Thursday, December 29, 2011

Youth Peace Travel Team

Applications for the Church of the Brethren’s Youth Peace Travel Team for summer 2012 are due January 13. Each year four young adults ages 18-23 spend the summer visiting Brethren camps and conferences to educate youth about Christian peacemaking, with sponsorship from the Youth and Young Adult ministry, On Earth Peace, the Outdoor Ministries Association, Brethren Volunteer Service, and Global Mission and Service. Find information and application form at

Source:12/29/2011 Newsline

Ministry Summer Service 2012

Applications for Ministry Summer Service 2012 are due on January 13. MSS is a leadership development program for college students in the Church of the Brethren who spend 10 weeks of the summer working in the church either in a local congregation, district office, camp, or denominational program. The 2012 orientation is June 1-6. For more about the program go to

Source:12/29/2011 Newsline

NYAC and Workcamp Registrations

A number of online registration opportunities begin in the next few days:
  • Jan. 6 is when online registration opens for National Young Adult Conference. Registration opens at 8 p.m. (central) on Jan. 6 at The conference is June 18-22 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with the theme, "Humble Yet Bold: Being the Church" (Matthew 5:13-18). Go to the YAC web page above for more information about the conference.
  • Jan. 9 is the opening day of registration for the 2012 workcamps. “Get ready, get set, and get registered!” says a reminder from the Workcamp Office. “Can’t wait to see you this summer!” Workcamp registration opens Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. (central). Go to to register. For questions, please contact Cat Gong or Rachel Witkovsky in the Workcamp Office by e-mail at or by phone at 800-323-8039 ext. 283 or 301.
Source:12/29/2011 Newsline

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

National Youth Cabinet chooses theme for the year.

National Youth Cabinet, 2011-2012
Photo by Carol Fike/Jeremy McAvoy
The Church of the Brethren's National Youth Cabinet for 2011-12: (left front to back) Becky Ullom, Marissa Witkovsky, Lara Neher, Michael Himlie; (right, front to back) Ben Lowman, Amy Messler (adult advisor), Michael Novelli (adult advisor), and Josh Bollinger. Not shown: Kinsey Miller.
“Bridging the Gap” (Romans 15:5-7) has been chosen as the youth ministry theme for 2012 by the Church of the Brethren’s National Youth Cabinet, which held a weekend meeting at the General Offices in Elgin, Ill., on Dec. 2-4. “Bridging the Gap” also will be the theme for National Youth Sunday on May 6, 2012.

The members of the 2011-12 National Youth Cabinet are
  • Josh Bollinger of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren in Shenandoah District;
  • Michael Himlie of Root River Church of the Brethren in Northern Plains District;
  • Ben Lowman of Antioch Church of the Brethren in Virlina District;
  • Kinsey Miller of Black Rock Church of the Brethren in Southern Pennsylvania District;
  • Lara Neher of Ivester Church of the Brethren in Northern Plains District;
  • Marissa Witkovsky of Roaring Spring Church of the Brethren in Middle Pennsylvania District;
  • adult advisors Amy Messler of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren in Southern Pennsylvania District, and Michael Novelli of Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren in Illinois and Wisconsin District; and
  • Becky Ullom, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
Source:12/14/2011 Newsline

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Bridging the Gap

Bridging the gap: At its meeting this past weekend, the 2011-2012 National Youth Cabinet chose Romans 15:5-7 as the focus for next year.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.