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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upcoming credentialing services

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Burks Fork holds Love Feast Training event

Join the members of Burk's Fork Church of the Brethren for a workshop on how to make women's prayer coverings and Communion Bread.  It will held on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Lunch will be provided.  Please let pastor Mike Battle (cell: 540-312-2140) know if you are attending by February 19th.

2018 -- WORLD HUNGER AUCTION ACTIVITIES

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CHORAL ANTHEMS AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP

Summerdean Church of the Brethren has many choir anthems with multiple copies (15-20) that they would like to see used joyfully by other churches.  Please contact Associate Pastor Adam Stultz at (540) 366-6835 or Roger Stultz (Music & Worship) at (540) 563-1493.

Congregational Employment Opportunities

Cloverdale Church of the Brethren has a part-time secretarial position available, with responsibilities including bulletin, newsletter, directory and document production, telephone and electronic communications, and administrative support of other staff and church groups.  Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Publisher, Website) and personable interaction with members and the public expected.  To apply, please submit a resume to the pastor by e-mail to patrick100@lumos.net

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

Music Director needed for Green Hill Church of the Brethren. Responsibilities include leading the congregational singing at Sunday morning worship services, weekly choir practice and seasonal music performances. Experience with hand chimes helpful. Salary is negotiable. Send resume to Green Hill Church of the Brethren, 2699 Harborwood Rd., Salem VA. Attention: K. Brown.

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 <ettba65@gmail.com>.

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 

Congregation Date of Love Feast Time of Service
Burks Fork October 14, 2017 7:00 PM
New Bethel October 21, 2017 5:00 PM
Bethlehem October 21, 2017 7:00 PM

UPCOMING CONGREGATIONAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS

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2017 EVANGELISTIC, REVIVAL AND RENEWAL SERVICES

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Date Congregation Speaker
September 11-13 Bethel, VA Various Speakers
September 17-19 Troutville, VA Daniel D’Oleo
September 17-20 Oak Grove South, VA Dava C. Hensley
September 24-26 White Rock, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
September 24-27 Red Oak Grove, VA Ronald Coleman
September 24-27 Smith River, VA Roy U. Turpin
October 1-4 New Hope, VA D. Dewayne Troutt
October 1-4 Rocky Mount, 1st, VA Marvin D. Wade
October 1-6 Spruce Run, WV Richard W. Thomas, Sr.
October 2-5 Pulaski, First, VA Russell R. Payne, Jr.
October 8-11 Duncan Chapel, VA Wes Conner
October 8-11 Mount Hermon, VA Josh Cokendolpher
October 15-18 Eden, First, NC Timothy P. Harvey
October 15-20 Beaver Creek, VA Franklin D. Peters
October 22-25 Collinsville, VA Stafford C. Frederick
October 22-25 Masons Cove, VA Tabitha H. Rudy

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MINISTERS AND SPOUSES RETREAT - FEBRUARY 23-24, 2018

The annual retreat for ministers and their spouses will be held February 23-24, 2018 at the W.E. Skelton 4-H and Conference Center.  The retreat will focus on food and the spirituality of eating together.  Participants will study and cook together, exploring topics such as "Food that LAUGHS" and how eating is a spiritual practice.  It will be led by Grace Hackney, daughter of Enos and Edith Griffith and sister to Donna Hornsby.  Grace, besides being an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, is the executive director of "Life Around the Table," an organization which provides retreats and curriculum designed for clergy and congregations who want to explore deeper what it means to eat together faithfully.  Registration forms were mailed to congregations for ministers.  Forms and information are also available online at <www.virlina.org>. ; Contact Tabitha Rudy at <virlina2@aol.com> with questions.  Registrations are due on February 1, 2018.    

JUNIOR HIGH RETREAT – MARCH 2-3, 2018

The Junior High Youth Retreat will be held Friday, March 2 - Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Camp Bethel.  Join other youth in grades 6-8 at Camp for a fun and spirit-filled retreat.  Jenna Stacy, Program Coordinator at Camp Bethel, will lead the retreat.  Information, including registration forms, were mailed to congregations.  Camp Bethel is handling registration and payment.  Information can be found at <www.virlina.org>; and <www.campbethelvirginia.org>.  The cost of the retreat is $15.00 per person.  Registrations are due on February 26, 2018.

“White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue”

The Virlina District Peace Affairs Committee (part of the Commission on Witness) invites you to participate in an ongoing Sacred Conversation on Race. The focus will be on White Privilege and its manifestations and impact. The six-session series, entitled “White Privilege- Let’s Talk: A Resource for Transformational Dialogue,” will meet on Monday, March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9, and 16 from 7:00-9:00 p.m at the Virlina District Resource Center (3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012-3732).

Continuing Education Units (.9 CEUs) for $10, through the Brethren Academy are available for those who register for CEUs and complete the entire course (participant information and fees will be collected at the first session - contact Eric Anspaugh for more information about CEUs - eanspaugh@yahoo.com).

The curriculum is published by the United Church of Christ and is designed to help white people to see and understand how white privilege functions in the United States. The curriculum’s introduction states, “If you are a person of color in America, the seeing of privilege is inescapable. If you are white, you have most likely not been conditioned to even look for, much less see, where your privilege functions.”

Each session will include a time of coming together to:

  • set the tone for the conversation
  • discussing the printed material for the session
  • watching and listening to media to engage together
  • discussion questions and related activities
  • a blessing and sending forth which includes a handout to help prepare for the next session

The curriculum is centered on story: the stories of the writers as well as the participants. As a part of the curriculum, each participant will be composing a spiritual biography written through the lens of race. Since the focus of the course is on white privilege, persons of all racial and ethnic identities are welcome.

