Saturday Staff Announcements

Today is the last day to shop at the Momentum bookstore—it will be open from 1:00 – 6:00 pm

 

The nursing/first aid will be on-call ONLY following Saturday night’s session.  See the nurses BEFORE the session for home going care issues. Nursing/first aid will be closed for the season at 9:00 am on Sunday.

 

Encouragements for Youth Leaders

Please remind your students to return any borrowed medical equipment to the nurses BEFORE the last session Saturday night.

 

An attitude of gratitude is always appropriate.  As you see campus staff today, thank them for the way they have served us this week.  Encourage students to do this as well.  And thank others who are on the Momentum staff and serve in various roles throughout the week to help things run well for this conference.

 

Let’s finish well! With tonight being the last night in the dorms, please encourage your students to finish well too.  Even though it may be very tempting for them to run around and be noisy since it’s the last night, we still need them to be in their rooms and be quiet—we want those that need to drive home on Sunday to get adequate rest.

 

On behalf of the directors and the Momentum staff, thank you for the way you have worked with your students—we appreciate the way you have taken ownership of your groups and helped maintain a great atmosphere, not only in your dorms but all around campus.

 

Reminders of Check-Out Instructions

Adult Youth Workers & Students

Check-Out is Sunday 6-10 am *this is the preferred check-out time

It is very helpful to the university to make sure all trash in dorms is picked up.  There are dumpsters at each dorm that can be utilized for this purpose.  Also when leaving your room for the last time, it is helpful to the staff here to leave the room door open.

Check-out will be at each dorm and will be staffed by a Cedarville University person (with the exception of Carr at “The Hill”).  Please have each individual turn in their key and meal card together to the university staff member.  Do NOT leave the key or meal card at an unattended desk. You may not turn in keys for the group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  If you will be eating breakfast, please eat first and then return to the dorm to check out.  (Otherwise you will not be able to eat without your meal card.)  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If checking out Saturday following sessionIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  We will designate a time and place (TBD) for you to have your group turn in their keys.  We will contact you with this info.  Please note that you may not turn in keys for the entire group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  Each individual will need to physically hand them in to the University.  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If leaving Sunday before 6amIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  Cedarville will prepare envelopes for each individual in your group to return their card and key.  (We will contact you later to get these envelopes to you.) Please have each main male and female youth leader collect these envelopes and place in their room before departing. Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

Adults in Townhouses, West, Rogers

Standard Check-Out is Sunday, 6 – 10 am

Room Keys and Meal cards (need to be turned in together) are returned to the Cedarville Housing staff, who will be set up in the Stevens Student Center – do not turn in keys during this time to the Momentum office! If eating breakfast here, you will need to do that first before turning in your key & meal card.

For staff/adults leaving any time other than Sunday morning…

Please come to the Momentum office and see either Sherilyn, Jodi, or Judy to turn in your key.  We will need the name of the person, dorm & room number for each individual key.  Please do not bring in a big pile of keys to turn in to the office without the individual names and room numbers attached to each key & meal card.

 

 

Hope to see you at Momentum 2017!

Saturday Staff Announcements

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Saturday Staff Announcements

Today is the last day to shop at the Momentum bookstore—it will be open from 1:00 – 6:00 pm

The nursing/first aid will be on-call ONLY following Saturday night’s session.  See the nurses BEFORE the session for home going care issues. Nursing/first aid will be closed for the season at 9:00 am on Sunday.

Encouragements for Youth Leaders

Please remind your students to return any borrowed medical equipment to the nurses BEFORE the last session Saturday night.

An attitude of gratitude is always appropriate.  As you see campus staff today, thank them for the way they have served us this week.  Encourage students to do this as well.  And thank others who are on the Momentum staff and serve in various roles throughout the week to help things run well for this conference.

Let’s finish well! With tonight being the last night in the dorms, please encourage your students to finish well too.  Even though it may be very tempting for them to run around and be noisy since it’s the last night, we still need them to be in their rooms and be quiet—we want those that need to drive home on Sunday to get adequate rest.

On behalf of the directors and the Momentum staff, thank you for the way you have worked with your students—we appreciate the way you have taken ownership of your groups and helped maintain a great atmosphere, not only in your dorms but all around campus.

