News Archives September, 2017


Newsline for Sept. 21, 2017 (September 21, 2017)

NEWS 1) Call to prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Maria, and related hurricane relief news 2) Leadership Team statement to the denomination 3) Congregational Life Ministries announces Renaissance 2017-2020 initiative 4) Pre-tax insurance savings are available for some pastors PERSONNEL 5) Debbie Roberts resigns from Bethany Seminary faculty UPCOMING EVENTS 6) Workcamp Ministry announces 2018 theme 7) ‘Justice Like Water’: Reflecting on a retreat planned for Virlina District INSPIRATION 2017: NATIONAL OLDER ADULT CONFERENCE 8) Inspiration 2017: NOAC by the numbers 9) Inspirational quotes from the week at NOAC 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Inspirational quotes from the week at NOAC (September 21, 2017)

National Older Adult Conference this year featured an inspiring line up of speakers and preachers. These quotes give just a taste of their messages. Recordings of each of these keynote presentations, Bible studies, and worship services are available to view in full online. Find a link to view the NOAC webcasts at www.brethren.org/news/2017/noac2017 . Read more »


Inspiration 2017: NOAC by the numbers (September 21, 2017)

Inspiration 2017: National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) brought older adults from across the denomination and across the country together for a week of worship, fellowship, laughter, and learning in early September. From Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 8, the conference was hosted at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center in western North Carolina, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Find the onsite coverage of Inspiration 2017 including photo albums, webcasts, daily news sheets, a form to order the NOAC 2017 DVD, and more at www.brethren.org/news/2017/noac2017 . Read more »


Call to prayer for those in the path of Hurricane Maria, and related hurricane relief news (September 21, 2017)

Brethren Disaster Ministries issued a prayer request for those in the path of Hurricane Maria, before the storm hit Puerto Rico. Following are portions of that prayer request: Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 20, 2017 (September 20, 2017)

In this issue: Remembering Donna Derr, personnel, job opening, government recognizes Church of the Brethren in Venezuela, BVS Unit 318, CWS kits collected by NOAC volunteers and many more across the denomination, Elizabethtown offers course on Simple Living, Brethren Nutrition Program in Washington, D.C., to close, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


‘Justice Like Water’: Reflecting on a retreat planned for Virlina District (September 20, 2017)

After everything that has happened this summer, it can be hard to believe that just four years ago, we gathered to talk about intercultural ministries as the wider nation was marking the second term of the first Black president and an era often described as “post-racial.” Read more »


Congregational Life Ministries announces Renaissance 2017-2020 (September 20, 2017)

Congregational Life Ministries is committed to empowering every person to make a positive difference in their world through demonstrating the extraordinary God. If we are to be faithful to our commitment to transform the world, we will reach out with an open, genuine hospitality to people wherever they are, inviting and welcoming them as we seek to renew existing congregations, start new faith communities, and inspire faithful discipleship. Read more »


Workcamp Ministry announces 2018 theme (September 20, 2017)

The Church of the Brethren Workcamp office is excited to announce the 2018 workcamp theme: “Loving God, Loving People.” The theme is developed from the scripture 1 John 4:19-21 (The Message) which touches on the necessity for loving others in order to truly love God. Read more »


Newsline Special: Update on hurricane response (September 15, 2017)

More CDS teams go to Florida, Brethren Disaster Ministries assesses post-hurricane needs Read more »


Newsline Special: Hurricane update, Action Alert on DACA (September 9, 2017)

HURRICANE UPDATE 1) Children’s Disaster Services prepositions team in Florida, in advance of Irma 2) Brethren Disaster Ministries monitoring hurricane situation in US and Caribbean 3) Material Resources ships relief to Texas, seeks urgently needed donations of clean-up buckets 4) How best to help: Advice from Brethren Disaster Ministries ACTION ALERT 5) Office of Public Witness Action Alert on DACA Read more »


How best to help: Advice from Brethren Disaster Ministries (September 9, 2017)

“Financial donations are best,” said a communication from Brethren Disaster Ministries about how best to help aid those affected by the hurricanes. Also needed are donations of Church World Service (CWS) kits and clean-up buckets that are specifically designed to meet the immediate needs of disaster survivors. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries monitoring hurricane situation in US and Caribbean (September 9, 2017)

“Brethren Disaster Ministries staff have been monitoring the situation in the areas already, or soon to be, affected by the hurricanes,” reports Roy Winter, associate executive director of Global Mission and Service and Brethren Disaster Ministries. Staff are “coordinating response efforts and planning with Church World Service and other church partners.” Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services prepositions team in Florida, in advance of Irma (September 9, 2017)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has prepositioned volunteers in Florida, in advance of Hurricane Irma, at the request of the American Red Cross. CDS staff have learned that the Red Cross anticipates there will be over 120,000 people in evacuee shelters in Florida. Read more »


Material Resources ships relief to Texas, seeks urgently needed donations of clean-up buckets (September 9, 2017)

Material Resources staff have put out an urgent call for donations of clean-up buckets for distribution by Church World Service (CWS). The program also has been shipping relief supplies to Texas to aid people who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and the subsequent flooding. Read more »


Thursday's inspiration - National Older Adult Conference 2017 (September 6, 2017)

National Older Adult Conference happenings on Thursday, Sept 7. Read more »


Wednesday's inspiration - National Older Adult Conference 2017 (September 6, 2017)

National Older Adult Conference happenings on Wednesday, Sept 6 Read more »


Tuesday's inspiration - National Older Adult Conference 2017 (September 5, 2017)

National Older Adult Conference happenings on Tuesday, Sept 5 Read more »


Monday's inspiration - National Older Adult Conference 2017 (September 4, 2017)

National Older Adult Conference happenings on Monday, Sept 4. Read more »