News Archives November, 2015


Brethren staff visit Nigeria, assess crisis response with EYN and mission partners (November 20, 2015)

Global Mission and Service staff have made a trip to Nigeria to meet with Nigerian Brethren leadership and mission partners, and to assess the Nigeria Crisis Response. They attended meetings and visited various sites with Nigerian Brethren leaders. Read more »


Newsline for November 20, 2015 (November 20, 2015)

1) Brethren staff visit Nigeria, assess crisis response with EYN and mission partners 2) NCC issues statement on recent Middle East violence and acts of terrorism 3) Your voice is needed on behalf of refugees: An action alert from the Office of Public Witness 4) Church of the Brethren gardener is honored as a Purpose Prize Fellow 5) Lancaster County church stands with Nigerian terror victim 6) Share the light of Advent through Shine 7) Brethren bits Read more »


Share the light of Advent through Shine (November 19, 2015)

During Advent, children and junior youth will read about God’s promises in Jeremiah 33 and Psalm 25 and will hear the stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna Read more »


Brethren Bits (November 19, 2015)

Request for refugee resettlement stories, prayer request for Haiti Medical Project, job opening, San Diego peace gathering, SERRV meeting, Brethren college news and more Read more »


NCC issues statement on recent Middle East violence and acts of terrorism (November 18, 2015)

"As we approach the celebration of the birth of Christ our hearts are filled with sorrow and fear that peace will remain out of reach in the Middle East for much longer than we could ever have imagined." Read more »


Lancaster County church stands with Nigerian terror victim (November 18, 2015)

Upon reading about a 14 year-old Nigerian girl and member of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN) who lost her leg after being kidnapped by the Boko Haram, Hempfield Church of the Brethren decided to act. Read more »


Church of the Brethren gardener is honored as a Purpose Prize Fellow (November 18, 2015)

For her community garden work, Dawn Blackman Sr. of Champaign (Ill.) Church of the Brethren was among 41 Purpose Prize Fellows selected from more than 600 nominees. Read more »


Brethren are called to prayer in the face of extremist violence (November 14, 2015)

As the world begins to comprehend the magnitude of yesterday’s terror attacks in Paris, Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger is calling the church to prayer for those affected by extremist violence in Paris, and around the world. Read more »


EDF grants go to families in Myanmar and Haitians in the DR, CDS receives UMCOR grant (November 13, 2015)

The staff of Brethren Disaster Ministries have directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to aid families in Myanmar (Burma) who were affected by Cyclone Komen, and to help people of Haitian descent who are living in the Dominican Republic. Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 13, 2015 (November 13, 2015)

In this issue: Mennonites review their “sibling” relationship with the Church of the Brethren, Brethren Historical Committee and the new Vitality and Viability Committee will hold meetings, the Workcamp Ministry seeks assistants for 2017, “12 Baskets and a Goat” premieres at Sunny Slope Farm, last two district conferences of the season are in Virlina and Pacific Southwest, gleanings from the Brethren plans for Advent and Christmas, and more. Read more »


Global Food Crisis Fund gives grant to Haitian Brethren agriculture project (November 13, 2015)

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) of the Church of the Brethren has given a grant of $35,000 to support the agricultural work of Eglise des Freres Haitiens, the Church of the Brethren in Haiti. This grant is in addition to three previous grants to the project. This is the fourth year for the agriculture program, which was planned to last five years as a post-disaster response effort following the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 13, 2015 (November 13, 2015)

1) Global Food Crisis Fund gives grant to Haitian Brethren agriculture project; 2) EDF grants go to families in Myanmar and Haitians in the DR, CDS receives UMCOR grant; 3) Photographer of Beaver Creek; 4) BBT announces Medicare Supplement open enrollment through November; 5) Ventures course at McPherson College will explore congregational ethics; 6) Brethren bits Read more »


BBT announces Medicare Supplement open enrollment through November (November 12, 2015)

If you missed signing up for Medicare Supplement insurance during the six-month enrollment period that immediately follows your Medicare eligibility date, you now have a one-time opportunity to do so. Read more »


Ventures course at McPherson College will explore congregational ethics (November 11, 2015)

