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    Storer A history of grace According to a historical account that accompanies an anniversary edition church directory Grace Bible began with Sunday school meetings in a country school These meetings later became weekly Bible studies held in a home and led by Robert Radtke then pastor of Emmanuel MB Church Onida SD The group called their first pastor Palmer Hohm in 1964 On April 16 1965 14 people signed the charter and Grace Bible Mennonite Church became an official church Nine people were baptized that summer By fall average attendance was in the 50s and the group rented an old church building in town Two years later the congregation broke ground on a new church building and was accepted into the Central District Conference CDC The support of Emmanuel MB Church in Onida was instrumental in Grace Bible s early years Not only did Radtke lead early Bible studies and serve as interim pastor in 2012 but the Onida congregation gave generously toward that first church building helped in the building s construction and contributed in various leadership roles Over the years Grace Bible reached into their community through Bible studies Neighborhood Bible Time AWANA and special events As the congregation grew so did the church building with the addition of a parsonage a free standing building for youth and classrooms a sanctuary and fellowship center and an extension The church has been pastored by Palmer Hohm Wilfred Fadenrecht Charles Harder Bob Wheatly Jim Weems Carey Gossen Dick Nickel Ken Cartlidge and Scott Crooks Pastors and spouses pictured right Over the years Grace Bible Church has walked through some valleys and has seen its share of mountain top experiences says the historical account Through it all God has been faithful and the church has been blessed As he leads us into the future we pray he will continue to use us for his glory Photos provided by Grace Bible Church Gettysburg SD Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Gettysburg congregation celebrates 50 years Wednesday Oct 15 2014 Weekend activities at Grace Bible Church recall God s grace By Myra Holmes Grace Bible Church Gettysburg SD celebrated 50 years Oct 11 12 with a weekend of activities focused on 50 Years of Grace Look What God Has Done The celebration began with an evening meal on Saturday featuring music by the church s worship band and The Black Hills Quartet a gospel group based in South Dakota An estimated 160 people attended About 200 attended the Sunday morning service including seven of the eight pastors who have served the congregation Those former pastors were given time to share current pastor Scott Crooks also spoke The Gettysburg community and all former church members were invited A catered meal was served following the service All were blessed as we reflected on God s faithfulness and outpouring of grace over the past 50 years says anniversary committee chair Ginger Storer A history of grace According to a historical account that

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    Brethren around the world This grant is new this year and the application deadline is November 17 2014 Projects may include but are not limited to Dissertations theses books articles lecture series symposia and multi media presentations Summer Archival Internship This program is designed to give a college or graduate student practical archival experience at each of the four Mennonite Brethren archival institutions in North America Spanning five weeks during May and June 2015 exact dates to be determined the intern will spend a week at each of the MB archives Winnipeg Hillsboro Fresno and Abbotsford In addition to experiencing a functioning archive the intern will gather stories images and video during the four weeks related to a particular theme in Mennonite Brethren church history spending the fifth week producing a report that is compelling and image rich and that promotes the mission of church archives Airfare and accommodations are included along with a 2 000 stipend The application deadline is Feb 2 2015 Research Grant This 2 000 grant is intended to support research and publication relating to the history and contribution of Mennonite Brethren women The grant is made possible by generous support from the Katie Funk Wiebe Fund The application deadline is April 6 2015 Criteria and application details for these funded initiatives are available at www mbhistory org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Historical Commission accepting applications for grants internship Wednesday Oct 15 2014 Applications being accepted for two grants archival internship Historical Commission news release The Historical Commission of the U S and Canadian Mennonite Brethren Churches announces three funded initiatives for 2014 2015 Project Grant This grant of up to 2 000 is offered to support of a historical and or theological project of interest to Mennonite Brethren around

