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.



Location: Bonsack Baptist Church (4845 cloverdale road, Roanoke, Virginia)


This then, is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."   

- Matthew 6: 9-10


~Theme~          ~Schedule~          ~Leadership~          ~Delegate Information~          ~Age Group Activities~          ~Information for Congregations~          ~Meal Reservations~

~Conference Choir Information~          ~Disaster Response Project~        ~Agenda & New Business~         ~About the Location~          ~Exhibits~            ~Wrap Up & Evaluation~

Matthew 6: 9-10  "This then is how you should pray: "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."


~This year's theme~DC Logo 2020

Based on Matthew 6: 9-10, this year's theme, chosen by Moderator Cathy Huffman, is "Radical Hope: Glimpses of the Kingdom."  The 2020 District Conference Artwork was created by Lauren Kelley, an eighth grader at The Gereau Center for Applied Technology in Rocky Mount, Virginia and a former student of the Moderator.




Ministers & Spouses Dinner:  Registration – 4:30 p.m.; Meal – 5:00 p.m.; Due to Pandemic Retstrictions, Program and Arrangments Committee is not yet ready to announce the details of District Conference.

All-Conference Registration, Hospitality(No meal service at this time.) & Exhibits: 5:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m.

Hymn Singing and Worship: 7:00 p.m.; Speaker: Under Construction

Youth TBD

Young Adult  TBD

Reception for all in Hospitality Area following Worship TBD


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14  Currently in Discussion with Program and Arrangements...all scheduled events are "Under Construction" due to Coronavirus CDC guidelines/restrictions

Registration, Hospitality & Exhibits: Open _________________ Also during lunch and breaks.

Childcare, Children's Activities & Youth: Childcare (infant-preK): during worship and business; Children (K-5th): Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – end of business; Youth (6th-12th): Friday, 8:30 p.m. – end of business  (Register by October 25th!)

Hymn Singing and Worship: 8:15 a.m.; Speaker: TBD

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:15 p.m.; (Reserve your on-site lunch by October 25th. Off-site restaurants optional.)  District Board & Outdoor Ministries Committee reorganize during this time.

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



Moderator: Cathy Huffman (Antioch COB)

Moderator-Elect: Greg Fleshman (Mount Union COB)

Clerk: Pamela K. Clark (Peters Creek COB)

~Delegate Information~


Registration Form for Delegates 2020.Virlina DistrictRegistration for delegates closes on September 28th   To Be Determined.  Annoucements will be made on this website, Virlina Facebook page, and through the Headliner and Eheadliner.


Booklets will be mailed to congregations in October.  Pastors or contact persons are asked to distribute the booklets to the delegates.  Delegates should bring their booklets to conference.  The 2019 District Conference Minutes will be published in the 2020 District Conference Booklet.  We will order books this year based on how many delegates register by the deadline.  A number of booklets will be reserved for non-delegates and office holders.  Parts of the booklet will also be available on here once those pages are finalized.  Preregistration will be strongly encouraged to determine booklet ordering.

~Age Group Activities~

 Click here for the Registration Form.  Under Construction

Childcare for Infants - Pre-K Children

Childcare will be available for infants and toddlers during Worship and Business Sessions: Friday (November 13) 6:45 - 8:30 p.m.; Saturday (November 14) 8:00 a.m. - 12:10 noon and 1:10 - 4:10 p.m. (or when business ends).  Please fill out the registration form and deliver or mail to the District Resource Center by October 25thChildcare options are TBD.

Activities for Children: Kindergarten – 5th grade

The activities for children are Saturday, November 13, 8:00 a.m. - 4:10 p.m. (or when business ends).  Activities will include a Bible lesson, crafts, recreation, music, and lunch.  Children will need to wear suitable clothing for outdoor play.  Booster/car seats will need to be left with the leaders.  The cost is $7.00, and families with three or more children will pay a $20.00 fee.  Please fill out the registration form and deliver or mail with payment to the District Resource Center by October 25th.

Activities for Junior and Senior High Youth: 6th – 12th grade

Junior and Senior High Youth Activites are TBD

Young Adults Ice Cream Social

Join other young adults from around the district Friday evening following worship for a discussion with Joy Murray, the Coordinator of Children, Youth and Young Adults, for specialty ice cream in the lunch dining room.  TBD


~Information for Congregations~


Registration for non-delegates will also take place in the foyer of the Ministry Activities Center during the scheduled registration times.  Non-delegates do not have to pre-register unless it’s for the children’s and youth activities.


