Brethren bits

— Correction: The company of the keynote presenter at the recent annual forum of the Fellowship of Brethren Homes was incorrect in the Newsline article of Sept. 17. Courtney Malengo is the founder of Spark + Buzz Communications.

— The 2022 Dunker Church Service at Antietam is now available to stream on the Facebook page of the Church of the Brethren’s Mid-Atlantic District. Go to

— Shenandoah District has announced that Evergreen Church of the Brethren will be celebrating its 125th anniversary on the weekend of Oct. 28-30, with special speakers and events: Friday, Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m., guest speaker Glenn Bollinger, pastor of Mill Creek Church of the Brethren, with the Mill Creek Church choir bringing special music, followed by a social time with refreshments; Saturday, Oct. 29, 7-9 p.m., guest speaker David Brunk, retired Church of the Brethren pastor, with the Ford Sisters bringing special music, followed by a social time with refreshments; Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, guest speaker and district executive minister John Jantzi, with the Good Time Gospel Quartet bringing special music, and a meal following in the social hall.

— Virlina District has announced a mortgage-burning celebration at Living Faith Church of the Brethren in Concord, N.C. “This is a very significant achievement for this 26-year-old congregation. It is the only Church of the Brethren in the immediate Charlotte, N.C., area,” said the district newsletter.

A tweet from Dave McFadden, president of Manchester University, celebrates work on the Chime Tower on the university’s main campus in North Manchester, Ind.

Please pray… For the congregations that are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

— Missouri and Arkansas District has announced that, after 151 years of faithful ministry, Greenwood Church of the Brethren near Mountain Grove, Mo., was officially closed by the vote of the conference.

— “21st-Century Youth/Young Adult Ministry” with keynote speaker Becky Ullom Naugle, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Church of the Brethren, is a continuing education event hosted at Peoria (Ill.) Church of the Brethren in advance of the Illinois and Wisconsin District Conference. The event is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (central time). Cost is $15, which includes lunch and 0.5 continuing education credit. In addition to the sessions led by Ullom Naugle, the day will include worship and prayer. To register, contact the district office at 309-649-6008 or

— The Village at Morrisons Cove in Pennsylvania has launched “A Million Letters of Hope” campaign. The campaign is intended to “brighten the life of those who call the Village ‘home’ and to continue its mission of caring for residents without resources,” said an announcement from Middle Pennsylvania District. “Here’s how to be a part of this outreach: Write a letter of care and love to a resident, (or have your child draw a picture for them). Be creative! To further the mission of caring for residents without resources, you’re asked to make a donation of at least $2 per letter…. While so many other care facilities have set limitations on who can receive care based on income and financial resources, the Village continues to extend care to those with limited funds. This was the mission of Morrisons Cove Home from its very beginning in 1903.” Letters may be mailed to The Village at Morrisons Cove, c/o Liz Foster, 429 South Market Street, Martinsburg PA 16662.


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