Conference Welcomes New Fellowship in North Carolina

One joy of the first day of Annual Conference business is the time when new fellowships and congregations are introduced. This year, Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries, introduced one new group. Rios de Agua Viva (Rivers of Living Water) is a fellowship in Leicester, N.C., started by pastor Mario Martinez and his wife, Evelyn. They have been working since Sept. 2013 and were granted fellowship status in 2014 by Southeastern District.
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Standing Committee Calls for New Study of Vitality in the Church

The Standing Committee of district delegates met in advance of the 2015 Annual Conference in Tampa, Fla., on July 8-11. The meetings were presided over by Annual Conference moderator David Steele, assisted by moderator-elect Andy Murray and secretary James Beckwith. In a decision with potential for far-reaching consequences, the Standing Committee decided to propose a new study committee on vitality in congregations, districts, and the denomination, in response to a query on future district structure. It also held conversations in closed session about concerns related to same sex marriage.

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Wenatchee Wildfire Affects Pacific Northwest Brethren

Brethren Disaster Ministries reports that a wildfire on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash., has destroyed 24 homes and 4 businesses. No lives have been lost. “We need and appreciate your prayers for my home town,” said Colleen Michael, executive minister of the Church of the Brethren’s Pacific Northwest District.
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Nigerian Brethren Send Letter of Condolence to Emanuel AME Church

A letter of condolence has been sent to Emanuel AME Church from leadership of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). The letter, sent through the General Secretary’s Office of the Church of the Brethren in the United States, expresses caring on behalf of the entire membership of EYN, following the shooting attack in which nine members including the pastor of Emanuel AME were murdered during a Bible study.
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