The 6th Annual Marriage Retreat for United Brethren Pastoral Couples will be held August 12-14, 2019, at Rhodes Grove Camp & Conference Center in Chambersburg, Pa.

Instead of our usual “Marriage Retreat,” this year’s event is more of a “Spiritual Retreat.” Plan to get away for a few days with other pastoral couples, retreat from the daily grind of ministry, and reconnect spiritually.

There is no cost. This three-day, two-night retreat is sponsored in full by the United Brethren National Office, the United Brethren Association for Church Development, and Rhodes Grove Camp.

This retreat is reserved for pastors and spouses serving in United Brethren in Christ churches.

The retreat this year will be guided by Mike Dean, pastor of Living Waters UB church in Winchester, Va.

Register using this PDF form.

We’re a month away from the start of the US National Conference. Registration is now up to around 640! There’s still time to register. Go here for complete information.

Thursday Morning Business Session

Various reports have been posted in PDF format on the UB website, so delegates can read and download them. These include the proposals for revising the Discipline, reports from denominational officials, and the Nominating Committee report.

Workshops

Three rounds of workshops will be held on Friday morning from 9:00 to noon. Each workshop will be 45 minutes long. The workshops are now listed on the UB.org website.

The Well, a United Brethren church in Huntington, Ind., is looking for a children’s pastor/ministry coordinator. This is a fulltime position. The job description says, “We anticipate the Children’s Pastor responsibilities will average about 25-30 hours per week and the Ministry Coordinator responsibilities 10+ hours per week. This combination allows us to offer one full-time position with a flexible schedule and work environment.”

You can download the complete job description here.

The Fowlerville UB church (Fowlerville, Mich.) hosted the 4th annual Opiate Awareness Community Forum on May 30.

The local police chief, John Tyler, opened the event with an introduction to the epidemic. He said that in 2018, opioids accounted for more deaths than the entirety of the Vietnam War.

Various other agencies participated, sharing their own perspective on the crisis–the county Community Alliance and Catholic Charities, Celebrate Recovery, and others.