December 3, 2008 “Celebrating the Church of the Brethren’s 300th Anniversary in 2008” “…All the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God” (Isaiah 52:10b). NEWS 1) Bethany Theological Seminary Board of Trustees holds fall meeting. 2) Brethren participate in NCC assembly, anniversary celebration. 3) Deadline extended for nominations for denominational offices.
November 7, 2007 “We give thanks to you, O God…your name is near” (Psalm 75:1a). NEWS 1) Implementation Committee makes significant progress. 2) Worship leadership is announced for 2008 Annual Conference. 3) Church responds to flooding in DR, continues child care after fires. 4) Sudan mission workers visit with Brethren across the country. 5) Brethren
“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.
Church World Service (CWS) has issued an urgent appeal for school kits, and also is requesting baby kits. CWS is a Christian humanitarian relief agency connected with the National Council of Churches. The Emergency Response program of the Church of the Brethren General Board is supporting this appeal. “We have great need, immediately, for CWS
“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” — John 15:13 NEWS 1) Brethren invited to take part in love offering for Nigerian churches. 2) Grants from Global Food Crisis Fund and Emergency Disaster Fund total $158,500. 3) Emergency Response program plans additional projects along Gulf Coast. 4)