Reminders of Check-Out Instructions

Adult Youth Workers & Students

Check-Out is Sunday 6-10 am *this is the preferred check-out time

It is very helpful to the university to make sure all trash in dorms is picked up.  There are dumpsters at each dorm that can be utilized for this purpose.  Also when leaving your room for the last time, it is helpful to the staff here to leave the room door open.

Check-out will be at each dorm and will be staffed by a Cedarville University person (with the exception of Carr at “The Hill”).  Please have each individual turn in their key and meal card together to the university staff member.  Do NOT leave the key or meal card at an unattended desk. You may not turn in keys for the group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  If you will be eating breakfast, please eat first and then return to the dorm to check out.  (Otherwise you will not be able to eat without your meal card.)  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If checking out Saturday following sessionIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  We will designate a time and place (TBD) for you to have your group turn in their keys.  We will contact you with this info.  Please note that you may not turn in keys for the entire group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  Each individual will need to physically hand them in to the University.  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If leaving Sunday before 6amIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  Cedarville will prepare envelopes for each individual in your group to return their card and key.  (We will contact you later to get these envelopes to you.) Please have each main male and female youth leader collect these envelopes and place in their room before departing. Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

Adults in Townhouses, West, Rogers

Standard Check-Out is Sunday, 6 – 10 am

Room Keys and Meal cards (need to be turned in together) are returned to the Cedarville Housing staff, who will be set up in the Stevens Student Center – do not turn in keys during this time to the Momentum office! If eating breakfast here, you will need to do that first before turning in your key & meal card.

For staff/adults leaving any time other than Sunday morning…

Please come to the Momentum office and see either Sherilyn, Jodi, or Judy to turn in your key.  We will need the name of the person, dorm & room number for each individual key.  Please do not bring in a big pile of keys to turn in to the office without the individual names and room numbers attached to each key & meal card.

Hope to see you at Momentum 2017!

Friday Staff Announcements

Check-Out Instructions – Adult Youth Workers & Students

Check-Out is Sunday 6-10 am *this is the preferred check-out time

Please carefully and thoroughly read this procedure which is DIFFERENT than recent years.

Check-out will be at each dorm and will be staffed by a Cedarville University person (with the exception of Carr at “The Hill”).  Please have each individual turn in their key and meal card together to the university staff member.  Do NOT leave the key or meal card at an unattended desk. You may not turn in keys for the group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  If you will be eating breakfast, please eat first and then return to the dorm to check out.  (Otherwise you will not be able to eat without your meal card.)  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If checking out Saturday following sessionIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  We will designate a time and place (TBD) for you to have your group turn in their keys.  We will contact you with this info.  Please note that you may not turn in keys for the entire group and students cannot turn in keys for others.  Each individual will need to physically hand them in to the University.  Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

If leaving Sunday before 6amIf you have not already, you must let Janelle know ASAP. Text (574) 265-5661 with your name and group name.  Cedarville will prepare envelopes for each individual in your group to return their card and key.  (We will contact you later to get these envelopes to you.) Please have each main male and female youth leader collect these envelopes and place in their room before departing. Also, do NOT separate the key and meal card.  These must be turned in together.

Check-Out Instructions- Adults in Townhouses, West, Rogers

Standard Check-Out is Sunday, 6 – 10 am

Room Keys and Meal cards (need to be turned in together) are returned to the Cedarville Housing staff, who will be set up in the Stevens Student Center – do not turn in keys during this time to the Momentum office! If eating breakfast here, you will need to do that first before turning in your key & meal card.

For staff leaving any time other than Sunday morning…

Please come to the Momentum office and see either Sherilyn, Jodi, or Judy to turn in your key.  We will need the name of the person, dorm & room number for each individual key.  Please do not bring in a big pile of keys to turn in to the office without the individual names and room numbers attached to each key & meal card.

Other Encouragements for Youth Leaders

When the time to be in the dorm and the time for dorm quiet hours is announced on stage, it applies to all groups—not every group but yours. (If no time is announced/adjusted after session, the listed time in the daily schedule is the time frame to use)  If you are planning late night refreshments for your group, we are asking that you still follow those guidelines, so please plan accordingly.  Also, no students should be leaving the dorm and going outside after quiet hours, even with an adult.