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    from my home state who had a history of doing HVAC work pro bono for churches and who a few days earlier felt compelled to go out and price ductwork in the area just happened to visit our church Coincidence or providence If it were just a one time thing I would probably lean toward coincidence but I can honestly say that as founding pastor of the Springs Church now the St George Campus of South Mountain Community Church I and many others have witnessed God answer prayer and provide in ways that are just beyond explanation I think that we can rightly say that we have experienced the promise that Paul made to the Philippian Christians And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus Phil 4 19 I can honestly say that every time that the next big thing rolled around and we as church stepped out in faith God moved and carried us along with Him But I can also say that every single time He did that we were already moving forward in faith knowing that something needed to be done The moral of the story for me and I hope for you too is that no matter how scary the next big thing looks on the front end we can look back in our history and see all the completed next big things that are now a part of the foundation of who we are And as we enter into this next big thing we can know that in God s timing it will all work out and in the process His Kingdom is going to grow And through it all we will glorify Him Tom Mertz is pastor of SMCC St George Campus St George Utah a campus of South Mountain Community Church Draper Utah This post originally appeared on his blog on the church website http tommertz org Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Coincidence or providence Thursday Oct 9 2014 By Tom Mertz Recently a random memory came to mind that reminded me that God does in fact know all that we need to do His work and that in His timing and in His way He provides I hope that this story inspires you to trust God In the spring of 2004 The St George campus of South Mountain Community Church then known as Desert Springs Church took a humongous leap of faith and signed a lease on a building that we really could not afford to rent on paper anyway When we first took over that building it was a stretch We did not have a whole lot of money for upgrades All we could afford was some cleaning and some fresh paint here and there One thing that I could not stand about the new to us building was this awful black monstrosity of an air conditioning duct system It looked like a giant octopus up in the

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    four years giving students the opportunity to attend once during high school Named 2015 will be held April 9 12 2015 in Denver Colo This is a big undertaking says the NYC team and so we have asked that the first week in October be the Named 2015 prayer week We are asking that each church or youth ministry find a brief moment during their Sunday morning or weeknight night services to pray for Named 2015 Thank you for your prayers and support The team has outlined suggested prayer requests for each day Sunday Oct 5 Pray that this conference will change people s hearts and minds for Jesus and that youth will learn that their true identity is in Christ Monday Oct 6 Pray for the continued work and organization of the planning team and youth workers preparing to go to the conference Tuesday Oct 7 Pray for the speaker John Richardson the band For All Seasons and other special guests Pray that they will be instruments to God s glory at the conference Wednesday Oct 8 Pray for all the churches that are planning fundraisers may they be fruitful beyond measure Thank God for supplying all of our needs Pray for the people who need you to intercede in order to go Thursday Oct 9 Pray for the city of Denver that they will receive God s love when we serve the city for the ministries we will be partnering with and for the impact we will leave on the city Friday Oct 10 Pray that this conference brings the whole denomination together in a deeper more powerful way and that it enhances the unity of the local church Saturday Oct 11 Pray that this conference will be a spiritual marker in the lives of youth and leaders and that it will have a lasting impact on the world for Jesus Christ For more on Named 2015 visit their website Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Pray for Named 2015 Wednesday Oct 1 2014 National Youth Committee press release The National Youth Committee is asking individuals youth groups and congregations to pray for Named 2015 each day during the week of Oct 5 11 Named 2015 is the next National Youth Conference NYC a gathering of high school students from USMB congregations across the nation It is held once every four years giving students the opportunity to attend once during high school Named 2015 will be held April 9 12 2015 in Denver Colo This is a big undertaking says the NYC team and so we have asked that the first week in October be the Named 2015 prayer week We are asking that each church or youth ministry find a brief moment during their Sunday morning or weeknight night services to pray for Named 2015 Thank you for your prayers and support The team has outlined suggested prayer requests for each day Sunday Oct 5 Pray that this conference will change people s

