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Stories of Brethren stewards * October 9, 2014

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Ministry Summer Service interns preparing for their
summer adventures at orientation in May.

Photo by Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford

New adventures
By Lauren Seganos, Ministry Summer Service intern

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

It is both exciting and challenging to begin a new adventure: move to a new place, start a new job, meet new people. But as people of faith we trust that, wherever we go, God will be there. This summer I, along with several other young adults, had the opportunity to put our faith into action through Ministry Summer Service (MSS) of the Youth and Young Adult and Ministry Offices of the Church of the Brethren.

MSS provides young adults with summer ministry experiences in congregations, camps, district offices, and national programs. I participated in MSS as a seminary student seeking leadership development in a Brethren congregation, and I was blessed to serve at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren in Elizabethtown, Pa.

MSS intern Lauren Seganos and mentor Pam Reist at Elizabethtown
Church of the Brethren.

Photo from Lauren Seganos
One of the most important lessons I learned this summer was finding confidence and trusting in my authority as a young, female minister. This was something that my MSS mentor, Pastor Pam Reist, and I discussed at the beginning of the summer, and it was a repeated theme throughout my experience. My 10 weeks at ECOB was an affirming exercise in finding my confidence as a minister and learning to trust in that authority more each day.

During my time at E-town, I also learned that pastoral ministry—being invited into people’s most special and vulnerable times—is truly a privilege. This summer I was present for and participated in anointings, funeral services, post-surgery prayers, end-of-life blessings, communion, and many other moments of vulnerability, connection, and community. I learned that pastors have a unique role in the Christian community, and to serve as a pastor of a Brethren congregation is a challenging and rewarding call.

God was surely at work this summer—in the ministry of MSS, in the congregations, camps, and offices who welcomed interns, and in the lives of those young adults who took on a new adventure to serve the church. I am thankful for Ministry Summer Service and the gift it offers young, emerging leaders in the Church of the Brethren.

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Christian Citizenship
Seminar 2015

“Do not neglect to show hospitality
to strangers, for by doing that
some have entertained angels
without knowing it”
(Hebrews 13:2).

Christian Citizenship Seminar
is April 18-23
in New York City and
Washington, D.C. This year's
theme is US Immigration.

Registration opens Dec. 1.

“Loving God, we know you are happy when we show love to one another and treat each other as we would want to be treated. Thank you for giving us an example of what this looks like in your son Jesus. It is in his name we pray. Amen.”

—Audrey Hollenberg-Duffey in “Children's story” a worship resource for National Junior High Sunday on Nov. 2.


Students celebrating at National Junior High Conference in 2013.
Photo by Glenn Riegel

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