If you have students and/or adults from your youth ministry or church that are not registered for the conference but are coming for one or more sessions as a guest, a reminder that they must check in as a day guest, get a session ticket, and sit in the section reserved for them at the back of the field house.   This is a liability concern and we need you to exercise integrity when facing these types of issues—thanks!

It would be a good idea to have these important numbers in your phone so you can call directly if you have an issue:             Summer Conferences (dorm keys, maintenance)—937.532.9087;First Aid—301.788.2570

It’s not too late to connect with Esther Pacheco (740.513.6696) or Rick DeBoest (574.265.3767) if you need some encouragement in your role as a youth worker or concerns on handling situations with students.

 

More Thursday Updates…

Each youth group should stick with the published or announced time to be back in the dorm each night—please do not dismiss your group too early—if you get done ahead of time, it is best to walk back together to the dorm and stay in—it is not free time to run around campus.  If any times change from the time listed in the schedule for being back in the dorm due to the length of the evening session, the time change will be announced at the end of the session.

If you or your group don’t have an immediate activity after lunch, you may wish to wait a bit before heading to the cafeteria to avoid the busiest time and the longest lines – lunch is served until 2:00 pm.

There is a meeting today at 6:30 pm for youth leaders and discipleship mentors of the 2016 Operation Barnabas students.  The OB Administrative leaders will be there and would love to connect with you on what happened in your student’s lives on tour this summer. The meeting will be held in the Stevens Student Center, room 245/246

If you as a youth leader would like to talk to anyone regarding any issues or challenges you may be facing, we have two people on our Momentum staff available – Rick DeBoest (574.265.3767) and Esther Pacheco (740.513.6696).

We’d love for all of you to share on your social networks about the opportunity those who aren’t at Momentum have to watch our main sessions via a live stream feed at http://buildmomentum.org/ Let’s let those at home be able to get a taste of what we are experiencing here this week!

 

 

Thursday Momentum Youth Leader Announcements

Announcements for Momentum Adult Youth Leaders – THURSDAY

Modesty and dress concerns can be uncomfortable to address, but as a youth leader, it is appropriate and even necessary that you are the ones who are speaking about this issues with your students..  Please be aware of what your students have on and don’t be afraid to make them change clothes.  Of particular concern is short, tight, or low cut clothing.

Before you come to staff breakfast, it’s a good idea to make sure your students are awake so they don’t oversleep and then be late for the morning power trax.  The red shaded schedule items are required sessions, so let’s make sure that we are encouraging our students to be there.

Each youth group should stick with the published or announced time to be back in the dorm each night—please do not dismiss your group too early—if you get done ahead of time, it is best to walk back together to the dorm and stay in—it is not free time to run around campus.  If any times change from the time listed in the schedule for being back in the dorm due to the length of the evening session, the time change will be announced at the end of the session.

If you or your group don’t have an immediate activity after lunch, you may wish to wait a bit before heading to the cafeteria to avoid the busiest time and the longest lines – lunch is served until 2:00 pm.

There is a meeting today at 6:30 pm for youth leaders and discipleship mentors of the 2016 Operation Barnabas students.  The OB Administrative leaders will be there and would love to connect with you on what happened in your student’s lives on tour this summer. The meeting will be held in the Stevens Student Center, room 245/246

If you as a youth leader would like to talk to anyone regarding any issues or challenges you may be facing, we have two people on our Momentum staff available – Rick DeBoest (574.265.3767) and Esther Pacheco (740.513.6696).

We’d love for all of you to share on your social networks about the opportunity those who aren’t at Momentum have to watch our main sessions via a live stream feed at http://buildmomentum.org/ Let’s let those at home be able to get a taste of what we are experiencing here this week!

 

Staff Announcements for Wednesday, July 27, 2016

First Aid –Location of first aid clinic is Doden Field House, FIT 122, and hours are listed in the Momentum booklet on pg 33.In case of sickness or other medical emergencies during the night, the students should first contact their youth worker.Many of the “not feeling good” issues can be solved by a good night’s sleep and good hydration. MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARE DRINKING WATER, not just soft drinks.Make sure you have the correct phone number for the nurse—it is 301.788.2570

Dorm Maintenance, Locked out of your room? Youth leaders can call the Cedarville Summer Services at 937.532.9087 for any dorm related facility issues.

Guidelines Please be aware of the conference guidelines and expectations – they are listed on pages 33 & 34 of the schedule magazine.

