Thursday, February 19, 2009

2009 Youth Peace Travel Team Announced

The Church of the Brethren is pleased to announce their 2009 Youth Peace Travel Team. Members are Chelsea Goss of Mechanicsville, VA, Jessica Flory Steury of Kettering, OH, Marianne Houff of Bethel, PA, and Bethany Funkhouser of Strasburg, VA. Congratulations to these four women who will represent the church as they travel to camps across the denomination throughout the summer. This team, sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Outdoor Ministries, Youth and Young Adult, Brethren Volunteer Service, On Earth Peace, and Brethren Witness/Washington Office programs will share with Brethren youth the message of peace and justice that has been a core faith tradition of the church throughout its 300 year history. The team will also be attending and leading sessions at the National Jr. High Conference, the San Diego Annual Conference, and the New Windsor Workcamp. Please offer these four women your congratulations and prayerful support.

Source: Brethren Witness/Washington Office

Sunday, February 01, 2009

District Junior High News

Plans are in progress for a Jr. High Spring Retreat to be held at Camp Emmaus, April 24-25, 2009. More information will be coming as plans materialize.

National Jr. High conference is being planned for June 19 - 21 in Harrisonburg, VA. We invite Jr. High age students, those that have completed 6, 7, or 8 grade, to participate in this action packed weekend. Check with your youth advisor or pastor for more information. You can register on line at The cost for the conference is $125.00 per participant. Our district Jr. High advisors, Brian Archerand and Lisa Fike, are working to provide a district bus for the trip.

Lisa Fike, District Jr. High Advisor, announces that only one (1) inquiry has been made concerning a district bus to go to the National Jr. High Conference, June 19-21, 2009, at Harrisonburg, VA. Please contact Lisa immediately if Jr. High youth and advisors from your congregation are interested in bus transportation to the conference. Arrangements for a bus need to be made before February 28. You may contact Lisa at ((815) 232-1938 (Freeport COB) or by email at

Please contact Lisa or Brian if you have youth that would like to ride the bus. We'd love to fill a bus from our district. The conference two years ago was fantastic. Brian's Email address and Lisa's

“Transformed: Inside Out”
June 19-21, 2009
at James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Featuring Ted Swartz and Ken Medema
For registration information contact:
Rebekah Houff at 800-323-8039 Ext. 281
  • May 23-25, 2009 (Memorial Day weekend) at Camp Swatara (north of Harrisburg, PA)
  • Featuring: Greg Laszakovits, Dana Cassell, and Katie O’Donnell
  • Cost: $90 prior to April 15
  • Theme: “The Journey of Discipleship”
  • For registration information contact: Youth & Young Adult Ministry office at 800-323-8039, x 297, or