Church of the Brethren
Virlina District
3402 Plantation Road, NE
Roanoke, Virginia  24012
(800) 847-5462
(540) 362-1816
Virlina District

Church of the Brethren
Continuing the Work of Jesus.  Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Continuing the Work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.

Join us on June 29–July 3

Koury Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel

Carry the Light

Based on John 1:1–5 • Theme Statement  

•Let us hold up the Annual Conference officers and delegates in prayer as they prepare for this annual meeting.•
For more information, check out the official Annual Conference website.

CONGREGATIONAL COLLAGE AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE - DUE MAY 15, 2016

The 2016 Annual Conference theme is “Carry the Light.”  Program and Arrangements Committee is inviting all congregations to send creative pictures of different ministries from your church – the choir, the youth activities, mission work, fundraising events, fellowship, etc. that show how your congregation carries the light of Christ. We would like to develop a “congregational collage” that will be displayed on the video screens in the main hall before and after gathering for worship and business.  Brother David Sollenberger will use his creativity to develop the collage.

We are requesting no more than ten (10) pictures in jpeg format.  If would be good if one of them could be your church building. If you use a phone or tablet, the format might be different, but we encourage you to send them as jpeg files, if possible, and make sure they are clear and are your best set.  This might make a good project for your youth or others in your congregation interested in media. These pictures can be emailed to <accob2016@gmail.com> with the subject as “Collage and [the name of your congregation.]” Please send them no later than May 15, 2016.

About the theme...

Carry the Light

…in your heart — Claim it
…in your church — Focus it
…in your community — Spread it
…in your world — Be it

The next time you see a leaf flutter in a gust of air or a blade of grass bend to the breeze, consider that it is being touched by a power that begins some 93 million miles away. Actually, every living movement on our earth begins with strength driven by the light of the sun. When we walk from one room to the next, we are burning the sunlight that brought the rain and grew the food that nourishes our physical bodies.

Some of that power, from a solar panel for example, is very immediate - about eight minutes old. Some of it, coal for example, has been stored for thousands of years. It is all from the same source.

As Christians we confess that there is one source for our spiritual being; one source for the meaning that powers our mental and emotional existence; one source for Life.

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
 John 1:1-5 NRSV

The Gospel of John opens with this magnificent hymn in tribute to the relationship between word, life and light. They were all present “in the beginning” and they all came to focus in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. They were revealed in a person of history that we remember regularly in the act of communion; a person that we recognize as a source of our salvation; a person who, we confess, lives with us in the Holy Spirit and whose body is alive in our worshiping community of faith.

This is a confession that is, at once, intimate and shared, personal and universal, present and eternal. It is a testimony that is closer than our own name and beyond our most faithful and imaginative comprehension; a testimony that we know Him who was "in the beginning." It is a testimony that a light that is as immediate as the Holy Spirit and as ancient as the texts of the Old Testament powers us. We claim a Light that comes to us across the space of two thousand years and across the space from the beginning of creation; a light that warms us, heals us, comforts us, nourishes us, guides us and grows us.

For this, we rededicate ourselves to "Carry the Light."

Andy Murray, moderator
2016 Annual Conference

 

Daily Themes

Wednesday evening

The Light in the Darkness - John 1:1-5

The moderator will deliver a state of the church address as required by polity. The address might drift in the direction of a sermon toward the end.

Thursday evening

Carry the Light in Your Heart - 2 Corinthians 4:6

The emphasis is on the individual response to Jesus; the power of the Gospel to convict, redeem and recreate us from the inside out. Claim it.

Friday evening

Carry the Light in Your Church - 1 John 2:7-14

The emphasis is on the fellowship of those that share the Light. We will note the importance of participation in the life of a congregation and the importance of traditional Brethren practices in shaping our identity. Alone we cool and die. Together the light gathers energy and becomes more intense. Focus it.

Saturday evening

Carry the Light in Your Community - Isaiah 58:6-12

The emphasis is on letting the community see the Light of Christ through the life of the congregation. Spread it.

