GraceConnect eNews, No. 149, Week of April 25, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
The non-food pantry at Community of Hope Church in Columbia City, Indiana.
More than Bread Alone
“We look at this as an outreach,” said Mandy Himes, founder of the non-food pantry located at Community of Hope Church, a Grace Brethren church in Columbia City, Ind. (Jeremy Wike, pastor). “The people who come are cared about as [we know] they are there for a reason.”
At first the pantry included food items, but Mandy soon realized it was one of a number in the community that served the needy. She also recognized that minimal amounts of hygiene and cleaning items were available. “I noticed that the town had more than seven food banks, and I figured they had the same problem. So I did my research, and it was true,” Mandy said.
In learning about the lack of hygiene and cleaning item related donations within other community food pantries, Mandy decided to start a non-food pantry, a resource for hygiene and cleaning products.
The pantry at Community of Hope supplies people with a kit that contains a variety of cleaning and hygiene products including: toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, dish soap, and deodorant.
About about ten families a month are served and they are not required to prove they are in need. “We look at this as an outreach and don’t want to limit those who come. Those who come are there for a reason, and [we want them to know] they are cared for.”
Since February 2016, several volunteers have joined to help with distribute. About that time, the church began serving a brunch style meal as well. “Now families can come [enjoy] a meal and then pick up their kits,” Mandy said.
The non-food pantry is open from 10-11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Donations can be delivered to Community of Hope Church in Columbia City, Ind. Find out more on
their website. Send a letter of encouragement to -- by Grace Beight
Editor’s Note: Grace Beight is an intern at GraceConnect. She is a senior at Grace College and is from Amherst, Ohio.

[Your Turn]


Grace Church in Wooster, Ohio is taking on a 21-day challenge to go along with their sermon series,The Power of Words. The challenges are brief Click here to follow along or click the links below to jump to each page:

Day 1:
Praise God with Your Words
Day 2: Allow for a l o n g e r  p a u s e
Day 3: Survey Your Words
Day 4: Survey Your Words Part II
Day 5: Just a Few Words...
Day 6: Expect the Best
Day 7: Take a Stand, a Friend, a Pastor, a Hike


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Margins: Ministry in a Post Christian World? Discounts are available for groups from churches, and leaders 16-24 years old can attend free. Vision Conference 2016 | Margins will be held July 22-25 in Toronto, Canada. Click here to learn more.
[Leader's Corner:]

"We simply must realign our priorities to reflect what is valuable in God’s kingdom. The greatest leaders are not those who win the most followers. The greatest leaders are the ones who produce leaders."

Neil Cole addresses leaders on the his recent post appearing on 100 Movements, which exists to "identify, train, empower and champion one hundred ready churches and ministry organizations in North America over the next decade. Our mission is to reanimate church movement by deeply embedding six movemental capacities into local ministry culture." Click here to read the rest of the post. 

Events in the FGBC

April 29-May 1, 2016  Awakened Weekend at Urban Hope, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
May 7, 2016  Grace College Commencement, Winona Lake, Ind. (GC)
May 20-21, 2016   WLS: Women and Scripture, Ashland, Ohio (WGUSA)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
June 20-July 11, 2016  Operation Barnabas Tours (CEN)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July 1, 2016  Encounter Atlanta Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk) Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference Toronto, Canada (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference Cedarville, Ohio (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

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