News Archives September, 2016


Children’s Disaster Services completes its service in Baton Rouge (September 30, 2016)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has completed six weeks of volunteer work caring for children and families affected by severe flooding in Louisiana. The 29 CDS volunteers who took part set up childcare centers in multiple locations in Baton Rouge, including shelters, and worked with two partner organizations--FEMA and the American Red Cross. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 30, 2016 (September 30, 2016)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services completes its service in Baton Rouge 2) Northeast Nigeria experiencing food crisis, Brethren response team continues food distributions 3) Brethren bits Read more »


Northeast Nigeria experiencing food crisis, Brethren response team continues food distributions (September 30, 2016)

UNICEF and other groups are warning of a serious and worsening humanitarian crisis in areas of northeast Nigeria where food and other assistance is not reaching people in need, in particular young children. The Associated Press has published an interview with UNICEF nutrition chief for Nigeria, Arjan de Wagt, who spoke of the likelihood of thousands of deaths of children to famine and associated diseases. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 30, 2016 (September 30, 2016)

In this issue: Personnel notices, job openings, next listening session with the general secretary, prayers needed for South Sudan, invitation to a webinar from a conference on justice and peace held in Rome, last day for “early bird” orders for new books from Brethren Press, church anniversaries, news of a gift from a Haitian congregation to the Nigerian Brethren, and more. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 23, 2016 (September 23, 2016)

NEWS 1) Celebrating Peace Day as part of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace 2) Religious leaders of many faiths talk peace in Assisi 3) Nigerian Brethren welcome Church of the Brethren executive staff, continue relief efforts 4) Manchester University Intercultural Center will be named for Jean Childs Young UPCOMING EVENTS 5) Workcamp Ministry announces staffing, theme for summer 2017 events 6) Brethren bits Read more »


Workcamp Ministry announces staffing, theme for summer 2017 events (September 23, 2016)

The Workcamp Ministry of the Church of the Brethren has welcomed Shelley Weachter and welcomed back Deanna Beckner as assistant coordinators for the 2017 summer workcamp season. The theme developed by the workcamp team for the 2017 season is “Say Hello,” which is a phrase pulled from 3 John 13-14 in “The Message” version. The theme will focus on communication with God, each other, and the world. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 23, 2016 (September 23, 2016)

In this issue: Remembering Esther Eichelberger, Brethren in Spain celebrate their fourth annual conference, deadline for Brethren Press “early bird” offers, Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry announces new co-chaplains, Renacer holds Hispanic leadership conference, “12 Baskets and a Goat” to be performed three times in October, Virlina District announces more than $45,000 for West Virginia Flood Offering, and more. Read more »


Manchester University Intercultural Center will be named for Jean Childs Young (September 23, 2016)

Manchester University’s future Intercultural Center at College Avenue and East Street [in North Manchester, Ind.] will be named in memory of alumna educator and activist Jean Childs (’54) Young. Read more »


Nigerian Brethren welcome Church of the Brethren executive staff, continue relief efforts (September 23, 2016)

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has welcomed a visit from Global Mission and Service executive staff Jay Wittmeyer and Roy Winter, who also heads up Brethren Disaster Ministries. The two church staff from the US have been meeting with Nigerian church leaders including EYN president Joel S. Billi and leaders of EYN’s Disaster Relief Ministry, as well as other groups. Read more »


Atlantic Northeast District hosts Christian/Muslim workshop with Musa Mambula (September 16, 2016)

On Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Atlantic Northeast District office in Elizabethtown, Pa., Dr. Musa Mambula will teach about Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). He will speak about EYN in an age of persecution and terrorism, facing the challenges of Boko Haram, and building Christian/Muslim relations. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 16, 2016 (September 16, 2016)

In this issue: Personnel notes and job openings, meeting of Venezuelans interested in becoming Brethren, World Mission Offering is this Sunday, Bethany Seminary’s next Campus Visit Day, On Earth Peace seeks hosts for MoR’s Matthew 18 workshop, church anniversaries, a banner weekend for district conferences, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services sends another team to continue work in Baton Rouge (September 16, 2016)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent another team of volunteers to continue caring for children and families who have been affected by the extreme flooding in Louisiana. On Thursday, CDS staff shared via Facebook, “While we thought our team that left yesterday would be our final Baton Rouge team, things changed and we were asked to send in another team. Read more »


Gardening project continues to enrich nutrition for Alaskan communities (September 16, 2016)

This was our tenth summer of traveling to Alaska to encourage, teach, and promote vegetable gardening. Bill went to Circle at the beginning of April, six weeks earlier than the usual mid-May arrival, hoping to make this year the most beneficial and successful yet. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 16, 2016 (September 16, 2016)

NEWS 1) Ministry adds four new locations, involves 350 participants in summer workcamps 2) Children’s Disaster Services sends another team to continue work in Baton Rouge 3) Alaska gardening project continues to enrich nutrition for communities 4) Nigerian Fellowship Tour visits IDP camps, schools, and other crisis response sites 5) Ecumenical leaders of WCC and NCC issue joint statement on Holy Land PERSONNEL 6) Lamar Gibson hired as development director for On Earth Peace UPCOMING EVENTS 7) Peace Day 2016 is scheduled for Sept. 21, Brethren will be participating 8) Atlantic Northeast District hosts Christian/Muslim workshop with Musa Mambula 9) Brethren bits Read more »


Ministry adds four new locations, involves 350 participants in summer workcamps (September 16, 2016)

Eighteen workcamps blazed with holiness this summer as about 320 workcampers and 30 directors and guest coordinators gathered together to serve in the name of Christ, sharing their time and talents. “Blazing with Holiness” (1 Peter 1:13-16) was the theme for the Church of the Brethren workcamps in 2016. Read more »


