Ministry Summer Service (MSS) orientation is being held this week at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Interns arrived over the weekend, mentors arrived on Monday afternoon, and the group continues its orientation through Wednesday.
Ministry Summer Service is a program for college-age students to experience and be mentored in church ministry in a variety of settings including congregations, camps, retirement communities, and denominational programs. Included in the MSS group are the members of the Youth Peace Travel Team. MSS is sponsored by the Ministry Office and the Youth and Young Adult Ministry, led respectively by associate general secretary Mary Jo Flory-Steury and director Becky Ullom Naugle. Dana Cassell is helping to lead the MSS orientation as well.
The interns and mentors who will be serving together this summer:
Christopher Potvin will be mentored by Gieta Gresh, serving at Camp Mardela near Denton, Md.
Renee Neher will be mentored by Rachel Witkovsky, serving at Palmyra (Pa.) Church of the Brethren.
Brittney Lowey will be mentored by Twyla Rowe, serving at Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village, a retirement community near Boonsboro, Md.
Caleb Noffsinger will be mentored by Ed Woolf, serving at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill.
Zander Willoughby will be mentored by Glenn Bollinger, serving at Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren in Bridgewater, Va.
The Youth Peace Travel Team of Annika Harley, Brianna Wenger, and Kerrick van Asselt, is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Office and Office of Public Witness, along with Bethany Seminary, On Earth Peace, and the Outdoor Ministries Association. The team will be mentored by Becky Ullom Naugle, Nathan Hosler, Marie Benner-Rhoades, Rebekah Houff, and Marlin Houff.
The MSS interns will lead chapel for the General Offices on Wednesday morning, prior to embarking on their summer of service.