Archive | November, 2015

Peter W. Voran, ’46

Posted on 23 November 2015 by editor

(August 19, 1923 – November 14, 2015)

Peter Willard Voran, third child of Carl and Martha Voran, was born on August 19, 1923, on a farm near Castleton, Kansas. He attended Zion Grade School and graduated from Castleton High School in 1941. Upon his confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ he was baptized in the Mennonite Church in Arlington. In 1946 he attended Grace Bible University in Omaha, Nebraska. for 2 years. Following this, he was pastor of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas, while attending Bethel College in North Newton.

He married Lois Geiger ’49 on August 5, 1949. In 1951, following graduation from Bethel, they went to Japan as missionaries with the Commission on Overseas Missions of the General Conference Mennonite Church. They served 30 years with that work. They served at the First Mennonite Church in Pretty Prairie for 6 years and also had several interim pastorates since their retirement. They have resided at Kidron Bethel Village since July 1991.

Peter passed into the presence of the Lord, November 14, 2015.

Surviving are children Dave (Linda), Leawood, Kans., Debra Graber (Allen), Newton, Kans., Dan (Darryl), Bow, Washington, grandchildren Brandon Voran (Sara), Kansas City Mo., Joshua Graber (Staci), Fayetteville, Ark., Jill Utecht (Adam), Hillsboro, Kans., Mindy Graber (Bryan Ulrey), Denver, Colo., Nichole Voran (Keith Prinkey), Connellsville, Penn., Chelsea Funk, Pittsburgh, Penn., eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophia and Claire Utecht, Emeri and Elijah Graber, Layla Voran, AJ and Natty Prinkey. Also surviving are sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Betty Engle, Pineville, Mo., two brothers-in-law, Wallace Geiger (Wanda) and Mahlon Geiger (Anne) of Pandora, Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Fayrene(Ensz) McNabb, ’65

Fayrene(Ensz) McNabb, ’65

Posted on 23 November 2015 by editor

5646502d18148Fayrene(Ensz) McNabb ’65 passed away November 12, 2015, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 68.  She was born October 8, 1947, at Harrison, Arkansas, the daughter of Rev. Arnold and Elma (Schierling) Ensz.  She held a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and devoted her life to teaching music.  Prior to her retirement she taught in the Maize, Maize South, Derby and Collegiate school districts.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Jonathan Ensz.  She is lovingly survived by her husband, Richard McNabb of Wichita; a son, Richard “Richie” McNabb of Wichita; siblings:  Lorin Ensz (Sandee) of Carthage, Mo.; Joel Ensz (Marcia) of Valley Center; and Mary Wiebe (Brad) of Whitewater; and many nieces, nephews and their families.

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Project:  Community Concert Band – China

Project:  Community Concert Band – China

Posted on 18 November 2015 by editor

GU in China – Support, Pray or Go!

All alumni and friends are invited to join us in providing financial support, prayers or musical talent on the next Community Concert Band’s trip to China. Whether you can join the band, or want to support the trip through prayers and donations, we want you to participate.

During the band’s fourth trip to China, we hope to send a team of 25 musicians to build relationships in three cities and perform a dozen concerts. During the last tour to China, more than 15,000 people attended our concerts.

Each trip has shown God’s hand as we’ve seen blessings and miracles. From the timing of the visas to health issues being resolved to horrible weather conditions stopping just in time for outdoor concerts to unexpected donations arriving to meet unexpected expenses — God has shown his sovereignty. We hope you will be a part of these amazing experiences.

We are in the process of organizing the participants and raising the $70,000 needed for the trip.  To register to attend the trip to donate to what God is doing in China, contact Jeff James, Associate Professor of Music, at 402.449.2853 or jjames@graceu.edu. Or donate at www.graceuniversity.edu/give-to-grace.

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Alumni Project

Alumni Project

Posted on 18 November 2015 by editor

You have an opportunity to give a gift back to the campus to help us extend the love of Christ to our visitors. Your gift will set a great example for future classes and make a difference in the welfare of this campus!

The seating area in front of the Administration Building needs to be refurbished. This area provides the first impression of the campus for guests and potential students and is a place for students to relax and study. The benches are weathered and splintered and need to be removed for safety reasons.

We are asking alumni to donate funds to purchase new benches in honor of their class or other Grace University honoree. The engraved benches are $1,100 each and would be engraved with a class year or other message chosen by the donors. Donations are also needed to fund the removal of the old benches and repair of the concrete. Please consider working with fellow alumni to buy a bench or to give to the general refurbishment of the area.

