Church of the Brethren Newsline
July 8, 2018
— For complete coverage of Annual Conference 2018 see www.brethren.org/ac/2018/coverage . This index page offers links to news reports, photo albums, the “Conference Journal,” webcasts, selected sermon texts, worship bulletins, and more. Some highlights of the additional coverage available online:
Photo albums covering all the major events of the Conference as well as most of the additional activities and areas like the Exhibit Hall give a broad holistic picture of this year’s annual meeting of the Brethren, see www.bluemelon.com/churchofthebrethren/
Reviews of selected insight sessions, meal programs, and other events include:
“Candlelight vigil prays for separated families” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“A road to freedom,” a reflection on the experience of visiting the Underground Railroad center in Cincinnati at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“Bethany Seminary unveils new logo, recognizes Tara Hornbacker’s retirement” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“Elephants, faith, and focus: Notes from the Almuerzo” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“Poetry is something you discover” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“A BRF leader reflects on how a divided house can stand” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
“World War I and the Church of the Brethren” at www.brethren.org/news/2018/
The daily “Conference Journal” news sheet that was handed out on paper with the worship bulletins is available online in pdf format, links are at www.brethren.org/ac/2018/coverage .
Recordings of the webcasts of worship services and business sessions are still able to viewed at www.brethren.org/ac/2018/webcasts .
— By the numbers:
2,233 people registered for the 2018 Annual Conference including 673 delegates (667 were present onsite) and 1,560 nondelegates.
2,088 people attended the opening worship service of the Conference on Wednesday evening, July 4, topping the attendance figures for the week. Some 1,631 people were in worship on Thursday, 1,475 on Friday, 1,304 on Saturday, and 1,173 in the closing worship service on Sunday morning.
$60,223.80 was received in offerings including $14,774 on Wednesday for the Nigeria Crisis Response, $13,157.03 on Thursday to support Church of the Brethren Core Ministries, $14,773 on Friday for disaster relief in Puerto Rico, $8,755.52 on Saturday for ministry among the Batwa (Pygmy) communities in the Great Lakes region of Africa, and $8,764.25 on Sunday to help pay for Spanish translation for Annual Conference–both written translation of documents and the live translation that is offered during the event.
$9,492.75 was donated in the form of cash, checks, and gift cards to benefit First Step Home, the recipient of this year’s Witness to the Host City. This total does not include the donations of goods and items such as diapers for use by the organization that serves women and children in Cincinnati.
$8,100 was raised for world hunger by the quilt auction of the Association for the Arts in the Church of the Brethren, where 8 quilts and quilted wall hangings were sold–some twice over.
$2,102 was raised for the Ministry Assistance Fund by the Minister’s Association.
159 total pints were received by the blood drive, including 85 on Thursday and 74 on Friday