News Archives August, 2016


Brethren couple carry out mission in China focused on hospice care (August 26, 2016)

Ruoxia Li and Eric Miller, Church of the Brethren members who are living in Pinding, China, spoke about their work at the Global Mission and Service Dinner and related insight sessions at Annual Conference this summer. Read more »


New resources from Brethren Press offer aids for worship, Bible study, devotions (August 26, 2016)

Among new resources from Brethren Press are the 2016-17 Living Word Bulletin Series, the Sept.-Nov. 2016 book in the curriculum for adult Bible studies, “A Guide for Biblical Studies,” and this year’s Advent devotional titled “Witnesses to Jesus.” Brethren Press also is taking pre-publication orders for “Speak Peace: A Daily Reader,” which offer a discount for orders placed before Oct. 1. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 26, 2016 (August 26, 2016)

In this issue: Nigerian lamps are still available, Action Alert to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, United Nations warning of a new multi-nation crisis of hunger related to Boko Haram, a Death Penalty Symposium in memory of Miami pastor Bill Bosler, Manchester University honors two inspirational faculty, and more. Read more »


Peace Day bulletin inserts and posters are available from On Earth Peace (August 26, 2016)

“Looking for a bulletin insert or poster to use at your Peace Day event? Check out our resources!” said an announcement from On Earth Peace. The agency has made bulletin inserts and posters available in advance of Peace Day 2016, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 21. Many congregations hold Peace Day worship services, prayer vigils, or other commemorations on a Sunday close to the Sept. 21 date. Read more »


Q&A: Disaster response (August 26, 2016)

Brethren Disaster Ministries executive Roy Winter answers frequently asked questions about the role of the church’s disaster response in the wake of heart-wrenching recent disasters in Louisiana and in Italy. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 26, 2016 (August 26, 2016)

NEWS 1) Brethren couple carry out mission in China focused on hospice care 2) Legacy of the Church of the Brethren mission in China 3) Negotiate a nuclear weapons ban next year, says UN group with broad support RESOURCES 4) New resources from Brethren Press offer aids for worship, Bible study, devotions 5) Shine curriculum shares a teacher blessing for the fall quarter 6) Peace Day bulletin inserts and posters are available from On Earth Peace UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Webinar to discuss Jesus as focal point of God’s revelation 8) Q&A: Disaster response 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Shine curriculum shares a teacher blessing for the fall quarter (August 26, 2016)

The Shine curriculum, which is a joint project of Brethren Press and MennoMedia, has shared a teacher blessing for the start of the Sunday school year. The blessing first appeared in the Shine e-newsletter, which is available by e-mail. For more about Shine go to https://shinecurriculum.com . Order curriculum items from Brethren Press by calling 800-441-3712. The Shine theme for Fall 2016 is “God Restores the People.” Read more »


Legacy of the Church of the Brethren mission in China (August 26, 2016)

It has been 60 years since Church of the Brethren missionary work ended in China. However, the Brethren presence there is not only remembered by a few people, the fruits of that mission are still active today. At a Brethren Historical Society insight session at Annual Conference this summer, hosted by Brethren Historical Library and Archives archivist Bill Kostlevy, Eric Miller and Ruoxia Li along with Jeff Bach shared photographs and information. Read more »


Webinar to discuss Jesus as focal point of God’s revelation (August 24, 2016)

A new webinar in the “Heart of Anabaptism” series will be offered on Sept. 1, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (eastern time) on the topic “Jesus, the Focal Point of God’s Revelation.” Leading the webinar is LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, a poet, preacher, and church planter from Chicago, Ill. Read more »


Series of workcamps is planned for church rebuilding in Nigeria (August 19, 2016)

The Church of the Brethren is planning a series of workcamps in Nigeria, as part of the new effort to rebuild churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Nearly 70 percent of EYN’s churches in northeast Nigeria have been destroyed in the Boko Haram insurgency. A Nigeria Church Rebuilding Fund has been developed to help provide support to EYN congregations who are working to rebuild. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services aids children displaced by flooding in Louisiana (August 19, 2016)

Two teams of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers have begun work in Baton Rouge, La., this week, and more teams have been requested to help care for children and families who have been displaced by massive flooding. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 19, 2016 (August 19, 2016)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services aids children displaced by flooding in Louisiana 2) Haiti Theological Training program celebrates graduation of 22 ministers 3) Song and Story Fest gathers multiple generations for relaxation, reflection, rejuvenation UPCOMING EVENTS 4) Ventures webinar will train leaders for congregational ethics self-study 5) Series of workcamps is planned for church rebuilding in Nigeria 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Ventures webinar will train leaders for congregational ethics self-study (August 19, 2016)

A Ventures online course is planned to aid congregations in training leaders to help them study the Congregational Ethics document adopted recently by Annual Conference. Ventures is a ministry training initiative hosted at McPherson (Kan.) College. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 19, 2016 (August 19, 2016)

In this issue: Congratulations to Olympian Clayton Murphy who grew up in the Church of the Brethren, plus corrections, remembering Bill Kaysen, personnel notes, mission prayer requests, church anniversaries, and more news by, for, and about Brethren Read more »


Song and Story Fest gathers multiple generations for relaxation, reflection, rejuvenation (August 19, 2016)

