Online registration closes June 1 for the 2012 National Young Adult Conference of the Church of the Brethren. NYAC will be held June 18-22 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on the theme “Humble, Yet Bold: Being the Church” (Matthew 5:13-18). Young adults ages 18-35 who attend will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including daily worship and Bible studies, free time for fun activities and good conversation, service projects, and more.
The morning Bible studies and evening worship services will be webcast live and available to view online at www.brethren.org/yac .
“Talk Back Sessions” will give young adults an opportunity to meet
leaders of the denomination including general secretary Stan Noffsinger
and Annual Conference moderator Tim Harvey, as well as some of the NYAC
speakers. “Coffee and Conversation” times will give participants a
chance to learn more about specific organizations within the Church of
the Brethren including Bethany Theological Seminary, Brethren Volunteer
Service, the Office of Ministry, and On Earth Peace.
Service projects will be held with the Knoxville Area Rescue Mission
and the Lost Sheep Ministry. Special offerings will support the Haiti
Mobile Medical Clinic and “Christmas in July” at the John M. Reed
Nursing Home, a Church of the Brethren retirement community in
Limestone, Tenn. Among the more informal evening activities are games
including Frisbee, a movie night, praise and worship time, a campfire,
and a talent show. The event also includes an opportunity for the whole
conference to go rafting together.
The list of speakers and leaders includes Harvey and Noffsinger along
with Elizabethtown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren pastor Greg Davidson
Laszakovits, Bethany Seminary director of admission Tracy Stoddart
Primozich, director of Spiritual Life and Discipleship Josh Brockway,
Manassas (Va.) Church of the Brethren Minister for Youth Formation Dana
Cassell, Nate and Jenn Hosler who recently returned from serving with
the church in Nigeria, pastor Joel Peña of Alpha and Omega Church of the
Brethren in Lancaster, Pa., recent high school graduate and Happy
Corner Church of the Brethren member Shelley West, and Angie Lahman, a
licensed minister at Circle of Peace Church of the Brethren in Peoria,
Ariz. Due to unforeseen circumstances guest speaker Paul Alexander is no
longer able to be at NYAC.
Webcasting starts with evening worship on Monday, June 18, at 7:30-9
p.m. On Tuesday through Thursday, June 19-21, both the morning Bible
studies at 9:30-10:30 a.m., and the evening worship services at 7-8
p.m., will be webcast. On June 22, the closing worship service will be
webcast at 10:15-11:15 a.m. Go to www.brethren.org/yac to view webcasts.
Online registration also is at www.brethren.org/yac
. Cost is $375 which includes lodging, meals, and programming. A $100
deposit, non refundable, is due within two weeks of registering.