Mid-Atlantic District requests prayer for families, congregations affected by Smithsburg shooting

“Please lift in prayer families of Grossnickle Church of the Brethren who were directly affected by the shooting in Smithsburg, MD on Thursday, June 9,” said one of a series of prayer requests from the Mid-Atlantic District leadership. Three people were killed in a shooting at Columbia Machine on that afternoon, and at least one first responder, a Maryland state trooper, was among those wounded.

Brethren bits

In this issue: New leadership at the World Council of Churches, speakers announced for On Earth Peace Day of Celebration, University of La Verne receives $2.3 million gift to launch nursing program, Church World Service is honoring refugees on World Refugee Day June 20, Bible study commemorates shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church, prayer and support requested following other recent shootings, among news by, for, and about Brethren.

Newsline for June 18, 2022

NEWS
1) Brethren Disaster Ministries announces short-term rebuilding project site in Kentucky

2) Wanted: COVID test kits for Annual Conference

3) What would Jesus do…with $813 billion?

4) Mid-Atlantic District requests prayer for families, congregations affected by Smithsburg shooting

UPCOMING EVENTS
5) National Youth Conference consecration to take place at Annual Conference

RESOURCES
6) Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church webinars are now available

7) Brethren bits: New leadership at the WCC, speakers for On Earth Peace Day of Celebration, ULV receives $2.3 million gift to launch nursing program, CWS highlights World Refugee Day June 20, Bible study commemorates shootings at Mother Emanuel, prayer and support needed following other recent shootings, and more

Newsline for June 10, 2022

NEWS
1) Disaster grants focus on Ukraine needs, short-term Kentucky rebuilding project, among others

2) Global Food Initiative grants provide agriculture supports in Nigeria, Ecuador, Burundi, and the US

3) BFIA grants go to five churches

4) Brethren Volunteer Service makes changes to placement process, increases monthly stipend

5) Taking action on gun violence

6) Ecumenical faith letter on the US budget is sent to Congress

PERSONNEL
7) Zechariah Houser resigns as coordinator of short-term service

UPCOMING EVENTS
8) Book study to address complex emotional landscape of family systems in churches

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
9) University Baptist and Brethren Church recognized for 100 years of ministry

10) Harrisonburg First Church event to support Ukrainian children

11) Brethren bits: Remembering Donna Forbes Steiner, personnel note, ULV announces new mural showing “Our Citrus Roots,” Brethren Voices remembers Chuck Boyer, and more

Taking action on gun violence

Action is defined as the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim. There are many good ways to take action, and while it is less important which action you take, it is of the utmost importance that we act and act together in ways that get us closer to our goal. During the month of May, the mass shootings at Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, N.Y., and Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, spurred the Washington, D.C.-based faith community to take action to address the scourge of gun violence in a few different ways.