Ministers and Spouses Meal

LUNCH ON SATURDAY – Reservation required!


~Conference Choir Information~

There will be no choir this year.  Please consider choir ideas for future conferences and share those thoughts on the Evaluation sheets.


~Disaster Response Project~

Congregations are invited to send Emergency Clean Up Buckets to District Conference. We have several congregations who will put the incomplete buckets together, so you are encouraged to bring any of the items below, or completed buckets to conference.  Please follow these instructions only.  No exceptions or additions are allowed because of shipping regulations.  We are still collecting this offering project at the District Resource Center.

EMERGENCY CLEAN UP BUCKETS (Click here for shopping list.)

  • One five-gallon bucket with reseable lid (If bucket has been used, clean well but do not use if it has held chemcals of any kind.)
  • Four scouring pads
  • Seven sponges, including one large
  • One scrub brush
  • Eighteen reusable, lightweight dry cleaning towels (e.g. Handi wipes)
  • One 50 oz. or two 25 oz. bottle(s) of liquid laundry detergent
  • One 16-28 oz. bottle of liquid disinfectant dish soap
  • One 12-16 oz. botle of household cleaner that can be mixed with water (no spray bottles)
  • One package of 48-50 clothespins
  • Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.
  • Five dust masks
  • Two pairs heavy-duty waterproof dishwashing gloves (latex-free, non-surgical)
  • One pair work gloves, cotton with leather palm or all leather
  • 24-28 heavy duty or contractor type 30-45 gallon trash bags on a roll and removed from carton or box
  • One 6-9 oz. bottle of non-aerosol insect repellent

All items must be new. All liquid items must be capped and tightened. Place all items into the bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment.  Snap the lid on tight and seal with packing tape.

Each bag is valued at: $75.00

Processing fee: $3.00 per bucket

Please assemble the buckets and bring them to District Conference.  We ask that you also provide the processing fee per kit.  Congregations can write a check made payable to Church World Service and bring that with the buckets in a sealed envelope.  Or, processing fees can be paid online at the CWS page.  We will take care of delivering the kits.

Financial contributions can also be donated to Brethren Disaster Ministries for trips and situations that routinely pop up.  Congregations or individuals wishing to donate money can send checks made payable to the Virlina District (“BDM” in the memo line) and we will send one check to them after District Conference.


~Conference Agenda & Business~ Under construction

 Bioform for Nominees for the 2020 District Ballot:2020 Biographical Form.pdf


~About the Location~


From I-581, continue on US 460E to the light at Challenger/Alt. 220/Cloverdale Road. From Roanoke take a left at the light.  Church is on the right.  From Lynchburg, follow 460W to the light at Bonsack. Turn right onto Alt 220/Cloverdale Road.  Church is on the right. From Daleville, follow Alt 220 through intersection. Church is on the left. 


Bonsack Baptist has adequate parking in front of the Sanctuary and in front of their Community Life Center. Worship and Saturday business sessions will be in the Sanctuary. Registration, exhibits, and meals will be in the Community Life Center where there is a covered drop off drive through for easy access in the event of mobility needs or bad weather.


The Exhibit Area will be on the ground floor just inside the Community Life Center and directly beside registration. All events and meals are on one floor.  The Exhibit Area will be open Friday, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:50 p.m. and following worship, and on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  Exhibits may be set up after 1:00 p.m. on Friday and should be removed by 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.  Events/Displays are TBD.

Contact the District Resource Center with questions.


~Wrap Up & Evaluation~

Submit an evaluation through a form found in the delegate's package.

2019 Statistics:

Friday, November 8, 2019

Worship Attendance:            

Offering Received:       $1,981.00

Ministers & Spouses Dinner:  75 registered/paid

Youth Outing:                     25 youth and advisors, 4 Camp Bethel staff

Nursery & Workers:             4 children, 2 workers

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Children’s Program:             18 children, 5 adults

Offering Received:       $2,388.53 + 6 Disaster Clean-up Buckets, 26 School Kits

Congregations Represented:  74

Pastors Attending:               58

Delegates Registered:          168

Non-Delegates Registered:    162

Total – Pastors, Delegates, Non-Delegates Registered:      388

To view previous District Conference pages, click here.