This listing is provided by the Church of the Brethren Newsline in order to help us recognize, thank, and pray for Church of the Brethren members who are caring for people’s health right now.
Here is a listing of Church of the Brethren congregations that are offering online worship services during the time when COVID-19 is preventing the church from gathering in-person for worship.
1) Christ is risen. Christ is risen indeed!
2) Global Church of the Brethren Communion takes survey of essential Brethren characteristics
3) Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children’s Disaster Services monitor situation at border
4) Network seeks mission advocates for each congregation and district
5) Twelve mini-grants are given through program for Racial Justice and Healing Racism
6) Wenger resigns as executive minister of Western Pennsylvania District
7) First virtual Annual Conference will feature worship, business, Bible studies, concerts, insight and equipping sessions, networking groups, and more
8) Virtual Annual Conference: 12 ‘how-tos’
9) Early-bird registration ends April 9 for Leadership Summit on Wellbeing
10) Two-part Ventures course to focus on cultural competency
11) Brethren bits: Remembering Lois Neher, prayer for Venezuela and Brazil, Messenger gets “Best of the Church Press” awards, Shine VBS named a “top pick,” letter on Yemen, action alert on AAPI violence, FAQ from Annual Conference officers, Healing Racism Congregations and Communities #ConversationsTogether, FaithX registration ends April 15, and more
In this issue: Remembering Lois Neher, in prayer for the Brethren in Venezuela and Brazil, Messenger receives “Best of the Church Press” awards, Shine Vacation Bible School named a “top pick,” letter on Yemen, action alert on AAPI violence, FAQ from the Annual Conference officers, next Healing Racism Congregations and Communities #ConversationsTogether, FaithX registration closes April 15, and more.
Twelve congregations and districts across the denomination have received mini-grants for Racial Justice and Healing Racism through the Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministries:
The May offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “The Ministry of Jesus, Ubuntu and Cultural Competency for These Times” led by LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren. The course will be held online in two evening sessions May 4 and May 11 at 6-8 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Central time).
William W. (Bill) Wenger has resigned as Western Pennsylvania District executive minister, as of Oct. 31. He has served in the position for about three-and-a-half years, starting on an interim basis in Jan. 2017. He was called to the permanent position in Sept. 2017.
Staff of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) are monitoring the situation at the southern border of the United States as numbers of migrants increase, in particular the conditions for families with children and unaccompanied minors.
A committee of the Global Church of the Brethren Communion has developed a survey of essential characteristics for a church to be considered Church of the Brethren. The committee is asking all interested Church of the Brethren members to respond. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, and Portuguese.
This Easter proclamation is both the foundation of our faith and source of our hope. While for us it transforms our way of living in the world, the world finds resurrection foolish. Resurrection contradicts experience and it confounds human reason. Yet Christians proclaim the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and the restoration of all things in Christ. The promised resurrection with Christ is more than an idea; it is a promise revealed in day-to-day living.