnect eNews, No. 134, Week of Janury 11, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

The Starlight Guide

Eighty-two-year-old Ron Jurké (pictured at right) has over 50 years of ministry experience. A high school English teacher by trade, Jurké has always found a way to be involved in ministry, from a stint as the interim pastor at the West Kittanning Grace Brethren Church in Kittanning, Pa. (Larry Edwards, pastor) and to serve with several evangelistic organizations, including National CE Children’s Cabinet and Child Evangelism Fellowship.

“I'm still doing what I can do,” said Jurké, who is hard at work with Child Evangelism as a committee member of two counties and as visitation pastor at the Kittanning church. He also continues his travels as an “evanvisualist,” reaching children for Christ throughout the United States. That’s why he came up with the Starlight Guide, a visual tool that expands on the timeless evangelism method of the
Wordless Book, a classic evangelism tool that takes readers through the story of the Gospel using five solid-colored pages.

“My adopted daughter was showing me how to make an origami star with one dollar and five-dollar bills,” recalls Jurké. “As I was putting them together, the five colors of the Wordless Book came into mind.”

The origami star (directions for which can be found with a simple YouTube search) uses the colors from the Wordless Book by selecting simple patterned scrapbook paper from a local craft store: papers printed with roses, golden cubes, tangled cobwebs, grass, and snowflakes forming the five points of a star in assorted sizes. Jurké uses a modified guide sheet for evangelists, outlining each color’s significance, as well as prompts for the evangelist to ask the listener.

“The idea is to go through this with a child so he or she understands fully what takes place when one accepts Christ,” explained Jurké. “I chose these particular patterned sheets in order to bring out the Gospel without emphasizing that the heart is black with sin, since it can be offensive. Instead, you have cobwebs of sin. And then the rose-red star point, which signifies the blood of Jesus, trampled on the ground by those who crucified him [referring to the worship song, “Above All” by Michael W. Smith]. Next, the white snowflake star point on a blue background, referring to a heart cleansed as white as snow [Ps. 51:5]; and the rich, green grass emphasizing daily spiritual growth.” The gold point symbolizes the streets of gold that will meet the believer in heaven.

The tool is designed for children and adults both. Jurké gained more inspiration on how to craft this evangelism tool when he took a course called Teaching Children Effectively while being trained at Child Evangelism International Headquarters in Warrenton, Mo.

Jurké calls the tool, “Starlight Guide,” recalling the short song that was sung alongside the Wordless Book: "It was a little song: ‘My heart was stained with sin until the Savior came in.’ Remember hearing that? ‘His precious blood, I know, has washed me white as snow.’ And then you tell them why! It's because Jesus was crucified, laid behind a stone, and rose again so you can be made right with God.”


Send Pastor Jurké a note of encouragement, or request the Starlight Guide along with a three-dimensional 21st Century Star, by emailing him at


[Your Turn]


"The peace we look for in so many places and in so many ways actually comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual fruit. It is the result of walking in step with Him."

A collective effort of several who are a part of Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio (Bob Fetterhoff, senior pastor), Every Day With God is a devotional blog worth checking out. Click here to read the recent post, "Peace is a Fruit."
[Think:], the digital platform of The Honor-Shame Network, challenges an often-used interpretation of the story of Bathsheba in 2 Samuel and offers a perspective based on the cultural context of the biblical text. Click here to read the post.


Brenda Wiggleton, of Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Virginia Beach, Va. (Fred W. Devan, pastor), has been leading a group that knits and crochets hats and scarves for the needy. Recently she was visited by a television reporter, who presented her with the NewsChannel 3 People Taking Action Award, along with a $300 Visa gift card from the station's community partner Southern Bank. (Warning, the video is preceded by an advertisement that you might not appreciate, but GraceConnect does not have control over that link.) Check out the interview here or click below to watch.

Events in the FGBC

January 22-23, 2016   WLS: Equipping Others for Ministry, Orange, Calif. (WGUSA)
January 22-24, 2016  Kalahari Retreat, Sandusky, Ohio (FGBC)
January 25-27, 2016  Southwest Focus Retreat (FGBC)
January 27-19, 2016  Fellowship Council (FGBC)
February 5-6, 2016  WLS Spiritual Formation, Auburn, Calif. (WGUSA)
February 26-27, 2016  WLS: Women and Scripture (Spanish), Tampa, Fla.  (WGUSA) 
March 14-16, 2016  South Focus Retreat (FGBC) 
March 14-15, 2016   CELS CE Leadership Summit, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
April 8-9, 2016  WLS: Spiritual Formation, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
April 21, 2016   Day Away: North of 55Hagerstown, Md. (CEN)
April 22, 2016   Day Away: North of 55East Earl, Pa. (CEN)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July, 2016  Encounter Atlanta (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio
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

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