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.


Listening to God in a Noisy World

COME and LISTEN to what the Lord your GOD has said.

- Joshua 3:9b

Television, the internet, cell phones, social media updates, constant "breaking news" alerts, and many other distractions, make it hard to listen to God.

Join the Spiritual Development Retreat Committee at Camp Bethel on Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for our annual Fall retreat. We will learn and reflect together on how to be more attentive to God's voice and presence.

Leadership: Hannah Oakes (Summerdean COB) & Dick Gottshall (Central COB)

Cost: $25.00 (includes lunch at Camp Bethel)


To download the flyer/registration form, click here! 


To register online and pay later, fill out the following form...







“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

-- Galatians 5:22-23


8:30  Registration

9:00  Worship

9:55 Transition to First Workshop (choosing from one of the three being provided)

11:00 Break

11:25 Second Workshop

12:30  Lunch (more information will be coming about this)

1:30  Meet the AC Moderator / Delegate Briefing

3:00 Departure

WORSHIP - Sanctuary

Hymn Sing – Judy Norman

Welcome and Call to Worship – Roger Stultz

Prayer of Invocation – Terry Johnson

Hymns   #133   “I Love You, Lord”   and    #134   “My Jesus, I Love Thee”

Scripture and Sermon – Patrick Starkey


            Moment for Mission – Seed, Scattered & Sown

            Prayer of Blessing – Stan Hawkins

            Special Music  “Sweeter As The Days Go By”

Benediction – Leo Johnson

Announcements – Tabitha Rudy


(Each workshop will be offered twice and is worth .1 CEU for ministers.)

Effectively Board

Leader: Scott Douglas, Brethren Benefit Trust

About: Is your church board doing what it should be doing?  Are your church board meetings effective?  This session will talk about the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of church boards, and will offer participants eight items that relate to board functionality.

Location: Upstairs Classroom

Bridging the Divide: Skills in Conflict Transformation when Emotions are Involved

Leader: Samuel Sarpiya, Center for Nonviolence and Conflict Transformation 

About: Participants will gain skills in recognizing some emotional aspects of conflict transformation, and discuss strategies to overcome them. Participants will consider some case studies as examples.

Location: Sanctuary

Escaping Purgatory: Choosing 'WHY 2.0' to Overcome Existential Threats to Church and Camp

Leader: Barry LeNoir, Camp Bethel 

About: Church of the Brethren ideals (peacefully, simply, together) are as relevant as ever to reconcile recent seismic changes in society and church, and yet churches and camps continue to struggle towards stable vitality. A rapidly changing reality calls for focused mission, creativity, transformational leadership, and encouraging "smart failure."  Using videos and shared experiences, participants will explore "starting with WHY," and will brainstorm how to build our 'WHY 2.0'.

Location: Downstairs Classroom

LUNCH - Fellowship Hall - $8.00

Menu: Sandwiches (Pimento Cheese, Chicken Salad, Ham); Salad; Chips; Various Desserts; Tea, Lemonade, & Water


Join the Standing Committee Delegates of Virlina (Roy McVey, Susan Starkey, & Stafford Frederick) in welcoming the 2018 Annual Conference Moderator, Samuel Sarpiya, to Virlina! Together they will briefly explain the plans for this year’s Annual Conference, as well as be available to answer any questions delegates and non-delegates may have. 

Download a Bulletin Insert Here!!!  (UPDATED with lunch price!!!  Lunch will be provided by the Collinsville Women's Fellowship.)



Calling the called 2018: discernment, discipleship, direction

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What is Calling the Called?

Calling the Called is a weekend event organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life to discern what it means to be called by God to the set-apart ministry.  Whether you are someone actively exploring the possibility of ministry or someone unsure of God’s calling this will be a helpful time of discernment and discovery. Come and hear personal call stories, come and wrestle with biblical call stories, come and learn about the process of entering the set-apart ministry in the Church of the Brethren. Come for worship and fellowship; come and discover what it means to be a people called by God.”  Ministers are also encouraged to attend to provide support and insight, as well as to continue in their education about calling others into ministry.  CEUs are listed below.  Register by April 14th!

The Calling the Called committee is also sponsoring a pre-conference event entitled Creating a Culture of Call Led by Nancy Sollenberger Heishman (Director of the Office of Ministry) and designed for pastors and other congregational leaders,Creating a Culture of Call is intended to help congregations consider how they may maintain a steady focus of identifying, calling, and training pastoral leadership from within their own congregations.  How many of our future church leaders are currently sitting in our pews?  This event will be held on Friday at Camp Bethel from 2:00-4:30 p.m. See the registration form below for more details.  .2 CEUs available!  Register by April 14th!

When is Calling the Called?