Every summer, multiple generations gather at a Church of the Brethren camp for a time of relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation. For 20 years now, some 120 to 180 people come together for Song and Story Fest, one week each year set aside for singing, playing music, and hearing and telling stories. Read more »


Haiti Theological Training program celebrates graduation of 22 ministers (August 19, 2016)

Aug. 13 was a day of celebration for the inaugural class of the Haiti Theological Training program, Ecole Theologie de la Mission Evangelique des Eglises des Frères D’Haïti. The graduation ceremony witnessed 22 graduates walking across the stage to receive diplomas and shake hands with professors and guests of honor. Read more »


SVMC continuing education events look at art in worship, preaching the reign of God (August 12, 2016)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) based at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College is publicizing two continuing education events for ministers and other church leaders: “Reimagining Art for Worship” on Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, led by Diane Brandt; and “Preaching the Reign of God: Prophets, Poets, and Conversations” on Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Von Liebig Center at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., led by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm. Read more »


Carl Hill resigns from Nigeria Crisis Response, Roxane Hill to continue part-time (August 12, 2016)

Carl Hill has resigned as co-director of the Nigeria Crisis Response, a joint program of the Church of the Brethren and Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). He and his wife, Roxane, have served as co-directors since Dec. 1, 2014. Roxane will continue supporting the Nigeria Crisis Response, working half time as coordinator. Carl ends his term Aug. 31, to become pastor of Potsdam (Ohio) Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 12, 2016 (August 12, 2016)

NEWS 1) BBT updates ministers on IRS rule changes for medical insurance premiums 2) BBT offers new Periodic Payment Plan for members of the Pension Plan NIGERIA UPDATES 3) Nigeria Crisis Response continues food aid in response to new food shortages, but begins to shift to long-term recovery 4) Initiatives for Nigeria will rebuild churches, collect books for children and Bible college PERSONNEL 5) Carl Hill resigns from Nigeria Crisis Response, Roxane Hill to continue part-time UPCOMING EVENTS 6) SVMC continuing education events look at art in worship, preaching the reign of God 7) Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses 8) Brethren bits Read more »


Nigeria Crisis Response continues food aid in response to new food shortages, but begins to shift to long-term recovery  (August 12, 2016)

As the situation in northeast Nigeria becomes more stable and many displaced people move back home, the Nigeria Crisis Response program is beginning to transition to long-term recovery activities, while still supporting basic needs of displaced Nigerians and members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). This week, EYN leaders confirmed food shortages in some areas of the northeast, and have requested continued food aid at least through the end of 2016. Read more »


Initiatives for Nigeria will rebuild churches, collect books for children and Bible college (August 12, 2016)

The Nigeria Crisis Response and Brethren Disaster Ministries are offering new ways to support Ekklesiyar Yan’ua a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria), including a collection of “Books for Nigeria” and a new church rebuilding program. Read more »


Brethren Academy announces upcoming courses (August 12, 2016)

Upcoming courses offered through the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership are open to students in the Training in Ministry (TRIM) and Education for Shared Ministry (EFSM) programs, pastors and other ministers, and all interested persons. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 12, 2016 (August 12, 2016)

In this issue: A correction, Pleasant Dale Church and Plymouth Church celebrate 100 years, Robins Church holds closing service, “Justice Like Water” event is hosted at Lancaster, Renacer Fall Fundraiser, World Hunger Auction is this Saturday, plus festivals and auctions and other special events across the denomination, among other news. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 6, 2016 (August 6, 2016)

Remembering Jack McCray, job openings, video highlights Capstone 118 in New Orleans, seagoing cowboy celebration at Staunton Church of the Brethren, caregiving event in Virlina District, new address for N. Indiana District, prayer for Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more Read more »


Creation care study committee is named (August 6, 2016)

The Standing Committee of district delegates to Annual Conference has concluded its work of electing a Creation Care Study Committee. Three members have been elected to the new study committee. Read more »


A ‘can-do’ attitude marks the 2016 We Are Able workcamp (August 6, 2016)

This past July, 12 people joined me in the hills of Maryland for the We Are Able workcamp. This annual Church of the Brethren program is for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and volunteers who serve as their assistants. The adults with disabilities and the assistants come together for four days to do service projects, fun recreational activities, and devotions. The workcamp is a time of building community and strengthening faith. Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries offers resources to assist congregations (August 6, 2016)

The Congregational Life Ministries of the Church of the Brethren “provide coaches, collaborators, and consultants to assist congregations in reaching out and connecting with their local communities,” according to the ministries’ webpage. Currently, Congregational Life Ministries staff are making resources available for congregations to discern their gifts, explore their vitality, and teach others about the practices of the church. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 6, 2016 (August 6, 2016)

NEWS 1) Creation care study committee is named 2) A ‘can-do’ attitude marks the 2016 We Are Able workcamp 3) Global Food Initiative supports water workshops, farmer training, soybean training RESOURCES 4) Congregational Life Ministries offers resources to assist congregations 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Global Food Initiative supports water workshops, farmer training, soybean training (August 6, 2016)

Grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Global Food Initiative (formerly Global Food Crisis Fund) support water workshops and farmer training in Burundi, and the attendance by a group from Liberia at a training event at the Soybean Innovation Lab in Ghana. Read more »