Pennsylvania Churches Visit Urban Hope

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Sebastian Bosi is training Mason Dixon and Connection Christian Church in how to go into homes and install smoke detectors as a ministry.

Sebastian Bosi is training Mason Dixon and Connection Christian Church in how to go into homes and install smoke detectors as a ministry.

Mason Dixon Baptist Church from New Freedom, Pennsylvania, brought 20 people and Connection Christian Church from York, Pennsylvania, brought 39 people to Urban Hope a few weekends ago.

Both teams grew as they were pushed out of their comfort zone and experienced Christ in new ways. The weekend was frigid cold but they had great attitudes and were hard workers. They got to do homeless ministry under Kensington Avenue, help with Urban Hope’s youth program, go throughout the neighborhood installing smoke detectors in homes, and did a great deal of work in Urban Hope’s youth center helping get it ready for launching the new Sunday kid’s program “Super Kid City.”

Here are a few written testimonies from the weekend:

Wesley Sechrist: “God taught me how important it is to be relational with people. Jesus didn’t come to be served, he did serve, and that is what I want to do when I get home.”
Lauren Pratt: “As a leader, serving both the people of Philadelphia and of our youth ministry, brought out in me a confidence that could only come from Christ.”
Valerie Acito: “God really put it in my heart that there’s no time to waste in sharing His Word. I really feel like I may have wasted some opportunities in sharing or even just praying for them. Urban Hope has shown me you can always take the first opportunity to help someone.”
Zach Galemore: “God has continued His work through my teen discipleship. This trip has helped to solidify the need to guide and walk with our youth, in the hope that they would then disciple the next generation!”

Watch Kurt Johnston and Jon Rauch Share at Youth Emphasis Week 2016

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Kurt Johnston speaking at CE National's CELS 2015

Kurt Johnston speaking at CE National’s CELS 2015

An integral part of the youth ministry major at Grace College that we call “The National Institute for the Development of Ministries to Youth” is Youth Emphasis Week. For one week each spring semester, The National Institute oversees all of the chapels and hosts various special events to highlight the great need to minister to the next generation.

For Youth Emphasis Week 2016 held just last month, we had incredible speakers present to the entire student body at Grace College. Pastor Kurt Johnston (youth pastor at Saddleback Church in southern California) and Pastor Jon Rauch (Grace Community Church in Goshen, Indiana) were dynamic communicators for our chapels. You can see for yourself here.

For years, both of these men have been visiting professors for our youth ministry classes. Take a look at what they shared in YEW chapels and it will give insight into the kind of leaders you will study under if you major in youth ministry at Grace College.

CE National has been overseeing the TNI youth ministry program in conjunction with Grace College for the past 17 years. To see more about The National Institute, please email theinstitute@cenational.org or call 574.267.6622 for more information.

East Coast Operation Barnabas Administrative Team Leaders Announced

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TK and Dana with their kids Bekah and Nick

TK and Dana with their kids Bekah and Nick

TK (Timothy) and Dana Kurtaneck will be leading the 2016 East Coast Operation Barnabas team this summer.

This will be TK’s 17th tour and Dana’s 14th tour with Operation Barnabas.  The Kurtanecks have been on staff with CE National since 1995 and TK is the director of Operation Barnabas and youth leadership training.  TK and Dana have been married for 25 years and their children are Bekah (OB 2010; leader 2013 and 2014) and Nick (OB 2012).  TK says, “Dana and I have had the opportunity of a lifetime to be involved with Operation Barnabas through the years.  We are as committed as ever to seeing the next generation trained and equipped in ministry and to see God use them in great ways for His glory.  OB 2016, here we come!”

Applications for OB 2016 are currently being accepted and those interested can find all of the information and the OB application at operationbarnabas.net.

New Martial Arts Exercise Class Starting at Urban Hope

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Sebastian enjoying the Philadelphia snow

Sebastian enjoying the Philadelphia snow

Sebastian Bosi, the intern at the Urban Hope Training Center and Community Church is starting a martial arts ministry here at Urban Hope for teens and adults. The class will consist of mostly grappling (martial arts, wrestling, and judo).

This class is a great and healthy way to exercise, learn a martial art, and hear God’s Word. The class will meet twice a week for about an hour. At the end of the class session a verse of scripture will be shared from the Bible.

First and foremost, this ministry’s main purpose is to give the gospel to the community here at Urban Hope. Staying for the scripture reading is going to be a requirement of the class. It has been an immense blessing that God is allowing us to start a ministry like this; but there are still some things that we need before we can truly start:

  • A mat between the size of 10′ x 15′ to 20′ x 20′
  • Athletic Mat Cleaner
  • First Aid kit
  • Funds for Rash Guards and Mouth Pieces for students

Any kind of assistance or donation that can be provided in any form will be greatly appreciated. “God has given me the opportunity to be able to train in martial arts and the ability to teach it, said Sabastian,”and there would be nothing that would give me more joy than to glorify Him through it.”

If anyone would like to ask any more questions about the ministry, they can contact Sebastian at sebastian@urbanhope.net.

Operation Barnabas Administrative Team Leader Announced!

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Dave and Carly Nicodemus

Dave and Carly Nicodemus

CE National is pleased to announce that the MidWest Operation Barnabas team for 2016 will be shepherded by Pastor David Nicodemus, communications pastor at Grace Polaris in Westerville, Ohio.

Dave and his wife Carly come to us from Columbus, Ohio, where Dave has served on the Grace Polaris staff for the past 8 1/2 years. Originally from Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, Dave is very familiar with Operation Barnabas. He participated as a high school student in 1995, and as a leader in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003.

