Helping Hands Benevolence Fund to the rescue

Oasis of Hope Fellowship (Iglesia Berith, Oasis De Esperanza) located in Lebanon, Pa., was recently able to make a difference in the life of a family in their church. This family found themselves in a difficult situation this summer. The roof of their home was damaged and water would come through the roof whenever there was rain.

Newsline for Jan. 7, 2022

NEWS
1) Church of the Brethren Yearbook for 2021 includes 2020 statistical information for the denomination

2) Church of the Brethren funds close out year with final grants for 2021

3) Exercising caution during this surge / Actuar con precaución durante este aumento repentino

4) Three brothers killed in two communities attacked in northeastern Nigeria, Nigerian church mourns loss of EYN president’s father

PERSONNEL
5) ‘Bill’s service at OEP’: An On Earth Peace release marking the end of Bill Scheurer’s term in leadership

6) Lauren Bukszar to join Church of the Brethren IT team

UPCOMING EVENTS
7) FaithX registration for summer 2022 events opens next week

8) ‘Pathways for Effective Leadership’ course is offered by SVMC

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
9) Midland Church opens its doors as a warming shelter after blizzard

10) Helping Hands Benevolence Fund to the rescue

11) Beaver Creek Church aids family following house fire

12) Brethren bits: Remembering Steven Van Houten and Larry Ditmars, Global Mission helps fund a Christmas party in Uganda, the next BHLA Facebook Live event offers a “part 2” on the Brethren Service Committee, and more

Brethren bits for Jan. 7, 2022

In this issue: Remembering Steven Van Houten and Larry Ditmars, Global Mission helps fund a Christmas party in Uganda, the next BHLA Facebook Live event offers a “part 2” on the Brethren Service Committee, and more news by, for, and about Brethren.

‘Pathways for Effective Leadership’ course is offered by SVMC

The Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center (SVMC) is offering the TRIM (Training in Ministry) course “Pathways for Effective Leadership, Part 1,” with Randy Yoder as the instructor. This is scheduled as an intensive course to be held online over two weekends, March 25‐26 and April 29‐30.

Newsline for Dec. 18, 2021

NEWS
1) Together let us be Jesus in the neighborhood

2) Brethren Disaster Ministries consults with districts following tornados and storms in central US, Children’s Disaster Services sends team to Missouri

3) Yearbook survey reveals worship habits during pandemic

4) District team emerges from felt need to confront the evil of racial injustice

5) A light on the hill at Pegi Church: Unexpected encounters in Nigeria

PERSONNEL
6) Sherry Chastain resigns from Children’s Disaster Services staff

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
7) Reading in the neighborhood

8) Northview Church begins holding Service Sundays

FEATURE
9) ‘Moderator Musings’ for December 2021: It has come to my attention

10) Brethren bits: Remembering Arden Ball, Messenger Radio episode on “Advent Waiting,” book study sponsored by Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church, letter calls for COVID-19 vaccine TRIPS Waiver, next year’s Youth Roundtable, release of Haiti hostages, more

Brethren bits for Dec. 18, 2021

In this issue: Remembering Arden Ball, Messenger Radio episode on “Advent Waiting,” book study sponsored by Part-time Pastor, Full-time Church, letter from 115 faith organizations calls for COVID-19 vaccine TRIPS Waiver, next year’s Youth Roundtable, release of Haiti hostages, and more

Together let us be Jesus in the neighborhood

Together, we concluded a four-year process of discernment earlier this year as the Annual Conference delegates virtually affirmed the compelling vision. Our Jesus in the neighborhood vision statement is now our Church of the Brethren vision.

Brethren Disaster Ministries consults with districts following tornados and storms in central US, Children’s Disaster Services sends team to Missouri

A devastating outbreak of 59 confirmed tornados occurred overnight on Dec. 10 to 11 in the central US, followed by powerful storms on Dec. 15. District Disaster Response Coordinators (DDCs) from the affected Church of the Brethren districts–Illinois and Wisconsin, Missouri and Arkansas, Northern Plains, Southern Ohio and Kentucky, and Western Plains–report little to no damage in the communities with Church of the Brethren congregations.

Yearbook survey reveals worship habits during pandemic

Earlier this year, the Church of the Brethren Yearbook Office conducted a survey asking congregational leaders to weigh in on their worship habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 300 Church of the Brethren congregations participated in the survey, representing more than a third of the close to 900 total number of congregations in the denomination.