Newsline for July 30, 2008

“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008”

“For the Lord will bless you in…all your undertakings, and you shall surely celebrate” (Deuteronomy 16:15)


1) 300th Anniversary celebration takes place this week in Germany.
2) Wal-Mart grants for $100,000 go to two Brethren colleges.
3) Brethren bits: Corrections, remembrance, job openings, and more.


4) Lerry Fogle to retire as executive director of Annual Conference.
5) Brethren Benefit Trust calls Nevin Dulabaum as president.
6) Reid and Keyser appointed to associate general secretary positions.


7) 300th Anniversary bits and pieces.

Wrap-up reports from the 2008 Annual Conference/300th Anniversary Conference in Richmond, Va., July 12-16, are available online and from Brethren Press. The wrap-ups are designed for use by delegates as they report to congregations and districts about the Conference, to assist small group study of Conference decisions, and also as mementos for those who participated in the historic Anniversary Conference. Call Brethren Press at 800-441-3712 to order a 25-minute video Wrap-Up in DVD format for $29.95 plus shipping and handling. A DVD of all the Conference sermons is available for $24.95 plus shipping and handling. Both are produced by David Sollenberger. Go to for a two-page print Wrap-Up in pdf format.
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1) 300th Anniversary celebration takes place this week in Germany.

Hundreds of Brethren from around the world and representing Brethren bodies in 18 nations are expected to gather at the site of the first Brethren baptisms in Schwarzenau, Germany, on Aug. 2-3. A weekend of special events is planned as the 2008 Brethren World Assembly and the international 300th Anniversary Celebration of the Brethren movement, sponsored by the board of Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc.

Sunday Aug. 3 also is the day set aside for a denomination-wide celebration of the 300th Anniversary in the Church of the Brethren. Congregations across the country are invited to hold a special time of remembrance and celebration during worship this Sunday.

The schedule for events in Schwarzenau includes:

  • On Saturday, Aug. 2, opportunities for visits to the Alexander Mack Museum and the former Alexander Mack Schule (school) in Schwarzenau, and other places of interest; a Historical Craftsman Market offering an introduction to life at the time of the Schwarzenau Brethren in the early 1700s; pictorial lectures on the early Brethren offered by Brethren Benefit Trust staff Nevin Dulabaum at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; a hymn sing titled “Singing for Understanding Between the Nations” led by Karl-Heinz Wenzel at 3:30 p.m.; the unveiling of a plaque at the Eder River at 4:45 p.m.; a photo of participants in the Brethren Pension Plan at the river at 5:10 p.m. (approximately); and an evening concert by the McPherson (Kan.) College Choir, the Mannerchor Eintracht of Schwarzenau, the Frauenchor of Schwarzenau, and the Kammerchor Cantamus of Bad Berleberg at 7 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be served outdoors under a large tent, for a fee, with registration 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Gasthof Feige on Alexander Mack Strasse.
  • On Sunday, Aug. 3, worship at 10 a.m. in the Riding Hall with preachers Fredric G. Miller Jr. of Mount Olive (Va.) Brethren Church, and James Beckwith, 2008 moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference; lunch served outdoors under the tent, for a fee; the Anniversary Program 2 p.m. in Riding Hall with keynote speaker Marcus Meier, a German academic authority on the early history of the Brethren and other Anabaptists and Pietists, and author of a new book to be published this year titled “The Origin of the Schwarzenau Brethren”; and a concluding gathering at the river at 4:30 p.m.

In addition, a Peace Fest will be held in Marburg, Germany, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. It is sponsored by Brethren Volunteer Service and EIRENE, a German volunteer program that partners with BVS, as well as other Brethren programs and partners in Europe. The fest will be at Lutheran Pfarrkirche St. Marien. The schedule begins with displays by peace organizations. A program will follow, including presentations from Ken Kreider, author of “A Cup of Cold Water: The Story of Brethren Service”; Ken Rogers speaking on the International Cultural Youth Exchange and Brethren Colleges Abroad; Kristin Flory and Dale Ott speaking about BVS in Europe from the 1960s on; Marie-Noelle von der Recke presenting Church and Peace, a group of faith communities committed to nonviolent discipleship; Angela Koenig presenting EIRENE International Christian Service for Peace, which is celebrating 50 years of peace work; Wolfgang Krauss speaking from the German Mennonite Peace Committee; and a presentation of a Marburg Peace Initiative.

