Register by April 30 to Get the Current Rate for Momentum Youth Conference

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Don’t miss out on a really fun week with these on campus afternoon options at Momentum 2016! The next registration deadline is April 30 to secure the current rate. Momentum 2016 will feature national youth speakers, ministry opportunities, time with your friends and youth group, a week on a college campus, a phenomenal week to grow and be challenged in your relationship with God, and much more!

Register now for Momentum Youth Conference

Outstanding Youth Ministry Student Selected

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Andrea Farren

Andrea Farren

Each year, a student from The National Institute, the youth ministry department at Grace College overseen by CE National, is presented the Outstanding Youth Ministry Award.  Congratulations are in order to Andrea Farren upon her selection for this honor!

The following was read to the student body by Dr. Jeff Gill during the awards chapel at Grace College this past week:  “For two years, this student attended Grace College’s Weber School in Fort Wayne before transferring to our Winona Lake campus.  In the two years since arriving here, she has been directly involved in leading a growth group on campus, served as a teaching assistant in the youth ministry program, helped lead numerous ministry trips to the Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, served on the youth staff of a local church–all the while being a responsible student in the classroom.  This year’s Outstanding Youth Ministry Student is Andrea Farren.”

Andrea is graduating with her Bachelor’s degree in May, will serve another summer as an Operation Barnabas leader, and then be a representative and assistant at the Momentum Youth Conference.  To send congratulations to Andrea on her honor, you may write her at farrenal@grace.edu.

For more information on The National Institute regarding youth ministry, please visit thenationalinstitute.net.

Girl Scouts Express Thanks to CE National for Russell Center Use

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Morgan Ousley, Girl Scout Troup #10068, gives  Timothy Kurtanek, CE National, the Girl Scout Community Award

Morgan Ousley, Girl Scout Troup #10068, gives Timothy Kurtanek, CE National, the Girl Scout Community Award

The Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana recently expressed their thanks to CE National by nominating the organization for a “Girl Scouts Community Award” for allowing their troop to host meetings at CE National’s Russell Center. The plaque was presented by Morgan Ousley, Troop #10068, to Timothy Kurtaneck, director of church relations and youth leadership training. Groups interested in using the Russell Center may contact Bonnie at 574.267.6622 or bonnie@cenational.org

An Incredible Spring Carnival at Urban Hope

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Having fun in the photo booth

Having fun in the photo booth

By Amber Richardson

Last Saturday (April 23) we had an incredible Spring Carnival at Urban Hope!! We faced rain throughout the morning off and on, but prayed a great deal and had a beautiful sunny afternoon. We closed down four blocks next to the church and covered the block with 200 volunteers ready to share Christ in all different ways.

We had eight different visiting groups that joined volunteers from Urban Hope Church:

  • Grace Church of Lititz, Lititz, Pennsylvania
  • Valley Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Maranatha Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Winchester Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Virginia
  • Grace Church, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Echo Valley Grace Brethren Church, Tremont, Pennsylvania
  • D-Trex Dance Team from Liberty University in Virginia
  • A Christian motorcycle gang from Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The block was crowded with over a thousand people from our neighborhood that came out for free food, games, entertainment, carnival games, dance team performances, and an awesome time! Best of all, each person who came to the block party had numerous opportunities to be exposed to God’s Word (want an extra free hot-dog? Let us explain Ephesians 2:8-9 to you and then memorize it!), receive prayer, and connect with people who love God and love them.

It was incredible to hear countless conversations about Christ going on all throughout the day between volunteers and individuals from the neighborhood. Christ was being share–whether it was watching a performance from our Children’s discipleship group, Salt & Light, a testimony of a changed life, a friendly hello while getting cotton candy, or someone asking how they can pray for you while your kids were playing a carnival game.

The Carnival is an event where we see so many people from our community that don’t regularly come to church. It was an awesome day to connect with neighbors and share Christ with them.

The next day for Sunday Celebration Service we saw multiple new faces that were at church for the first time ever! Later in the day for Kingdom Kids there were a lot of new kids that came for the first time. Each person that came to the Carnival will be followed up by their street leaders!

