- 2017 Prayers for Peace Day - Worship Resources
- "Seed, Scattered & Sown: Reaching Beyond this Generation" Mission Resourcing Campaign Resources
- Bulletin insert with Disaster Response information and ways to help with the flooding relief efforts (.pdf) - shared with us by pastor Tom Powers (Microsoft Word version available here.)
- Bethany Sunday Resources - October 15, 2017. Each fall Bethany invites congregations to remember the Seminary’s mission to educate spiritual and intellectual leaders for ministry by including Bethany in their worship services. Resources are provided by Bethany to help prepare for this celebration of ministry education.
CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE – ROANOKE CENTER CLASS
The fall/winter class for the Roanoke Center will be EVANGELISM & OUTREACH taught by Dava Hensley. Classes will be held on the following Sunday afternoons: October 8, October 29, November 19, and December 3, 2017. Each session will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA. Tuition for the class is $75.00 and students are responsible for purchasing the required textbooks which are: Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism by Walter Bruggemann, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1993; Introducing the Missional Church by Alan J. Roxburgh and M. Scott Boren, 2009; and Irresistible Evangelism by Steve Sjogren, Dave Ping, and Doug Polluck, 2004. For more information or to obtain an application please contact Judy Mills, Center Coordinator - Phone: (540) 992-1980, E-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration to: Judy Mills, Roanoke Center Coordinator, 2805 Nace Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090-4515. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers who choose to audit CGI classes.
CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE – SOUTHERN CENTER CLASS
Biblical Interpretation is the next course to be offered by the Southern Center of the Christian Growth Institute. The sessions for this course will be held at the Coulson Church of the Brethren located at 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343. The Coulson Church is just off of Exit 19 of I-77. The instructor for this course will be Ed Woodard. Brother Ed is the interim pastor of the Smith Mountain Lake Community Church of the Brethren and was the longtime pastor of the Oak Grove Church in Roanoke, Virginia.
The course sessions will be held on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.: October 14, October 28, November 4 and November 18, 2017. The current registration deadline is September 23, 2017. Textbooks for this course are: Genesis by Gerhard Von Rad (Westminster Press), Epistle to the Romans by C.K. Barrett (Harper & Row), The Good News According to Mark, by Eduard Schweizer (John Knox Press) and an optional resource, Hearing the New Testament – Strategies for Interpretation by Joel Green (Eerdmans Publishing). Registration forms are available from Sue Morris by calling her at (540) 651-8331 or (540) 250-2741, by U.S. Mail at P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, Virginia 24079 or by e-mail at <email@example.com>.
NEW CHURCH DEVELOPMENT RETREAT - OCTOBER 20-22, 2017
"Ventures in Christian Discipleship" - Online Classes by McPherson College
The “Ventures in Christian Discipleship” program at McPherson (Kan.) College is moving into its sixth year of providing useful, affordable education to small church congregations. Ventures courses, while not for college credit, offer high-quality instruction. The goal of the program is to empower lay people, especially in smaller congregations, to more effectively carry out the work of discipleship, following in Jesus’ footsteps to transform ourselves and the world.
Technology Requirements for Live Courses: If you can surf the web, you will be able to participate in our online courses! For the best experience, we recommend that you have a computer with high-speed internet connection and external powered speakers. We encourage several people to share a computer to participate in a course together! No camera or microphone needed for most courses.
Classes are held on their appointed days from 9 am - 12 pm CST. All classes are donation-based and continuing education credit is available for $10 per course. To learn more about Ventures in Christian Discipleship and to register for courses, visit www.mcpherson.edu/ventures.
The classes being offered include the following:
- September 16, 2017: "Welcoming Muslims: Understanding the Differences between 98% of the World’s Muslims, Islamists, and Jihadists” by Dr. Kirk MacGregor, Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Religion at McPherson College
- October 14, 2017: “Navigating Religious Diversity: An Introduction to Interfaith Cooperation” by Rev. Zandra Wagoner, Ph.D., Interfaith Chaplain at the University of La Verne
- November 11, 2017: “Welcome to Transformation” by Irvin R. Heishman, Pastor of West Charleston Church of the Brethren & Beth Gunzel
- January 20, 2018: “Congregation in Mission” by Jim Tomlonson, Retired Church of the Brethren pastor, district executive, & teacher
- February 10, 2018: “How the Bible Came to be The Bible” by Carol A. Scheppard, 2017 Moderator of the Church of the Brethren & Professor of theCollege at Bridgewater College
- March 17, 2018: “Revitalizing Worship through the Arts” by Rev. Dr. Bobbi Dykema, Pastor & professor serving in the Pacific Northwest Districtof the Church of the Brethren
- April 14, 2018: “Congregations Nurturing a Culture of Call: Why It Matters” by Joe Detrick, Retired district executive minister in the Church of the Brethren
Coming soon! :)
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senior high youth - faithquest retreat
The FaithQuest retreat is for high school youth in grades 9-12 who want to explore their relationship with God. FaithQuest is an opportunity for youth to share and learn with others and journey together on the road to a deeper spirituality and commitment. Three basic themes will be explored during the weekend: Discovering Self, Discovering God, and Discovering Our Relationship with Others.
