District News Notes - March 27, 2019

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*The district office will be closed April 1-3.


1)       There is still time for the youth and young adults of your congregation to register for a Church of the Brethren workcamp! However, registration will be closing on April 1, so encourage those you know to register now. Visit: www.brethren.org/workcamps/


2)       Samuel & Rebecca Dali will be at Pleasant Chapel Church of the Brethren (1993 CR 8, Ashley, IN) on Palm Sunday, April 14th! Worship begins at 9:15 a.m. If you haven't met them yet, they'd love to have you join them!


3)       Beating Guns: Hope for people who are weary of violence’, is the title of a book Shane Claiborne and Mike Martin have co-written, and MCC is sponsoring their national book tour, which includes a stop in Fort Wayne on Sunday, April 14, at 6 p.m., at Plymouth UCC in downtown Fort Wayne. Find a flyer attached.


4)       The next online course from McPherson College’s “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program is scheduled for April 13. This course on “Healthy & Safe  Congregations” will be taught by Kathy Reid. All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. To learn more about Ventures and to register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.


5)       Camp Alexander Mack is taking applications for an office assistant to be responsible for running bi-monthly payroll, managing accounts payable, performing monthly bank reconciliation, managing the Gift Shoppe, tracking volunteers, and performing other routine office tasks as assigned. The position is paid hourly with an average of 32 hours per week. Hours can be somewhat flexible. Limited benefits are offered. Applicants need to have experience in financial record-keeping, must be highly organized and deadline-driven, and can demonstrate a dedication to the ministry of Camp Mack. Please send a completed staff application: http://campmack.org/media/uploads/0/858_General-Employment-Application-fillable.pdf, letter of interest, and resumé to Camp Alexander Mack, PO Box 158, Milford, IN 46542 or gene@campmack.org by April 10th, 2019. Screening will begin on April 11.


6)       Rock Run Church of the Brethren plans to send a work team to Puerto Rico May 11 to 25, 2019. They have a team of 4 or 5 ready to go according to Carol Speicher Waggy. They need two more team members to have a crew. If you or anyone in your congregation is interested in going, please contact Carol at 574-202-3062, ncwaggy@gmail.com; or Dan Snider, District Coordinator, 574-780-4982, danandmarj.snider@gmail.com.


7)       Please join us for a brown bag lunch/conversation with Donita Keister, Annual Conference Moderator, Tuesday, April 30.  The meeting will be held at the Bethany Church of the Brethren, 19003 US 6 from 12:00 pm to 1:15 p.m. Along with your lunch, bring your ideas or questions for our Moderator.


8)       All area Church of the Brethren ministers are invited to lunch with Annual Conference Moderator Donita Keister at the Main View Inn, 141 E. Main St., North Manchester from 12 pm - 1:30 pm, Monday, April 29. Please RSVP at this link: https://doodle.com/poll/nxcm9964a3wy5uut or email or call Bekah Houff: 260-982-5243; RLHouff@manchester.edu.


9)       Annual Conference 2019 will be a very different event this year, according to Conference director Chris Douglas. Instead of a usual business schedule, the delegate body will spend much of its time in compelling vision conversations. Non-delegates may reserve seats at tables during the business sessions in order to fully participate in those conversations. And the Conference will hold a love feast for the first time in decades. Annual Conference 2019 takes place July 3-7 in Greensboro, N.C., at the Sheraton/Koury Convention Center, led by moderator Donita Keister. “Proclaim Christ; Reclaim Passion” is the theme, inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:17-18. Online registration and hotel reservations are now open at www.brethren.org/ac.


10)     Eric Reamer, who serves with Donita Keister on the staff at Buffalo Valley COB, is helping to coordinate the Love Feast service at Annual Conference this year.  They are asking the congregations in our denomination to provide materials and volunteers to help with the Love Feast, which will be held on Saturday at Annual Conference. Find attached his letter of request to congregations.


11)     Several people have inquired about a district sponsored bus to this year’s NOAC, September 2-9. This is a request for others to reply in their interest in traveling in a bus to NOAC as well. A head count will determine whether this is pursued or not. Contact the district office to add your name to the list, 574-773-3149; rachel.nidcob@gmail.com.


12)     NOAC registration will open online on MAY 1. (This has changed from the previous date of April 15.)  The cost per person is $195 if you register before July 20. First time attendees will get a $20 discount. Your registration fee does not include housing or meals. After you register you will be able to go to the Lake J housing reservations website to make your lodging reservations. Visit: www.brethren.org/noac.


13)     Camp Alexander Mack launched a new campaign: “Planting the Future”, to bring renewed energy to their programs and growth in their mission “to provide a sanctuary where people connect with God, experience creation, and build Christian community.” Camp Mack is aiming to raise $1.1 million focused on expanding the reach of summer camps, operating more year-round programming, modernizing facilities, and providing resources to the community. This campaign will enable Camp Mack to grow 1,000 summer campers, achieve 60% occupancy of our facilities during the winter months, and the creation of a robust outdoor education program for local schools. As of February 25, 2019, more than $450,000, ranging from gifts of spare change to $50,000, has been raised or pledged. This includes over $15,000 from staff commitments and over $50,000 from the Indiana Camp Board, Camp Mack’s governing body. The goal is to reach the goal of $1.1 million by the end of 2021. To join Camp Mack in Planting the Future, please visit campmack.org or contact Todd Eastis at 574-658-4831 or todd@campmack.org.


14)     SAVE the DATE: DUCT’s next event is a camp-out/ canoe trip, May 17th-18th at the Weybright Farm in South Whitley.


15)     The office at the Plymouth Church of the Brethren has a new email address.  The new address is pcobsecretary@gmail.com.  Please make this change in your contacts list.  


16)     The 46th Annual Brethren Bible Institute will have their summer term July 22-26 on the campus of Elizabethtown College. For a packet of information outlining the 2019 Summer Bible Institiute (which includes application), write to: The Brethren Bible Institute, 155 Denver Road, Denver, PA, 17517.


17)      Find attached the April 2019 issue of the Parish Paper.  Our organization’s purchase of photocopy rights for The Parish Paper includes: 1. Permission to provide copies to our staff and the congregations within our constituency in any of the following ways: E-mail, Postal, newspaper, newsletter, meetings, training events, and our Website. 2. Permission for each congregation within our constituency to (a) photocopy or electronically distribute for local use as many copies as it needs, (b) post them on its Website, and (c) quote sentences and paragraphs. Your congregation does not have permission (a) to delete the copyright notice on page 2; (b) to re-write, paraphrase, or change the wording of sentences and paragraphs; or (c) to give ANY THIRD PARTY—other than your staff and constituents—permission to photocopy or reprint (in any quantity, no matter how small, whether for free distribution or for sale).


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