Monday, November 15, 2010

Marilyn G. Salazar With the Lord

Marilyn G. Salazar

BMH has just learned of the death on April 28, 2010, of Marilyn G. Salazar, wife of Robert Salazar, former pastor of the Everett Brethren Church, a Grace Brethren church in Everett, Pennsylvania.

Marilyn G. Salazar, 75, of Bedford, Penna., died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. She was born August 20, 1934 in Lewistown, daughter of the late Dr. Samuel J. and Florence L. (Hummel) Steinberger.

On August 5, 1956, she married Rev. Robert G. Salazar and he survives along with three children; Colleen, wife of David Young of Duarte, CA; Alan Salazar, married to the former Julie Ostgaard of McKinney, TX; and Jeffrey Salazar, married to the former Penny Bossenbrobk of Ontario, Ca; and nine grandchildren. Also surviving is a brother, Carl Steinberger and wife Nancy of Pomona, NY, and a sister, Cheryl Huff of East Burkeville, TX.

Mrs. Salazar was a member of the Everett Brethren Church. She graduated from Robert P. Smith High School in 1952 and Bryan University at Dayton, TN in 1956. She taught elementary through high school the past 30 years.

She was also a missionary to Spain for five years. She was an accomplished pianist, and taught piano to many Bedford area students.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Maitland Brethren Church in Lewistown.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Available

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving Invites Applications for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship on Religion and Philanthropy

The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving at the Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University is offering a one-year doctoral dissertation fellowship of $22,000 for the academic year 2011-12.

The fellowship is intended to support the final year of dissertation writing and will be given to a scholar whose primary research focus is in the area of religion and philanthropy or faith and giving.

Applicants must be candidates for the Ph.D. degree at a graduate school in the United States; fulfill all pre-dissertation requirements by December 31, 2010, including approval of the dissertation proposal with the expectation that the dissertation will be completed no later than June 1, 2013; and have not received a similar grant or fellowship to support dissertation writing.

Visit the Center on Philanthropy Web site for complete program information.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Registration for Southwest Focus Retreat Now Open

Registration for the Southwest Focus Retreat for Grace Brethren ministry leaders is now open. The retreat will be January 31 to February 2 at a new location, The Oaks Conference Center, Lake Hughes, California.

This will be the third retreat that follows the theme “Fully Alive” and provides participants an opportunity to step away from their regular responsibilities to focus on what is happening in their own lives. Dan Allan, pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio, and Tony Webb, executive director of Vision Ohio, are the leaders.

“As a family of churches, leaders need some time when they are out of the spotlight and where it is safe to talk,” says Tom Avey, who plans the weekends as coordinator for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. “Focus Retreats provide this setting. Dan and Tony are working to provide 48 hours of re-focus and refreshment for ministry. Please come! It will be safe. You will be out of the spotlight. You will be glad you came.”

Tom Hocking, the 2009-2011 moderator of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, also stresses the importance of participating in a Focus Retreat.

“In order to pursue the passions of our Commitment to Common Mission—namely, church planting, leadership development, and integrated ministry—we must sink deep roots into the reality of Christ in us, the hope of glory,” he says. “Please pray with me that God will use these Focus Retreats to refresh our souls at the fountain of life, equipping us to start springs of life in our everyday contexts.”

This is the first time the Southwest event will be held at The Oaks Conference Center, which is located in a secluded valley at the edge of the Angeles National Forest, 65 miles north of Los Angeles. Click here for directions to The Oaks.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Jerry Young 'Remains About the Same'

Jerry Young, longtime retired pastor from the Grace Brethren church in Lititz, Penna., and more recently the ministry director for the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers, continues about the same.

This material is taken from his CaringBridge website. Jerry had a tumor removed on Wednesday, February 17, 2010, from his bile duct. He has been diagnosed with Choleangio adenocarcin​oma, which is a cancer of the bile duct.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010 5:54 PM, MST

Greetings from Janae, Justin, Jared & Jason!

Thank you for all of your continued support for our family! We have two incredible parents and we appreciate all the love and support that has been given to them (and chocolate)!

There isn't much new to report on Dad. He remains about the same with no major day to day changes. He did get up and eat breakfast with the whole family 3 days in a row and it was wonderful to have most of our family together (we were missing Eric, Chase and Brianna)! We snuck a dozen roses in the house today and hid them from Mom so that Dad could give them to her! It was a sweet moment for her!

Mom is AMAZING!! She coordinates so many things while taking care of Dad. She has so much support from the many friends nearby.

For now we will keep praying for Peace and Comfort during these times! God is Good!