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.


David K. Shumate and Emma Jean Woodard will be out of the office beginning Tuesday, September 29, until noon on Friday, October 2, for a meeting of the Council of District Executives (CODE) in Elgin, Illinois. In case of emergencies, please contact Emma Jean via her cell phone at (540) 797-3044.



September 25 - Movie Night:  We will gather for the movie, "Inside Out", at the Virginia Western Community College: Business Science Building (M106). This starts at 7:00 p.m.


October 11 - Corn Maze:  We will carpool/caravan from the Peter's Creek Church (5333 Cove Road, NW, Roanoke, VA) at 1:00 p.m. The entry fee is $10.00. The pumpkin festival is in full swing that weekend. Check website: http;//


November 7 - Camp Bethel Fall Work Day Service Project:  We will participate in work day at camp (328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA). RSVP by October 24th to Scott or Alli Yingling; to reserve free breakfast (7:30 a.m.) or free lunch (1:00 p.m.). You are welcome even if you don't have a meal.


November 13 -  We will have dinner at Franks (3743 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, VA) at 5:30 p.m. All are welcome to join us for dinner and for the Virlina District Conference Worship at Grandin Court Baptist Church (2660 Brambleton Avenue, Roanoke, VA) at 7:00 p.m.

Questions?  Contact Scott or Alli Yingling at;.



Camp Bethel's 31st Brethren Heritage Day Festival is Saturday, October 3, 2015. Breakfast wil l be from 7:30 until 9:00 a.m. in the Ark. Booths open throughout the camp at 9:00 a.m. Kids' train rides begin at 9:30 a.m. Booths close at 2:30 p.m. Please encourage everyone in your congregation to participate and attend this vitally important fund raiser for Camp Bethel. Tell your friends and help us advertise. Heritage Day forms, fliers information, and Heritage Day A-to-Z are available at <>.



The next class for the CGI Southern Center will be New Testament Survey to be taught by Bruce Huffman, pastor of the Germantown Brick Church. The dates and time of the classes are: October 10, October 24, November 7 and November 21, 2015; all classes will meet from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. All classes will be held at the Red Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, 775 Red Oak Grove Road, Floyd, VA 24091. The textbook for the course is: New Testament Story. by David L. Barr, Fourth Edition, 2008. For further information contact Sue Morris, phone: (540) 651-8331 or e-mail:;.



The New Church Development Committee will be hosting a retreat on October 9 and 10 at Camp Bethel's House of Pillars. Jonathan Shively, Executive Director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren will be the main speaker for this event. The theme of “Growing Leaders in New (and Older) Congregations” will focus on leadership development in congregational life, with a special focus on new church plants. The registration fee of $60 includes admission to the retreat as well as dinner on Friday and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The retreat opens with an optional session at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 9. The main retreat will begin with registration at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 9, and will continue through Saturday afternoon at 4:15. CEU's will be available for those attending. A brochure with registration information is available from the District Resource Center at;.



A special spiritual retreat, “Shaped by God and Community: Stories and Reflections,” will be held at the Hollins Road Church of the Brethren (2404 Hollins Road, NE, Roanoke, Virginia) on Saturday, October 10th. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the retreat will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

In our faith journeys we have been inspired and guided by others in the faith community.  Those persons may have been our peers or may have been older or younger.  This retreat is a time to reflect and honor those persons in our lives.  In order to encourage and trigger some of those memories, we have several local sisters and brothers of all ages to share reflections from their journeys.  You may know them: Jane Wood (Bethlehem), Tara Shepherd (Mount Union), John Reed (Cloverdale), Bryan Hanger (Roanoke, Oak Grove), Mike Varner (Topeco) and Cathy Huffman (Germantown Brick).  Their brief sharings will be followed by opportunities for guided reflections as individuals, as well as small and large group discussions.  Registrations forms have been sent to congregations and/or are available from the District Resource Center. 

For more information contact Patricia Ronk at (540) 798-5512 or;. This retreat is being planned by the Virlina Spiritual Development Retreat Committee.



The District Historical Committee is sponsoring a one-day bus trip on October 17, 2015 to the Bridgewater area to include stops at the Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, Bridgewater Retirement Home, Bridgewater College, the  Tunker House and the John Kline Homestead. Pickup will be at the First Church of the Brethren in Rocky Mount (8:00 a.m.) and the District Resource  Center (8:45 a.m.). Cost of the tour will be $29.99 per person which includes lunch. There will not be a dinner stop so those needing to eat on time should bring something with you.  To reserve a seat on the bus, send a check for $29.99 per person to the District Resource Center, 3402 Plantation Road NE, Roanoke, VA  24012. This trip provides .5 continuing education units for ordained ministers. Please reserve your seat since these trips sell out fast.