FaithQuest will be held March 10-12 in Heritage Lodge at Camp Bethel. The retreat will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening and conclude at 2:30 p.m.on Sunday afternoon. What is needed at FaithQuest? Bring bedroll or sleeping bag, personal items, twoel and washcloth, Bible, pen, and a willingness to learn and share with others. The cost is $125.00 and schlarship money is available. For scholarship or additional information, contact Emma Jean Woodard at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (540) 362-1816
SR. YOUTH & JR. HIGH SUMMER CAMPS AT CAMP BETHEL…
Camp Bethel has a variety of camping options for youth in grades 6-12. Adventure camps, Resident camps, and volunteer opportunities at 540-992-2940 or at <www.campbethelvirginia.org>.
Virlina Events are organized by Alli and Scott Yingling. We congratulate them on the birth of their son, Lincoln Scott, who arrived on Saturday, February 19, 2017. Upcoming events will be posted when they are available.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 --- SAVE-THE-DATE!!! The annual spiritual retreat will be held at Camp Bethel in the House of Pillars on Saturday, September 30. Additional information will be available in April including theme, leadership, and activities. The Spiritual Development Retreat Committee will be sponsoring this retreat.
Christian Education Task Team
We're wanting to have an event to help congregations with their Christian Education needs. Read more here.
“Women of Many Hats” is--an inspirational, fun filled time of fellowship for women of all ages planned just for YOU! This event will be held on SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 2017, at the Peters Creek Church, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., registration and fellowship time begins at 9, program begins at 10. Lunch will be provided by Peters Creek, cost $10, reservations due by April 15, to Gwen Kropff, (540) 761-8672. Mark your calendar and plan now to attend. Additional information will be sent to churches soon. Sponsored by the Northern and Southern Area Women’s Fellowship of the Virlina District.
Pilgrimage XXI will be held March 24-26, 2017, at Camp Bethel. Pilgrimage is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages, and God is working through this ministry in wonderful ways. The structure of the weekend includes talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more. God knows where we are on our spiritual journey, and He meets us right there. Whether you need peace, or joy, or forgiveness, or encouragement, or hope, or revival, or a little extra time with Him...He gives more than we even desire. It is difficult to put into words how wonderful the weekend is. The only way to truly understand what Pilgrimage has to offer is to experience it! Prayerfully consider if this is your year to attend. If you would like more information, go to <www.experiencepilgrimage.com> or contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or <email@example.com>.
The Church of the Brethren has long valued the practice of serving others. If you are interested in helping with local projects, or traveling with others to work on rebuilding projects, contact our district's coordinator, Jim Kropff at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or 540-761-8671.
Projects vary from rebuilding/repairing homes and other buildings, to assisting with childcare in shelters where displaced persons are living. Skilled and unskilled volunteers are all welcome!
This event is held yearly on the first Saturday in May. In 2017 that will be May 6. The District Board Commissions provide workships for this annual gathering. Contact the District Resource Center with questions.
As one of the Historic Peace Churches, the Church of the Brethren seeks to build community based on peace rather than violence. Our district holds yearly events to draw attention to how people are working for peace in our local communities.
Check back for more information regarding events and how we can work together to share God's peace with others!
When it gets cold outside, many folks in the Roanoke Valley are not able to heat their homes. Project WARM seeks to help folks out by providing firewood to families in need. Interested in helping? Volunteers are always needed to help cut, split, load and deliver firewood to families in the Roanoke area. Contact Marc Wilson at <email@example.com> for information about deliveries and scheduling.
Read the article that was featured in the Salem Newspaper here!
