News Archives September, 2019


Newsline for Sept. 28, 2019 (September 28, 2019)

NEWS 1) Anabaptist groups send joint letter to National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service 2) Children’s Disaster Services sends team to Texas 3) Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates grants to eight churches 4) EYN disaster ministry assists displaced people at three camps in Maiduguri 5) New students enroll at Bethany Seminary 6) McPherson College teams with McPherson Hospital to offer new model for rural health care PERSONNEL 7) Brethren Volunteer Service Units 322 and 323 complete orientation 8) Michelle Kilbourne hired as BBT director of human resources and administrative services RESOURCES 9) Today, Sept. 28, is the deadline to order Advent devotional at ‘early bird’ price 10) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 28, 2019 (September 28, 2019)

In this issue: Correction, remembering Leon Miller, personnel, job opening, general secretary signs letter on Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Workcamp Ministry and CCS announce themes for 2020, Clergy Women's Retreat, solidarity with refugees, Faith Over Fear trainings, Generosity NEXT, stories from 13th Peace Day campaign, East Nimishillen celebrates 215 years, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Michelle Kilbourne hired as BBT director of human resources and administrative services (September 28, 2019)

Michelle Kilbourne has been hired as director of Human Resources and Administrative Services for Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT). She will begin her duties on Oct. 1 at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Read more »


Brethren Faith in Action Fund allocates grants to eight churches (September 26, 2019)

The Brethren Faith in Action Fund has given eight grants to outreach ministry projects of Church of the Brethren congregations since the first of the year. These grants are given to projects that serve the community, strengthen the congregation, and expand the reign of God. Read more »


Anabaptist groups send joint letter to National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (September 26, 2019)

A group of 13 Anabaptist church bodies has sent a joint letter to the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service following on an Anabaptist Church Consultation held in Akron, Pa., on June 4, 2019. The group includes the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Brethren Volunteer Service Units 322 and 323 complete orientation (September 26, 2019)

The Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) Units 322 and 323 have completed orientation and their members have begun work at their placement sites. The new volunteers’ names, congregations or hometowns, and placements follow. Read more »


Sept. 28 is the deadline to order Advent devotional at ‘early bird’ price (September 26, 2019)

Sept. 28 is the last day to order this year’s Advent devotional from Brethren Press at the “early bird” discount price of $3.50 ($6.95 for large print). After that date prices go up to $4 ($7.95 large print). Early-bird prices also are available for a yearly subscription to both the Advent and Lenten devotionals, for $7 ($13.90 large print). Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services sends team to Texas (September 26, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) deployed a team to Beaumont, Texas, in response to the flooding from Tropical Depression Imelda. The team arrived Sunday, Sept. 22, and began serving children in Beaumont and Silsbee, Texas, the following day. Read more »


EYN disaster ministry assists displaced people at three camps in Maiduguri (September 23, 2019)

The Disaster Relief Ministry of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has assisted about 1,200 internally displaced people (IDPs) from three camps in Maiduguri during a two-day intervention on Sept. 18-19. Maiduguri is the largest city in the far northeast of Nigeria, and the location of EYN’s largest congregation at EYN Maiduguri #1. Read more »


Brethren bits for Sept. 14, 2019 (September 14, 2019)

In this issue: Location and dates for 2022 Annual Conference, Church of the Brethren seeks applicants for CFO position, personnel notes, action alert calls Congress to rescind Migrant Protection Protocol, Intercultural Ministries’ Xenos Project, update on Nigeria Crisis Response, Chippewa Church of the Brethren celebrates 200 years, Season of Creation is celebrated by churches around the world from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »


Newsline for Sept. 14, 2019 (September 14, 2019)

NOAC 2019 1) Online resources provide full coverage of National Older Adult Conference 2) NOAC by the numbers 3) Fundraising walk around Lake Junaluska benefits Twa education in Africa NEWS 4) Brethren Disaster Ministries issues update on Hurricane Dorian response 5) Emergency Disaster Fund grants go to hurricane relief in the Bahamas 6) Committee formed to challenge districts to help call people to the ministry 7) Youth Peace Travel Team changes are underway 8) Bethany Seminary commemorates 25 years in Richmond 9) Peace church seminaries form cross-registration partnership 10) Lauren Seganos Cohen appointed to Mission and Ministry Board following Don Morrison resignation 11) Brethren bits Read more »


