Worship leadership and offerings
Tim & Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey
Bible Study Leader
Worship Planning Team
New Madison, Ohio
Greensboro, North Carolina
Children’s Choir Director
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Instrumentalists during Annual Conference 2019
Throughout the week
- Organist — Jonathan Emmons
- Pianist — Lucas Finet
- Acoustic Guitar — David Beiler
- Percussion — Dan Manbeck
- Keyboard — Nicole Walter
(Wed & Fri) Lucas Finet and Rhonda Stutzman
(Fri & Sat) Jan Fischer Bachman
2019 Annual Conference Offerings
Wednesday Evening – Church Re-building in Nigeria with EYN
Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has been hit hard by the violence of the terrorist group Boko Haram. In addition to lives lost and homes fled, the violence has devastated EYN’s church buildings. At least 1,668 churches or church branches have been burned or abandoned, affecting nearly 70% of the EYN properties. The church is the center of community for EYN members, functioning as a safe space for many faith and community activities. It is difficult for a community to fully recover without their local church. A special program is raising funds to help bring life back to destroyed EYN churches. Support given to the Church Rebuilding Fund will be passed on as grants for EYN congregations seeking to rebuild and repair their buildings. EYN general secretary Daniel Mbaya remarked how “the rebuilding grants have ignited our spirits. As a church, we remain grateful to all sisters and brothers of the Church of the Brethren for this kind support.”
Thursday Evening – 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 missions; Brethren Volunteer Service; workcamps; youth and young adult ministries; local missions and evangelism; leadership formation for vital congregations; and our ongoing work with local congregations and districts to plant new and renew existing congregations. Your offerings are part of another way of living, the Jesus way, that witnesses to the world through generosity, prayer, and abundance.
Friday Evening – Children’s Activities Expenses at Annual Conference
Each year it is more challenging to find enough volunteers to staff our children’s age group activities at Annual Conference: Early Childhood Services, Kindergarten-Second grades, and Third-Fifth grades. In some cases, we need to pay transportation to bring volunteers from other districts outside of the host district. Additionally, we are beginning a partnership with Outdoor Ministries Association in which some of our Church of the Brethren camps will send some young adult volunteers to assist our coordinators. However, we will need to provide significant funds in order for that to happen. We want all families to be able to participate in Annual Conference and this offering will help pay expenses for some of the volunteers who care for our children during Annual Conference.
Saturday Evening – Brethren Disaster Ministries’ Response in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and the recovery for residents will continue for years. Working closely together, the PR district and Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM) are providing a comprehensive disaster response program that includes all phases of disaster relief and response. Emergency relief supplies, food and supply distributions and temporary home repairs transitioned to a full-scale home repair and rebuilding program in 2018 and will continue through at least 2019. The district’s recovery committee and BDM leadership work together to help families with the greatest needs to repair or rebuild their home. The offering today will help extend Puerto Rico recovery and reach more people in the communities around the seven COB Churches in Puerto Rico.
Sunday Morning – Office of Ministry’s Calling the Called Workshops
The Office of Ministry is eager to challenge every one of the 24 districts in the denomination to hold an event in the coming year that provides an opportunity for persons discerning a call to the set-apart ministry to gather and explore that call. Imagine if every district held a yearly event with the result of hundreds of persons being newly-called to ministry across the wider church? Funds from this offering will be dedicated toward encouraging and supporting the work of calling through these district events. The hope is that God’s Spirit will anoint women and men of all ages, all cultures, with beautifully varied gifts, at any stage in life to say “yes” to following Jesus into the holy work of ministry in their communities.