The Virlina District seeks to build and maintain relationships with other denominations on a regular basis. For more information about these opportunities, see the following links:
Together with the Shenandoah District Church of the Brethren, Virlina works to equip ministers with the best training. The Christian Growth Institute (CGI) is accredited by the Brethren Acadamy and provides those who are pursuing the set apart ministry with a training option when seminary or TRIM is not possible. For more information, contact the District Resource Center.
Find the Class Schedule here!
About the Program
The Institute's program of study is designed to be completed in four years. Here are the required components:
Orientation: This is a one day event to introduce the program to students.
- Old Testament Survey
- New Testament Survey
- Introduction to Theology
- Ministerial Leadership and Administration
- History of the Church
- Beliefs and Practices of the Church of the Brethren
- Introduction to Pastoral Care
- Biblical Interpretation
- Teaching and Learning in the Church
- Written Communication (Writing)
Portfolio: This is designed to help studetns with their minitry goals. Quarterly meetings with a mentor will aid in this.
Practice of Ministry Days: Students are required to participate in 3 Practice of Ministry Days, which are held annually, and cover a wide range of topics spoken on by guest speakers.
Ministry Formation: 3 spiritual formation retreats are required to help students develop and learnd about the spiritual disciplines.
Supervised Ministry Experience: This is still in the works, but the goal of this will be to allow a student to benefit from an on-site ministry experience under the direction of an experienced pastor.
Broader Church: Students ae required to attend at least one Church of the Brethren Annual Conference, one district conference, and a significatn ecumenical, interfaith or intercultural event.
Calling the Called is held every so many years by the Virlina District. During this event people gather to hear the call stories of many pastors and other church leaders. Participants are challenged to seek God's call for their own lives in ministry as God's servants. While there is not another Calling the Called planned for the future as of right now, the plan is to have another one in the next few years.
To watch the video from the previous event and get more information, click here: Calling the Called 2012 Promotional Video
Of the Church of the Brethren districts, Virlina has been the most successful in church planting. We currently have four fellowships that continue to be nurtured by the district: Blacksburg, Iglesia del Buen Pastor; Floyd, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer; Moneta, Lake Side; and Roanoke, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer. Find our Roanoke City fellowship, Iglesia Cristiana Renacer, on Facebook!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR A SPECIAL RETREAT: New Church Development Committee Intercultural Retreat will be held at the Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Conference Center on October 20-22, 2017. Details will be forthcoming.
An education at a Brethren college or university encourages free inquiry, intellectual curiosity, academic achievement, and offers programs that foster maturity, leadership, and service. Brethren institutions of higher education focus on the whole person and the worth of an individual. Ultimately, a Brethren education joins the world of work with the world of the spirit. Cornerstones of a Brethren education include values of peace, justice, and human dignity. Upon this foundation, students develop the qualities essential for intellectual growth, personal integrity, and service to their community. A Brethren education gives students a system of values which they will carry throughout their lives.
The experience of God in the outdoors has long been an important aspect of Church of the Brethren ministries. Located throughout the United States, Brethren camps and other outdoor ministry facilities offer time for renewal and learning for children and adults in the nature and peace of God’s creation.
Inspired by Jesus, Brethren Disaster Ministries focuses on rebuilding homes, caring for children, and providing international relief by engaging our volunteers, supporters, and partners to serve communities recovering from disaster.
Since 1980 Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) has been meeting the needs of children by setting up child care centers in shelters and disaster assistance centers across the nation. Specially trained to respond to traumatized children, volunteers provide a calm, safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wildfires any natural or human caused disaster.
In addition to many places worldwide where Brethren are active with volunteer work or emergency assistance, the Church of the Brethren carries out mission projects in a number of countries. Some of these projects are the fruits of long relationships that span generations. Others are newer efforts in places where we have sensed God leading us today. In all cases, we work in mutual relationship with individuals and organizations in the local setting—seeking both to give and to learn.
Persons living in most communities in Haiti have almost no opportunity to see a physician and cannot afford hospital care. As a result, health care needs in Haiti are acute. Beginning in 2011 the Church of the Brethren has been sponsoring the Haiti Medical Project as a way to begin to meet these needs in some of the communities where new Haitian Brethren congregations are located.
The Church of the Brethren seeks to become a living peace church. Christians are called by God to witness to the gospel of peace with such intensity that nations repent and history is changed. Less than a radical witness can only lead us to accept idols of materialism, blind nationalism, the glorification of military strength, dependence on technological solutions for human problems, and personal and national security at the expense of justice.
