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Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” Heb. 3:4


U.S. Disaster Rebuild North Carolina, June 17-23, 2018

Our second trip of the year with Brethren Disaster Ministries to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters in the United States. Contact Jim Dorsch for more information.

U.S. Disaster Rebuild North Carolina, November 4-10, 2018

Another trip with Brethren Disaster Ministries to rebuild homes destroyed by natural disasters in the United States. Contact Jim Dorsch for more information.


Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM), a program of the Church of the Brethren, restores hope for the most vulnerable disaster survivors by engaging volunteers to repair and rebuild storm-damaged homes, and by providing grants to support the disaster recovery efforts of faith-based partners. BDM is involved with global and national disasters, giving funding, providing resources, and other expertise as the needs arise.

A disaster can destroy not only homes, but also the sense of well-being for survivors.  Brethren Disaster Ministries recruits volunteers, led by faith, to use their skills to promote recovery.  Trained, skilled project leaders supervise volunteers as they extend a helping hand to clean up debris and restore the homes of disaster survivors in need. The presence of these volunteer work teams helps to ease trauma and promote recovery.

The Mid-Atlantic District (MAD) of the Church of the Brethren, which FCOB is part of, also holds an annual Disaster Response Auction to raise money for disaster relief.  The event is held each May in Westminster, MD and includes the main auction as well as sales of food, crafts, plants and more.  The proceeds are sent to the Emergency Disaster Fund of the Church of the Brethren and also used to assist volunteers from our District in the payment of expenses while on disaster projects.  The Frederick Church of the Brethren BDM contact person is Jim Dorsch.  Contact him for more detailed information on FCOB rebuild trips in general and the MAD Disaster Auction.

Mid-Atlantic Chicken Canning Project

The nation's only truck mounted, portable meat-canning unit
arrives in York, Pennsylvania for six days of operation in
March and April each year. Three operators work together with
volunteers from both Mid-Atlantic and PA Southern Districts
of the Church of the Brethren to can nearly 60,000 pounds
of chicken for distribution in both the U.S and outside
the U.S., serving the needs of families in poverty. According
to officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the
canner is the only operational portable unit in the
United States. During World War II, the Mennonites
developed the concept to quickly feed European war-ravaged,
hungry people. The canner and crew will travel to about
30 locations in 11 states during the spring and summer months.
If you are interested in serving in this vital outreach ministry,
please contact Judith Crews.

Mid-Atlantic Disaster Auction - May 2019

You can help disaster response in the U.S. and Internationally without even leaving Maryland! Join us at the Westminster Agriculture Center for auctions of quilts and other items, baked goods and more. You can also help by volunteering with FCOB to service lunch or by donating items to the auction. To donate contact Sandy Moreland 301-514-5828 or Alice Stup 301-695-7467. To help in preparing and/or serving lunch, contact Linda Shultz 301-662-5617 or Myrtle Sturtz 301-371-9140.