For more information about the Aug. 2-3 events in Schwarzenau, contact US coordinator Dale V. Ulrich at or 540-828-6548. For more information about the Peace Fest in Marburg, contact Myrna Frantz at or 641-475-3463.

2) Wal-Mart grants for $100,000 go to two Brethren colleges.

Two Church of the Brethren colleges–Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa.–each received $100,000 Wal-Mart College Success Award grants. Wal-Mart College Success Awards are administered by the Council of Independent Colleges and made possible by a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

In a press release, Manchester announced that it is the only Indiana college to receive the grant, and that only 20 grants were awarded nationwide. The grants are part of a nationwide initiative to increase the number of first-generation college graduates.

Manchester “already is deeply committed to the program,” the release said, adding that 25 percent of Manchester graduates are the first in their families to receive a college degree. “Our first goal, and one that Wal-Mart shares and has generously funded, is to increase the number of first-generation students choosing college,” said David F. McFadden, executive vice president of Manchester. “A second is to increase the number who graduate from college. First-generation students and the state of Indiana both will benefit when we meet these goals.”

With the two-year grant, Manchester plans to build on its already successful recruiting and retention programs. The release said the college will identify and match potential first-generation candidates at area high schools to Manchester College students and mentors. Students will attend overnight workshops to learn how to prepare and apply for college, and what to expect. The college also will work with high school guidance counselors.

Manchester already supports its first-year students through a Success Center that brings together faculty, counselors, health services, mentoring, tutoring, writing help, and study tables for all students, the release said, “strugglers as well as honor students.”

Similarly, Juniata was the only higher education institution in Pennsylvania to receive the award, said a Juniata release. “We take seriously our responsibility to deliver a superb education to every student regardless of family background or income,” said Thomas R. Kepple, Juniata president. “For example, nearly 40 percent of our graduates have been the first in their families to complete a college education. I’m proud to be part of a group of hard-working and creative colleges recognized for their commitment to first-generation and lower-income college students. I’m especially thankful for the commitment Wal-Mart has made to help us continue this important work.”

Juniata will use the award over the next two years to increase financial aid to allow first-generation students to attend the college’s Inbound Retreats program, a weeklong pre-orientation program for incoming freshmen designed to help students become accustomed to campus life and meet students with similar interests. Students demonstrating financial need will receive free admission to the program as Next Generation Scholars. They also will receive small grants to cover any lost wages they would have earned during that week if they were employed over the summer. In addition, the grant includes awards to first-generation students to cover textbook and laboratory expenses during their first semester at Juniata.

Nationwide, at all colleges and universities, only 24 percent of first-generation students succeed in earning a bachelor’s degree compared with 68 percent of students whose parents received a bachelor’s degree, the Juniata release said.

Find out more about Manchester College at and go to for more about Juniata College.

–This report is taken from press releases from Jeri S. Kornegay at Manchester College and John Wall at Juniata College.

3) Brethren bits: Corrections, remembrance, job openings, and more.

