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BRAINFREEZE BRAINSTORM - CONFERENCE CALL/VIDEO OPPORTUNITY
1: BrainFreeze BrainStorm 1 on Sunday, July 29th at 7pm
To join this meeting: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/115421201
Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8665
Meeting ID: 115 421 201
2: BrainFreeze BrainStorm 2 on Thursday, August 2 at 6:30pm
To join this meeting: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/745139351
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8665
Meeting ID: 745 139 351
If you were not able to come to one of the prior events, please join us by phone or video during one of these two opportunities! There is no need to RSVP - just call in or visit the link above to connect. If you have questions about how to connect, contact Tabitha Rudy by phone (540.362.1816) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Disaster Response Volunteers needed in U.S. Virgin Islands - St. Thomas - financial aid available
Brethren Disaster Ministries is sponsoring several weeks of clean-up help in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands). Volunteers can sign up for one or more weeks during the period of September 9-22. The Disaster Response Committee of the Virlina District will provide a total of $750.00 to help with airfare to and from St. Thomas if going during this time period. There is a limit to $150.00 per person. The committee may decide at a later time to extend this same aid to trips scheduled in 2019. Please do not hesitate to contact us about this opportunity!! Volunteers from Virlina congregations can contact Ed or Susan McKimmy (540-354-5345) if interested in going and if interested in applying for financial aid.
There are a few volunteers traveling from the Peace Covenant Church in Durham, NC to St. Thomas to volunteer during the week of July 15-22. If interested in going with them, there are plenty of spaces open. Please contact Ed if interested and he will direct you to the right person(s). Since that week is not purely a Brethren Disaster Ministries week, the District will not provide financial aid for airfare.
The next class to be held at the Roanoke Center will be "Preaching", taught by J. Stuart Kelly. Textbooks for the class are: Taylor, Barbara Brown: The Preaching Life (Cowley Publications, 7th printing, copyright 1993) and Long, Thomas G.: The Witness of Preaching (Published by Westminster John Knox Press, Second Edition, copyright 2005). These are both available on Amazon. The Sunday afternoon classes will be held on July 29, August 5, August 26, and September 9, 2018 from 2 – 6 p.m. at the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA. Tuition for the class will be $75.00 and students are responsible for purchasing the necessary textbooks. For more information or to obtain an application, please contact Judy Mills, Center Coordinator: phone: (540) 992-1980, e-mail: email@example.com. Make checks payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration form by July 20, to: Judy Mills, Roanoke Center Coordinator, 2805 Nace Rd, Fincastle, VA 24090-4515. CEU credit is available for ordained ministers taking the class.
PRACTICE OF MINISTRY DAY - AUGUST 5, 2018
The 2018 Practice of Ministry Day will be Saturday, August 5, 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Stone Church of the Brethren, 2162 Forest Avenue, Buena Vista, VA 24416-2734. The focus this year is “Communication with Pastor and Parish.” Marty Barlow, John Jantzi, Tabitha Rudy and David Shumate will be presenters on subjects such as “Anger Management”, “Social Media”, and “Politics and the Church.” CEU credit is available for ordained ministers. All participants need to send a completed registration form and payment to Sarah Long, the CGI Coordinator for the Shenandoah Distrist. Download the form here!
“MAKING SENSE OF ADOPTION: LEARNING FROM OTHERS’ STORIES” – AUGUST 18, 2018
Chances are that you know someone who has adopted, is adopted, or might be thinking about adoption. On August 18 at Copper Hill Church of the Brethren, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., we will gather to hear, tell, and learn from adoption stories. The conversation will focus around these questions: Why adopt? How does one adopt? What do I wish I knew before adopting? What is adoption like for the child being adopted? What are the joys of adoption? The challenges? What do I wish my pastor/congregation knew? Lunch will be prepared by the Copper Hill Youth Group (donations requested). This event is free, however we ask that you register so we will have a count for the meal and childcare. Please register by August 10. To register, fill out the online form -- OR -- download and print this registration form. The Registration Form is also the flyer. Please print and share with others!!
CHRISTIAN GROWTH INSTITUTE - SOUTHERN CENTER – BEGINS AUGUST 18, 2018
The first class for the fall of 2018 will be "Ministerial Leadership and Administration" taught by David Shumate, Executive Minister for the Virlina District. Classes will be held at the Coulson CoB, 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343. Dates and times for the classes are August 18, September 8 and September 22, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Cost is $75 if received by August 1, 2018 and $100 after that date. The textbooks are: Preaching, Planning & Plumbing: The Implications of Bivocational Ministry for the Church and for You : Discovering God's Call to Service and Joy by Steve Clapp, Ron Finney and Angela Zimmerman, Christian Community Resources, 1999 (Used available from Amazon, two new books available from District Resource Center at $13); Becoming Barnabas: The Ministry of Encouragement, by Paul Moots, The Alban Institute, 2004 (Numerous used available at Amazon); and the Church of the Brethren Manual of Organization and Polity, Brethren Press, 2013, found on the internet at http://www.brethren.org/ac/ppg/.
