News Archives August, 2015


Congregations invited to plan special prayers, events for Peace Day (August 26, 2015)

Peace Day, Sept. 21, is quickly approaching, and On Earth Peace is urging your congregation to participate in building peace in your community by planning special prayers for peace that week, or including peace-focused prayers in Sunday services on Sept. 20. The Church of the Brethren holds the belief that seeking and standing for peace is the duty of followers of Jesus, holding to verses such as Romans 14:19, “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.” Read more »


Covenant Bible Studies shed light on 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude (August 26, 2015)

New Covenant Bible Studies from Brethren Press are tailored for small group Bible studies or for adult Sunday school classes. Most recent titles in the series focus attention on the Old Testament books of 1 and 2 Kings, and the New Testament books of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude. Read more »


Christian leaders urge Congress to vote for diplomatic agreement with Iran (August 26, 2015)

Two Church of the Brethren denominational staff have signed on to a letter from Christian leaders to the US Congress, urging approval of the diplomatic agreement with Iran. General secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger and Office of Public Witness director Nathan Hosler are among some 50 Christian leaders who have signed the letter, according to a release from the National Council of Churches and the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 26, 2015 (August 26, 2015)

1) Called to help rebuild, we became part of a new family 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries notes accomplishments of Hurricane Katrina response 3) Children’s Disaster Services changed the lives of children and families after Katrina 4) On the road to Damascus: When the scales fall from our eyes 5) Christian leaders urge Congress to vote for diplomatic agreement with Iran 6) Prayer is requested for those affected by wildfires in western states 7) Brethren volunteers in Nigeria renew wedding vows after 48 years of marriage 8) Brethren Disaster Ministries restructures, makes personnel changes 9) Brethren Volunteer Service unit begins work at project sites 10) Congregations invited to plan special prayers, events for Peace Day 11) Covenant Bible Studies shed light on 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude 12) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 26, 2015 (August 26, 2015)

In this issue: Annual Conference officers and committees meet, SVMC announces “The Gospel of Mark and 21st Century Ministry,” Brethren are invited to a Day of Confession on Sept. 6 called by the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church, a informational webinar focuses on hunger issue in Congress’ fall agenda, Jonathan Shively to be the main speaker for Virlina District’s “Growing Leaders in New (and Older) Congregations,” several districts are offering special events around their annual district conferences, the FOR celebrates 100 years, and more. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries notes accomplishments of Hurricane Katrina response (August 26, 2015)

The largest and longest domestic response in Brethren Disaster Ministries history ended when the work at its sixth and final Hurricane Katrina recovery project, in St. Bernard Parish, La., was completed in June 2011. During the nearly 6-year response, Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers repaired or rebuilt homes for 531 families in 6 communities along the Gulf Coast, giving an estimated value of $6,776,416.80 in labor (2010 dollar value). Project consultants John and Mary Mueller oversaw this project for more than four years. Read more »


Prayer is requested for those affected by wildfires in western states (August 26, 2015)

Prayers have been requested for those in the state of Washington and other areas of the western United States who are affected by wildfires. Late last week, Pacific Northwest District executive Colleen Michael reported that the community of Tonasket, Wash.--where there are two Church of the Brethren congregations--has been affected by mandatory evacuations. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services changed the lives of children and families after Katrina (August 26, 2015)

Hurricane Katrina changed the lives of children and families. They were profoundly affected throughout the evacuation process, as they moved into new states and communities or returned to rebuild, and as their families created a way forward over the past 10 years. Read more »


Brethren volunteers in Nigeria renew wedding vows after 48 years of marriage (August 26, 2015)

Tom and Janet Crago, Church of the Brethren volunteers in Nigeria, celebrate their 48th year of marriage at the Annex Office of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), located in north central Nigeria where they assist the Brethren who relocated from the church’s headquarters at Kwarhi in Adamawa State. The event took place during the morning devotion of the EYN headquarters staff. Read more »


Called to help rebuild, we became part of a new family (August 26, 2015)

When we watched the news in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina had hit the Gulf Coast, we were pretty sure that Brethren Disaster Ministries would be available to help with the rebuilding. We had no idea that it would mean a major change for us, that it would bring us into an experience that we now consider to be one of the highlights of our lives. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries restructures, makes personnel changes (August 25, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries is restructuring and reshaping its staff and support staff positions to better serve a growing rebuilding ministry and Children’s Disaster Services. Three new positions have been created and filled: office manager for Brethren Disaster Ministries, a salaried staff position; program assistant for Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding program, a support staff position; and program assistant for Children’s Disaster Services, a support staff position. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service unit begins work at project sites (August 25, 2015)