  • Corrections: In the July 16 Newsline, the name of Ramona Pence was inadvertently omitted from the General Board executive committee for the period through Aug. 31. Also, the first names of two Bethany Seminary Board members, Frances S. Beam and Phillip C. Stone, Jr., were misspelled. In another omission from a July 2 report on Churches Supporting Churches, the program offering congregations partnership opportunities with churches in New Orleans, the contribution of First Central Church of the Brethren in Kansas City was not mentioned: First Central has been holding regular collections for Churches Supporting Churches.
  • Andrew Herbert Holderreed, 93, of Castleford, Idaho, passed away at his home on July 15. He was a longterm Church of the Brethren mission worker in China and India. He was born in Cushing, Okla., to Louis and Margret (Maggie) Holderreed on Dec. 21, 1914. He graduated from high school in 1932 in Oakville, Wash., and in 1939 graduated from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., with two majors. That same year he entered Bethany Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he met and married Louise Virginia Garber in 1941. In 1945, the family studied Chinese at the University of California, Berkeley, and pastored Oakland Church of the Brethren. In Seattle, Wash., Holderreed was a wartime visitation worker in urban housing projects for the Seattle Council of Churches. The family arrived in China in March 1947, with two children and a third expected. The Church of the Brethren mission in northern China was closed in 1947 due to the Civil War, so the Holderreeds were assigned to a Methodist hospital where he served as assistant pastor and construction manager for staff housing. In April 1949, the US Consul ordered the family and others to leave as the Red Army was approaching. They arrived home in San Francisco by air evacuation. The Holderreeds were reassigned to India from 1951-67. Holderreed held a variety of positions in India including assignment to the Palghar Mission Station where he led a Boarding School for students and several village schools; to United Theological Seminary in Poona where he taught English as a second language and Indian church history while also serving as treasurer; to Intermission Business Office in Bombay as Brethren Mission Trustee and Treasurer; and to the mission property in Bulsar and the mission at Ahwa, Dangs. In 1967, the Holderreeds returned to the US and he became pastor of Larchmont Church of the Brethren in Tacoma, Wash., for 15 years, and also spent 12 years as a volunteer police chaplain for the city of Tacoma. He retired to Castleford in 1982 but continued to fill interim pastorates, became active with the Castleford Men’s Club, and propagated fruit trees and taught grafting. He was a member of Community Church of the Brethren in Twin Falls, Idaho. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Louise; son Bruce (Rena) Holderreed, a member of the Church of the Brethren General Board; daughters Mary (Francis) Early and Margie (Ken) Ullom; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at Community Church of the Brethren in Twin Falls on July 24. Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of the Brethren General Board Missions or to Community Church of the Brethren.
  • The Church of the Brethren seeks a director of Deacon Ministry to serve in a half-time position reportable to the executive director of Caring Ministries at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. The person will serve as primary staff for the Denominational Deacon Ministry; coordinate, plan, and implement deacon training in congregations, districts, and at conferences; and provide general support for the Caring Ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Required skills and knowledge include commitment to the Church of the Brethren vision, mission, and core values, and dedication to denominational and ecumenical objectives; understanding and appreciation for Brethren heritage, theology, and polity; communication skills; professional quality public speaking and comfort in leading small groups; dynamic writing style; ability to communicate a caring attitude; ability to keep confidentiality; people skills including ability to work well in a team; administrative and management skills and a spirit of flexibility and adaptability; a positive approach to life with particular enthusiasm for deacon ministry; and willingness to travel frequently, often on weekends. A minimum of three to five years of experience teaching, leadership training, problem solving, and/or resource development or marketing is required. Specific work with deacon issues or experience as a local deacon is preferred. Education requirement is a bachelor’s degree. Apply by requesting an application packet and then completing the application form, submitting a resume and letter of application, and requesting three references to send letters of recommendation to the Office of Human Resources, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120-1694; 800-323-8039 ext. 258;
  • The World Council of Churches (WCC) United Nations Liaison Office seeks a candidate to fill an administrative position in its office in New York, N.Y. The position joins a team in support of ongoing global collaboration to express concerns and address questions of power and structural injustice through ecumenical international advocacy. The position will require attendance, monitoring, and reporting on meetings at the UN; assisting with organizing ecumenical meetings, including the WCC’s annual United Nations Advocacy Week; organizing delegations of church leaders and representatives to attend meetings at the UN. The office seeks a candidate with intellectual curiosity, communication skills, interpersonal effectiveness, relevant experience, and a commitment to the ecumenical movement, to work in a small office of two people with additional interns and seconded staff. Key qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and a minimum two years of experience or the equivalent, ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities and deliver high quality work within established timelines, ability to work with a team with a professional and service-oriented approach and demeanor, knowledge of computer applications including MS Office, and good judgment, discretion, and confidentiality with regard to ongoing work. The ability to work in more than one of the WCC’s working languages is a strong asset, as is knowledge of the UN, the ecumenical movement, and website content management systems. The search process closes Aug. 10. The office seeks a candidate to begin work on Sept. 2, however this date can be flexible. The WCC is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Apply by sending a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and at least three recommendations to
