Newsline for July 30, 2016

NEWS
1) EDF grants go to refugee resettlement, Burundi refugee crisis, Ecuador earthquake, and more
2) Material Resources ships aid to West Virginia, among other work
3) Bethany Seminary re-accreditation visits are scheduled
4) Crisis in Puerto Rico affects wellbeing of islanders, church members
5) Office of Public Witness staff connect with visiting Korean church delegation
6) BRF annual dinner receives message to ‘Carry the Light into the Workplace’
7) War looms on their borders, but life goes on: A report from Iraqi Kurdistan

RESOURCES
8) ‘Ventures’ program aims to serve more congregations with donation-based model

9) Brethren bits […]

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EDF Grants Go to Refugee Resettlement, Burundi Refugee Crisis, Ecuador Earthquake, and More

Brethren Disaster Ministries has directed grants from the Church of the Brethren’s Emergency Disaster Fund (EDF) to assist with refugee resettlement in the United States, the Brethren Church of Rwanda response to Burundi refugees, Heifer International’s response to the earthquake in Ecuador, Church World Service (CWS) emergency preparedness and home construction in Haiti, and Proyecto Aldea Global’s work toward emergency preparedness in Honduras.
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Material Resources Ships Aid to West Virginia, Among Other Work

During the month of July, 480 clean-up buckets and approximately 510 school kits were sent to aid flood relief efforts in West Virginia, shipped by the Church of the Brethren Material Resources program based at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Md. The aid was shipped on behalf of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in partnership with Church World Service (CWS).
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BRF Annual Dinner Receives Message to ‘Carry the Light into the Workplace’

The Brethren Revival Fellowship (BRF) held its annual dinner meeting in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday evening July 2, during the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference. The room was well filled and the sounds of fellowship abounded. Special music shared by the Glory Girls from the area of White Oak Church of the Brethren in Atlantic Northeast District preceded the evening’s message.
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Office of Public Witness Staff Connect with Visiting Korean Church Delegation

The National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) hosted a delegation from the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) this week to advocate for a permanent peace treaty between North and South Korea. The Church of the Brethren is a member organization of the NCC, and staff of the Office of Public Witness participated in events with the Korean delegation. Delegation members visited with key members of Congress, White House officials, and members of the ecumenical community to discuss prospects for peace.
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Brethren Bits for July 29, 2016

In this issue: Remembering L. Gene Bucher, personnel and job openings, Youth Peace Travel Team blog, African Great Lakes Batwa Conference, Brethren Academy hosts TRIM/EFSM orientation, 46th Annual Dunker Church Service at Antietam, disaster ministry events in Ohio, “Sing Me High” at CrossRoads, and more. […]

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‘Ventures’ Program Aims to Serve More Congregations with Donation-Based Model

Since it started four years ago, the “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College has focused on providing small church congregations with useful, affordable education. With the course offerings in 2016-17, Ventures is about to become even more affordable and, therefore, even more useful.
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Brethren Bits for July 23, 2016

In this issue: Two-page Wrap Up of Annual Conference is available, personnel notices and job openings, workcamp group gets media attention, 45th anniversary celebration of National Farm Worker Ministry, prayer requests from Global Mission and Service, On Earth Peace Anti-Racism Transformation Team meets, annual World Hunger Auction scheduled for Aug. 13, and more news by, for, and about Brethren–including sales of new items emblazoned with the classic Brethren slogan “When Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies…’” that benefit Brethren Press.
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