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Donna March retires from Brethren Benefit Trust (August 28, 2019)

Donna March has announced her retirement as of Dec. 31 as Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) director of Human Resources and Administrative Services. She has worked in Church of the Brethren-related positions for 35 years, including 30 years at BBT. Read more »


Newsline for Aug. 28, 2019 (August 28, 2019)

NEWS 1) Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for prayer for Puerto Rico 2) CDS Critical Response Care serves children, families affected by mass shootings 3) Compelling Vision Process Team issues post-Annual Conference report PERSONNEL 4) Roxanne Aguirre resigns from Brethren Academy 5) Donna March retires from Brethren Benefit Trust 6) Colleen Michael retires, Pacific Northwest District appoints interim team 7) Elsie Koehn retires from Southern Plains District leadership UPCOMING EVENTS 8) New Ventures in Christian Discipleship season to begin September 28 9) Brethren bits Read more »


New Ventures in Christian Discipleship season to begin September 28 (August 28, 2019)

The Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College is moving into its eighth year of providing useful, affordable education to small church congregations. The first two online courses of the year will focus on creation care. All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. Read more »


Brethren Disaster Ministries asks for prayer for Puerto Rico (August 28, 2019)

“Please keep our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico in your prayers with Hurricane Dorian heading their way,” said Brethren Disaster Ministries director Jenn Dorsch-Messler in an email. The National Hurricane Center upgraded Dorian from tropical storm to hurricane status at 2 p.m. today. A hurricane watch and tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico with tropical storm conditions expected there this afternoon and tonight. Read more »


Brethren bits for Aug. 28, 2019 (August 28, 2019)

In this issue: Liao Chou Church of the Brethren print given to BHLA, job opening at BBT, upcoming Youth and Young Adult Ministry events, a “thank you” to the Church of the Brethren from health workers in Nigeria, Onekama congregation issues statement on family separations at border, Pleasant Hill Village files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and lots of news from congregations, districts, colleges, ecumenical partners, and more. Read more »


Elsie Koehn retires from Southern Plains District leadership (August 27, 2019)

Elsie Koehn has retired as district executive minister for the Church of the Brethren’s Southern Plains District. She has served in district leadership for more than 10 years. She concluded her service and was recognized during the district conference held in Falfurrias, Texas, on Aug. 8-9. Read more »


CDS Critical Response Care serves children, families affected by mass shootings (August 26, 2019)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) deployed two Critical Response Care teams at the request of Red Cross in response to two mass shootings in the past month. CDS Critical Response Care teams are specially trained CDS volunteers who work with children after an incident such as terrorism, transportation disasters, or mass casualty events. Read more »


Roxanne Aguirre resigns from Brethren Academy (August 22, 2019)

Roxanne Gaxiola Aguirre, coordinator of Spanish-language ministry training programs for the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership, has resigned her position as of Aug. 30. The academy is a ministry training partnership of the Church of the Brethren and Bethany Theological Seminary. Read more »


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