Newsline for Feb. 6, 2021

NEWS
1) Annual Conference office releases two ballots to be presented to 2021 delegate body

PERSONNEL
2) Chris Douglas to retire from the Church of the Brethren staff

UPCOMING EVENTS
3) The 2021 New and Renew Conference is virtual
4) Leadership Summit on Wellbeing takes place April 19-22 as a virtual event
5) Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center announces continuing education events

6) Brethren bits: Praise requested for the escape of several of the Chibok girls, remembering John Thomas Sr., prayer for Haiti, report from Rwanda, On Earth Peace announcements, Illinois and Wisconsin District Potluck, congregations do the Souper Bowl, success for 2020 graduates of McPherson College, more

Brethren bits for Feb. 6, 2021

In this issue: Prayers of praise requested for the escape of several of the Chibok girls, remembering John Thomas Sr., prayers requested for Haiti, mission report from Rwanda, On Earth Peace announcements, Illinois and Wisconsin District potluck workshops, congregations involved in Souper Bowl, success for 2020 graduates of McPherson College, and more.

The 2021 New and Renew Conference is virtual

Join us for the New and Renew Virtual Conference, May 13-15. New and Renew is an opportunity for pastors and leaders of new church plants and established churches to come together for worship, learning, and networking.

Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center announces continuing education events

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) has announced upcoming continuing education events. Two Spring events will be held virtually via Zoom. The Fall event currently is planned to be in-person. Descriptions and registration links are below. For more information contact svmc@etown.edu.

Chris Douglas to retire from the Church of the Brethren staff

Chris Douglas will retire from the Church of the Brethren staff on Oct. 1. She has worked for the denomination for more than 35 years, since 1985. Most recently, she has served as director of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference.

Newsline for Jan. 30, 2021

NEWS
1) Church of the Brethren denominational membership falls below 100,000
2) World Council of Churches issues statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

PERSONNEL
3) Hannah Shultz resigns as coordinator of short-term service with BVS
4) Victoria Ehret to serve as interim district executive for Atlantic Southeast District

UPCOMING EVENTS
5) Denomination-wide online worship gathering titled ‘Venturing Forth Boldly as a Faith Family’ is set for Feb. 27
6) Next Moderator’s Town Hall will look at the global church
7) Drew G. I. Hart to headline webinar series on ‘Healing Racism Congregations and Communities’
8) Ventures course to focus on multivocational ministry

RESOURCES
9) Lenten devotional for 2021, The Wild Way of Jesus, is available from Brethren Press
10) ‘Keeping Our Eyes on God’: Preparing for Annual Conference through Bible study

REFLECTIONS
11) Inaugurating Jesus as Lord

12) Brethren bits: Longtime BVS House is sold, personnel notes, job openings, update of the Church of the Brethren Manual of Organization and Polity, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs on to statements, Material Resources travels the country to pick up materials for Lutheran World Relief, “Archives Live: 19th Century Notables” is next virtual archives tour, and more