Newsline for August 22, 2012

Stories in this issue of Newsline: 1) Children’s Disaster Services completes Oklahoma response. 2) Southern Plains District dedicates ‘Pop’s House’ at Falfurrias. 3) Planning begins for upcoming junior and senior high youth events. 4) McPherson College to celebrate 125 years. 5) Letter of appreciation from St. Louis Public Schools. 6) ‘It’s messy’: A reflection from the Deacon Ministry. 7) Brethren bits: Personnel, Bethany grads, EDF grant, Mission Alive, and much more. […]

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‘It’s Messy’: A Reflection from the Deacon Ministry

This reflection first appeared in the August issue of the “Deacon Update,” an e-mail newsletter from the denominational Deacon Ministry. For more deacon ministry resources, past copies of the “Deacon Update,” or to subscribe to the newsletter, go to www.brethren.org/deacons/resources.html : “A couple of months ago I took down the robins’ nest from behind the wreath on our front porch….” […]

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Letter of Appreciation from St. Louis Public Schools

The following letter of appreciation from the St. Louis (Mo.) Public Schools has been shared by the Conference Office. Addressed to past Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey, it thanks the Church of the Brethren for school supplies donated by those who attended the Conference in St. Louis in early July. The letter was signed by the school district’s Volunteer Services Specialist: […]

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Brethren Bits for August 22, 2012

This Brethren bits reports on personnel changes, a job opening in Material Resources, a “re-energized” newsletter from Bethany admissions, Mission Alive workshops, anniversaries and celebrations, along with an upcoming Clarence Jordan Symposium, God’s grace despite a lightning strike, and much much more. […]

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Church Leaders Express Heartache at Shootings, Call for Action on Gun Violence

Brethren leaders have joined others in the American Christian community in expressing sorrow and calling for prayer following shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin this past Sunday. At least seven Sikh worshipers were killed and three others injured. The gunman, who had connections with radical right racist groups, committed suicide after being wounded by police gunfire. Statements have been made by Church of the Brethren general secretary Stan Noffsinger, along with Belita Mitchell who is a Brethren leader in Heeding God’s Call, and Doris Abdullah, the denomination’s representative to the United Nations. Ecumenical partners who are speaking out include the National Council of Churches. […]

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