GraceConnect E-News, No. 63, Week of September 1, 2014

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
The first GodFire event, which was attended by more than 200 people, sparked a chain of events that made Godfire what it is today. Picture found here.  

Wearing a Testimony: Godfire Apparel 

GodFire Apparel, founded by Justin Newman, began as a way to reach kids in the skating and BMX scene. Now it's positioned to help a Grace Brethren congregation in one of the neediest areas of the country.
 
Newman grew up in the skating and BMX (bicycle motocross) arena. “It’s a community of kids, a tight-knit community, and there’s a very good chance they’re not going to church.” There’s also a very good chance, Newman continued, that they know nothing about church. The Christian image is foreign to them.
 
Kids, Newman observed, often channel their identity into what they wear. It made sense to him and his friends, then, to design and manufacture apparel that might inspire a nonbeliever to ask questions about Christ.
 
“[Godfire offers] a more seeker-friendly approach,” said Newman. “So at face-value, it’s just a clothes company. If you dig a little deeper, you might find a video about one of our athletes, and they might share a story about their life, about what God’s doing in their life, how he’s affected or changed them. It’s got layers to it.”
 
Those layers effectively transform Godfire Apparel from a seemingly innocent clothing company into a powerful form of Christian ministry. Godfire Apparel isn’t just a clothing brand. It’s an identity.
 
The line targets kids who may not necessarily be headed to church or know much about Christianity. At the same time, they’re trying to give Christians the opportunity to hear about ministries for which they may suddenly feel called to work. Furthermore, Godfire plans to donate a portion of profits to Christian ministries across the world. Godfire Apparel wants to reset people’s mindset on what being a Christian looks like—one t-shirt, one video, and one donation at a time.
 
Godfire’s first donation is going to The Happy Church, a Grace Brethren church in Jackson, Ky. (Mike Tabor, lead pastor). Newman first experienced The Happy Church’s ministries while helping with Project 52, a food-delivery ministry.
 
 “As soon as I saw what The Happy Church was doing with the kids down there, it immediately clicked,” said Newman.
 
Godfire Apparel assigns donation values to specific merchandise on their website. The profits from those sales go directly to The Happy Church and several other ministries and charities. “When I go [to Jackson],” said Newman, “my face hurts because I’ll be smiling so much.
 
Mike Tabor, pastor of The Happy Church, spoke glowingly of Newman’s apparel initiative: “Justin wants to help people,” said Tabor. “His whole life screams it.” -- by Marisa Vogel

From Around the Web...

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

Check out Godfire's original Kickstarter project here

Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind., has just launched A Measure of Grace, the next big step in bringing students a quality, affordable education! Check it out

Jim McDairmant, a member of the Winona Lake, Ind., Grace Brethren Church (and son of Tom and Gracia McDaimant, former missionaries to the Central African Republic), muses about life on his blog. His recent post is worth a read: Men or Boys.

The website for Momentum 2015 is live. Check it out!

End Times Set
This week's featured books

End Times Set
By Herman A. Hoyt

This two-volume set combines Studies in Revelation and The End Times, books by Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, a well-known speaker on end times topics.

Studies in Revelation is a chapter-by-chapter commentary on the final book of the Bible. This classic book reveals a three-fold picture of Christ as the absolute and final sovereign of time and eternity. His supreme victory over all His enemies is unveiled to encourage the Bride through the long, long night of wilderness wanderings until He returns to claim His own.

In The End Times, Hoyt systematically organizes biblical material about “things to come” into 12 readable, thorough, and comprehensible chapters. A well-documented treatise on premillennial, pretribulation eschatology, the book gives consideration to conflicting viewpoints. Included are Christ’s second coming (and its relationship to the church and the Antichrist), the resurrections, divine judgments, and four general observations on the eternal state.

Sold individually, the cost of both books is $20.98. Purchase the set today for just $10! Click here to order now. (Price good through September 9, 2014.)

Events in the FGBC

September 15-17 – Northwest Focus Retreat, Camp Clear Lake, Wash. (FGBC)
September 19-20 – Women and Scripture Class, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
October 6-8 – Central Focus Retreat, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio (FGBC)
October 17-19  Leadership Summit (WGUSA), Columbus, Ohio
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 of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches), Newark, N.J. (FGBC)

CEN – CE National
EWP Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – GBCanada USA
WGUSA Women of Grace USA

Send events for the calendar to lcgates@bmhbooks.com.
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