A person confined to death row often spends up to 23 hours each day alone in a small cell—for years and sometimes decades. Letters can bring a ray of hope to the darkness of death row. For those on the outside, learning to know just one prisoner can dispel some of the misconceptions and fears about prisons and the people locked away inside of them.
Brethren Volunteer Service is a full time volunteer program that places volunteers in a one or two year long assignment in the United States and some locations around the world. This ministry of the Church of the Brethren has been a major program in this Christian denomination since 1948.
In order to collect and ship material resources to war-torn Europe after World War II, the Church of the Brethren established the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland. Over the years, staff at the Brethren Service Center have worked with denominational and private nonprofit organizations to help meet needs of people in the U.S. and around the globe.
Our public witness is larger than legislative advocacy. Public witness points to working to find coherence between congregation life, service, advocating on policy, and questioning the values that undergird our politics.
The Church of the Brethren provides a variety of work camp opportunities each summer for persons as young as Jr. High and older. These work camps are held across the country and world.
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ANTIOCH - 2996 Callaway Rd., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 Webpage
BASSETT - 34 Brethren Dr., Bassett, VA 24055-9718 Webpage
BETHANY - 2005 Bethany Road, Callaway, VA 24067
BETHEL - 1921 Variety Mills Road, Arrington Station, VA 22922
BETHLEHEM - 4250 Bethlehem Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065
BLACKSBURG, IGLESIA DEL BUEN PASTOR FELLOWSHIP - 950 Heather Dr., Blacksburg, VA 24060
BLUE RIDGE - 5484 Blue Ridge Blvd., Blue Ridge, VA 24064
BOONES CHAPEL (Snow Creek) - Circle Creek Road, Penhook, VA 24137
BOONES MILL - 25366 Virgil H. Goode Highway, Boones Mill, VA 24065
BURKS FORK - 2530 Union School Road, Floyd, VA 24091
CEDAR BLUFF - 5516 Wades Gap Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065 Webpage
CHRISTIANSBURG - 310 S. Franklin St., Christiansburg, VA 24073 Webpage
CLOVERDALE - 4708 Read Mountain Road, Cloverdale, VA 24077 Webpage
COLLINSVILLE - 553 John Redd Blvd., Collinsville, VA 24078
CONCORD, LIVING FAITH - 3251 Rock Hill Church Road, Concord, NC 28025
COPPER HILL - 8836 Floyd Hwy, N., Copper Hill, VA 24079
COULSON - 4127 Coulson Church Rd., Hillsville, VA 24343
CRAB ORCHARD - 142 Brethren Church Road, Crab Orchard, WV 25827
DALEVILLE - 1540 Valley Rd., Daleville, VA 24083 Webpage
DANVILLE, EMMANUEL - 1530 Westover Dr., Danville, VA 24541
DUNCAN CHAPEL - 2176 Duncan Chapel Rd., Willis, VA 24380
DURHAM, PEACE COVENANT - 601 E. NC Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713 Webpage
EDEN, FIRST - 730 Church Street, Eden, NC 27288
FAIRVIEW (Floyd County) - 617 Fairview Church Road, SW, Floyd, VA 24091 Webpage
FAIRVIEW (Rocky Mount) - 4638 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, VA 24151
FERRUM - 231 Woodcott Road, Ferrum, VA 24088
FLOYD, IGLESIA CRISTIANA RENACER FELLOWSHIP - 621 Alum Ridge Road, Floyd, VA 24091
FRATERNITY - 3760 Fraternity Church Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27127-8723 Webpage
GERMANTOWN BRICK - 2312 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151-4017
GOOD SHEPHERD (Blacksburg) - 950 Heather Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060
GREEN HILL - 2699 Harborwood Rd., Salem, VA 24153 Webpage
HENRY FORK - 130 Doe Run Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151 Webpage
HIWASSEE - 4917 Little Irish Road, Hiwassee, VA 24347
