Newsline for Nov. 25, 2014

1) Brethren Disaster Ministries surpasses goal of Sandy recovery grant from Red Cross
2) EYN Compassion Fund has distributed more than $200,000 to aid Nigerian Brethren
3) Musa Mambula speaking tour to extend into mid-January
4) Global Food Crisis Fund grant supports agriculture training in east Africa

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5) Advent worship resources are online for the 2014 Advent offering

6) Brethren bits […]

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Musa Mambula Speaking Tour to Extend into Mid-January

Nigerian Brethren church leader Musa Mambula has begun a speaking tour in the Pennsylvania area, giving presentations at a variety of Church of the Brethren congregations. His list of speaking engagements extends through December and into January. His presentations focus on the persecution of Christians by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria and the church’s response.
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Brethren Bits for Nov. 25, 2014

BDM trains ecumenical partners, DC briefing on Nigeria, first mission point in Nigeria suffers attack, selection of Advent and Christmas events, Indiana Court of Appeals ruling, ecumenical and interfaith statements on immigration and Ferguson, more […]

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Congregational Life Ministries Offers Webinars on ‘Just Friendship’ and ‘Youth Work After Christendom’

Congregational Life Ministries is a co-sponsor of two webinars scheduled for this week: on Wednesday, Nov. 19, Anthony Grinnell will present a webinar related to ministry and evangelism and justice titled “Just Friendship”; and on Thursday, Nov. 20, Nigel Pimlott is the presenter of a webinar on the topic “Youth Work after Christendom-Revisited.” Both webinars start at 2:30 p.m. (eastern time).
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Communication Informs About New IRS Rule on Pre-Tax Health Insurance Premium Contributions for Pastors, Church Workers

A communication with important information about how churches report their pastors’ (and lay employees’) income with regard to health insurance premiums is being sent to each Church of the Brethren congregation. The joint letter is from Mary Jo Flory-Steury, associate general secretary of the Church of the Brethren and executive of the Ministry Office, and Scott W. Douglas, BBT director of Employee Benefits. An additional letter from Douglas gives information about IRS rules for Section 105 HRA pre-tax insurance contributions.
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