News Archives January, 2016


Newsline for Jan. 23, 2016 (January 23, 2016)

1) Grant of $50,000 will send aid for Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon 2) Yearbook reports denominational membership in 2014, and other statistics 3) New Church of the Brethren Yearbook is available on CD 4) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 23, 2016 (January 23, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Virginia (Ginny) M. Stockton, Steven M. Nolt named senior scholar at Elizabethtown’s Young Center, Brethren Press and MennoMedia seek a project director for Shine, “early bird” registration discount for National Young Adult Conference ends Jan. 31, prayer sought for delegation to South Sudan, BVS highlights project sites on Facebook, worship resources are available for Service Sunday Feb. 7, and much more news about and for Brethren. Read more »


New Church of the Brethren Yearbook is available on CD (January 23, 2016)

The 2015 Church of the Brethren Yearbook is now available for purchase from Brethren Press. The yearbook is the annual directory of the Church of the Brethren denomination, and is published in pdf format on CD. The 2015 Yearbook may be purchased for $21.50, plus shipping and handling. Read more »


Grant of $50,000 will send aid for Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon (January 23, 2016)

The staff at Brethren Disaster Ministries have directed an allocation of $50,000 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to support the Syrian refugee relief programs of Lebanese Society for Education and Social Development (LSESD). Read more »


Yearbook reports denominational membership in 2014, and other statistics (January 23, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren denominational membership was 114,465 in 2014, according to data from the “2015 Church of the Brethren Yearbook.” Compared to 2009, when denominational membership was 122,810, this represents a decline of 8,345 members over the previous five years. Read more »


Brethren funds distribute $77,958, Brethren Disaster Ministries starts new project in West Virginia (January 15, 2016)

A total of $77,958 has been distributed in recent grants from two funds of the Church of the Brethren, the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and the Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF). The grants provide funding for the completion of a Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding project in New Jersey and the start up of a new rebuilding project in West Virginia, as well as a rabbit project in Haiti and assessment of GFCF-sponsored projects in the Africa Great Lakes region. Read more »


Church of the Brethren among 500 groups signing letter in support of Syrian refugees (January 15, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren, through action of general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger and the Office of Public Witness, has signed on to a letter to the US Senate in support of Syrian refugees. The letter also expresses opposition to a piece of legislation being sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives, the “American Security Against Foreign Enemies” (SAFE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 4038). Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 15, 2016 (January 15, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Marianne Michael, Brethren Woods hires program directors, Southeastern District seek district executive, Lancaster Church holds 30 years of prayer breakfasts, Nominating Committee meets, BVS announces start of Winter Orientation, Latvian Christians provide resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and much more. Read more »


‘Let Us Also Go’ is theme for 2016 Lenten devotional from Brethren Press  (January 15, 2016)

The 2016 Lenten devotional from Brethren Press is written by Chris Bowman and titled, “Let Us Also Go: Devotions for Ash Wednesday Through Easter.” Brethren Press publishes a Lenten and Advent devotional each year, in a pocket-sized format suitable for individual use and for congregations to supply to their members. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 15, 2016 (January 15, 2016)

1) Brethren funds distribute $77,958, Brethren Disaster Ministries starts new project in West Virginia 2) Church of the Brethren among 500 groups signing letter in support of Syrian refugees 3) Manchester University reaches $1.5 million goal for endowed Peace Studies professorship RESOURCES:4) ‘Let Us Also Go’ is theme for 2016 Lenten devotional from Brethren Press 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board announces conclusion of Noffsinger’s service, appointment of interim general secretary (January 12, 2016)

The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has reached agreement with Stanley J. Noffsinger that he will conclude his service as general secretary on Friday, Feb. 12. Read more »


‘Heart of Anabaptism’ webinars continue in 2016 (January 8, 2016)

Four new webinars continue the theme, “The Heart of Anabaptism,” in 2016, announces the Congregational Life Ministies staff. The webinar presenters will explore the core convictions of the Anabaptist Network in the United Kingdom. Read more »


Vietnam blind school holds training with slogan ‘Understanding Eliminates Darkness’ (January 8, 2016)