All women are invited to come to Camp Bethel (328 Bethel Road, Fincastle, VA) on Tuesday, October 20, for a celebration.  It will take place in the Ark Dining Hall with registration starting at 9:30 a.m. Worship, program and meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. The program will be “Sharing Ministries” and the offering will go to Nigerian Crisis Fund.  Lunch will be provided by Camp Bethel at 12:00 noon, and the cost will be $9.00.  To reserve you place please contact Janice Sink at (540) 977-9784 or Harriet Rader at (540) 992-3906 by October 9.  Come enjoy fellowship, inspiration, and food with other Virlina women.  This event is sponsored by the Northern Area Women’s Fellowship.



The annual Disaster Response Volunteer Appreciation Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 25, at the Germantown Brick Church of the Brethren (2363 Brick Church Road, Rocky Mount, Virginia). Invitations to volunteers have been mailed, but all persons interested in disaster response or have supported disaster response through making kits, financial aid, or prayers are invited to attend.  Registration will begin at 5:00 p.m. and dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. After dinner, volunteers on disaster projects will be recognized followed by a program. To reserve your place, contact the District Resource Center at (540) 362-1816, (800) 847-5462,  or;



Bethany Seminary will hold their seventh Presidential Forum weekend October 29-31, 2015.  It  will feature internationally known speakers, Bethany leadership, and presenters from the peace church traditions.

"Conflict is relational, and often it arises from a variety of factors: economic, environmental, racial, religious, etc.," says Jeff Carter, president of Bethany. "In order to create a culture of peace and prevent conflict, peacemaking must be equally relational. Drawing from experts in a variety of fields, the Forum will address the cost of not having peace and the ecumenical call for a just peace, which includes truth, reconciliation, and restorative justice."

Registration and complete information on the event is available at <>. A discounted registration fee will be offered through September 5.  Space is limited to 165 participants.  CEUs are available. For more information, please contact; or call (800) 287-8822.



HEALTHY BOUNDARIES 101, a beginning ethics training session, will be held via webcast on Saturday, November 7 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST) with a break for lunch.  A website link will be emailed to participants a few days prior to the webcast.  This link will connect you to the webcast room.  Dan Poole, Director of Educational Technology at Bethany Seminary, will provide technology support for this event.

If you are interested in attending this Healthy Boundaries 101 training and overview of the 2008 Ethics in Ministry Relations Paper, please return a registration form with payment enclosed.  For questions or a registration form regarding this event contact the Brethren Academy at;.  There is a registration fee of $30 for this continuing education event and 0.5 CEU will be granted.  The registration fee for current BTS, TRIM, EFSM or CGI ministry training students is $15.00. Registration and payment must be sent to the Brethren Academy by October 21, 2015. No phone or email registrations will be accepted after this deadline date.



The annual Ministers and Spouses Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 13, at the Oak Grove Church of the Brethren (2138 McVitty Road, SW, Roanoke, Virginia).  Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by the meal at 5:00 p.m., and the program. 



Everyone is invited to Friday night worship at 7:00 P.M. at Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Avenue, SW, Roanoke, VA.  On Friday evening, the senior highs will have an overnight retreat at Central Church of the Brethren, downtown Roanoke. Registration will be from 8:45 - 9:15 p.m. (If needed, come after your school’s football game!)  A young adult from Brethren Volunteer Service will lead our retreat.  In the morning, we will join other senior high youth and the junior highs at 8:00 AM at District Conference.  We will carpool from there and have a work project at Camp Bethel!  Wear shoes and clothes that could get dirty or paint splattered! We will eat lunch at Camp Bethel and enjoy time on the grounds before concluding and heading back to District Conference.  Adult leaders will be asked to help with transportation. Youth who drive, and any youth who are passengers, must have permission from parents to take cars to Camp Bethel.    Cost is $5.00 per participant. For more information contact Mary Sink Saint John at <>.



“You are the light of the world ... Let your light shine!” is the theme of the 2015 Virlina District Conference. The scripture reference is from Matthew 5:14-16.  The conference dates are November 13 and 14, and conference will he held at the Grandin Court Baptist (2660 Brambleton, Avenue, SW, Roanoke, Virginia).  The conference officers are Dava C. Hensley - moderator, J. W. Rhoades - moderator-elect and Charlene Lester - clerk.   The general schedule is as follows:



Hymn Singing and Worship 7:00 p.m.

Preacher: Mary Jo Flory-Steury, Associate General Secretary for the Church of the Brethren



Hymn Singing and Worship 8:15 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.

Preacher: Andy Murray, 2016 Annual Conference Moderator

Business Sessions: 9:10 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Details, forms and information were mailed to pastors in August and the September 2015 Headliner contains much District Conference information.



The Brethren Academy will be offering Preaching Peace, Justice and Care for Creation on-site at McPherson College November 12-15, 2015.  David Radcliff will be the instructor.  This class will earn a Ministry/Ministry Skills unit and may be used for the Brethren College Experience requirement. Pastors will learn two continuing education units (2 CEUs).  The registration deadline is October 12, 2015.


The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering Introduction to Pastoral Care Opportunities beginning in January.  Carolyn Stahl Bohler will be the instructor for the course.

