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Dunker Punks Podcast

Dunker Punks are united in following Christ’s radical love by the power of the Spirit to the glory of God. The podcast team speaks up to record witness of Dunker Punks growing Heaven on Earth. We relay the freedom we’ve found in obedient service, study, and community to encourage listeners in their walk on the Jesus way to God’s revolutionary reality. We see ear bud cords stretching like the mustard seed weed, as people regularly tune-in, actively engage, and enthusiastically recommend the Dunker Punks Podcast.

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Questions | DPP@ArlingtonCoB.org

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Camp Emmanuel 2020

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 camp season has been canceled

Check www.campem.com for more details and updates.

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Camp Emmaus 2020 Calendar

Here are the dates for 2020:

Due to Covid-19 the 2020 camp season has been canceled.

 

Check www.campemmaus.org for more details and updates.

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Community Engagement Grants for Youth Groups

Announcing a new opportunity for Youth! On Earth Peace is engaging youth groups by offering up to $500 in grant funding towards a youth-initiated project for peace and justice. If granted the funding, OEP will provide youth with support throughout the process and training in the form of 3 webinars geared to your specific project.

Apply for up to $500 in grant funding to support a youth-initiated project for peace & justice in your local community. Examples include:

--Host a community block party to highlight local organizations working for justice & peace
--Organize a mural project
--Create a Beloved Community garden, park, or playground
--Organize a rally to bring attention to a local, national, or global concern
--Host a community conversation to get to know your neighbors and their interests in justice & peace
--Sponsor a violent toy turn-in
--Create a diverse lending library of children’s books

On Earth Peace supports youth groups in their efforts by providing a micro grant and three learning webinars on topics including:

--Organizing through a Kingian Nonviolence framework
--Faith-based leadership formation
--Antiracism/anti-oppression analysis

Applicants should complete the google form application online and submit a cover letter describing the particular community engagement project that is being proposed including a timeline and budget for the overall project. The cover letter should also identify key community partners and indicate the youth groups understanding of their own position of privilege in the community. Applications will be reviewed beginning October 31 and continue until funds are distributed. Funds may be awarded in full or in distributions depending on the nature of the project. Reporting requirements must also be met including project updates, photos, and final reflection. Youth groups are eligible to receive up to $1000 in grant funds over two granting cycles.

The application can be found here: https://forms.gle/WMkMRMr3tUfmvY2B8

For any questions, email peaceretreats@onearthpeace.org.

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National Junior High Sunday - November 1, 2020

“Take the log out,”

Matthew 7:3-5.

Worship resources available at www.brethren.org/yya/jr-high-resources.

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2020 Powerhouse Regional Youth Conference

The Powerhouse regional youth conference will take place on ZOOM this year, providing a weekend of worship, virtual games, music, virtual campfire, and more for senior high youth in the Midwest and their advisors. We hope you can join us November 13-14 for these events!

On these pages you will find a variety of information and the link for folks to register. After a participant is registered, they will receive an email with the ZOOM link they can use to join us for these virtual activities.

Since Powerhouse is taking place on ZOOM this year, there will be no cost for you to participate!

Please be in prayer for this event, and encourage your youth and advisors to attend.

Bekah Houff, University Pastor and Director of Church Relations
260-982-5243
rlhouff@manchester.edu

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2021Workcamps

Interest Survey for 2021 Workcamps

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Workcamp Office has developed alternative workcamp options for summer 2021 workcamps. Our top priority is the health and safety of workcamp participants and the communities we serve, and we hope to offer workcamp options that reflect this priority while also providing a meaningful workcamp experience. At this stage, we are gathering information from individuals and congregations to gauge interest in and comfortability with various options. Any information gathered does not constitute a final decision for 2021 workcamps. At this point, we are not asking congregations or individuals to commit to or register for a workcamp. We are only trying to assess what the interest might be at this point. The options presented at this time are not final and are subject to change at the discretion of the Workcamp Office and Church of the Brethren leadership. Additionally, the final workcamp options for summer 2021 might change based on the information gathered in the informational survey. In making decisions, we will be monitoring COVID-19 cases around the country and following guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local and regional health departments.

Individuals and congregations who are interested in participating in 2021 workcamps should complete a brief online survey that will take 5 minutes or less to complete. Please complete this informational survey no later than September 15, 2020.

The four options being considered for 2021 workcamps are:

Tier 1: In this tier, participants will serve in their local communities during the day, either individually or with other members of their congregation. In the evening, participants will gather virtually for devotions and activities. Participants will be expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Office will work with individuals and congregations to coordinate service opportunities within their local context. The Workcamp team will also provide leadership during the virtual evening meetings.

