The 300th Anniversary Committee has issued a clarification of plans for a "service blitz" and an exhibit of historical artifacts at the 2008 Annual Conference on July 12-16 in Richmond, Va.:
- A "service blitz" is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, and Monday, July 14. Service projects will be sponsored by the Church of the Brethren. Members of the Brethren Church also may participate. The planning committee includes Rhonda Pittman Gingrich of the 300th Anniversary Committee, Brethren Disaster Ministries director Roy Winter, outgoing director of the General Board's Workcamp ministry Steve Van Houten, and Virlina District disaster response coordinator Wayne Garst. Participants will be required to register in advance, and there will be a modest fee to cover expenses.
- Plans for a historical exhibit have changed. Instead of soliciting submissions of Brethren artifacts from individuals, congregations, and districts, the committee has decided to invite each district to bring a display. Districts are encouraged to identify people, places, events, and items that have enriched experiences of Brethren beliefs and practices. Present ministries and future plans that call people to participate in Brethren beliefs and practices should also be included. Displays are to present information in ways that will teach a variety of people, especially children. In addition, a few agencies and organizations whose mission is directly related to preserving and sharing Brethren heritage will be invited to bring an exhibit.