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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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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upcoming credentialing services

Mark Bolt of the Coulson Church will be licensed to the ministry there on Sunday, November 26, 2017.

Tabitha H. Rudy, Interim Associate District Executive Minister, will be ordained to the ministry on Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Roanoke, Ninth Street Church of the Brethren.

"Come to Bethlehem and See" - Live Nativity - December 2, 2017

"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 & Joseph, shepherds with their sheep, angels, and wisemen. Then come into Bethlehem COB 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 2nd and enjoy this Christmas story. This program will be held whether rain or shine.  For information or questions, contact Sharon G. Grindstaff at 540-493-7252

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

2017 -- 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.

WAKEFIELD CHAPEL NEEDS VAN

A member of Wakefield Chapel is in dire need of a van.  She needs it for personal use as well as being able to pick up others to take to church.  It doesn't have to be in tip top shape.  Pastor Sam Ellis can make some repairs if needed.  Please prayerfully consider this need and you will be blessed by your donation.  For more information you may contact Pastor Sam by email samfrances@comcast.net.

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.

The Roanoke, Summerdean Church is seeking a Music Director/Coordinator. Keyboard/piano musicians are also needed. These are part-time positions. Anyone interested can contact the church office at (540) 366-6835 or Wanda Flora (540) 915-0587.

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>.

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Achievement Sunday is November 26, 2017

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Recent HURRICANEs DISASTER RESPONSE OFFERING

As of October 19, 2017 we have received $43,670 from forty-one congregations and twenty 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. 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.”

BRETHREN DISASTER MINISTRIES VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We send you greetings from sunny and warm Columbia, SC!  We are very grateful for the many of you that have already served alongside us as we partner with many other agencies in the continuing recovery efforts from the 2015 storms.  Without your faithful service to this ministry, we would not be able to assist our clients in returning to safe, sanitary and secure homes.  THANK YOU!

We would like to make you aware of several volunteer opportunities we have available in SC, at the new Eureka, MO project and at the current DRSI project:

Nov 5-11 – Project 1/TBD – 15 spots -  If you are interested in this week please be in contact with Jenn Dorsch at <jdorsch@brethren.org> or (410) 635-8737

The Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) deployed a team to Ottawa and Naplate, IL in response to the Feb. 28 EF3 Tornado, which left 68 nursing home patients homeless and approximately 600 homes damaged. This team is part of a pilot partnership with the Church of the Brethren, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries. Since being invited into the community, the team has been supporting the Long-Term Recovery Group formation as the community is planning their recovery.

The community is now at a point where a few cases have been through case management and have funding that is approved to pay for the materials. The next step is to find volunteers to help with the work! We are currently searching for volunteers who might be able to help with the construction labor to begin work on repairing a few survivors’ homes in Ottawa, IL. This will not be a typical BDM site but is a way to help jump start the beginning of rebuilding sooner and no construction experience is required.

Starting now, the three denominations are looking for any length of time volunteers are available even if it is only for a day or two from more local volunteers. Housing, tools and construction materials and leadership will be provided for volunteers connected with BDM. Volunteers will need to cover their own transportation and food while serving. For more information or to sign up to help, please contact Tim Sheaffer at <tim@drsiteam.org> or (717) 713-3834.

Again, we thank you for all you do to support this very vital ministry!  We can not do it without you!!  We look forward to hearing from you and serving with you!!   

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, and will be led by Grace Hackney, daughter of Enos & 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.  For more information...

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>;.

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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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!