The 8th annual Arch National Pastors Fellowship was held in Bradenton, FL, in January. Over 220 pastors, lay leaders, and their spouses attended.

The theme was "Love Applied in a Crisis-Filled World," taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. All were encouraged by the preaching of God's Word, testimonies, times of prayer, and fellowship together. One highlight of the event was a sacred concert performed by 10 student musicians connected to Grace Church of Mentor.

Children who came with their parents were well taken care of by volunteer staff who enjoyed playing games and doing crafts just as much as the kids!

The Fellowship was supported by the staff of Community Baptist and 28 volunteers who made the trip down from Grace. They prepared and served meals, shuttled pastors to and from the airport and hotel (handling many flight delays caused by weather!), and helping in countless other ways as needed.

The people of Grace Church allowed 3 pastors and 6 staff members to travel to Florida and supported the Fellowship with special funds designated for the encouragement and networking of pastors. We are excited to see how God will continue to bless the fruit of these efforts!

Special thanks to Josiah Greenwood for taking pictures during the event.