  • The WCC also has announced its Internship Program for 2009. The WCC will welcome five young people (aged 18-30 years) to serve as interns in its offices in Geneva, Switzerland, from February 2009 to January 2010. Interns will be assigned to one of the WCC working areas, will carry out tasks in cooperation with program staff and under individualized supervision, and will plan an ecumenical project to implement in their home context when they return in February 2010. Applicants must send, along with their application, background information about their church or Christian youth network that will help them in implementing their proposed ecumenical project. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15. Go to for more information. Go to to download the application form. Go to to download the form to be filled in by the local church group supporting the application.
  • Brethren Disaster Ministries has issued an urgent appeal for volunteers to work at the rebuilding site in Rushford, Minn., from Aug. 10-16; and at the Chalmette, La., rebuilding site from Sept. 7-13. At the Rushford flood recovery project, the ministry has committed to doing six complete house rebuilds, with the goal of working on three or four houses at once. Full work crews of 15 people are needed to reach this goal. In Chalmette, volunteers are doing major repair work including insulation, drywall, laminate flooring, roofing, painting, and trim work, with the goal of effecting basic repairs to allow people to get back into their homes. To volunteer, contact a district disaster coordinator or Brethren Disaster Ministries at 800-451-4407.
  • July 31 is the deadline for the collection of Emergency Clean-up Buckets in Indiana. Until that date the collection point is Church World Service, 28606 Phillips St., Elkhart, IN 46515; 800-297-1516; open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. After July 31, clean-up buckets may be shipped to the Brethren Service Center Annex, 601 Main St., New Windsor, MD 21776. Church World Service (CWS) is calling for Emergency Clean-up Buckets to respond to the flooding in the Midwest. The buckets are kits that may be assembled by congregations, other groups, and individuals, and donated to the disaster effort. Go to for information about how to assemble kits.
  • Virginia Public Radio aired a report about the Church of the Brethren’s peace witness during the Annual Conference in Richmond, Va., when a reporter accompanied Enten Eller and other Brethren members to the peace rally sponsored by the Brethren Witness/Washington Office. Eller was originally contacted by reporter Joe Staniunas for an interview following up on his draft resistance of the 1980s. He was the first person to be convicted of failing to register and began a two-year sentence of unpaid work 25 years ago in Roanoke, Va., in June 1983. However, the reporter ended up accompanying Eller to the peace rally and interviewing others who offered comments on the church’s peace witness, including Bob Gross and Matt Guynn from On Earth Peace, and Cliff Kindy, a longterm volunteer with Christian Peacemaker Teams. Go to and click on the report of July 17 to hear the radio clip.
  • An online course titled “From Jesus to Reformation” taught by Josh Brockway from Sept. 2-Oct. 28 is being offered by the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. Training in Ministry (TRIM) students will receive one academy level/CEQ unit of Bible-Theology Credit for the course. Pastors and other ordained ministers receive two continuing education units. For more information contact Marilyn Lerch at or 814-623-6095.
  • Northern Plains District has announced that on July 15, Panora (Iowa) Church of the Brethren with support from the district, reached a settlement with former church leaders and members who voted last fall to leave the Church of the Brethren. The district announced in its e-mail newsletter that according to the settlement, the departing leaders and their group will return church property, accounts, and records to the Brethren. “Since December, the Brethren have met for worship at the Panora Christian Church on Sunday evenings with neighboring Brethren from Panther Creek, Dallas Center, Beaver, Peace (Council Bluffs), Stover (Des Moines), and Ankeny helping them with preaching, accompaniment, presence, and prayers,” the newsletter reported. “This Sunday, July 27 at 5 p.m., the Brethren will resume worship services in their own church facility.” Sunday morning services will resume on Aug. 3.
  • The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy–which includes among its 21 faith group members the Church of the Brethren’ s Virlina District–is celebrating the opening of its new “green” facility in Richmond, Va. Virlina District supported the new headquarters building with a grant of $1,000. The Virginia Interfaith Center hopes the 3,600-square-foot brick building located in the Shockoe Bottom area will become the first in Richmond to achieve commercial interior certification under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
  • Bridgewater (Va.) College presented three Merlin E. and Dorothy Faw Garber Awards for Christian Service during Annual Conference in Richmond, Va. Receiving the awards at the alumni luncheon on July 13 were Daniel Rudy, a 2008 graduate from Mount Airy, Md.; and Claire Gilbert Ulrich, a 1978 alumna, and Dale V. Ulrich, provost and professor of physics, emeritus, both from Bridgewater, Va.
  • A nation-wide day of action took place in Canada related to deportation proceedings for Robin Long, the first American war resister to be deported by the Canadian government, according to a release from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT). CPT members led 150 participants in a July 10 vigil in Winnipeg, at the People’s Summit of the Mennonite Churches of Canada and the US, and in Toronto members of CPT participated in a human chain of solidarity between the Federal Court building and the US Consulate. CPT originated as an initiative of the historic peace churches–the Church of the Brethren, Mennonites, and Quakers. Long had been in the US Army for two years before fleeing to Canada in 2005, when his unit was ordered to Iraq. CPT reported that Long explained his unwillingness to go to Iraq in part by saying, “I would be wrong to be a tool of destruction.” However, he was deported to the US on July 15. As of July 22, the Mennonite Church USA reported that he is being held in a county jail in Colorado Springs, Colo. In response to the event, the Peace Advocate of the Mennonite Church is creating a list of people willing to pray for or write to soldiers who are examining the conflict between their conscience and commitment to the military. Contact Susan Mark Landis, Peace Advocate, Mennonite Church USA Executive Leadership, at or 330-683-6844.
  • The Louisville Institute has announced its 15th annual competition for sabbatical grants for pastoral leaders. Applicants must be regularly employed in a recognized religious leadership position, may be ordained or lay, and may or may not have a formal theological degree. Eligible positions include pastors and other parish ministers, chaplains, faith-based community agency leaders, and church judicatory officials. Awardees will ordinarily have been in their current place of ministry at least five years, plan on staying in their current place for at least a year beyond their sabbatical, and are at least five years away from retirement. Awards are made for either eight- or 12-week sabbaticals. Applications are due by Sept. 15. Award announcements will be made by Dec. 15, and sabbaticals must be taken between March 1, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010. Go to for details.

