Brethren Bits for September 30, 2016

In this issue: Personnel notices, job openings, next listening session with the general secretary, prayers needed for South Sudan, invitation to a webinar from a conference on justice and peace held in Rome, last day for “early bird” orders for new books from Brethren Press, church anniversaries, news of a gift from a Haitian congregation to the Nigerian Brethren, and more. […]

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Newsline for September 30, 2016

NEWS
1) Children’s Disaster Services completes its service in Baton Rouge

2) Northeast Nigeria experiencing food crisis, Brethren response team continues food distributions

3) Brethren bits […]

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Children’s Disaster Services Completes Its Service in Baton Rouge

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has completed six weeks of volunteer work caring for children and families affected by severe flooding in Louisiana. The 29 CDS volunteers who took part set up childcare centers in multiple locations in Baton Rouge, including shelters, and worked with two partner organizations–FEMA and the American Red Cross.

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Northeast Nigeria Experiencing Food Crisis, Brethren Response Team Continues Food Distributions

UNICEF and other groups are warning of a serious and worsening humanitarian crisis in areas of northeast Nigeria where food and other assistance is not reaching people in need, in particular young children. The Associated Press has published an interview with UNICEF nutrition chief for Nigeria, Arjan de Wagt, who spoke of the likelihood of thousands of deaths of children to famine and associated diseases.
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Nigerian Brethren Welcome Church of the Brethren Executive Staff, Continue Relief Efforts

Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has welcomed a visit from Global Mission and Service executive staff Jay Wittmeyer and Roy Winter, who also heads up Brethren Disaster Ministries. The two church staff from the US have been meeting with Nigerian church leaders including EYN president Joel S. Billi and leaders of EYN’s Disaster Relief Ministry, as well as other groups.
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Newsline for September 23, 2016

NEWS
1) Celebrating Peace Day as part of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
2) Religious leaders of many faiths talk peace in Assisi
3) Nigerian Brethren welcome Church of the Brethren executive staff, continue relief efforts
4) Manchester University Intercultural Center will be named for Jean Childs Young

UPCOMING EVENTS
5) Workcamp Ministry announces staffing, theme for summer 2017 events

6) Brethren bits […]

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Brethren Bits for September 23, 2016

In this issue: Remembering Esther Eichelberger, Brethren in Spain celebrate their fourth annual conference, deadline for Brethren Press “early bird” offers, Carlisle Truck Stop Ministry announces new co-chaplains, Renacer holds Hispanic leadership conference, “12 Baskets and a Goat” to be performed three times in October, Virlina District announces more than $45,000 for West Virginia Flood Offering, and more. […]

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Workcamp Ministry Announces Staffing, Theme for Summer 2017 Events

The Workcamp Ministry of the Church of the Brethren has welcomed Shelley Weachter and welcomed back Deanna Beckner as assistant coordinators for the 2017 summer workcamp season. The theme developed by the workcamp team for the 2017 season is “Say Hello,” which is a phrase pulled from 3 John 13-14 in “The Message” version. The theme will focus on communication with God, each other, and the world.
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CDS Sends Another Team to Continue Work in Baton Rouge

Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has sent another team of volunteers to continue caring for children and families who have been affected by the extreme flooding in Louisiana. On Thursday, CDS staff shared via Facebook, “While we thought our team that left yesterday would be our final Baton Rouge team, things changed and we were asked to send in another team.
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