Church of the Brethren Newsline
September 28, 2007
With the theme, “The Future of the Church of the Brethren,” about 135 Church of the Brethren members from several states and nine districts attended the annual meeting of the Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) on Sept. 8 at Shank’s Church of the Brethren in Greencastle, Pa.
John A. Shelly Jr., of the home congregation, moderated the meeting. Ron Showalter enthusiastically led in a cappela congregational singing, mostly from the 1901 “Brethren Hymnal.”
Craig Alan Myers, BRF chairman from Columbia City (Ind.) Church of the Brethren (Blue River Congregation) spoke on five “Challenges Facing the Church of the Brethren,” which he identified as pluralism, or the notion that all religions are valid; demographics, or the change in population in recent years; conformity and a worldly spirit; faithfulness to New Testament teaching; and action or the lack thereof on the part of the church.
James F. Myer, BRF vice chairman from White Oak Church of the Brethren in Manheim, Pa., presented a review of the 2007 Annual Conference in Cleveland, most of which can be found in the most recent issue of the “BRF Witness” newsletter.
After a more-than-sufficient lunch, Myers gave the chairman’s report, highlighting the main activities of the BRF over the last year. The BRF prints the “BRF Witness,” publishes the Brethren New Testament Commentary series, maintains a website, directs the Brethren Mission Fund, oversees a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) unit, and plans events at Annual Conference, among others.
Harold S. Martin of Lititz, Pa. (Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren) preached the afternoon message on “The Challenge to Persevere in the Church of the Brethren.” In it, he presented reasons some give to leave the church, and countered with reasons to stay in the church and work for revival.
Paul E. Schildt Jr. of East Berlin, Pa. (Upper Conewago Church of the Brethren in Abbottstown, Pa.), and Mervin C. Groff of Manheim, Pa. (White Oak Church of the Brethren) were confirmed to continue on the BRF Committee for another five-year term, and Jordan Keller of Wales, Maine (Lewiston Church of the Brethren) was confirmed to fill out an unexpired term.
The offering for the day was $2,273.
For more information about the Brethren Revival Fellowship, go to http://www.brfwitness.org/.
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