Brethren bits

In this issue: Remembering Donna Forbes Steiner, personnel note, ULV announces new mural showing “Our Citrus Roots,” Brethren Voices remembers Chuck Boyer, and more.

Zechariah Houser resigns as coordinator of short-term service

Zechariah Houser has resigned as the Church of the Brethren’s coordinator of short-term service, effective Aug. 12. He has worked for the denomination for close to a year, having started on Aug. 9, 2021. He will be entering a chaplaincy internship.

Shipments from Material Resources send relief aid to Europe and the Caribbean

Material Resource staff Scott Senseney and Jeffrey Brown loaded three 40-foot containers with a total of 1,120 bales of Lutheran World Relief Quilts, shipping them to the Republic of Georgia. The two men are on the staff of the Material Resources program based at warehouse facilities at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md.

Book study to address complex emotional landscape of family systems in churches

Part-Time Pastor; Full-Time Church is hosting a 10-week discussion centered on the book How Your 21st Century Church Family Works by Peter Steinke. Based on Family Systems Theory pioneered by Murray Bowen and further developed and applied in the religious context by Edwin Friedman, Steinke discusses emotional systems, anxiety, generational transfer, and the forces that draw us together and keep us apart.

Mechanicsburg is part of a three-church team welcoming an Afghan refugee family

When Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August 2021, Mechanicsburg (Pa.) Church of the Brethren member Sherri Kimmel worried about the family of a student she’d met through her work at Bucknell University. Her efforts to help that family led her to Church World Service (CWS), one of nine national organizations working with the US government to resettle the 76,000 Afghans lucky enough to reach the United States.

Trotwood Church is getting a Little Free Library®, grand opening includes benefit for Ukrainian refugees

Trotwood Church of the Brethren will host a grand opening celebration for their Little Free Library on Sunday, June 12, from 4-6 p.m. (Eastern time). The celebration is open to the public and will include a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. followed by a hot dog roast and family-friendly activities, including story times for children. In the event of rain, it will be held in the church fellowship hall.

Brethren bits

In this issue: Remembering Gladys Naylor, congregations hold events lamenting gun violence, On Earth Peace day of celebration via Zoom, and more news by, for, and about Brethren.

Newsline for June 3, 2022

NEWS
1) CDS team continues work in Uvalde, has opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Biden

2) Shipments from Material Resources send relief aid to Europe and the Caribbean

3) NCC leader scheduled to travel to Uvalde as NCC releases statement on tragic mass shooting

4) Chernihiv (Chernigov) Brethren pastor returns to city, finds meetinghouse miraculously undamaged

UPCOMING EVENTS
5) Annual Conference leaders issue COVID Protocol Announcement

6) Book study to address complex emotional landscape of family systems in churches

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
7) Mechanicsburg is part of a three-church team welcoming an Afghan refugee family

8) Trotwood Church is getting a Little Free Library®, grand opening includes benefit for Ukrainian refugees

9) Brethren bits: Remembering Gladys Naylor, congregations hold events lamenting gun violence, On Earth Peace day of celebration via Zoom, and more news by, for, and about Brethren.