Newsline for Feb. 19, 2021

NEWS
1) Mission and Ministry Board shares documents interpreting new strategic plan, in three languages
2) Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in coastal North Carolina receives EDF funding
3) GFI grants support pig project in Rwanda, community garden in North Carolina
4) First BFIA grants of the year go to churches offering temporary housing and food assistance
5) Council of District Executives holds virtual meetings

PERSONNEL
6) New Brethren Volunteer Service workers complete winter orientation

UPCOMING EVENTS
7) ‘Peacemaking When We’re So Divided’ will feature William Willimon
8) FaithX announces opening of registration for Tiers 1, 2, and 3 on March 15

RESOURCES
9) Children’s Disaster Services recommends BBT resource on children and the pandemic

10) Brethren bits: A special thank you to Drew Hart, personnel, volunteer opening, Easter sale of children’s Bible story books, EYN minister’s conference, district events, ecumenical Lent emphases, and more

Brethren bits for Feb. 19, 2021

In this issue: A special thank you to Drew Hart, personnel, volunteer opening, Easter sale of children’s Bible story books, the EYN minister’s conference, district events, ecumenical Lent emphases, and much more.

FaithX announces opening of registration for Tiers 1, 2, and 3 on March 15

FaithX (formerly the Workcamp Ministry) has announced a March 15 opening date for registration for short-term summer service events in Tiers 1, 2, and 3. However, the Church of the Brethren program announced a decision that Tier 4 events will not be possible this summer and will not be offered at registration.

Children’s Disaster Services recommends BBT resource on children and the pandemic

Children and families continue to face isolation, and challenges abound with the pandemic continuing. Mental health for all ages has been impacted on some level. As we approach the one‐year anniversary of “flattening the curve” to slow the virus down, some may be feeling like this will never end. So, how can we face this year with hope and a plan to keep our families moving in the right direction?

‘Peacemaking When We’re So Divided’ will feature William Willimon

“Peacebuilding When We’re So Divided” is the topic of next month’s Moderator’s Town Hall hosted by Paul Mundey, moderator of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. The online event on March 18 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) will feature William H. Willimon.

Council of District Executives holds virtual meetings

The Council of District Executives (CODE) started off the new year with the first of their two annual meetings. As with so many events in the past 10 months, these meetings were moved to a virtual format.

Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding site in coastal North Carolina receives EDF funding

An allocation of $37,850 from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) supports the coastal North Carolina rebuilding site of Brethren Disaster Ministries. The project in Pamlico County, N.C., is rebuilding and repairing homes affected by Hurricane Florence, which hit the area in September 2018. Partner agency Pamlico County Disaster Relief Coalition reports that around 200 families have not completely recovered, almost two and a half years later.