Wednesday, June 01, 2022



  • Neighborhood Church of the Brethren (Montgomery, Ill.) baptized three youth as new members during worship on May 29. Congratulations to Serena and Shayla Satvedi and Ethaniel Hernandez!
  • Freeport Church of the Brethren is holding a drive-through pork chop meal fundraiser this Sunday, June 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each meal, which includes pork chop, sides, and pie, is $9.
  • Woodland Church of the Brethren(Astoria, Ill.) partnered with other community congregations to offer a Vacation Bible School the week of June 6. More than 60 area children have participated in past years.
  • Gordon Heid, who was actively involved with the ministry of Camp Emmaus (Mount Morris, Ill.) and other activities in the district during his life, passed away May 30 following an illness. Born in Stockton, Heid graduated from Lena High School and Northern Illinois University. He was a member of Mount Morris Church of the Brethren for many years; a memorial service will be held there at 4 p.m. June 15, with visitation the hour prior. Memorial gifts may be made to Camp Emmaus. 
  • Leona "Susie" Swigart passed away on May 28.  She is survived by her husband, Leon Swigart, who pastored Girard Church of the Brethren for many years. Following Leon's retirement, they became members of the Virden congregation, where Susie was very active, especially with children's programs. A funeral service was held at the Virden church on June 3.
  • Jared Dickman of Lanark, who has been active at Camp Emmaus as a camper and then a counselor was severely injured in a vehicular accident last month. He is working toward recovery in a hospital in Rockford. Our prayers are with him and his family.
  • Freeport - Pork Chop Meal