August 24, 2016
- A new webinar in the “Heart of Anabaptism” series will be offered on Sept. 1, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. (eastern time) on the topic “Jesus, the Focal Point of God’s Revelation.” Leading the webinar is LaDonna Sanders Nkosi, a poet, preacher, and church planter from Chicago, Ill.
August 19, 2016
- NEWS 1) Children’s Disaster Services aids children displaced by flooding in Louisiana 2) Haiti Theological Training program celebrates graduation of 22 ministers 3) Song and Story Fest gathers multiple generations for relaxation, reflection, rejuvenation UPCOMING EVENTS 4) Ventures webinar will train leaders for congregational ethics self-study 5) Series of workcamps is planned for church rebuilding in Nigeria 6) Brethren bits
- Two teams of Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) volunteers have begun work in Baton Rouge, La., this week, and more teams have been requested to help care for children and families who have been displaced by massive flooding.
- Aug. 13 was a day of celebration for the inaugural class of the Haiti Theological Training program, Ecole Theologie de la Mission Evangelique des Eglises des Frères D’Haïti. The graduation ceremony witnessed 22 graduates walking across the stage to receive diplomas and shake hands with professors and guests of honor.
- Every summer, multiple generations gather at a Church of the Brethren camp for a time of relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation. For 20 years now, some 120 to 180 people come together for Song and Story Fest, one week each year set aside for singing, playing music, and hearing and telling stories.
- A Ventures online course is planned to aid congregations in training leaders to help them study the Congregational Ethics document adopted recently by Annual Conference. Ventures is a ministry training initiative hosted at McPherson (Kan.) College.
- The Church of the Brethren is planning a series of workcamps in Nigeria, as part of the new effort to rebuild churches of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). Nearly 70 percent of EYN’s churches in northeast Nigeria have been destroyed in the Boko Haram insurgency. A Nigeria Church Rebuilding Fund has been developed to help provide support to EYN congregations who are working to rebuild.
- In this issue: Congratulations to Olympian Clayton Murphy who grew up in the Church of the Brethren, plus corrections, remembering Bill Kaysen, personnel notes, mission prayer requests, church anniversaries, and more news by, for, and about Brethren
August 12, 2016
- NEWS 1) BBT updates ministers on IRS rule changes for medical insurance premiums 2) BBT offers new Periodic Payment Plan for members of the Pension Plan NIGERIA UPDATES 3) Nigeria Crisis Response continues food aid in response to new food shortages, but begins to shift to long-term recovery 4) Initiatives for Nigeria will rebuild churches, collect books for children and Bible college PERSONNEL 5) Carl Hill resigns from Nigeria Crisis Response, Roxane Hill to continue part-time UPCOMING...
- As the situation in northeast Nigeria becomes more stable and many displaced people move back home, the Nigeria Crisis Response program is beginning to transition to long-term recovery activities, while still supporting basic needs of displaced Nigerians and members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). This week, EYN leaders confirmed food shortages in some areas of the northeast, and have requested continued food aid at least through the end of 2016.