News Archives August, 2019


Newsline for Aug. 28, 2019 (August 28, 2019)

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for prayer for Puerto Rico 2) CDS Critical Response Care serves children, families affected by mass shootings 3) Compelling Vision Process Team issues post-Annual Conference report PERSONNEL 4) Roxanne Aguirre resigns from Brethren Academy 5) Donna March retires from Brethren Benefit Trust 6) Colleen Michael retires, Pacific Northwest District appoints interim team 7) Elsie Koehn retires from Southern Plains District leadership UPCOMING EVENTS 8) New Ventures in Christian Discipleship season to begin September 28 9) Brethren bits Read more »


New Ventures in Christian Discipleship season to begin September 28 (August 28, 2019)

The Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College is moving into its eighth year of providing useful, affordable education to small church congregations. The first two online courses of the year will focus on creation care. All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 28, 2019 (August 28, 2019)

In this issue: Liao Chou Church of the Brethren print given to BHLA, job opening at BBT, upcoming Youth and Young Adult Ministry events, a “thank you” to the Church of the Brethren from health workers in Nigeria, Onekama congregation issues statement on family separations at border, Pleasant Hill Village files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and lots of news from congregations, districts, colleges, ecumenical partners, and more. Read more »


Donna March retires from Brethren Benefit Trust (August 28, 2019)

Donna March has announced her retirement as of Dec. 31 as Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) director of Human Resources and Administrative Services. She has worked in Church of the Brethren-related positions for 35 years, including 30 years at BBT. Read more »


Compelling Vision Process Team issues post-Annual Conference report (August 28, 2019)

The Compelling Vision Team has written a report on the Compelling Vision conversations that took place at Annual Conference in Greensboro in July. This report is being shared at district conferences and/or through district communication channels. We thought that all of you might be interested in reading it since so much of our time at the past Conference was spent discussing together a compelling vision for the Church of the Brethren. You may find this report by clicking this link: https://new.brethren.org/ac/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2019/08/AC-2019-District-Conference-Report.pdf . Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for prayer for Puerto Rico (August 28, 2019)

“Please keep our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico in your prayers with Hurricane Dorian heading their way,” said Brethren Disaster Ministries director Jenn Dorsch-Messler in an email. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Dorian from tropical storm to hurricane status at 2 p.m. today. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico with tropical storm conditions expected there this afternoon and tonight. Read more »


Elsie Koehn retires from Southern Plains District leadership (August 27, 2019)

Elsie Koehn has retired as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Southern Plains District. She has served in district leadership for more than 10 years. She concluded her service and was recognized during the district conference held in Falfurrias, Texas, on Aug. 8-9. Read more »


CDS Critical Response Care serves children, families affected by mass shootings (August 26, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) deployed two Critical Response Care teams at the request of Red Cross in response to two mass shootings in the past month. CDS Critical Response Care teams are specially trained CDS volunteers who work with children after an incident such as terrorism, transportation disasters, or mass casualty events. Read more »


Roxanne Aguirre resigns from Brethren Academy (August 22, 2019)

Roxanne Gaxiola Aguirre, coordinator of Spanish-language ministry training programs for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, has resigned her position as of Aug. 30. The academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


Colleen Michael retires, Pacific Northwest District appoints interim team (August 22, 2019)

J. Colleen Michael retired July 31 as district executive minister for Pacific Northwest District, having served for more than seven years since Jan. 1, 2012. The district has appointed a three-member interim team to care for essential functions during a time of discernment regarding organizational structures that will serve the district in the future. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 16, 2019 (August 16, 2019)

NEWS 1) In response to the shootings in El Paso and Dayton 2) Director of Ministry writes to pastors following shootings 3) Touched and challenged: Reflections from a trip to Haiti PERSONNEL 4) Nate Inglis resigns from Bethany Seminary 5) Brethren bits Read more »


Director of Ministry writes to pastors following shootings (August 16, 2019)

The Church of the Brethren director of Ministry, Nancy Sollenberger Heishman, wrote a letter to pastors across the denomination after the shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Her letter followed on that of general secretary David Steele, and encouraged pastors in their work to reduce violence in their own communities. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 16, 2019 (August 16, 2019)

In this issue: Turnover in the Workcamp Ministry and other personnel notes, job openings, Annual Conference meetings, Haiti annual conference, Zoom webinar to prepare for Peace Day, 49th Annual Dunker Church Service, as well as news from congregations, districts, colleges, and more. Read more »


Touched and challenged: Reflections from a trip to Haiti (August 13, 2019)

Twenty members of McPherson (Kan.) Church of the Brethren were among 33 participants in a mission education conference in Mirebalais, Haiti, sponsored by Haiti Medical Project from July 19-23. The five days in Haiti were spent learning about needs of communities served by the Haiti Medical Project. Participants were eager to meet Haitian leaders and members of the communities served. Read more »


In Response to the Shootings in El Paso and Dayton (August 5, 2019)

“A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more” (Matthew 2:18). Read more »