National Older Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren
Lake Junaluska, N.C. — Sept. 7-11, 2009
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009
|Quote of the Day:
“One thing I like about the Church of the Brethren is that it refuses to retreat from the culture.” — Mike McKeever, a professor at Judson College in Elgin, Ill., and a keynote speaker on the topic, “Wisdom on the Road,” referencing imagery from the book of Proverbs of the Lady Wisdom standing at the crossroads
Overview of the Day:
NOAC Bits and Pieces
Final registration number: 928
“Hike for Haiti” results: Approximately 175 walkers have raised more than $3,130 for theological education of Brethren ministers in Haiti.
“Share to Shear,” the NOAC News fundraiser: $720 raised by the shaving of Chris Stover Brown’s beard
Service project record: A NOAC record was set today for the collection of Church World Service kits for disaster relief. A total of 1,299 kits were boxed up to be taken in the back of a pick-up truck to the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. There they will be processed, warehoused, and shipped by the Church of the Brethren’s Material Resources program on behalf of a number of ecumenical partners. The total included 4 clean-up buckets, 535 personal hygiene kits, and 760 kits of school supplies.
NOAC Story of the Day
This afternoon a special interest group led by David and Maria Huber, two older adult Brethren Volunteer Service workers, told the old and new story of the Church of the Brethren mission in Lybrook, a Navajo community in New Mexico.
The Lybrook Mission was started by the Church of the Brethren in 1952. Since then it has done significant work including sharing the Gospel, helping to combat alcoholism, providing education and medical care, and meeting other needs.
With a greater government role in education and health care in recent years, the mission is turning its focus to community development, and a group of families from Western Plains District have taken responsibility for the life and work of the new Lybrook Community Ministries.
The group is renovating campus buildings at Lybrook, and is seeking another family to live and volunteer there. The group also encourages Brethren to “visit Lybrook to see for yourself.”
A new brochure says, “Renew your previous connections or build new ones. Spend time. Do a retreat. Explore the abundant beautiful (natural) resources of the area. Help with an upcoming work project.”
Contact Dave and Maria Huber, Resident Directors, Lybrook Community Ministries, HCR 17 Box 1100, Cuba, NM 87013; 575-568-9110; firstname.lastname@example.org .
The cross that stands overlooking Lake Junaluska, photographed on a cloudy afternoon by Perry McCabe. Click here for
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