Back to the Barn, Friday, September 25th
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The Family of God
Friday, September 25th @ 6:30am
We Must Register!

Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 6:30am

The Family of God
Paul's Letter to the Ephesians

Dr. Jeff Stivason is ready to teach again! Christ Church has opened the Barn to us! We must register as we can only accommodate 30 men each Friday. Our doors will open at 6am with the Bible Study starting at 6:30am
We must each do our part to protect others and ourselves. Click for our Commitment Pledge - a list of our responsibilities.
Once you have registered if you cannot make it on Friday please cancel your reservation so we can make space for another man.
We can not offer coffee or any beverages but you can bring your own in your own container.

Jeff will take us back to the beginning of Ephesians, with an overview. Link to our website page for The Family of God study.

Your Leadership Team is getting ready to keep us all safe and protected during this challenging time. To that end we will check your temperature at the door, and request that you wear a mask. If you don't have one, one will be provided for you. We ask that you wear it during the entire Bible Study. 

"May the Lord lead us and give us His wisdom."
Bruce Bickel continues with his Tuesday Bible Study via ZOOM at Noon. You will receive a separate Newsletter which provides details for Bruce's study. Here is a link to our website, the home for the Tuesday Study, Fearing God.

Please contact our host, Sig Tragard (note the phone number below) if you need help loading the Zoom App, or if you need help registering for our Bible Study at the Barn.

Please visit our website, for Bible Study Resources. As your Host I am continued to be amazed as to what God does for us. We will now provide two newsletters per week, one to cover each Bible Study.   Here is a link to our our current series on Ephesians.

Please pray for our Men, their Families and Friends as detailed below in our Prayers. Our Men need to be surrounded in prayer and know that we love them not only through our prayers but also with our service especially in these trying times.

Grace and peace to us all through Christ our Lord and Savior, your host,
Sig Tragard - 412-209-5702

Surrounding our Men with Prayer

Please Pray for our Men, their Families & Friends.
We have a page on our website dedicated to the Prayer Requests for our men, their families and friends. The newest Prayer Requests are listed below. Prayer Updates have a link to the "Prayer Requests" on our website. 

If you would like to request prayers please send us an email with details about your situation, your family or friends who are in need of prayer. Remember that God knows what we need before we ask him.

Prayers and Thanksgivings
Click here to find suggested prayers and thanksgivings from the Book of Common Prayer (a book used by Anglicans in their worship services). This provides us with prayers for many occasions in life and assists us in our prayers to God on behalf of our Brothers and their families.

Prayer Requests
Our Brave Brother, Roger Meyers's father, Bantley, died on Friday, September 18th. Here is the link to his obituary. Let us surround Roger and his family in prayer asking God to bring them comfort and reassurance that their father, a follower of Christ, is now in paradise for ever and ever, amen.

Our Brave Brother, Bob Parker is now at home. Mike Davis updated us saying that Bob has little motion with his arms but if he feels strong he can feed himself. Bob's two son's come every morning to prepare him for the day: get him out of bed, bathed and dressed. Bob is getting through this challenging time by God's grace. Mike indicated that Bob will not walk again. He has a motorized wheel chair and is able to have physical therapy at home. Please pray for Bob and his wife as their life has been turned upside down.

Jim Mills, our Brave Brother has updated us on his father, James. "My father is in hospice care but hanging in there. As he says, 'he is in pretty good shape for the shape he is in.' Appreciate all the prayers. Look forward to seeing you some Friday morning."

Many of us know and have been inspired by Tony Campolo over the years. Now Tony, 85, needs our prayers. On June 20th Tony suffered a stroke that partially paralyzed the left side of his body and face. Click here for the newsletter with details from his son Bart and daughter Lisa. You can send a note of encouragement or card to Tony by email at or to Eastern University, 1300 Eagle Road, St. Davids, PA 19087. Updates on Tony will be posted to his ministry website, May God restore our brothers health. 

Our beloved Brother, founding teacher, and friend, Bruce Bickel had a colonoscopy and it was clear. Then he had his annual Parkinson's review. His doctors indicate they will continue with the same routine and medicine. Bruce sounds strong and although he is not getting around as much as would like he is in good spirits. "The prayers of the brothers continue to be my main source of encouragement. Thank you for your loving loyalty." Thank God Bruce is a fighter. 