Sunday morning

Carry the Light in Your World - Matthew 5:14-16; John 1:4-5

In the end we do not just carry the Light; we become the light. The emphasis is on vision and hope. "You are the Light." "The darkness has not overcome it." Be it.

 

 

 

“Making Wise the Simple”

Psalm 19:1-14

Ministers and Spouses Retreat

February 26-27, 2016 • 6:30 pm Friday – 3:00 pm Saturday

W. E. Skelton 4-H Center • 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA

 

Updated Information:

Please bring a mug/cup with you!!!!!

Meals 

Saturday Breakfast:

  • French Toast with maple syrup
  • Bacon
  • Assorted Fruits
  • Danishes
  • Assorted Cereals
  • Milk, Coffee and Juice

Saturday Lunch:

  • Stuffed jumbo shells covered in marinara sauce and cheese or spaghetti with meat sauce
  • Tossed salad
  • Garlic bread
  • Dessert – Ice Cream Cups!!!!

 

Join us for a time of reflection and fellowship!  This annual retreat, sponsored by the Virlina District Commission on Ministry, will be led by Mary Jo Flory-Steury.  All ministers and spouses of ministers are invited to attend.  .4 CEUs are available.  Please register by February 6, 2016.

 

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words;their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

                                                                                                                                    - Psalm 19:1-4     

Friday, Feb. 26

5:30 – Registration/Snack Supper

6:30 – Gathering/Worship  “Making Wise the Simple” – Psalm 19:1-14

7:30 – Session 1: “Reviving the Soul” – 7The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul…

8:30 – Free Time

Saturday, Feb. 27

8:30 – Breakfast

9:30 – Session 2: “Rejoicing the Heart” – 8the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart…

10:20 – Free Time

11:10 – Session 3: “Enlightening the Eyes” – 8bthe commandment of the Lord is clear, enlightening the eyes….

12:00 – Lunch

1:30 – Session 4: “Enduring Forever” - 9the fear of the Lord is pure,enduring forever

2:30 – Reflection/Closing – “My Rock and My Redeemer” – Psalm 19:14

3:00 – Departure

 

To register, please call or email Tabitha.  See contact information below.

 

Retreat Leader: Mary Jo Flory-Steury

Update: Due to a sudden medical emergency, Mary Jo and her husband, Mark, will be unable to join us for the retreat.  We pray that God's wisdom will guide the doctors as they seek to determine what caused the brain bleed that precipitated Mary Jo's current condition.  We also pray that Mark and the rest of the family will be comforted during these moments of uncertainty.

Tabitha will be facilitating the retreat with help from fellow ministers. 

 

Directions to 4-H Center             

From Rt. 220 turn on Wirtz Rd. (Rt. 697) [Between Exxon / Dairy Queen and Franklin Restaurant.]

Go 5 miles to the stop sign.  At stop sign, turn left onto Rt. 122 N (Booker T. Washington Highway).  Go 1 mile to Burnt Chimney Rd.

Turn right onto Burnt Chimney Rd. (Rt. 670). Follow Burnt Chimney Rd. for 6.7 miles to Rt. 668. [Dudley’s Schoolhouse Store will be on the right directly past the road.]

Turn right onto Rt. 668 (Lovely Valley Rd.) Follow for 0.7 miles to the stop sign.

Turn right onto Rt. 944 (Crafts Ford Rd.) Follow for 1.6 miles to a sharp curve.  Turn left onto Hermitage Rd. (Rt. 669). 

Follow Hermitage Rd. to the W.E. Skelton 4-H Center.  Reid Jones, Jr. Lodge will be on the right.

Lodging

Reid Jones, Jr. Lodge  (hotel-room style lodging – linens/towels furnished)

Meals

Friday – Snack Supper

Saturday – Breakfast & Lunch

 

Contact Tabitha Rudy with questions: <wearingaskirt@gmail.com> or (540) 493-7343.

