Please be in prayer for those who have lost loved ones, homes and businesses, the injured and first responders in the tornado epidemic that struck at least six states last night, including Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, the ‘Arkansas and Tennessee. At least 70 people were killed and many areas still searched for wreckage in search of survivors. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear has described the town of Mayfield, Ky. As “the zero point” for destruction caused by a tornado that traveled more than 200 miles, reports the Guardian. Find the updated page of this journal with the latest information on the tornado outbreak at www.theguardian.com/world/live/2021/dec/11/tornadoes-kentucky-deaths-governor-latest-updates.
– Correction: The December 4 diary incorrectly identified the author of the study and discussion guide for Tod Bolsinger’s plenary session on âBuilding Church in Unknown Territoryâ from the 2021 Annual Conference. The guide was written by Renee Wilson, who has assisted at the Town Hall Moderators events and is a staff member of Ministry Architects.
– Religious workers and clergy are now eligible for Public Service Student Loans (PSLF) forgiveness. The program offers methods to help all borrowers (including clergy and clergy) reduce or better manage student loans. Check out the webinar linked below on how to apply to the PSLF, led by attorney Ashley Harrington, a senior official with the Federal Student Aid Office in the US Department of Education. This webinar was offered by The United Church of Christ in partnership with the National Council of Churches. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2ovXOLhKQw.
– A webinar organized by On Earth Peace and the Good Shepherd Collective is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. “Join the Good Shepherd Collective and On Earth Peace for a critical conversation about the Palestinian-led campaign for Defund Racism, a grassroots movement to stop the exploitation of US charities and the funding of violent political movements,” a statement said. . Bana Abu Zuluf, legal researcher and activist for the Good Shepherd Collective, and Manal Shqair, Palestinian climate activist and international advocacy manager for the Stop the Wall campaign, will discuss how the Israeli settler movement is exploiting US charitable law. to finance dispossession. of the indigenous Palestinian community – and more importantly – what you can do to dismantle the structures that underlie violence and oppression. Go to www.onearthpeace.org/defund_racism_webinar_12-15-21.
– The Brethren Church of Southern Ohio and the District of Kentucky celebrates the retired district executive ministry Dave shetler Jan. 23, 2022, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST at the Brethren’s Salem Church in Englewood, Ohio. âPlease join us as we honor Dave’s 11 years of ministry in our district as district director,â said an invitation. Donations in Shetler’s honor are received at district disaster ministries, district camping and retreat ministries, and the Brethren’s Retreat Community in Greenville, Ohio.
– Mid-Atlantic District has started a new Jesus mini-grant program in the neighborhood, through its CORE Ministry team responsible for âevangelization, renewal and evangelization of the Churchâ. Following the denomination’s adoption of the Compelling Vision, âCORE is offering the Jesus in the Neighborhood mini-grants to congregations who wish to initiate projects related to congregation renewal, revitalization and community outreach, but who can need extra support to do it, âthe neighborhood bulletin said. âCongregations are encouraged to think outside the box! The mini-grants are only available to Church congregations of the Brethren in the district, who request assistance to fund efforts that will use Church funds wisely and wisely, and who adhere to the policy and guidelines. values ââof the Church of the Brothers. Mini-grants up to $ 500 will be awarded to congregations that have committed their own funds and resources to the project in addition to the mini-grant and who submit a simple budget of the projected costs for their project.
– Lititz (Pa.) Church of the Brethren has appeared in several reports recently, following the appearance of some chalk graffiti on the church grounds. Media stories have been exaggerated, said Pastor Eric Landram. The graffiti was done with sidewalk chalk, and there was no lasting damage. It only took 20 minutes for church members to wash it off. Landram explained to a few media outlets: “As has never happened on the property before, we are not concerned.” To Newsline, he wrote: âWe don’t let antics keep us from focusing on what matters most this Advent season. We are busy living in the Brethren Church’s compelling new vision statement by following Jesus in relationship-based neighborhood engagement. We encourage our members and our community to support less fortunate families during the holidays and strive to continue the important refugee resettlement work in Lancaster County. A little sidewalk chalk isn’t going to bring us down. Christmas is approaching and with it a great light of peace and hope!
