Newsline for December 15, 2010

“Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near” (James 5:8). 1) Annual Conference issues 2011 logo, makes online input form available for Special Response. 2) Meeting issues ‘Letter from Santo Domingo to All Churches.’ 3) NCC leaders offer pastoral advice to Senate on nuclear arms reduction. 4) Murray Williams tour proclaims Anabaptist

‘Reach Deep’ Fundraising Challenge Meets Its Goal

A letter headed “Urgent Need–A Landmark Challenge” was mailed out to Church of the Brethren prospective donors on Aug. 6 as the start of a “Reach Deep” fundraising challenge to meet a mid-year budget shortfall of $100,000 in the denomination’s Core Ministries Fund. The generosity of one Brethren family who anonymously gave $50,000 in response

Newsline for August 27, 2010

The Internal Revenue Service is warning that small nonprofit organizations may be at risk of losing tax-exempt status if they have not filed required returns for the last three years (2007 through 2009). Churches are not required to file, but some nonprofits connected to churches may fall under this requirement, put in place with the

Newsline for Aug. 12, 2010

Aug. 12, 2010   “How good it is to sing praises to our God…” (Psalm 147:1b).   1) Church gains memo of understanding with Selective Service System. 2) Conference considers ‘Peace Among the Peoples.’ 3) Church of the Brethren joins complaint on CIA treatment of detainees. 4) BBT urges US President to help protect indigenous

Today at NYC – “Manifesting Joy”

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren Fort Collins, Colo. — July 17-22, 2010 This morning the buses and the airport shuttles began lining up in the Moby parking lot at Colorado State University to disperse NYCers to their homes around the country and around the world…. But first the youth heard 2010 Annual Conference moderator Shawn

‘Neo Anabaptist’ Jarrod McKenna Calls Youth to the Mystery of Agape Love

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren Fort Collins, Colo. — July 21, 2010   Jarrod McKenna came all the way from Australia to preach at National Youth Conference. He is a self proclaimed “neo-Anabaptist” and a peace and justice activist from western Australia. Photo by Glenn Riegel He began by depreciating his own peace

Youth Are Invited into a Sacred Space of Belonging in Christ

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren Fort Collins, Colo. — Saturday, July 17, 2010   It was immediately evident to the close to 3,000 people in attendance at the opening worship service of National Youth Conference 2010, that there was a lot more than meets the eye when it comes to their new theme

Sermon for Wednesday, July 7: ‘in It for the Long Haul’

224th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 7, 2010     Preacher: Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren Text: Matthew 28:16-20 Well, what a week! For many of us it has been exhilarating. For some comforting. For some frustrating. For others

Church Developers Called to ‘Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully’

Artist and minister David Weiss painted pictures inspired by the New Church Development Conference (see story at left). This painting illustrates the text for the conference, 1 Corinthians 3:6. View the photo album from the conference .Link to the New Church Development webpage to listen to the following audio podcasts from the conference: Belita Mitchell, pastor of the

Newsline for June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6). NEWS 1) Church developers called to ‘Plant Generously, Reap Bountifully.’ 2) Young adults ‘rock’ Camp Blue Diamond over Memorial Day weekend. 3) Brethren leader helps defend CWS against charges of proselytizing. 4) Global Food Crisis Fund supports work of Foods