Going Off campus:Students going off campus need to have an adult youth sponsor from their church going with them – even if going across the street to the mini mart.  The students are the responsibility of the adult youth leader.  If a child is going off campus with their parent, they should make sure the adult youth leader is aware and, if anyone other than the child of the parent is also going, the permission of the adult youth leader is needed. Please note—if students are going with an adult that is not a youth sponsor from their church, they must have the permission of the youth pastor or designated lead contact from their church.  Adults should confirm this directly with the other adult.

Youth workers and staff – a reminder that your required orientation session, along with dinner, begins in 15 minutes at the Doden Field House.

Welcome to Momentum 2016

Welcome to Momentum, we’re excited you’ve arrived at the #bestweekofsummer! Opening session is tonight at 7:45. Doors open at 7:15. Get ready for an awesome time with the Jordan Howerton Band and national speaker, Clayton King!

Impact of 5th Grade Students Noticed at Urban Hope

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The group from Grace Church, Akron, Ohio

The group from Grace Church, Akron, Ohio

The Urban Hope Training Center enjoyed two awesome teams of 5th and 6th graders the week of July 11. Grace Church, Norton Campus and Grace Church, Bath Campus, together brought 31 energetic children and adults. They had a busy few days filled with prayer walks, training sessions, ministering to people under Philadelphia’s elevated train (EL), sharing Christ with people of another culture in Mifflin park and more!

Here are a few testimonies:
Hannah Shaffer: I learned that anyone can be reached. Anytime we reach out to people we reflect Christ.
Szilvia Wiksell: I learned to be friendly even if the person is mean to you or doesn’t want to talk.
Raina Greene: The trip reminded me to be bold, ask people their story and ask to pray with them or pray for them.
Lindy Stoner: The trip reignited a passion, focus, and confidence in sharing the hope of Jesus with everyone God brings my way.

During the week, Urban Hope received this email from an individual who came in contact with the group from Grace Church while they were ministering on the streets.

“Today my boyfriend and I were walking along Kensington Ave. and Somerset. We were trying to find a male, any male, that needed a gently used pair of Nike sneakers. That’s when we witnessed the miracle of the Urban Hope children, and their adult chaperons.

“They wore green t-shirts representing their group. They were passing out hygiene kits to those in need. I was beyond blown away seeing such happy children, even some that are out of state, talking, praying, and simply being humane with those of Kensington Ave.

“The children also passed out brown paper bags with chips, PB&J, bottled water, and handwritten notes, reminding that Jesus loves them. That was so heartwarming to me, I started to tear up. My boyfriend joked with the group and even gave a brief description of his faults, and how he wanted to help others.

“I believe that things happen for reasons and by this experience today, we have solid plans on helping those we can, attending an open church this Saturday morning to help/serve others in need, and remain on a gracious path.

“It’s beyond fantastic to see the power of God in those young little ladies today. They, and the chaperons too, are being praised, prayed for and I will always remember them. God bless everyone involved with the Urban Hope ministry.”

Visit urbanhope.net to find out how to bring your group to Urban Hope.

Serving Faithfully in Their Nineties!

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Psalm 104:33 (NLT) I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise my God to my last breath!

Some godly leaders can become overlooked in what they are actively doing.

Lester Kennedy

Lester Kennedy

At 90 years old, Lester Kennedy is still a full-time pastor at the Radford, Virginia, Grace Brethren Church! Lester was a former missionary in the Central African Republic.

 

 

 

 

 

Lester Pifer

Lester Pifer

Lester Pifer still leads a men’s Bible study weekly in Worthington, Ohio. Recently Lester was involved in the 40th anniversary celebration at Wrightsville, Pennsylvania. He also is a former director of Grace Brethren Home Missions.

At 97 Lester still walks regularly and does push-ups!

 

 

 

 

Do you know of others in their 90’s who are still active in serving Jesus? Let us know and send a picture to cenational@cenational.org.

Pastor John Jones and the Grace Brethren Church in Marion, Ohio, Selected for the Roger Ward Award

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Pastor John Jones drives the tractor for the Buckeye Team

Pastor John Jones drives the tractor for the Buckeye Team

Congratulations, thanks, and appreciations are in order to Pastor John Jones and the church family at the Grace Brethren Church in Marion, Ohio.

Pastor John and the entire church family were selected as the 2016 Roger Ward Memorial Award recipients from Operation Barnabas in 2016.

Timothy Kurtaneck, the director of Operation Barnabas explains, “Roger Ward was a giving, caring man from the Grace Brethren Church in Norwalk.  During the summer of 1979, Roger went above and beyond in serving the Southern California OB team as they dealt with numerous transportation issues—at his own personal expense. Shortly after that summer, the Lord took Roger home to be with him.  We never want our OBers to forget Roger, and people like him, who generously give to the students on Operation Barnabas.  Here we are attempting to be ‘sons and daughters of encouragement,’ and we realize that each year there are people who far ‘out-encourage’ us and we want to be able to express our thanks and appreciation.”

David Nicodemus, the Buckeye team administrative leader, shares that the 2016 Ward awardees were selected because “we were so encouraged by the deep care and spiritual preparation for our team that Pastor John and the entire Marion Grace church showed.
Prior to our arrival, they “adopted” each student and committed to praying for us individually by name. Their investment in us was evident the moment we stepped off the bus and began to interact with the members of this church. Pastor John personally blew us all away by having our names and faces memorized, a gesture that spoke volumes for how well we were loved. Often the Roger Ward Memorial Award goes to someone who gave financially to serve an OB team; no price could be put on the ways in which the people of Marion Grace served and encouraged us.”

Thank you, Marion Grace Brethren Church family, for your service to Jesus and for serving these Operation Barnabas students so well.  We are most appreciative and thank you for your kindness!

Thanks for Sponsoring Kingdom Kids Campers!

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Enjoying last year's camp

Enjoying last year’s camp

All 72 Kingdom Kids campers going to Camp Conquest this summer have been supported. Thanks for helping us reach our goal!

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.

God has been working in kids who attended Camp Conquest last year in exciting ways. Many of the kids who made decisions to follow Jesus at Camp Conquest last year were a part of a group called Salt & Light. These kids were able to learn how to share their faith with other people through ministries like puppets, sign language, and plays. The group performed for Christmas, Easter, and most recently, the Spring Block Party.

It is amazing to see the lasting effects that Camp Conquest has on the lives of kids in the Kensington community. Because of their experience at camp, they have come home changed by the power of the Holy Spirit and have been living out their faith in their homes and schools. Urban Hope is so excited to see the lasting effects this year’s camp experience will have in the lives of the campers and staff.

Celebrate 50 Years With CE National

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It was 50 years ago that the Sunday School Board and the Youth Board combined to make a new organization to serve the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.  Now that we are in 2016, this ministry is known as CE National, with the “CE” standing for “Church Effectiveness.”

We are indebted to people like Dr. Harold Etling, who was known as Mr. Sunday School in the Grace Brethren circles.  He loved Sunday School and went from church to church helping local churches reach people through this program.  He had a staff of people in Winona Lake, Indiana, including Bobbi Ridenour who lives in Winona Lake and is still a faithful prayer warrior for CE National!  “Pop” Etling, as he was affectionately called, and his team offered teacher training, curriculum and filmstrips. They even sold velvet curtains to divide up big fellowship halls so that small groups could be started on Sunday mornings. That organization was the National Sunday School office.

Another office in Winona Lake was the National Youth Council. They helped churches to oversee local Brethren Youth Fellowship groups and even ran a national youth camp during the Grace Brethren adult conference at Camp Bethany with things like stunt nights and campfire speakers.  The office also sponsored local church talent competitions. The national youth director was often a speaker at local church youth events and youth rallies. He also helped churches train their local youth group officers. The National Youth Council was overseen by various directors including Ernie Bearinger, Ralph Colburn, David Hocking, and Dan Grabill.

Since both national offices were small they decided to merge in 1966.  The two organizations became the Christian Education Department.  Shortly after the merger, Howard Mayes became the director of this new organization. At that time, I was a youth pastor at Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church while I attended Grace Seminary. I was also a part of a national program in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches called “GROW 73.” This was a huge evangelism training program that traveled to various regions of the country to train pastors and church leaders.

After several years in leadership, Howard Mayes resigned and Knute Larson became the next leader of the CE Department.  He led the organization even while he was the senior pastor of the Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio.

