“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19). PERSONNEL 1) Darryl Deardorff retires as chief financial officer for BBT. 2) Bethany Seminary calls new professors, interim academic dean. 3) Annie Clark resigns from On Earth Peace. 4) Andrew Murray retires as director of Baker Institute.
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “…All tribes and peoples…standing before the throne….” (Rev. 7:9b) NEWS 1) Cross Cultural Celebration calls denomination to vision of Rev. 7:9. 2) Brethren prepare grant to support disaster relief in Myanmar. 3) Bethany Seminary celebrates 103rd commencement. 4) Brethren to lead out in funding for
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). NEWS 1) Church of the Brethren is represented in prayer service with the Pope. 2) ABC Board approves merger documents. 3) Bethany Seminary trustees consider ‘core testimonies’ of Brethren. 4) Growing Project in Maryland
April 22, 2008 Church of the Brethren Newsline “Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” NEWS 1) Brethren are at work with unique recycling company. 2) Juniata College to establish Chestnut species orchard. 3) Brethren bits: Pastors’ canoe trip, Great Green Congregations. FEATURE 4) Had I Looked Around the Corner: Thoughts on
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “Do not be conformed to this world…” (Romans 12:2a). NEWS 1) General Board approves ethics document, celebrates anniversary of women’s ordination. 2) General Board closes year with net income, experiences increase in total giving. 3) Brethren bits: Personnel, job openings, and much more. PERSONNEL 4)
“Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “Instead, strive for (God’s) kingdom…” (Luke 12:31a). NEWS 1) Annual Conference ballot for 2008 is announced. 2) Church of the Brethren sends delegation to North Korea. 3) BVS worker helps Guatemalan school raise funds. 4) Brethren funds send money to N. Korea, Darfur, Katrina rebuilding.
December 19, 2007 “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11). NEWS 1) Committee makes progress on new organization for Brethren agencies. 2) Annual Conference Council holds envisioning retreat. 3) Around 50 Brethren attend vigil against School of the Americas. 4) Brethren
September 26, 2007 “Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near” (Philippians 4:5). NEWS 1) Congregations across US, Nigeria, Puerto Rico pray for peace. 2) BBT issues alert about proposed rules on minority shareholders. 3) Council holds meeting to review Annual Conference decisions. 4) Congregations to be asked for new information about
“Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 UPCOMING EVENTS 1) Bethany Emphasis Sunday focuses on discipleship. 2) Mission Alive 2008 to recognize anniversary year. 3) Church planting conference is scheduled for May 2008. 4) 300th Anniversary update: Celebration is planned for Schwarzenau, Germany. 5) 300th Anniversary resources:
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” — John 1:5 NEWS 1) Christian Peace Witness for Iraq is ‘a candle in the darkness.’ 2) Vital Pastor program continues to launch and conclude pastor groups. 3) Disaster Child Care provides training workshops. 4) Brethren Disaster Response appeals for more volunteers.