Our Brave Brother, Tom Smith sent us the September Newsletter from ITEM (International Theological Educational Ministries) about the faithful people of Croatia and others they are serving around the world. "Thank you for remembering Croatia, for your prayers and financial gifts to help the Protestant Reformed Church in Croatia. Yours in Christ, Tom." Link for the latest newsletter.

Our long time Brother, Jim Fitzgerald has updated us in regards to his wife Betty. She has advanced stages of demesne which requires that Jim care for her and be by her side 24/7. Not much has changed. Jim is still able to write and do research for his work on the end times. He is asking for prayers for wisdom and guidance in writing this novel. It is a challenging and difficult time for Jim to see his dear wife go through this. Let us surround Jim & Betty in prayer.

 Our Brother, Frank Melnyk informed us that Bill Stoltz was back in the hospital. He is scheduled to have stress tests. Bill has been having issues with his heart. Let's surround Bill, his wife and family in love, offering our help and service as well as our prayers.

Our Brave Brother, Kevin Cohn's sister in-law MaryAnn Cohn has been diagnosed with advanced throat cancer and along with other complications she has been placed in an induced coma. The situation is life threatening. Praise; MaryAnn knows and loves the Lord Jesus.

On-Going Prayers
Click on the Brave Man's name for Details 

Many updates this week!



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Our Lending Library

To further our education about the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, we have a Free Lending Library. In the Barn are books, audio CD's, and pamphlets you can borrow, read and study.
Once you're done please return them for others to enjoy.
You can also contribute books to add to our Library. 
Our Library is growing so check out the kitchen counter each week for new titles. Listed below are the current books in our Library, by Title and by Author.

Books Alphabetical by Title

Books Alphabetical by Author

And Many More. Check Out the Kitchen Counter.
Or ask Bob Forney for help.

To Preview
"The Legacy" click here.
This 75 page full color bound book tells the story of the Brave Men. From this link you can also order your own copy of this timeless treasure.



We welcome all men into God's "Embassy of Grace." Our web site, has the audio, lesson plans and transcripts of our weekly teachings both current and past subjects we have studied. God is preparing us as His Ambassadors to go forth with His message of grace and reconciliation as we point men that come across our path to Jesus Christ, our great King. Let us know how we can help you to know more of what you believe and why you believe it. To God alone be the glory.

Sig Tragard 412-209-5702  

The Brave Men meet every Friday morning at
Christ Church@Grove Farm, in the Barn, located at
249 Duff Road, Sewickley, PA 15143.
Duff Road is off of Mt. Nebo Road, which is accessible from Rt. 79 or Camp Horne Road from Rt. 279. Doors open around 6am; the teaching starts at 6:30am.

Click here to learn more about the Brave Men and how to find us at Christ Church.


Rejoicing in a risen Savior,
Serving a living Lord,
Awaiting a coming King!

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

September 27th, 2020 

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer



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God surrounds us with great teachers & great people so we can learn more of what we believe & why we believe it.

Our Barn Yard Hands
Come early and enjoy the hot fellowship and fresh coffee made by 
Frank Melnyk along with his lively jabs at the coffee counter, while Bill McCoy sets up the keyboard and mics.
Michael KulmoskiTom Hansz, Harvey Hinch & Caleb Falbo

provide copies of the lesson plans, directory and our Bickelism Cards

Don Rimbey, Gary Dunbar, Chuck Mathe & Jerry Skolrekovic
our Ushers


Dick Clouser our Treasurer


Bob Forney 
our Librarian

Don Maurer 
as "Blind Faith"
inspires us with his music.

Bruce Bickel, Jeff Stivason & Ted Wood

our main Teachers.  

The transcription service
is provided by 

Don Maurer and Diane & Paul Deffenbaugh 

Check out our web site for past lesson plans, the audio of such and the transcripts of the audio.

The doors open at 6 a.m. and we get going around 6:30 with a wrap up around 7:30. Many stay afterwards to talk about what they are going to do with what they just learned. Feel free to jump in the conversation at any time.

Our prayer is not to ask that God would bless the work we do but that God would allow us to get involved where He is working. So we don't give God instructions, we just report for duty!  The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us. Amen.


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