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Elizabethtown pastor stands in support of ‘Dreamers’ (December 9, 2017)

On Dec. 5 and 6, Greg Davidson Laszakovits, pastor of Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, and constituent of Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey, and Congressman Lloyd Smucker (PA-16), traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with policy staff in each of these offices to push support for a clean Dream Act. The legislation serves as a means to prevent deportation of 800,000 undocumented youth who came to the United States as children. Read more »


Newsline for Dec. 9, 2017 (December 9, 2017)

NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services responds to fires in southern California 2) EYN disaster team coordinates housing repairs in remote areas 3) Action alert from Office of Public Witness calls for action on drone warfare 4) National Trust for Historic Preservation offers tour of denominational offices 5) Pacific Southwest District celebrates a weekend of witness and ‘withness’ 6) Atlantic Northeast District delivers 455 clean-up buckets to New Windsor 7) Elizabethtown pastor stands in support of ‘Dreamers’ 8) Unique quilt supports ongoing needs in Nigeria PERSONNEL 9) Mark Hartwig retires as IT director for the Church of the Brethren 10) Patrice Nightingale retires as Brethren Benefit Trust manager of production UPCOMING EVENTS 11) National Youth Conference registration opens in January 12) January Ventures course to focus on ‘Congregation in Mission’ 13) Brethren bits Read more »


Brethren bits for Dec. 9, 2017 (December 9, 2017)

In this issue: personnel announcements, job openings, volunteer opportunities, send Christmas cards to BVSers, Bethany Day at Seminaries that Change the World, the next Clergy Tax Seminar, “Brethren Voices” features Brethren Disaster Ministries, and more news from congregations, districts, colleges, and ecumenical partners. Read more »


National Youth Conference registration opens in January (December 8, 2017)

National Youth Conference (NYC) registration opens in a little over a month. Sample registrations are available online at www.brethren.org/nyc . NYC is a Church of the Brethren conference held every four years for youth who have completed grade 9 through the first year of college or age equivalent, and their adult advisors. Read more »


Patrice Nightingale retires as Brethren Benefit Trust manager of production (December 8, 2017)

Patrice Nightingale has announced her retirement as manager of production for Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), as of Dec. 31. She joined the BBT communications staff on May 5, 2008. On Oct. 20 of the same year, she succeeded Nevin Dulabaum as director of communications. In late 2011, BBT went through an organizational change due to economic factors, and she was transitioned to her current position. Read more »


Mark Hartwig retires as IT director for the Church of the Brethren (December 8, 2017)

Mark Hartwig is retiring as director of Information Technology for the Church of the Brethren, effective Dec. 22. He has worked at the denomination’s General Offices in Elgin, Ill., for more than 12 years. Read more »


Children’s Disaster Services responds to fires in southern California (December 8, 2017)

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) is responding to the fires in southern California, at the end of a week in which wildfires stoked by strong Santa Ana winds started northwest of Los Angeles and now have begun in the San Diego area as well. CDS will be deploying a team of eight volunteers to serve affected children and families in southern California beginning this weekend. Read more »


Atlantic Northeast District delivers 455 clean-up buckets to New Windsor (December 8, 2017)

What a wonderful God we serve! In August, Church World Service (CWS) announced the need for more disaster relief clean-up buckets in the warehouse at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. This request was prompted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of Houston, Texas. Little did they know Irma, Jose, and Maria were on their way, as well as a devastating earthquake in Mexico. Read more »


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