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June 5, 2014


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NYC-bound

Pentecost is this Sunday!

“Scripture assures us...”

 

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The youth group held a carwash to fundraise for National Youth Conference.

Renacer-Carwash3Each is excited to join a multitude of Church of the Brethren youth at NYC.
Photos by Daniel D'Oleo

NYC-bound
By Gimbiya Kettering, Intercultural Ministries coordinator

Five years ago, Daniel D’Oleo and Dava Hensley met over a shared vision. As Church of the Brethren pastors (one of a new Spanish-speaking congregation, the other of an established “Anglo” one) they had decided to share a building. They discussed the practical details about shared space, utilities, and timing of events, and trusted that the Spirit would move in their midst. But neither could foresee how deeply Roanoke First Church of the Brethren and Roanoke Renacer would unite in their shared space. They certainly couldn’t have imagined how it would impact their youth.

Just over a year ago, the two youth groups decided to merge into one, big, multicultural crowd. The youth quickly bonded, and the groups became woven together into an inseparable mix. What started as a practical consideration of resources was revealed to be the Spirit of God blessing a vibrant gathering of young people.

There was just one problem: Roanoke First Church of the Brethren had been raising and saving money to send “their” youth to National Youth Conference since 2010, but the new, combined group was much larger than they had planned. Roanoke Renacer had not had as much time to plan for the conference, so they couldn’t send all the youth who came from that congregation.

Separating the youth group was unthinkable, so the two congregations combined their resources and the youth began joint fundraising in earnest. Between carwashes and luncheons, camping en route to save money on the trip to Colorado, and scholarships from Congregational Life Ministries, they made their goal. All the youth from Roanoke Renacer and First Church of the Brethren, as one large group, are NYC-bound.

For some, attending NYC will be a continuation of a faith and family tradition. For others, it will be the first time anyone from their family will have attended. Regardless of their history, each is excited to join a multitude of Church of the Brethren youth at National Youth Conference. And all are excited to do so together, as one, big, beautiful group, born of a shared vision, moved by the Spirit.

National Youth Conference is July 19-24. Register at www.brethren.org/nyc .

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Pentecost activities 2014
Find Childen's Activities and other downloadable worship resources at www.brethren.org/pentecost .


Pentecost is this Sunday!

“So those who welcomed his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand persons were added” (Acts 2:41).

A big crowd had gathered, and Peter told them everything that had happened during Easter. Everyone was excited when they heard about Jesus, and a whole bunch of people
were baptized.

Baptism is a step along our journey of following Jesus. It is how we tell our church family, and the whole world, that we have decided to follow Jesus and become a member of the body of Christ—which is exactly what happened
at Pentecost.

This piece was excerpted from the Pentecost Offering children’s story by Sarah Neher, National Youth Conference co-coordinator. Find it in full at www.brethren.org/pentecost .


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May Messenger 2014
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“Scripture assures us that God knows the desires of our hearts, so our prayers are not telling God anything God doesn’t already know. When we voice our deepest longings, we are no longer holding anything back from the one who loves us, the one who says: ‘Cast all your cares upon me.’”

—Kenneth Gibble in “What good
is prayer?” in the May issue
of Messenger magazine.



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