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.


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;.


“SEED, SCATTERED AND SOWN: Reaching Beyond this Generation” is the theme of our mission resourcing campaign. Authorized by the 2011 Virlina District Conference, it is based upon the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13: 3-9, 18-23) and with allusion to the well-known hymn, “Seed, scattered and sown” (Dan Feiten, Hymnal: A Worship Book, 1992, #454), the theme reflects the broadcasting of God’s grace and mercy to all persons. Some seeds do not sprout, some wither and die, and some produce many times their numbers. To not sow, from fear of failure, is certain to deny success. Faithfulness demands that we persist in the work of sowing, whether the context is favorable or unfavorable.

We endeavor to develop resources to fulfill Virlina District’s commitment to ministry with our children, youth and young adults; to initiate and continue our new church development and assistance to our smaller, struggling congregations; to encourage development of set-apart ministerial leadership and to provide necessary enhancements to fulfill Camp Bethel’s future potential. This statement outlines the ministries that will benefit from this effort. While we are grateful for past accomplishments, we recognize the crucial importance of envisioning and empowering forward progress in our mission.

At this moment, we have received 59 pledges from persons in district and camp leadership totaling $186,209 toward our victory goal of $750,000 and the challenge goal of $1,000,000. Lead gift visitation has begun in specific areas of the district and will begin soon throughout the entire territory of the district. If you are interested in learning more about this effort and/or are willing to consider serving as a Lead Gift Visitor, we are having two special informational meetings for persons in the Botetourt, Floyd, Franklin and Roanoke-areas this weekend. The first half is devoted to learning about the campaign and the second hour is set aside for those who desire to serve as visitors. An opportunity will be given to make a pledge at these meetings for those desiring to do so.

These meetings will be held as follows:

Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. – Lighthouse Church of the Brethren on U.S. 220 between Roanoke and Boones Mill.

Sunday, November 8, 2015 – 5 p.m. – Laurel Branch Church of the Brethren located at 1864 Laurel Branch Road. N.W., Floyd, Virginia 24091

We encourage you to attend and participate. If you have questions or concerns, please address these to


The annual Ministers and Spouses Dinner will be held on Friday, 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. 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 or 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 Pastors for Peace in the Shenandoah District of the Church of the Brethren are presenting their Fall Learning Circle. This event, titled Faith-informed Justice: Re-constructing private and public life, will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2015, from 8:45 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren (91 Valley Church Rd, Weyers Cave, VA, 24486).

With so much emphasis on how our legal system is working, on the building of new jails and prisons, and frustration with longer and increasingly expensive incarcerations, Pastors for Peace is inviting pastors and other interested persons to learn about Restorative Justice. Restorative

Justice mirrors the way God works with each of us in our failings and it offers a framework that values the human spirit's capacity to give and receive forgiveness, reconciliation and healing. It moves us past the "good guys/bad guys" syndrome and pushes us to redefine punishment, accountability and mercy in the context of relationships with God and others.

Presenter: Carl Stauffer, assistant professor at EMU's Center for Justice and Peacemaking, has long experience as a peacemaker in Southern Africa and has worked in the fields of criminal justice and substance abuse. He is an ordained Mennonite pastor. Check out his full bio at The event cost is $25 and includes lunch (soup and sandwich). Ordained clergy can earn .5 C.E.U. credits at no additional charge. The registration deadline is Monday, November 16.


The District Resource Center (DRC) will be closed from 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25 through 9 a.m. on Monday, November 30 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. The phones will be checked periodically, but if you have an emergency during this time, please call Emma Jean Woodard at (540) 797-3044.


The "Sow the Seed" Scholarship Banquet will be held on Thursday, March 3, at 6:30 p.m. YOU can plant seeds of FAITH in the lives of children, youth and young adults! At $50 per person (larger gifts accepted), all costs and donations from the evening directly fund "camperships" and our summer camp ministries. RSVP by February 24 to; or (540) 992-2940. Payments are accepted in advance or at the table, and your gift is tax-deductible! Our base fee for a week of camp in 2016 is $300. Give the gift of CAMP; it's an experience that can change a life forever.


Pilgrimage XX will be held April 1-3, 2016, at Camp Bethel. Pilgrimage is a spiritual retreat for adults of all ages, and God is working through this ministry in wonderful ways. The structure of the weekend includes talks, small groups, fun times, inspiring worship services, and much more. God knows where we are on our spiritual journey, and He meets us right there. Whether you need peace, or joy, or forgiveness, or encouragement, or hope, or revival, or a little extra time with Him...He gives more than we even desire. It is difficult to put into words how wonderful the weekend is. 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, go to <> or contact Karen Haynes at (336) 765-5263 or


The Virlina District Board met at the Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren in Henry County, Virginia on Saturday, September 19th. Members and visitors enjoyed the fine hospitality of the host congregation.

In addition to hearing the reports from the staff, various commissions and committees, the board approved Gregory M. Howell, pastor of the Crab Orchard Church near Beckley, West Virginia, and Karen B. Cassell, a hospice chaplain whose membership is in the Roanoke – First Church of the Brethren, for ordination; approved the issuance of a corporate credit card for the facility manager at the Good Shepherd Church in Blacksburg, Virginia; approved the 2016 budget of the Outdoor Ministries Committee (Camp Bethel), recommended the proposed 2016 budget of the District Board, appointed members of various committees, approved a proposed "Policy for Guidance of District Staff Concerning District Facilities," amended the financial policies of the district to require two signatures on checks written on the main checking accounts and named locations/dates for 2015-16 meetings.


Saturday, November 7, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Women's Fellowship of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren will host their annual Christmas Bazaar.  We will have a variety of vendors with their handmade crafts.  You are sure to find that one of a kind unique gift for that special person on your Christmas list!  Breakfast and lunch will be available as well as our table with every kind of home baked treat you can ever want!  You can enjoy good food while you are shopping and then take some home with you for later.  You will be warmly welcomed and treated kindly!  We look forward to seeing you. For more information contact


The Church of the Brethren has posted a position opening for General Secretary, as the next step in the search process for a candidate to fill the top executive staff position in the denomination. The application deadline is December 15.

General secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger is concluding his term of service by mid-year 2016, and the Mission and Ministry Board has appointed a General Secretary Search Committee to seek his successor. See the relevant Newsline reports “Church of the Brethren General Secretary to conclude service as contract ends July 1, 2016” at <> and “Mission and Ministry Board approves timeline and Search Committee for General Secretary search” 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. Mail resumes to P.O. Box 156 Troutville Va 24175 or to;. Questions? Call (540) 992-1571.

Williamson Road Church of the Brethren seeks a creative, accomplished musician to direct and accompany our church choir and plan for the music program of the congregation. A music degree is preferred, but not required, for this part-time position. Come join our team as we seek unity in Christ, embrace diversity, and serve others. To send a resume, request a job description or further information contact: Phil Hammond at; or (540) 819-0407 or the Church Office at (540) 366-0291, Fax: (540) 904-6283. Mail to Williamson Road Church of the Brethren, 3110 Pioneer Road NW, Roanoke VA 24012.