A special exhibit and an anniversary video contest are planned for the 2008 Annual Conference, to be held in Richmond, Va., on July 12-16, marking the 300th anniversary of the Brethren:
- The 300th Anniversary Committee is organizing an exhibit of Brethren artifacts. Individuals and congregations are encouraged to consider items they may have to offer, and submit a photo and description of each item. The committee is especially interested in items that will attract people of all ages, including children. Objects may relate to baptism, the Love Feast, Sunday school--especially curriculum and hand-out pages, music and hymnbooks, clothing, missions, service, or other expressions of Brethren beliefs and practices. To submit an item, send the following no later than Feb. 1, 2008, to Lorele Yager, 425 Woodland Place, Churubusco, IN 46723: for each item include a photo, name and description, age (or approximate), size and dimensions, a history of the item, and a contact person including name, address, e-mail address, and telephone. Also include an acknowledgment that "Yes, I understand the enclosed photo will not be returned." Complete one form for each item; forms and photos will not be accepted by e-mail. Those who submit items for consideration will be contacted by April 5 regarding the committee’s decision. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A 300th Anniversary Video Contest has been announced by the Congregational Life Teams of the Church of the Brethren General Board. Individuals and churches are invited to create a three-minute video representing the 2008 Annual Conference theme, "Surrendered to God, Transformed in Christ, Empowered by the Spirit" (John 12:24-26a). The most creative video will be shown at the 2008 Conference, and a DVD featuring the top five entries will be given away at the Congregational Life Team exhibit. Each video entry should be a maximum of three minutes, with only one entry per church or individual. Entries will be reviewed for creativity and theme inspiration. Entries are due Feb. 1, 2008. For more about the anniversary theme go to www.brethren.org/ac/richmond/theme.html. For a video entry form, go to www.brethren.org/genbd/clm/clt/VideoContest.pdf.