On Nov. 18, 2015, Thien An Blind School of Ho Chi Minn City, Vietnam, hosted a one-day training for 30 sociology students as a part of Service Learning at the University of Humanities and Social Sciences. Participating in this training day were Grace Mishler, a Church of the Brethren member who serves in Vietnam with Global Mission and Service; her program assistant Nguyen Xuan; and program trainee Nguyen Thi My Huyen. Read more »


CDS volunteers work in Oregon over holidays, deploy to area flooded by Mississippi (January 8, 2016)

Volunteers from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), a program of the Church of the Brethren and its Brethren Disaster Ministries, were deployed to a Red Cross shelter in Oregon City, Ore., after an apartment building was evacuated. The evacuation was carried out because of concerns about landslides in the aftermath of strong storms on the Pacific coast. Read more »


Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar brings together cohort of camp leaders (January 8, 2016)

The first retreat for the SMEAS (Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar) Camp Leaders Cohort took place Nov. 19-21, 2015, at Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry and Retreat Center in Mid-Atlantic District. Participants had completed their annual Outdoor Ministries Association Retreat and stayed onsite for this new continuing education program. Read more »


Registration opens for church planting event in May (January 8, 2016)

Registration is now open for the new church development conference, @HIM #Hope #Imagination #Mission, scheduled for May 19-21 in Richmond, Ind. The conference will feature Efrem Smith and Mandy Smith as keynote speakers, and will be marked by passionate worship, informative workshops, valuable networking, and prayerful support. Read more »


Don Knieriem resigns as database administrator for Church of the Brethren (January 8, 2016)

Don Knieriem has tendered his resignation as database administrator for the Church of the Brethren. His last day of work at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., will be Jan. 20. Read more »


Brethren bits for Jan. 8, 2016 (January 8, 2016)

In this issue: Correction, remembering Makanlal Mangaldas Gameti, updates on district leadership, Brethren Benefit Trust seeks member services representative for Employee Benefits among other job openings including searches for executives in Atlantic Southeast and Missouri/Arkansas Districts, BVS director monitors situation for women conscientious objectors after military opens combat to women, Ministry Summer Service applications are due, registration opens for National Young Adult Conference, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Update is available for Church of the Brethren ‘Manual of Organization and Polity’ (January 8, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren “Manual of Organization and Polity” has been updated to incorporate polity decisions adopted by Annual Conference since the last edition of the manual, and to review and update endnotes to ensure that the manual reflects as much as possible the exact wording of the Annual Conference decisions which established or updated the polity. Go to www.brethren.org/ac/ppg to find the updated files. Read more »


Global Mission and Service worker honored in Vietnam  (January 8, 2016)

On Nov. 8, 2015, Grace Mishler, a Church of the Brethren member and a Global Mission and Service worker in Ho Chi Minh City, was honored for her work with disabled persons by Vietnamese government officials. Selected individuals from the southern region of Vietnam were recognized for their contributions to the disabled community including blind and partially sighted persons, the area of Mishler’s expertise. Read more »


Newsline for Jan. 8, 2016 (January 8, 2016)

1) Preachers are announced for Annual Conference 2016 2) CDS volunteers work in Oregon over holidays, deploy to area flooded by Mississippi 3) Global Mission and Service worker honored in Vietnam 4) Vietnam blind school holds training with slogan ‘Understanding Eliminates Darkness’ 5) WCC leaders express concern over situation on the Korean peninsula 6) Update is available for Church of the Brethren ‘Manual of Organization and Polity’ 7) Sustaining Ministerial Excellence Advanced Seminar brings together cohort of camp leaders 8) Don Knieriem resigns as database administrator for Church of the Brethren 9) Registration opens for church planting event in May 10) Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses 11) ‘Heart of Anabaptism’ webinars continue in 2016 12) Brethren bits Read more »


Preachers are announced for Annual Conference 2016 (January 8, 2016)

The line-up of preachers for the 2016 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren has been announced. The Annual Conference takes place at the Koury Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Greensboro, N.C., on June 29-July 3. Registration opens online on Feb. 17 for both delegates and nondelegates. The Conference theme is “Carry the Light” (John 1:1-5). Read more »


Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses (January 8, 2016)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has announced is upcoming course schedule. Courses are open to students in TRIM (Training in Ministry) and EFSM (Education for Shared Ministry) as well as pastors and all interested persons. Read more »