Brethren in the News

Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford
Jo Reinoehl of North Manchester, Ind., at 98 years old was the oldest participant at the 2011 NOAC.

“The flood: Church helps neighbors hit by flood,” Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News (Sept 12, 2011) – Instead of holding a regular Sunday service on Sept. 11, about 85 members of Annville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren gathered for a short worship service early that day, and then fanned out with mops, shop vacs and sheer muscle to assist with flood cleanup. Read the full story and view photos at

“9/11 Remembrance: Easton services mark attack anniversary,” Star Democrat,Easton, Md. (Sept. 12, 2011) – One of two services held in Easton, Md., on Sunday night marking the 10-year anniversary of 9/11 was an interfaith service hosted by Easton Church of the Brethren. The service brought 22 clergy members together for prayers and music that focused on unity, compassion, and peace. “On that day of human carnage, Yours was the first heart to break,” said Rev. Mary Garner, of Christ Episcopal Church in St. Michaels. “Form us as people determined to heal wounds rather than inflict them.” Several clergy members cautioned against holding anger and seeking retribution for what happened, instead calling for compassion and love. >Read the full account at

“Faiths’ similarities celebrated in Waynesboro 9/11 service,” Public Opinion, Chambersburg, Pa. (Sept. 12, 2011) – Representatives of the Christian, Hindu, and Muslim faiths prayed together at the interfaith ceremony “10 Years Since 9/11: Lessons in Love and Unity” hosted by Trinity United Church of God in Waynesboro, Pa., on Sunday. Pastor Amy Messler of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren took part in the program (click on photo to see her in leadership at the service along with other local clergy). >The full report is at

Obituary: Myrtle M. Ellinger, News Leader, Staunton, Va. (Sept. 12, 2011) – Myrtle “Sugie” Mae Morris Ellinger, 82, of Crimora, Va., died Sept. 11 after a brief illness. For many years, she was an active member and secretary at Forest Chapel Church of the Brethren in Crimora. She retired in 1982 from Wilson Trucking, where she had worked for 33 years, and after retiring she worked part-time at The Village Market in Crimora and Shenandoah Nursing Home in Fishersville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noah John Ellinger. The complete obituary is at

Obituary: Violet F. McQuiston, Kokomo (Ind.) Perspective (Sept. 12, 2011) – Violet F. McQuiston, 83, of Kokomo, Ind., passed away Sept. 10 at Howard Regional Health Systems. She was a lifetime member and deacon of Kokomo Church of the Brethren. She served in her local community by teaching cooking lessons at local nursing homes, and volunteering at the Logansport State Hospital. On Sept. 29, 1945, she married Gilbert R. McQuiston, who passed away in December 2003. Read the obituary at

Obituary: Tommy Weaver, Lexington (Ky.) Dispatch (Sept. 12, 2011) – Harry Columbus “Tommy” Weaver, 70, died Sept. 11 at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House in Winston-Salem. He was a member of Maple Grove Church of the Brethren and attended Lakeview Baptist Church. He was the owner and operator of H&C Grinding and Machine Shop. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Walser Weaver. Find the obituary at

Obituary: Darlene E. Jones, Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News (Sept. 11, 2011) – Darlene E. Jones, 87, died Sept. 10 at her home in Clovis, Texas. Services were scheduled for Sept. 12 at the Church of the Brethren in Clovis. She was a homemaker, enjoyed cross stitch and was a great seamstress. For the full obituary:

“Brethren heritage, craft fest set for Sept. 17,” Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa. (Sept. 10, 2011) – As many as 2,000 people are expected to celebrate their faith and have a good time doing it at the 28th annual Brethren Heritage and Craft Festival. Sponsored by Church of the Brethren’s Western Pennsylvania District, the festivities will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 at Camp Harmony, 1414 Plank Road, Hooversville, Pa. For more see

“Events planned to mark 9/11 anniversary,” Leader Times/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, (Sept. 10, 2011) – Among remembrance events planned for Sept. 11 in Armstrong County, was a cantata presented by the church choir at Center Hill Church of the Brethren in North Buffalo, Pa. (See bottom of article.) Read it at

Obituary: Mary E. Richards, Palladium-Item, Richmond, Ind. (Sept. 8, 2011) – Mary Elizabeth Blankenship Richards, 98, of Whitehouse, Texas, and formerly of Preble County, Ohio, went home to be with her Lord on Sept. 7. She was a member of Prices Creek Church of the Brethren for 60 years, where she was involved in all activities of the church, especially the ministry at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville, Ohio. She was an inspector at Clifton Shirt Co. in Eaton for 20 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Esta L. Richards, who passed away in 1968. Go to