Please continue to pray for the individuals who heard about Christ and His Word. Pray that God will continue to transform lives!

Amber Richardson is on staff at Urban Hope. Among her many other duties, Amber coordinates the large block events.

“Growing in Grace,” the Theme for Three Day Away Events

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Filling bags for homeless people

Filling bags for homeless people

Dr. Randy Smith was the speaker at each of the recent Day Away events and he challenged the groups to keep “Growing In Grace,” as well as being a blessing and an example to those who are behind them.

Randy Maxson led singing at all three locations and shared stories behind the hymns that were sung.

On Wednesday, April 20, the Leamersville Grace Church in Duncansville hosted its first Day Away with 80 people in attendance including several pastors. Lee Seese led the group in interactive games. A musical group called One Heart-One Voice, comprised of Ruth Dunkle, two of her sisters and a brother-in-law, shared two segments of gospel music in quartet numbers, solos, and trios.

On Thursday, April 21, the Mid-Atlantic group met at Blue Heron Events in Greencastle and on Friday the North Atlantic group met at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in Lancaster County. Both of these groups were treated to the musical talents of Diane Susek, recording artist and conference soloist.

At Blue Heron Events and at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Piercing Word, a spoken word production, shared word-for-word from the ESV Bible both the book of James and the book of Jonah. This was a dramatic presentation with only the Scripture as the script.

Both locations on Thursday and Friday also hosted Troy and Shelly Shirley who shared their ministry of Stories in Paint as they showed paintings that Shelly did and shared the stories behind them. Troy played the dulcimer while Shelly shared stories.

At all three locations Ed Lewis, CE National executive director, and emcee for the day, challenged those in attendance to:

  • Keep growing spiritually
  • Remain open and positive
  • Keep serving, especially those who are younger

The day concluded at each location with the filling of homeless packets. These included some personal items, a personal note written by the people filling the bags, and a New Testament with some verses noted or underlined. Ed Lewis took the packets with him to be distributed through the Urban Hope Training Center homeless ministry.

Help Urban Hope’s Kingdom Kids Go To Camp Conquest

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Last year's group at Camp Conquest listens during one of the sessions

Last year’s group at Camp Conquest listens during one of the sessions

Urban Hope is preparing for their seventh annual camp experience for urban children ages 8-12. Urban Hope Community Church is thrilled and blessed to have the opportunity, through a partnership with Camp Conquest, to bring children from the church for an amazing week of camp.

Each year, the staff at Urban Hope looks forward to the times of spiritual growth, outdoor recreation, and strengthened relationships that take place during their week at Camp Conquest.

This week has been simply unforgettable for many kids.  Camp Conquest is an invaluable experience for campers as many of them come from unbelieving, broken homes. Not only do they have lots of fun in nature, but they have the opportunity to be discipled around the clock for a week.  The campers have the chance to leave the distractions and temptations of their neighborhood and be challenged with the truth of God’s Word for five days.  Each day, campers have counselors reading the Bible with them, praying for them, and loving them with the love of Jesus.

Last year, 12 children made first-time decisions to remain connected to Jesus by following Him for the rest of their lives.
22 campers made re-commitment decisions to grow in or share their faith with others. 24 campers earned character awards. The Sunday after we returned from Camp Conquest, 48 campers attended church, many of which were campers with their families.

We are already in the planning stages for Camp Conquest 2016, and we are praying for all 72 campers to experience the love of Jesus and choose to follow Him.

Urban Hope needs your help!

Would your Vacation Bible School, Backyard Bible Club, or other children’s ministry consider collecting an offering that would go directly to  kids who need to know Jesus at Urban Hope? How amazing would it be to see children from your area giving enough money to sponsor a day of camp for the children from the Urban Hope Community?  Any money that is given will go directly to helping a child from Urban Hope learn about the good news of Jesus through their experience at Camp Conquest.  They are all precious in His sight!

