Update: The mission resourcing campaign of the Virlina District has attained 210 pledges which total $383,389.10. As of January 10, 2017 we have received $185,797.66 toward the fulfillment of these pledges. The majority of the first pledges were from the district and camp leadership. Lead Gift visitation is now underway in parts of the district.
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The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,”
says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 (NRSV)
Multiply the Gift
by Ann Weems
O God, who breaks bread
with the brokenhearted
And shares a cup
with those who have no cups,
Gift us with your holy spirit
and may the gift be multiplied
that the whole world
Might sit down to breat and wine,
in the name of Jesus Christ,
we pray. Amen
The Forty-Sixth Virlina District Conference of the Church of the Brethren was held at the Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia on November 11-12, 2016. “Step out of the boat; the Lord is calling!” (Matthew 13:22-33) was the theme of the 2016 District Conference. Aggregate attendance including youth and children was 403 persons. This included 213 delegates (including 59 pastors) and 190 non-delegates from 75 congregations. These participated in the worship, fellowship and spiritual discernment for the district under the leadership of Moderator J. W. Rhoades, a member of the Trinity Church of the Brethren in Botetourt County, Virginia.
Keynote speaker for the Friday evening worship service, attended by 247 persons, was Chris Bowman, pastor of the Manassas Church of the Brethren and for the Saturday morning worship service was Tara Lea Hornbacker, Professor of Ministry Formation, Missional Leadership, and Evangelism at Bethany Theological Seminary. The Friday evening service was highlighted by an all conference choir under the direction of Harvey S. Leddy. Eighty-one persons attended the Ministers and Spouses Banquet held on Friday evening. Tara Lea Hornbacker, Professor at Bethany Theological Seminary, was the featured speaker. She spoke on “Humour and the Bible.”
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