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We are praying that God puts this on the heart of the people who understand the importance of this project. We are trusting Him for the outcome. All Glory to Him! Please talk to your classmates about what you can give to this project and go to www.graceu.edu/give-to-grace to give!

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Alumni & Homecoming Weekend

Alumni & Homecoming Weekend

Posted on 18 November 2015 by editor

Alumni & Homecoming weekend was a great time of revisiting memories and making new ones. Alumni from across the country returned to campus and were blessed by the time together. Friday evening Dr. Mike Schmidt ’87 gave an informative presentation on “The Changing Face of Missions.”

Saturday morning, alumni enjoyed fellowship, worship and a campus tour. Jacob Heck, SBA Vice President, and Zach Powers, SBA Community Outreach Coordinator, updated alumni on the spiritual growth happening on campus and answered questions about campus life. Dr. David Barnes, President, shared his vision for the university and how God is moving. The weekend closed with an Alumni Awards banquet at Casio’s Restaurant. Honorees were Jessica Applegarth, Emerging Alumni Leader, and Henry Burke, Honorary Alumni. Martha Baerg was awarded the Alumni of the Year Award posthumously for her prayer and financial support throughout her lifetime and for her tremendous planned gift that continued her support of the university following her death.

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Festival of Christmas

Festival of Christmas

Posted on 18 November 2015 by editor

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The Grace University Music Department invites you to the Festival of Christmas Dinner and Concert on Saturday, December 5 at the Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street.

The proceeds from the event, sponsored by KCRO and Grace University Alumni, benefit the Grace University scholarship fund. Music will be performed by the Grace University Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, and instrumental ensembles. Grace University musicians will be joined by special guests the Omaha Christian Academy Choir and the Omaha Academy Choir.

The Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the concert is at 7:30 p.m. The dinner, catered by Hap Abraham, will be served in the beautiful Fountain Court with the concert to follow in the Witherspoon Auditorium. Join us for the and concert for $75 or the concert only for $10. You can make reservations by going to our web site www.graceu.edu/christmas. To reserve a table of 8 for $550, please contact Kathy Walter at  kwalter@graceu.edu or 402-449-2922. We would enjoy having you as our guests for this evening as we celebrate Christ – from the manger to our hearts.

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Perspectives in Faith Dinner a Success

Perspectives in Faith Dinner a Success

Posted on 18 November 2015 by editor

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The Perspectives in Faith scholarship fundraising dinner brought in more than $95,000 for Grace University students Oct. 29 during the event at the Tip Top Ballroom.

The evening featured Dove Award winning Christian singer and songwriter Bryan Duncan.  Honorees of the evening were Bill and Lucille Sapp, who received the Heritage Award for their commitment to Grace University and Christian higher education. Prior to the event, special guests met for a reception and had the opportunity to meet Bryan Duncan.

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Tom and Monica Morrison served as event co-chairmen.  Curt and Linda Hofer facilitated the donor participation. John Knicely, anchor WOWT, was the MC for the evening.

Thanks to all of you who are supporting Grace University!

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Gordon Hofer, ’53

Posted on 11 November 2015 by editor

gordon-hoferGordon Hofer, 80, of Bridgewater, S.D., passed away peacefully into the presence of the Lord on November 5, 2015, with family members at his side.

Gordon was born on June 13, 1935, to Peter J.S. and Adina D. Hofer. He grew up on a farm between

Bridgewater and Freeman, South Dakota.  Gordon said that one of his childhood memories was attending Hutterthal Mennonite Church and Sunday School.  In his teenage years, through revival meetings in his church with Rev. Albert Ewert, Gordon made a decision to accept Jesus as his personal savior.  He was baptized and became a member of Hutterthal Mennonite Church. After grade school, he attended Freeman Academy. 

After graduating from Freeman Academy, he continued school at Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska.  There, he met many friends and a beautiful blonde who later became his wife, Alvina Siebert.  Gordon and Alvina served the Lord during their more than 58 years together.  They are survived by their children Donita (and her husband, Paul Davis), Stewart (and his fiancée, Chantel Cook) and Vince. He is also survived by six grandchildren who keep us busy: Tiffany, Toby, Briana and Elizabeth Davis and Austin and Alex Hofer.

Gordon lived a Christ-centered life.  May his example, in life and in memories, live in our hearts forever.

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