What is the financial need?
Camp Conquest generously donates their facilities and specialized staff to Urban Hope for one week each summer.  However, there is still a major cost involved to fund the food, transportation, activity supplies, sleeping bags, backpacks, and Bibles for Kingdom Kids @ Camp Conquest.

How can we sponsor a camper?
You and the children involved in your children’s ministry can change the life of a child from Urban Hope forever by sending them to Camp Conquest.

$14 to sponsor one day of camp for a child
$70 to sponsor one week of camp for a child

Visit urbanhope.net/camp to give.

2015 Camp Conquest Highlight Video:
2015 Camp Conquest Pictures:

Who do we contact with questions?
If you have any questions about any of this information please contact Amber Besson, children’s ministry director at Urban Hope, at amberbesson@urbanhope.net.

Congratulations are in Order for Grace Brethren Investment Foundation!

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CE National would like to offer congratulations to a sister organization who is celebrating a significant milestone.  This year, the Grace Brethren Investment Foundation is celebrating 60 years of ministry!  We thank the Lord for this national organization that assists so many, all while partnering with churches and ministries that impact the kingdom of God.  Congratulations to Mr. Ken Seyfert, the president/CEO of the organization, the GBIF staff, and the board of directors.  May God continue to use you to impact people for Jesus in eternal ways!

You Could Win $2,000 by Attending The Bridge!

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Watch Pastor Keith Minier talk about The Bridge

Watch Pastor Keith Minier talk about The Bridge

Momentum Youth Conference is offering a great opportunity this year called The Bridge. This one-day event is for a church’s senior/lead pastor and youth worker to participate together to gain insightful teaching on furthering their ministry in the next generation. The Bridge is held Thursday, July 28, at Momentum Youth Conference, Cedarville University, July 26-31.

Your registration and the presence of a senior/lead pastor and youth worker from the same church at The Bridge qualifies you to be entered for a $2,000 drawing. $1,000 of the giveaway will go directly to the winner and the other $1,000 will go the winner’s church to be used for student ministry. Visit buildmomentum.org/bridge.html to register.

Awakened to What God Wants Us to be Doing – Bonnie

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 The 2015 group on the steps of the Museum of Art

The 2015 group on the steps of the Museum of Art

Bonnie Blair, receptionist at CE National, had the privilege of attending Awakened last year and shared this story.

This was my first visit to Urban Hope and the trip left an indelible mark on my life.

The Friday evening time of meal and fellowship followed by the start of the weekend was wonderful. I enjoyed praising God together with ladies from other churches alongside the ladies from Urban Hope. Learning about ministry in the city and what it really means to see the unseen and overlooked was very powerful.

We spent time getting to know one another and our local hosts while we put together packets for the homeless and baskets for Saturday night’s spa night for the local neighborhood ladies.

Saturday was amazing. Starting with breakfast together and ending with a time of reflection and prayer on the steps of the Art Museum in downtown, we were challenged throughout the day.
The session speakers, going into the neighborhood around Urban Hope, praying with families while inviting the women to the spa night event, hearing about the outreach to families at Urban Hope over a culturally different lunch, all worked together to open my eyes to people’s needs for the Savior.

During the spa night that evening we had wonderful opportunities to love on the ladies and pray with them. Then we headed downtown for our homeless outreach.

The day ended on the steps of the Art Museum overlooking the downtown area, but seeing the city in a different way–through different eyes. Challenged to go home “awakened” to the unseen people in our home communities. Challenged to find ways to BE every day. Awakened to what God wants us to be doing!

Join women from all over the country, April 29-May 1 for this life changing weekend where you’ll learn about other cultures while staying in a unique urban environment in a Latino neighborhood of Philadelphia. During the weekend you’ll serve women in the areas around the Urban Hope Training Center and Community Church, and minister to the homeless in the heart of one of our nation’s largest and poorest cities. The weekend will culminate with a service project of preparing a special dinner and “spa” time for women from the community. Read more and register…

Now Accepting Entries for Momentum’s Got Talent

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Now Accepting Entries for Momentum's Got Talent
Interested in showing your talent on the Momentum Youth Conference main stage?

