Worship leadership and offerings
Samuel Sarpiya, Moderator
Rosanna Eller McFadden
Worship planning team
Josh Tindall, Music Coordinator
Geneva Price, Choir Director
New Madison, Ohio
Elizabeth Tindall, Piano
John Huber, Organist
Barb, Sayler, Children's Choir Director
2018 Annual Conference Offerings
Wednesday – Nigeria Crisis Fund
Offerings to Nigeria Crisis Response provide relief to our brothers and sisters in northeastern Nigeria. Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) is the church most affected by the ongoing Boko Haram violence and the aftermath of the insurgency. Even as conditions improve in the northeast, many people are still in desperate need of assistance. In the safer areas, 70% of the population have returned to their homes where they face overwhelming challenges in rebuilding their lives. There is an area that is still under the threat of Boko Haram and people cannot go home. These Internally Displaced Persons continue to live with relatives or in camps and relocation villages while others remain refugees in Cameroon and Niger. Everyone’s life is still affected; families, churches and leaders are struggling to make the best of the difficult situation. Nigeria Crisis Response helps to rebuild homes, provides food and medical supplies, helps educate children, provides clean water sources and promotes peaceful living.
Thursday – Church of the Brethren Core Ministries
Your gifts on Thursday are gathered and blessed for the mission of the Church of the Brethren. Through our core ministries the abundance of your generosity supports and expands our efforts in international mission, Brethren Volunteer Service, workcamps, youth and young adult ministries, church planting and evangelism, and leadership formation for vital congregations. Your offerings are part of another way of living, the Jesus way, that witnesses to the world through generosity, prayer, and abundance. This is the transformational work of Jesus, who has called us to partner in God's mission in the world.
Friday – Puerto Rico Disaster Response
On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria cut through Puerto Rico as a devastating category 4 storm, causing extensive damage to the whole island and impacting all the people in the Church of the Brethren's Puerto Rico district. The Brethren response in Puerto Rico will be a unique and much larger scale response than is typical for Brethren Disaster Ministries, while working in partnership with the district. It includes a long-term recovery process for the Brethren families and the communities around the district's seven churches. Offering gifts will help support the planning and implementation of these efforts, the purchasing of building materials and provide the opportunity for volunteers to assist in the construction and/or repair of homes for disaster survivors.
Saturday – Batwa-Pygmy Communities of Central Africa
This offering will benefit the Batwa-Pygmy communities in the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa. Historically, the Batwa were forest dwellers who subsisted by hunting and gathering and making pottery to barter for clothes and agricultural products. Today, the Batwa are being forced out of their homelands because of civil unrest, deforestation, encroaching agriculture and restrictions on hunting. Furthermore, the formation of national parks to protect mountain gorillas has made the Batwa conservation refugees, forcing them to take up residency outside dense forests they have inhabited since the dawn of time. While respecting and preserving Batwa cultural and heritage, Global Mission and Service is seeking ways to assist them in this transition to modern life through education, economic empowerment, agriculture and home construction.
Sunday – Spanish Translation at Annual Conference
Financial resources are needed to provide both written translation of documents for business sessions and for worship services, as well as for the live, verbal translation that takes place in each of our worship and business gatherings. How we provide hospitality and welcome at Conference is important. Your gifts this morning will help to pay the expenses of personnel who provide translation for Hispanic Brethren so we can all reach out in a welcoming way to those whose first language is Spanish.