News Archives November, 2016


Newsline for Nov. 18, 2016 (November 18, 2016)

NEWS 1) Christ the King Sunday letter calls the denomination to renewed discipleship 2) Leadership Team and CODE leaders express thanks for prayer support 3) Workcamp constructs church for displaced Nigerians 4) Office of Public Witness sponsors congressional briefing on Nigeria 5) EYN president urges churches to be strong in faith with endurance 6) On Earth Peace board holds fall meeting UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Webinars to focus on urban and church planting ministries RESOURCES 8) ‘The Disturbances’ tells of Christians saving lives during 1966 genocide in Nigeria 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Workcamp constructs church for displaced Nigerians (November 18, 2016)

The first of a series of workcamps to rebuild churches has been taking place in Nigeria. The series is connected with the Nigeria Crisis Response, a joint effort of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). At this workcamp, a group of nine Brethren from several different congregations have helped construct a church for displaced Nigerians. Read more »


Upcoming webinars to focus on urban and church planting ministries (November 17, 2016)

The next two webinars offered through the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries are based on the Crucibles Course offered by the Anabaptist Network, UK. The webinars will focus on urban and church planting-based ministries. Read more »


EYN president urges churches to be strong in faith with endurance (November 17, 2016)

Joel S. Billi, president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), is calling on members to be strong with endurance in times of hardship. He said this in a sermon during the granting of church autonomy to the Lumba congregation on Sunday, Nov. 13. This is the sixth granting of church autonomy by the present EYN administration, and is to a church established from EYN’s LCC (Local Church Council) Mararaba church in the DCC [district of] Hildi. Read more »


‘The Disturbances’ tells of Christians saving lives during 1966 genocide in Nigeria  (November 17, 2016)

“The Disturbances” is a new feature-length documentary film telling the story of how Christian missionaries and Nigerian pastors helped intervene in violence in northern Nigeria in 1966, during a time of tribal genocide that preceded the Biafra War. Among missionaries from several denominations, Church of the Brethren mission workers are featured including Roger Ingold, who was Nigeria field secretary at the time. Children of Brethren mission children also were among those interviewed for the film. Read more »


Office of Public Witness sponsors congressional briefing on Nigeria (November 17, 2016)

This past Tuesday the Office of Public Witness along with members of the Nigeria working group and the Congressional African Staff Association hosted a briefing to discuss the food crisis in northeast Nigeria. Over 40 congressional staffers attended, packing the room. Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 17, 2016 (November 17, 2016)

In this issue: Remembrance, personnel and job openings, Canton church okay after gas explosion, SERRV honors retiring staff, the Clergy Tax Seminar 2017, church anniversaries, Brethren receive awards and honors, RNS reports on “spikes in anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic incidents,” United Nations raises alarm about more displacement in Nigeria...and more news by, for, and/or about Brethren. Read more »


Leadership Team and CODE leaders express thanks for prayer support (November 17, 2016)

The Leadership Team of the Church of the Brethren and the executive committee of the Council of District Executives (CODE) met Nov. 1-2 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and have expressed their gratitude for everyone who prayed with them during that time. The combined leadership experienced God’s presence and guidance and has begun to discern what they believe the Lord wants the church to say in response to the task assigned to them by Annual Conference. Read more »


Christ the King Sunday letter calls the denomination to renewed discipleship (November 16, 2016)

A letter has been written to the Church of the Brethren by Annual Conference moderator Carol Scheppard and general secretary David Steele, calling the church and its members to renewed discipleship to Jesus Christ on Christ the King Sunday, Nov. 20. The Sunday between Thanksgiving and the start of Advent is called “Christ the King” or “Reign of Christ” Sunday in the church calendar and invites Christians to be reminded--before a season of waiting--of whom we await. Read more »


Church of the Brethren signs purchase agreement for ‘upper campus’ of Brethren Service Center  (November 14, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren has signed a purchase agreement with Shanghai Yulun Education Group for the “upper campus” of the Brethren Service Center property in New Windsor, Md. The purchaser intends to establish a private school on the property. The agreement is effective today, Nov. 14, 2016, but it is anticipated that a sale will not be finalized until spring 2017. Read more »


On Earth Peace board holds fall meeting (November 14, 2016)

The On Earth Peace board and staff met together on Oct. 6-8 and were hosted by West Charleston Church of the Brethren near Tipp City, Ohio. On Earth Peace board members Carla Gillespie and co-pastor Irv Heishman hosted the meeting with the expectation that a congregation that welcomes diversity in its midst, with Spanish and English speakers, would be a welcoming place for all members of the On Earth Peace board and especially welcoming to persons of color. Read more »


Newsline for Nov. 5, 2016 (November 5, 2016)

NEWS 1) Grants support disaster rebuilding following flooding in Michigan and S. Carolina PERSONNEL 2) Julie M. Hostetter to retire from leadership of the Brethren Academy 3) Introducing the 2017 Young Adult Steering Committee REFLECTION 4) The Challenge of Abundance: Moderator’s reflection for November 2016 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Nov. 5, 2016 (November 5, 2016)

In this issue: Personnel announcements and job openings, BBT insurance services, district conferences, special services of communion and love feast on Election Day. Read more »


Introducing the 2017 Young Adult Steering Committee (November 5, 2016)

The Young Adult Steering Committee met in September to discuss and plan the upcoming 2017 Young Adult Conference. The committee includes: Rudy Amaya (Pasadena, Calif.), Jessie Houff (Hurleyville, N.Y.), Amanda McLearn-Montz (Iowa City, Iowa), Renee Neher (Lombard, Ill.), Kyle Remnant (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Mark Pickens (Harrisburg, Pa.). Read more »


Grants support disaster rebuilding following flooding in Michigan and S. Carolina (November 3, 2016)

Grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund support rebuilding projects in South Carolina and Detroit, as well as disaster relief work in South Sudan. Read more »