Newsline for Oct. 15, 2021

NEWS
1) Mission and Ministry Board holds fall meeting this weekend

2) Material Resources has a banner week

3) Refugees or evacuees, kids need care: Church of the Brethren ministry looks after children when disaster strikes

4) Global Church of the Brethren Communion survey strongly affirms Brethren characteristics

5) Church World Service holds ‘Together We Welcome’ gathering, starts new ‘Welcome Backpacks’ collection

6) Brethren Volunteer Service seeks testimonies

7) A life-affirming ‘degrowth’ is possible, economists and theologians find

UPCOMING EVENTS
8) Program and Arrangements Committee announces preachers for worship at 2022 Annual Conference in Omaha

9) FaithX announces theme for 2022 summer service events

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
10) Agape youth reach out through back-to-school kits

11) Lititz Church prepares to welcome Afghan refugees

12) Brethren bits: First Zoom meeting of global women in the Church of the Brethren, consider applying to be a youth worker for NYC 2022, a new invitation to BVS Coffee Hours, sobering news from the EYN disaster ministry in Nigeria, district news, and more

Brethren bits for Oct. 14, 2021

In this issue: The first Zoom meeting of global women in the Church of the Brethren, consider applying to be a youth worker for NYC 2022, a new invitation to BVS Coffee Hours, sobering news from the EYN disaster ministry in Nigeria, district news, and more.

Brethren Volunteer Service seeks testimonies

Are you a former Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) volunteer? Do you have afond memory, a story to tell, or words of praise from your time in BVS? Do you love to talk about BVS, but have no one to talk to about it?

Global Church of the Brethren Communion survey strongly affirms Brethren characteristics

Outcomes of an international survey asking what characteristics are essential for a church to be Church of the Brethren have been released. A committee of the Global Church of the Brethren Communion developed the survey. The committee had asked all interested Church of the Brethren members around the world to respond, and provided the survey in English, Spanish, Haitian Kreyol, and Portuguese.

Material Resources has a banner week

Monday of this week was the busiest day at the Material Resources warehouse in years. Staff unloaded 1 trailer from Ohio, 4 trailers from Wisconsin, 1 trailer from Pennsylvania, 3 U-Haul trucks from Pennsylvania, and quite a few cars, pickup trucks, and a church bus filled with donations for Lutheran World Relief.

Mission and Ministry Board holds fall meeting this weekend

The Church of the Brethren’s Mission and Ministry Board holds its fall meeting this weekend as a hybrid event with the in-person events at the Church of the Brethren General Offices in Elgin, Ill. Executive Committee meetings and board member orientation begin Friday, Oct. 15. The full board meets Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday morning, Oct. 17.

FaithX announces theme for 2022 summer service events

Using 2 Corinthians 5:7 as a starting point, FaithX’s 2022 theme is “Boundless Faith.” This theme explores the different ways that the Bible describes Christian faith and seeks broader horizons in the faith we share.

Newsline for Oct. 9, 2021

NEWS
1) Brethren Disaster Ministries carries out short-term flood response in Nebraska
2) Brethren Faith in Action grants help congregations welcome asylees, respond to pandemic challenges
3) Three nursing students receive 2021 Nursing Scholarships
4) Bethany Seminary seeks new peace studies faculty member

RESOURCES
5) Brethren Press special offers are available for Maria’s Kit of Comfort, study guide for Advent devotional

JESUS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: STORIES FROM CONGREGATIONS
6) Roaring Spring Church restarts its ‘Recharge’ family program
7) Lakeview Church gets media attention for food pantry

FEATURE
8) First edition of ‘Moderator Musings’ from David Sollenberger shares ‘joys and concerns’

9) Brethren bits: Jr. High Sunday resources, Children’s Disaster Services training, Brethren Disaster Ministries celebrations, Global Food Initiative newsletter, webinar with Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Cliff Kindy, On Earth Peace webinars, seeking video of Anna Mow, more