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Michael Himlie volunteers at Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD


Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Michael Himlie of Harmony, Minn., has recently undertaken a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with Brethren Disaster Ministries in New Windsor, MD.

Brethren Disaster Ministries follows the biblical mandate to “bear one another’s burdens” (Gal. 6:2) by responding when disaster strikes. During the aftermath of a disaster, volunteers clean up debris or mud, repair or rebuild homes, and help ease the trauma that is felt by victims. Clean-up and long-term reconstruction opportunities are available for skilled and unskilled, young and old, male and female volunteers. Formerly known as Brethren Disaster Services, the program was originally part of the Brethren Service Commission, which was established in 1941. Today it is a program of the Church of the Brethren.

Michael was in the 2012 graduating class from Fillmore Central High School in Harmony, Minn., and has completed his first year at McPherson College, where he is studying Religion and Philosophy. Michael is a member of Root River Church of the Brethren in Preston, Minn. He has been an active member in the Church of Brethren working at Camp Pine Lake as a counselor, serving on the Northern Plains District Board as a Youth Representative, and served on the National Youth Cabinet. Michael can be reached through the BVS office at 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin IL 60120.

Michael’s assignment to Brethren Disaster Ministries followed an orientation at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland where a group of 24 volunteers came together from all over the United States and Germany. For three weeks, they lived together as a community and studied topics of nonviolence, human rights, poverty, and simple living. They also gained first-hand volunteer experience working with local organizations in New Windsor, Harrisburg, PA, and New Oxford, PA. Orientation builds community spirit among participants through personal sharing, fellowship and increased knowledge of the world.

Michael is taking part in a long standing tradition of ministry through service. BVS, established in 1948, works at advocating justice, peacemaking, serving human needs, and caring for creation. Approximately 84 current BVSers serve in the U.S. and abroad working with various peace and social/economic justice organizations. They focus on many current social needs including care for children, youth and senior citizens; ecological issues; homelessness; refugee assistance; d .....
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Musana Mission Project to be discussed at Root River Church of the Brethren

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

Louise Heusinkveld Henderson will share about a mission group to an orphanage called the Musana Children’s home. Musana is a secure home and school in a self sustaining environment. Meet with Henderson on Sunday, August 11, 2013 at 10-11am at Th ..... 
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Christ Lutheran Church welcomes special visitors

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

The congregation of Christ Lutheran Church of Preston, Minn. welcomed special visitors during the month of April 2013. Pastor Rocio Morales and Martha Gualtero from San Pedro Lutheran Church in Bogota, Colombia were visitors from April 5 - 15. On ..... 
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Gospel Quartet Group comes to Preston

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

The name Still Water may be new to some gospel music fans, but the sounds, energy and faces will be very familiar. Founded in 1994, this group of men has brought their unique talents and ministry to folks all across the country. And even though th ..... 
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First Baptist Church in Preston welcomes new pastor

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Faith & Worship

You are invited to come and worship with us and meet the new pastor, Geno Pyse, wife Michelle, an orthopedic nurse with Mayo Clinic, and their son Michael. They have a heart for serving Jesus and helping other people to know and serve Him. Gen ..... 
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