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    information and initial requests NYC team members hope to connect groups from different cultures styles or districts in order to encourage an understanding of the larger USMB family Goings says the hope is that these partnerships will last far beyond Named 2015 We desire for these churches to get connected in many ways and to share ideas thoughts and prayers beyond the conference as well maybe even join up and do a mission trip together Who knows T shirt contest involves teens A third way the planning team hopes to connect students is through a t shirt design contest Goings says the idea began when planning team members compared how many t shirts they had from past camps and conferences and noted that the designs all began to look the same We thought wouldn t it be a great idea if an outside perspective put a new twist on the design he says We can have youth take some ownership of the conference and have a cool t shirt design as well He adds that this contest may be the first step toward greater student involvement in future NYC planning perhaps inviting student participation in promotional videos social media coverage or even speaker and band selection The sky is the limit for 2019 he says Individual students or youth groups can submit up to three digital t shirt designs Entries do not have to focus on the conference theme Goings notes The only guideline is we want it to bring glory to God Planning team members will judge designs on many factors including overall appeal design message and uniqueness The winning artists will receive their t shirt for free and the top five designs will be available for sale before and during the convention Contests details are available on the Named 2015 website the deadline for entries is Jan 1 2015 For more on Named 2015 visit their website www named2015 com Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Named 2015 connects students Monday Sep 29 2014 Prayer t shirts aim to connect students youth groups before National Youth Conference By Myra Holmes Organizers of Named 2015 the USMB National Youth Conference NYC hope to facilitate connections between students and youth groups through a week of prayer prayer partnerships and a t shirt contest NYC is a national gathering of high school youth from USMB congregations held once every four years Named 2015 is scheduled for April 9 12 in Denver Colo NYC planning team member Kyle Goings says the goal of Named 2015 is not only to connect students to God but also to connect them to each other both individually and as youth groups It is so important for students to know they are part of something bigger than themselves Goings says The planning team believes God is moving through our denomination and big things are coming down the pipeline says Goings We want to make sure the next generation not only sees that but

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    students know we have the quality they need to succeed says Jon Endicott vice president for enrollment management and student services While numbers in different categories will change from year to year Fresno Pacific has demonstrated that our mix of relevant academics committed faculty and ethical development is meaningful to many We also know career preparation is vital to students and families and continue to develop connections with agencies and companies that give our graduates a head start in the professional world Degree completion FPU has 1 313 degree completion students this fall studying at regional centers in Merced North Fresno Visalia and Bakersfield up from 1 136 last year Two new programs that have stirred great interest are health care administration and social work social welfare both at North Fresno Degree completion students have some college credit and generally wish to start a new career or advance in their current field Most balance work and family responsibilities with their classes Graduate Graduate programs including Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary have 1 180 students up from 1 071 in the fall of 2013 These students attend classes at the centers and on the main FPU campus in Southeast Fresno Increases in the teacher education programs have been aided by a rise in internships facilitated by faculty and new partnerships with the Central Unified School District in educational technology and reading Other highlights include full classes for the Global MBA and MSN programs Traditional undergraduate Traditional undergraduate students are typically 18 to 22 years of age and study at the main campus after having recently graduated from high school or attended community college This year s total is 1 225 students down from 1 254 last year Keeping students is as important with this group as recruitment and our efforts in this area have borne fruit as retention has exceeded our expectations says Endicott Everyone at FPU is interested in improving the student experience Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Record enrollment at FPU Monday Sep 29 2014 Enrollment increases by 7 percent at MB university FPU news story Total enrollment at Fresno Pacific University the Mennonite Brethren university headquartered in Fresno Calif is 3 718 a 7 percent rise above fall 2013 s 3 461 and the first time the university has surpassed 3 700 students Bachelor s degree completion and graduate programs set the pace with increases of 16 percent and 10 percent respectively The number of traditional undergraduates dropped 2 percent Trends differed in 2013 when traditional undergraduate enrollment set its second record in as many years with 1 254 graduate students were up 5 percent to 1 071 and degree completion students were down from 1 212 to 1 136 Overall enrollment was 3 461 up one from 2012 The growth in our enrollment shows students know we have the quality they need to succeed says Jon Endicott vice president for enrollment management and student services While numbers in different categories will change from

