Newsline for March 5, 2021

1) Multi-vocational ministers gather for book studies
2) Boko Haram released pastor abducted in Pemi, Nigeria, before deadline
3) Ministers conference in Nigeria held under strict COVID-19 protocols

4) Webinar to focus on ways churches are navigating pandemic challenges

5) Brethren bits: Recording of denominational worship service is available, remembering Dale Ulrich and Sr. Dianna Ortiz, Mission and Ministry Board meets next weekend, ‘Peacebuilding When We’re So Divided,’ news from congregations, districts, ecumenical partners, and more

Newsline for Feb. 26, 2021

1) Church of the Brethren staff plan expansion of agriculture and trauma recovery programing in South Sudan

2) Miller and Li hired as co-executives of Global Mission for the Church of the Brethren

3) Youth and young adult calendar lists upcoming events to be offered online
4) Ventures course to focus on ‘Reformations Past and Present’
5) Westminster church uses mini-grant to present webinar series on racial justice

6) A poetic blessing for the innovative prayer covering

7) Brethren bits: Annual Conference registration opens March 2, prayer requests from Nigeria and the DRC, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs letter urging cuts to “the bloated Pentagon budget,” district and college news, CWS webinar “Thinking Beyond Resettlement: Are Complementary Pathways for Refugees the Answer,” prayer service for 500,000 American deaths to COVID-19

Newsline for Feb. 19, 2021

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

6) New Brethren Volunteer Service workers complete winter orientation

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

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

Newsline for Feb. 12, 2021

1) New Youth Fellowship Exchange has launched

2) Debbie Noffsinger hired as part-time Annual Conference assistant

3) Roundtable regional youth conference goes on the road, in-person and online

4) Compelling vision Bible study series is now available

5) Brethren bits: A Valentine’s Day social media campaign from the WCC, remembering church leaders in Burundi and Uganda, job opening, webinars, update from Nigerian disaster ministry, more

Newsline for Feb. 6, 2021

1) Annual Conference office releases two ballots to be presented to 2021 delegate body

2) Chris Douglas to retire from the Church of the Brethren staff

3) The 2021 New and Renew Conference is virtual
4) Leadership Summit on Wellbeing takes place April 19-22 as a virtual event
5) Susquehanna Valley Ministry Center announces continuing education events

6) Brethren bits: Praise requested for the escape of several of the Chibok girls, remembering John Thomas Sr., prayer for Haiti, report from Rwanda, On Earth Peace announcements, Illinois and Wisconsin District Potluck, congregations do the Souper Bowl, success for 2020 graduates of McPherson College, more

Brethren bits for Feb. 6, 2021

In this issue: Prayers of praise requested for the escape of several of the Chibok girls, remembering John Thomas Sr., prayers requested for Haiti, mission report from Rwanda, On Earth Peace announcements, Illinois and Wisconsin District potluck workshops, congregations involved in Souper Bowl, success for 2020 graduates of McPherson College, and more.

Newsline for Jan. 30, 2021

1) Church of the Brethren denominational membership falls below 100,000
2) World Council of Churches issues statement for International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021

3) Hannah Shultz resigns as coordinator of short-term service with BVS
4) Victoria Ehret to serve as interim district executive for Atlantic Southeast District

5) Denomination-wide online worship gathering titled ‘Venturing Forth Boldly as a Faith Family’ is set for Feb. 27
6) Next Moderator’s Town Hall will look at the global church
7) Drew G. I. Hart to headline webinar series on ‘Healing Racism Congregations and Communities’
8) Ventures course to focus on multivocational ministry

9) Lenten devotional for 2021, The Wild Way of Jesus, is available from Brethren Press
10) ‘Keeping Our Eyes on God’: Preparing for Annual Conference through Bible study

11) Inaugurating Jesus as Lord

12) Brethren bits: Longtime BVS House is sold, personnel notes, job openings, update of the Church of the Brethren Manual of Organization and Polity, Office of Peacebuilding and Policy signs on to statements, Material Resources travels the country to pick up materials for Lutheran World Relief, “Archives Live: 19th Century Notables” is next virtual archives tour, and more

Newsline for Jan. 15, 2021

1) Intercultural Ministries sends out letter and invitation to new Racial Healing Grant Program
2) Discipleship Ministries offers opportunity to share prayers
3) ‘Hold fast to Jesus’: Office of Ministry shares letter of encouragement with ministers
4) Nursing scholarships are announced

5) Kostlevy to retire from the Brethren Historical Library and Archives

6) Brethren bits: Memorial service for John Gingrich, “Faith, Science, and COVID-19 Part Three,” Camp Blue Diamond seeks executive director, prayer requests, matching grant for Haiti Medical Project, Southern Ohio and Kentucky District urges churches to refrain from in-person meetings, Bridgewater College welcomes author Blair L. M. Kelley, and more

Newsline for Dec. 21, 2020

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries rebuilding program sites are ‘paused,’ to restart in 2021
2) Intercultural Ministries announces new Racial Justice mini-grant program
3) Global Brethren Communion holds second Zoom meeting
4) EYN reports on fighting in Askira area, assistance to Chibok orphans and student refugees in Cameroon
5) Western Plains District Leadership Team adopts non-discrimination policy
6) National Council of Churches issues ‘Statement on the Racist Threats to US Churches’

7) Meghan Horne Mauldin is appointed to Mission and Ministry Board following Carol Yeazell resignation
8) Coordinator is named for National Youth Conference 2022
9) Church of the Brethren youth cabinet is named for 2021-2022

10) Christian Citizenship Seminar 2021 will study economic justice
11) Moderator’s Town Hall on ‘Faith, Science, and COVID-19–Part Three’ is slated for Jan. 21
12) Webinar will explore God’s work of healing self and relationships

13) Themes and writers are announced for upcoming compelling vision Bible studies
14) Online worship in various languages / Adoración en línea en varios idiomas / Adorasyon sou entènèt nan divès lang / العبادة عبر الإنترنت بلغات مختلفة

15) Brethren bits: Remembering John Gingrich and Georgianna Schmidtke, prayers for the Quinter church and Gove County, Kan., personnel, letter to President-elect Biden on Israel and Palestine, Brethren Press matching gift challenge, Bethany recruits international students from the Brethren-related colleges, Virlina District’s Race Education Team, and more

Newsline for Nov. 21, 2020

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries directs EDF grants to hurricane relief in Central America
2) Global Brethren Communion holds second meeting as virtual gathering
3) Bethany Seminary announces tuition freeze in response to student need
4) West Charleston celebrates Thanksgiving with ‘Flat Mack’

5) Brethren Volunteer Service offers a virtual orientation this Winter

6) Celebrating Thanksgiving in spite of the pandemic (and maybe a little because of it)

7) Brethren bits: Last call for Brethren Insurance Services open enrollment, BBT extends COVID-19 emergency grant program, Brethren Disaster Ministries celebrates two house blessings, Brethren Historical Library and Archives plans next online tour of “1700s Publications,” prayer requests from Nigeria, and more

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