December 2015

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2016 Week of Prayer and Fasting
From January 3-10, the Brethren in Christ U.S. will join together to observe our annual Week of Prayer and Fasting. This year's theme, "For this year . . . " will provide eight daily reflections and prayers on how the Lord might be calling us forward in the new year. Readers of Connect will receive daily emails with these resources. To view the daily readings online, click here »

Christmas Ministries
As we celebrate this Christmas season with hearts of gratitude, consider giving a gift to help make Christ known around the world:
1) SPICE - Provide a child in India or Nepal with the gift of education and a nurturing Christian community.
2) BIC Global Compassion Fund - Donate to this relief fund supporting humanitarian efforts in times of crisis.
3) Missionary Giving - Support our global workers and the ministries they're involved with around the world.

Meet Melissa
As a young girl, Melissa had always felt a pull toward global ministry. Though not wanting to be far from home, she often tried to rationalize these feelings away. But through God's persistent leading in her life, the right doors opened in college, pushing her to take a leap of faith and trust His guidance. Serving through the BIC U.S., Melissa has been sharing the love of Christ with her Spanish neighbors for the past two years. Ladies and gentlemen, Meet Melissa »

What does my silence say?
"What does silence say in a world filled with increasingly loud and divisive voices? Does it mean I have nothing to say? Or does it imply agreement?" In a recent Threads post, Alan Robinson reflects on the current state of world affairs, and the benefits—as well as the costs—of remaining silent. Read more »

Directed Study Program Spring 2016 - Last Call!
Whether you're a volunteer leader, BIC pastor, or someone simply wanting to expand their biblical knowledge-base, consider joining the BIC's Directed Study Program (DSP). The DSP consists of email-delivered courses designed to be flexible, relational, practical, and affordable. Choose from a catalog of over 40 courses taught from a distinctly Brethren in Christ perspective. The upcoming spring term begins January 4 and runs until April 15, 2016. Learn more »

Board for World Missions Meeting
The Board for World Missions will meet January 12-13, 2016, at Grantham BIC Church (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) in rooms C8-12. The meetings are open to the public and will be held from 8:30-4:30 p.m. each day. Please remember to pray for the members of the board: John Reitz (acting chair), Heather Beaty, Mirta Colloca, John Fickett, Steve Ginder, and Amy Harlacher as they support and advise the work of BIC U.S. World Missions.

General Conference Accommodations
Accommodations will be available at Stetson University for General Conference. If you or your congregation are working on budgeting for these events and plan to stay in the on-campus housing, total costs for the Ministry Enrichment Retreat is estimated to be around $150-$175 per person (includes two nights' accommodation and all meals) and $200-$225 per person for General Conference (includes three nights' accommodation and all meals). Note: You may make your own accommodations if you wish.

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