News Archives March, 2012


Board adopts 2012 budget, discusses financial policies for self-funding ministries (March 22, 2012)

A 2012 budget for the denominational ministries was the top business item at the spring meeting of the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. Chair Ben Barlow led the March 9-12 meeting, at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Also on the agenda were an allocation from the Global Food Crisis Fund, the Ministerial Leadership paper, an appointment to the Brethren Historical Committee, and a number of items presented for conversation including financial policies related to self-funding ministries, the proposed denominational Vision Statement, an emerging effort of Congregational Life Ministries called “Vital Ministry Journey,” and the Ecumenical Call to Just Peace. Read more »


Newsline for March 22, 2012 (March 22, 2012)

Newsline for March 22, 2012, includes the following stories: 1) Board adopts 2012 budget, discusses financial policies for self-funding ministries. 2) New phone system is installed at Church of the Brethren offices. 3) Giving among US and Canadian churches drops $1.2 billion. 4) Boshart to manage Global Food Crisis Fund, Emerging Global Mission Fund. 5) New unit of BVS volunteers begins service. 6) Illinois Central Song and Story Fest will precede Annual Conference. 7) Registration for Mission Alive 2012 opens April 1. 8) From Vietnam: The amazing story of 30 blind students. 9) Brethren bits: Personnel, jobs, Kony 2012, march for Trayvon, Bittersweet tour, much more. Read more »


Registration for Mission Alive 2012 opens April 1 (March 22, 2012)

“Sign up early for your spot at the Church of the Brethren missions conference, Mission Alive 2012!” invites the church’s Global Mission and Service office. Global Mission and Service, Brethren World Mission, and the Brethren Mission Fund are co-sponsoring Mission Alive 2012 on Nov. 16-18 at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 22, 2012 (March 22, 2012)

Brethren bits for March 22, 2012, include a number of personnel announcements and job openings, news of an Action Alert on Kony 2012, a Bridgewater College march for Trayvon, a Spring tour by Bittersweet Gospel Band, and much much more. Read more »


From Vietnam: The amazing story of 30 blind students (March 22, 2012)

This story of a visit to the Warming House, a school for 30 blind students in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is written by Nguyen to Duc Linh. She is personal assistant to Grace Mishler, a program volunteer working in Vietnam through the Church of the Brethren Global Mission and Service. This article is edited with help from Betty Kelsey, a member of Mishler’s Mission Support Team. Read more »


Illinois Central Song and Story Fest will precede Annual Conference (March 22, 2012)

The Song and Story Fest that is held each year around the time of Annual Conference this year will be July 1-7 at Camp Emmanuel near Astoria, Ill. The family camp featuring Brethren musicians and storytellers is titled “Illinois Central Song and Story Fest: All Aboard!” with a railroad theme. Read more »


Release from the Mission and Ministry Board: Executive Session Report (March 21, 2012)

A release provided by the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board, reporting on an executive (closed) session held during the board's Spring meeting. Read more »


New unit of BVS volunteers begins service (March 21, 2012)

The Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Winter Orientation Unit 296 completed training from Jan. 29-Feb. 17 in Gotha, Fla. Following are the volunteers, their congregations or hometowns, and placement sites... Read more »


Boshart to manage Global Food Crisis Fund, Emerging Global Mission Fund (March 21, 2012)

Jeff Boshart started March 15, 2012, as manager of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) and Emerging Global Mission Fund (EGMF). This new position located at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., combines management of the two funds. Read more »


New phone system is installed at Church of the Brethren offices (March 21, 2012)

A new telephone system has been installed for the Church of the Brethren at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The new VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) system is expected to save the church thousands of dollars and is a significant upgrade of telephone service. Installation took place March 12. Read more »


Annual Conference ballot for 2012 is announced (March 7, 2012)

The ballot has been announced for the 2012 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren, to take place in St. Louis, Mo., on July 7-11. The Nominating Committee of the Standing Committee of district delegates developed a slate of candidates, and the Standing Committee then voted to create the ballot that will be presented to the delegate body in July. Read more »


Brethren give grants for tornado outbreak, Syria; CDS begins care for affected children (March 7, 2012)

The tornado outbreak that began on Feb. 28-29 and continued March 2-3 was one of the largest ever recorded in March, according to Brethren Disaster Ministries. The program has requested a preliminary grant from the denomination’s Emergency Disaster Fund in response to a plea from Church World Service (CWS) for funds for affected communities. Another EDF grant has been given to aid those affected by violence in Syria. Also, Children's Disaster Services (CDS) is sending volunteers to Multi Agency Resource Centers in Moscow, Ohio, and Crittenden, Ken., and waiting for confirmation of another location in Missouri. Read more »


Dominican Brethren hold annual assembly (March 7, 2012)

Iglesia de los Hermanos (Church of the Brethren) in the Dominican Republic held its 2012 Asamblea on Feb. 24-26. The annual assembly was “really positive,” said general secretary Stan Noffsinger, who attended along with Global Mission and Service executive Jay Wittmeyer and mission liaison Daniel d’Oleo. Also at the assembly were workcampers from Atlantic Northeast District led by Earl K. Ziegler, a long-time supporter of the DR church. Read more »


Brethren bits for March 7, 2012 (March 7, 2012)

Today's Brethren bits includes job openings with the Church of the Brethren, the NCC, and CPT; a preview of the agenda for the Mission and Ministry Board's spring meeting; online offerings from "Basin and Towel"; registration deadlines for Brethren conferences; lots and lots of college news; and much more. Read more »


Newsline for March 7, 2012 (March 7, 2012)

Newsline stories include:1) Annual Conference ballot for 2012 is announced. 2) Brethren give grant for tornado outbreak, Syria; CDS begins care for affected children. 3) Dominican Brethren hold annual assembly. 4) EYN Ministers’ Council 2012 is praised. 5) Bridgewater College announces change in leadership. 6) Tyler to serve as coordinator of workcamps and volunteer recruitment. 7) Crain hired by McPherson College as new campus minister. 8) Gather ’Round co-sponsors conference on children, youth, and Christianity. 9) Brethren bits: Jobs, MMB meeting, ‘Basin and Towel’ online, registration deadlines, and more. Read more »


Tyler to serve as coordinator of workcamps and volunteer recruitment (March 7, 2012)

Emily Tyler will begin June 27 as coordinator of workcamps and volunteer recruitment for the Church of the Brethren. The job combines oversight and administration of the youth and young adult workcamps with recruitment of volunteers for Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS). Read more »


Gather ’Round co-sponsors conference on children, youth, and Christianity (March 6, 2012)

The Gather ’Round curriculum project is co-sponsoring an innovative conference on “Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity.” The event takes place May 7-10 in Washington, D.C. Read more »


EYN Ministers’ Council 2012 is praised (March 6, 2012)

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN--the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) held its ministers’ annual conference from Feb. 13-17, the first under the leadership of Samuel Dali as president of EYN. The conference is the second in decision making on ministerial issues. The meeting included ordained ministers from the nationwide church and other mission fields outside Nigeria. Read more »


Brethren in the News (March 2, 2012)

The latest online news stories from around the country featuring Church of the Brethren congregations, programs, and people. This listing was updated March 2, 2012. Read more »