Peace Day 2016 is scheduled for Sept. 21, Brethren will be participating (September 16, 2016)

A number of Church of the Brethren congregations, districts, colleges, and other church-related organizations and groups from across the country will be participating in Peace Day 2016 on or around Sept. 21. This year’s theme is “Called to Build Peace.” Read more »


Lamar Gibson hired as development director for On Earth Peace (September 16, 2016)

Lamar Gibson has been hired as development director for On Earth Peace. He has worked for nine years in both private businesses and the nonprofit sector as a fundraiser and as a consultant on business operations and development. His work for On Earth Peace will include engaging existing supporters while also expanding the community to include people “from even more denominations and walks of life,” said an announcement in the agency’s e-mail newsletter. Read more »


Nigerian Fellowship Tour visits IDP camps, schools, other crisis response sites (September 16, 2016)

In August, a group of seven Church of the Brethren members traveled to Nigeria with the goal of building relationships, encouraging, praying with, and physically standing by our brothers and sisters of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Read more »


Huma Rana to become director of Financial Operations for Brethren Benefit Trust (September 10, 2016)

Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has announced that Huma Rana has accepted the role of director of Financial Operations, effective Sept. 19. She has served as assistant director of Financial Operations since July 21, 2015. Read more »


Entrenamiento en Limites Saludables y en La Ética de Relaciones Ministeriales  (September 10, 2016)

Entrenamiento en Limites Saludables y en La Ética de Relaciones Ministeriales Dirigido por Ramón L. Torres. El sábado, 22 de octubre, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. hora estándar del este (descansado para el almuerzo a las 1-2 p.m.). Read more »


BVS Unit 313 volunteers begin their terms of service (September 10, 2016)

Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Unit 313 has completed orientation and the 14 volunteers in the unit have begun work at their project sites. The volunteers, their congregations or hometowns, and their project sites follow: Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 10, 2016 (September 10, 2016)

In this issue: Corrections, remembering Kaydo Petry and P. David Leatherman, Terry Goodger ends her service as office coordinator in Material Resources, Bethany Seminary welcomes nine new students this fall, a walking team honors Ted Studebaker at Dayton’s Peace Heroes Walk, Linda and Robert Shank return for another semester at PUST, the history of the sinking of the Zam Zam, Bridgewater College enjoys record enrollment, and more. Read more »


Brethren Academy offers ‘Healthy Boundaries 201' training as a Spanish language webcast (September 10, 2016)

The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership will offer a Spanish language version of the Healthy Boundaries 201 training on Oct. 22, as a webcast led by Ramon Torres. This is offered for ministry training students and newly licensed or ordained clergy. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 10, 2016 (September 10, 2016)

NEWS 1) New connections for Bethany Seminary in Brazil 2) Brethren sponsor capacity-building conference for Batwa from Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo PERSONNEL 3) Huma Rana to become director of Financial Operations for Brethren Benefit Trust 4) BVS Unit 313 volunteers begin their terms of service UPCOMING EVENTS 5) General secretary to hold listening sessions across denomination 6) Brethren Academy offers ‘Healthy Boundaries 201' training as a Spanish language webcast 7) Entrenamiento en Limites Saludables y en La Ética de Relaciones Ministeriales 8) Brethren bits Read more »


General secretary to hold listening sessions across denomination (September 10, 2016)

David Steele, who began Sept. 1 as general secretary of the Church of the Brethren, is planning to hold listening sessions across the denomination over the next several months. He describes the sessions as an opportunity to get acquainted and to share hopes and dreams for the church. Read more »


Brethren sponsor capacity-building conference for Batwa from Rwanda, Burundi, DR Congo (September 10, 2016)

Working through a nascent Brethren church in the region, the Church of the Brethren sponsored a capacity-building conference to bring Batwa together from Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The following is excerpted from a report by Dr. David Niyonzima, detailing the conference and some of the learnings gained from the interaction: Read more »


Traci Rabenstein to begin work for Church of the Brethren donor relations (September 2, 2016)

Traci Rabenstein begins Oct. 1 as congregational support representative for Church of the Brethren donor relations. Initially she will work from her home in Enola, Pa. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services sends fifth team to Louisiana, Material Resources ships more aid (September 2, 2016)

A fifth team of volunteers from Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) arrived in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday, Sept. 1. Four CDS teams already have completed their service there. The CDS volunteers have been caring for children and families who have been displaced by flooding and are living in American Red Cross shelters. Read more »


Preachers are announced for Annual Conference 2017, nominations are sought for the ballot (September 2, 2016)

The preachers have been announced for the Church of the Brethren’s 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held Wednesday, June 28, through Sunday, July 2, in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Conference Office also is accepting nominations for all offices to be elected at next summer’s Annual Conference. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 2, 2016 (September 2, 2016)

In this issue: Personnel announcement, job openings, support for the Nigeria Crisis Response from 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, National Suicide Prevention Week, Cedar Creek Church celebrates 100 years, Inspiration Hills celebrates 50 years, Staunton Church to host “12 Baskets and a Goat,” new contact information for Southeastern District, Powerhouse dates are announced, Young Center presents “China Friends,” and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 2, 2016 (September 2, 2016)

NEWS 1) Preachers are announced for Annual Conference 2017, nominations are sought for the ballot 2) Children’s Disaster Services sends fifth team to Louisiana, Material Resources ships more aid 3) Northern Plains District group enjoys Brethren heritage tour PERSONNEL 4) Traci Rabenstein to begin work for Church of the Brethren donor relations 5) Brethren bits Read more »