 

**Attachments can be found in the folder "Memo for Ministers" on the downloads page.  The 2016 Nomination Form can be found in the "Forms" folder on the same page.**

Memo for Ministers

DISTRICT EXECUTIVE MINISTER SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 2015

15 Office/CGI Administrative Committee in Buena Vista, Virginia
16 Staff Meeting/Office
17 OFF
18 Office/Teaching Committee
19 OPEN
20 Worship Undetermined
21 Office/Southern Area Ministers Meeting at Beaver Creek
22 Office/New Bethel Christmas Program
23 Staff Meeting/ Office
24 CHRISTMAS EVE HOLIDAY
25 CHIRSTMAS DAY HOLIDAY
26 VACATION
27 Preach at Daleville
28 VACATION AND DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
29 VACATION AND DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
30 VACATION AND DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
31 VACATION AND DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED

DISTRICT EXECUTIVE MINISTER SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 2016

1 NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY
2 District Board Retreat at Camp Bethel
3 Worship at Christian Church Uniting/Review and Evaluation
4 Review and Evaluation/Northern Area Ministers at Central
5 Office/Mission Resourcing Committee at Germantown Brick
6 Staff Meeting/Office/Teach Bible Study at Hollins Road
7 OFF
8 Office
9 CGI New Student Orientation
10 Worship Undetermined/Vinton Installation Service
11 Office/Lake Side Steering Committee at Moneta
12 Awakening Committee/Office
13 Staff Meeting/Office/Teach Bible Study at Hollins Road
14 OFF
15 Office
16 Saunders Grove Church Board Retreat
17 Worship at Henry Fork
18 Office/Southern Area Ministers Meeting at Pleasant Valley
19 Office
20 Staff Meeting/Office/Teach Bible Studey at Hollins Road
21 OFF
22 Office
23 Travel to Melbourne, Florida
24 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
25 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
26 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
27 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
28 Council of District Executive Meeting/Travel to Roanoke, Va.
29 Office
30 OPEN

 

ASSOCIATE DIST. EXECUTIVE MINISTER SCHEDULE - DECEMBER 2015

15 OFF
16 Staff Meeting/Office
17 Office
18 Office
19 OPEN
20 Worship Undetermined/Christmas Choral Celebration at Central
21 Office/Super. Meeting/Southern Area Min. at Beaver Creek
22 Office/New Bethel Christmas Program
23 Staff Meeting/ Office
24 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
25 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
26 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
27 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
28 Preach at Roanoke, First
29 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
30 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
31 VACATION and DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED

ASSOCIATE DIST. EXECUTIVE MINISTER SCHEDULE - JANUARY 2016

1 DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER CLOSED
2 OPEN
3 Worship Undetermined
4 Office/Northern Area Ministers Meeting at Central
5 OFF
6 Staff Meeting/Office
7 Office
8 Office
9 OPEN
10 Worship at Ferrum with Smaller Membership Cong. Committee
11 Office
12 OFF
13 Staff Meeting/Office
14 Office
15 Office
16 OPEN
17 Worship Undetermined
18 Office/Southern Area Ministers Meeting at Pleasant Valley
19 OFF
20 Staff Meeting/Office
21 Office/Christian Education Task Team
22 Office
23 Travel to Melbourne, Florida
24 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
25 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
26 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
27 Council of District Executive Meetings in Melbourne, Florida
28 Council of District Executive Meeting/Travel to Roanoke, Va.
29 Office
30 OPEN
31 Worship Undetermined

 

