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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 <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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 <email@example.com> 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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.