Carly grew up in Warsaw, Indiana, and was introduced to OB when she served as a leader in 2003. Dave and Carly met while students at Grace College and have been married for 12 years. Together they’ve had the opportunity to lead short-term teams of OB alumni during the 2004 (Beyond, in Inner-city Philadelphia) and 2010 (OBI, in Boracay, Philippines) summers.

Dave might be familiar to many as the better half (according to Dave) of “Mark and Dave” from Momentum Youth Conference and Carly is known to many youth workers as the Momentum registrar. They are proud parents of four children, Jack (9), Henry (7), Emilia (4), and Charlie (2). Dave and Carly are excited to serve together and invest in the lives of students this summer while getting to involve their whole family in this life-changing discipleship process.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the Director of Operation Barnabas and leader of the 2016 OB East team, said, “I am thrilled that Dave and Carly Nicodemus will be leading one of the Operation Barnabas teams this summer. They have had great training, have experience in ministry, and understand how to equip young people and lead a team. The students that get to be a part of their group are going to love being with them for this summer ministry training experience!”

OB 2016 is June 20 – July 11 and will begin with orientation in Winona Lake, Indiana, before teams deploy to Ohio and Pennsylvania. Applications and further information are available at operationbarnabas.net.

Momentum Youth Conference Registration is Open!

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Momentum Youth Conference Registration is Open

Momentum Youth Conference Registration is Open

Momentum Youth Conference registration is open! Don’t miss the #bestweekofsummer or the best rate! Register and pay the $75 deposit by March 31st to lock in the best rate for Momentum 2016. Balance due June 15.

Momentum 2016 will be an amazing week with students from around the country! At Cedarville University, July 26-31, Momentum will be a jam packed week of unforgettable sessions, fun afternoon events, opportunities to serve in the community, great seminars, and much more!

Visit buildmomentum.org to find out more and to register.

New Intern Arrives at Urban Hope

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The Norwalk church praying for Sebastian

The Norwalk church praying for Sebastian

Each year, interns are trained and equipped at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia.  One young man, Sebastian Bosi, from the Grace Brethren Church in Norwalk, California, is just starting his nine month internship in Philadelphia this week.  Sent out by his local church, Sebastian was prayed over by the Driven youth group as well as the entire church family before he flew to the east coast on Sunday.  We pray that God works in you and through you in great ways during this next year, Sebastian.  Welcome to the team!

Sebastian enjoying snow

Sebastian enjoying snow

Sebastian introduces himself…
Hello, my name is Sebastian Bosi. I am from Norwalk Grace Brethren in Norwalk, California. I believe that God has called me to intern here at Urban Hope for multiple reasons. One, I believe that Kensington, Philadelphia, is a place where God is working and I would love nothing more than to take part in what God is doing. Second, I will be given the knowledge and skills on how effective ministry is run in order to take it back to my home church in order to help spread the gospel back at home. And lastly, I do believe that this experience is going to ultimately help me become a better representative of Christ. I’m excited to learn how to be more involved in a community as well as learning the best ways to evangelize. I’m just grateful that God has given me this opportunity.

 

Sebastian being prayed for by the Norwalk youth group

Sebastian being prayed for by the Norwalk youth group

50th Anniversary Celebration of CE National

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Hosted by the Community Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach last Sunday evening, the Celebration kicked off the 50th anniversary of CE National.  With the number 50 being such an integral part of the evening, Ed Lewis and Timothy Kurtaneck shared about other numbers of importance:  43 years of Operation Barnabas, over 2000 people at Momentum Youth Conference, 1500 people each year equipped at the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, 70 National Institute students, and more.  Great desserts, a beautiful golden decor, and time with many friends made the evening special.

How did we get to 50?  In 1966, the “Youth Board” and the “Sunday School Board” merged into one entity. With the name eventually changed from the Grace Brethren Church Christian Education to CE National, 2016 now marks 50 years of ministry for this Church Effectiveness organization.  We thank the Lord for His goodness, blessings and favor, and pray for many more years of effective ministry!

Ed Lewis celebrates the 50 years of CE National

Ed Lewis celebrates the 50 years of CE National

Multiple Work Teams Needed at Urban Hope this Spring to Rebuild Porch Roofs

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Urban Hope is seeking several work teams to help in the demolition and construction of five porch roofs on the Urban Hope block. The roofs serve as the front door for many who stay at Urban Hope and as a shelter for the block parties that are hosted throughout the year.

If you have stayed at Urban Hope, you have definitely spent time on the porch so why not consider bringing a work team to help in this much needed project? Urban Hope is looking to schedule groups in March and April to complete renovations on this project. Please email jason@urbanhope.net if you are interested.

Operation Barnabas – Retooled, Revamped, and Reinvigorated

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Operation Barnabas has been retooled, revamped, reinvigorated, and is ready for students to apply for a spot on OB in 2016! From June 20 – July 11, two Operation Barnabas teams will be ministering in Ohio and Pennsylvania after starting with orientation in Winona Lake, Indiana. Team members receive biblical training and practical ministry experience to better prepare them to make a positive impact in our culture by living ON MISSION.

Character development, leadership training, personal discipleship, evangelism training and experience, and serving others are all part of an Operation Barnabas tour. If you know a high school student who loves Jesus, is involved in their local church, and ready to take the next step in their walk with the Lord, then OB is for them! Space on the teams is limited so interested students should apply as soon as possible. You can find out all the details and applications at operationbarnabas.net.

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