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Stories of Brethren stewards * January 17,2018

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By Kelsey Murray, National Youth Conference coordinator

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:12-14, NIV).

National Youth Conference, which started in 1954, is one of the largest gatherings of Brethren in the United States. It brings youth and advisors from across the country, and some from other countries, to Fort Collins, Colorado for a week-long experience unlike anything else. Each day there is worship, small groups, service projects, hiking, recreation, free time, and so much more. At the center of this week is how we, as like-minded Christians and loving Brethren, are coming together to deepen our faith, ask meaningful questions, and walk with one another as Christ is present in the midst of this inspirational, faith-forming week.
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The National Youth Cabinet chose the theme of “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ” with the idea that we as Christians need to be unified in times of division. In our everyday, ordinary lives we need to wear compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience for others like we wear our clothes. These are the ideals and characteristics that should bind us together to be united with our brothers and sisters—not only within our local communities, congregations, and daily lives, but in our global communities as well.

This summer at NYC we are excited to hold service projects on the campus of Colorado State University. This will create a space for youth to really learn about the place where they serve and to more intentionally understand why we as a denomination hold service as so valuable. During our offering time, we will be collecting items for clean-up buckets for Brethren Disaster Ministries(BDM) that will later be organized and packed as one of three service projects. This project is one sample of how we are bound in community with our brothers and sisters who have been affected by natural disasters and it is our hope that youth will see this first-hand as they pack the buckets.

For churches that don’t have youth attending NYC but would like to support these projects, we invite you to send supplies for the buckets to the General Offices (1451 Dundee Ave. Elgin, IL 60120) and we will take them to NYC. BDM is generously helping and supplying the buckets, detergent and cleaner to make travel to CSU for youth a little lighter.

As excitement for NYC continually builds, we can see God constantly working in all aspects of the conference, and God will work in those who attend this mountain-top event. We can’t wait to see how youth will explore what it means to be “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ” and the ways it is woven into their lives.

Registration for National Youth Conference opens tomorrow evening (1/18). Learn more about NYC 2018 or register at .

2018 Service

Service Sunday 2018

“Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
(1 John 4:21, The Message).

Service Sunday is
February 4.

It is an invitation for you
and your congregation to
discover Church of the Brethren service opportunities,
celebrate those who serve,
explore possibilities for service
in your local community,
and be transformed through
serving one another.

Find worship resources at 


“May we use this intentional tending to grow our love of God and our love of neighbor, leaving the world brighter and the burdens of others a little lighter.”

 Erin Matteson in “Growing in God's Garden,”
the 2018 Lenten devotional available for
purchase from Brethren Press.


Lent devo 2018

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