GraceConnect eNews, No. 129, Week of December 7, 2015


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Living Christmas Trees

This weekend, Grace Polaris Church, a Grace Brethren church on the north side of Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), will perform the second round of their holiday production, Living Christmas Trees.

This seasonal ministry of Grace Polaris has been a central Ohio favorite for 28 years and counting. The production, held during two weekends in December, is made possible by over 600 volunteers who participate year after year. Each year introduces an entirely new production, which includes a full orchestra, choir, and cast. More than 600,000 people have attended the Living Christmas Trees event over its years of existence, and the church has given away 5,000-6,000 Bibles each year. You can find out more and get the full experience at or on their Facebook page

"The opening night is called Night of Giving and is funded by donors," explains Randy Kettering, director of worship arts and media at Grace Polaris. "So tickets for that night can be made available for free to about 20 area charities and international student ministries."

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Living Christmas Trees Photo Montage

General Admission tickets to Grace's Living Christmas Trees are available for $10; visit or call 614.431.8222 to purchase. If you're too far away to attend, send the crew at Grace Polaris a letter of encouragement through instead!
*A note: about once a month, we will be sharing a video story from a church or ministry of the Grace Brethren Church. We hope you enjoy this new medium for building bridges and connecting churches and community members across the fellowship! 

[Your Turn]

Benjamin Russell, assistant to the pastor at Grace Church, a Grace Brethren church in Sebring, Fla. (Randall Smith, lead pastor), blogs over at Reverence: Celebrating God's Grace and Creation. He is currently writing a series called God in the Proverbs. Click below to read each post. 

Part 1: His Divine Attributes
Part 2: Creativity
Part 3: Omniscience 
Part 4: Sovereignty
Part 5: Justice


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Is your interest piqued about Grace's Living Christmas Trees? Check out the 1979 Living Christmas Tree performance, complete with a choir, orchestra, big sweaters and floppy hair!

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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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