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Homecoming 2017

Homecoming 2017

Posted on 19 April 2017 by editor

homecoming2017cAll former faculty/staff and alumni are invited back to campus for the 75th Anniversary Celebration and All-Class Reunion! Mark your calendars now and plan on being there as we look at what God has done the past 75 years and catch a glimpse of the vision for the next 75.

Bring your Grace Gear, yearbooks and memories as we mark this important milestone. Bring your spouse and children to celebrate with you!

Watch Facebook (graceualumni) and your inbox for more information. If you want help plan the weekend or be involved in organizing your class reunion, contact Chris Pruitt at Chris@graceuniversity.edu or (402) 449-2917.

October 20-22, 2017

  • Friday: Dinner on your own in cafeteria, meet and greet with current and former faculty and employees.
  • Saturday: Alumni Chapel and testimony time, main campus tour, picnic lunch, all-class reunion, Praise & Worship concert led by alumni.
  • Sunday: Chorale/Collegian reunion concert — contact Dr. Greg Zielke if you want to sing at gzielke@graceu.edu or (402) 449-2852.

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Musicians Showcase Talents

Musicians Showcase Talents

Posted on 19 April 2017 by editor

Showcase Tour team 2During the Showcase Tour over Spring Break, instrumentalists and vocalists shared their gifts as they travelled through Iowa to Chicago. This was the first tour of its kind as the primary focus was on solos, rather than groups or ensembles.

“The tour did indeed showcase some of Grace’s top student talent,” said Jeff James, director.

The group performed at five schools with stops in West Des Moines and Chicago suburbs, the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, and on the way back they stopped at Bethel Baptist Church in Newell, Iowa.Brian Dick jamming with a man at Pacific Garden Mission

The team overcame obstacles during the trip and found ways to honor God even when things happened, like a piano not being available at the last minute, but the performers were able to rework the program. It was also an honor for the students to play for alumni who came out to support them.

Mr. James said, “This was a very successful tour. Each student performed well, in front of audiences large and small. It was a good stretching experience for them, as well as a good ministry to the people we encountered. The fellowship and camaraderie was excellent as well. We hope to do a tour like this again soon.”

Alumni from the Newell area were blessed by the group as well. To make sure you get updates on tours, send your email to jjames@graceu.edu.

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Chamber Singers Tour for Germany

Chamber Singers Tour for Germany

Posted on 19 April 2017 by editor

32338278433_ee05d8a44d_o 2Want to hear more about how the Chamber Singers will be serving with local pastors in Germany and the Czech Republic to share the gospel? Students will be singing and sharing at:

  • Covenant Presbyterian Church, May 7, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. — 15002 Blondo, Omaha

The Chamber Singers are preparing for a music and drama ministry in eastern Germany and the Czech Republic. They are collaborating with German pastors of the FeG (Freie Envangelishe Gemeinde) and will minister in Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Prague, and Magdeburg May 26 to June 6, 2017.

They will give programs for church groups, street ministry, mission organizations and schools.

The group is led by Dr. Greg Zielke and Mackenzie Dehmer. To donate, please send a check made out to Grace University with a specific participant’s name on a separate piece of paper. To give to the team, write Chamber Singers on the memo of your check. Send checks to: Grace University, Germany Trip 2017, 1311 S. 9th St., Omaha, NE 68108

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Musical Theatre Camp

Musical Theatre Camp

Posted on 19 April 2017 by editor

IMG_4391 2Send your teen for an exciting week of singing, dancing, and acting June 10-16! Students in grades 7-12 will learn how to maximize their acting, dancing, and singing skills. Workshops include auditioning, stage combat, makeup, set design and construction, and choreography. While living on campus for a week, students will enjoy going to the theater, game night and talent night. The camp will culminate in a final performance for family and friends.

Date: June 10-16

Final Performance: June 16, 3 p.m.

Location: Grace University

Cost: $300/person — includes lodging, meals, and special activities

Camp registration closes May 25, 2017. To register, go to www.graceuniversity.edu/events/musical-theatre-camp/ or contact Mackenzie Dehmer for more information at mdehmer8729@graceu.edu.

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Ancient Art of Bible Telling Revived

Ancient Art of Bible Telling Revived

Posted on 19 April 2017 by editor

20170304_142107 2Grace University students are reviving the ancient art of Bible telling. For thousands of years, the stories of the Bible were passed orally from person to person and GU students heading to Israel have been trained to do just that. During the two-week trip to Israel, students will be completing a semester-long course by immersing themselves in the culture of Israel, visiting biblical sites, and narrating the historical accounts of what happened at each location.

As part of the preparation for the trip, other Grace University students, who are certified Bible tellers, trained a new group of students and members of the community in this dynamic method of telling Bible stories without memorizing words. Those attending the seminar learned tips, techniques, and skills to internalize and tell stories with ease. In addition, they learned how to lead Bible discussions that engage their audience.

While in Israel, students also will do outreaches in Jewish and Palestinian communities and work with a ministry in Jerusalem.

For more information about how you can support the Israel trip or organize a Bible telling training for your ministry, contact Dr. Mike Schmidt at 402-449-2848 or mschmidt1096@graceu.edu, or Dr. Tara Rye at 402-850-5947 or trye6805@graceu.edu.

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Upcoming Events

Posted on 18 April 2017 by editor

Spring Masterworks Concert: “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest
Guest conductor, Dr. Steve Zielke
Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
West Hills Church
3015 S 82nd Ave, Omaha, NE 68124
Tickets available here!
Adult: $8
Student: $5
GU I.D.: Free

Musical Revue: We Will Rock You!
This show will rock your socks off with energetic singing and dancing, featuring the talents of Grace University students as they take you from the birth of rock ‘n roll to present day!
Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m.
Suckau Chapel, 840 Pine St. Omaha.
Admission is $5 for the public. Free with GU I.D.

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Lila Mae Kitch, ’63

Posted on 05 April 2017 by editor

lmk63Lila Mae Kitch ’63, born March 11, 1941, passed away March 30, 2017, at age 76. 

Lila was born in Arnold, Neb., to Manfred and Ildie Blixt. She graduated from Arnold High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grace Bible Institute in 1963. On August 8, 1963, Lila married Sherman Kitch in Arnold. It was love at first sight. Lila worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Russell Stationary. They moved to Amarillo from Borger, Texas, in 2004. Lila was strong to the core. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and was the heart of her family. She was very involved with her church, and was very giving with her time and talents. 

Survivors include her husband, Sherman Kitch of Amarillo; a daughter, Renee Whitaker and husband James of Amarillo; two sons, Randy Kitch and wife Samantha of Kansas City, Mo., and Robbie Kitch of Ft. Worth; one sister, Lydia Blixt of Little Rock, Ark.; five brothers, Larry Blixt and wife Judy, Leroy Blixt and wife Tina, Lennie Blixt and wife Carol all of Chapman, Kansas, Leon Blixt and wife Elaine of Belton, Maryland, and Lyle Blixt and wife Janie of Branson, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

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