Welcome to Blue River!

September 21st, 2014 | 0 Comments

We’re glad you’re here!

At Blue River, we endeavor to do three things:

  • worship God Biblically;
  • teach believers the Word of God; and
  • proclaim the Gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone

Our Sunday School for ALL ages is at 9 a.m., our morning worship is at 10 a.m., our our evening worship is a 7 p.m. (there are occasional variations for Sunday evening services).

We invite you to our services, to join with us in our work, and to share in our fellowship. We strive to emphasize basic New Testament teachings, and practice the New Testament ordinances.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Blue River!

Emanuel “Snick” Geiger 1912 – 2014

September 23rd, 2014 | 0 Comments

Geiger-snick_0001-300x276Emanuel “Snick” N. Geiger, 102, of Churubusco, passed away at 5:10 pm on Monday, September 22, 2014 at his home in Churubusco.

Mr. Geiger was born on January 16, 1912 in Rome City, a son of Emanuel A. and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger. He spent his formative years in Churubusco.

On April 17, 1929 he was married in Churubusco to Mabel Marie Cotton.

He was a long time Smith Township Farmer, also drove school bus, and was an antique dealer.

Mr. Geiger attended Blue River Church of the Brethren and taught Sunday school at the United Brethren Church.

His spouse preceded him in death on August 14, 1996.

The surviving relatives include sons, Gene (Polly Bruch) Geiger of Columbia City, Paul Lee (Marlene) Geiger of Churubusco, Junior (Jenny) Geiger of Huntington, and DeLynn (Lori Tilden) Geiger of Warsaw; daughters, Bonnie (Glen) Nicodemus of Churubusco, Darlene (Dale) Delanoy of Columbia City; a daughter – in – law, Nancy Geiger of Churubusco; 25 grandchildren, 67 great grandchildren, and 36 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Emanuel A.and Matilda (McCoy) Geiger; a son Melvin Geiger; brothers, Forest, Orlando, Murray, and Tonny Geiger; Sisters, Mable Gordon, Ollie Lohrei, Velma Shivley, and Dorothy Gause; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Blue River Church of the Brethren, with Pastor Craig Alan Myers, officiating.

The family will receive friends at the Sheets & Childs Funeral Home from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday, or one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Allen County.

For those who wish, memorials may be directed to Blue River Church of the Brethren or Gideon’s.

Blue River is seeking an Associate Pastor for Youth/Young Adults

September 24th, 2014 | 0 Comments

Blue River Church of the Brethren, Columbia City, Indiana, is searching for a full time youth/young adult pastor. Housing provided.

Blue River is one of the more conservative congregations in the Northern Indiana District, and we try to maintain faithful adherence to the historic teachings of the Brethren, including trine immersion baptism for all members, the full Love Feast, the prayer veiling for services, modest dress, and lifetime faithfulness in marriage. Our basic statement of faith is the Brethren Card.

http://www.blueriverchurch.org/?page_id=2

Blue River Church of the Brethren, Columbia City, Indiana, is searching for a full-time pastor for youth and youth adults.

Blue River is one of the more conservative congregations in the Northern Indiana District, and we try to maintain faithful adherence to the historic teachings of the Brethren, including trine immersion baptism for all members, the full Love Feast, the prayer veiling for services, modest dress, and lifetime faithfulness in marriage. Our basic statement of faith is the Brethren Card. The man called would have opportunity to work alongside a prominent conservative leader in the Church of the Brethren.

http://www.blueriverchurch.org/?page_id=2

JOB DESCRIPTION

ASSOCIATE PASTOR FOR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

STATUS: Full-time, Salaried

BENEFITS: Parsonage, Health Insurance, Mileage Reimbursement, and Professional Growth

Blue River Church of the Brethren in Northern Indiana seeks to call an energetic and dynamic pastor to minister to the youth, young adults and married young adults segment of our church and to grow this segment of the congregation from the surrounding community.

Blue River COB Mission Statement:

Blue River is a church that seeks to worship God Biblically, teach believers the Word of God, and proclaim the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.

Position Description:

1. The primary task of the Associate Pastor is to develop and implement a comprehensive ministry for youth, young adults and married young adults while upholding the New Testament doctrines in preaching, teaching, and life, with special emphasis on the doctrines described in the “Brethren Card.”

2. He will identify & reach out to the youth, young adults, and married young adults in the Blue River COB surrounding community so that growth and retention can be achieved in this group of people.

3. He will work to maintain continuity between this ministry and the church as a whole so that the transitions between the various groups are as smooth as possible. He will promote interaction and unity between all age groups within the church.

4. He will work closely on a monthly basis with the Senior Pastor for personal growth and mentoring to ensure spiritual and doctrinal unity among the pastoral staff.

5. He will provide a unified sense of purpose and direction in terms of evangelism, edification, discipleship and such other ministry involvement that serves to stimulate excitement and participation within the church and to attract other young people and their parents to Blue River and ultimately to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and a growing relationship with Him.

6. He will coordinate Sunday school curriculum for youth, young adult, and married young adults in partnership with the Christian Education Committee while teaching the young adult/ married young adult.

7. He will participate in worship services as requested, including filling the pulpit (without additional compensation) when the Pastor is away.

8. He will be sensitive to the rich history and culture of Blue River COB while moving forward to minister to and grow the church in today’s secular environment.

Qualifications:

1. Must have vision and a demonstrated ability to plan, develop, coordinate, manage and implement a youth ministry within the parameters of the Blue River Church of the Brethren’s mission statement.

2. Must possess a proven ability to work effectively with youth, young adults, and volunteers.

3. Must have good written and verbal communication skills, conflict management skills, and computer skills.

Organizational Relationship:

The position of Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults is directed by the Ministerial Committee. The Associate Pastor will communicate regularly with the Senior Pastor, Official Board, Ministerial Committee, and Youth Steering Committee for goal setting, sharing, evaluating, problem solving, and prayer support.

If you are interested in this position, please request a copy of our profile from the
Northern Indiana District Office
162 E. Market Street
Nappanee, IN 46550
574.773.3149

or contact
Craig Alan Myers
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 E. 700 North
Columbia City, IN 46725
or e-mail at camyers@blueriverchurch.org
website: http://www.blueriverchurch.org

Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 26th, 2014 | 0 Comments

This Sunday at Blue River:

Sunday morning’s sermon is “No Indictment” with Scripture from Romans 8:33-34.

 

Adult Bible Study will continue our series on the doctrines of the New Testament–this week looking some of the distinctive New Testament beliefs and practices. This series is helpful to anyone, but particularly for new members and those unfamiliar with the Brethren.