Today in Cincinnati – Saturday, July 7, 2018

Church of the Brethren Newsline
July 7, 2018

Today’s worship theme: Called to Serve

“‘Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise’” (Luke 10:36-37).

Angela Finet preaches for the Saturday evening worship service. Photo by Regina Holmes.

Quotes of the day:

“How can we begin to see all these victims as individuals? Christ-like seeing allows us to see beyond our labels, beyond our categories into the humanity we all share.”
— Angela Finet preaching for the Saturday worship service on the parable of the Good Samaritan.

“You and I are never more Christ-like than when we feel another person’s hurt…. We are never more Christ-like than when we reach out and help.”
— Bible study leader Paul Brubaker, offering thoughts on the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.

The big screen on the Conference floor displays a table talk question on the proposal for a global Church of the Brethren gathering. Photo by Regina Holmes.

“Poverty, peace, justice, and climate change are inexorably linked. There can be no hope for justice, no hope for an end to poverty, and no hope for peace if we continue on our present path.  We must confront inequality while weaning ourselves from the very fossil fuels that built our economic wealth. We must work to build peace while reducing air pollution. This new path for us leads to God’s plan for a new creation.”
— Sharon Yohn presenting the report “Creation Care: Faith into Action.”

“Challenging the church to be more than a mere mouthpiece of the gospel…we embrace the call to be disciples.”
— General secretary David Steele speaking of the breadth of the denominational ministries, during the Church of the Brethren report to the delegates.

“Unlike the symbol of power in a courtroom, this is a symbol of God’s power and presence that guides us.”
— Samuel Sarpiya speaking about the moderator’s gavel, which he passed to Donita Keister at the end of the day’s business session. She will serve as moderator of the 2019 Annual Conference.

A choir of Nigerian women from the BEST group sang for the Conference at the opening of the afternoon business session. Photo by Glenn Riegel.

By the numbers:

Final registration for the 2018 Annual Conference: 2,233 including 673 delegates (667 onsite) and 1,560 nondelegates

Saturday’s offering received during worship, to aid the Batwa (Pygmy) communities in the Great Lakes region of Africa: $8,755.52

Blood drive donations: 159 total pints, including 85 received on Thursday and 74 received on Friday

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The top finishers in the BBT Fitness Challenge 5K (from left) female and male walkers and male and female runners, and their times: Susan Fox (40:42), Don Shankster (35:56), Matthew Muthler (18:48), and Karen Stutzman (25:03). Photo by Glenn Riegel.


Ice cream! Photo by Donna Parcell.


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