April 20-21, 2018 at Camp Bethel (Fincastle, VA)

Friday – April 20th (.2 CEUs)

  • Registration - 5 p.m.
  • Dinner - 6 p.m.
  • Welcome and Worship - 7 p.m.
  • Session One 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – April 21st (.4 CEUs)

  • Morning Devotions - 7:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast - 8:00 a.m.
  • Session Two - 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch - 12:00 p.m.
  • Session Three - 1:00 p.m.
  • Closing - 4 p.m.

Follow up Session: A follow up session will be held in both Shenandoah and Virlina Districts to help continue the discernment process and to check in with one another. Details of the time and date for your district's fourth session will be shared at the event.

How can I get more information?

Check out these additional resources:

Facebook Page

Brochure (.pdf)

YouTube Video!

How do I register?

Download the form here!!!  Registrations are due April 14th!


2018 youth retreat information and forms



“Who do you say I am: What would it look like if Jesus came back today?”

(Mark 8:27-30, Matthew 16:13-16 and Luke 9:18-20)

Who:   All senior high youth in grades 9 - 12 (friends are welcome!)

What: Join us for this annual retreat led by the Bridgewater College Interdistrict Youth Cabinet. The IYC members are Jeremy Hardy, Michael Biddle, Jenna Walmer, Kasey Carns, Amelia Gunn and Chad Whitzel.

When: Saturday, February 3, 9:30 a.m. through Sunday, February 4, after lunch (1:00 p.m.)  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.  Retreat begins at 10:00 a.m.

Where: Henry Fork Church of the Brethren (130 Doe Run Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151)


Members of the IYC will lead participants in “ice-breakers” and three different sessions on this year’s theme.  Henry Fork is very involved in helping their community, which might leave time for service project opportunities.  There will be time for connecting with friends as well as getting to know others.  Come prepared to learn, explore, laugh, connect and study! 


Sleeping bag, pillow, personal items, suitable clothes for Sunday worship, a Bible, work clothes that can be worn outside & snack to share


The cost is $10.00 per participant.  Congregations sending youth should also send an adult advisor.  Complete the registration form for all participants!  


You have searched me, Lord and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.

– Psalm 139:1-6

Join Jenna Stacy and two Camp Bethel Summer Staff for an overnight retreat filled with Bible Study, games, and good fellowship!

What: Jenna Stacy, Program Coordinator at Camp Bethel, and other Summer Staff lead the Virlina District Junior High in Bible Study; Worship; Group Games; 9-Square/GaGa/4-Square; Silly Songs; crafts; skits; Yummy Food and Lots of Snacks to Share!

Who: 6th, 7th, and 8th graders

When: Friday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:30 p.m.) through Saturday, March 3, 2:00pm

Where: Camp Bethel; 328 Bethel Road Fincastle VA 24090

Cost: ONLY $15 per person

Pack: A snack to share, sleeping bag, pillow, toiletries, Bible, pen, musical instrument, and clothes to be outside if weather permits.

How: You can register using THIS FORM OR you can register online at To pay for the retreat you can either 1) mail a check/MO (payable to Camp Bethel) ASAP to arrive before March 2 or you can bring a check/cash to turn in at registration on March 2.  Register by Monday, February 26! Friends are welcome!


Virlina Youth Bus Tour

National Youth Conference 2018

July 17-28, 2018


Travel Package Includes:

Motor Coach Transportation Provided by Sunshine Tours; 6 nights lodging in Comfort Inn, Ramada Inn, and Hampton Inn Hotels; 6 hot breakfasts; 1 Chuck Wagon Show and Dinner; and tours and entrances to Sky Deck, Chicago; CoB General Offices; Badlands; Wall Drug; Bear Country; Mount Rushmore; Crazy Horse; Custer State Park Loop; St. Louis Arch and tram to top; and snacks and drinks provided at rest stops. (In the event a hotel gets changed, a park is closed or other unforeseen circumstances, a refund or comparable tour option will be chosen by Trip Coordinator.)

Total Trip Fee: $900.00

Additional Expenses:

Individuals can expect additional expenses for:  8 lunches and 6 suppers during travel; optional post cards or souvenirs; NYC t-shirt.  This varies with meal choices and personal spending habits.

Extra Traveling Expenses: $200.00

Registration Information

A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is due by March 1, 2018.

The remaining $700.00 is due along with fully completed registration form by June 30, 2018.

Please be aware that this fee and registration is for the Virlina Bus Tour only.  National Youth Conference is an additional $500.00 fee and a separate registration process.

Registration forms were mailed to congregations.  Download a registration form hereWant a downloadable/printable flier?  Download it here.

Contact VirlinaYouth on Facebook or Mary St.John, Trip Coordinator, for more details! or call 540-362-1816