Today at NYC – “Manifesting Joy”

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren
Fort Collins, Colo. — July 17-22, 2010

This morning the buses and the airport shuttles began lining up in the Moby parking lot at Colorado State University to disperse NYCers to their homes around the country and around the world…. But first the youth heard 2010 Annual Conference moderator Shawn Flory Replogle preach about the meaning of joy, and how the joy many found at NYC can continue to be manifest in their daily lives after they get back home. The Thursday morning worship service was the closing event of National Youth Conference 2010, and ended with the emptying out of the worship center that held the colorful glass “stones” that had been brought forward in the opening worship service signifying the Christian community built here this week. Each youth was invited to take one of the glass stones home, an NYC symbol to treasure.
(Banner photo by Glenn Riegel)

It is the last morning of NYC, and the crowd is tired…. The morning’s preacher, Shawn Flory Replogle, asked the crowd to keep their eyes open for just one more worship service! Bus and plane rides home will give a chance for afternoon naps. Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Quotes of the Day

“If only I had an Australian accent!”
–Thursday morning preacher and 2010 Annual Conference moderator Shawn Flory Replogle, commenting on having to follow Jarrod McKenna on the NYC stage. He also wished for dredlocks.

“The NYC theme song says more about Jesus in a briefer amount of time than anyone could. It’s fabulous!”
–Shawn Flory Replogle, preaching for the closing worship service

“It seems like that’s what joy is: hope expressed.”
–Preaching on texts from Isaiah, and the story of Jesus’ final week on earth, Shawn Flory Replogle calls youth to know the kind of joy that can be likened to the struggle and new life of childbirth

“My earnest prayer: that each of you claim Christ’s call in the 21st century, and may you–like our group in the 18th century–continue to be surrended to God, transformed by your relationship with Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.”
–A. Mack in his final appearance at NYC 2010, as he told the story of the first Brethren baptisms in Germany in 1708. A. Mack is a personification of Brethren founder Alexander Mack Sr., played by Larry Glick.

NYC Facts and Figures

NYC was made possible by: Co-coordinators Audrey Hollenberg and Emily LaPrade, youth and young adult director Becky Ullom, the National Youth Cabinet, guest speakers, a host of youth workers, volunteers, adult advisors, and denominational staff

Total registration, including youth, adult advisors, volunteers, and staff: 2,884 people.

Food offering for the Larimer County Food Bank, based in Fort Collins, Colo.: 1,854 items of food, making up 40 boxes of canned and dry goods.

Offering for Haitian schoolchildren and Brethren-related schools in Haiti: $16,502.00.

Cash offering for the NYC Scholarship Fund: $6,124.87.

Offering of School Kits for disaster relief: 737 kits collected.

Service projects: More than half of the participants at NYC spend an afternoon doing a service project

The NYC Band: David Meadows of Stone Church of the Brethren in Huntingdon, Pa., and Virginia Meadows of Hollidaysburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, music coordinators and lead vocalists; Laban Wenger of North Manchester (Ind.) Church of the Brethren, on the guitar; Jacob Crouse of Warrensburg Church of the Brethren in Mo., on the bass; Andy Duffey of Bridgewater (Va.) Church of the Brethren, on the drums; and on the keyboard Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren.

The News Team for the 2010 National Youth Conference (NYC) includes photographers Glenn Riegel and Keith Hollenberg, writers Frank Ramirez and Frances Townsend, “NYC Tribune” guru Eddie Edmonds, Facebooker and Twitterer Wendy McFadden, website staff Amy Heckert, and news director and editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford. Contact cobnews@brethren.org .

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