This class will use a blended format.  It will begin on the campus of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN January 11-13, 2015.  There will be two follow up sessions via Adobe Connect (multi-framed video conference format) on the evenings of January 25 and February 1.  Students will explore five primary pastoral care opportunities.


The Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership is offering Introduction to the New Testament January 18 - March 11, 2016.  Matt Boersma will be the instructor for this online course.

The 2016 TRIM/EFSM Orientation is scheduled for July 28-31, 2016. Orientation begins on Thursday morning and concludes Sunday morning.



At the District Board meeting in May, the board members voted to have Tabitha Hartman Rudy serve as a student intern for the district from September 2015 thru April 2016.  As a Bethany Seminary student, Tabitha is required to have 400 hours of Ministry Formation administration training.  She requested that this internship take place through the Virlina District Resource Center in learning the administrative and ministry functions of the district. With the board approval and the seminary approval, Tabitha began her work on September 1.

Tabitha’s work will be determined by David Shumate and Emma Jean Woodard on behalf of the District Board, the District Resource Center, and district congregations.  A Teaching Committee, consisting of four individuals representing the board and district, will assist in this process.  Emma Jean Woodard is her supervisor. 



The Virlina District Commission on Nurture appointed a task team to look at Christian Education for Virlina congregations.  The task team has been several times and have completed a survey form for individuals/congregations to complete.  A letter and form have been mailed to pastors and Christian education leaders in each congregation.  You may also submit the survey online at:  Completed surveys are due by October 30th.  Questions?  Please reach out to Tara Shepherd at (540) 598-9002 or;.



This year's Fall Harvest Banquet fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Roanoke, 3315 Ordway Drive, Roanoke, VA. Renacer's Hispanic ministry and outreach is increasingly touching many lives by sharing the love of Jesus Christ in word and action. Supporting this ministry gives exciting opportunities to be involved in missionary work in your own back  yard! Prayers, attendance at services and financial support all help to fulfill the mission of Renacer.

In recent years, we have been tremendously blessed by the congregations of the Church of the Brethren who so graciously hosted the banquets, almost stretching their facilities to accommodate our growing annual event. It's great to announce we have ample space for the banquet this year, even able to seat up to 350 persons at Holiday Inn Roanoke! Thanks to a number of businesses and individuals participating in a sponsorship program, tickets are available at only $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (ten and under) for a full buffet meal, which includes:

Mixed Garden Greens with Julienne Vegetables, Assorted Dressings and Salad Toppings, Chicken Marsala, Sliced Roast Sirlion of Beef-Natural Au Jus, Assorted Fruits and Berries Compote, Roma Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella & Basil, Oven Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, Homemade Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans Almondine, Gourmet Rolls with Butter, Chef Selection of Desserts, Iced Tea, and freshly brewed Coffee and Decaf.

By popular request, Pastor Daniel D'Oleo, the Renacer Choir, Dancers and Praise Team will be sharing what our awesome God is doing through their ministry and mission. Mark your calendar, make plans to attend, and bring others with you! To host a table of 10 for $100.00 or to purchase individual tickets, you may contact Pastor Daniel at (540) 892-8791, or e-mail;.



The Peters Creek Church of the Brethren, 5333 Cove Road, N.W. in Roanoke, Virginia, will sponsor a Self Defense Class for Women on Wednesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. led by Trey Gregory. To register contact Glenna Hungate at (540) 315-0257.



The Good Shepherd holds a Taize service on the second Friday of each month from 6 until 6:30 p.m.   Everyone is welcome to come to this time of quiet centering on the Lord.  A Taize service (originated by monks in Taize, France) consists of readings, meditation and singing of simple, repetitive, meditative songs with accompaniment.  It is a great way to put a little peace into your life.  Contact Goldie Terrell at; or (540) 951-8050 for more information. The church is at 950 Heather Dr., Blacksburg, VA.  The next service is on October 9, followed by one on November 13.



The benefit for Faithful Friend Ministries is going to be at the Boones Chapel (Snow Creek) Church on Saturday, October 10, from 5-8 p.m. There will be a BBQ dinner and music. A free-will offering will be taken.  The Spiritualaires, The Big Church Trailer Band, Orville & Orville, and Jeff Walker's group will sing. For more information contact Jeremy Adkins at



A part-time position is available to work with adult, youth, and children's music. Responsibilities include weekly choir practice, leading congregational singing Sunday morning worship ,leading special music with choir,  seasonal music performances, and other selected church services as needed. Send resume to; or by mail to Ninth Street Church of the Brethren, 1103 Ninth Street S.E. ,Roanoke, Virginia 24013.


The Troutville Church of the Brethren is seeking applicants for a part time position working with elementary and junior high children. The children meet weekly from Labor Day through Memorial day. Contact the office at (540) 992-1571 with questions. Resumes can be mailed to P.O. Box 156 Troutville Va 24175 or sent by e-mail to;.