A calendar of online events for youth and young adults has been announced by the Church of the Brethren’s Youth and Young Adult ministry. The events were shared in a letter from director Becky Ullom Naugle to youth advisors and pastors (https://mailchi.mp/brethren.org/youth-young-adult-ministry-2021). Information also is being shared via Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrethrenYYA.
The March offering from the Ventures in Christian Discipleship program at McPherson (Kan.) College will be “Reformations Past and Present,” to be held online March 13 at 9 a.m. to 12 noon (Central time), presented by Bobbi Dykema.
In this issue: Annual Conference registration opens March 2, prayer requests from Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs letter urging cuts to “the bloated Pentagon budget,” district and college news, CWS webinar “Thinking Beyond Resettlement: Are Complementary Pathways for Refugees the Answer,” “Words of Comfort, Prayers for the People” online prayer service from the NCC marks death of 500,000 Americans to COVID-19.
A plan to expand Church of the Brethren agriculture and trauma recovery programing in South Sudan is receiving support from Brethren Disaster Ministries and the Global Food Initiative. A joint allocation directs $29,500 to the work in South Sudan, including $24,500 from the Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) and $5,000 from the Global Food Initiative (GFI).
1) Mission and Ministry Board shares documents interpreting new strategic plan, in three languages
2) Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in coastal North Carolina receives EDF funding
3) GFI grants support pig project in Rwanda, community garden in North Carolina
4) First BFIA grants of the year go to churches offering temporary housing and food assistance
5) Council of District Executives holds virtual meetings
6) New Brethren Volunteer Service workers complete winter orientation
7) ‘Peacemaking When We’re So Divided’ will feature William Willimon
8) FaithX announces opening of registration for Tiers 1, 2, and 3 on March 15
9) Children’s Disaster Services recommends BBT resource on children and the pandemic
10) Brethren bits: A special thank you to Drew Hart, personnel, volunteer opening, Easter sale of children’s Bible story books, EYN minister’s conference, district events, ecumenical Lent emphases, and more
In this issue: A special thank you to Drew Hart, personnel, volunteer opening, Easter sale of children’s Bible story books, the EYN minister’s conference, district events, ecumenical Lent emphases, and much more.
FaithX (formerly the Workcamp Ministry) has announced a March 15 opening date for registration for short-term summer service events in Tiers 1, 2, and 3. However, the Church of the Brethren program announced a decision that Tier 4 events will not be possible this summer and will not be offered at registration.
Children and families continue to face isolation, and challenges abound with the pandemic continuing. Mental health for all ages has been impacted on some level. As we approach the one‐year anniversary of “flattening the curve” to slow the virus down, some may be feeling like this will never end. So, how can we face this year with hope and a plan to keep our families moving in the right direction?
The Mission and Ministry Board of the Church of the Brethren has published interpretive documents for its new strategic plan. They include “A Vision Storyline” of the plan and a FAQ document, both in three languages–English, Spanish, and Haitian Kreyol. Find the documents at www.brethren.org/strategicplan.
Brethren Volunteer Service has welcomed four new volunteers who completed the 2021 Winter orientation as part of BVS Unit 328. The orientation was held as a virtual, online event because of pandemic restrictions on in-person gatherings.