“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12b-13).
“In addition to now being out of debt, we have now accrued a back up reserve of $350,000. That money is now available to us, for years…when expenses exceed income.”
— Conference director Chris Douglas informing the delegate body of the financial health of the Conference
By the numbers
2,418 – total registrations including 719 delegates and 1,699 nondelegates
1,719 – worship attendance on Friday, July 4
$18,689.68 – offering received for the Core Ministries of the Church of the Brethren
514 – the number of times the Annual Conference app has been downloaded
2014 – the 150th anniversary of the assassination of John Kline, a Brethren Civil War era elder and martyr for peace, and the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Middle Man,” the beloved Brethren Press children’s story about Kline by Dorothy Brandt Davis and her children
Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) held its annual luncheon today, recognizing volunteers and giving its Partners in Service Award. This year the award went to Manchester University campus minister Walt Wiltschek, who also gave the presentation for the luncheon on the topic, “Worth Remembering.”
The Annual Conference News Team includes photographers Glenn Riegel, Regina Holmes, Keith Hollenberg, Justin Hollenberg, Alysson Wittmeyer; writers Frank Ramirez, Frances Townsend, Karen Garrett, Eddie Edmonds, Britnee Harbaugh; web staff Jan Fischer Bachman, Don Knieriem, Russ Otto; communications staff Wendy McFadden, publisher of Brethren Press, Mandy Garcia of donor communications, Messenger editor Randy Miller, and Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, director of News Services, who serves as editor.