The second class for the fall of 2018 will be "Introduction to Theology" taught by Dan Rudy, pastor of the Ninth Street CoB. These classes will also be held at the Coulson CoB, 4127 Coulson Church Road, Hillsville, VA 24343. Dates and time for the classes are October 13, November 3 and November 17, 2018 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cost is $75 if received by October 1, 2018 and $100 after that date. The textbooks are: What’s Theology Got To Do With It?, by Anthony B. Robinson and Another Way of Believing, by Dale Brown.
Make check payable to VIRLINA DISTRICT and mail with registration form to: Sue Morris, Center Coordinator, P.O. Box 8, Copper Hill, VA 24079-0008. Questions – call 540-651-8331 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"OPEN aRMS, oPEN dOORS" dISABILITIES mINISTRY eVENT - sEPTEMBER 8, 2018
The Virlina Disabilities Ministry Committee’s focus has been expanded to include persons of all age groups and abilities. Our goal is: “To include everyone who is “other abled” in the life, worship and activities in all Church of the Brethren Congregations in Virlina District.” To do so, we are offering a time to come together for a “needs survey”, through round table sharing with each other. We hope that this will give you a voice to share your needs. It will also assist us to develop a plan as we work to meet the needs of our Virlina members and congregations. This conversation will take place at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren in Roanoke, VA on September 8, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. To help us prepare, please pre-register. Get a printable registration form/flyer for the event. Download a bulletin insert, too! You can also register online.
“THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE” - PRAYER FOR PEACE SERVICE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
The Annual Day of Prayer for Peace Service will be held at the Roanoke, First Church of the Brethren on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at 3pm. Gimbiya Kettering, the Director of Intercultural Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, will be the speaker. The theme, “The Things that Make for Peace,” is from Luke 19:42. This service is sponsored by the Virlina District’s Peace Affairs Committee. Check back here for more information as we finalize other details.
“LISTENING TO GOD IN A NOISY WORLD” - OCTOBER 13, 2018 (Click Title for more information)
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. The event leaders, Hannah Oakes and Dick Gottshall, will each offer their own guidance and perspectives on this topic. The cost of the event, which includes lunch, is $25.00. Click here for registration information.
DISASTER VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DINNER - OCTOBER 21, 2018
The annual Disaster Response Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held at the Germantown Brick Church on the evening of Sunday, October 21 and will begin at 5:00 pm. Invitations will be mailed to volunteers, but all persons interested in disaster response or those who have supported disaster response through making kits, financial aid, or prayers are invited to attend. 2017-2018 volunteers will be recognized as part of the program. To reserve your place, contact the District Resource Center at (540) 362-1816, (800) 847-5462, or <email@example.com>.
Virlina District Conference - November 9-10, 2018 (Click Title for more information)
Save the date for the 2018 Virlina District Conference! We will gather as a district to worship and fellowship together, and to do business together, at Bonsack Baptist Church on November 9th and 10th, 2018. The schedule will be similar to last year, as will some of the age group activities. There will be some changes, however, to how and when delegates register. Please keep an eye out for a letter and flyer which will be arriving soon by post mail to each pastor or board chair. Information will also be routinely updated on the conference website (click on the heading to visit that page, or simply choose "District Conference" from the menu located at the top of this page.) It will be here before we know it!
GUEST SERVICES & MARKETING COORDINATOR NEEDED AT CAMP BETHEL
Camp Bethel is accepting on-line applications for a full-time, year-round Guest Services & Marketing Coordinator. Application and complete information is at <www.CampBethelVirginia.org/jobs>.
WHAT EXACTLY IS DISASTER RESPONSE?
Who can go on a trip? What is a disaster response trip like? Do I need to be a skilled carpenter or electrician to go? How can I help children? The Disaster Response Committee welcomes the opportunity to speak to congregations who want to learn more about Brethren Disaster Ministries. Contact Virlina's Co-Coordinators, Ed and Susan Mckimmy, by phone (540)354-5345 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> to schedule a presentation for your congregation.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT DISTRICT RESOURCE CENTER
The District Resource Center has a large volume of printed resources, including books and periodicals. We need volunteers to record which resources we have so we can make them more easily accessible for others to borrow. This would be a great project for youth who are looking for community service or volunteer hours. Call the office or email Tabitha if you are interested: 95400 362-1816 or <email@example.com>.
DID YOU KNOW ABOUT BACKGROUND CHECKS?
