Brethren in the News



“Christian Understanding in an Age of Terrorism” is the latest study guide to be posted at It offers a study resource for a National Council of Churches document that is helping prepare Brethren and other American Christians for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation sponsored by the World Council of Churches — to be held in Jamaica this week, May 18-25. Click here for the study guide. Go to for more about the ecumenical event.

“Seed planter breaks loose, rolls through wall of church in Springfield Township,” York (Pa.) Daily Record (May 13, 2011) – Dan Innerst was planting soybeans when the hitch on his tractor broke and his grain drill swung free and began rolling down a sloping field. It crashed into Codorus Church of the Brethren, coming to rest in the junior and senior high Sunday school classrooms. No one was hurt in the accident. Loganville Fire Company and the Advanced Technical Rescue squads from Spry and Shrewsbury worked on the building all afternoon, shoring up the roof. Read the whole story at

Also see: “Runaway Farm Equipment Smashes into Church,” WGAL Channel 8, Lancaster, Pa. (May 13, 2011)

“Crime Where You Live 5-12: Two local churches have been burglarized in a similar way in the past few days,” WHSV Channel 3, Harrisonburg, Va. (May 13, 2011) – Two churches in the Harrisonburg area have been burglarized in a similar way in the past few days. The first case happened at Middle River Church of the Brethren in Fort Defiance Sunday, where someone threw a cinder block through the window and took $600 of electronic equipment from inside. Another break in took place at Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church. Go to

“Sundaes on Saturday at Pipe Creek slated for May 21,” Carroll County (Md.) Times (May 13, 2011) – Homemade hot fudge sauce and hot peanut butter sauce over ice cream – sounds heavenly. Pipe Creek Church of the Brethren will host Sundaes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 21. The event follows in the tradition of the church’s popular peach festival held each year in August. Read more at

Obituary: Nancy Jo Thompson, Marshalltown (Iowa) Times-Republican (May 13, 2011) – Funeral services for Nancy Jo Thompson, 76, were held on May 12 at Iowa River Church of the Brethren with Reverend David Lewis officiating. For the obituary notice go to–76.html?nav=5006

Obituary: Emogene Irene (Sefert) Wartluft, Salem (Ohio) News (May 11, 2011) – Emogene Irene (Sefert) Wartluft, 81, went home to be with the Lord on May 9, embraced by her loving family. She was a member of Freeburg Church of the Brethren, along with the Parent Teachers Association, 4-H, and the sewing club. She was employed as a cafeteria worker for 21 years. The full obituary is at–Sefert–Wartluft.html?nav=5008

“May Friendship Day slated by Church Women United,” The Mercury, Pottstown, Pa. (May 7, 2011) – Dawn Bealer of Coventry Church of the Brethren in North Coventry, Pa., is one of the women helping to lead a May Friendship Day service on the theme, “Living Our Friendship, Passing on the Key,” slated by Pottstown Church Women United. The full story is at

Obituary: Charm Betty (Smith) Morris, The Journal, Martinsburg, W.Va. (May 7, 2011) – Funeral services for Charm Betty (Smith) Morris, 68, who died May 2, were held Friday at Johnsontown Church of the Brethren.. For more go to

“Orrville area church to host youth fishing derby,” Canton (Ohio) Rep, (May 5, 2011) – East Chippewa Church of the Brethren near Orrville, Ohio, hosts its 6th Annual Youth Fishing Derby from 9 a.m. to noon May 21. The full notice is at

“Home sweet home, thanks to CAP,” Lebanon (Pa.) Daily News (May 3, 2011) – Lebanon County, Pa., Community Action Partnership has partnered with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Jubilee Ministries to provide temporary, short-term housing for families. Two of the apartments in the program are in a “Faith House” owned by Lebanon Church of the Brethren. The units can house one family each for roughly up to two months. Read the whole story at



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