GraceConnect eNews, No. 196, Week of March 20, 2017

Communication-Conversation-Conservation

The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Room at the Church

The small town of Bethlehem, Pa., stands at a crossroads of sorts. Situated less than two hours from Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and New York, the former steel town welcomes varied ethnic groups and nationalities from all over the country. About six years ago, Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church was asking God how they could effectively reach into the community around them. Instead, God answered by bringing the community to them.

“We'd been praying for about two years,” said Lehigh Valley pastor Larry Humberd. “An Egyptian family comes to us. They had been attending a Plymouth Brethren church over in Egypt. When they came to the states, they had been meeting in somebody's living room and were too big for the home. They asked us if they could use our facility for worship."

The church agreed enthusiastically, and the small Egyptian church began conducting services in Arabic on Sunday afternoons at LV Grace. A year later, a small Filipino congregation came to Humberd and told him they needed a place to meet as well.  

“We had the church booked all Sunday morning, and then the Egyptian church from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and we're back at 6:00 at night doing other ministries,” explains Humberd. “So the Filipino pastor said to me, ‘Look, we'll be flexible because we know we're asking you for help, but we were hoping maybe something like Sundays between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m.’"

It was a no‑brainer. Now, three churches meet in the building at LV Grace, and every so often, all three congregations convene for a celebration, including what they call Praise, Prayer & Pie at Thanksgiving, and another event around Independence Day. “There's a good mix of families and culture there,” notes Humberd. 

“Now, the church building in use the entire day. God really impressed me with the idea that we can make our plans, but if we pray, He will set things up His way. We prayed, and God dropped these opportunities in our lap. God is awesome!"


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[Travel (Vicariously):]

Over spring break, more than 100 Grace College students traveled to nine countries around the world to serve others, experience God’s creation, and gain immersive experiences in new cultures. Teams traveled to the Bahamas, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, Italy, South Korea, Taiwan, and Philadelphia. 

Click here to view 45 stunning photos from this year's Go Encounter trips.

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"Sometimes ministry can begin to feel tedious. It is easy to lose sight of how big God’s story is. As we took time to connect to these girls’ lives, God moved our hearts to recognize how precious our 'yeses' have been."

Director of Girls’ Ministries
Woman of Grace USA's Nichole Miller shares a story about saying yes to God's will. Click here to read the post. 

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Events in the FGBC

March 25, 2017  Connect & Equip East: Regional Mission Conference, Parkesburg, Pa. (EWP)
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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