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  • 11 Congregations Join the FGBC

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

    A fresh wind is blowing in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC). That was the consensus as pastors and congregational leaders in the FGBC headed home this summer after meeting for national conference in Indian Wells, Calif. The conference was held at the Renaissance Esmeralda from July 28 to August 1.

    Final speaker for the week was Larry Osborne, senior pastor of North Coast Church in northern San Diego, Calif. He challenged the conference not to be churches that were “preservation societies.”

    Osborne capped a week which included a variety of Grace Brethren leaders and pastors as keynote speakers, including: Jim Brown, Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind.; Keith Minier, Grace Church, Pickerington, Ohio; Dave Guiles, Encompass World Partners, Atlanta, Ga.; Tim Boal, Go2 Church Planting Ministries, Telford, Pa.; and John Teevan, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. Each focused on an area of the Com- mitment to Common Mission, a document that encourages the Grace Brethren to pursue church planting, leadership develop- ment, and integrated ministries.


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  • On Target for the Lord

    Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

    By MariJean Wegert

    wukie da1_4735Jacob Wukie, a member of Grace Community Church, Fremont, Ohio, received a silver medal in archery during the 2012 Olympics. (Photo by Dean Alberga/World Archery Communications)Twenty-six-year-old Jacob Wukie, a member of Grace Community Church, a Grace Brethren church in Fremont, Ohio (Kevin Pinkerton, pastor), lives up to his own words. Along with his teammates Brady Ellison and Jake Kaminski, Wukie recently secured a silver medal in archery during the London Olympic Games, after spending the larger part of the last six years training for the event.

    “Our family does a lot of hunting, so I grew up with a bow,” said Wukie. He was also a part of Grace Brethren Boys, a program that involves young boys in camping trips, outdoor sports (including archery), and developing spiritual integrity along with practical life skills. He started competing at a young age and hasn’t stopped.


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  • Echoing Grace in a Secular World

    Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

    By MariJean Wegert

    undeservingimg 2677Kyle Kirchenbauer and Matthew Grabowski are part of The Underserving, who seek to minister in a secular world.Their name is “The Undeserving.” Many would think it a strange name for a band, but for those who come from an evangelical background, another word almost automatically echoes right behind:

    Grace.

    Made up of lead singer Clay Kirchenbauer, drummer Kyle Kirchenbauer, bassist Jimmie Getty and their newest addition, lead guitarist Matt Grabowski (who replaced Brennan Willis in February), The Undeserving formed seven years ago. All of the members are from Grace Community Church (Kevin Pinkerton, lead pastor), a Grace Brethren church in Fremont, Ohio. All four are followers of Christ, and their lyrics reflect His work in their hearts.

    But The Undeserving sings for those who don’t know about grace. Their music, like their name, echoes grace to the secular world.


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