Winter/Spring 2014 News  
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Greetings from Manchester

The fourth annual Powerhouse regional youth conference for senior high school youth and advisors in the Midwest took place Nov. 16-17 at Camp Mack in Milford, Ind. More than 70 people participated in the event. Audrey and Tim Hollenberg-Duffey, third-year students at Bethany Theological Seminary, shared during three worship times on the theme: "Stories from the Garden: On Earth As It Is In Heaven." The weekend also included workshops on topics such as calling and vocation, Brethren heritage, National Youth Conference, outdoor ministry, organic gardening, "Seagoing Cowboys," and more, as well as an indoor campfire, a presentation of the musical "The Cotton Patch Gospel," and time for recreation. The conference is planned annually by Manchester University in cooperation with surrounding districts. The next Powerhouse will take place in November 2014, with details to be determined. Check for updates at

Simply Brethren, our Brethren student group, enjoyed a good fall with visits from the Bittersweet Gospel Band, Tracy Primozich of Bethany Theological Seminary, author Peggy Reiff-Miller and some of the original "Seagoing Cowboys," members of the Global Women's Project Steering Committee, and human trafficking researcher Anna Speicher. We enjoyed ice cream and games, a visit to the nearby Kindy-Gross Farm and a love feast. More great events are in the works for spring!

ROBOT, the Radically Obedient Brethren Outreach Team, will hit the road again this spring, with six stops planned. The team of college students leads worship at congregations while also taking time for connection and fellowship. The 2014 tour includes Wabash (Feb. 23), Bethany (March 2), Lafayette (March 30), Manchester (April 6), Eel River (April 27) and Salamonie (May 4).

Plans are under way for Manchester's 2014 Church of the Brethren Annual Conference luncheon to take place on Saturday, July 5, at noon in Columbus, Ohio. Manchester President-elect Dave McFadden will be the speaker, and the Church-University Service Award will be presented. Buy your tickets to the luncheon online when Annual Conference registration opens.



The new Church Relations Advisory Council began meeting this fall as an additional way of maintaining and strengthening ties between Manchester University and the Church of the Brethren. The council consists of Manchester Board of Trustees members, staff, students and a district executive from the region. It will meet twice a year on campus before scheduled board meetings.

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Other notes: We are working hard at recruiting students for next year. Do you know a Brethren student (or others) who might be a good fit for Manchester? Encourage them to take a look or make a visit! ... Manchester hosted a production of “The Cotton Patch Gospel” by Mennonite musician Phil Kauffman on campus this fall. It raised $1,000 for local hunger relief efforts. ... Chapel speakers this fall included Beth Sollenberger Morphew, Herman Kauffman, Anna Speicher, Randall Westfall and Ministry Summer Service participants.


Manchester University Office of Church Relations
Walt Wiltschek, Campus Pastor
604 E. College Ave. • North Manchester, IN 46962
260-982-5243 •