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Ventures in Christian Discipleship offers courses to empower small churches (January 26, 2018)

The Ventures in Christian Discipleship initiative hosted at McPherson (Kan.) College offers series of courses aimed at empowering small congregations. The courses offered in coming months cover the topics of “How the Bible Came to Be the Bible,” “Revitalizing Worship Through the Arts,” and “Congregations Nurturing a Culture of Call.” Read more »

SVMC celebrates 25 years, offers continuing education events (January 26, 2018)

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. “To commemorate this milestone, we will be sharing devotions on the 25th day of each month,” said an announcement. The first devotion is written by the center’s executive director Donna Rhodes. In related news, SVMC is publicizing several upcoming continuing education events. Read more »

Brethren bits for Jan. 26, 2018 (January 26, 2018)

In this issue: Remembering Roger Forry, Owen Stultz, and Claude Hess; QSEHRA extended to February; prayers of thanksgiving for the rescue of a Chibok girl; Mission Alive 2018; a Seminar on Christian Minority Communities; Lindsay (New Harvest) Church of the Brethren closes; and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

GFI grants support gardens and gardeners, aquaponics, feeding program (January 26, 2018)

The Global Food Initiative (GFI) of the Church of the Brethren has made several grants in recent months. The grants support a Going to the Garden retreat, an aquaponics system in Haiti, two community gardens in Spain, and a feeding ministry in Mexico. Read more »

EDF gives grants to Brethren Disaster Ministries projects (January 26, 2018)

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative and the task of developing new project sites following the 2017 hurricane and fire season. In addition, a grant has been given to assist families displaced by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more »

Newsline for Jan. 13, 2018 (January 13, 2018)

NEWS 1) Ending of temporary protected status affects Haitian Brethren and their churches 2) Nigeria Crisis Response celebrates work and achievements in 2017 3) Building dedication marks beginning of classes in EYN-Bethany partnership 4) EYN commissions multi-million Naira project with Bethany Seminary 5) Brethren Microfinance Bank Board of Directors is inaugurated by EYN PERSONNEL 6) Roxanne Aguirre to coordinator Spanish-language ministry training 7) New units of BVS volunteers work across US, N. Ireland, Japan RESOURCES 8) Brethren Press publishes Lenten devotional, distributes ‘Shine On’ story Bible to churches UPCOMING EVENTS 9) National Youth Conference registration opens next week 10) Brethren bits Read more »

Brethren Press publishes Lenten devotional, distributes ‘Shine On’ story Bible to churches (January 13, 2018)

This year’s Lenten devotional from Brethren Press, written by Erin Matteson, is titled “Growing in God’s Garden.” The pocket-sized paperback includes daily devotions, scriptures, and prayers for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, through Easter Sunday, April 1. Read more »

New units of BVS volunteers at work across US, N. Ireland, Japan (January 13, 2018)

Volunteers in the latest units of Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) have been placed and are at work at project sites across the United States, Northern Ireland, and Japan. The volunteers in BVS orientation units 316 and 318 trained in the summer and fall of 2017. (Unit 317, which would have been a joint unit with the Brethren Revival Fellowship, was cancelled because of a lack of participants.) Read more »

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