News Archives August, 2012


Newsline Special: Hurricane Isaac (August 29, 2012)

Brethren Disaster Ministries monitors progress of storm, Children’s Disaster Service prepares volunteers to respond, Haitian and Dominican Brethren send updates Read more »


‘It's messy’: A reflection from the Deacon Ministry (August 22, 2012)

This reflection first appeared in the August issue of the “Deacon Update,” an e-mail newsletter from the denominational Deacon Ministry. For more deacon ministry resources, past copies of the “Deacon Update,” or to subscribe to the newsletter, go to www.brethren.org/deacons/resources.html : "A couple of months ago I took down the robins' nest from behind the wreath on our front porch...." Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 22, 2012 (August 22, 2012)

Stories in this issue of Newsline: 1) Children’s Disaster Services completes Oklahoma response. 2) Southern Plains District dedicates ‘Pop’s House’ at Falfurrias. 3) Planning begins for upcoming junior and senior high youth events. 4) McPherson College to celebrate 125 years. 5) Letter of appreciation from St. Louis Public Schools. 6) ‘It's messy’: A reflection from the Deacon Ministry. 7) Brethren bits: Personnel, Bethany grads, EDF grant, Mission Alive, and much more. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services completes Oklahoma response (August 22, 2012)

Children's Disaster Services has completed a response in Oklahoma, where a total of 11 volunteers cared for children for 9 days after wildfires destroyed numerous homes. The CDS volunteers saw a total of 69 children. Read more »


Letter of appreciation from St. Louis Public Schools (August 22, 2012)

The following letter of appreciation from the St. Louis (Mo.) Public Schools has been shared by the Conference Office. Addressed to past Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey, it thanks the Church of the Brethren for school supplies donated by those who attended the Conference in St. Louis in early July. The letter was signed by the school district’s Volunteer Services Specialist: Read more »


Southern Plains District dedicates ‘Pop’s House’ at Falfurrias (August 22, 2012)

The highlight of the Southern Plains District Conference was dedication of "Pop's House," the cottage in which the founders of the Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) project at Falfurrias, Texas, lived in the early years of that project. Read more »


Planning begins for upcoming junior and senior high youth events (August 22, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren Youth and Young Adult Ministry director Becky Ullom has announced initial planning for National Junior High Sunday this November, as well as next year’s National Junior High Conference and National Youth Sunday, and the next National Youth Conference (NYC) in 2014. Read more »


McPherson College to celebrate 125 years (August 22, 2012)

McPherson (Kan.) College is celebrating 125 years since its founding, and its deep roots in the Church of the Brethren, with a special worship service on Oct. 21. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 22, 2012 (August 22, 2012)

This Brethren bits reports on personnel changes, a job opening in Material Resources, a "re-energized" newsletter from Bethany admissions, Mission Alive workshops, anniversaries and celebrations, along with an upcoming Clarence Jordan Symposium, God's grace despite a lightning strike, and much much more. Read more »


Church leaders express heartache at shootings, call for action on gun violence (August 9, 2012)

Brethren leaders have joined others in the American Christian community in expressing sorrow and calling for prayer following shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this past Sunday. At least seven Sikh worshipers were killed and three others injured. The gunman, who had connections with radical right racist groups, committed suicide after being wounded by police gunfire. Statements have been made by Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger, along with Belita Mitchell who is a Brethren leader in Heeding God’s Call, and Doris Abdullah, the denomination’s representative to the United Nations. Ecumenical partners who are speaking out include the National Council of Churches. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 9, 2012 (August 9, 2012)

This section of Brethren bits remembers Alma Maxine Moyers Long, who was among the youth calling for BVS at the 1948 Conference. Also in this edition: personnel announcements, Camp Swatara seeking a new administrator, a Peace Day update from On Earth Peace, an invitation from moderator Bob Krouse who would like to visit in congregations and districts over the next year, and much much more. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services works in Oklahoma (August 9, 2012)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) on Tuesday, Aug. 7, opened a child care center in Glencoe, Okla., to aid families affected by fires. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 9, 2012 (August 9, 2012)

Newsline stories today: 1) Church leaders express heartache at shootings, call for action on gun violence. 2) Children’s Disaster Services works in Oklahoma. 3) Disaster grants announced for Haiti, Angola, summer storms in US. 4) New Global Mission Advocate Network is begun. 5) Seminary receives $20,000 grant for ministry formation program. 6) Haiti theological training to focus on the church's foundation in Christ. 7) Deacon Ministry announces fall workshops. 8) Brethren Academy releases updated list of courses. 9) ‘My 2¢ Worth’ has a new look, new collection label. 10) Have mercy on us: A prayer response. 11) Peace: A world without borders. 12) Brethren bits: remembrance, personnel, Peace Day, invitation from the moderator, and more. Read more »


Haiti theological training to focus on the church's foundation in Christ (August 9, 2012)

The sixth annual theological training seminar of Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Church of the Brethren in Haiti) will take place Aug. 13-16 and will conclude with a day of church business on Aug. 17. A final worship service will include the licensing of 19 new ministers. Read more »


Have mercy on us: A prayer response (August 9, 2012)

On Sunday morning, Aug. 5, in a small town in Wisconsin six Sikhs worshipers were gunned down in their Gurdwara, place of worship, by a racist who then killed himself. On Sunday afternoon, the Sikh community issued a newsletter calling on the interfaith community to show solidarity with them by holding prayer vigils in our own places of worship. I do not know if my church will hold a prayer vigil. So I will pray my prayer and stand in silent worship in my home. -- Doris Abdullah Read more »


Disaster grants announced for Haiti, Angola, summer storms in US (August 9, 2012)

Several grants have been given recently by the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF). Heading the list is a grant continuing the post-earthquake work of Brethren Disaster Ministries in Haiti. Read more »


New Global Mission Advocate Network is begun (August 9, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren’s Global Mission and Service program has begun a network of congregational- and district-based mission advocates. The purpose of the new Global Mission Advocate Network is to equip districts and congregations to promote and invigorate Brethren mission efforts at the individual, congregational, and district levels. Each district and congregation is being encouraged to name a mission advocate. Read more »


‘My 2¢ Worth’ has a new look, new collection label (August 9, 2012)

A new look and a new label are now available for “My 2¢ Worth,” formerly Two Cents a Meal. My 2¢ Worth is a program of the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF). Read more »


Deacon Ministry announces fall workshops (August 9, 2012)

The Church of the Brethren Deacon Ministry has scheduled five workshops this fall, offering training for deacons in local congregations. Read more »


Brethren Academy releases updated list of courses (August 7, 2012)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership has released an updated list of courses for 2012 and into 2013. Courses are open to Training in Ministry (TRIM) students, pastors (who may earn continuing education units), and all interested persons. Also listed are additional courses offered by the Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center in Pennsylvania. Read more »


Peace: A world without borders (August 7, 2012)

Borders are everywhere. There are borders separating countries/nations, borders drawn between states or municipalities, and even borders that define factory areas or commerce areas within cities. Some say we have to have borders. But what if borders between countries didn’t exist? What if people could travel from one area to another without hostility? The Peace Bell in Hiroshima’s Peace Park in Japan imagines such a world. Read more »