News Archives October, 2014


Nigerian Brethren headquarters property overtaken by insurgents (October 29, 2014)

The Nigeria Brethren church headquarters property has been overtaken by Boko Haram extremist insurgents. The news was shared in the early hours of this morning in an e-mail from the staff liaison of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), who wrote: Read more »


Presenters are announced for NOAC 2015 (October 28, 2014)

The major presenters, preachers, and performers at the 2015 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) have been announced. The event on the theme “then Jesus told them a story...” (Matthew 13:34-35, CEV) is planned for Sept. 7-11 at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in western North Carolina. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 28, 2014 (October 28, 2014)

UPCOMING EVENTS: 1) Brethren workcamps schedule for 2015 is released 2) Presenters are announced for NOAC 2015 3) Webinar will explore relationship between farm workers and gardens PERSONNEL: 4) Russell Matteson named district executive for Pacific Southwest District 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Webinar will explore relationship between farm workers and gardens (October 28, 2014)

A webinar on the topic “For We Are Co-Workers in God’s Service” is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. (eastern time) to explore the relationship between farm workers and gardens. Read more »


Russell Matteson named district executive for Pacific Southwest District (October 28, 2014)

Russell L. Matteson has accepted a call to serve Pacific Southwest District as district executive, beginning Jan. 16, 2015. He has 18 years of experience in ministry, currently serving as co-pastor of Modesto (Calif.) Church of the Brethren with his wife, Erin Matteson. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 28, 2014 (October 28, 2014)

In this issue: Remembering Wilbur Mullen, personnel, job openings, letter on Iran, Bethany travel seminar to Germany, Mark Yaconelli event at New Carlisle, 'tis the season for church holiday fairs and bazaars, the last of the 2014 district conferences, and more. Read more »


Brethren workcamps schedule for 2015 is released (October 28, 2014)

The Church of the Brethren Workcamp Office has released the workcamp schedule for 2015, which is now available at www.brethren.org/workcamps . The theme for the year, “Side by Side: Imitating Christ’s Humility” is inspired by Philippians 2:1-8. A brochure will be mailed soon to congregations. For questions, contact the Workcamp Office at cobworkcamps@brethren.org . Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 22, 2014 (October 22, 2014)

Remembrance for Irven Stern, personnel, Shine calls for curriculum writers, On Earth Peace accepting applications for new anti-racism team, October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, change in series of webinars on “Opportunities and Challenges of Post-Christendom,” Ted and Co. to be at Bridgewater, more news from congregations. Read more »


Mission and Ministry Board approves up to $1.5 million for expanded crisis response in Nigeria, authorizes marketing of Brethren Service Center property (October 22, 2014)

At its fall meeting the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board took a number of significant actions, including approval of up to $1.5 million in funding for a greatly expanded response to the crisis in Nigeria; authorizing marketing of the Brethren Service Center property in New Windsor, Md.; and approval of a budget for denominational ministries in 2015. Chair Becky Ball-Miller led the meeting on Oct. 17-20 at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Academic symposium on the book of Job features leading Brethren scholars (October 22, 2014)

An academic symposium on “The Book of Job and Brethren Tradition” will be held at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College on Nov. 5, featuring leading Brethren scholars. The registration deadline is today, Oct. 22. Download a registration form from www.etown.edu/SVMC or contact 717-361-1450 or svmc@etown.edu . Read more »


Mandy Garcia resigns from Church of the Brethren donor communications (October 22, 2014)

Mandy Garcia has resigned as associate director of donor communications for the Church of the Brethren. Her last day in this position will be Nov. 14. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund supports agriculture in Haiti, Burundi (October 22, 2014)

Recent grants to support agriculture in Haiti and Burundi from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) total $40,000. Read more »


Brethren pastors attend first Latino leaders meeting of Christian Churches Together (October 22, 2014)

Please see this report as gratitude for the opportunity to be part of the first Latino meeting organized by Christian Churches Together on Oct. 14-16. I felt humbly privileged by the opportunity to spend time with the directors of Latino Ministry of several denominations, among them: Catholics Pentecostals, American Reformed, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Presbyterian, American Baptist, Disciples of Christ, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and of course the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 22, 2014 (October 22, 2014)

NEWS 1) Mission and Ministry Board approves up to $1.5 million for expanded crisis response in Nigeria, authorizes marketing of Brethren Service Center property 2) ‘Once and Future Mission’ event identifies Anabaptism as resource for post-Christian culture 3) Brethren pastors attend first Latino leaders meeting of Christian Churches Together 4) Global Food Crisis Fund support agriculture in Haiti, Burundi 5) Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 307 begins service PERSONNEL 6) Mandy Garcia resigns from Church of the Brethren donor communications UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Webinar offers faith perspective on Pentagon spending 8) Academic symposium on the book of Job features leading Brethren scholars 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Webinar offers faith perspective on Pentagon spending (October 22, 2014)

Join us for a webinar for a Faith Perspective on Pentagon Spending on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service Unit 307 begins service (October 22, 2014)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 307 has completed its orientation and the volunteers have been placed at their projects. This Fall unit held orientation on Sept. 28-Oct. 17 at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The volunteers, their home congregations or hometowns, and project placements follow: Read more »


‘Once and Future Mission’ event identifies Anabaptism as resource for post-Christian culture (October 21, 2014)

On Sept. 19-20, a group of 400 people gathered in Carlisle, Pa., to ask the question: What does following Jesus look like in North America as it is increasingly clear that we now live in a post-Christian culture? The gathering “Church and Post-Christian Culture: Christian Witness in the Way of Jesus” was one in a series on the over-arching topic, “Once and Future Mission,” hosted by Missio Alliance. Co-sponsors included the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


