Newsline for June 17, 2014

1) Church of the Brethren general secretary among church leaders at consultation on Syria, held in Armenia. 2) Brethren Volunteer Service workers are in five nations across Europe. 3) Disaster staff direct grants totaling $74,000 to flood relief in Afghanistan and the Balkans, response to spring storms in US. 4) Global Food Crisis Fund provides grant to Bittersweet Ministries, received grant request to extend Going to Garden. 5) Church of the Brethren member named to field associate position with ADNet. 6) Intergenerational events invite children and adults to ‘get real’ about courageous discipleship. 7) Ten years of the Springs initiative: Celebrating Brethren in renewal. 8) Brethren bits […]

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Ten Years of the Springs Initiative: Celebrating Brethren in Renewal

“The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). With this guiding biblical text, we come to the 10-year anniversary of Springs of Living Water in Church Renewal. Meeting with the Ministry and Mission Planning Council in 2004, we were encouraged to go out to develop this vision. In faith we went with a sense of urgency. Now 10 years later, our hearts are filled with humble gratitude […]

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Brethren Bits for June 17, 2014

— “Beyond Hunger”–an event celebrating 70 years of Heifer International–will be held at Camp Alexander Mack near Milford, Ind., on Sept. 12-14. Heifer is an award-winning development organization based in Little Rock, Ark., that had its beginnings as the Church of the Brethren Heifer Project. Here is a brief history of the beginnings of Heifer […]

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Church of the Brethren General Secretary Among Church Leaders at Consultation on Syria, Held in Armenia

Recognizing the failure of the Geneva 2 talks four months ago and the ongoing violence and human calamity in Syria, church leaders and representatives from the region, Europe, and the United States gathered in Etchmiadzin, Armenia, to address the challenges for faith communities in the crisis in Syria. In the group that gathered June 11 and 12 was Stanley J. Noffsinger, Church of the Brethren general secretary. […]

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Global Food Crisis Fund Provides Grant to Bittersweet Ministries, Gives Grant to Extend Going to Garden

The Global Food Crisis Fund (GFCF) of the Church of the Brethren has given a grant of $10,000 to support a ministry in Mexico, sponsored by Bittersweet Ministries. Also, the fund has given a second grant of $30,000 to Going to the Garden, in a cooperative effort with the denomination’s Office of Public Witness.
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Intergenerational Events Invite Children and Adults to ‘Get Real’ About Courageous Discipleship

“Get Real: Living as Courageous Disciples” is the theme of an evening of intergenerational events at the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, 7-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5. The Annual Conference will take place in Columbus, Ohio, on July 2-6. The evening of special events for all ages is organized and led by Joel and Linetta Ballew.
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