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.


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Each year we offer district-wide retreats and activites for youth in our congregations.  This year there will be an overnight retreat at Camp Bethel during District Conference, a Junior High Retreat at Mount Hermon COB (led by the Interdistrist Youth Cabinet from Bridgewater College), and a Senior High Retreat (FaithQuest) at Camp Bethel.  Download the flyer here.  Call or email Tabitha with questions.


Brethren Disaster Ministries Still Seeking Volunteers in North Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico!

Brethren Disaster Ministries is sponsoring several weeks of clean-up help in St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Puerto Rico.  The Disaster Response Committee of the Virlina District will provide a total of $750.00 to help with airfare to and from St. Thomas and Puerto Rico if going in the upcoming months.  There is a limit to $150.00 per person.   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 two weeks still open for the projects in North Carolina: the week of December 2 and the week of December 16 (not Brethren Disaster Ministries).  If your congregation has a team willing to go, or wants to pair up with another group to go, please contact Ed and Susan and let them know.  As far as we know, the recent storms have not stalled BDM work in these areas.

Brethren Disaster Ministries is not just for those who like to work in clean-up and construction. Children’s Disaster Services is another way to volunteer your time when disasters strike. Children often experience trauma and need nurturing individuals to care for them and play with them.  These volunteers need specific training, however.  If you are interested in receiving this training, please let Ed and Susan know at (540) 354-5345, so that a training session might be organized for people in our district.


Since Florence came through, we’ve had Michael. Michael has been much more devastating to our area than Florence. In fact, the Clearbrook community, just south of Roanoke on U.S. 220 suffered severe flash flooding and slides. Our Red Hill Church saw their parsonage garage slip away and be destroyed. The church and parsonage both suffered water damage.

For those of you who haven’t had an opportunity to receive an offering in your congregation, please do so at your earliest convenience. If your congregation doesn’t receive and offering, you may send gifts directly to the District Resource Center. Please remit all offerings to us (Virlina District Resource Center - 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012) with the following inscription on the memo line: "Florence/Michael Offering - Account #33508." Funds received will be used to underwrite denominational and/or inter-church efforts to clean up and rebuild in the Carolinas and Virginia.


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 November 3 and November 17, and December 8 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:


During the coming year we will be engaging in the Compelling Vision process outlined by the Annual Conference. Every district, including ours, will sponsor meetings to enable individual members of the denomination to have a voice in this process. Kevin Daggett, a member of the Compelling Vision Process Team (CVPT) and pastor of the Dayton (VA) Church of the Brethren, will be leading the sessions in the Virlina District.

Rhonda Pittman Gingrich, chairperson of the Compelling Vision Process Team (CVPT), recently described the district conversations in this way, "As summer gives way to fall, the process launched at the 2018 Annual Conference to help the denomination discern God’s call and develop a compelling vision to guide us into the future is moving into a new phase. Shaped by the conversations that took place at Annual Conference, the Compelling Vision Process Team has designed a two-hour event to engage members in deeper conversation around God’s call for us as a church.”

The meetings in the Virlina District have been scheduled as follows:

Sunday, October 14, 2018        Bassett Church of the Brethren                           6-8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018       Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren              6-8 p.m   

Saturday, October 20, 2018      Summerdean Church of the Brethren                 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2018      West Richmond Church of the Brethren              4-6 p.m.

“Everyone is invited and encouraged to participate in an event. In preparation, please: pray for the church and the Spirit’s guidance as we move through this process; visit the Compelling Vision website at, and read about the Compelling Vision process (especially if you were not at Annual Conference and are unfamiliar with it); reflect on scriptures that inform our ministry and life together as the body of Christ; and bring a Bible and, if possible, a smart phone, tablet, or laptop to the event." 


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 <>.

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! 

bridgewater college's church travel team available!

The mission of the Bridgewater College Church Travel Team Program is to strengthen the church/college relationship and prepare students for future church leadership. This mission is carried out through student Church Travel Teams that provide fresh and energetic leadership for worship services, Sunday school classes and other events in local congregations.

For many years, Bridgewater College students have generously given of their time and talents to provide leadership in Church of the Brethren congregations. These Church Travel Teams provide significant ministry experience for our students and a valuable service to the congregations that host them.  

If you have hosted a Bridgewater College Church Travel Team in the past, we hope you will do so again. If not, we encourage you to have a team of our talented and dedicated students serve your congregation!  Please feel free to contact Chaplain Robbie Miller any time at and our Student Church Travel Team Coordinator Christa Craighead (after August 28) at with any questions you may have.

The form to request a team can be accessed here: BW Church Travel Team Request Form


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 <> to schedule a presentation for your congregation.


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 <>.


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 <>.


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.

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 <> or contact David Radcliff by telephone at (844) 804-2985, by e-mail at <, or by U.S. Mail at New Community Project,  117 Nature Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064

upcoming credentialing services

We endeavor to schedule ordination services in order that the maximum number of our ordained ministers are able to take part. Naomi L. Powers will be licensed to the Gospel Ministry at the Daleville Church of the Brethren on Sunday, November 18, at 4 p.m. Naomi serves as co-pastor of the Daleville Church along with her husband, Tom Powers.



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 <> or by US Mail at 1103 Ninth Street SE, Roanoke, VA 24013.

Ferrum Church of the Brethren is seeking a pianist to play on Sunday and special services. If interested contact Vetta Bayse at (540) 427-0505 or by e-mail at <>.

