Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren celebrates 200 years of a unique history

By Brian Mackie Nettle Creek Church of the Brethren in Hagerstown, Ind., will be celebrating 200 years on Sunday, Oct. 11. The congregation was begun in 1820 and has a unique history, including hosting the 1864 Annual Meeting (now called the Annual Conference) of the Brethren–the last where Civil War martyr John Kline served as

Brethren Disaster Ministries directs grants to storm and hurricane relief in US, COVID-19 surge in Spain, port explosion in Beirut

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to finance a new rebuilding project in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence, efforts by Peak Creek Church of the Brethren to aid families affected by an earthquake in North Carolina, and Northern Plains District clean-up after the “derecho” storms

Children’s Disaster Services exceeds goal for donations of Individual Kits of Comfort

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has exceeded its goal of 2,500 Individual Kits of Comfort to provide to children affected by disasters this year. CDS has developed the Individual Kit of Comfort as an alternative for in-person care to children affected by disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Individual Kit of Comfort was created to promote

Global Food Initiative aids Brethren groups in DRC and Burundi among grant recipients

The Church of the Brethren Global Food Initiative (GFI) has aided Brethren groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, a humanitarian organization linked to the former Brethren mission in Ecuador, and a gardening project in New Orleans, in grants made since mid-year. Democratic Republic of Congo A grant of $7,500 has been given

Newsline for Sept. 26, 2020

“The Lord will not forsake his people…for justice will return to the righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it” (Psalm 94:14a and 15). NEWS1) Global Mission and Service Ministries are separated into two departments, Roy Winter receives promotion2) Marty Barlow appointed to Mission and Ministry Board following John Mueller resignation3) EYN Pastor’s

Brethren bits for Sept. 26, 2020

— In the wake of the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case, an invitation to an anti-racism experience called “30 Days of Anti-Racism” has been issued by the Church of the Brethren Intercultural Ministry. Although the experience was designed for the month of September, the Intercultural Ministry is inviting Brethren to begin this

Marty Barlow appointed to Mission and Ministry Board following John Mueller resignation

Marty Barlow will fill the unexpired term of John Mueller on the Church of the Brethren Mission and Ministry Board. Mueller has resigned from the board for personal reasons. Barlow was appointed by the Nominating Committee of Standing Committee to serve through Annual Conference 2021. Barlow is a member of Montezuma Church of the Brethren

Newsline for Sept. 19, 2020

“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other” (Psalm 85:10). NEWS1) Brethren share from areas affected by wildfires and hurricanes2) Workcamp Ministry shares interest survey for planning 2021 workcamps3) Bethany Seminary announces new and reaffirmed trustees4) EYN Disaster Relief Ministry reports on recent work in Nigeria5) Churches join hands for

Brethren bits for Sept. 19, 2020

— Remembrance: Dallas Oswalt, 92, a former Church of the Brethren mission worker in Nigeria, passed away on Aug. 14. He was living in Charlotte, N.C. His early church work included volunteering at age 17 as a seagoing cowboy for the Brethren Service Committee, sailing to Italy with the fourth transatlantic livestock delivery. He married

Workcamp Ministry shares interest survey for planning 2021 workcamps

By Hannah Shultz In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workcamp Ministry has developed alternative workcamp options for summer 2021 workcamps. The top priority is the health and safety of workcamp participants and the communities they serve. The ministry hopes to offer workcamp options that reflect this priority while also providing a meaningful workcamp experience.