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White Gift Offerings, an Ivester tradition of ministry and outreach (February 3, 2015)

Following the aftermath of World War II, members of Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, Iowa, began what has become a long tradition--the White Gift Offering. It began as an offering of clothing, bedding, or other household items for people in need. On a designated Sunday in Advent, members of the congregation were invited to bring a gift, wrapped in white, to place under the church Christmas tree during worship. The gifts were then sent to Church World Service for distribution to needy people. Read more »

Ministers’ Association ‘Delving Deeply into Compassion’ at pre-Conference event (February 3, 2015)

The Minister’s Association invites you to join them and Joyce Rupp in Tampa, Fla. Registration is up and running for the pre-Conference Meeting, “Delving Deeply into Compassion,” with Joyce Rupp. Read more »

Romans 12 provides theme for National Junior High Conference (February 3, 2015)

National Junior High Conference will be held June 19-21 on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The conference will invite youth and their advisors to consider Romans 12:1-2. The theme, “Living the Change: Our Offering to God,” asks participants to consider taking their everyday, ordinary life--our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life--and place it before God as an offering. Read more »

Brethren bits for Feb. 3, 2015 (February 3, 2015)

In this issue: Fahrney-Keedy CEO Keith Bryan announces his retirement, Jeff Bach represents the Church of the Brethren on the Brethren Encyclopedia board, a plea to help the Alexander Mack Museum in Schwarzenau, Larry Glick as Elder John Kline is available to present program with Nigeria focus, Roundtable to gather at Bridgewater College in March, Southern Pennsylvania issue challenge to raise $250,000 for Nigeria, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. Read more »

Newsline for Jan. 27, 2015 (January 27, 2015)

1) Interfaith community calls for halt to drone attacks. 2) Reports from EYN staff, BDM volunteer focus on recent attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria. 3) Summer Bible School helps sponsor cornea transplant for student in Vietnam. 4) Merger celebrates 'One in Christ.' 5) Brethren bits Read more »

Interfaith community calls for halt to drone attacks (January 27, 2015)

More than 150 people of faith came to Princeton, N.J., this past weekend to learn from legal, ethical, and theological experts about drones and discern together a unified religious response to the horrors of drone warfare. This Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare drew participants from all over the country and from many religious backgrounds including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh. Read more »

Reports from EYN staff, BDM volunteer focus on recent attack on Maiduguri, Nigeria (January 27, 2015)

Muslims and Christians are fleeing Maiduguri, a large city in northeastern Nigeria, looking for safer places after Boko Haram insurgents attacked the area over the weekend and the Nigerian army responded, reports EYN staff liaison Markus Gamache. In a separate report Cliff Kindy, a short-term volunteer in Nigeria with Brethren Disaster Ministries, writes about efforts of Ekklesiyar Yan'uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) to serve the thousands who have fled into Maiduguri to escape continuing violent attacks of Boko Haram insurgents on other communities in northeast Nigeria. Read more »

Summer Bible School helps sponsor cornea transplant for student in Vietnam (January 27, 2015)

Nam is one of the amazing blind students at Thien An Blind School. He is easy going and optimistic. He was awarded as an excellent student in the first semester of this school year. Every day, he goes to school together with other students and he is a group leader. Read more »

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