Disciples News Service

Archive: August 2012

Election season

The federal government has very explicit rules about churches and other 501(c)3 organizations around political activities. Should a nonprofit (church) stray over the boundary from information to advocacy, there are penalties. To get the basics straight from the Internal Revenue Service, check the following links: Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations pages 5 – […]

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Posted on August 28, 2012
Filed under: Congregations
Church raises awareness for minimum wage workers

On June 15, Rev. Jennifer Hope Kottler  of The Park (Park Avenue Christian Church, NY) spoke out in support of an increase in  New York state’s minimum wage and emceed a press conference. A group of clergy, elected officials, workers and representatives of the business community called on the governor and the state senate to […]

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Posted on August 14, 2012
Filed under: Congregations, People
Disciples History names Yu 2012 Faithful Servant

Disciples History (Disciples of Christ Historical Society) presented Reverend Dr. Guenhee Yu the 2012 Faithful Servant Award at the North American Pacific Asian Disciple convocation in Orange, Calif.  Given annually, the award recognizes individuals who have given an extra measure of service to causes in the whole Church. The award was presented by Dr. Glenn […]

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Filed under: General Ministries, People
Florida Christian Center appoints new director

The board of directors of Florida Christian Center has appointed the Rev. Brent Reynolds as Director of the organization effective August 1, 2012. Reynolds has been actively involved in ministry and leadership roles in local churches, higher education, and faith-based nonprofit organizations. He is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). “With the retirement […]

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Filed under: People
World Convention organization honors Reisinger

The World Convention of the Churches of Christ, which includes Stone-Campbell movement churches from across the globe, honored Rick Reisinger and his wife Denise for more than 20 years of service as treasurer for the organization at the 18th gathering in Brazil in July. Reisinger is president of Disciples Church Extension Fund. Almost 4,000 Christians […]

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Filed under: Ecumenical, People
Covenant focus of NAPAD convocation

Though the mountains be shaken … my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed. – Isaiah 54:10 From theme song introduced by the Filipino worship team to workshops by general ministries and others, the North American Pacific/Asian Disciples (NAPAD) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) centered […]

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Posted on August 7, 2012
Filed under: General Ministries
Youngsters make a difference at home

The 6th through 12th graders from Irving North Christian Church spent a week of service giving back to their community, from July 16 – 20.  On Friday, seven of these youth and three of their adult sponsors partnered with Keep Irving Beautiful and the City of Irving Parks Department for a cleanup and paint project […]

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Filed under: Congregations, Young Adult, Youth
Woodruff takes larger role with HELM

Higher Education and Leadership Ministries (HELM) welcomed Rev. Hollie Woodruff as director of HELM undergraduate student programs August 1. As director of undergraduate programs, Woodruff will resource the HELM Leadership Fellows and develop a revised program for the 2012-2013 academic year. “We are thrilled that Hollie is willing to expand her work with our ministry,” […]

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Many languages; one voice of praise

There’s a story I often tell about a long trip over bumpy roads in the back of a flat bed truck in Congo. Tired people at the end of a multiple-day church meeting start the trip home in silence; then someone starts to sing a song – in an unfamiliar language but to a familiar Gospel tune. Someone else picks up the tune in a different language, and someone else and finally me – in English. Then we sing another, and another. By the time we get to town, we’re energized, praising God and singing. But now the songs are songs of Congo, learned from each other. We sing in one voice, new songs of praise.

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Posted on August 2, 2012
Filed under: Uncategorized