HOPEWELL - 4415 Monroe Ave., Hopewell, VA 23860 Webpage
JETERS CHAPEL - 2911 Mountain Top Lane, Vinton, VA 24179 Webpage
JONES CHAPEL - 2390 Figsboro Road, Martinsville, VA 24112
LAUREL BRANCH - 1864 Laurel Branch Road, Floyd, VA 24091
LIGHTHOUSE - 7780 Willow Branch Rd., Boones Mill, VA 24065
LYNCHBURG - 200 Atlanta Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24502 Webpage
MAPLE GROVE - 2493 N. NC Hwy 150, Lexington, NC 27295
MASONS COVE - 3630 Bradshaw Rd., Salem, VA 24153
MONETA, LAKE SIDE FELLOWSHIP - 8130 Moneta Rd., Bedford, VA 24523
MONTE VISTA - 25 Wades Gap Road, Callaway, VA 24067
MOUNT BETHEL - 10630 Narrow Passage Rd., Eagle Rock, VA 24085 Webpage
MOUNT HERMON - 144 Mt. Hermon Church Road, Bassett, VA 24055 Webpage
MOUNT JOY - 3565 Buffalo Rd., Buchanan, VA 24066
MOUNT UNION - 9420 Bent Mountain Rd., Bent Mountain, VA 24059
NEW BETHEL - 313 Lark Dr., Chatham, VA 24531
NEW COVENANT - 1611 Point of Rocks Road, Chester, VA 23431
NEW HOPE - 2007 New Hope Rd., Stuart, VA 24171 Webpage
NEWPORT NEWS, IVY FARMS - 681 Dresden Dr., Newport News, VA 23601
NINEVEH - 7060 Hardy Rd., Hardy, VA 24101
OAK GROVE (South) - 4887 Hopkins Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
OAKVALE - Pigeon Creek Rd., Oakvale, WV
OLEAN - 160 Olean Rd., Goldbond, VA 24150
PARKWAY - 190 Parkway Church Road, Floyd, VA 24091
PETERS CREEK - 5333 Cove Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24019 Webpage
PLEASANTDALE - 3732 Breckinridge Mill Road, Fincastle, VA 24090
PLEASANT VALLEY - 3883 Alum Ridge Road, Floyd, VA 24091
PLEASANT VIEW - Gatewood Rd., Fayetteville, WV 25840 Webpage
POAGES MILL - 6550 Bent Mountain Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018 Webpage
PULASKI FIRST - 1749 Newbern Rd., Pulaski, VA 24301
RED HILL - 6050 Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA 24014
RED OAK GROVE - 7750 Red Oak Grove Road, NE, Floyd, VA 24091
ROANOKE, CENTRAL - 416 Church Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24016 Webpage
ROANOKE, FIRST - 2001 Carroll Ave., Roanoke, VA 24017 Webpage
ROANOKE, HOLLINS ROAD - 2404 Hollins Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012 Webpage
ROANOKE, NINTH STREET - 1103 Ninth St., SE, Roanoke, VA 24013 Webpage
ROANOKE, OAK GROVE - 2138 McVitty Rd, SW, Roanoke, VA 24018 Webpage
ROANOKE, IGLESIA CRISTIANA RENACER FELLOWSHIP - Meeting at Roanoke, Summerdean Church.
ROANOKE, SUMMERDEAN - 6604 Plantation Rd., NE, Roanoke, VA 24019 Webpage
ROANOKE, WILLIAMSON ROAD - 3110 Pioneer Rd., NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Webpage
ROCKY MOUNT - 405 Tanyard Rd., NE, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
SAINT PAUL - 64 Short Rd., Cana, VA 24317
SAUNDERS GROVE - 3034 Saunders Grove Dr., Moneta, VA 24121
SCHOOLFIELD - 37 Glen Oak Drive, Danville, VA 24541
SELMA - 1210 Richmond St., Selma, VA 24474
SHELTON - 1065 Quaker Rd, Mt. Airy, NC 27030
SMITH CHAPEL - Dan Hale Reservoir Rd., Bluefield, WV 24701
SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE - 6675 Burnt Chimney Road, Wirtz, VA 24184 Webpage
SMITH RIVER - 2282 Bob White Rd., Stuart, VA 24171
SPRUCE RUN - Spruce Run Rd., Lindside, WV 24951
STONEWALL - 4085 Floyd Highway, N., Floyd, VA 24091
TOPECO - 3460 Floyd Hwy, S., Floyd, VA 24091 Webpage
TRINITY - 5088 Roanoke Road, Troutville, VA 24175
TROUTVILLE, NEW BETHEL MEETING POINT - 3643 Nace Rd., Fincastle, VA 24090
TROUTVILLE, TROUTVILLE MEETING POINT - 5133 Lee Highway, Troutville, VA 24175
VINTON - 711 Dale Ave., Vinton, VA 24179
VIRGINIA BEACH, CHRISTIAN CHURCH UNITING - 6049 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
WAKEFIELD CHAPEL - 1105 Sunnyside Avenue, Hopewell, VA 23860
WEST RICHMOND - 7612 Wanymala Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 Webpage
WHITE ROCK - 1863 White Rock Rd. NW, Floyd, VA 24091