The summer unit of Brethren Volunteer Service, which is the 309th BVS unit, has completed training and the volunteers have been assigned to their project sites. The names, home towns, and project sites of the members of BVS Unit 309 follow: Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 20, 2015 (August 20, 2015)

In this issue: Remembering Harold Mack, Youth Peace Travel Team finishes up its summer, cook needed for Zigler Hospitality Center, Mission Offering resources are available, Nov. 1 is National Jr. High Sunday, National Young Adult Conference is announced for 2016, the Taize Community celebrates 75 years, Mason Cove Church and Bassett Church celebrate their 90th anniversaries, CPT issues a plea for aid for migrants in Greece, and much, much more. Read more »


Nigeria: A land of many possibilities (August 20, 2015)

Traveling back and forth between Nigeria and the United States is one of the great joys my wife and I share in our role as co-directors of the Nigeria Crisis Response. It has been truly amazing to witness the sacrificial giving of our denomination toward the recovery of the church in Nigeria, and assisting the thousands of people who have been displaced by the senseless violence perpetrated by the radical insurgent group, Boko Haram. Read more »


Devotional calls readers to prepare for Advent ‘In the Fullness of Time’ (August 20, 2015)

The 2015 Advent Devotional from Brethren Press, “In the Fullness of Time,” is written by Anita Hooley Yoder. It focuses readers’ attention on the birth of Jesus Christ as a gift from God “when the fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4:4). Read more »


Carolyn Schrock retires from district executive position in Missouri and Arkansas (August 20, 2015)

Carolyn A. Pieratt Schrock has announced her retirement as executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Missouri and Arkansas District, effective Dec. 31. She has served as district executive minister for almost eight years, since Jan. 1, 2008. Read more »


Believers Church Commentaries among new resources available from Brethren Press (August 20, 2015)

Believers Church Bible Commentaries: accessible to lay readers, useful in preaching and pastoral care, helpful for Bible studies and Sunday school, and academically sound. This commentary series offers a unique Anabaptist reading of scripture. For all who seek more fully to understand the original message of scripture and its meaning today, the series is based on the conviction that God is still speaking to all who will listen, and that the Holy Spirit makes the Word a living and authoritative guide. Read more »


Food, aid distributions reach thousands of people in remote districts in Nigeria (August 20, 2015)

The EYN Crisis Management Team of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has been very busy with food distributions. In the last few weeks, your donations have provided food for more than 988 families (about 6,000 individuals). Food was distributed to three remote districts that had never received help because they were still in dangerous and unsafe areas. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services offers additional training workshops (August 20, 2015)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is offering three additional volunteer training workshops this fall and winter. CDS is a ministry of the Church of the Brethren and part of Brethren Disaster Ministries. For online registration and a list of previously announced trainings go to www.brethren.org/cds/training/dates.html . Read more »


Dates are announced for next year’s church planting conference (August 20, 2015)

Save the dates for the next church planting event offered by the Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren. The event is planned for May 19-21, 2016, in Richmond, Ind., hosted in part at Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


Creators of new Church of the Brethren ministers’ manual seek submissions (August 20, 2015)

Creation of a new ministers’ manual for the Church of the Brethren is underway, and the planning committee is seeking submissions for the manual. “For All Who Minister,” the current manual, was published in 1993, and much has happened to the ways in which we understand and participate in ministry since that time. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 20, 2015 (August 20, 2015)

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries begins new partnership for ‘Disaster Recovery Support Initiative’ 2) Food, aid distributions reach thousands of people in remote districts in Nigeria 3) Carolyn Schrock retires from district executive position in Missouri and Arkansas 4) Children’s Disaster Services offers additional training workshops 5) Dates are announced for next year’s church planting conference 6) Creators of new Church of the Brethren ministers’ manual seek submissions 7) Devotional calls readers to prepare for Advent ‘In the Fullness of Time’ 8) Believers Church Commentaries among new resources available from Brethren Press 9) Nigeria: A land of many possibilities 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries begins new partnership for ‘Disaster Recovery Support Initiative’ (August 20, 2015)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has begun a new partnership for a Disaster Recovery Support Initiative, joining in with disaster programs of other Christian denominations. The ministry has requested an allocation of $5,000 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to help fund this pilot program to more quickly and effectively support the formation of Long Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) in communities affected by disaster. Read more »