Brethren Bits for Feb. 3, 2015

In this issue: Fahrney-Keedy CEO Keith Bryan announces his retirement, Jeff Bach represents the Church of the Brethren on the Brethren Encyclopedia board, a plea to help the Alexander Mack Museum in Schwarzenau, Larry Glick as Elder John Kline is available to present program with Nigeria focus, Roundtable to gather at Bridgewater College in March, Southern Pennsylvania issue challenge to raise $250,000 for Nigeria, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. […]

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Newsline for Feb. 3, 2015

1) Church of the Brethren funds give grants for work in Africa and Haiti. 2) Co-directors of Nigeria Crisis Response praise God for ‘phenomenal’ giving. 3) Youth Peace Travel Team is named for 2015. 4) White Gift Offerings, an Ivester tradition of ministry and outreach. 5) Concerned about uncertainties of the Affordable Care Act? Help is on the way. 6) Ministers’ Association ‘Delving Deeply into Compassion’ at pre-Conference event. 7) Romans 12 provides theme for National Junior High Conference. 8) Bethany Seminary to host ‘Anabaptism, the Next Generation’ 9) Drone warfare: Easy and cheap. 10) Brethren bits […]

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Romans 12 Provides Theme for National Junior High Conference

National Junior High Conference will be held June 19-21 on the campus of Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The conference will invite youth and their advisors to consider Romans 12:1-2. The theme, “Living the Change: Our Offering to God,” asks participants to consider taking their everyday, ordinary life–our sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life–and place it before God as an offering.
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White Gift Offerings, an Ivester Tradition of Ministry and Outreach

Following the aftermath of World War II, members of Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, Iowa, began what has become a long tradition–the White Gift Offering. It began as an offering of clothing, bedding, or other household items for people in need. On a designated Sunday in Advent, members of the congregation were invited to bring a gift, wrapped in white, to place under the church Christmas tree during worship. The gifts were then sent to Church World Service for distribution to needy people.
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