– World Council of Churches (WCC) publishes Bible studies series leading to its assembly to be held next year in Germany. The series is based on the theme of the assembly and linked to important days of the Christian calendar. The first Bible study was published at the beginning of Advent and the next will be published in preparation for Epiphany. Read the first Bible study in the series, âAdvent and Christmas,â by Susan Durber, at www.oikoumene.org/resources/bible-studies/11th-assembly-bible-study-advent-and-christmas.
– The role of Harvey Nininger as “father of meteorites” is recounted by writer Max McCoy in a November 28 article in the Kansas reflector titled “In 1923, a Kansan Saw a Ball of Fire Above His Head.” He helped popularize a new science. Nininger was a member of the Brethren Church and professor of biology at McPherson (Kan.) College, which in November 1923 began tracking and collecting meteorites. âOver the next 60 years, he located thousands of them,â McCoy writes. âIn the 1940s, it was believed that he had located half of all meteorites that had so far been identified anywhere on the earth’s surfaceâ¦. âIn truth,â he wrote in 1933, âKansas has been the target of the universe. â¦ Beginning in 1923, Nininger toured the state, educating local people about meteorites and donating $ 1 a pound for space rocks. He even took McPherson students on trips to search for meteorites “as far as South America, cataloging historical finds and collecting new data in scattered fields.” Although McCoy calls the Brethren Church a âcult,â he acknowledges Nininger’s deep faith as well as his conflicts with the leadership of McPherson College: âThroughout his adult life, Nininger challenged the cornerstones of the faith. that he had learned when he was a child; not only would he denounce the belief in a land that was 6,000 years old, but he would come to reprimand the president of the McPherson Brethren College for not teaching evolution. But Nininger never rejected the faith. Find the article on https://kansasreflector.com/2021/11/28/in-1923-a-kansan-saw-a-fireball-overhead-he-helped-popularize-a-new-science.
– Ron Beachley is the subject of an article in the Democratic tribune highlighting his over 35 years as a referee for high school sports. The 81-year-old is a former pastor of the Brethren Church, served for years as a district executive, and moderated the annual conference. He has also “been a sports enthusiast his entire life,” the article notes. “And that led the Davidsville resident to officiate high school sports for over 35 years as a PIAA official.” Throughout the years of church service, wherever he served, he also had opportunities to serve local schools by officiating at sporting events. In retirement, this passion continues. âBeachley said he attends rules meetings for each sport and a number of chapter meetings each year to keep his credentials up to date. âBeing an official allows me to follow the rule changes and see good athletes compete in the games,â he saidâ¦. Beachley, who also drives a school bus for the Ferndale area school district, said what keeps him in his job as an official is his love of competition and camaraderie with other officials. “I wonder if I should retire, but I want to be involved,” he said. Find the article at www.tribdem.com/news/local_news/davidsville-resident-refereeing-high-school-sports-for-over-35-years-as-a-piaa-official/article_09e9baae-4610-11ec-8be5 – 4f88f47ba3c0.html.
– Pastor Dwayne Yost of Flat Creek and Mud Lick Churches of the Brethren in Big Creek, Ky., is one of the church leaders who welcomed a large delivery of gifts and personal care items to help Kentuckians in need, sent to the Red Bird Mission supporting families in Bell, Clay and Leslie County through churches in upstate New York. An article titled “NY to KY: Huge donation arrives at Eastern Kentucky’s Red Bird Mission” by Jonathon Gregg and published by Spectrum 1 News noted that “poverty rates in this area of ââKentucky are among the highest in the country” and that the area is experiencing a “ripple effect” after the collapse of the coal industry, with many families remaining in the area despite the job loss. Yost had worked for Red Bird over 50 years ago, the article reports, quoting him as saying, âIf I live another 3 weeks, I’ll be 87. Yost also told the reporter, âIt’s wonderful to be a part of God’s work wherever it is. Whether it’s at Red Bird or if it’s in New York where they assemble these boxesâ¦. You know, it’s wonderful that we can all work together. Find the article on https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/central-ny/news/2021/12/03/red-bird-mission-new-york-donation-kentucky.
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