Did you know that the District Resource Center can run background checks for church employees and volunteers? Completing background checks for those persons who work with minors or volunteer regularly is a good practice to start and maintain. Congregations looking to hire new staff who will be interacting with minors, operating church vehicles, or managing funds, need to seriously consider having a background check run on applicants. Each check costs only $17.00. To learn more or request an authorization form for a background check, contact Tabitha (540) 362-1816 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
BEAVER CREEK MEN'S AND WOMEN'S CONFERENCE - aUGUST 25, 2018
You're invited to attend Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren's annual Men's and Women's Conference on August 25th from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon. The day will begin with breakfast, a skit, music, and then the men and women will be split up with their own respective speakers. Deana Brown and Carolyn Thomas will speak to the women. Ronnie Shelor and Ted Turner will speak to the men. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marvin Wade by phone (540-763-5683) or email (email@example.com). Click HERE for a flyer.
NEW COMMUNITY PROJECT LEARNING TOURS FOR 2018
NCP Learning Tours build community with our neighbors, explore important justice and environmental concerns, and offer opportunities to reflect on the connections between our world and their world. Expect basic but safe accommodations, an encounter with other cultures and ecosystems, good traveling companions, and plenty to think about. Trips are open to people of all ages, with every effort made to create experiences for folks from across the age and ability spectrum. Cost excludes airfare and visas, but includes all on-the-ground expenses.
Arctic Village, Alaska August 7-15 Leaders: Charlie Swaney, David Radcliff Cost: $875 (plus airfare to and from Fairbanks) Visit this north-of-the-Arctic Circle community—Gwich’in by birth, caribou by culture. Meet Arctic advocacy groups in Fairbanks: learn about the threat of drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the impacts of global warming. Then travel by small plane (included in registration) to Arctic Village. Hike and camp in sight of the Brooks Range, eat traditional foods, experience Gwich’in life and customs, maybe see migrating caribou. Spectacular!
Burma (Myanmar) January 5-16, 2019 Leaders: David Radcliff, Nyan Min Din, Saw Jimmy Zan Cost: $1075 ($975—student) (plus roundtrip airfare to Yangon) Visit this fascinating Southeast Asian country; see cultural and religious sites; learn about reforestation, women’s development and girls’ education projects supported by NCP; explore issues of poverty and ethnic conflict. Overnight trek (moderately strenuous) to Paloung hilltribe area, staying in local homes; travel by boat to the Southeast delta to visit microloan projects.
For more information or to register, visit <www.newcommunityproject.org> or contact David Radcliff by telephone at (844) 804-2985, by e-mail at <firstname.lastname@example.org., or by U.S. Mail at New Community Project, 117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND – NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 6, 2018
You are invited to an informational meeting on June 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Summerdean Church of the Brethren (6604 Plantation Road, Roanoke, VA). Come to learn about our upcoming trip to Israel and Jordan (November 27th-December 6th). The meeting will last about 45 minutes. We will show you a video and answer all the questions you may have. This trip is hosted by Stafford Frederick and Daniel D’Oleo.
upcoming credentialing services
We endeavor to schedule ordination services in order that the maximum number of our ordained ministers are able to take part. Jessica A. Slusher is scheduled for ordination on Sunday, August 12, at 4 p.m. at the Bethany Church of the Brethren in Callaway, Virginia. Sam Light will be ordained at the New Bethel Church of the Brethren in Chatham, VA on Sunday, September 30 at 4 p.m.
2018 -- WORLD HUNGER AUCTION ACTIVITIES
Upcoming 2018 events:
Congregational Employment Opportunities
Troutville Church of the Brethren is looking to hire an Administrative Assistant to work 32-40 hours a month. Must be able to use Microsoft word and willing to learn other programs as needed. For information and a job description contact the office at (540) 992-1571.
A part-time position is available for a Director of Music who will work with Adults, Youth and Children at Ninth Street Church of the Brethren. If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Rosemary Palmer, Nurture Commission Chairperson at (540) 890-4718. To apply, please submit a resume to the church office, either by e-mail to <email@example.com> or by US Mail at 1103 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.
IS YOUR CONGREGATION HAVING A FALL LOVE FEAST?
Did you know that Brethren used to travel to participate in another congregation's Love Feast? In an effort to make this information accessible to all, please share your congregation's Fall Love Feast date with us. Let us know when your congregation's Love Feast service is by filling out this form: Fall Love Feasts in Virlina
UPCOMING CONGREGATIONAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
WOW – 125 YEARS AT ROANOKE – FIRST CHURCH – SEPTEMBER 29, 2018
125 years is an amazing accomplishment! Come celebrate this with the Roanoke-First Church of the Brethren on Saturday, September 29th at 2:00 p.m. A meal will follow. The speakers will be our former pastor, David Racy Miller, and others. See you there! Save the date!