News Archives January, 2013


Kostlevy to direct Brethren Historical Library and Archives (January 30, 2013)

William (Bill) Kostlevy begins March 1 as director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. He comes to the BHLA from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., where he has been professor of History since 2005. Read more »


Founding pastor’s family reflects on 99 years with Arcadia Church (January 29, 2013)

Rachael Bail, daughter of the founding pastor, reflects on her family’s century-long relationship to Arcadia (Fla.) Church of the Brethren as they continue to own the original parsonage and other homes surrounding the church. Now living in Washington, D.C., she is a retired journalist who has worked for the St. Petersburg Times, among other newspapers, and a former editor and US Supreme Court correspondent for Voice of America: Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 24, 2013 (January 24, 2013)

Brethren bits for Jan. 24, 2013, remembers former district executive Marvin Thill, and introduces a new director of institutional advancement at Bridgewater College, job openings in Atlantic Southeast District and BBT, and much, much more news from across the church. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 24, 2013 (January 24, 2013)

The full text of Newsline for January 24, 2013 Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services offers workshops in Georgia, Connecticut (January 24, 2013)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is holding volunteer training workshops in Georgia and Connecticut in February and March, respectively. An article about the recent--and first--CDS workshop in Connecticut is at http://canton-ct.patch.com/articles/group-learns-how-to-help-children-in-the-midst-of-a-crisis . Read more »


Volunteers prepare $100,000 Christmas gift for hurricane victims--and set record (January 24, 2013)

On Dec. 14, 2012, 150 Brethren Disaster Relief Auction (BDRA) volunteers from the Atlantic Northeast and Southern Pennsylvania Districts assembled 1,000 Emergency Clean-up Buckets for victims of Hurricane Sandy at Florin Church of the Brethren in Mt. Joy, Pa.--and they did it in 60 minutes. Read more »


BVS marks milestones of Unit 300, 65th year (January 23, 2013)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) is marked by two key milestones in 2013: the 65th anniversary of the program’s enactment by Annual Conference, and the volunteer Unit 300. Read more »


‘3,000 Miles for Peace’ campaign honors cyclist, raises funds for violence prevention (January 23, 2013)

On Earth Peace has announced a new campaign dedicated to the memory of Paul Ziegler, a Church of the Brethren college student who died in a bicycle-automobile accident in McPherson, Kan., last September. The campaign, “3,000 Miles for Peace,” will raise funds for violence prevention. Read more »


Now is the time: A photo essay from Martin Luther King Day 2013 (January 23, 2013)

Cat Gong provides photos of a Martin Luther King Day food collection hosted at the warehouse at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Youth from across the city of Elgin came together to sort the collection, an estimated 4 tons of donated food. Read more »


Service Sunday is scheduled for February 3 (January 23, 2013)

“Let Your Light Shine” is the theme for the Church of the Brethren’s 2013 Service Sunday. The theme comes from Matthew 5:14-16, which closes, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to God in heaven.” Read more »


Part 2 of ‘Living Biblical Vision’ webinar is Jan. 29 (January 23, 2013)

The second part of a webinar on “Living the Biblical Vision of a Multi-Voiced Church” will be offered Jan. 29 as a collaborative resource from Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries and the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Read more »


Church of the Brethren joins in religious coalition working to end gun violence (January 18, 2013)

The Church of the Brethren has been collaborating with a coalition of over 40 religious groups as a part of Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, alliance of religious groups that bases its work in the belief that, “Gun violence is taking an unacceptable toll on our society, in mass killings and in the constant day-to-day of senseless death. While we continue to pray for the families and friends of those who have perished, we must also support our prayers with action” (www.faithsagainstgunviolence.org ). Read more »


Nigerian Brethren headquarters hosts Girl’s Brigade training (January 11, 2013)

The Girl’s Brigade of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) held a one-week training at the church’s headquarters in Kwarhi in northeastern Nigerian aimed to equip young leaders with responsibilities of nurturing the upcoming girls. The Girl’s Brigade could be likened to the Girl Scouts. Read more »


Applicants sought for Ministry Summer Service, Youth Peace Travel Team (January 10, 2013)

The denomination’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry is seeking applicants for Ministry Summer Service and the 2013 Youth Peace Travel Team. Registration for both of these summer programs closes on Friday, Jan. 11. Read more »


Litany of Commitment: A worship resource on gun violence using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 10, 2013)

This Litany of Commitment includes words of Martin Luther King Jr., from a speech to Clergy and Laity Against the Vietnam War, delivered less than a month before his death. Written by pastor Dolores McCabe and Susan Windle, it was first published in the Heeding God’s Call newsletter before the most recent school shooting at Newtown, Conn. Newsline shares it here as a resource for celebrations of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 10, 2013 (January 10, 2013)

Brethren bits for Jan. 10, 2013, features an ecumenical job opening, Lent devotions from Bethany faculty, new church development webcast to come, and more. Read more »


‘Strengthening Your Small Congregation’ to be held in mid-April at Camp Mack (January 10, 2013)

“Strengthening Your Small Congregation” is the title of a day-long event planned for Saturday, April 13, from 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford, Ind. The gathering will be devoted to encouraging and equipping pastors and lay leaders of small congregations. Keynote leadership will be provided by Margaret Marcuson. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 10, 2013 (January 10, 2013)

1) Special provisions make IRA Charitable Rollover extension more complex. 2) Applicants sought for Ministry Summer Service, Youth Peace Travel Team. 3) Kettering begins as coordinator of Intercultural Ministries. 4) Coordinators are named for National Youth Conference 2014. 5) ‘Strengthening Your Small Congregation’ to be held in mid-April at Camp Mack. 6) Clergy tax seminar is Feb. 11, both online and at seminary campus. 7) Bridgewater College to host conference on substance abuse prevention. 8) At home in beloved community. 9) Litany of Commitment: A worship resource on gun violence using the words of Martin Luther King Jr. 10) Brethren bits. Read more »


IRA Charitable Rollover extension continues in 2013 (January 10, 2013)

The IRA charitable rollover has been extended through the end of 2013. The IRA charitable rollover has proven a popular way for donors to support their favorite causes. It enables donors to make a gift to charity from their IRA and not include the distributed amount in their taxable income. Read more »


Kettering begins as coordinator of Intercultural Ministries (January 9, 2013)

Gimbiya Kettering began Jan. 7 in a part-time position as coordinator of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. Her position is within the staff of Congregational Life Ministries. Read more »


Coordinators are named for National Youth Conference 2014 (January 9, 2013)

Three coordinators have been named for National Youth Conference 2014, to be held July 19-24, 2014, on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo.: Katie Cummings, Tim Heishman, and Sarah Neher. Read more »