Newsline for Sept. 9, 2010

Newsline A prayer circle on Sept. 3 at the church’s General Offices offered a blessing for the 15 Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) workers attending a retreat, and for Robert and Linda Shank (shown at left above), church staff preparing to travel to North Korea to teach in a new university there. Global Mission Partnerships executive

Annual Conference Bits and Pieces

224th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 3, 2010   “We are in vogue. The cutting edge of the culture we live in is seeking the same things we were seeking 300 years ago…. It is our time. We were made for this time.” –Annual Conference moderator Shawn Flory

Four Conference Events Feature Haiti Disaster Relief

  224th Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 1, 2010   The number of hygiene kits sent to Haiti through the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., since the January earthquake is now 49,980–just 20 short of 50,000. Shipments of hygiene kits have been sponsored by a number

Newsline for June 4, 2010

June 4, 2010 “…And I will be their God, and they shall be my people,” (Jeremiah 31:33b). NEWS 1) Bethany Seminary celebrates 105th commencement. 2) Hundreds of deacons trained in 2010. 3) Haitian Family Resource Center is hosted by New York Brethren. 4) Workcamper to share Beanie Babies with children in Haiti. UPCOMING EVENTS 5)

Workcamper Shares Beanie Babies with Children in Haiti

When Katie Royer (at right, shown here with workcamp coordinator Jeanne Davies) left this week for Haiti, 250 Beanie Babies went along. She filled two large suitcases with the stuffed animal toys, in order to give one to each of 200-plus children at the New Covenant School in St. Louis du Nord, Haiti. Royer is one of

Brethren Work in Haiti Receives $150,000 Grant

The Church of the Brethren disaster relief work in Haiti has received another grant of $150,000 from the church’s Emergency Disaster Fund. The work in Haiti responds to the earthquake that hit Port-au-Prince in January, and is a cooperative effort of Brethren Disaster Ministries and Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Haitian Church of the Brethren).

Haiti Seed Program Combines Disaster Relief, Development

Haitian Brethren church leaders are actively implementing a new seed distribution program, according to Jeff Boshart, Haiti coordinator for Brethren Disaster Ministries. The program is combining disaster response with development of agriculture in communities where churches and preaching points of Eglise des Freres Haitiens (Haitian Church of the Brethren) are located. Jeff Boshart visits a

Newsline Update for May 21, 2010

Haitians affected by the earthquake are receiving food assistance through Brethren Disaster Ministries and Eglise des Freres Haitiens (the Haitian Church of the Brethren). Food distribution has included rice, oil, canned chicken and fish, and other necessities. (Above, photo by Jenner Alexandre)Below, Jeff Boshart, Brethren Disaster Ministries coordinator for Haiti, visits one of the fields

Newsline Special for March 19, 2010

  The Mission and Ministry Board held a blessing and laying on of hands for the new Strategic Planning Working Group during its spring meetings on March 12-16. The new group will help guide the board’s long-range strategic planning process that has begun with this meeting. Members of the working group are named in the

Newsline for March 10, 2010

    March 10, 2010 “O God, you are my God, I seek you…” (Psalm 63:1a). NEWS 1) MAA and Brotherhood Mutual give Safe Ministry Reward to church. 2) Renewed violence in Nigeria prompts call for prayer. 3) Credit Union offers donations to Haiti for loans. 4) Brethren Disaster Ministries calls for more volunteers this