Tier 2: In this tier, participants will serve in their local area with other members of their congregation during the day. In the evening, they will gather together physically, in a socially-distant manner, for dinner, devotions, and activities. Participants will return home to sleep each night and be expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Office will work with the congregation to plan local service and will provide leadership and participate in-person during the week.

Tier 3: In this tier, participants will serve locally with other congregations in their region during the day. In the evening, they will gather together physically, in a socially-distant manner, for dinner, devotions, and activities. Participants will return home to sleep each night and be expected to bring their own lunch while serving. The Workcamp Office will work with each congregation interested in participating to plan local service and will provide leadership and participate in-person during the week.

Tier 4: In this tier, participants will participate in a “normal” workcamp. Workcamp participants from around the country will travel to a workcamp location, stay together in local housing accommodations (church or camp), and serve together for the week. The Workcamp Office will plan and lead all service work, meals, devotions, and recreational activities.
** This Tier is presented as an option pending the distribution of a safe vaccine in Spring 2021.

Please note: Tier 1-3 workcamps will start on a Sunday evening and run through Friday evening. Tier 4 workcamps will begin Sunday evening and run through Saturday morning.

This year, all workcamps will be intergenerational and open to individuals who have completed 6th grade and older. As usual, adult advisors are required to attend with groups of youth and are expected to fully participate in all aspects of the workcamp. Advisors will register at the same time as their youth and pay the same registration fee. The Workcamp Office asks that congregations send at least one adult advisor for every two to four youth participants, keeping gender in mind (i.e. if youth are all male, there should be at least one male advisor). All adults who attend a workcamp will be required to go through a background check administered by the denominational office.

www.brethren.org/workcamps

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Ministry Summer Service applications due January 8

January 8, 2021: Ministry Summer Service applications due.

www.brethren.org/mss

What is Ministry Summer Service?

Ministry Summer Service (MSS) is a leadership development program for college students in the Church of the Brethren who spend 10 weeks of summer working in the church (local congregation, district office, camp, or national program).

Why Ministry Summer Service?

Congregations may ask, "Why should we take on a summer intern?" Young adults may ask, "Why should we work for the church for a whole summer?"

The answer has to do with God's call. The Bible is a record of God calling people to challenging tasks. MSS is no exception. Through MSS, God is calling congregations to reach out in the ministry of teaching and receiving. God is calling young adults to explore the possibility of church work as their vocation.
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NYAC 2021 registration opens January 21

January 21: National Young Adult Conference 2021 registration opens at www.brethren.org/YAC

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Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday

Souper Bowl of Caring empowers youth and unites communities around the time of the Big Game to help those in need.

February 7, 2021: Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. www.souperbowl.org.

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2021 Christian Citizenship Seminar

Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) 2021 

Christian Citizenship Seminar registration opens at www.brethren.org/yya/ccs.

If you have questions, please contact the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office at 847-429-4385.

CCS 2021 will be a virtual event! 

April 24 - 28, daily from 7 - 9 p.m., Eastern.

Theme: Economic Justice, Luke 1:51-53

Registration: $75 (will open later this fall)
Stay tuned for more information!

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National Youth Sunday - May 2, 2021

National Youth Sunday will be May 2, 2021.

Theme and worship materials will be posted online by March 2021

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Young Adult Conference 2021

January 21: National Young Adult Conference 2021 registration opens at www.brethren.org/YAC

May 28-31, 2021 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Montreat Conference Center (North Carolina).

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National Junior High Conference 2021

The next National Junior High Conference will be July 23 – 25: 

National Junior High Conference at Elizabethtown College.

Online registration opens in January.

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National Youth Conference 2022

The next National Youth Conference will be held in the summer of 2022.

National Youth Conference (NYC) gathers high school aged youth and advisors from across the country for a week long worship and fellowship extravaganza Brethren style!

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Ministry Summer Service

What is Ministry Summer Service?
Ministry Summer Service (MSS) is a leadership development program for college students in the Church of the Brethren who spend 10 weeks of summer working in the church (local congregation, district office, camp, or national program).
Why Ministry Summer Service?
Congregations may ask, "Why should we take on a summer intern?" Young adults may ask, "Why should we work for the church for a whole summer?"

The answer has to do with God's call. The Bible is a record of God calling people to challenging tasks. MSS is no exception. Through MSS, God is calling congregations to reach out in the ministry of teaching and receiving. God is calling young adults to explore the possibility of church work as their vocation.
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