Newsline for Feb. 25, 2015

1) IRS issues new ruling regarding Affordable Care Act. 2) Nigerian Brethren leaders visit refugees in Cameroon. 3) Nigerian initiative declares ‘Education Must Continue’. 4) Bethany Seminary recognized for ‘Education That Engages’. 5) Peace churches hold sixth annual gathering in Florida. 6) ‘Together for Nigeria’ event in Michigan raises funds, brings attention to the crisis. 7) Jenn Dorsch begins as director of Brethren Disaster Ministries. 8) Tina Christian to be Gulf Coast coordinator for Children’s Disaster Services. 9) Youth ministry webinar series continues with focus on ‘Life and Time’. 10) Webinar will focus on ‘Reading the Bible after Christendom’. 11) ENGAGE to welcome prospective students to Bethany Seminary. 12) Spring issue of Guide for Biblical Studies seeks the Holy Spirit. 13) Brethren bits. […]

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Brethren Bits for Feb. 25, 2015

Remembering Pete Roudebush, Margie Petry, June Kindy; National Youth Cabinet; webinar on Syria and Iraq; jobs at BBT and Timbercrest; Seniors for Peace meet on Nigeria; registration for leadership conference; La Verne Church celebrates 125 and Casa de Modesto 50 years; “Keep Calm and Be a Dunker Punk” with Mutual Kumquat and Ted and Co. […]

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Nigerian Brethren Leaders Visit Refugees in Cameroon

Leaders of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and the manager of the EYN Disaster Team traveled to Cameroon last week to visit and support Nigerian refugees who have fled across the border into the neighboring country. This camp hosts more than 30,000 refugees mainly from Gwoza Local Government Area.
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Youth Ministry Webinar Series Continues with Focus on ‘Life and Time’

The third webinar in a series on Christian practices for teens, offered for adult leaders of youth, will be on the topic “Life and Time.” Emily Tyler, coordinator of workcamps and volunteer recruitment for the Church of the Brethren, will be leading the webinar which takes place the evening of Tuesday, March 3, at 8 p.m. (eastern time).
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‘Together for Nigeria’ Event in Michigan Raises Funds, Brings Attention to the Crisis

In the fall last year, Tim Joseph conceived the idea of holding a big event at Onekama (Mich.) Church of the Brethren on Jan. 31 as a fundraiser for the Nigeria Crisis Fund. The struggle that the Nigerian Brethren are undergoing right now may be the biggest crisis the Church of the Brethren movement has ever suffered, particularly considering the sheer number of people involved, the number of churches destroyed, the number of deaths. Of course we should do all we can to send aid.
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Nigerian Initiative Declares ‘Education Must Continue’

Paul* and his wife, Becky* have a passion for the education of displaced children in Nigeria. They are members of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) and have started an organization called “Education Must Continue.” Their main goal is to get displaced children back in school. They know the value of a good education and what it means for the future of these children and the country of Nigeria. *Full names have been omitted for security purposes.
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Jenn Dorsch Begins as Director of Brethren Disaster Ministries

The Church of the Brethren has hired Jenn Dorsch of Frederick, Md., as director of Brethren Disaster Ministries, beginning February 24, 2015. Most recently she has been part-time interim program assistant in the Brethren Disaster Ministries office at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md., while also working part-time at Frederick (Md.) Church of the Brethren as director of communications.
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