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Triple Your Gift Today!

Triple Your Gift Today!

Posted on 02 December 2015 by editor

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In the giving spirit of Christmas, several friends of Grace University are laying down an unusual matching challenge. It is a triple matching opportunity for pledges and gifts received by December 15.

That’s right. These generous donors are tripling donations up to $200,000. In light of some special needs we have in December and the holiday schedule, I ask you to make your gift or pledge by December 15 to cover payroll and bills coming due during the holidays ahead.

These friends observe that one-to-one matching gift challenges in past years have generated a generous response from Grace University friends and alumni. Their prayer (and ours) is that the triple-match will generate an even greater response.

Please join us in pushing this effort over the top so we can turn $200,000 into $600,000. Perhaps the Lord will move so that by December 15 we would realize even a $1,000,000 total of generous gifts to Grace University.

And may He bless you and those you love with a joyous Christmas as well.

David M. Barnes, Ed.D., President
402.449.2809 | dbarnes@graceu.edu

Mel Friesen, Director of Planned Giving
402.490.4795 | mfriesen@graceu.edu

TRIPLE YOUR GIFT NOW!

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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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Homecoming & Alumni Weekend 2015

Homecoming & Alumni Weekend 2015

Posted on 11 September 2015 by editor

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Join us for a fun weekend of seeing old friends, revisiting cherished memories, and seeing how God is continuing to use Grace University for His glory. Enjoy some new activities around town and some great events on campus. Check out the information and get your registration in early! And don’t miss out on the Class Projects on the registration page!

Friday, Oct. 9

1:30 p.m. — Olley the Trolley Historic Omaha Tour*

6:30 – 7 p.m. — Check-in: Burkholder Center lobby

7 – 10 p.m. — Class Receptions

*Reservations must be made in advance

Saturday, Oct. 10

8 – 9:30 a.m. — Continental breakfast: Suckau Chapel

9:30 – 10 a.m. — Campus Tour: Suckau Chapel

10 – 11 a.m. — Alumni Worship Service: Suckau Chapel

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Lunch and Alumni Awards: Cascio’s Steakhouse

Register today!

www.graceu.edu/homecoming

 

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Perspectives in Faith

Perspectives in Faith

Posted on 11 September 2015 by editor

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Bryan Duncan

Join us for a powerful evening of worship and encouragement with Grammy nominee and 4 time Dove award winner Bryan Duncan. Joining Bryan will be special guest/author Rick Dunham, trustee for the Christian Leadership Alliance and principle of internationally recognized Dunham Group. Jeff will challenge us to embrace the freedom found in His plan for our lives. VIP ticket holders will meet both Bryan Duncan and Rick Dunham in a private VIP reception.

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You are invited to our second annual Perspectives in Faith dinner! Last year we raised over $50,000 for scholarships to deserving incoming students and we hope to do more this year.

These scholarships are being used to equip and release men and women who will change lives for eternity.   We are dedicated to ensuring that every person called by God is able to attend Grace University.

 

Join us for the Perspectives in Faith dinner on:

Thursday, October 29

Tip Top Ballroom

6 p.m. VIP Reception

7 p.m. Dinner

 

Tables and tickets are on sale now! Because you are an important part of this event, alumni tickets have been reduced to $75. See you at the dinner! Reserve your seat for this special night and find out more at www.graceu.edu. For more information, please contact me at mseaman@graceu.edu or (402) 449-2800.

See you October!

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Alumni Benefits for You!

Alumni Benefits for You!

