GraceConnect E-News, No. 66, Week of September 22, 2014

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Matt Grabowski, Sam Miller, Kyle Kirchenbauer, Jimmie Getty and Phil Tabor make up Last of the Wildmen, a folk/indie band out of Fremont, Ohio.

A Community Way of Life

If you’ve ever met members of Last of the Wildmen, a folk/indie band from Fremont, Ohio, you’ll know that they put people first. Even their website description portrays their relational focus: “Last of the Wildmen is a community, it's a way of life, it's about every good thing left in this world, it's about friends coming together having a great time.”

Kyle Kirchenbauer, 26, and Jimmie Getty, 25, have attended Grace Community Church in Fremont (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor) for many years. They were also a part of The Undeserving, a successful pop rock band with a major record label whose song, "Something to Hope For," was featured on 2009’s American Idol promo video.  Phil Tabor, 21, joined Last of the Wildmen after being cameraman for Undeserving music videos for about a year, along with Sam Miller, 24. Matt Grabowski, 26, stopped playing with Last of the Wildmen this past February. They all serve on the worship team at Grace Community Church.
 
“Matt has always had a passion for live sound so he took a live sound internship,” explained Getty. “And he’s been running sound for a lot of local bands. Now he helps us record demos and helps us run sound at shows. I’d say his role has actually increased even though he’s not playing with us.”
 
What started as an outlet to play songs of a different genre than The Undeserving became their main project a few years ago. “Once we stepped back from The Undeserving we decided to pursue Last of the Wildmen,” said Getty. “At first it had been an acoustic folk side project. We started playing small shows that led to bigger shows...slowly but surely it started sounding more like a rock band.”
 

Each of the band members writes his own music. “I think the songs that we write are more overtly based on our faith [than The Undeserving lyrics],” noted Getty.  “[The song] 'One of Your Sons'…is closest to my heart. I wrote that as an open struggle with doubt and the reward of faith…how each one is important.”

Last of the Wildmen (and friends) continue to pursue their dreams – whether music, art, video production, or live sound -- and build lasting relationships with others...all for the glory of God.  

Last of the Wildmen have two official releases: "Open Future" and "Ship Set Sail." They are currently playing local gigs to raise money for an EP album they hope to record in the next year. However, they keep relationships at the center of their endeavors. “If success is your ultimate goal," says Getty, "then you are never going to be happy because you miss everything along the way…you take everything for granted.” 

From Around the Web...

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

Pastor Lou Huesmann, senior pastor of Grace Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., appeared on Christianity Today's Leadership Journal website, sharing how new vision for the vocational callings of his congregation challenged his church to mutuality, holy work, and "a life that orbits around Jesus." Watch the video here.  

Grace Church Bath Campus (Jeff Bogue, senior pastor) is hosting an open house this weekend to display their new building renovation, dubbed The Extension. Located three miles from the original location, The Extension will be a video site allowing room for another 1,000 seats and as the location for the new sports ministry they will be opening this fall. Click here for a virtual tour of the new building, which includes a chapel, kids playroom, coffee bar, and gymnasium. 

Grace Polaris, the Grace Brethren church on the north side of Columbus, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), is celebrating their 50th anniversary on October 11 and 12. Click here for more information, including interviews with Dr. Lester Pifer, who led Grace Brethren Home Missions, the FGBC church planting organization at the time; Marion Forrest, who with his family, helped begin the church; and Dr. Jim and Triceine Custer, long-time pastor and wife at the church.

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Events in the FGBC

October 6-8 – Central Focus Retreat, Maumee Bay State Park, Oregon, Ohio (FGBC)
October 11-12 50th Anniversary Celebration, Grace Polaris, Columbus, Ohio
October 17-19  Leadership Summit (WGUSA)
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), Newark, N.J. (FGBC) 

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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