WE. ARE. HERE.

National Young Adult Conference 2021–it was virtual, it was graceful, it was…ON FIRE! Allow me to explain.

Scott Douglas retires from Brethren Benefit Trust

Scott Douglas has announced his retirement as of Jan. 31, 2022, as Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) director of Relationships and Growth (formally Client Relations). His last working day will be Jan. 27, 2022.

Brethren bits for Oct. 1, 2021

In this issue: Material Resources donations and shipments, Information Coffee Hour for prospective BVSers, EYN Women’s Ministry aids widows, On Earth Peace offers online book club, Missouri and Arkansas District celebrates its 30th anniversary, Peace Day events at Timbercrest, and more news by, for, and about Brethren

Newsline for Oct. 2, 2021

NEWS
1) United Nations General Assembly commemorates calls for the elimination of racism

REFLECTIONS ON NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE 2021
2) The idea of ‘unfolding grace’ brought awareness to the ways God works in these hard times
3) Unfolding grace digitally
4) WE. ARE. HERE.

PERSONNEL
5) Beth Sollenberger retires from leadership of South Central Indiana District
6) Scott Douglas retires from Brethren Benefit Trust

UPCOMING EVENTS
7) Annual Conference office and Womaen’s Caucus co-sponsor webinar ‘From Nomination to Election’

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
8) Westminster Church offers webinar on ‘Racism and the Christian Response’
9) Cabool Church offers workshop on ‘Who Will Be a Witness?’
10) Lafayette Church celebrates 75th anniversary

11) Brethren bits: Material Resources donations and shipments, Information Coffee Hour for prospective BVSers, EYN Women’s Ministry aids widows, Missouri and Arkansas District celebrates its 30th anniversary, Peace Day events at Timbercrest, and more

Newsline for Sept. 24, 2021

NEWS
1) Mission and Ministry Board approves grant for new collaboration to aid Afghanistan evacuees
2) CDS volunteers help welcome Afghan children and families evacuated to the US
3) Disaster grant supports home rebuilding by Congolese Brethren following eruption of Nyiragongo volcano
4) Global Food Initiative grants go to Haiti, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, New Orleans
5) Haitians at the border: A Brethren response
6) National Council of Churches laments the treatment of Haitians at the US border
7) Manchester to name building in honor of first Black students

PERSONNEL
8) Lee-Lani Wright to serve, Debbie Roberts to retire from Pacific Northwest District executive team

UPCOMING EVENTS
9) National Youth Conference 2022 registration opens Dec. 1
10) Annual Clergy Tax Seminar is scheduled for Jan. 29 as an online event
11) Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center announces upcoming continuing education events

RESOURCES
12) Brethren Press’s Advent devotional for 2021, Hoosier Prophet, Maria’s Kit of Comfort among new resources for Brethren

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
13) Franklin Grove Church collaborates with Dixon congregation to celebrate the International Day of Peace
14) Ephrata Church encourages families to host block parties
15) Mountville Church provides ‘re-leaf’ and school kits
16) West Goshen Church honors retiring pastor’s ministry
17) First Chicago holds Zoom conversations with BVSers

FEATURE
18) Brethren and the National Farm Worker Ministry: 50 years of service

19) Brethren bits: Correction, building the Gisenyi Church in Rwanda, personnel, jobs, advocacy against military support for Saudi Arabia, Brethren in Spain contribute to volcano fund, and district, camp, and college news

Haitians at the border: A Brethren response

currently facing the compounding crises of political unrest following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, the effects of a destructive 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Grace. These events, as terrible as they are individually, also exacerbate existing problems like gang violence and food insecurity throughout the region.

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Brethren Press’s Advent devotional for 2021, Hoosier Prophet, Maria’s Kit of Comfort among new resources for Brethren

New resources from Brethren Press include the 2021 Advent devotional booklet, this year titled Do Not Be Afraid and written by Angela Finet. Also new from the Church of the Brethren publishing house is Hoosier Prophet: Selected Writings of Dan West, a collection of the writings of the founder of Heifer Project, now Heifer International. Now available to pre-order is a new children’s book about the ministry of Children’s Disaster Services, titled Maria’s Kit of Comfort.

National Youth Conference 2022 registration opens Dec. 1

Registration for National Youth Conference (NYC) 2022 will open Dec. 1 at www.brethren.org/nyc. Those who register in December will receive a free NYC t-shirt. Start making plans now to attend this week-long extravaganza full of worship, small groups, workshops, hiking, service projects, and more!