CE National is excited to offer Momentum’s Got Talent (MGT) again this year at Momentum Youth Conference.

Students are encouraged to practice their skills such as vocal music, praise band, music videos, short videos, creative writing, instrumental music, and much more. Art pieces can even be brought to Momentum and entered. Students enter MGT by creating and uploading a video of themselves performing whatever they are planning to present or registering online that they are bringing a piece of artwork.

If you are a parent, youth worker, or pastor, we urge you to get your students involved in the process. It is never too early to start having students share what they will do for Momentum’s Got Talent in front of the youth group or the church, at a nursing home or retirement community, or at other places the youth group or church ministers.

One of the great advantages of a student’s involvement in Momentum’s Got Talent is the opportunity to be eligible for scholarships. Colleges give renewable scholarships to winners and often to students who are part of the audition round at Momentum.

In addition, several Momentum’s Got Talent entries will be selected to present their talent in Momentum’s main sessions. Students may end up singing (for example) in front of 2,000+ people!

See more criteria or submit an entry here.

To be a part of Momentum’s Got Talent, you’ll need to register for Momentum Youth Conference.

Save your spot at Momentum now by registering here. The next registration deadline is April 30 to secure the current rate! Momentum 2016 will feature fun afternoon options, ministry opportunities, dorm life experiences, incredible learning opportunities and so much more. Don’t miss it!

Congratulations! Celebrating Milestones for Two of Our Churches

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Congratulations are in order to two churches who are celebrating significant milestones this year:

Community Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach, California, is celebrating their golden anniversary this July. Formed 50 years ago, this church has faithfully served the Lord in their community, their region, and the entire world. Join us in saying congratulations to Pastor Dale Workman and the entire CGBC family. May your next 50 years see God use you in even greater ways as you continue to serve Him!

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Susquehanna Grace Community Church meeting in their facility in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. Congratulations to Pastor Lonnie Skiles and the church family as we rejoice in how God has used this church family to make Jesus known for these many years in that community. May He continue to use you to impact your region and the entire world, to see people come to Christ as savior and be trained up to be mature followers of Jesus!

Who else is celebrating a milestone this year? Let CE National know (churchrelations@cenational.org) so we can add our congratulations!

Summer 2016 OnTrack Devotions Print Edition

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The Spring 2016 OnTrack Devotions book from Pilgrimage Educational Resources is almost done, and the Summer 2016 book is ready to ship. Order now to make sure your new devotional book arrives before its start date on May 1Upgrade to the Annual Subscription to save 30% and add worry-free renewals for a year.

And don’t forget… volume discounts for bulk orders are still applied in the cart as you check out.

Five Keys to Equip Others and Multiply Your Ministry – Tom Julien

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A ministry with the greatest harvest is one where there is reproduction—multiplication of the efforts of the leader in the lives of others. But as a pastor you can be very busy with day-to-day ministry. How can you do one more thing?

Learn how to multiply your efforts by reading this article by Tom Julien. Tom, former missionary, leader, and church statesman, shares five keys to enhance, multiply and encourage you in your ministry!

Find more helpful resources for your ministry on CE National’s ON MISSION Insights webpage.

Introducing Keith Minier – 2016 Momentum Youth Conference Speaker

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2016_apr_7_mo_minierKeith Minier is one of the main session speakers for Momentum Youth Conference 2016.

Keith is the lead pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Pickerington, Ohio. He has served faithfully in this role for ten years and has seen God move in tremendous ways over that time. Grace has grown from a church of 70 to over 3000 during his leadership.

Keith is a passionate and skilled communicator and leader who loves seeing the power of the local church unleashed. Keith has a strong desire to see the next generation of Christ-followers live up to their potential in the local church. Keith is married to Kelly, and they have four children, Kaden (9), Kaiya (6), and twins Kooper and Kamille. They reside just outside of Columbus, Ohio. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball, watching sports, water skiing and fishing at his parents’ lake house.

Don’t miss hearing Keith Minier and other great speakers at Momentum 2016! Save your spot by registering now.