“Freeport Church of the Brethren to host bazaar, luncheon and quilt show,” Freeport (Ill.) Journal-Standard (Sept. 8, 2011) – Freeport (Ill.) Church of the Brethren will host its 31st annual Country Country Store Bazaar and Luncheon on Sept. 24. The bazaar will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature pumpkins, squash, plants, gifts, homemade noodles, fall decorations, jewelry, and dishes among the Attic Treasures, crafts, a large assortment of baked goods and homemade jam, including ground cherry. For the full story see

“Clergy to join musicians for 9/11 commemoration,” Star Democrat, Easton, Md. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Easton (Md.) Church of the Brethren hosted a commemorative service for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, open to all area residents. The service also remembered the first responders who gave their lives in the line of duty. The evening of prayer and music involved 22 members of the area clergy, musicians, and representatives of first responders from the Maryland State Police, Easton Volunteer Fire Department, and Easton Police Department. The full release is at

Obituary: Wilbur K. Back, News Leader, Staunton, Va. (Sept. 7, 2011) – Wilbur Kennie “Pops” Back, 78, of Staunton, Va., passed away on Sept. 6 at his residence. He was an active member of Arbor Hill Church of the Brethren. He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on lawn mowers, gardening, auctions, and butchering hogs with his brother Charlie every year in November. He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby C. Back, who passed away on Nov. 13, 1999. The full obituary is at

Obituary: Martha Lois Pool, Olney (Ill.) Daily Mail (Sept. 6, 2011) – Martha Lois Pool, 85, of Olney, Ill., died Sept. 3 at Piatt County Nursing Home in Monticello, Ill. She was a life-long member of Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren. She was a school teacher at a rural country school and also worked for many years as a mental health worker in Richland County. She retired at age 80 from her position as an elder abuse investigator. She married James Harlan Pool on June 27, 1947; he preceded her in death on August 14, 1994. The obituary is at

Obituary: Alice Corene Collins, Spartanburg (N.C.) Herald Journal (Sept. 6, 2011) – Alice Corene Collins, 90, of Rutherfordton, N.C., died Sept. 4. She was a member of Melvin Hill Church of the Brethren. She retired from Butte-Knitting Mill and was the widow of Allen T. Collins. Find the full obituary at

Obituary: Harold W. Wampler, News Leader, Staunton, Va. (Sept. 5, 2011) – Harold Wayne Wampler Sr., 83, of Mount Sidney, Va., passed away Sept. 3 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He was a life member and deacon at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren. He was a dairy farmer and was an active member of the Mount Sidney Ruritian Club, where he held numerous positions and served as district governor. He was married on June 14, 1952, to Lois Elizabeth (Shickel) Wampler, who survives. Find the obituary at

Obituary: Paul R. Smallwood, News Leader, Staunton, Va. (Sept. 5, 2011) – Paul Richard Smallwood, 85, passed away Sept. 3 at his residence. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Church of the Brethren. He retired after 38 years of service from DuPont, and also was a building contractor and farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife Charlotte Parr Smallwood on Aug. 25, 2009. The full obituary is at

“David J. and Virginia Domer 65th anniversary,” Canton (Ohio) Repository (Sept. 4, 2011) – David J. and Virginia Domer of North Canton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Sept. 7. The former Virginia Culler and her husband were married Sept. 7, 1946, in East Nimishillen Church of the Brethren in North Canton, Ohio, by the Rev. Eldon Petry. The couple attend Mount Pleasant Church of the Brethren. The announcement is at

Obituary Ruth J. Barnhart, Journal and Courier, Kentucky (Aug. 31, 2011) – Ruth J. Senesac Barnhart, 87, of Bardstown, Ky., died Aug. 29 at Flaget Memorial Hospital, Bardstown. She was a member of Pyrmont Church of the Brethren, where she was music director and a Sunday school teacher. She was involved with the family farm near Pyrmont, where she managed the egg operation, and assisted her husband in his aircraft maintenance business, B&B Aircraft Inc. She sang with the Gospel Tones Trio for 25 years, touring many Indiana churches. She and her husband were members of the Indiana Flying Farmers, and she was the 1974 Indiana Flying Farmer queen. She married Robert F. “Barny” Barnhart on Dec. 6, 1942, and he survives. Obituary at

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