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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 »


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