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All-Class Reunion and 75th Celebration!

All-Class Reunion and 75th Celebration!

Posted on 29 June 2017 by editor

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Come back to campus October 20-22 and join classmates, professors and staff for a weekend of celebration! This year’s free event will highlight your legacy and we will share the vision for the future.

Activities include:

  • Faculty and staff reception
  • Volleyball games
  • Class reunions
  • Alumni Chapel
  • Chorale/Collegian Concert

For more information and to register, click here!

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How One Grad Gives Back

How One Grad Gives Back

Posted on 29 June 2017 by editor

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Dear Dr. John Holmes,

I recently received a support letter from Grace University and have found myself in a place of limited ability to give financially. Despite that, I do believe our Father still wants me to give. Our stories are not our own and because of that I believe the unique testimony I have is meant to be given back. I pray blessings in your endeavors at a new location. I pray with this new start, your success with be 10-fold of what it was before. For what the Holy Spirit does in the formative years of your students, I believe is changing the world.

Grace University holds a special place in my heart and in my life for several reasons. As a 7th grader in Junior High, I had the opportunity to attend a very dynamic youth group in my hometown—one that I have not seen duplicated since.  During those three to four years that I was there, the youth group saw more attendance and more lives turned to Jesus than any time before or any time after. The sense of fun and community that we had was very attractive. There was a love for Jesus that I had never seen played out in the lives of young people my age.  The freedom and joy that fellow youth and that the pastors lived out was something I wanted for myself, so I gave my life to Jesus during that time.

The pastors that led my hometown youth group were Ty Thomas ’95 and Rick Roh who was involved on the GU campus. My older sister and I could not help but be drawn to this school as the heart of Jesus in us grew and grew. The dorm life at Grace University was a refreshing continuation of our walk with Jesus as we were surrounded by people with the same heart and with the same vision. The friendships that we made during that time are still there 10 years later. Even though my program was a cooperative program, I chose to live at the dormitories because I could find no other deep community as I had found at Grace.

One of my favorite things throughout the day of attending classes was Chapel. Amidst responsibilities of papers and schoolwork, chapel was a refreshing daily realignment of the vision God had in my life. In Chapel we worshipped, we heard from missionaries other speakers, and professors of their hearts for the Lord.

I enjoyed my time in the Bible classes. Ten years later I still have the notes from several of my classes and refer back to them often. Those professors laid a foundation in my life for applying and understanding scripture. It’s something I have a lot of gratitude for as I encounter a world of different kinds of believers, different kinds of worship, and different kinds of faith. Grace University was my firm foundation. There is a sense of security that I have gained from combing through the Old Testament and the New Testament with these wonderful professors. I know that my God is faithful, I know that he God will never leave me, and I know that in good times and in bad times my God has a plan and a purpose for every step. He is the only one that can turn around anything that you are or that you’ve done or been through and turn it to the Good and the Glory of His Name.

Today, 10 years later, I share the love of Jesus with my patients that I care for in the hospital, and my 2 children and husband at home. My husband, Chad Johnson ‘10, who is also a Grace alumnus, and I have a heart for missions and are open to what God has in store for the future. That heart for the nations was planted at Grace U., and the yield, unfathomable.

Tammy (Holm) Johnson ‘07

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New Award Highlights Coach Classen

New Award Highlights Coach Classen

Posted on 29 June 2017 by editor

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Coach Jim Classen, former student ‘61-62, was on hand for Baccalaureate 2017 for the inauguration of the Jim Classen Athletic Ministry Integration Award.

This award honored Coach Classen for his service to Grace University athletics for 34 years as Athletic Director, head coach for men’s basketball, women’s volleyball, and cross country, and instructor in the Physical Education Department. He began his career in athletics as a Christian who happened to coach, and grew into becoming a Christian coach who discipled many and had a tremendous impact on lives during his time at Grace University. Coach Classen and his wife, Dot, were active in many aspects of campus life including leading the Married Student Fellowship for many years.

