Update: The mission resourcing campaign of the Virlina District has attained 230 pledges which total $415,169.10. As of June 12, 2017 we have received $222,287.66 toward the fulfillment of these pledges. The majority of the first pledges were from the district and camp leadership. Lead Gift visitation is wrapping up and soon congregations will be contacted regarding additional opportunities to give.
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Attention: THE drc WILL BE CLOSED FROM JUNE 24 TO JULY 4
The church of the Brethren will meet in Grand Rapids, Michigan for its Annual Conference from June 28 to July 2. The theme for this year is "Risk Hope" based on Hebrews 10:23.
For information on the conference, visit the official Annual Conference site: http://www.brethren.org/ac/.
To learn how you can watch business session and worship from home, visit the AC Webcast page.
To read more about the theme, visit http://www.brethren.org/ac/2017/theme.html.
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If you need to reach either of the district ministers, please email Tabitha <email@example.com> or call her: 540-493-7343.
Mark Your Calendar!
2017 District Conference
November 10 and 11
"Listen to the spirit!"
“Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying . . . ”
The 2017 District Conference will be held on November 10-11 at Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Avnue, Roanoke, Virginia. The conference theme will be "Listen to the Spirit!" and the scripture text is Revelation 3:13-22.
Samuel K. Sarpiya, 2018 Annual Conference Moderator, will be present and speak to the Ministers and Spouses at their dinner on Friday evening. He will also preach on Saturday morning during worship. David A. Steele, General Secretary of the Church of the Brethren, join us for at conference and will preach at the Friday evening worship service.
The Program and Arrangements committee are preparing for the 2017 District Conference. The conference officers are Tim Emmons - moderator, Debbie Humphrey - moderator-elect, and Pam Clark - clerk.
To view previous District Conference pages, click here.
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven"
Ecclesiastes 3:1 is a comforting Scripture verse for me. It shares order, structure, and surety. The next seven verses give a list of a time for this and a time for that. Ecclesiastes is described by some as strange, difficult, and depressing. Ecclesiastes does not start out uplifting. No matter which Bible translation is read, there is despair. "Vanity of vanities; all is vanity." (KJV) "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." (NIV) "Perfectly pointless. Everything is pointless." (CEB) "Nothing is worth while; everything is futile." (TLB). The book is filled with warning, difficulty, suffering, hopelessness, and much more.
Nevertheless, Ecclesiastes does not end in gloom and doom. Ecclesiastes 12:13 (CEV) says, "Everything you were taught can be put into a few words: Respect and obey God! This is what life is all about." Yes, the truth is, it is all about God. Revelation 1:8 (NRSV) says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,' says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'"
Gratefully, God made a way of salvation and right relationship for us. John 3: 16 and 17 (NKJV) says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved."