GraceConnect eNews, No. 197, Week of March 27, 2017


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Fight For Your Life

"February the 8, 2002, I made a traffic stop in the heart of the precinct with...a lot of gang activity, [and] violent crime. I was bringing one of the passengers out of the car when he pushed me. We began to fight. It was literally a fight for my life. I was at the point of giving up, when I heard this voice very loud and very calm say to me, 'Don, if you give up, you're gonna die.'"

Don Paden, a police officer who is a part of Grace Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Powell, Ohio (Rick Nuzum, pastor), shares his story of how God used a near-death experience to draw Don to Himself. Click the picture below to watch the video. 

Thanks to Josh Howard, who produced this video, for sharing. Josh is the communication and arts pastor at
Movement Church, Hilliard, Ohio (Mark Artrip, pastor).
Don Paden's Story

[Your Turn]


"Essentially, is there a simple, effective discipleship path to achieve consistent spiritual growth? Taking a cue from 'The Unstuck Group' we introduced the first three of six indicators that allow us to recognize positive movement in our journey toward Christ-likeness."

Pastor Dave Wickstrom of Auburn Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren congregation in Auburn, Calif. (Phil Sparling, senior pastor), recently published a blog post about practical indicators of spiritual growth. Click here to read the rest of the post.


"For almost a year, we have had 'boots on the ground' in Columbus. We’ve had major victory, but still could use your prayers."

Andy Shank, church planter with
SEEDNet, recently shared a story about Penny, a former drug dealer who now hosts a church in her apartment. Click here to read the rest of her story and find out how you can pray. 


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Events in the FGBC

April 5, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
April 7-8, 2017   WLS: Spiritual Formation, Frederick, Md. (WGUSA)
April 28, 2017  Heritage Event, East Earl, Pa. (CE)
April 28-29, 2017   WLS: Soul Care, Ripon, Calif. (WGUSA)  
April 28-30, 2017   Hispanic Summit, Atlanta, Ga. (WGUSA) 
May 5-6, 2017   WLS Soul Care, Marysville, Ohio  (WGUSA)
May 11-17, 2017   National Institute Cross Cultural Youth Min.Module, Philadelphia, Pa. (CE)
May 22-24, 2017   Northwest Focus Retreat, White Pass, Wash. (FGBC)
June 14, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
June 18 – July 11, 2017   Operation Barnabas (CE)
June 26-30, 2017   Encounter Atlanta (EWP)
July 5-9, 2017   StreetWise, Philadelphia, Pa. (CE)
July 18-23, 2017   Momentum Youth Conference, Marion, Ind. (CE)
July 25-27, 2017 – ​ Access2017, Fremont, Ohio (FGBC)
September 20, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
November 8, 2017   Pastorpedia Live, Winona Lake, Ind. (CE)
CE – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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