Pastoral Placement Report

BASSETT - Full or part time position, profile circulating 2 - Clyde Hylton serving as interim pastor.
BETHANY - Part time position, no profile available - Jessica A. Slusher called as interim pastor effective January 1, 2016.
COPPER HILL - Full time position, profile circulating 2- Maurice E. Wright serving as interim pastor.
DURHAM, PEACE COVENANT - Dana B. Cassell called as pastor on a part time basis effective December 1, 2015.
GREEN HILL - Full or part time position, profile circulating 4. James R. Worline serving as interim pastor.
HOPEWELL - Part time position, profile circulating. R. Wayne Pennington serving as interim pastor.
JONES CHAPEL - Full or part time position, profile circulating 7 - Harvey S. Leddy serving as interim pastor.
PARKWAY - Logan A. Boyd called as pastor on a part time basis effective January 1, 2016.
PETERS CREEK - J. Stuart Kelly called as pastor on a full time basis effective January 1, 2016.
ROANOKE, CENTRAL - Full time position, profile circulating 4. Edward C. Woodard serving as interim pastor.
ROANOKE, HOLLINS ROAD - Full time position, profile pending - Horace D. Light, Jr. has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2016.
ROANOKE, WILLIAMSON ROAD - Full time position, profile pending - Leah O. Harness began as interim pastor effective November 29, 2015.
SAINT PAUL - Part time position, no profile available - Pulpit supply with James Jones covering the first Sunday, Mark Bolt covering the second and third Sundays, and Brian Riccio covering the fourth and fifth Sundays.
SMITH CHAPEL - Part time position, no profile available. Pulpit supply (non-Brethren).
TOPECO - Full time position, profile pending - J. Michael Varner has announced his retirement effective January 31, 2016.
TRINITY - Part time position, profile circulating - Pulpit supply.
VINTON - Angella Haranzo has been called as pastor on a part time basis effective January 1, 2016.

 

News & Happenings

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ORDINATION CARDS

If you have not received an ordination card, it is an indication that the proper ordination renewal form has not been submitted. A few ministers and congregations had not submitted forms as of this mailing.

 

ANNUAL REPORT FORMS

It is important that the listed forms below be completed and returned as they comprise the mailing list for the HEADLINER and for other important information of congregations. If your congregation is listed in the delinquent list, please get the information mailed as soon as possible.

REMINDER LIST (as of December 14, 2015):

Form B - Mailing Address Information (was mailed from General Offices in Elgin and due December 31, 2015)
Antioch, Bassett, Bethany, Bethel, Bethlehem, Blacksburg-Iglesia del Buen Pastor Fellowship, Blue Ridge, Boones Chapel (Snow Creek), Boones Mill, Cloverdale, Collinsville, Copper Hill, Coulson, Crab Orchard, Daleville, Danville-Emmanuel, Eden-First, Fairview (Floyd County), Fairview (Rocky Mount), Floyd-Iglesia Cristiana Renacer, Germantown Brick, Good Shepherd (Blacksburg), Green Hill, Henry Fork, Hopewell, Jeters Chapel, Jones Chapel, Lynchburg, Masons Cove, Monte Vista, Mount Union, New Bethel, New Covenant, New Hope, Newport News-Ivy Farms, Oakvale, Olean, Peters Creek, Poages Mill, Pulaski-First, Red Hill, Red Oak Grove, Roanoke-First, Roanoke,-Ninth Street, Roanoke-Oak Grove, Roanoke-Summerdean, Roanoke-Williamson Road, Rocky Mount-First, Saint Paul, Saunders Grove, Schoolfield, Shelton, Smith Mountain Lake, Spruce Run, Trinity, Troutville (and New Bethel), Virginia Beach-Christian Church Uniting, Wakefield Chapel, West Richmond.
Form E - Congregational Outreach Report (was mailed from General Offices in Elgin and due December 1, 2015:
Antioch, Bethany, Bethlehem, Blacksburg-Iglesia del Buen Pastor Fellowship, Blue Ridge, Boones Chapel (Snow Creek), Cedar Bluff, Christiansburg, Collinsville, Copper Hill, Crab Orchard, Daleville, Danville-Emmanuel, Eden-First, Fairview (Floyd County), Ferrum, Floyd-Iglesia Cristiana Renacer Fellowship, Good Shepherd (Blacksburg), Green Hill, Henry Fork, Jeters Chapel, Maple Grove, Mount Bethel, Mount Hermon, New Hope, Nineveh, Oakvale, Olean, Peters Creek, PleasantDale, Pulaski-First, Red Hill, Roanoke-First, Roanoke-Hollins Road, Roanoke-Oak Grove, Roanoke-Summerdean, Saint Paul, Saunders Grove, Schoolfield, Shelton, Spruce Run, Stonewall, Virginia Beach-Christian Church Uniting, Wakefield Chapel, West Richmond.