‘Every single person was just so kind’: BVSers talk about their cross-country bicycle trek (October 14, 2014)

In this Newsline interview, Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers Chelsea Goss and Rebekah Maldonado-Nofziger talk about their cross country bicycling adventure “BVS Coast to Coast.” They started off May 1 from the Atlantic coast of Virginia, and completed the trek Aug. 18 on the Pacific coast of Oregon. On the way they visited church communities and friends and family to promote BVS, and participated in three Church of the Brethren conferences. Their major learning? The kindness and caring of the people they met: Read more »


‘Honor God by Honoring Others’ is theme for Junior High Sunday (October 14, 2014)

Churches of the Brethren are encouraged to celebrate Junior High Sunday on Nov. 2. The theme for the 2014 observance of Junior High Sunday is “Honor God by Honoring Others,” based on Matthew 7:12, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” Read more »


Progressive Brethren Gathering to discuss growth of the ‘not religiously affiliated’ population (October 14, 2014)

“Spiritual but Not Religious: Living Faith in the World Today” is the theme of the 7th annual Progressive Brethren Gathering on Nov 7-9, hosted by Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 14, 2014 (October 14, 2014)

NEWS 1) ‘Every single person was just so kind’: BVSers talk about their cross-country bicycle trek 2) Brethren attend 15th Ordinary Synod of the Church of North India UPCOMING EVENTS 3) ‘Honor God by Honoring Others’ is theme for Junior High Sunday 4) Christian Citizenship Seminar 2015 to focus on immigration 5) Progressive Brethren Gathering to discuss growth of the ‘not religiously affiliated’ population 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren attend 15th Ordinary Synod of the Church of North India (October 14, 2014)

Church of the Brethren leaders general secretary Stan Noffsinger and mission executive Jay Wittmeyer joined the Church of North India (CNI) at its 15th Ordinary Meeting of the Synod. The triennial event was held Oct. 1- 4 at Sherwood College in the hill station community of Nainital, Uttrakhand, and was build around the theme “Come; Let Us Rebuild...” (Nehemiah 2:17). Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 14, 2014 (October 14, 2014)

In this issue: Job openings with BVS and Camp Placid, New Fairview hosts deacon training, Briery Branch restores a house, “Peace and Mental Health,” Fahrney-Keedy’s Autumn Social, CROP events in Bridgewater, blogpost plugs McPherson’s Automotive Restoration Program, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Christian Citizenship Seminar 2015 to focus on immigration (October 14, 2014)

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2). This theme scripture will help guide the Christian Citizenship Seminar for 2015 in a study of US immigration. Read more »


On Earth Peace board meeting helps mark 40 years, celebrates Bob Gross (October 7, 2014)

During the 40th anniversary of the ministry of On Earth Peace, board and staff met for their fall board meeting at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., on Sept. 17-20. Throughout this anniversary year, On Earth Peace is leading a Visions and Dreams of Building Peace campaign, including recorded interviews of hopes for peace for the next 40 years. Read more »


Nigerian and American Brethren continue aid to those displaced by violence, MMB members to engage in advocacy for Nigeria (October 7, 2014)

Efforts continue by Nigerian and American Brethren to aid those displaced by violence in northeastern Nigeria, where news media report continued fighting and EYN members report more attacks in which members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) were abducted or killed. Read more »


Bob Gross announces departure from On Earth Peace (October 7, 2014)

On Earth Peace's development director, Bob Gross, has announced his departure from the staff, effective Dec. 31. Gross has served with On Earth Peace since 1994, when he joined the staff as part-time coordinator of the Ministry of Reconciliation. Read more »


Grants support BDM project site in New Jersey, war recovery in Gaza, Ebola response in Liberia (October 7, 2014)

The Brethren Disaster Ministries staff is directing a total of $54,000 from the Church of the Brethren Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to the disaster rebuilding project at Toms River, N.J., war recovery work by the Shepherd Society in Gaza, and the fight against the spread of Ebola in Liberia. Read more »


Brethren bits for Oct. 7, 2014 (October 7, 2014)

In this issue: Correction, remembering Charles Bieber and Wayne Zook, new staff in Southeastern District, job opening at Pinecrest Community, webinar postponed, new volunteer training for Children’s Disaster Services offered in Florida, Shine wants to hear from teachers, art gallery gives to Global Food Crisis Fund, and much more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Ecumenical study committee shares preliminary work, plans for Annual Conference 2015 (October 7, 2014)

The Annual Conference study committee on an Ecumenical Vision for the 21st Century met Aug. 27-28 in Seattle, Wash. With gorgeous weather and a stunning view of Mt. Rainier, the group was blessed to receive the hospitality of Columbia-Lakewood Community Church in Seattle, which is jointly affiliated with the Church of the Brethren and the United Church of Christ. Read more »


Newsline for Oct. 7, 2014 (October 7, 2014)

1) Grants support BDM project site in New Jersey, war recovery in Gaza, Ebola response in Liberia 2) Nigerian and American Brethren continue aid to those displaced by violence, MMB members to engage in advocacy for Nigeria 3) Ecumenical study committee shares preliminary work, plans for Annual Conference 2015 4) On Earth Peace board meeting helps mark 40 years, celebrates Bob Gross 5) Theme announced for Bethany Seminary Peace Essay Contest 6) Bob Gross announces departure from On Earth Peace 7) Enten Eller resigns position at Bethany Seminary 8) Statelessness and the Least of These: Nationality, identity, and when you have neither 9) Brethren bits Read more »