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    High School students of the 594 students in Hillsboro A total full time equivalency FTE of 675 FTE is a calculation that converts part time hours to full time students Undergraduate FTE on the Hillsboro campus is 571 and 83 on the Wichita campus Graduate FTE is 21 Tabor College president Jules Glanzer attributes the increased enrollment to the collaborative effort by the faculty and staff Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of God smiling down on Tabor Glanzer says Rusty Allen vice president of enrollment management agrees It is exciting to see our recruiting strategies bear fruit God continues to bless the hard work of our staff Allen says We count it a privilege to help bring students to Tabor College because of the decidedly Christian experience we are confident they will find One year ago Tabor College Wichita TCW had 11 students enrolled in graduate programs This fall TCW has 31 for an increased enrollment of 181 percent This is the highest total of students enrolled in graduate programs at TCW in its 20 year history The increased enrollment numbers are a validation of the hard work done by the faculty members to constantly update our programs in response to the needs of both employers and students saya Brett Andrews vice president of Tabor College in Wichita Online enrollment for programs offered via the internet has helped boost their enrollment numbers too Our online programs have been expanded in response to our student body s desire for more flexibility in course delivery Andrews says These new online degree programs offer students just that Glanzer commends the efforts of Andrews and his staff in Wichita Andrews has only been with Tabor College since December 2013 Dr Andrews and his team have done a remarkable job in a short amount of time Glanzer says The increase in graduate students is good to see Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Tabor College enrollment increases Monday Sep 29 2014 Tabor College Wichita campus reports record high enrollment Tabor College news service Tabor College student enrollment for the 2014 fall semester has increased overall by 4 percent with 766 students enrolled compared to 736 in 2013 This includes 594 undergraduate students in Hillsboro and 141 undergraduate students as well as 31 graduate students in Wichita Other enrollment statistics include 231 new students on the Hillsboro campus which ties a record set in the fall of 2011 21 Hillsboro High School students of the 594 students in Hillsboro A total full time equivalency FTE of 675 FTE is a calculation that converts part time hours to full time students Undergraduate FTE on the Hillsboro campus is 571 and 83 on the Wichita campus Graduate FTE is 21 Tabor College president Jules Glanzer attributes the increased enrollment to the collaborative effort by the faculty and staff Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of

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    At about the same time came a program providing training to teachers in Central California which is today the FPU Office of Continuing Education Though quoted as saying all education requires is a teacher a student and log for them to sit on Wiebe oversaw construction of several buildings still central to learning and life at FPU Witmarsum Quad 1960 1968 Strasbourg Quad 1960 1971 Hiebert Library 1962 Alumni Hall 1964 Memorial Prayer Chapel 1966 and Marpeck Center 1967 Named in his honor Wiebe Educational Center opened in 1990 Wiebe s commitment to FPU did not end when he stepped down as president in 1975 In 1981 he and the late Larry Ecklund co founded AIMS Activities in Integrating Science and Mathematics Education Foundation The foundation provided the major gift for the AIMS Hall of Mathematics and Science at FPU dedicated in 2003 as well as two endowed professorships and numerous scholarships Among Wiebe s community honors are The Harold Haak Award for Educational Excellence from the Fresno Compact and the Distinguished Achievement Special Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals AFP California Valley Chapter He was also involved in the creation of San Joaquin College of Law serving on its board for 20 years and the Southeast Fresno Community Development Corporation Wiebe was born April 20 1920 He earned a bachelor s degree from Southwestern State University a master s degree from California State University Fresno and a doctorate from Stanford University He and wife Evelyn who died March 1 2008 were married August 24 1941 in Corn Okla They have two children who survive Richard a 1974 FPU graduate and a former member of the FPU philosophy faculty and Ann Also surviving is daughter in law Billie Jean Wiebe an associate professor of communication at FPU who graduated from the university in 1974 A public viewing took place September 17 in Fresno and a memorial service is planned for October Leave a comment Comment Name E mail Post 0 Comments Former FPU president Arthur Wiebe dies Monday Sep 29 2014 Wiebe s vision became Fresno Pacific University By Wayne Steffen Arthur Wiebe Fresno Pacific University president emeritus visionary and longtime university and community benefactor died Sept 14 He was 94 Serving from 1960 1975 Wiebe became president during a time of change and led an administration dedicated to innovation in curriculum facilities and philosophy The year Wiebe took the helm Pacific Bible Institute became Pacific College and had only the year before moved to 1717 S Chestnut Ave Fresno the location of today s main campus The school grew from a junior college to a four year liberal arts institution in 1963 and became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges now WASC Senior College and University Commission in 1965 Early on Wiebe encouraged the faculty to rethink the college s mission and identity which led in 1966 to the first Idea vision statement Today the Fresno Pacific Idea still forms the core of the university

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