- A press release template has been posted at www.brethren.org/genbd/newsline/300th.html to help congregations and districts publicize local or regional 300th Anniversary events. For more about the use of the template or for help with press releases, contact the General Board’s director of News Services, Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford, at 800-323-8039 ext. 260 or email@example.com. In the future, the website also will be offering a list of links to media reports about local or regional 300th Anniversary events. Please send any links or copies of articles to firstname.lastname@example.org or News Services, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.
- The 300th Anniversary Committee has issued a challenge to each congregation to multiply its attendance at the 2008 Annual Conference in Richmond, Va., in July. Congregations are challenged to multiply by three the representation they sent to the 2007 Annual Conference. If a congregation had no members attending last year, they are encouraged to send at least three this year. "If there were four persons from your congregation at Conference last year, for instance, then this year the goal would be to have 12," the committee said. "This would be an overall increase of 300 percent at our 300th Anniversary!" Congregations that succeed in this challenge will receive special recognition at the 2008 Annual Conference.
- Southern Ohio District is planning three worship services centered around the 300th Anniversary theme. The first was planned for Jan. 13 at West Alexandria (Ohio) Church of the Brethren with Bethany Theological Seminary president Ruthann Knechel Johansen speaking on the theme, "Surrendered to God." The second service is planned for March 2 at the recently purchased meetinghouse of Cincinnati (Ohio) Church of the Brethren, with Annual Conference moderator James Beckwith speaking on "Transformed in Christ." The third service is scheduled at Pitsburg Church of the Brethren in Arcanum, Ohio, on May 18, with Annual Conference moderator-elect David Shumate speaking on "Empowered by the Spirit."
- Westminster (Md.) Church of the Brethren served an 18th-century dinner and offered a drama about Brethren history given by members of Everett (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, to kick off its celebration of the anniversary according to a piece in the "Carroll County Times." Church members were encouraged to dress like the church founders, and the meal eaten by the light of oil lanterns included a corn-and-chicken casserole, corn fritters, applesauce, carrots, green beans, and an apple crisp. At each table were pictures of the Westminster church in its early days, the newspaper reported. Other events planned by the church include an old-fashioned worship service in February and a tour of the county’s Brethren churches in March.
- A. Kathryn Oller, 91, retired as associate dean of the School of Library and Information Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, is filling "her latest volunteer post" by helping to plan anniversary events at Waynesboro (Pa.) Church of the Brethren, according to the "Record Herald" of Waynesboro. The anniversary activities will include a program in March featuring Oller's slides of her trip to Swarzenau, Germany, where the Church of the Brethren was founded. Oller is uniquely qualified, as she and her family are direct descendants of church founder Alexander Mack, the newspaper said, and her doctoral dissertation focused on Christopher Sauer, a colonial printer connected with the Brethren.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
300th Anniversary bits and pieces.
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