GraceConnect eNews, No. 172, Week of October 2, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches

Following the Calling

Wade Rininger, campus pastor of Renew Church's new campus, Mayfield West, recently moved his family from St. Petersburg, Fla. to start the church in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. Why do it? He answers this question in the recent launch video: "Even though the variable can be complex, the answer is simple: we start new churches because that is what God has called us to do."  

Renew Church (Bartley Sawatsky, lead pastor) is a multisite church with campuses across the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) that is committed to helping people find new faith, new focus, and new frontiers. Services at Mayfield West began in September. Click the picture below to watch the brief video. Send Rininger a letter of encouragement here.
Renew Mayfield West

[Your Turn]


Check out the latest release by BMH Books; 
Fear God, an interdisciplinary commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes that explores the words of Solomon, who challenges and encourages the reader to live as if his or her time were short and to fear God in all things.  

The book is coauthored by Tiberius Rata, assistant dean of the School of Ministry Studies Grace Theological Seminary, and Kevin Roberts, chair of the Behavioral Science Department and professor of counseling at Grace College. Their audience is serious students of the Bible, including professors, Sunday School teachers, and laypeople who want both a theological and psychological perspective on this much beloved and fascinating Old Testament book. Read more about the publication here.


"Our goal... is to produce a gospel-saturated summary of the storyline of the Bible in 1000 words," says Florent Varak, director of Encompass World Partners' Church Equipping Network.

The booklet soon to be published by Encompass World Partners is projected to be translated into several languages as a tool for witnessing. Watch and listen to this interview to find out what's behind the Bible in 1,000 Words Project and how you can get involved with this creative outreach.

Click the picture below to watch the video.

Events in the FGBC

October 7-8, 2016   WLS: Soul Care in Leadership, New Holland, Pa. (WGUSA)
October 17-19, 2016   East Focus Retreat Ocean City, Md. (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

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