GraceConnect E-News, No. 2, Week of June 24, 2013
The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Time for this week's GraceConnect eNews, a regular letter with news and information about the family of believers that is the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.

In this issue:
  • Learn more about the helping hand extended to the community by members of The Village Community Church in Milton, Ontario.
  • Read how Jesus revealed himself to a motorcyclist as he made what seemed to be a death-defying trip through a thunderstorm.
  • Plan to attend the Fifth Brethren World Assembly, which will include lectures by Grace College and Seminary faculty.
  • Catch up on the FGBC family news with this week's People section and the Events listing.
  • Take advantage of this week's featured book -- The Pastoral Epistles: I Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus, by Dr. Homer A. Kent Jr. -- now available at 50% off only to subscribers to the GraceConnect eNews (through July 2, 2013).

It Takes a Village to Help Meet Needs
VillageHelps meals

Wanting to reach their community and help others in a tangible way, The Village Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Milton, Ontario (Rob Stanley, pastor), launched a program last year called VillageHelps.

According to Village Community Church elder Ted Adomanis, VillageHelps exists to meet needs in the community and within their own church. Their website,, stresses “We do not discriminate, judge, or favour anyone in our selection process. However, we do receive a lot of requests for aid, so we have selection criteria that help us determine who we are best able to help.”

Projects are selected based on need, achievability, location, and impact.

“We’ve been getting emails and inquiries from people who tell us about their neighbors or they know other people who need help, because the people who need help don’t always come to you,” says Adomanis.

 Read the rest of the story, It Takes a Village to Help Meet Needs, on

Riding Through the Storm With JesusRusty Edwards

Rusty Edwards, a member of Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, pastor), wrote on his Facebook page this week about riding his motorcycle through the rain from Warsaw, Ind., to his home in Goshen, about 25 miles away. It is included here with his permission.

SO I SAW JESUS again last night.

As I'm sitting on the porch watching this storm it reminded me of my near death motorcycle ride in last night's storm coming back from Warsaw. I've got many stories of moments when the Lord has revealed Himself and this is just one.

After work yesterday I discovered my oldest daughter, Laramie, had taken her brother and sister on an adventure to Warsaw's Central Park Beach to beat the heat and frolic in the water. I'm always up for an adventure so of course I hopped on my motorcycle and took off.

After playing with the kids for a few hours, the radar alerted that a storm was coming so after stalling as long as I could I finally took off, hoping I'd beat the impending cloud formations that had already darkened the sky. I was wrong - and I had just left the north side of Warsaw as the storm hit like a freight train. I lasted all of three miles and was almost blown over three times before I finally gave in and pulled over hiding behind a warehouse hoping the storm would pass quickly.

 Read the rest of the story, Riding Through the Storm with Jesus, on

Dr. Peugh to Speak at Brethren World AssemblyDr. Roger Peugh

Dr. Roger Peugh, faculty member at Grace College and Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Ind., will speak during the opening session of the Fifth Brethren World Assembly, which will be held next month in the Dayton, Ohio, area.

Dr. Peugh, who is the co-author of the BMH book, Transformed in His Presence, will speak on prayer at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, July 11, at the Brookville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church (Rich Hartley, pastor). The conference continues through Sunday, July 14 with sessions at the Brethren Heritage Center, 428 Wolf Street, Brookville, and at Salem Church of the Brethren in Englewood, Ohio.

Although the public is welcome to attend all events, the meetings will gather members and friends of the Brethren groups descended from the German Anabaptist/Radical Pietist religious leader Alexander Mack in the early 1700s. The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches is one of six major groups who trace their spiritual heritage to Alexander Mack.

 Read more about the Brethren World Assembly on


Mike Hamilton, pastor at First Brethren Church, Buena Vista, Va.Mike Hamilton was installed as pastor of the First Brethren Church in Buena Vista, Va. For more photos of the event, which was led by Grace Brethren pastor Zach Doppelt, of Roanoke, Va., see
"Amazon Bill" BurkVeteran missionary to Brazil, Bill Burk, died early in the morning on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. "It is just as he would have wanted, without any fuss or trauma," said his daughter, Lois Green. "His tired old heart simply stopped beating in his sleep, and he woke up in Glory."

He and his wife, Imogene, had been visiting family in Everett, Wash. They were in the process of retiring after more than 59 years of ministry in Brazil.

Arrangements for a memorial service were incomplete at time of publication. Watch for additional information.
The Pastoral Epistles by Homer A. Kent Jr.
This week's featured book

The Pastoral Epistles

I Timothy, II Timothy, Titus

By Homer A. Kent, Jr.

311 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-88469-075-7

Regularly $18.99, now available for GraceConnect eNews subscribers ONLY at 50% off!

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This treatment of the pastoral epistles is one of the best available. It is not the deepest in regards to the original languages. It doesn't cover every available naunce and theory, but it is the easiest to use and the best at making what is important to ministry clear. I have used it in my ministry and would recommend it to any pastor, SS teacher or Bible student that wants to understand the importance and insights of the pastoral epistles. -- a reviewer on

The New Testament books of First and Second Timothy and Titus form an inspired handbook on pastoral theology. These vivid, intensely human letters provide practical help for each believer in his or her daily walk. In them is instruction for the pastor in his role in the church and in his personal relationships with its members. Members are also instructed as to what the New Testament church should be and what responsibilities individuals may assume.

Dr. Kent has provided a careful and detailed exegesis, and deals as well with the problems that occur in interpretation and background. He presents the content in a readable, yet scholarly style.

This revised edition of The Pastoral Epistles is well suited both as a text for classroom use and as a commentary for pastors and lay people. It is by far one of the most useful works on the pastoral epistles.

Events in the FGBC

June 23-28 â€“ Grace Brethren Boys Rendezvous, Houston Woods State Park, Ohio
June 28-30  â€“  Operation Barnabas: Team 123 at Urban Hope Training Center, Philadelphia, Pa., Team 314 at York Christian Church, York, Pa.
July 11-14 – Brethren World Assembly, Brookville, Ohio (Dayton area)
July 22-26 – Encompass World Partners Family Reunion, Norcross, Ga.
July 16-21 – Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind.
July 26-31 – Vision2020South (national conference), Atlanta, Ga.

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