4) Lerry Fogle to retire as executive director of Annual Conference.

Lerry W. Fogle has announced his retirement as executive director of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, effective Dec. 5, 2009. At that time, he will have served in the position for more than seven years, since October 2002.

Fogle initially worked out of offices at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill., and more recently at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. Prior to his service to Annual Conference, he was associate pastor of the 1,100-member Frederick (Md.) Church of the Brethren beginning in 1995, where he coordinating the caring ministry of the congregation. Prior to his call to the Frederick congregation, Fogle was employed by GEICO Corporation as application program manager. There he oversaw programs that required administrative, organizational, and negotiation skills.

He is a graduate of Hood College with a bachelor of arts in management, and also graduated from the Training in Ministry (TRIM) program, and holds an MBA in church business administration. His retirement plans center around more time for family, ministry for the Lord, volunteer work in his community, and enjoying God’s Creation.

Annual Conference past-moderator James Beckwith announced initial plans for a search process for the new conference executive, who is to be available for training at the 2009 Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif., prior to an official October 2009 start date.

5) Brethren Benefit Trust calls Nevin Dulabaum as president.

Nevin Dulabaum has been called as president of Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT), beginning Sept. 7. He also will serve as president of the Brethren Foundation. He will succeed Wil Nolen, who is retiring after 20 years as BBT’s president and 25 years as the Brethren Pension Plan’s trustee.

Dulabaum currently is BBT’s director of Communications and Information Services. He has performed wide-ranging service for the Church of the Brethren over the years. In 1994 he joined the General Board staff as director of News Services and managing editor of “Messenger,” expanding the scope and readership of Newsline and launching

He joined BBT in September 1999 as manager of marketing and promotions. In 2000 his responsibilities expanded to include communications and information services. He has served on the senior Management Team since November 2000. In August 2006, he was called as BBT’s interim director of Socially Responsible Investing and served 16 months in this role.

His work for BBT has included representing the agency through client visits and at denominational events. He co-wrote the Brethren Pension Plan handbook, helped spearhead the production of video and print materials to articulate challenges experienced by the Brethren Medical Plan, and participated in establishing steps designed to ensure the longterm viability of the Brethren Pension Plan. He and his staff also helped coordinate and train Brethren Medical Plan District Advocates, and established BBT’s congregational contact network and a Speakers Bureau. More recently, he joined BBT’s new Ethos Committee. As interim director of Socially Responsible Investing, he spearheaded a decision to not invest in companies that make a significant portion of revenue from pornography, and assisted in a call to action that helped lead the Securities and Exchange Commission to refuse to limit the voice of minority shareholders of publicly traded corporations. He has served on the Church of the Brethren Credit Union board and played a key role in developing BBT’s administrative relationship with the credit union.

“The Board unanimously approved the Search Committee’s nomination of Nevin Dulabaum to serve as president after a thorough application and interview process,” said Harry Rhodes, BBT board chair. “We are confident that Nevin will continue the leadership Wil Nolen gave BBT in providing financial security and in promoting financial wellness and education for our denomination’s employees and members, while positioning the organization to serve the church amidst the challenges of a very competitive business marketplace.”

Dulabaum is a graduate of Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and a member of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill.

6) Reid and Keyser appointed to associate general secretary positions.