The Smith Mountain Lake Community Church of the Brethren is seeking a music director. Please contact Chris Updike at for further details.


Come and explore our Fall Bazaar featuring a variety of local artisans, crafters and vendors on Saturday, October 20th from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.  There will be fall and holiday items for your home or office, lots of gift items, jewelry, prepackaged soups, dips and much, much more.  Peters Creek Café will be serving breakfast and hot dogs with chili for lunch.  Country Store will have its shelves stocked with homemade baked goods, candies and Happy Home flavorings. We look forward to seeing you there.  Rain or Shine.


The Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, located at 2138 McVitty Road, S.W. in Roanoke, Virginia, will hold their Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 20, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the church fellowship hall.  We will have crafts, doll clothes, a country store with jellies, canned vegetables, fresh fruits and "next to new items," and a bake sale offering homemade cakes, pies, candies and cookies. There will also be SERRV international craft items.  Our Kitchen Cafe will offer country ham and sausage biscuits for breakfast, and hot dogs for lunch. The aromas are tempting and the tastes delicious.  Please come and join us for this annual event.  Our church is located off Rte 419, next to the new Vistar Eye Center.  The funds raised at this event support the Oak Grove Church's Samaritan Fund that offers assistance with rent, utility bills, medical and food expenses to members of the community. For more information about this or our other ministries, go to our website at


Roanoke, First Church is having a Spaghetti Dinner on Sunday, October 21 beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Following the meal there will be a performance by the music group “Joyful Praise.”  The meal and program are free.  If you would like to make a donation it would benefit Camp Bethel for "Good As Gold" Certificates.  To make a reservation you can call the church office (540) 344-8196 or Cliff Hartsel (540) 362-2065.  Make plans to come enjoy the food, music and fellowship.


The Cloverdale Women's Fellowship will host their annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 3 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  We will have many vendors with beautiful and unusual items for your Christmas shopping. Our Thrift Shop will be open with many items of interest at unbelievably  low prices! Breakfast and lunch will be ready to help you keep up your energy as you shop. A tradition at our bazaar is our table of home baked goodies just waiting for your enjoyment on the spot and a variety of choices to take home with you.  You will be warmly welcomed and helped  with any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you on November 3!


Daleville Church of the Brethren is sponsoring a Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday, November 3, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Most items being offered for sale are from Sandra Sue Bolton’s large collection of Christmas decorations and treasured items. Sandra Sue was a beloved member of the Daleville Church who died this past spring.

The sale is huge and includes items such as villages, nativity scenes, Christmas ornaments, linens, snowmen and Santas, greenery, music boxes, snow globes, wrapping paper, dishware, and collectibles. We will have one prized item to raffle off. A baked goods table will also be available for those who love to have a special food item to take home.

Please come help us celebrate Sandra Sue’s memory by taking one of her prized possessions to a good home. For more information, contact Deb Lawrence at


Samuel Dali, prominent leader of the Nigerian Church, will be in Roanoke on the weekend of November 3 and 4. Roanoke, Central is hosting Samuel at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3.  Samuel will be talking about the recent struggles of the EYN church.  There will be a fellowship time after the presentation. Roanoke, Oak Grove is hosting Samuel on Sunday, November 4.  He will be preaching during the 11:00 a.m. worship service. Members of the Virlina District are invited to both events.


"Come to Bethlehem and See..." Travel through an outdoor live nativity program at Bethlehem Church of the Brethren at 4250 Bethlehem Road, Boones Mill, VA  24065. Come experience the story of Christmas as you walk by scenes of Mary and Joseph, shepherds with their sheep, angels, and wisemen. Then come into Bethlehem Church for cookies, hot chocolate, and warm fellowship. Golf cart rides are available to assist your tour. Please join us anytime between 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 1 and enjoy this Christmas story. This program will be held whether rain or shine.  If you would like to be a character in our live nativity (costumes provided) our church would love for you to join us. Please let Sharon Grindstaff know if you would like to participate and she can work out further details. For information or questions, contact Sharon G. Grindstaff at (540) 493-7252 or


Galen Daniel “DAN” Ludwick will be installed as pastor of the Pleasant View Church near Fayetteville, West Virginia on Sunday, October 28, at 11 a.m. He and his wife, Amy, began there on September 15.

Harold E. Boyd will be installed as pastor of the Coulson Church at Woodlawn, Carroll County, Virginia on Sunday, October 28, at 4:30 p.m. He and his wife, Alett, began there on October 1.

James John Stade and Joshua N. Lucas will be installed as co-pastors of the Oakvale Church in Mercer County, West Virginia on Sunday, November 4, at 11 a.m.

The Church Website – A Powerful Outreach Tool

Your church’s website can be your most important outreach tool. By far! Know this, that a majority of new people today who discover your church will discover you online. That means it’s important to have your website up-to-date. The church staff cannot work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week…but your website can. Therefore, when a person in your congregation or a potential visitor needs information, they can always find it on your website. With a well maintained website, your porch light is always on welcoming people in – you never have to turn anyone away. 

But what can you do if you don’t have the skills, expertise, or time to provide a dynamic updated website for your church? Church staff members and volunteers often simply don’t have the time or the skills to take care of such a responsibility. Here is the happy solution. Let someone with the skills and experience take the load off of you and your staff. I would gladly take over that responsibility and weekly maintain your website for you. For a relatively small monthly fee, you can know your website is always up-to-date, always attractive, always engaging, and always a great “front door” to your ministry and outreach on the web. If you are interested to know more about this service please contact Jerry Naff, at