Annual Conference Grand Rapids, Michigan June 28 – July 2, 2017
There are several ways the Church of the Brethren will be a witness to the city of Grand Rapids during Annual Conference. Be sure you and your congregation plan to participate by collecting items or volunteering in one of the following ways:
Witness to the Host City
In Grand Rapids, Bethany Christian Services work with families for the first six months they are in the coun- try, helping with everything from meeting them at the airport, providing language training, and helping them find a job. They are an affiliate of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program.
Annual Conference attendees can help by bringing the following items: twin and full sheet sets, pens and pencils, envelopes, notebooks, transparent tape.
Refugee Education Center
Their mission is to support refugee children and families to gain the necessary skills for successful integration into the community through education support, youth development services, and fostering cultural knowledge and understanding.
You can help by bringing the following items for them: backpacks, peanut-free granola bars, small bags of crackers, small bags of pretzels or popcorn, small bags of dried fruit.
Jubilee Service Projects — Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Well House is an urban garden project for the homeless. Work will include weeding garden beds, harvest-
ing, and working with tenants.
Mel Trotter Ministries provides shelter and food for the homeless. Work will include working in the kitchen,
cleaning in the shelter, and working in the thrift store.
Witness to the Host City Donations will be collected at the convention center. Help is needed to sort and box
the items brought by conference attendees for Bethany House and Refugee Education center.
Annual Conference Blood Drive
Plan to donate blood during our Annual Conference blood drive. The American Red Cross will be taking do- nations on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Gallery Room B of the DeVos Place Convention Center. Sign up at the table in the registration area.