Two new staff leadership roles have been announced by the Church of the Brethren: Judy Keyser has been appointed associate general secretary of Operations, and Kathy Reid has been appointed associate general secretary of Ministry and Program. The associate general secretaries will provide leadership and direction in the day-to-day work of the ministry of Church of the Brethren, beginning Sept. 1.

Keyser currently is chief financial officer/treasurer and executive director of Centralized Services for the General Board. She began her work with the board as director of Financial Operations, then became controller and corporate controller. In 1997 she was named treasurer and director of Centralized Resources. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Elmhurst (Ill.) College, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Last year, she completed a second master’s degree in Education Counseling at Northern Illinois University.

Reid has served as executive director of the Association of Brethren Caregivers since 2004. Previously, she was executive director of the Texas Homeless Network, a statewide agency based in Austin. During her seven years with the Texas Homeless Network, she helped the organization grow from a staff of one and a budget of $42,000 to a staff of 15 and a budget of $300,000. She is an ordained minister in both the Church of the Brethren and the Mennonite Church USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind.; a master’s of Education from Georgia State University in Atlanta; and a master’s of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif.

7) 300th Anniversary bits and pieces.

  • “Lines, Places, and Heritage: Essays Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the Church of the Brethren,” was released this month by the Brethren Higher Education Association, representing the six Church of the Brethren colleges–Bridgewater (Va.) College, Elizabethtown (Pa.) College, Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., McPherson (Kan.) College, Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and the University of La Verne (Calif.)–and Bethany Theological Seminary. The new book contains feature articles by Brethren scholars in education, history, political science, sociology, and theology, as gifts of scholarship to the denomination. A total of 14 scholars contributed. It is co-edited by Stephen L. Longenecker, professor of history at Bridgewater, who also contributed an essay to the book; and by Jeff Bach, associate professor of religious studies at Elizabethtown and director of the Young Center for the Study of Anabaptist and Pietist Groups. The foreword is written by Bridgewater College president Phillip C. Stone. “Lines, Places, and Heritage” is available from Brethren Press for $22.95 plus shipping and handling, call 800-441-3712.
  • On Aug. 10, the churches of West Marva District plan to celebrate the 300th Anniversary with an afternoon of free activities, music, and fellowship at Camp Galilee, in Terra Alta, W.Va., from 2-6:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will include traditional hymns from the past 300 years, performed at various intervals between 2-5 p.m. by the Gortner Union Church, Ed and Lynn Remley, the Reeds, the Moon Family, the Oak Park Praise Team, and the Stoner Family. A variety of skits and monologues, a heritage fashion show, a history jeopardy game, power point presentations, and videos also will illustrate various aspects of Church of the Brethren heritage and history. A Communion bread-making demonstration and a history of the Love Feast is scheduled at 3 p.m. and will run concurrently with other activities. The celebration will end with a vesper service and Communion at 5:30-6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon, free of charge.
  • Stonerstown Church of the Brethren in Saxton, Pa. has been observing the denomination’s 300th anniversary and also celebrating 105 years as a congregation and 90 years of worship in its present sanctuary. The congregation hosted a special service with a musical program provided by “The Choraleers” from the Salemville German Seventh Day Baptist Church–the one remaining active congregation from a group that separated from the Brethren under the leadership of Conrad Beissel in 1728 and founded the Ephrata Cloister, according to a report from Stonerstown pastor Harold Bowser. The Salemville congregation still has an active ministry of worship, study, fellowship, and outreach, Bowser said. At the same service, Robert Neff delivered the message titled, “A Story of Wind and Fire.” Following worship, the two congregations had fellowship and the noon meal together.
  • Virlina District’s 300th Anniversary Committee gave away 300 Brethren heritage coloring books during the 2008 Annual Conference. Twelve drawings by Dana Belle Kinzie, a member of Cloverdale Church of the Brethren, were included in the coloring book.

Newsline is produced by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of news services for the Church of the Brethren General Board, or 800-323-8039 ext. 260. Patrick N. Getlein, Bob Gross, Mary K. Heatwole, Jon Kobel, Karin Krog, Linda Sanders, and Jane Yount contributed to this report. Newsline appears every other Wednesday, with other special issues sent as needed. Newsline special reports are anticipated from the 300th Anniversary events in Schwarzenau, Germany, with the next regularly scheduled issue set for Aug. 13. Newsline stories may be reprinted if Newsline is cited as the source. For more Brethren news and features, subscribe to “Messenger” magazine, call 800-323-8039 ext. 247.

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