Due to the curriculum content and space requirements, the class will be limited to the first 20 registrants. Please register by contacting Tabitha Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, at 540-362-1816 or virlina2@aol.com.  Registration closes on Friday, March 2. Class participants are required to download and print their own reading material from www.ucc.org/privilege.

PILGRIMAGE XXII – MARCH 16-18, 2018

Pilgrimage XXII will be held March 16-18, 2018, at Camp Bethel.  People from 59 congregations in our district have attended this event which is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages.  It is for the young and old, for the new Christian and the one who has been a Christian for decades.  Pilgrimage is for everyone because no matter where a person is on his or her faith journey, it is always good to take another step and draw closer to God.  The basic structure of the weekend is the same each year with talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more.  Yet God continues to work in wonderful ways through this ministry, and we give Him all praise and honor!  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, please contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or <haynesmk1986@yahoo.com> or go to <www.experiencepilgrimage.com>

ROUNDTABLE - APRIL 6-8, 2018

Roundtable will be held April 6-8, 2018 at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speaker will be Marcus Harden from the Atlantic Southeast District. The Friday night entertainment will be Carnival. This event is planned by the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet. For more information e-mail <iycroundtable@gmail.com> or visit website at <http://iycroundtable.wixsite.com/iycbc/roundtable>.

CREATING A CULTURE OF CALL - .2 CEUs

When is it?  Friday, April 20th; 2-4 p.m.

Where is it happening?  Camp Bethel

Who should come?  Ministers and congregational leaders interested in how we are called to call others into ministry.

What will happen?  The Calling the Called committee is sponsoring this pre-conference event entitled Creating a Culture of Call.  Led by Nancy Sollenberger Heishman (Director of the Office of Ministry) 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?

How much is it?  $10 per person 

For more information and for registration forms, visit our Calling the Called 2018 page.

CALLING THE CALLED: DISCERNMENT, DISCIPLESHIP, DIRECTION – APRIL 20-21, 2018

Calling the Called: Discernment – Discipleship - Direction, is an event jointly organized by the Shenandoah and Virlina Districts. It is an intentional time away from the routine of life for persons 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.

Calling the Called: Discernment - Discipleship – Direction will be held beginning at 5 p.m. with registration on Friday, April 20, 2018 through closing at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Camp Bethel. The cost of registration is $50 per person which includes lodging at Camp Bethel, meals, classes and materials. CEU’s will be available for ordained ministers at $10 extra.

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MINISTRY AND MISSION IN VIRLINA – MAY 5, 2018

Mark your calendar for the annual Ministry and Mission in Virlina event – Saturday, May 5, 2018.  It will be held at the Collinsville Church of the Brethren. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and worship will start at 9:00 a.m.  Following worship, attendees will have the opportunity to pick from several workshops, some of which will offer CEUs for ministers.  Following lunch, the Annual Conference Delegate Briefing will take place, and will be led by Virlina’s Standing Committee Members and Annual Conference Moderator, Samuel Sarpiya.

CHURCH PLANTING CONFERENCE - MAY 16-19, 2018

Christiana Rice will be a keynote speaker and presenter at the Church Planting Conference hosted at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind., on May 16-19, 2018. The conference is sponsored by the Church of the Brethren Congregational Life Ministries.

The conference theme is “The Risk and Reward of Embodying Jesus Locally,” with the conference  text from John 1:14a.

Christiana Rice is an on-the-ground practitioner and visionary voice in the missional movement, serving as a coach and trainer with Thresholds <thresholdscommunity.org>, a community that helps people create spaces of discovery and communities of transformation. She seeks to participate in God’s restorative mission, leading a neighborhood faith community in San Diego, Calif. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan, a daughter of missionaries to that country. With Michael Frost she has co-authored the book, “To Alter Your World: Partnering with God to Rebirth our Communities.” with Michael Frost (from Newsline of June 8, 2017).

NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE (NYC) – JULY 21-26, 2018

Participants in National Youth Conference (NYC) 2018 will focus on the theme “Bound Together: Clothed in Christ.” The scriptural theme is from Colossians 3:12-15: “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.”  Kelsey Murray is the 2018 NYC coordinator and Carol Elmore (Virlina District) is an advisor on the National Youth Cabinet.

NYC will take place July 21-26, 2018, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The event is for youth who have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time of NYC (or are age equivalent to this range) and their advisors. (Information from Newsline for March 18, 2017)

Virlina's taking buses!  For more information, contact Mary St. John at 540-362-1816.

Check out the District's Youth Facebook Page to stay up to date on our trip plans!

ACHIEVEMENT SUNDAY WAS NOVEMBER 26, 2017

Click here for our video on Facebook: 2017 Achievement Sunday Announcement

RECENT HURRICANES DISASTER RESPONSE OFFERING

As of November 30, 2017 we have received $52,230 from forty-five congregations and twenty-four households. We will continue to receive offerings from our congregations to underwrite denominational efforts in response to the hurricanes that have devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States and the entire Caribbean basin. Thus far, we have sent $40,000 to assist our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico. We expect to send the remainder to other affected areas soon. Please send your congregation’s check to us (Virlina District Resource Center – 3402 Plantation Road, NE, Roanoke, VA 24012) with the following inscription on the memo line: “Hurricanes Offering – Account #33507.”

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 <virlina2@aol.com>.