GraceConnect eNews, No. 175, Week of October 24, 2016

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Welcome to the Family

Today's video story was first shared on the blog of Grace Polaris Church in Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor). We featured Jared and Sarai in GraceConnect earlier this year.

Several months ago, Jared and Sarai Hathaway, members of Grace Polaris Church, founders of foster care ministry Harbor30:1, were told of a young girl pursuing an abortion. The Hathaways had a heart for parentless children already, and they knew they had to do something. Jared and Sarai met with the young woman and spoke into her life, helping her come to the decision to put the baby up for adoption.

God made it clear to Jared and Sarai that they should be the ones to adopt this baby and give the child a loving home. On September 8, baby Ella was born and introduced to her new parents. Check out this video made by Sarai that chronicles this incredibly precious moment in their lives. Click the
picture below to watch the video, and click here for the full report by Dustin Speaks on the Grace Polaris blog. 

Hathaway Family Announcement
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To send a letter of encouragement to the Hathaway family and find out how you can pray for them and their ministry, email them here. Check out their story on GraceConnect from this past April here.

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[Leader's Corner:]

Looking for inspiration as a small group leader? Josh Howard, communication arts pastor at Movement Church in Columbus, Ohio, (Mark Artrip, lead pastor) recently started a podcast geared towards leaders of small groups (called Movement Groups at Movement Church).

The goal of the podcast is, according to Howard, to "help encourage you as a group leader by hearing from other leaders who are right in the trenches with you. Each month we will hear about the wins, struggles and tensions each leader goes through while focusing on one leadership principle that leaders can grow in and apply."

Click here to be directed to the podcast. (Scroll to the bottom of the page to view and listen to the podcast episodes.)

Events in the FGBC

November 11-12, 2016   WLS: Equipping Others for Ministry, Marysville, Ohio (WGUSA)
January 30-February 1, 2017   Southwest Focus Retreat  (FGBC)
March 13-15, 2017   South Focus Retreat Haines City, Fla. (FGBC)
May 22-24, 2017   Northwest Focus Retreat White Pass, Wash. (FGBC)

FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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