Coach Classen established Grace athletics on a foundation of Christian ministry, and he recognized athletics as a vehicle where students could grow in godliness, excellence, and sportsmanship. This new award recognizes the Athletic Department’s continued commitment to those values and will honor one graduating student-athlete who exemplifies an integrated lifestyle of ministry through athletics.

The recipient will receive will receive an award, as well as have his/her name listed on a plaque hung in the Athletic Department that denotes each year’s receipient.

The first recipient of the Jim Classen Athletic Ministry Integration Award was given to teacher education major and volleyball player Amber Carlson. Amber was the team captain for 3 years and excelled in the classroom as well. Amber embodies the qualities of godliness, excellence and sportsmanship on the court, in the classroom and in the areas she served.

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Great Summer Reading!

Great Summer Reading!

Posted on 29 June 2017 by editor

RempelResponse_9-5-12UNEXPECTED INVITATIONS: Surprises, adventures, and opportunities in Mennonite ministry

A hallmark of Grace University alumni is that God has a specific call on their lives. Enjoy a great book by that shares the testimony of 1966 graduates Erwin and Angela Rempel as they experience God’s grace as they follow His call. Of special note is the role that Grace University played in their journey.

A note on the back cover is from one of their former pastors and a Grace alumnus, Clarence Rempel ‘71 (not related): “Here am I. Send me!” And did the Rempels get sent—from anywhere in the U.S. to everywhere in the world; from humble, impoverished beginnings near the edges of the Mennonite community to the core of forming a new, missional Mennonite Church USA. Be inspired by God’s providential invitations.

This book shares the stories of their transitions from childhood experiences to moving abroad to coming home again—all while serving faithfully. Enjoy a brief description below:

An unexpected invitation that came by way of Dr. Harold Burkholder during the spring of 1966 has impacted the lives of Erwin and Angela (Albrecht) Rempel ever since, even into their retirement.

unexpected-invitations-1-232x300At what was then Grace Bible Institute, Erwin and Angela were nurtured in their relationship with God, with each other, and with a growing sense of call to overseas mission. They thought the next step after their marriage would be Dallas Seminary and then going to the mission field. However, accepting Dr. Burkholder’s invitation for Erwin to serve as a summer pastoral intern at a church in eastern Pennsylvania in 1966, between their wedding and seminary, resulted in another invitation two years later to return to Pennsylvania to pastor a new church plant. Would that be a detour or part of God’s preparation?

Through 50 years of marriage the Rempels followed God’s call to a pastorate, overseas assignments in Brazil and Botswana, and mission administration. More unexpected invitations came during retirement years, including helping Erwin’s brother, Norman Rempel ‘67, (former GU professor ‘72-88 and board member ’02-04) during most of Norm’s last year and a half of life.

To order a copy, go to www.unexpectedinvitations.com.

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Dr. Dahlquist’s Legacy Continues

Dr. Dahlquist’s Legacy Continues

Posted on 29 June 2017 by editor

IMG_4400Each year, the M. Richard Dahlquist Preaching Award is given in honor of Dr. Dahlquist—a long-time professor in the Christian Ministries department who exemplified biblical teaching, speaking and scholarship. The recipient of this award is selected by the instructor of the advanced preaching course and is given to the student who excels in homiletics, the art of writing and delivering sermons. This year’s recipient was Tory Slippy.

Students are required to preach expository sermons from three biblical genres (wisdom/poetry, narrative, and the Old Testament prophets). The class is dedicated to deepening their understanding and skills in the area of creative and clear sermon outlines (with an emphasis on writing good introductions and conclusions), the proper use of movement and language, and the development of a year-long preaching calendar to become more effective and engaging in their communication of God’s truth.

“During this semester, I had the privilege of teaching Advanced Preaching to eight young men. It was a joy to come alongside these men to encourage and equip them to become more effective preachers of God’s Word,” said Jeff Banks, dean of men. “Tory Slippy demonstrated consistent skill in the clear exposition and engaging communication of God’s Word throughout the semester. Therefore, he is the worthy recipient of this year’s preaching award. Congratulations, Tory!”

Click here to enjoy hearing Tory’s sermon.

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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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