GraceConnect E-News, No. 67, Week of September 29, 2014


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Rend Collective, a folk worship band from Northern Ireland, performed for an audience of 800 at Grace Christian School in Blacklick, Ohio, on September 24. 

Breathing Life Into the Church

Grace Christian School, a ministry of East Side Grace Brethren Church in Blacklick, Ohio (Chip Heim, pastor), decided to break out of their comfort zone and host Rend Collective, a folk worship band from Northern Ireland, at their school. They had an auditorium with 800 seats, so they thought it would garner a comfortably large attendance.

They sold out a month before the concert. 

“We have not hosted a concert like this before,” said Cindy Phillips, administrator at Grace Christian School. The concert, held September 24, also featured artists Urban Rescue and Moriah Peters and featured an acoustic worship session beforehand, open for the general public. A hundred fans had a chance to purchase special pre-concert tickets that include a meet and greet session with the band members.

“Rend is unique in that the members present the gospel message in the middle of each of their concerts,” explained Phillips. “And that is a standard for them. They come across as, ‘We are here for one purpose only and it is to worship Jesus together.’ That’s the best way I can describe it.

"Part of our reasoning for hosting them is that Rend is such an amazing group to bring people who might not ever walk through the doors of a church into an experience like that,” she continued. “Some of the attendees might not come to church on Sunday morning, but they might come to a concert because their best friend has gone on and on about Rend Collective.”

People from all over the country attended the concert...Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and South Carolina, just to name a few states.

“That’s our number one reason for doing’s an outreach in to the community. I’m hearing a lot of really cool stories of people who are using this as a personal outreach to friends,” said Phillips.

“Having a concert with a group like Rend Collective really breathes life into a church and a Christian school. Trust me, we have a bazillion other things going on. It takes so many hands and feet to pull this off... but it’s different from many of the other ministries and outreaches and programs that we do. There’s a level of excitement that comes from hosting a concert like just breathes life into us. We are so blessed and honored and delighted that all of this has come to fruition."

From Around the Web...

Here are a few links from Grace Brethren churches that you might find of interest…

A robbery at Awaken Church in Virginia Beach, Va. (Michael Pumphrey, pastor), could be an opportunity for redemption. Read more here, or read the report on

"Your life will reflect what you ingest." Thoughts on spiritual diets on the blog of Keith Minier, lead pastor of Grace Church in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to read more.

Remember when Tim Sprankle, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Leesburg, Ind., told us about his chance to meet Eugene Peterson, author of The Message? Well, here is the rest of the story! Read about his road trip, stopover in Big Fork, Mont., and his afternoon with Dr. Peterson, discussing the book of Matthew, ministry burnout, and "holy luck."

Grace Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Wooster, Ohio (Bob Fetterhoff, senior pastor) is celebrating 75 years. 
Watch the story of how they made it to their current location and what they hope for the next 75 years below!
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Events in the FGBC

October 6-8 – Central Focus Retreat, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio (FGBC)
October 11-12 50th Anniversary Celebration, Grace Polaris, Columbus, Ohio
October 17-19  Leadership Summit (WGUSA)
October 20-22  – East Focus Retreat, Holiday Inn and Suites, Ocean City, Md. (FGBC)
November 11-24 – Cambodia GO Team (WGUSA)
January 26-28, 2015  –  Southwest Focus Retreat, location to be announced (FGBC)
March 16-18, 2015 – South Focus Retreat, Florida FFA Training Center, Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
June 21-27, 2015  Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Ontario (GBC)
June 21-27, 2015 – Encounter Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. (EWP)
July 14-19, 2015 –Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CEN) 
July 23-26, 2015 – Flinch Conference (national conference), Newark, N.J. (FGBC) 

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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