There was a great tie between the local church and what CE was offering. After five years, Knute resigned and the search was on for a new director.   The Board of Directors decided to hire from within; I was the National Youth Director and had served in that role since joining CE in 1973.  I joined CE full time right after graduating from Grace Seminary and loved starting new national youth programs.  Having been at CE for 12 years the board asked if I would agree to lead the organization as Executive Director in 1985. I agreed and have remained in this role since that time–loving what I am doing and feeling that God called me to this ministry.

The name of the organization changed in 1989 from the Grace Brethren Christian Education Department to CE National.

May this National Sunday School Office/National Youth Council/Christian Education Department/CE National/Church Effectiveness ministry always be biblically accurate and culturally relevant and committed totally to Jesus and His Church!

We praise God for the first 50 years and are asking Him to keep using this ministry for many more years to come!  Thank you for your partnership in this ministry through participation, prayer, and financial support!

We will be celebrating these first fifty years at the annual CE National Celebration and Corporation Meeting to be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23rd , at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Canada.  As a corporation member, you are invited to attend and participate in the meeting.

The meeting is part of the Margins conference, the national conference for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches.  You may register for the conference at visionconference.us. Be sure to register for the CE National breakfast.

Thank you again for your support of this ministry that seeks to be a catalyst for all believers to live ON MISSION for Jesus through the means of impacting the rising generation, reaching neglected people, and equipping biblical leadership.  I trust we will see each other in Toronto or at this year’s Momentum Youth Conference.

In His Work,
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Ed Lewis
Executive Director

Home-school Week at Urban Hope – A Ministry Experience for the Whole Family

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The Urban Hope Training Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is hosting its first homeschool conference September 12-16. Bring your entire family to learn how to impact your community for Christ, grow in your love for people, and develop a boldness in sharing the gospel.

The cost is $150 for ages 13 and up. (Ask for pricing for anyone under 13 years of age.)
Price includes lodging, ministry fee, Urban Hope t-shirt, and dinner meals. Email info@urbanhope.net with questions and to register.

Please Pray for Momentum Youth Conference

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Every year we here at CE National are blown away by how God moves in the lives of students and leaders at Momentum Youth Conference. Here are some ways you can be praying with us:

  • Pray that students will come to Momentum open to God’s movement.
  • Pray for the speakers and people leading at Momentum.
  • Pray for the ministry opportunities and the people our students will have conversations with.
  • Pray for good travels to and from Momentum.

Thanks you for praying. It’s only through the work of the Holy Spirit that lives are changed for eternity.

2016 Operation Barnabas Olszewski Award Winners Named

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 Joshua Hastings and Michelle Keyser win the Olszewski award

Joshua Hastings and Michelle Keyser win the Olszewski award

Each summer, the Operation Barnabas teams select recipients of the Walter and Pearl Olszewski Award. This award is given to deserving students who exemplify the godly characteristic of servanthood.

Named after Mr. and Mrs. O, daily volunteers at CE National for many years, the family created a memorial gift to be given to Operation Barnabas students who best exemplify the characteristic of godly servanthood.

CE National is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients are:

Joshua Hastings, son of Warren and Kristin Hastings. Josh attends Polaris Grace in Columbus, Ohio, and will be a junior at Worthington Christian High School.

Michelle Keyser, daughter of Don and Faith Keyser. Michelle is a recent high school graduate and attends the Grace Brethren Church in Waldorf, Maryland.

Timothy Kurtaneck, director of Operation Barnabas and the administrative leader of the 2016 East team says of Josh, “Every time we turned around, Josh was helping someone. He was in line serving food, helping people carry things, and getting conversations started with strangers. If there was work to be done Josh was in the middle of it serving with a wonderful attitude and involving others in the process.”

David Nicodemus, the administrative leader of the Buckeye Team stated, “From day one, Michelle set an example for our entire team by serving. She looked for opportunities without being asked, was always found washing dishes, asking those from the churches we visited how she could help, often found deep in conversation even during our “down” times, and took others from the team along with her to meet the needs that she saw. Even when she was tired, as team leaders we had to make her rest. She exemplified the kind of servant heart and attitude that is contagious.”

In connection with this award, both of these students will receive $50 to be used towards a number of different ministry opportunities.

Congratulations to these two fine young people for your exemplary service to Jesus and others!

Watch a video of TK presenting the awards.