Lauren Seganos Cohen appointed to Mission and Ministry Board following Don Morrison resignation (September 14, 2019)

Lauren Seganos Cohen will fill the unexpired term of Don Morrison on the Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren. Read more »


Committee formed to challenge districts to help call people to the ministry (September 14, 2019)

A “Calling the Called” committee has been formed to carry out the work of challenging every Church of the Brethren district to hold an event for persons to discern a call of God to the set-apart ministry. Read more »


NOAC by the numbers (September 12, 2019)

A listing of the numbers that describe the 2019 National Older Adult Conference (NOAC) - from attendance to offerings to service projects and more. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries issues update on Hurricane Dorian response (September 12, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS), a program of Brethren Disaster Ministries, stood ready to assist where needed once Hurricane Dorian made its impact on the US. Brethren Disaster Ministries monitored Dorian’s progress as it moved across the southern Atlantic Ocean. Read more »


Emergency Disaster Fund grants go to hurricane relief in the Bahamas (September 12, 2019)

Three organizations carrying out relief efforts in the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian have received grants directed by Brethren Disaster Ministries from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund. The grants, each for $10,000, are going to the Church World Service (CWS) Development and Humanitarian Assistance Program, Feed the Children, and Mercy Chefs. Read more »


Youth Peace Travel Team changes are underway (September 12, 2019)

The following statement is an announcement about the Youth Peace Travel Team from the cooperating sponsors including the Church of the Brethren’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy, On Earth Peace, Bethany Theological Seminary, and the Outdoor Ministries Association: Read more »


Today at NOAC - Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 (September 6, 2019)

The closing morning of NOAC 2019 featured Dennis Webb preaching on the empty tomb and resurrection joy. Also on this page, NOAC by the numbers. Read more »


Fundraising walk around Lake Junaluska benefits Twa education in Africa (September 5, 2019)

The walk sponsored and organized by Brethren Benefit Trust raised $5,960 to support Brethren work in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to offer Twa, or Batwa, young people an education and a lease on a new way of living. Read more »


Basilica of St. Lawrence offers a ‘glorious’ afternoon outing during NOAC (September 5, 2019)

They say every picture tells a story. Well, every stained glass window at the Minor Basilica of St. Lawrence the Deacon and Martyr in Asheville, N.C., tells God’s story. More than 70 people traveled to the basilica on one of the afternoon bus trips during National Older Adult Conference (NOAC). Read more »


Today at NOAC - Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 (September 5, 2019)

The day started with a fundraising walk around the beautiful Lake Junaluska, and closed with ice socials and a talent night. In between: Ken Medema and Ted Swartz, recreation, bus trips, organ recital by Jonathan Emmons with a hymn sing, worship, and more. Read more »


There is plenty to learn about Carl Sandburg (September 4, 2019)

As it turns out, there is plenty to learn about Carl Sandburg--journalist, poet, activist, gardener, and family man. A Wednesday afternoon bus trip took NOACers to the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. The house is located on 246 acres, with 5 miles of hiking trails. Sandburg and his wife Lillian moved from the Midwest to the site in North Carolina in 1945 because one of his daughters wanted a cow for a 4-H project but a goat fit better in their car. Lillian fell in love with raising and milking goats, and the family became famous for developing unique breeds. This led to a search for better land to raise the goats, which led them to a house in North Carolina. Eventually their goat milk and cheese became very popular throughout the region. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019 (September 4, 2019)

Quotes of the day--and wisdom from one of the few and blessed who have attended all 15 NOACs. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 (September 3, 2019)

Day two at NOAC 2019 featured keynote speaker Sr. Joan Chittister and a host of activities. Read more »


Today at NOAC - Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 (September 2, 2019)

A review of the first day of the 2019 National Older Adult Conference. Read more »


A ‘Vigil for Holy Hospitality’ marks NOAC's first evening (September 2, 2019)

Monday night at National Older Adult Conference in Lake Junaluska, with everyone both exhilarated by Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm’s message at opening worship, and exhausted from a day or two of travel to North Carolina, around 80 people attended a “Vigil for Holy Hospitality” led by Dave and Kim Witkovsky, the NOAC chaplains. Read more »


Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska (September 2, 2019)

Newsline Special: Brethren Disaster Ministries update on Hurricane Dorian, NOAC coverage begins from Lake Junaluska Read more »