The next registration deadline is April 30 to secure the current rate!

Momentum 2016 will feature fun afternoon options, ministry opportunities, dorm life experiences, incredible learning opportunities and so much more. Don’t miss it!

Leaders for Operation Barnabas 2016 Buckeye Team Announced

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2016_apr_7_ob_buckeyThe following individuals will be leading the Buckeye Team for Operation Barnabas 2016 this summer.

Dave & Carly Nicodemus, Marc Baldwin, Sam Harris, Rachel Janssen, and Stephanie Mejias Read their bios on the Operation Barnabas website.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the director of Operation Barnabas, shares, “I am thrilled to have this quality group of experienced adult leaders on our roster for 2016! I believe they will have significant impact and make an incredible difference in the lives of their team members for the cause of Christ that will go far beyond just this summer. I am confident God is going to use them in big ways.”

Please be in prayer for these adults, as well as the adult leaders of the East Team as they prepare spiritually and work through all of the logistics for their summer tours.

Awakened Was Very Significant for the Ladies From Our Church

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Last year's Awakened group at Urban Hope
Last year's Awakened group at Urban Hope

Last year’s Awakened group at Urban Hope

Community Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw, Indiana, took a group of ladies to Awakened last year. Jan Salsgiver was part of the group that group and shares:

“Awakened weekend was very significant for the ladies from our church in that they were able to see how God could use them in very practical ways to reach others including their own neighbors. Application of what was just taught helped them to see ministry take place immediately in doing the prayer walk, talking to ladies, doing practical acts of love at spa time as well as being bold to ask others what they thought of Jesus. Praying together each night for ladies we met was extra special as hearts were drawn to loving like never before.

“Traveling home became a praise party as each one continued to share how God worked in their lives as well as the friends they made while being at Urban Hope. In fact, we went to Momentum Youth Conference in July to meet the young girls from Urban Hope that we served alongside to encourage them…how fun!!

“We have seen God open our hearts to sharing Jesus intentionally at home as a result of this experience. Anticipation for another opportunity to participate at Awakened started the day we came home last year so we are ready for April 2016.”

Join women from all over the country, April 29-May 1 for this life changing weekend where you’ll learn about other cultures while staying in a unique urban environment in a Latino neighborhood of Philadelphia. During the weekend you’ll serve women in the areas around the Urban Hope Training Center and Community Church, and minister to the homeless in the heart of one of our nation’s largest and poorest cities. The weekend will culminate with a service project of preparing a special dinner and “spa” time for women from the community. Read more and register…

Leaders for Operation Barnabas 2016 East Team Announced

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The following individuals will be leading the East Operation Barnabas team as they tour on the East Coast this summer.

Timothy and Dana Kurtaneck, Tristan Spuller, Taylor Evans, and Andrea Farren. Read their bios on the Operation Barnabas website.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the director of Operation Barnabas and administrative leader for the East Team, said, “I am glad to have this team of adults working with me this summer! They have a great deal of experience in ministry and with students of the next generation. Our team will have many exciting opportunities to serve, including time at the Urban Hope Training Center and participation in the Streetwise student leadership training conference. We would appreciate your prayer for our OB leadership team as we prepare spiritually as well as work through the many logistics that are a part of an Operation Barnabas tour.”

Three Day Away Events This Spring

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CE National respects those who are North of 55 and encourages them to continue in ministry long into their retirement years. The North of 55 ministry exists to initiate and stimulate Bible-centered, mature adult ministries in the local church. CE National endorses local, day-long conferences called Day Away-North of 55.

Theme: Growing in Grace based on 1 John 3:18

Wed. April 20, 2016—West Penn

Leamersville Community Center (behind the church), 14 Brethren Lane, Duncansville, Pennsylvania

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Mid Atlantic

Blue Heron Events, 407 S Washington St, Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Friday, April, 22, 2016, Northern Atlantic

Shady Maple Smörgåsbord, 129 Toddy Rd, East Earl, Pennsylvania

Find out more at cenational.org/dayaway.