Posted on 11 September 2015 by editor

One benefit you get for being alumni is free admission to all home athletic events! It’s great to show your support of the Royals– at home and away. Here’s your chance to show your school spirit. For more detailed schedules, go to www.graceroyals.com:

Men’s Soccer

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September 15, 6 p.m. – University of St. Mary

October 23, 8 p.m. – Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College

October 27, 6 p.m. – Manhattan Christian College

November 6, 8 p.m. – York College

Women’s Soccer

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September 19, 2 p.m. – Midland University

October 1, 6 p.m. – Presentation College

October 8, 6 p.m. – Manhattan Christian College

October 23, 6 p.m. – Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College

November 6, 6 p.m. – York College

Women’s Volleyball

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September 18, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Grace University Invitational

September 24, 7 p.m. – Union College

September 28, 5:30 p.m. – College of St. Mary

October 13, 6 p.m. – Manhattan Christian College

October 17, 1:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. – Grace University Triangular

October 22, 6 p.m. – Doane College

November 3, 7:30 p.m. – York College

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No Separation Between Sacred and Secular – Paul ’09 and Sarah ’10 Osborne

No Separation Between Sacred and Secular – Paul ’09 and Sarah ’10 Osborne

Posted on 11 September 2015 by editor

10943853_1380101132297245_445482845698102952_nWhen Paul Osborne and Sarah Meckle arrived on campus, little did they know that their relationship with Grace University would not end at graduation. From the classroom to the athletic field, God used Grace University to align the majors and ministries of two young people for lifelong impact.

Paul has been a part of Grace University men’s soccer program since 2002 and has transitioned from player to volunteer to assistant coach to joining the staff this year as head coach.

“Coaching soccer for college-age men at a private Christian university allows me to combine my first and third greatest passions in life,” said Paul. “I desire to establish a consistent, nationally competitive men’s soccer program founded upon genuine discipleship, structured discipline and teamwork.”

During his years at Grace, Paul earned a degree in middle school education and was a key part of the soccer team. He started every match during his freshman season and helped Grace win its first-ever NCCAA regional championship and reach its first NCCAA national tournament. Paul served as team captain and during his senior year he received NCCAA All-Region recognition as a goalkeeper, the only season he played in goal for the Royals.

But soccer is not his only memory of Grace. One memory Paul enjoys revisiting is this. Try to imagine Dr. Eckman and Dr. Dahlquist sparring each other in a world wrestling cage match for the Championship Title Belt. Picture Professor Hauge blindsiding Dr. Linder with a folding chair he snatched from the crowd. What began in a friend’s dorm room, by simply creating custom characters on a wrestling video game for fun, ballooned into a multi-hall activity that spanned a few days, complete with guest appearances from the professors themselves to watch who would win in our Grace staff and faculty simulated battle royal. As providence would have it, the ultimate winner was Dr. Eckman. This of course was announced in chapel the following day.

Sarah arrived at Grace from Rugby, North Dakota, with the same belief as Dr. Eckman that snow is a great gift from God! She majored in elementary education and now teaches math at Millard North Middle School in Omaha.

“I came to Grace because I desired a biblically grounded education. I am forever grateful for the biblical worldview that was taught throughout my classes at Grace,” said Sarah. “I grew in my faith and in the application of my faith. I was challenged to not only know what I believe, but know why I believe it—where is it found in God’s Word. I also found many life-long friends who continue to challenge/strengthen me spiritually, pray for me, and spend time with me just having fun.”

While at Grace, Sarah held class offices, played on the women’s volleyball team, and was part of the SBA intramurals committee. She also worked on campus in the cafeteria, as yearbook editor and was a team leader her sophomore year.

“Some of my favorite memories from my time at Grace were times just hanging out with others on the halls, in the cafeteria, and the lounges,” said Sarah. “One of these fun memories, during the first couple months of my freshman year, is of when a group of girls from my hall went out in the rain and jumped in the puddles!”

Outside of Grace, Paul tries to witness to others by first trying to love Sarah the way Christ loves the church. Second, he is involved in a men’s Bible study and is part of the set up crew at their church, CrossPoint Bible Church in Bennington, Neb. Sarah teaches Sunday School and leads AWANA for the 3-4 year olds.

“As Dr. Eckman taught, every part of your life can and should be a ministry—no separation of sacred and secular! With this in mind I view my role as a public school teacher as a ministry. Finding ways to point others toward Jesus through my actions,” said Sarah. “Also, I believe every spouse has an opportunity for marriage to be a ministry—learning to be submissive to my husband’s leadership and how to best encourage him spiritually.”

The Grace University family is thankful for alumni like Paul and Sarah who are living out the mission to be servant leaders in the home, church and world!

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