GraceConnect eNews, No. 138, Week of February 8, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Grace Community Day, a collaboration between Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church and Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, resulted in a turnout of over 500 community members last year from their small town of Meyersdale, Pa. and the surrounding area.

Grace Community Day

Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church (Andy Gannon, pastor) and Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church (Randy Haulk, pastor) are nestled in the Alleghenies just miles apart from one another, in the rural community of Meyersdale, Pa. After discovering mutual interests – for instance, both churches host an annual game supper, featuring venison, fish and a Gospel presentation – the two churches decided to collaborate to discover how to better reach their community.

One of their biggest projects comes in the form of the Grace Community Day. One afternoon a year (the exact date has varied from June to September), the churches set up booths, bounce houses, and big tent in a local park and invite a bluegrass gospel band to come perform for the day. 
Everything they offer is free to the public.

After an outdoor church service in the morning -- open to the public -- the rest of the afternoon is dedicated to fun: cotton candy, snowcones, and other carnival food, face painting, and games; as well as booths where attendees could find information or help from a variety of ministries, including divorce care and gospel presentations, Awana, and Child Evangelism Fellowship. 

“I love to enter in the community instead of trying to get them to come to the church,” explains Haulk on why the Meyersdale church decided to host a community day. “We as a church have already done things like handing out coupons for free coffee and hot chocolate at football games and helped to meet the needs of cancer patients and their families in our community. We’re just here. We want to have a presence with people.”

Now a five-year running tradition, the day truly is a community event: with the Meyersdale population around 2,000, the churches experienced an excellent turnout of over 500 people last year. Haulk found that the two churches together were able to better focus their strengths and combine them for the greatest impact.

“Summit Mills takes over certain areas and we take over certain areas,” says Pastor Haulk. “Each of us as churches has a heart for certain things.

“What I’ve realized through the years is that it takes a team -- it takes the body of Christ and we are not exclusive as a church. We can accomplish so much more if we work together and I know [Pastor] Andy feels the same way.”

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Click here to send a letter of encouragement to Pastor Haulk and here to send a letter to Pastor Gannon. 
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Tony and Cathy Webb of Vision USA, a church planting ministry in Ohio, publish The PrayerWebb, a periodical newsletter updating readers and supporters on their travels, complete with ministry updates and prayer requests. Click here to read the newsletter and find out how you can pray.
 
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The Downie Room Dialogues is a light-hearted conversation on life, ministry, and friendship featuring the pastoral staff of Grace Church in Ocala, Fla. Each week, lead pastor Todd McQueen, associate pastor Ryan Gagnon, and creative media pastor Michael Lockstampfor, chat about faith and community and how it impacts relationships with each other and with those they come in contact with regularly. Check out the podcast on iTunes or on the Ocala church website

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Two members of Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio (Bob Fetterhoff, senior pastor) -- Brianna Thompson Wasson and Jeana Harley -- are spending the next several days in Thailand and Cambodia, visiting orphans at Grace Outreach Worldwide (G.R.O.W.), orphanages run by Asia's Hope, and joining a group from Grace Church to continue their ministry with Asia's Hope. They are returning on February 15. Click here to read the story of their journey and find out how you can pray.

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Events in the FGBC

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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