FaithX announces service trip opportunities for all ages in 2024

A total of 13 service trips are planned for FaithX 2024, the Church of the Brethren’s program of short-term service opportunities for youth, young adults, and adults. New opportunities include more options for combined junior and senior high youth groups, a family camp with childcare provided, an older adult trip in February, and both international and domestic trips for adults.

Outdoor Ministries Association holds its annual retreat at Camp Eder

From Nov. 12-16, Camp Eder in Fairfield, Pa., hosted members of the Outdoor Ministries Association of the Church of the Brethren for a retreat/conference. Leadership from 14 camps and Brethren Volunteer Service joined together in exploring the theme of “Discipleship.” Pieter Tramper, from Brethren Woods in Virginia, was the coordinator.

Illinois and Wisconsin District sends query on to Annual Conference

The Church of the Brethren’s Illinois and Wisconsin District met for its district conference Nov. 3-4 at Lanark (Ill.) Church of the Brethren, with about 125 people attending including 57 delegates. Phyllis Batterton of the Woodland congregation (Astoria, Ill.) served as moderator, with the theme “Encouraging One Another.”

Churches in Nigeria fill with music, dancing, and prayer as WCC visits

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) was among the Nigerian denominations whose congregations received visits during a recent meeting of the World Council of Churches (WCC) executive committee in Abuja, Nigeria. Members of the WCC executive committee visited an array of congregations on Sunday, Nov. 12, “bringing a deep spiritual aspect to their gathering,” said a WCC release.

Brethren bits

In this issue: A Thanksgiving playlist from Messenger, a prayer request from Virlina District, job openings, Material Resources shipment to Turkey, Ephrata church hosts men’s conference featuring former mafia boss, new Dunker Punks podcasts, latest episode of Brethren Voices features BVS

EYN farmers suffer violence in northeast Nigeria, interview with EYN district secretary for Wagga

Clergy of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) have counted 107 farms harvested by Boko Haram said Mishak T. Madziga, EYN district secretary for the Wagga district, in an exclusive interview. In addition, he reported several deaths of EYN members at the hands of the terrorists. EYN president Joel S. Billi, who was in the area to celebrate the autonomy of a new local congregation, confirmed the report of many farmers losing their farms to Boko Haram in this critical time of harvest.

What happened December 25, 1723?

“What Happened December 25, 1723?” is the title for a Brethren Heritage Center event celebrating the 300 anniversary of the founding of the first Brethren church in the Americas. Germantown Church of the Brethren in Philadelphia, Pa., is the oldest continuously existing congregation in the Brethren movement, and is considered the “mother church.”

Brethren bits for Nov. 3, 2023

In this issue: Office of Peacebuilding and Policy staff participate at a pray-in for peace in Israel and Palestine, the Material Resources program has shipped a 20-foot container to Honduras, job openings include director of the Brethren Historical Library and Archives and director of Finance for Atlantic Northeast District, and the Council of District Executives meets.

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