New Bible translation close to completion in Nigeria

Translation of the New Testament into Margi South, a language of northeast Nigeria, is close to completion according to Sikabiya Ishaya Samson. He is a minister with Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) who has been working on the translation as a language programs manager for ITDAL (Initiative for the Development of African Languages) based in the city of Jos.

Brethren bits for Oct. 29, 2021

In this issue: Memorial service for the late Dale Brown, Q&A about National Youth Conference, Brethren Press sales, Manchester University celebrates 132 years, and much more

Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee holds annual meeting

he Pastoral Compensation and Benefits Advisory Committee met virtually for their annual retreat on Oct. 18-20. New laity members Art Fourman (2020-2025) and Bob McMinn (2021-2026) had plenty of time to get to know returning members, secretary Dan Rudy (clergy, 2017-2022), chair Deb Oskin (secular compensation professional, 2018-2023), Gene Hagenberger (representative of the Council of District Executives, 2021-2024), and Nancy Sollenberger Heishman (ex officio, director of the Church of the Brethren Office of Ministry).

Barum Brethren? No, that’s not us

A bunch of websites are very confused. In reviewing The Long Call–a new ITV and BritBox TV show made from an Ann Cleeves book of the same name–they’re identifying the fictional “Barum Brethren” as a Church of the Brethren congregation.

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Newsline for Oct. 22, 2021

NEWS
1) Mission and Ministry Board approves 2022 budget for denominational ministries

2) Brethren Disaster Ministries-built homes and the Church of the Brethren in Saut Mathurine

3) Brethren Benefit Trust announces open enrollment season for 2022 coverage

4) On Earth Peace board eliminates executive director position, updates bylaws, announces membership meeting

5) Manchester University board adopts anti-racism statement

PERSONNEL
6) Kim Gingerich hired as program assistant for Brethren Disaster Ministries

UPCOMING EVENTS
7) National Youth Conference workshop form is live

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
8) Ridgeley Church joins in worship with neighboring congregation

9) Mount Wilson Church holds its first ‘Trunk or Treat’

10) Iglesia Cristiana Nueva Vida dedicates new worship space

11) Brethren bits: CDS teams continue to serve Afghan evacuee children, prayer for Christian Aid Ministries kidnap victims, gratitude for new malaria vaccine, new longterm volunteer for Brethren Disaster Ministries, bullying prevention webinar from On Earth Peace, and much more

Mission and Ministry Board approves 2022 budget for denominational ministries

At its fall meeting on Oct. 15-17, the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board approved a 2022 budget for denominational ministries. Among other actions, the board also moved the Brethren Press budget into the denomination’s Core Ministries, ending the publishing house’s status as a self-funding ministry. The board received a year-to-date financial update for 2021 and numerous reports from ministry areas, board committees, and church agencies.

National Youth Conference workshop form is live

Are you planning to attend National Youth Conference (NYC) 2022 as an adult advisor? Do you have knowledge or expertise in a certain area and would like to teach a workshop–to youth and advisors, or just advisors? Consider proposing a workshop by completing the NYC 2022 workshop form!

Brethren Benefit Trust announces open enrollment season for 2022 coverage

Brethren Insurance Services now offers the convenience of an online portal for insurance enrollment. This year’s Open Enrollment will run from Nov. 15-30. Brethren Benefit Trust (BBT) has partnered with Milliman, a highly respected independent risk management, benefits, and technology firm founded in 1947, in order to bring this feature to our customers, and provide ongoing insurance administration services.