The next Ventures course at McPherson (Kan.) College titled “Congregational Ethics: Patterns of Healthy Communities” will be led by Joshua Brockway, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship for the Church of the Brethren and a member of the staff of Congregational Life Ministries. Brockway has provided leadership for a new emphasis on congregational ethics in the Church of the Brethren. This online webinar is offered on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon (central time). Read more »


Presidential Forum at Bethany Seminary explores the intersections of Just Peace (November 6, 2015)

An array of speakers addressed many intersections of Just Peace at the 2015 Presidential Forum at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., on Oct. 29-31. With a focus on “Rejecting Cruelty, Creating Community, Rediscovering Divinity” the event juxtaposed a variety of ways to address and understand the concept of Just Peace. It was the seventh Presidential Forum held by the seminary and the first hosted by Bethany’s president Jeff Carter. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 6, 2015 (November 6, 2015)

1) Presidential Forum at Bethany Seminary explores the intersections of Just Peace. 2) New unit of Brethren Volunteer Service completes orientation. 3) Office of Public Witness issues action alert on refugee crisis. 4) Heifer partners with the Brethren and Ted & Co. for new creative funding initiative. 5) Material Resources program logs a busy October. 6) BBT announces Medicare Supplement open enrollment through November. 7) EYN Disaster Team brings relief for Maiduguri’s displaced. 8) EYN offers seminar on trauma healing for displaced pastors. 9) At UN, anti-nuclear majorities challenge nuclear-dependent minority. 10) Advent Offering supports Church of the Brethren ministries, focuses on the Magnificat. 11) Advent devotional, winter quarter of Guide for Biblical Studies provide seasonal focus on gifts. 12) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 6, 2015 (November 6, 2015)

In this issue: Personnel notes, volunteer positions open with Youth Peace Travel Team and Heifer Farm, experiential learning trip to South Sudan, Congregational Life leader attends ethical evangelism event, BDM leader visits Syria refugee camps, Shoulder to Shoulder campaign issues pledge challenge, Congregational Outreach Forms due soon, and more news from congregations, districts, colleges, and ecumenical partners--plus a sermon award contest. Read more »


Advent devotional, winter quarter of Guide for Biblical Studies provide seasonal focus on gifts (November 5, 2015)

New resources from Brethren Press provide a seasonal focus on gifts, with the 2015 Advent Devotional on the topic “In the Fullness of Time,” written by Anita Hooley Yoder, and the Winter quarter of A Guide for Biblical Studies on the theme “Sacred Gifts and Holy Gatherings,” written by Herb Smith, with the Out of Context feature written by Frank Ramirez. Read more »


New unit of Brethren Volunteer Service completes orientation (November 5, 2015)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 311 has completed orientation, and the volunteers in the unit have begun work at their project sites. Following are the names, congregations or hometowns, and project sites of the new BVS volunteers: Read more »


Material Resources program logs a busy October (November 5, 2015)

“October was just crazy (in a wonderful way),” said an update on the work of the Material Resources program of the Church of the Brethren, provided by office coordinator Terry Goodger. Material Resources processes, warehouses, and ships disaster relief goods and other humanitarian aid on behalf of a number of ecumenical partners, based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Read more »


EYN offers seminar on trauma healing for displaced pastors (November 5, 2015)

A seminar on trauma healing for displaced pastors of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), was offered at Yola from Sept. 7-12. This seminar was organized by the office of the Ministers Council in conjunction with the EYN Disaster Relief Management financed by the Church of the Brethren. It was offered for 100 displaced pastors. Read more »


Advent Offering supports Church of the Brethren ministries, focuses on the Magnificat (November 5, 2015)

The annual Advent Offering for Church of the Brethren ministries is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 13, the third Sunday of Advent. The theme, “Rejoice: The Lord Has Done Great Things,” is inspired by Luke 1:46-49, the opening verses of Mary’s “Magnificat.” Read more »


Heifer partners with the Brethren and Ted & Co. for new creative funding initiative (November 5, 2015)

A new original play by Ted and Co. Theaterworks, titled “12 Baskets and a Goat,” will begin a campaign in partnership with the Church of the Brethren to support Heifer International. The campaign begins in Harrisonburg, Va., on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. when “12 Baskets and a Goat” will be performed at the restored old Sale Barn on Sunny Slope Farm. All proceeds from the production, including an auction of home-made breads, will support Heifer’s work to bring families and communities out of poverty. Read more »